Mr. Jemal Inaishvili is the president of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI).He is member of the B20 International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) and member of the ICC World Chamber Federation General Council, as well as member of the Council of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Prior to this, Mr. Inaishvili served as the president of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the vice president of CACCI. He dedicates most of his time to promoting Chamber movement and facilitating trade and investments in the region.Mr. Inaishvili has had extensive business experience over the years in shipping, logistics and International trade. He is the former CEO of Poti Sea Port and former president of Black and Azov Sea Ports Association (BASPA) and at present is honorary president of this organization. For some time, Mr. Inaishvili had been actively involved in politics. He was elected member of the Georgian Parliament from his native Batumi constituency in 2005 and in the same year was elected by parliament as deputy chairman. Mr. Inaishvili is awarded with Medal of Honor of Georgia, one of the highest civilian awards of the country.
Mr. Lu Jianzhong graduated from Northwestern Polytechnical University with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He is the founding Chairman and Director of 大唐西市文化產業投資集團有限公司 (“DTXS Investment”) and the ultimate controlling Shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Lu received many awards and honors including Special Government Allowances of the State Council as a National Expert Mr. Lu is the Chairman of the Board of the Tang West Market Group and Vice President of the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), he also possesses several civil service positions in People’s Republic of China. Mr. Lu is the member of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); the member of the Economic committee of CPPCC; the Deputy of 13th, 14th, and 15th People’s Congress of Xi’an City; Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC). He is also Deputy Director of China Foundation of International Studies; Vice Chairman of China Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association; Chairman of the Culture Committee of the China Chamber of International Commerce; President of the National Private Museums Organization; Vice President of the China Cultural Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector; executive committee member of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce; Consultant of the Association of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection; Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Federation of Industry & Commerce; Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Chinese Culture Promotion Society; Chairman of Shaanxi Association of Private Museums; Chairman of the Council of Xi’an Tang West Market Museum; etc.
He has also been awarded “The Third Annual National Outstanding Builders of the Socialism with Chinese Characteristic”, “Annual Outstanding Individual of China Cultural Heritage Protection”, “Chinese Culture Leading Figure”, “Annual Leading Figure of Chinese People”, “Top Ten Leading Figure of China Private Enterprises”, “The Outstanding Shaanxi Businessman”, and “Annual Leading Figure of Culture Industry in 2013”.
Mr. Li has been the CEO of Tang West Market Group since the establishment of the West Market project and has been a leading figure in developing the cultural industry sector of Shaanxi province. As the CEO of the Tang West Market Group, Mr Li has devoted his efforts to the rejuvenation Xi’an’s ancient West Market and the Silk Road culture endowed to it. Mr Li has led the development of the Tang West Market Group’s Silk Road collaborations with UNESCO, the China Chamber of International Commerce, the International Chamber of Commerce, the UN World Tourism Organization and other international organizations.
Managing Partner – Aquinas Law Alliance LLP
Aloysius is the managing partner of boutique law firm, AQUINAS LAW ALLIANCE LLP. He previously was the managing principal of Dacheng Wong Alliance LLP, Singapore’s first China, Singapore joint venture law firm. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a BA in Law & Economics and is a qualified barrister at law and admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1995.
His areas of practice are Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Cross Border Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Transactions.
Aloysius has since 1997 advised on various development and investment projects for property developers, real estate players and hospitality companies in Singapore and the region.
He also advises on cross-border joint ventures and transactions and in the area of mergers and acquisitions of companies. Advising clients on entry strategies into China and investments in China is his current expertise given his network in China. He is actively involved in cross border corporate, real estate transactions and investments transactions, across China, India and the ASEAN region.
In 2009 he was named as one of the “Asia’s Hot 100 lawyers” by Asian Legal Business and in 2014, he was awarded a Property and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by Finance Monthly.
Aloysius is one of the founders and the current chairperson of the ASEAN Legal Alliance, a network of 10 law firms in each of the 10 ASEAN countries coming together to offer a seamless delivery of legal service across a diverse cultural, geographical and legal backdrop.
OUDET SOUVANNAVONG is the Managing Director of Societe Commercial Lao (SCL). He is anExecutive Vice-President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), and President of Lao Hotel & Restaurant Association (LHRA). Entrepreneur, Mr. Oudet holds Directorship in several companies in hospitality, trade and consulting services such as the Best Western Hotel and Resorts Laos, Fuji Lao Japanese Restaurants, Mixaitechno Engineerign & Consulting. He is also Board member of several international governing business bodies for example the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Forum (GMS-BF),the ASEAN Tourism Associaiton (ASEANTA), and the UNESCAP Business Forum.
