Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Asia will address the evolution of entrepreneurialism in Asian markets in the context of political and economic factors; cultural and societal norms; and the business of innovation within corporations.
Panel 1 will showcase individual entrepreneurs and their success stories across multiple sectors in Asia. The vast challenges posed by urbanisation, infrastructure, resource constraints and population in Asian cities are widespread. The next generation of Asian entrepreneurs now look towards embracing new models of growing businesses within the rapidly changing market environment whilst maintaining their traditional growth trajectories.
Panel 2 will examine large multinational companies’ innovation strategies in Asia. A solid understanding of the in-country cultural nuances as well as policy mandates is vital to the success of Western companies in meeting future challenges in Asian markets.
Sharon Bamford is the Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs. She has started and grown five companies of her own, securing contracts with China and Libya in the early 1980s and working with Vietnam, Western Siberia, Kazakhstan and Venezuela in the early 1990s in the oil and gas sector. She was also an academic at Aberdeen Business School, lecturing on entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and MBA students.
Panel 1: Entrepreneurship in Asia
Alpesh Patel is the founder of an asset management company which launched a hedge fund in 2004 (US) and Private Equity funds in 2009 (investing in India), past member of the Advisory Board of ICICI’s private banking division.
Uday Phadke is the Chief Executive of Cartezia, which specialises in the design and building of new products, services and businesses for the emerging digital marketplace. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Judge Business School in Cambridge and a Charter member of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs & Global Mentoring Organisation).
Selina Sagayam is a Partner in the global law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Her practice focuses on international corporate finance transaction work, incluing public and private M&A, and she has experience working on transactions in the MENA, North Asian and SE Asian markets.
Dr Tarita Shankar is a social entrepreneur in the field of education. She founded the Shree Chanakya Education Society (SCES) in February 1994 in Pune, India, with the aim of providing top quality post-graduate education in the fields of Business Management, International Business and Information Technology. Dr Shankar holds a Degree in Arts (Gold Medalist), Law and Phd. in Management.
Panel 2: The Business of Innovation in Asia
Jörg Nowack leads Hitachi’s European Group Business Development Office, a key department within Hitachi’s European Regional Corporate Center in London and comprising antenna offices in Warsaw, Moscow, Bucharest and Istanbul. He has facilitated the incubation of new business ventures within Hitachi as part of the Open Innovation Programme.
Martin Bishop is Global Head of Hosting Services for Telstra International based in London, where he is responsible for directing the global product portfolio for managed hosting and data centre services including colocation, virtualisation, cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) and all other services delivered from the data centre.
Andrew White is the Associate Dean of Executive Education at the SAID Business School in Oxford. His background is in the research of innovation management, a topic of increasing importance in a competitive world. The successful management of disruptive technologies and discontinuities have been at the focus of his work.
Sachin Date is a Partner in Ernst & Young's Transaction Advisory Services team and advises corporates and private equity on transactions. Over the last 22 years, Sachin has built up significant experience on advising global clients on acquisitions and disposals and has previously been involved in London Stock Exchange transactions as well as SEC reporting.
Anil Stocker is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of MarketInvoice, one of the UK's fastest growing internet businesses, an alternative to bank lending. MarketInvoice has been described as "the lifeblood" of Britain's small business community by the shadow business secretary.