Acting Managing Director, GEN India
Yatin Thakur is a serial entrepreneur and an active start-up ecosystem developer who has been promoting technological innovations in India through his various ventures and Startup Weekends. He founded over seven startups in wireless technology, media, and rural development before focusing full time on ecosystem development work.
Thakur's current focus is on developing the startup ecosystem in India by providing aspiring entrepreneurs a platform to pitch their ideas and get support in sustaining their ventures and providing physical shelters for validation of their ideas and enable collaborations through his coworking hubs CoworkIn.
Vice Chairs (alphabetical order)
Acting Managing Director, GEN New Zealand
Dave Moskovitz is an entrepreneur, investor, company director, and community builder. He’s been called the “godfather of Wellington startups”, and was involved in the establishment of the AngelHQ – the local Wellington Angel investment network and Lightning Lab – New Zealand’s leading startup accelerator. Dave is a director at a number of startups and larger organizations such as Open Polytechnic and InternetNZ. Dave is a successful serial entrepreneur but has also been involved in numerous lexicography projects, nonprofits, social enterprises, and interfaith initiatives. He blogs at http://dave.moskovitz.co.nz/ and tweets @davemosk.
Acting Managing Director, GEN Taiwan
David Kuo is an early stage startup investor and co-founder of iiiNNO, a startup platform focused in accelerating go-to-market process for both local and international startup. He is passionate about contributing to Taiwan’s startup ecosystem and is often invited to speak across cities in Taiwan and Asia about startup education and pre-incubation methodologies. Kuo is a father of two and loves to travel around the world to discover many uncovered touching moments. He loves to help innovators change the world.
Founder, GEN Thailand
Steve Cheah is the founder and President of Global Entrepreneurship Thailand which functions as an "umbrella organization" that promotes entrepreneurship development and advancements in Thailand and ASEAN. Its mission and work are supported by strategic partners and key organizations like the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Thailand's Board of Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) agencies and the Kauffman Foundation's Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign.
Cheah is also the chairman of the Entrepreneurship Working Group at the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commences Thailand (JFCCT), consisting of 28 foreign business chambers and trade associations in Thailand. The group advocates entrepreneur-friendly ecosystems for the promotion of startups, trade, and investments in the AEC. As an active contributor to business communities and an entrepreneur with a passion, he devotes much of his efforts to encourage enterprises to use their businesses as a tool for social change and economic development.
Board of Director, Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation(KoEF)
Chairman and Founder, DASAN Zhone Soluction Inc.
Chair, GEN ASIA (2017~2018)
Minwoo Nam, Chariman and Founder of DASAN Networks, Inc., is one of a successful entrepreneur in Korea.
He has served as a member of GEN ASIA Executive Committee from Sep. 2018, since after completion of his First Chairman term of GEN ASIA.
He previously served as CEO of Korea Ready System (1991~1993) and established DASAN Engineering Co., Ltd. (1993) for manufacturing of network solutions. As a successful first-generation venture entrepreneur in Korea, he is trying to make an ecosystem for next entrepreneur with the government. Mr. Nam served as General Chairman of the International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs from 2004 until 2006 and has served as a Director of KoEF since November 2011. In 2012-2015, he served as Chairman of Korea Venture Business Association. He was elected as the First Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Young in 2013 and finished one-year term. And he served as the Second Chairman of KoEF.
Based on his experience, he encourages young people to do venture start-ups. And as an entrepreneur himself, he enjoys new continuous challenges to expand his business into the B2C field. Mr. Nam completed his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul university in 1984.
CEO, Thura Swiss, Myanmar
Dr. Aung Thura is the founder and CEO of Thura Swiss, a Myanmar-based firm specialized in market research, consulting and financial advisory with regards to Myanmar. Thura Swiss aims to equip both local and foreign businesses with accurate and sophisticated information in order to allow them to make strategic data-driven decisions. Among Dr. Aung Thura’s other businesses are investments in several technology startups in Myanmar.
Dr. Aung Thura grew up and received his education in Switzerland. He holds an M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, a master's degree in quantitative economics and finance and a doctorate in banking and finance from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before founding Thura Swiss, Dr. Aung Thura worked for Swiss banks in different roles such as business development and investment banking.
In 2012, Dr. Aung Thura moved to Myanmar with the aim of contributing to rebuilding the country. He regularly holds guest lectures in finance at the Myanmar National College and the Executive MBA program of the Yangon University of Economics. He is often interviewed by local and foreign media as an expert in investments and economic matters. Dr. Aung Thura is a member of the Executive Committee and the Secretary of the Trade and Investment Committee of the Union of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and a Vice President of the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association (MYEA). He has served in the jury for the ASEAN Business Awards in 2017.
Acting Managing Director, GEN Japan; Executive Managing Director of Japan Innovation Network
Hiro Nishiguchi is Executive Managing Director of a non-profit innovation platform organization, Japan Innovation Network, which he created with government research committee members.
Prior to his current position, Nishiguchi was Executive Managing Director of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), which is a quasi-government investment fund with $20 billion investment capacity to foster innovation among Japanese corporations. Prior to INCJ, he was Worldwide Partner and Region Head of Global M&A Consulting of Mercer. He has worked with many global players on major M&A transactions including cross-border M&A. Before Mercer, he worked with the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in the US and Japan. His major publications are `Successful M&A Organization and People Integration Strategy` by Nikkei Newspaper Publishing and `Practical guide for HR Due Diligence` by Chuo Keizai.
Nishiguchi received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor degree from Sophia University in Tokyo. He has visited more than 30 countries and lived and worked in Chicago and Washington DC from 1992 to 2001.
Acting Managing Director GEN Indonesia
Ivan A. SANDJAJA, a native to Indonesia, received his degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Berlin, Germany and San Diego, California in the US. He received a recognition for his work from the American Chemical Society. He also studied Business Management in Düsseldorf in Germany and has years of work experience in various countries in Asia and Europe. He began his career in Indonesia more than 20 years ago as a laboratory assistant and spent more than 15 years in the chemical industry until he reached the top post at an Anglo-German chemical company as the Chief Operating Officer and served as Member of the Board of the Directors until 2004. In 2005, he decided to work independently as a professional management consultant and had assisted many local enterprises which were mostly family owned to improve their business performance, increase their market share and boost their profitability. In 2008, he entered the education sector by becoming the visiting lecturer at the Asian Banking and Finance Institute and the extraordinary advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the Ciputra University. In 2012, he became the Director of the Ciputra Incubator and Accelerator and of the Office of International Relations of the Ciputra Foundation. Through his extensive national and international network, he has developed multi-million dollar worth of commercial projects for his organization and represent Indonesia as the lead delegate for the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
Founder / Ceo , Invest2Innovate, Pakistan
Kalsoom is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which has been operating in Pakistan since 2011. Kalsoom has also trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. She was previously a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, (recently renamed the Thousand Network) and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and was named an Ashoka Changemakers/ American Express Emerging Innovator for 2013. Kalsoom also founded the popular blog, CHUP, or Changing Up Pakistan in January 2008, and has written for the Washington Post, The Next Web, the Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, NextBillion and Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies, and an M.A. from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution.