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Adrian Johnston

Adrian Johnston

Adrian Johnston is senior vice president of applications for Oracle in Japan and Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading the business for Oracle’s cloud offerings in the apps space.

Johnston first joined Oracle in 2002 as vice president of applications and product operations for Asia Pacific. He then went on to hold several other positions, including vice president of the applications midmarket business unit. From 2008 to 2015, Johnston held the position of vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division in Asia, after which he returned to Oracle. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales.

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23/06/20 | How are finance teams closing their books remotely? 71 views

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    Aron Frost

    Aron Frost

    Aron Frost is the SEO team lead at First Page Limited. He oversees the digital strategy and execution of campaigns across Asia Pacific for leading Hong Kong brands. With over 5 years’ experience in international search engine optimization, he aims to broaden the digital literacy rate of marketers in Hong Kong. He is passionate about user experience, digital storytelling, and analytics. You can read more about these topics on his blog.

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    22/06/20 | Building a Multilingual E-commerce Store 69 views

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    Benson Chao

    Benson Chao

    Benson Chao is Director of Corporate Communications at SAP Hong Kong. For over two decades, he has advised and spearheaded corporations from diverse industries including conglomerate, printed media, TV broadcaster, themed park and cruise liner, to communicate coherent and engaging narratives with external and internal audiences. He has led regional and local teams to orchestrate cross-functional campaigns, guided decision-makers and stakeholders to connect the dots on communications issues within the boarder framework of business operations.

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    04/03/20 | The Human Side of Working from Home 246 views

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      Blake Larson

      Blake Larson

      Blake Larson is the Managing Director, International at Lalamove. He spent his career leading teams and overseeing operations during periods of exponential growth for both Fortune 500 companies and tech start-ups across four continents. In his current role, Blake oversees operations across Asia, including in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and India.

      Formerly, Blake served as the Managing Director of Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi in Hong Kong and oversaw Business Development in the region from 2013 to 2014. He helped establish the business as one of the market leaders in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Prior to that, Blake co- ounded and served as the managing director of Air Crew Club, a global marketplace for airline employees, from 2012 to 2013. Blake also served at the Clinton Foundation in their Global Health Finance Department in 2012. His primary role was to work with local government and funding partners to drive operational improvements to lower the cost of treatment.

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      21/01/20 | Empowering Asia's Small Businesses Through Digitised Delivery 243 views

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        Brian Lo

        Brian Lo

        Brian Lo is the general manager at Deliveroo Hong Kong & Taiwan, the leading on-demand food delivery platform founded in London in 2013. Brian launched Deliveroo Hong Kong in late 2015 and has rapidly grown the business across the region, employing hundreds of riders and partnering with over 4,000 of the city’s favourite restaurants to give customers the best food delivery experience in the world. Brian also launched Deliveroo Taiwan in September 2018. Brian is responsible for everything from operations to staff development to maintaining relationships with clients and customers. 

        Prior to joining Deliveroo, Brian was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where he specialised in working with large corporations around the globe to improve their overall capabilities and performance. Brian graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics, finance and management.

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        09/01/20 | Charting the Growth of Hong Kong's Gig Economy 385 views

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          Cherry Fung

          Cherry Fung

          Cherry Fung is Fortinet’s Regional Director for Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia. She leads Fortinet’s overall operations and is responsible for expanding the vendor's business in these territories.

          With two decades of experience in the IT and cybersecurity industries, Cherry has held senior sales and channel management roles in prominent technology companies including 3Com and H3C.

          Cherry holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Business and a Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, USA.

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          10/07/20 | Act now to prevent data breaches 115 views

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            Emily Georgiades

            Emily Georgiades

            Emily Georgiades is the Managing Director at E.A. Georgiades & Co LLC. She is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer licensed in the United States and the European Union. She represents high net worth clients internationally and has been published in many notable publications.

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            14/11/19 | How US Trusts Can Benefit Hong Kong & Singapore Residents 121 views

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            Eric Chin

            Eric Chin

            Eric is the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) of InCorp Group. He provides consultancy to local and foreign entities on the ideal market-entry strategies for setting up or expanding operations in Southeast Asia.

            Before joining InCorp, he was the Senior Vice President and Team Lead of the International Subsidiaries Banking division of HSBC and OCBC.

            An ex-corporate banker for more than 11 years, he has extensive experience in working with companies of different sizes: tech startups, scaleups, international SMEs, and multinational corporations in Singapore and the rest of the world.

            At present, Eric regularly participates as a guest speaker in business forums sponsored or organised by the Singaporean government or by InCorp’s corporate partners. He also participates as an advisor in mentorship programs for tech startups in Singapore.

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            20/07/20 | The Writing Is No Longer Just on the Wall in Hong Kong, It's in Unnerving Neon 117 views

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            Gaurav Belani

            Gaurav Belani

            Gaurav Belani is a senior SEO and content marketing analyst at Growfusely, a content marketing agency that specializes in data-driven SEO. He has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing and loves to read and write about business, edtech, AI, ML, data science, and other emerging technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and listening to music. Connect with him on Twitter at @belanigaurav.