As Founder and Executive Chairman of Sakae Holdings Ltd., Mr Douglas Foo has led the growth and development of the Group, which has since established over 200 outlets across Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. He continues to spearhead the overall strategic direction and management of the Group’s global strategic plans, and its philanthropic initiatives.
Mr Foo is the recipient of numerous illustrious accolades and awards, which are testament of his outstanding management and entrepreneurial efforts. For his achievements, Mr Foo was awarded Top Outstanding Young Person Award in 2002, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, Singapore Youth Award in 2003, prestigious ASEAN Youth Award in 2004, International Management Action Award in 2007, Singapore Youth Award (Medal of Commendation) in 2008, WSQ Champion Award in 2010, ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneur Award in 2011, Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year 2002, and most recently, the Public Service Star Award in 2013 from His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore for his tireless efforts in his philanthropic and voluntary contributions to society.
In September 2013, Mr Foo was selected to attend the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship in the USA which provides professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, with an intensive and individually designed programme that inspires to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. Through his fellowship, he has broadened his perspective on global branding, charity and foundation establishment sustainability issues and business expansion funding. He will seek to apply this invaluable knowledge to strengthen our Group as we forge ahead.
Mr Foo serves as director on numerous boards for corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
DANG THE DUC
Duc is the founder and managing partner of Indochine Counsel. With 20 years of experience in business law practice in Vietnam, Duc has extensive expertise advising foreign clients in international and cross-border transactions in such areas of practice as inward investment, corporate & commercial transactions, private equity, M&A, securities & capital market transactions, corporate restructurings, and project financing.
Over the past several years, he has been involved in a number of major transactions for leading financial institutions, investment funds and multinational companies. In addition, he has substantial experience in advisory & transactional work for IPR, IT and technology related matters.
Duc has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by various international publications such as IFLR1000, Asian Legal Business, Chambers Global, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles, The International Who’s Who Legal, and Managing Intellectual Property.
DAR Wong is the Vice President of ASEAN-China Commerce Association. He is a registered Fund Manager in Singapore with 27 years of experiences in global financial markets involving structure portfolio and debt-financing. Currently, DAR also speaks regularly on FM88.3 JIA and writes as a columnist for Borneo Post and Busy Weekly on Forex and Palm oil analysis. His training and advisory work has covered 17 countries over last 13 years.
For his accolades and achievements, DAR has received the Spirit of Enterprise awarded by Singapore Management University in 2011; ASEAN Economic Award by Royal Privy Council of Thailand in 2012; Outstanding Award in International Financial Market Analysis by ASEAN Economics in Thailand; Medal of Integrity awarded by Royal Palace of Palembang Indonesia in 2015.
Till date, DAR is registered with NASD (now known as FINRA) series 3 and 5 as approved by National Futures Association (NFA) of USA and holds a current portfolio as Fund Strategist with Dektos Investment registered with Monetary Authority of Singapore.
DAR is profiled as “One of the most successful traders – Market Masters” in Brent Penfold’s bestselling book “The Universal Principles of Successful Trading” published by John Wiley.
DATO SERI MATTHEW YEOH
Yeoh Mazlina & Partners
Matthew has practised law for more than 20 years in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. His practice includes corporate advisory, real estate, offshore trusts and assets protection, immigration law, legal residence and citizenship practice. He is an advisor to corporate clients in China, India, Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia which has business interests in this region. He advises foreign clients in diverse issues such as foreign investment regulations in Singapore and Malaysia, corporate laws, employment laws, immigration laws, personal and corporate finance, entrepreneurial development, funding, mergers and acquisitions.
He is the legal advisor of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China and is well-connected with the Malaysian diplomatic and business community in China. He is a Certified International Property Specialist, a member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and a registered trademarks agent and licensed migration agent. He writes regularly for magazines and other foreign publications and has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars both locally and abroad on diverse topics ranging from retirement and relocation, to cross-border investments.
