Raj Raghavan

Ambassador, Australia

Nearly 15 years of fun in the high-technology and IT services domains. Specialized in the areas of Services Selling, Technology Solutions, Starting and GTM for new Service Lines, Marketing, Brand building, Business Development, Design and Development.Thrive on the challenge of bringing new concepts to market, especially under ambiguous conditions and inadequate information.Industries which have contributed to my personality include Banking, Retail, Telecommunications, Offshore IT Services (IT Applications and IT Infrastructure Management)

Yannie Cho

Ambassador, France

Most recent role involves sourcing and closing investment deals for family office. Had experiences working with startups in NYC and Seoul, in areas such as digital marketing, operations, and business development. Lived, studied, and/or worked in USA, Canada, South Korea, and China, and now based in Paris, France. Holds BA degree from NYU and now a Masters in Management candidate at HEC Paris.

N P Vincent

Ambassador, Ras Al Khaimah

Start-up enthusiast with 9 years of experience in bootstrapping business establishment, product conceptualization and business development. Keen on new and emerging technologies in sectors ranging from websites to transportation, renewable energy to food & beverage. Mechanical Engineer, PGDBM in Marketing and pursuing a CFA qualification. Motor racing enthusiast follows FIA WEC. Likes Sailing. Loves food.

Avan Sardar

Ambassador Los Angeles

Avan is an accomplished and motivated ex-business owner with 8+ years of diverse experience and proven record of success in multiple industries. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of New Mexico. He interned and worked for Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico and Lockheed Martin in Virginia. Additionally, he served as a linguist and cultural advisory and was embedded with U.S. troops in a war-zone.

Sunil Khichi

Ambassador, Hong Kong

A finance professional with more than 7 years of experience with global banks across functions and asset classes. He has worked with Citigroup, BNP Paribas and Lehman Brothers. Sunil comes from strong analytical background and combines this with operational and business development skills. He is passionate about startups, especially Healthcare, Cleantech, Education and Mobile sector. Other interests include traveling and learning new cultures. Sunil has spent last 10 years in Hong Kong and Japan. He earned MBA from international university of Japan, Japan and B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee in India.

Adrien Courtat

Ambassador, Hong Kong

Former Investment banker having worked on dozen international M&A projects with a specialization in the TMT, healthcare and the fintech sectors. Passionate about the startup universe, has provided support to many startups in various sectors such as online recruiting, fashion, gesture Learning, concept stores, etc. Recently moved to HK to benefit from the local startup ecosystem. Has a Master of Science in Management from RBS.

Marcel Gasser

Ambassador, Switzerland

Serious entrepreneur in many fields: IT, real estate, online commerce, LED lighting, trade from and to Asia and incubation. He is passionate about innovative stuff, entrepreneurship and global start-up scene. He is the optimistic globetrotter and networker. He likes positive vibes and efficient and same minded global teams. Since many years he is doing business in China and Hong Kong. He has financial background and degree in business IT. After he got eMBA from HWZ Zurich and MBA from University of Southern Queensland in international business. Currently he is invested in 9 companies on 3 continents and lives in Hong Kong.

Dmitry Trofimets

Ambassador, Russia

Dmitry utilizes the approach he calls the 'startup marketing' - not only a combination of marketing planning, business strategy and product management, but the mindset helping analyze the behavior and improve customer interaction. During his career he had helped made home 3D printing affordable, supported the universities on their way to international arena with open online courses, advised several startups including food & waste management solution, groundbreaking digital identity project, and even innovative funeral services. BA in Marketing and MS student in Neuroeconomics.

Jack Baron

Ambassador, Australia

Jack has commercial experience in finance, engineering and property. As well as a love of sports his current career focus surrounds startups and venture capital due to the ambitious and fast-paced nature of all involved. Jack has studied Mechanical Engineering at Durham University.

Bernardo G. Arnaud

Ambassador, Brazil & Austria

Bernardo G. Arnaud has 15 years of experience in commodities trading, product development, telecommunications, mobile marketing, assets and project management in aeronautics, automotive and biomedical industries, startups and intellectual property internationally.

He has developed business for companies of the groups JP Morgan, Dassault Aviation, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, SASOL, Sinopec, Sinosteel, Embraer, Tate & Lyle, and so on. Besides that, he founded and has been participating in the management and fundraising of a few companies in sectors as energy, mining, jewelry, food, aeronautics, human resources and international trade.

Mr. Arnaud established liaisons between international organizations and governments, and between private sector and governments in and from different regions with focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is the founder of the Brazil-Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

Bernardo studied Industrial Chemistry and Electronics and holds a B.A. in Marketing and Advertising. He is completing his Executive MBA in Mining Economics and Graduate Gemologist degree. He has several executive education courses in business, strategy, crisis management, sales management, venture capital, etc., from Wharton, INSEAD, Berkeley, LSE, MIT and other institutions.

His main interests are concentrated in software development, new industrial production systems, mobile disruptive technologies in human resources, transportation, finance, food and medical devices, besides enjoying matching investors with projects.

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