Unlocking US-Asia Economic Policies under the Trump Administration

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Prof. Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal,  Travers Department of Political Science & Haas School of Business

Vinnie Aggarwal is Travers Senior Fellow and Professor in the Travers Department of Political Science, Affiliated Professor at the Haas School of Business, and Director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Business and Politics. He is also an elected lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Aggarwal consults regularly with multinational corporations on strategy, trade policy, and international negotiations and with governments and international organizations. He is the author or editor of 21 books and over 100 articles. Dr. Aggarwal received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. [LinkedIn]


Unlocking Megatrends Shaping Business in Asia Today & in the Future

 How Startups to Multinationals are tapping into this economic force


Richard PalmerManaging Director, Morgan Stanley PWM

Richard Palmer is Managing Director of Morgan Stanley PWM. He has worked extensively on investment in Asia public companies since 1992. After returning to the US, he has continued to cover Asia Pacific publicly traded companies in several markets such as China, Japan, Singapore etc. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He got BA in Asian Studies with a focus on China from the University of California, Berkeley and Master of Arts degree in Regional Studies with a focus on Chinese economics  at Harvard University.

Richard is a Trustee of UC Berkeley Foundation, founding Board member of the UC Berkeley China Initiative (BCI) and Board member of the International House at UC Berkeley. [LinkedIn]


Derek Idemoto, Vice President, Corporate Development & Cisco Investments

Derek Idemoto is Vice President of Corporate Development and Cisco Investments at Cisco Systems. He is responsible for driving Cisco’s strategy, acquisitions, and investments across its security, service provider, silicon, and digital media businesses. He’s also responsible for Cisco’s corporate development activities in India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN, ANZ, and Canada. Over his nine years at Cisco, Derek has led dozens of transactions totaling over $13 billion. Derek received a BS in finance and marketing from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA where he was a Venture fellow. [LinkedIn]


Helen Wang, award-winning author of "The Chinese Dream"

Helen H. Wang is an award-winning author, international keynote speaker, and expert on China’s middle class. Originally from China, Wang has lived in the U.S. for over twenty years. After finishing her masters degree at Stanford, she has worked in Silicon Valley, consulted for Fortune 500 companies and started her internet startups. Wang also founded e-Mobilizer, a social venture that helps women in developing countries use mobile phones to access online markets and become entrepreneurs themselves. Wang’s book The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You has won numerous awards. She’s appeared on CNN, BBC, and NPR and has been quoted by The Economist and the Wall Street Journal. [LinkedIn]


Felice Beckman, Founder, Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance

Felice Gunawan Beckman is a founding partner at Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance (SVATA), a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the innovation / technology gap between South East Asia and Silicon Valley. Prior to founding SVATA, Felice was the founding CEO at Marigold International, a trading company that sourced and oversaw manufacturing and logistics for Macy's, Urban Outfitters, Uniqlo, amongst other customers.  In addition to her role at SVATA, Felice is an advisor to Skystar Capital, an Indonesian VC, as well as an investment partner at Elastic Holdings.  She is also a founding member of the Indonesian Diaspora Network, Indonesian Diaspora Business Council, and Indonesian Diaspora Foundation. Felice grew up in Indonesia prior to moving to the US and earning her degree in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from UC Berkeley and a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Resources from Stanford University.  [LinkedIn]


Moderator: Bryan Castillo, Managing Director, Ackrell Capital

Bryan Castillo is a Managing Director at Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment banking firm, where he leads the firm’s cross-border investment banking practice across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Bryan has served as a senior advisor to governments, companies and entrepreneurs on issues related to corporate finance, economic and public policy and strategic business development in international markets. He has advised on over 50 transactions totaling over $20 billion across the aerospace, cleantech, consumer, energy, healthcare, industrials, media, real estate and technology industries.

