Entrepreneurship: Engine for Asia’s Growth

05 May 2006

Ian Fenwick

The Stock Exchange of Thailand and Human Capital Alliance will be sponsoring a special “Entrepreneurship: Engine for Asia’s Growth” presentation at the SET auditorium on Thursday, March 23 from 9:30 am until noon.

This exciting event is being held in conjunction with Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Business School’s ASIA Moot Corp competition that will feature students from 20 universities across the region during the same week.

About the Forum:

The Entrepreneurship Presentation will feature three very distinguished overseas guests who will share their expertise with us.

These include Sing Wang 42, former CEO of TOM Group Ltd, a company that has under his leadership grew into one of China and Greater China’s major multimedia companies in just a few short years. Wang was born in China and is a graduate of Oxford University. Prior to joining to TOM Group in 2000, Wang spent seven years at Goldman Sachs and headed their China investment projects’ group. He is considered one of the most experienced private equity investors in China, with a background in investment banking, equity capital markets and technology. A dynamic speaker, Wang will give us his insights on what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in today’s fast-moving China.

The second guest will be the Hon Bernard Chan 40, who is a member of the Hong Kong SAR’s Executive Council and the SAR’s Legislature. Bernard will speak on what type of infrastructure government’s must support to encourage successful entrepreneurs. Bernard is at home both in Hong Kong and in Thailand especially since his grandfather, Chin Sophonpanich was the legendary founder of Bangkok Bank, an early financier and lender to many of today’s great Asian entrepreneurial families. He is also Deputy Managing Director of Asia Financial Group and the President of Asia Insurance.

Kenneth Gaw 35, is the event’s third guest. Gaw is the Managing Director of Pioneer Global Group, a major venture capital investor in the region. The Pioneer Group, based in Hong Kong, has significant interests in many Thai public and private companies including the Dusit Thani Hotels, Siam Foods and the Aisawan Resort and Spa in Pattaya. His company also invests throughout Asia with joint venture partner Morgan Stanley. Gaw will talk about what types of investments venture capitalists and investors are looking for in the region.


Photo: At a press conference announcing the event are:

Front row from left to right: Professor Toemsakdi Krishnamra- Director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Adminstration; Khun Chavalit Thanachanan- former Bank of Thailand Govenor; Edwin Sim, CEO of Human Capital Alliance.

Back row from left to right: Professor Phillip Braun- Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Adminstration; Khun Vichate Tantiwanich, Executive Vice President, the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

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