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EY - Global business mega trends

Global business mega trends

Uschi shared her perspective on megatrends — the large, transformative global forces that have far-reaching impact on business, economies, industries and individuals.

EY - Creating value through people, behaviors and culture

Creating value through people, behaviors and culture

People are at the heart of every organization. An organization’s culture consists of the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that employees share and use as a compass on a daily basis. It broadly impacts decisions from basic time management to strategic client management.

EY - Why brands matter

Why brands matter

A business leader’s personal brand is one of the organization most powerful tools. Building a strong brand for the CEO is important as it directly impact the company’s reputation and market valuation. Stakeholders look to a business leader to personify the values, ethics and authenticity of their organization.

EY - Fireside chat with exceptional entrepreneurs: Building a brand in China

Fireside chat with exceptional entrepreneurs: building a brand in China

During this session, the panel shared their insights having created highly recognized brands in China. This market has been challenging as there was neither strong recognition of their product nor of the sector as a whole by the Chinese consumers.

EY - Fireside chat with an exceptional entrepreneur: successfully scaling offshore

Fireside chat with an exceptional entrepreneur: successfully scaling offshore

Offshoring is key to many entrepreneurs’ growth stories. Knowing at what stage you’re ready to go abroad, and the resources you’ll need to support you, is critical to making a successful transition to international markets.

EY - Why capital matters

Why capital matters

Companies need to view capital providers as a friend and not a foe, and work with them towards converting the cost of capital to benefit the business.

EY - Building an effective advisory board

Building an effective advisory board

An effective advisory board is different from a network of formal and informal mentors. It helps to scale businesses across borders, and requires finding the right skills and experience to help you achieve your vision.

EY - Purpose Led Organizations

Purpose Led Organizations

Purpose — an aspirational reason for being that is grounded in humanity which inspires a call to action — is at the core of how many companies are responding to the business and societal challenges of today. Geo-political, Eurozone, globalization and digital factors as well as demographic shifts are changing the way companies measure success, causing them to look beyond financial results.

EY - Fireside chat with an exceptional entrepreneur: digital disruption – the opportunity

Fireside chat with an exceptional entrepreneur: digital disruption – the opportunity

The digital era is transforming the way we do business. It is making many industries, companies, and jobs obsolete but in other ways, it is also creating endless opportunities. Being the disruptor, not the disrupted, may be the solution.

Look out for the session highlights which we’ll keep updating here during this two-day conference.

EY - Keith Pogson

Keith Pogson

Global Assurance Leader Banking & Capital Markets

Keith leads EY’s Assurance practice for Banking & Capital markets globally, as well as being a regular thought leader in the financial services space. Keith has 25 years of extensive investment and commercial banking and financial services experience. He has been in the Asia region for 20 years and has a deep knowledge of the issues faced both by companies entering the region and those from the region looking to expand. He has also worked with many regulators and governments in the region on regulatory and market reform initiatives, and maintains a very active role in driving the wider EY business in Frontier and Emerging markets. Keith was the 2012 South China Morning Post/Amcham champion for the Advancement of Women, founding member of the Hong Kong 30% Club, and board advisor to the Women’s Foundation. Keith was previously the President of the HKICPA and is a member of the Standing Committee of Company Law Reform, in Hong Kong.

EY - Anders Ibsen

Anders Ibsen


Anders is the co-founder of Cobiro, an artificial intelligence platform for optimizing Google AdWords performance, the biggest source of ecommerce revenue globally.

Anders is a serial entrepreneur, having started 9 companies of which 5 have been acquired by bigger players. The companies range from payment systems, Europe's biggest search engine optimization (SEO) company and was on the first team of Google Partners back in 2005.

One of Anders' recent inventions is a drink that makes you clinically sober after drinking alcohol, while also preventing "asian flush".

He has a Masters in Science and in Business Administration & Computer Science. Anders has spent a tremendous amount of time in what is digital and how it impacts society, macro-economics and has worked with numerous companies to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

EY - Erica Su

Erica Su

Head of Transaction Advisory Services
Greater China

Erica is head of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in Greater China, she is based in Shanghai and has around 20 years of relevant experiences.

Erica has been advising private equity clients and US multinational companies with their inbound investments and acquisitions in China, as well as Chinese clients’ outbound investments in overseas market. In the past decade, she has led hundreds of deals and advised clients with due diligence, sale and purchase agreement negotiations, and completion accounts analysis, with deal size ranged from millions to billions US dollars.