Previously he had served as a visiting lecturer on common law subjects for the University of London LL.B. External Degree law programme for several private law colleges. Matthew is the founding partner and currently a consultant of Yeoh Mazlina & Partners in Malaysia, and also practices at Dacheng Wong Alliance in Singapore. Both are established full-service law practices. In Dacheng Wong Alliance, Matthew co-heads the ASEAN Practice and our also the Private Clients Practice. Matthew advises private clients on their property investments, structuring their assets for protection and succession and estate planning.
DATO RAMESH KODAMAL
Dato’Ramesh Kodammal is Chairman of Goldtex Group of Companies, Chairman Of ASEAN Indian Business Council Malaysia, Co-Chairman ASEAN Indian Business Council (AIBC), ASEAN Business Advisory Council ( Council Member – ABAC ), MSME ASEAN Business Advisory Council Working Group , Honorary Members Of The Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber Of Commerce.
Former Deputy President Of Kuala Lumpur Selangor Indian Chambers Of Commerce (KLSCCI ), Vice President Of Malaysia Associate Indian Chambers & Industries, Treasurer Of National Chambers Of Commerce and Industries Of Malaysia ( NCCIM ) and holds various position in other organization ( NGO ).
He has actively participated in various international forums and seminars representing Malaysia as a moderator and speaker.
Mr. Siddique Khan currently serves as the Chairman of Globalink Logistics Group. A graduate of the University of Punjab, Pakistan, Mr. Khan embarked on his career in the Transportation & Logistics industry in the Middle East in 1988. Actively involved with all facets of multimodal transportation & project logistics, Mr. Khan established Globalink Logistics Group in Kazakhstan in 1994. Under his management and guidance, the company expanded rapidly to 32 locations in 22 countries. Today, Globalink is considered as a market leader in the region.
Mr. Khan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Punjab and is the recipient of various certifications and diplomas related to shipping, transportation and logistics industry. In 2011 Mr. Khan was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Kazakhstan and was one of the finalists for “Entrepreneur of the Year” contest held by Ernst & Young. Mr. Khan also serves as an advisor for the Government of Kazakhstan for the development of transportation and logistics sector in the region. Regularly called upon to speak at industry gatherings, Mr. Khan’s areas of expertise are diverse covering business expansion, strategic planning, change management, leadership development, Board collaboration, acquisitions and integrations and supply chain management to name a few.
Globalink Logistics Group is an international freight forwarding and project logistics service provider specializing in the movement of cargo via sea, road, rail and air.
Globalink’s “one stop solution” concept has been thoroughly developed to enable customers to direct all their requirements, be it Multimodal Freight Management, 3rd Party Logistics, Customs Brokerage, Domestic Distribution, Project Logistics, Heavy Lifts, Sea/River Barge Service, Bulk and Liquid Transportation and other value added services to a single source.
Globalink employs over 1000 dedicated staff at 32 locations in 22 countries and is widely considered to be a market leader in the CIS, Caspian Sea, Western China and the Middle Eastern region.
APISITH JOHN SUTHAM
Apisith & Alliance
John is the managing partner of Apisith & Alliance in Bangkok. The legal practice of John focuses on WTO/international trade, cross-border commercial transactions and foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property law.
He has extensive experience representing Thai and foreign clients in trade remedy actions as well as advising industries on trade strategy and policy on such matters as free trade agreements, WTO law and practice, non-tariff barriers and rules of origin including at the ministerial and senior-level government official levels.
John has also acquired over the years broad-based commercial and transactional experience. He advised Thai and multinational clients on mergers and acquisitions in various industries ranging from agribusiness to software/digital advertising, cross-border transactions including international joint ventures and acquisitions of assets and business aboard, as well as offshore transactions and establishment of legal entities in foreign countries.
HML Law Firm & Consultants
Samvutheary is the founding partner of HML XAT Consulting Co., Ltd., a joint venture between HML Law Firm & Consultants and XAT Tax Corporation, which provides services including but not limited to Tax Planning, Tax Compliance, Tax Audit, Tax Due Diligence, and other Tax Advisory Services.
She is also the managing director and founding partner of HML Law Firm & Consultants, which was established in 2010, providing services including but not limited to Government Relations, Due Diligence, Investment and Company Registration, M&A, Property and Land Development, Intellectual Property, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation.