Bryan holds a B.S. Economics from Pennsylvania State University. [LinkedIn]


Unlocking Value the Emerging Asian Markets:      The Secret Sauce for Value Creation


Prof. Peter Goodson, CD&R, Mekong Capital

Peter Goodson is an innovator in the formative stages of Private Equity. His firm of origin, CD&R, has owned over 65 businesses valued in excess of $100 billion. He has ownership partnering with PE firms in China and India. He is on the Advisory Board of the Tata Capital Growth Fund. He is the founder of the Value Optimization Board at Mekong Capital, Vietnam. Mr. Goodson is a distinguished fellow at INSEAD in its Global Private Equity Initiative, a fellow of Dartmouth's Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. [LinkedIn]


Unlocking Early Stage Investments & Exits  between Silicon Valley and Asia


Kyle Lui, Principal, DCM Ventures

Kyle Lui is a principal at DCM Ventures, a venture capital firm with over $3 billion under management and have invested in more than 300 technology companies across the U.S. and Asia. And expert in consumer internet & mobile, enterprise SaaS, VR7AR and iOT, he has helped entrepreneurs to scale their companies. Kyle has conducted business globally, as a private equity and hedge fund investor with Pantheon and Clearwater Capital, Co-founder & CEO of ChoicePass; Product Director at Salesforce.com. He is also an adventurer who loves traveling, snowboarding, and being out on the water. Kyle is a UC Berkeley alum. [LinkedIn]


Victor Tan, Director, SGInnovate

Victor Tan manages SGInnovate’s investments and operations in North America. Prior to this, he managed the overseas operations of Infocomm Investments and Singapore’s technology agency’s outpost, IDA Singapore, here in San Francisco, focused on working with technology companies and organisations to explore opportunities in both countries.

Before North America, Victor worked with IDA Singapore to focus on helping Singaporean startups to identify key South East Asian markets for market expansion, focusing on Indonesia and Vietnam. He also managed key American accounts in the digital media and games sector, helping them to understand the Singaporean and Asian landscape for their expansion.

In his early career, Victor was part of Singapore’s foreign service and eventually left to pursue his own entrepreneurial dreams in China. [LinkedIn]

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Binh Tran, Managing Partner, 500 Startups Vietnam

Binh Tran is the managing partner for 500 Startups Vietnam, a seed stage fund investing in Vietnam-connected startups. Prior to 500 Startups, Binh co-founded Klout in 2008 which was acquired in 2014 at reported price of $200M. Binh has also been investing in US based startups as an angel investor and LP since 2012. [LinkedIn]


Ying Wang, Managing Director, Fosun Kinzon Capital

Ying Wang joined Kinzon Capital in 2014, bringing with her 11-years of experience in venture capital, especially in FinTech and consumer internet space. Fosun Group is one of the largest private conglomerate from China, with $150B Asset under management, and through its insurance & multi-industry business, generates over $20B  investible assets each year for deployment. Ms. Wang leads Fosun’s high-tech investments in the US, including FinTech, pioneering technology, digital health, and consumer internet.  Prior to Kinzon, she served as Executive Director at NLVC since 2006.

Ying holds a BA degree in Economics from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles. [LinkedIn]

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Moderator: Monika Auger, Haas MBA 2018, The Wall Street Journal

Monika Auger is an associate at M34 Capital, a private investment firm in San Francisco that funds startups spun out of academic and research labs. At M34 Capital she works closely with seed-stage founders across a wide array of technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Machine Learning. She also supports the entrepreneurs within M34’s portfolio to build sustainable business models for their technical breakthroughs. Prior to M34 Capital Monika was a multimedia reporter and producer for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered a range of topics, including science, technology, and business. Monika holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and is currently an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. [LinkedIn]



Unlocking Opportunities for the Underserved Markets



Beau SeilCo-founder, Managing Partner, Unitus Impact Fund

Beau Seil is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Unitus Impact, a venture capital firm focused on scalable companies that increase incomes and improve the livelihoods of working poor in SE Asia and India. Beaur Seil leads the firm's work in Indonesia and the Philippines, and has been actively investing in Indonesia since 2010. Investors in Unitus Impact's Livelihood Impact Fund include OPIC, Christian Super (an Australian pension fund), Rockefeller Foundation, eBay Foundation, and family offices in Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, the US, and Europe. Beaur serves as a board member for Kalibrr Inc., mClinica (Endeavor company), and PR Vasham, and is the former board chairman / current board observer at PT RUMA (Endeavor company). Beau holds a JD/MBA and B.S. Psychology from Brigham Young University. [LinkedIn]