Erica holds a BA degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China and an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Erica’s industry experience includes general manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, technology, media and healthcare.

EY - Michelle Garnaut

Michelle Garnaut

Founder and CEO
M Restaurant Group

Michelle Garnaut is a seasoned restaurateur with a culinary career that spans over twenty-five years, several continents and positions that have ranged from chef to waiter to dishwasher, caterer and everything in between, culminating in proprietor in 1989. She is an enterprising pioneer who conceived businesses in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing with her signature “M’’ becoming an icon of fine dining, culture, comfort and style. Michelle has been honoured with awards that include Entrepreneur of the Year (International Woman of Influence Awards) and the Business Entrepreneurial Award (ANZ Australian Business Awards) and most recently the inaugural Advance Australia Global Awards for Food.

EY - Julie Hood

Julie Hood

Transaction Advisory Leader Oceania

Julie leads the Transaction Advisory Services practice for Oceania. Julie is responsible for the growth of the business as well as team development and risk management.

Julie joined EY in 2003 in London as a founding member of our first TAS Operational Transaction Services (OTS) team globally. Returning to Australia in 2008, close to her original home of New Zealand, she then joined the newly formed OTS team in Melbourne which is now a key component of our value proposition to clients. Julie has led the Oceania OTS team and Power & Utilities sector efforts across TAS and has driven key elements of the Vision 2020 strategy, including the execution of the Transaction Strategy and Operations (TSO) and other Big Bets.

Julie brings a combination of operational management and transaction execution from advising senior Executives and Boards to realise successful capital changes aligned to the strategic intent of their business. During her career Julie has worked extensively with Private Equity along with other major Corporates including Invensys, BT, Cadbury, SAB Miller, Origin and numerous State and Federal governments.

Julie is a Board member for Plan International Australia, a Scale Angel Investor and is involved in a number of MBA mentoring and Entrepreneurial forums. Julie holds a Diploma of Architecture, Bachelor of Management and an Executive MBA.

Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband Pete and young children Alexandra and Joshua. Outside of work Julie enjoys interior design, renovating, travel and keeping active by signing up to the latest charity run.

EY - Vanessa Garrard

Vanessa Garrard

Co-Founder & CEO
E3 Style
Brisbane, Australia

Vanessa is a co-founder and CEO of E3 Style, a product development business for major retailers and distributors of consumer electronics, stationery and pet products in Australia and worldwide. The company develops products using retailer brands, its own brands and through the licensing of popular characters including Star Wars, Batman, and Peppa Pig.

Vanessa and her team have developed almost 11 million products for the Australian market, and E3 Style is now the largest youth electronics supplier in Australia, as well as the largest licensed electronics supplier in Australia and New Zealand.

Vanessa is highly active in her businesses, overseeing the sales, product and business strategy, as well as working to set up a global distribution network. E3 Style provides major retailers with complete product development outsourcing solutions and gives them access to exclusive product offers.

Born and raised in Australia, she is now acclaimed as one of Australia’s top young entrepreneurs, and was the only female CEO to make the “Smart 50 fastest-growing companies” lists compiled by SmartCompany. Vanessa was also recently recognised in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence list.

Having established business with every major retailer in Australia and New Zealand, and a back catalogue of products that is over 12,000 product models strong, their focus will now be to grow the business internationally using the product ranges and knowledge that they have built over the past 9 years.

Distributors and Agents have already been set up in UK and US to replicate this successful model to these new markets.  The business is being built to scale rapidly in 2015 and beyond with systems, people and offices established in China, Australia, UK and US.

“Having established business with every major retailer in Australia and New Zealand, and a back catalogue of products that is over 12,000 product models strong, the focus will now be to grow the business internationally using the product ranges and knowledge that has been built over the past 9 years,”says Vanessa Garrard.


EY - Dilys Boey

Dilys Boey

Asean People Advisory Services Leader

Dilys works with clients on their organisation and HR transformation initiatives, bringing together solutions in manpower capability development, organisation re-structuring, process design, and engendering organisation change.

She works across a myriad of industries with a primary focus on Government and Public Sector clients including Central Agencies, Home Affairs, Defence, Education and Healthcare.

Dilys has over 20 years experience in People Advisory, Organisation and Change Management engagements in both consulting and corporate environments. Over the course of over 18 years as a consultant, she has worked with clients to implement solutions to build organisation and workforce capability. Projects include developing HR policies and procedures, organisation structure design, manpower studies, human resource (“HR”) transformations, HR process designs, performance management, balanced scorecard development, Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) implementations, and business process improvements.

