Founding & Managing Partner
Mike Mastroyiannis, hong Kong
Mike is innovation management consultant as well as business & management coach specializing in transformational leadership, exponential growth innovation, team breakthroughs and transformations. He has served 3x as CEO of global business units in multinationals (Philips Electronics, Siemens), he founded and/or lead 3 technology start ups and has 3 decades of leadership experience with at least 3x fast turnarounds. He worked in both B2C and B2B industries (consumer electronics, digital communications, energy efficiency and digital lighting solutions), has created and lead innovative scalable global portfolios and systems, he is reinventing, simplifying, automating, growing effectively and leveraging the community as well as external assets. He has 3 university degrees, has lived in 6 countries in Europe and Asia and now lives in Hong Kong.
Dr Weiguo wang, Singapore
Weiguo brings 17 years of telecom system integration, mission critical system engineering, and deployment experience with two global multinational corporations as well as nine years of applied research and innovation experience in IT and communications at a public research lab in Singapore. He has a good appreciation and understanding of technologies from chip level, circuit board level, hardware/software product level to systems and enterprise levels. He has extensive business engagement with telecom & cable TV operators, railway, oil & gas construction and operating companies, government municipalities, law-enforcement agencies, airport operators, and etc. He has successfully built and managed different types of teams in various cultural, organizational and geographical settings.
Wilson Chim, Hong Kong
Wilson is a seasoned business leader and product innovation expert, having served over 20 years in leadership capacity in high technologies MNCs (Philips, Siemens Osram and Belkin) and startups. He possesses wealth of B2B and B2C experience across diverse industries including Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications, Digital Lighting, Energy Saving, Mobile Apps and FMCG, with proven track record in creating innovative global product portfolios with market leadership positions, as well as to propel businesses with exponential growth.
BAS FRANSEN, Hong kong
Bas is a seasoned high impact and hands-on global C-suite executive with a high-tech commercial background. He has proven track record in product and portfolio development, global partnerships, marketing, sales, and growth strategies for Fortune 500 technology companies (Philips, IBM, and ASML) and successful technology start-ups. Charismatic with exceptionally strong leadership skills and a passion for people. Prior to Hong Kong where Bas is based, he lived and worked in Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands, his home country.
DAN COHEN, canada
Dan Cohen is an experienced business strategist with a deep background in several science and technology disciplines. With an outstanding track record of early innovation and creative strategies, Dan has been a leader or advisor for more than forty growing enterprises. Dan has a notable track record in early-stage venture capital transactions, technology transfer and iconoclastic business models. Most of Dan’s work is concentrated in areas where innovation has a tangible impact on the world in education, the environment, health care or sustainable development.
YIP YEW SENG, SINGAPORE
Yew Seng has over 25 years of experience as a technical, regulatory, management, investment and system engineering professional in the telecom/ ICT, electronics, defence and engineering industries. He has proven track records in leading organizations to provide successful collaboration and investment ventures, cost-effective products and services and sustainable operations, with superior results and often within tight time frames and limited budgets. His specializations include project management, product development and management, technology commercialization and investment, R&D, systems engineering (including lifecycle support), intellectual property management, market study and technology intelligence, regulatory and standards etc., having worked in blue-chip MNCs, GLCs, government, start-ups and academia in Singapore, USA, UK, Israel, China and Cambodia. He currently serves as the President of INCOSE Singapore and the Honorary Secretary of Association of Telecom Industries of Singapore. His qualifications include Master degree, certified PMP and CSEP (INCOSE), and a CFA member.
Avijit dutta, india
Avijit has over 23 years in executive positions across APAC and proven track record of leading complex & disruptive initiatives, in alignment with ecosystem partners. Growth catalyst with the experience of building profitable & high value digital businesses from scratch (PCCW, Tata group, Bakrie group), by providing strategic direction, diverse perspectives & positive leadership. Motivational team leader, who is at ease in navigating through diverse multi-cultural work environments. Avijit specializes in SaaS strategies and global alliances, and is currently a technology accelerator in Indi
andrea livOTTO, HONG KONG
Andrea is director of Clarity, a company based in Hong Kong creating custom web and mobile applications for startups & other businesses in Hong Kong and beyond. He is active in the start-up community as co-director of Hong Kong’s chapter of Founder Institute, an early-stage startup incubator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies as well as advisor and former CTO of Spacebox, a startup providing on-demand valet storage to households and businesses in Hong Kong. He has worked as investment product structurer at Brevan Howard and Credit Suisse in London and he studied mathematics at the University of Oxford.
ANGELO TRAAS, SHENZHEN CHINA
Senior Executive with 25+ years of international Business & Operations experience in the Electronics Industry (B2B and B2C), both for MNCs (Philips Electronics and Flextronics) and for start-ups in ChinA / HK. Specialized in Value Creation through M&A and aggressively expanding China Business Operations. NPI-expert and Certified Auditor for Corporate Social Responsibility compliance. Practitioner Member of the Asian Transformation & Turnaround Association (ATTA). Inspiring team-builder, thoroughly experienced in Business Operations & Finance, R&D, NPI, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He has a masters degree in Robotics (cum laude) and has been based in Shenzhen China since 2001.