Samvutheary manages a team of 20 – including 3 Attorney-at-Law and 12 legal professionals, and has led more than 200 projects for national and international companies, government entities, and non-governmental organizations as well as for individuals. She is an attorney-at-law with more than 10-year experience, and specializes in Commercial Transaction and Dispute, Real Estate, Land and Labor Dispute and Debt Recovery. She has acquired work experience in Ministry of Justice as well as international chain companies, is an advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s various entities and to both local and international companies. Samvutheary is also an advisor to the President of the Bar of Association of Cambodia, an active member of the Bar of Association, and is accredited as a Legal Trademark Agent from Ministry of Commerce.
DR. SITI NOORBAIYAH ABDUL MALEK
Siti Noorbaiyah oversees the work of the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) as its Director Siti leads Food Industry Asia’s science and regulatory affairs activity. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of UNIPEQ, a commercial arm of Malaysia’s Universiti Kebangsaan, which provides a range of services to the country’s food industry. She is a member of the Food Analyst Council of Malaysia and the Malaysian Codex Working Committee in Food Contaminants and President of the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT). She has a PhD in Food Science from Rutgers University and a Masters in Food Science from the Michigan State University, both in the United States.
PRADEEP KUMAR SHRESTRA
Pradeep Kumar is the Managing Director of Panchakanya Group. It is his outgoing nature and his knack in making any person comfortable that has endeared Pradeep Kumar Shrestha to all the people who have had the good fortune to interact with him. But behind this jovial personality is a steely character that is determined to accomplish what he has set out for.
It was while pursuing his Masters at the age of 25 that Pradeep officially joined the company. Over the years, his hard work and dedication towards his responsibilities have not only seen him take Panchakanya towards greater heights but personally too he holds the proud status of being the youngest president ever of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and is also the Honorary Consul of The Republic of South Africa for Nepal.
When Pradeep joined Panchakanya, he practically used to do everything that was necessary for the establishment of a company—correspond, look after the balance sheet…you name it and he used to be involved in it. There never was a moment when he used to stay idle. All those hours of tireless efforts have finally paid off and, today, Panchakanya is a name to be reckoned with in the industrial sector of the country.
From the moment when they sifted base to Kathmandu and faced an identity crisis till today when Panchakanya has become a household name, the journey has bee a tedious one for Pradeep but never has he faltered in his aim of making it one of the most recognised brand names in Nepal. His focus has also been in providing the best quality products and services to the customers no matter what the situation.
For somebody who never wanted to be a follower but always lead from the front, Pradeep has come a long way in making a name not only for himself but Panchakanya as a whole. And he is especially proud to be recognised by his brand name which every business person would probably love. Pradeep believes that business is a game of risk and the more risks you take, the more gains you stand to make. But the risk-taking, he says, shouldn’t be like gambling, but of a more calculative kind.
Dr. WONG CHE MING
Dr. WONG Che Ming, Steve qualified as a Solicitor since 1977, is the Senior Partner of Wong Poon Chan Law & Co., a Hong Kong law firm established in 1985. He is a Notary Public, a China Appointed Attesting Officer (中國委託公證人) as well as member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He received a master’s degree and doctoral degree in Civil Law from Renmin University of China (中國人民大學) in 1998 and 2005 respectively.
He was an elected District Councilor in Hong Kong from 1985 to 2007 and is a former District Adviser to the Central Government before the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong. Since admission, he has been in active practice in civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, estate administration and notarial practices. He has been practicing Liu He Ba Fa (六合八法) a school of Chinese Kung-Fu for over 10 years.
DR. MONICA RUTH NIRMALA
Only 27 years old, Dr Monica Ruth Nirmala is already overseeing the day to day operations of one of Indonesia’s largest NGOs (Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari) in the capacity of Executive Director. How did a dentist come to lead a community-based conservation program? Shortly after graduating from one of Indonesia’s top ranked dental schools, Universitas Indonesia, Monica came to Borneo from Java to follow her passion for public health and community development. While working at a medical mission hospital five hours north of ASRI, she heard of the ASRI clinic’s innovative, holistic approach to healthcare for people and the planet and was intrigued. One meeting with ASRI founder Dr. Kinari Webb later, and Monica had a job as ASRI’s newest dentist. After two years, she has now stepped up to run both arms of the program.
HML Law Firm & Consultants
Leap is the founding Partner of HML XAT Consulting Co., Ltd, and is also the deputy managing director and founding partner of HML Law Firm & Consultants. She has over 10-year experience as a Legal and Tax adviser and specializes in Business Development and Planning, Commercial Transaction, Property and Land Development, Employment, Licensing and Concession, Merger and Acquisition, Due Diligence, Intellectual Property, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Taxation.