EY - Judy Chan

Judy Chan

Grace Vineyard

Judy is the President of Grace Vineyard, the first family-owned winery in China founded in 1997. She joined Grace Vineyard in 2002 and built the brand and the operations from the start. Under Judy’s leadership, Grace Vineyard is now considered as one of the best wine producers from China. Their wines are listed in most of the top-end hotels & restaurants in China, including the Peninsula, Park Hyatt, Shangri-la, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Starwood etc.

In 2008, Grace Vineyard was written up as a Harvard Business School’s case study, as well as chosen as the first and business class wine for Cathay Pacific Airline.

With the initial success of Grace Vineyard, Judy is determined to bring Grace Vineyard to the next level by continuing to improve on the quality of wine and to strengthen the brand.

In 2010, Judy won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Hong Kong & Macau. She was then named Asian Wine Personality of The Year 2012 by the Drinks Business and the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW). She was nominated as one of the Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum, and 50 most influential persons in the global wine industry by DECANTER Magazine in 2013.

2014, Judy was named Wine Personality of The Year on RVF 2014 China Wine Awards by ‘La Revue du Vin de France’ Wine Magazine. She was then Nominated as Top 5 on List of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by ’Fortune’ & ‘Food & Wine’.

Judy has a bachelor degree in Psychology, Women’s Studies & Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

EY - Bobbi Mahlab

Bobbi Mahlab

Founder and Managing Director
Sydney, Australia

Bobbi Mahlab leads a content marketing agency that produces content and content strategies for associations and brands across multiple platforms - content hubs, magazines, video, blogs, social media and e-newsletters. Mahlab Media is an editorially-led agency, expert at understanding audiences and creating content that resonates with and engages them. It also helps organizations to become publishers by developing their content platforms. It has a highly commercial focus, including a sales team that generates revenue from the content it produces for clients.

Mahlab Media was honored to be named a finalist for Content Marketing Agency of the Year in 2014 by the Content Marketing Institute, one of only eight agencies globally. Content marketing is a natural progression of Bobbi’s career that started in marketing before training and working as a newspaper journalist for many years.

Bobbi loves the business of business and gets great satisfaction from the continual and sustained growth of her business over the past 17 years and from taking the skills she has gained to the not-for-profit boards she is involved with including the Sydney Women’s Fund and Detour House which provides refuge for women and teenage girls. She has two sons who love making things and lives in Sydney.

EY - Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin

Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin

Managing Director
Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin is the Founder and Managing Director of Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd, established in 1991. Under her leadership, Hyrax Oil began producing a broad range of lubricants from its own plant in Klang in 1995. Her astute business acumen has enabled Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd to grow from strength to strength and the company now exports its petroleum products to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Dato’ Hazimah also sits on the Board of Directors of MATRADE, a Malaysian government agency tasked with the promotion of Malaysian exports to the rest of the world.

She also spends time actively involved in various non-governmental associations (NGOs), especially those related to the development of entrepreneurship such as the Association of Bumiputera Women in Business and Professions, Malaysia (Peniagawati), Association of Vendors of Tenaga Nasional (PUTM) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

Dato’ Hazimah has won numerous entrepreneur awards such as the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2002 and the SME Women Entrepreneur Award 2003 conferred by SMI Association of Malaysia.

Due to her expertise and success in the business arena, she had been asked to present and speak in various national and international conferences such as the Global Summit of Women in Greece (2012) and the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 in Monte Carlo.

EY - Richard Suhr

Richard Suhr

Global Digital Advisory Leader

Richard was previously the Managing Director for Google’s Enterprise Division in JAPAC. Richard established the Enterprise Division and was responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Operations activity in the region. Richard established local presence for Google’s Enterprise business in Australia, NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand, and Korea. Most recently Richard ran Google's mapping business in Asia-Pacific.

Previously Richard worked as a Senior Executive at Accenture, responsible for a range of large IT transformation programmes across Europe and Oceania.

Richard is a dynamic and innovative leader. Outside of his role as a Partner at EY, Richard is a Board Member of Cricket Wellington, Optimation and GeoOp. He is the co-founder of a technology investment company, and advises a number of technology start-ups.

Richard is an experienced technology leader, with expertise in creating high-growth digital businesses across Asia-Pacific. Richard has a broad range of general management and advisory experience, but specialises in the acceleration of sales and marketing outcomes for global businesses in the JAPAC region.

