South Asia & Oceania

Svati Bhogle

For 10 years, Svati Bhogle has headed a non-profit organisation, TIDE, that develops sustainable applications and technologies for grassroots entrepreneurs in India, namely wood-burning stoves. ‘I designed fuel-efficient household stoves that can make a serious impact. As a non-profit it was difficult to scale up in that market, however, yet to make the shift to a commercial market, you have to attract investors.’

Rebecca Wei

Ms. Wei has served many world-leading telecom operators and high tech companies in China and Asia in areas such as strategy, marketing and sales, operations, IT, organization and corporate finance.

Ms. Wei has also actively introduced advanced international management practices to China while facilitating the understanding among multinational firms of the rapidly evolving Chinese economic and business environment. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and workshops, and has published several articles on management trends and issues in the Chinese press.

Sung Joo Kim

Internationally known and respected for her achievements in business, she has been involved in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, beginning her career at Bloomingdale's in 1985 under the direct supervision of Mr. Marvin Traub, the legendary retailer and ex-Chairman of Bloomingdale's.

Rattawadee Bualert

Rattawadee is an MBA graduate from Chulalongkorn University (SASIN) and was educated in the United Kindgom from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Galia Albin

At 57, Albin holds a slew of titles and positions in both public and private sectors in Israel and beyond. She serves as company director of at least ten publicly held Israeli/international giants including Marks & Spencer Israel, United Steel Mills and the Koor Industries Group, she chairs the Business Forum Women's advisory to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the National Council for Children, The Center for Economic Development Among Jewish & Arab Women and serves as Director of the Israel Women's Network.

Kamal Ahmad

Kamal Ahmad currently serves as the President and CEO of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation. Educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Ahmad has combined a career in private transactional law practice and international development. He focused on corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as US federal securities laws while at the New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (1996-2000) and the London office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw (2001-2002).

Michelle Sassoon

Michelle Sassoon is the Chief Operating Officer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a business that she and her husband set up in 1996 when they chanced upon the company in California, USA. The Sassoons were the first to franchise the store outside California and it was an instant success. Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf employs about 700 people in Singapore and has a total of 78 outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. Furthermore, rather than setting their sights on Asia alone, the Sassoons have taken over The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf business worldwide.

Keiko Honda

Keiko Honda is a partner at McKinsey & Company's Japan office and the first woman elected Director in Asia. She has advised both Japanese and multinational clients in areas such as M&A activities, corporate valuation, and long-term growth strategy. Her key engagements include facilitating a major Japanese banking merger; counseling a leadership committee on reform and future growth at one of Japan's largest financial groups; and developing value-creation strategy for a global consumer goods company.

Michelle Garnaut

Melbourne-born Michelle Garnaut is a restaurateur and trained cook with a culinary career that spans 25 years, several continents and positions that have ranged from pot-scrubber to waitress to cook to caterer and, finally, proprietor.

Yang Lan

In 2005, she founded Sun Culture Foundation with a mission to promote the relief of poverty, advancement of education, and mutual understandings across cultures.


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