Leap is also a member of the Acceptance Committee Member to the PraeLegal worldwide legal network which has over 100 countries as member, and is accredited as a Legal Trademark Agent from the Ministry of Commerce Cambodia.
She is an active founding member in initiating the establishment of Cambodia Intellectual Property Association and is rich in network with government official from district/commune level to ministry level in various fields.
MICHAEL MIN SEIN
Mr. Michael Min Sein is an experienced lawyer who has been practicing law since 1972. He is an advocate of the Supreme Court and a registered accountant. He is the managing partner of U Min Sein Law Firm (Yangon), and a member of Asia Alliance of Law Firms. He previously served as legal advisor to the Italian-Thai Development Public Company, the embassies of France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, as well as Medicins Sans Frontieres Switzerland, World Vision, Myanmar Brewery Co. Ltd and Toyota Tsusho Co. Ltd . He is currently independent director to Ayeyarwaddy Bank Ltd, a non-executive director of Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development Public Co. Ltd, a member of the board of directors of United Nationalities Development Group Co., Ltd, and a member and director of Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.
Arbitration Consultant- Dispute Resolution Practice Group
Universities of Oxford, Cambridge
Leicester De Montfort School Law
Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom (MCIArb)
Steve Ngo is a practitioner of international arbitration and dispute resolution where he has acted as international consultant and arbitrator. He also practises in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Aquinas Law Alliance LLP in the area of arbitration.
He has been advising public and private entities not only on post-dispute matters but negotiation, mediation and dispute management. He has over the past decade focusing on Indonesia and China, the two key growth economies of Asia and South East Asia. Sectors and dispute areas he has been involved include oil and gas, energy, investment, joint venture, telecommunications, shipping, mining, financial services, international trade and engineering. Steve has extensive experience dealing with parties from all over the world, bringing strong cross-cultural proficiency to international dispute resolution processes and strategizing.
More recently, Steve has been involved in regional mining and energy related works in connection with dispute resolution and corporate exercises, involved in examining foreign laws, dealing with accountants, asset valuers, local regulators and stakeholders.
Steve has been involved in matters involving arbitration rules of, among others, CIETAC, LMAA, SAC, ICC, SIAC, PCA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, HKIAC, BANI and KLRCA. In addition to international commercial arbitration, he has been consulted on potential investor-state arbitrations, evaluating cases against and for the state party.
He also has vast experience in design and delivery of arbitration professional training programmes and postgraduate courses throughout the region. With previous professional experience in the higher education sector, he has special interest in the pedagogy and methodology of education. In addition to lectures and talks at academic institutions in the region, he has also lectured on dispute resolution at the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources Indonesia, Guangxi Lawyers’ Association, Singapore Law Society, Malaysian Bar Council, Taipei Bar Association and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. Steve has written and published on subjects relating to arbitration and dispute resolution.
Steve has been appointed to various positions at various universities, namely, Honorary Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi; Part-time Professor at the School of Law, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning; Guest Professor at the East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai; and Foundation Professor in International Arbitration, Saint Martin’s School of Law, Malta.
In addition, Steve is an Adviser/Foreign Representative of the Shanghai Arbitration Court of International Shipping and Adviser of the University of London International Programmes, Postgraduate Law Programmes.
ROBIN CHEOK VAN KEE
Cheok Advocates & Solicitors
Robin obtained a II.i Honours Law Degree from the University of Essex in 1993. In 1994, Robin attended seminars on Advocacy conducted by Jonathan Goldberg, Q.C. covering Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In that year, he also attended a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Negotiation, Techniques in Advocacy conducted by Professor John Warwick Montgomery M Phil In Law (Essex), Ph.D. (Chicago), Th.D. (Strasbourg), Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, Member of the CA, WA, VA, DC and US Supreme Court Bars, Principle Lecturer in Law, Advocate (Angleterre, Pays de Galles Et Les E-u) Professor De Droit.He joined the Inner Temple and obtained his Barrister-at-Law, England and Wales in 1995. He was also called to the Brunei Bar in 1995. In 1996 he attended a seminar on Overview on Islamic Banking and Finance by Dato Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Rahman, Managing Director, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and Shariah Decision Making Process by Mohd. Bakir Hj. Mansor, Shariah Coordinator of BIMB Institute of Research and Training Sdn Bhd (BIMB).