EY - Xie Wen

Xie Wen

Head of Commercial Banking
Standard Chartered Bank
(China) Limited

Xie Wen is the Head of Commercial Banking of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited (“Standard Chartered China”).

Prior to this role, Xie Wen was the Country Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered China. Xie Wen joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1997 and has held several global and regional senior management roles. She was the Chief Operating Officer for the erstwhile Consumer Bank Risk function globally, the Regional Credit Officer for the erstwhile Consumer Bank for North East Asia, and the Country Chief Risk Officer for Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. Xie Wen is widely respected within the banking industry and with the regulators as an experienced banker and a seasoned Risk Management professional, with a strong track record of leadership and execution capability. Over the years, she has systematically built and strengthened the Risk Management function, and developed a sound and effective Risk Management strategy for the bank.

Xie Wen holds a Ph.D degree in Industrial and System Engineering from National University of Singapore. She is married with one daughter.

EY - Roberta Lipson

Roberta Lipson

United Family Healthcare
Chindex International, Inc.

Roberta Lipson is CEO of Chindex International, and United Family Healthcare. She has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry in China. Since she co-founded Chindex in 1981, the company has expanded from its business of capital medical equipment distribution to healthcare delivery. She is the creative force behind the United Family Healthcare brand, and its hospitals and clinics in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Wuxi and Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. United Family is the first foreign invested and managed private healthcare group in China. An active leader in the business community in Beijing, Roberta has served as a director of the U.S. China Business Council, as well as 4 successive terms on the board of the Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce – China (AmCham) and is Co-Chair of the Amcham Healthcare Forum. She also chairs the Board of the United Foundation for China’s Health and is a co- founder of Kehilat Beijing. Roberta holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia University.

EY - Uschi Schreiber

Uschi Schreiber

Global Vice Chair - Markets & Chair of
Global Accounts Committee

Uschi Schreiber is a member of the Global Executive Board of EY.

She is EY’s Global Vice Chair, Markets and Chair, Global Accounts Committee. Uschi is responsible for EY’s integrated go-to-market approach across the world and for functions such as Strategy, Analysis and Planning; Industry/Sector; Global Knowledge; Growth Markets; Business Development; Commercialization and Trade.

Uschi has an international profile in the market and is widely recognized as a transformational leader with extensive experience in driving change in large and complex organizations.

She is passionate about leading change for EY’s clients and about making EY’s aspiration of Building a Better Working World a reality. She is a leader in progressing women’s issues in an international context and in EY’s Diversity & Inclusiveness programs. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda for the Future of Government and an advisor and board member of the global Women in Parliament initiative.

Originally from Germany she has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Australia with experience spanning mature and emerging markets. Uschi had a highly successful career as CEO of large Government agencies before joining EY in 2008. She also was the Deputy CEO of EY in Australia before taking on global leadership roles. She is now based in New York.

EY - Judy Vas

Judy Vas

Asia-Pacific Regulatory Leader
Financial Services

Judy joined EY in March 2014 as Asia-Pacific Regulatory Leader in the Financial Services Office. She also represents Asia-Pacific on EY's Global Regulatory Network (GRN), which is led by a team of former senior regulators based in different EY offices around the world. The GRN enables EY to bring an unequalled strength on financial regulatory insights to clients. Before joining EY, Judy was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs as APAC Head of Compliance and then Asia-Pacific Head of Regulatory Affairs. Prior to that, she was a senior official at Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission (SFC). She currently serves on the Hong Kong SFC Takeovers and Mergers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Committee and the HK Securities & Investment Institute Examination Committee. Judy is a member of the English School Foundation Board.

EY - Wei Zhu

Wei Zhu

Managing Director
Global Co-Head of Private Equity
Standard Chartered Bank

Wei Zhu joined Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in September 2009 and currently serves as Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE). He is also a member of the bank’s Leadership Team and also serves as board member of a number of SCPE’s investee companies.

Prior to joining SCB, Wei was a Senior Managing Director at CVC Asia-Pacific responsible for China investment (2008-2009). Prior to that, he served as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities Limited (2005-2008), where he headed Goldman Sachs’ investment banking business in the Shanghai region and advised Chinese local companies on IPO, equity and debt financing, and M&A activities. Prior to that, he was a founding and long standing member of the Chinese management consulting industry. He joined A.T. Kearney in early 1993 and worked his way to become a partner and head of Greater China practice (2001-2003). He was later the Managing Partner and China President of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants during 2004-2005. As a management consultant, he advised clients on business strategy, operations and new investment.