Greg Fisher , Silicon Valley USA
As founder/CEO of Berkeley Sourcing Group, Greg Fisher has spent the last 13 years working with over 1000 hardware startups to develop and manufacture innovative products. Living in China 1/3rd of that time, he worked with hardware startups and factories to help improve their designs for manufacturing, qualify and select factories, manage factory negotiations and relationships, and develop and implement quality control processes. With this history, Greg has a unique perspective and immense passion for what it takes for hardware startups to build the right foundation and scale their operations. Seeing the need for more support for hardware startups to realize success, Greg started Hardware Massive, which is now the leading Global Community/Platform for Hardware Startup Innovation, and HardwareCon, the Bay Area's premier hardware innovation conference. Their missions are to empower hardware startups to succeed through networking, events, education, and providing access to resources. Summing up, Greg is all about hardware innovation.
Dr Richard Hung, Hong Kong
'Richard has over 18 years of senior-level experience in Technology (Semiconductor, renewable energy and environmental engineering), General Engineering, Operations and Business management, including several high-level positions (directors and general manager role) with over 10 years experiences in different countries and different cultures (US, UK, Taiwan, China and HK), and between MNC, NGO and startup environments. Richard obtained his PhD from Brunel University in the U.K, in the field of microstructural development in commercial aluminium-lithium alloy. He completed his master degree in Welding and Adhesive Bonding Engineering from the same University and Aerospace Engineering at Kingston University, UK.'
Konrad Gorcks, Germany
Konrad has more than 20 years of business experience in executive-level facilitation and coaching, management diagnostics and consulting up to C-level positions. His experience spans a number of industries (including banking, automotive, pharma, IT, retail, telecommunications, etc.) and his main focus is supporting executives in developing and transforming their companies. Konrad also brings with him considerable consulting experience in the areas of organizational & human capital development and business strategy, for example providing change management support for client organizations that are redefining and optimizing organizational processes and/or redefining their business strategy (incl. mission and values) in the context for instance of mergers and acquisitions. Detecting patterns and reducing complexity for understanding the overall results of the system. His qualifications include Master degree in psychology, certified coach and facilitator to the rep:grid Methodology and several other certificates.
Suchandra Dutta, Bangalore India
Suchandra has been working as a Human Resource professional in the Industry for more than 13 years. She has partnered in Tech HR implementation projects like Workday rollouts and Taleo and has also led projects to set up HR and global Shared Services teams. Her core competency lies in understanding the way businesses function and adapt HR policies and processes to the business needs for driving organisational efficiency. Experienced in working with cross functional leadership teams and in multi cultural environment, she currently works as independent HR consultant providing strategic HR consulting to companies in India.
Neelakshi Mukherjee, Kolkata India
With an experience of over 17 years in the field of learning and development and HR , Neelakshi comes with an expertise of laying out robust HR processes and Learning and development frameworks. Her main focus in her domain is to build frameworks for clients in the space of competency development and learning , in order to facilitate a growth and succession planning within an enabling Organizational Development model for the clients. Having worked in leadership roles in her field, she has build an acumen to able to identify business needs that her vertical expertise can help address. Currently in her capacity as an independent consultant she helps her clients in the space of Strategic HR and LND.
DR NICOLAS VORTMEYER, ERLANGEN GERMANY
Expert for sustainable business growth by integrating strategy, technology, people, communication and pragmatic, hands-on implementation. 25+ years industry experience (technology, cleantech, smart grid, automation, energy, power generation, oil & gas, process industry etc.), 12 years Division CTO and Chief Expert at Siemens AG and 3 years CEO of new technology venture businesses in energy technology/cleantech. Nicolas has also 8 years of consulting experience (6 years in house) in technology & innovation, new ventures, development and management of technical and technology co-operations. He is also an experienced problem solver and leader of critical innovation projects.
Karim Elmorsi, Amsterdam The Netherlands
Karim is an experienced general manager with a background in mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration, joint ventures, IT and supply chain management. Prior to starting askme Partners, Karim worked for Midaxo (a scale-up company) as their VP EMEA and Head of Global Key Accounts where he was responsible for helping clients professionalize their end-to-end M&A/PMI processes leveraging the Midaxo platform. In this role he supported several Fortune 500 companies improve their M&A, PMI, and JV processes including Philips, Nokia, Hitachi, Molex, Verizon, HPE, and MAPFRE. At Philips he was one of the founding members of the New Venture Integration team where he established Philips PMI playbook and processes. His hands-on PMI/JV experience at Philips covers more than 25 integrated deals across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Karim has also worked at Ernst & Young and Lufthansa in various senior management roles. He is a serial entrepreneur and has co-started businesses in the decorative lighting industry as well as the consumer distribution industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a dual concentration in International and Operations management from Boston University. He is a dual citizen holding both the US and Dutch nationality and speaks fluent English, Dutch, and German.