Robin was made a Commissioner for Oaths 5 years later in 2000. In the same year Robin attended a seminar on Legal Framework of Islamic Banking conducted by Fadzil Yusof, GM, Legal and Secretarial Division (BIMB).
In 2003, Robin attended a seminar on Corporate Governance conducted by Eur Ing Professor Andrew D Chambers, BA, FFCA, FCA, CEng, FBCS, FRSA, FIIA, Chartered Information Systems Engineer, covering issues on Director Duties & Responsibilities, Effective internal auditing , Developments in corporate governance, Development in audit committee practices, the effective board and the effective director, serving boards well. Difficulties in observing the best practise for small/family owned conducted by Mr Kaka Singh, Directors Duties and Responsibilities conducted by Ahmad Basuni Bin Hj Abas.
In 2005, Robin attended the Euromoney Legal Training – course on Due Diligence Course – Expert Course Director, Jorge Guira and also the Euromoney Legal Training, Private Equity and Venture Capital Course conducted by the Course Director, Dr. Jorge Guira. In 2006 Robin became a Euromoney Legal Training Trainer and Speaker on Brunei Asset and Fund Management – Securities Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Issues and has remained an annual trainer for the course since then.
In 2008 Robin attended a Workshop on Islamic Financing and Contracts conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid.
Between 2007 to 2010 whilst in active practice, Robin obtained his Masters in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Finance from the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management, University of Brunei Darussalam.
Robin is also the author for the Brunei chapter of the international directory “Getting the Deal Through – Mergers and Acquisitions 2008 and 2009”, the first editions of the Brunei chapter.
Robin is a panel speaker for Redmoney Group in their Islamic Finance News road show in Brunei for 2008, 2009, 2010 a moderator for Singapore 2010.
Robin is one of the youngest Brunei lawyers to be first ranked in Brunei by Chambers and Partners since 2009. The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific guide describes that Robin “advises on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is identified for his experience in Islamic finance”.
Robin is ranked on Asialaw Profiles as one of the Leading Lawyers for Banking and Finance in Brunei, where his specialist areas and expertise are also described in an analysis by Asialaw Profiles.
Robin is also trained to be an international and national arbitration lawyer since July 2016, where he attended a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) accredited course in International Commercial Arbitration conducted by the ASEAN Legal Alliance and Arbitration and the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Singapore
Naveed Irshad is the President and CEO of Manulife Singapore and a member of Manulife’s Asia Division Executive Committee. He is responsible for the overall development of Manulife’s business operations in Singapore. This includes key business segments – protection, retirement solutions, high net worth and wealth management – across a multi-channel distribution platform.
Naveed has well over 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of the global life insurance industry. His expertise included general management, product development, risk management, pricing and reinsurance. Prior to rejoining Manulife in 2014, Naveed held a key leadership role at a major global reinsurance company with a focus on business and product development globally.
During his earlier career he worked at Manulife for 16 years in a variety of business roles in Toronto, Canada and Boston, USA. Just prior to leaving Manulife in 2011, he held a group position as Senior Vice President, Product and Insurance Risk Management, responsible for new product and insurance risk globally.
Naveed is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), and is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
JOSE EMMANUEL G. HERNANDEZ
Founding Partner – GSMH Law
University of the Philippines College of Law 2002
Bachelor of Laws
Mr. Hernandez specializes in intra-corporate disputes and handles several high-profile litigation involving top corporations in the country, complex civil, commercial and criminal litigation, arbitration, intellectual property enforcement, and appellate practice. He has extensive experience and exposure before administrative and quasi-judicial bodies and in all levels of Philippine courts. Mr. Hernandez has appeared before the Supreme Court en banc.
Mr. Hernadez was also a rapporteur for various international conferences in human rights, democracy, development, security and security-sector reform. He was also a technical consultant to the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines Threshold Program-Technical Assistance Project where he designed substantive law training programs for Ombudsman investigators and prosecutors on “life-style checks” and contract and procurement fraud, among others. He pushed for the development and was the managing editor of the Ombudsman Desk Reference for Investigation and Prosecution. Mr. Hernandez was also a consultant of the Integrity Project, a USAID funded program that supported initiatives to enhance the anti-corruption capabilities of the Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit and the Department of Justice. He is likewise a member of the New York State Bar.