Wei started his career at Dow Corning Corporation where he had taken a series of management positions in Corporate Strategic Planning, International Treasury, Marketing and Business Development in the US and Asia-Pacific region. Overall, Wei has over 27 years of combined experiences in private equity, investment banking, management consulting and industrial management, primarily in Greater China and Asia.

Wei received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He also holds his MBA from the University of Chicago.

EY - Lynne Anne Davis

Lynne Anne Davis

President & Senior Partner, Asia Pacific

Ms. Davis oversees the agency’s fast-growing, award-winning network of 18 owned offices in 10 APAC countries. 

As president of the PR jury at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, she is a sought-after speaker and commentator on industry issues, and passionate advocate of Shared Value. 

In 2015, Ms. Davis appeared in the global PRWEEK Power Book, and the inaugural “Debrett’s Hong Kong 100” - Media - Advertising, Marketing, PR and Broadcasting. She was named, “2013 Global Women’s Champion” by NAFE, and is featured in the 2014 business book, “Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky” which shares “success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women”. 

Ms. Davis also co-chairs the Hong Kong Support Foundation board for the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.

EY - Annette Kimmitt

Annette Kimmitt

Global Middle Market Leader

Annette is the Global Middle Market Leader and the Asia-Pacific Accounts Leader at EY. She is responsible for leading and executing the firm’s global go-to-market strategy for Middle Market, and the firm’s integrated go-to-market strategy for the Asia-Pacific area.

Annette is also a Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Airservices Australia and the Melbourne Business School. She is also recognised as a leader in empowering women and supporting entrepreneurship. In late 2012 she co-founded Australia’s first women-focused angel investor organisation, Scale Investors, which is focused on equipping high-net-worth women with the education, funding mechanism and deal flow opportunities to invest in high growth, female-led businesses at an early stage in their development. With more than 30 years professional and commercial experience, Annette’s executive career has included a range of senior roles with EY and with the International Accounting Standards Board. She was previously EY’s Melbourne Office Managing Partner and Leader of its Victorian Government Practice.

She has attended executive leadership programs at several prestigious universities, including Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Kellogg School. 

EY - Phil Harkness

Phil Harkness

Head of Performance Improvement

Phil Harkness leads the EY Strategy practice in Asia-Pacific and Oceania and is EY’s global leader of Purpose Led Transformation. Phil has 30 years consulting experience specialising in strategy formulation and execution within tier 1 firms in Australia and New Zealand. Phil’s capabilities extend across advising large organisations facing the need for reform and enhanced performance. This typically extends to issues of strategic importance, cost position and organisational design. Phil has spent the last 30 years in Strategy Consulting with BCG, Australian Consulting Partners, Arthur Andersen, A.T.Kearney and EY Strategy. Prior to consulting Phil had 6 successful years working with Philip Morris and Bunge. Over his consulting career Phil’s interest has moved from purist Strategy determination to addressing the single biggest failure within large organizations - Strategy Execution.

EY - Anna Marrs

Anna Marrs

Commercial and Private Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Anna Marrs is the head of Standard Chartered’s Commercial and Private Banking Clients segments globally. She joined Standard Chartered Bank as Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Development in January 2012.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she was a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Banking Practice. Before joining McKinsey in 2003, Anna was the CEO of a financial information company based in London. She started her career at D. E. Shaw, a New York-based investment firm.

Anna holds an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.

EY - Prita Kemal Gani

Prita Kemal Gani

Founder and Director
The London School of Public Relations, Jakarta

The London School of Public Relations (LSPR), Jakarta, founded in 1992 offers Bachelor and Master Degrees in communication studies (including public relations, and performing arts), short courses and corporate training, as well as education for students with special needs. It pioneers creative programs in the field of communications that have become references for other education institutions.

LSPR believes that the next generation needs to be more global and collaborates with other international organizations, institutions and universities to make this happen.

LSPR has been awarded the title of ’Best Communication School” by several reputable and credible media in Indonesia, including Tempo, for five consecutive years from 2010 to 2014, and MIX Marketing Communications Magazine for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014. It was also awarded “Jakarta's Distinctive Contribution in Developing Education in Indonesia" by Seputar Indonesia in 2012.

In 2014, Prita was appointed President of ASEAN Public Relations Network. She is also the Chairperson of Indonesia’s Public Relations Association, and was most recently awarded ‘2014 PR person’, by The Union of Media Publisher (SPS).