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            30/03/20 | What Constitutes a Highly Effective Small Business Website? 143 views

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            Han Chon

            Han Chon

            Han Chon is General Manager, CAP, at Lenovo Data Center Group. As the leader for Lenovo’s Data Centre Group (DCG) for the ASEAN region, he is responsible for overall business performance, fiscal outcomes and growth within one of most dynamic regions in AP.

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            20/08/20 | What Facets of Technology Have Powered Businesses During the Pandemic? 96 views

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              Jared Ng

              Jared Ng

              Jared Ng is Co-owner and Regional Consulting Director of PeopleSearch Hong Kong, a leading executive search, career transition and outplacement services firm with an established presence in five other Asian cities - Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

              Jared started off in the Banking industry, but a series of chance encounters helped him discover his true calling in the executive search business more than 20 years ago. He is passionate about helping businesses acquire talent capable of having a transformative impact on organisational goals. He is equally committed to helping professionals cultivate fulfilling careers aligned with their aspirations.  

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              10/09/20 | Guts, gumption, a global mindset to tide Hong Kong's graduates over this crisis 95 views

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                Konrad Chan

                Konrad Chan

                Konrad Chan is President, Asia Pacific of Global Payments and responsible for overseeing our business in all 12 markets throughout the entire Asia Pacific region.

                Konrad has been with Global Payments since the inception of the Asia Pacific business in 2006 and most recently served as President, North Asia where he managed all the sales and business activities in the Greater China region and was responsible for the operational and compliance areas in Asia. He was previously Senior Vice President, Operations and Products where he led the launch of the mobile payment acceptance solution and the award-winning Premier customer service proposition.

                Prior to Global Payments, Konrad served in several positions within HSBC Asia Pacific merchant acquiring function where he conducted strategic review of the merchant acquiring business in Asia Pacific, led new production development with the introduction of internet payment gateway and was responsible for the management of the bank’s acquiring business and daily operations in Mainland China.

                Konrad began his career in the payment cards industry with Visa International in the client servicing area and progressed to serve as Director, Emerging Technology. He is a Member of the Visa Client Council for Asia Pacific and Councilor of UnionPay International Member Council.

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                23/01/20 | Asian retailers should consider investing in omnichannel experiences to stay relevant 101 views

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                  Lawrence Chia

                  Lawrence Chia

                  Lawrence Chia is the Group Chairman and CEO of the Hong Kong-listed Pico Far East Holdings Limited (752.HK). Founded in Singapore in 1969, Pico is a global total brand activation company specialising in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Today it employs some 2,400 permanent staff with sales networks and production facilities in 34 major cities worldwide. In the 2019 financial year, Pico Far East Holdings Limited reported revenue of over USD 640 million and a market capitalisation of nearly US$422m.

                  Chia was educated in the United States, graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with highest honours. In 2006, he received the International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award from the University of South Carolina in the United States. In 2016, Chia received the University of Tennessee Outstanding International Alumni Award.

                  Before assuming the Chairmanship of Pico Far East Holdings Limited, he was the Managing Director of the Pico Group of companies in Europe and North America, and was based in London for six years. With more than three decades of experience in the event marketing industry, Mr Chia embodies a forward-looking vision to continuously drive the growth of the company – particularly in the areas of business process innovation and digital transformation.

                  In 2020, the Pico Group won a Gold award for Event Agency of the Year in Hong Kong. In 2019, the Group won InnoESG Prize in recognition of its making a positive impact in the areas of environmental, social and governance.

                  Chia is currently Chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong).  

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                  27/08/20 | Navigating the New Normal of the Event Industry in Hong Kong 305 views

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                  Marc Parrott

                  Marc Parrott

                  Marc Parrott is a partner in our Hong Kong office. He specialises in advising all types of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands investment funds and their managers, with particular emphasis on private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. He regularly advises in respect of fund formation, restructuring, and ongoing operational matters. He also advises investors in relation to their investments into Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands fund structures.

                  Marc also has considerable experience on the offshore aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange listings, corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Before joining us, Marc practised in the Cayman Islands with Walkers. In addition, Marc has top-tier international transactional experience having practised in Australia with Freehills, in London with Linklaters and in Dubai with King & Spalding LLP.

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                  19/11/19 | Aligning the Interests of Fund Managers and Investors in Hong Kong 127 views

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                    Plato Wai

                    Plato Wai

                    Plato Wai is General Manager at SHOPLINE Hong Kong, a global smart commerce enabler. Prior to SHOPLINE, he worked at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Holdings, Inc.

                    Equipped with extensive experience in the start-up scene, Plato regularly shares his insights on The Stand News and StartUpBeat.

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                    23/06/20 | As Customers Flock Online, Scams Proliferate. How Can You Win the Trust of Customers? 50 views

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                      Roger Chen

                      Roger Chen

                      As Regional President at GoDaddy, Roger is on point to build a market-leading position for GoDaddy in the Region by delivering compelling end-to-end experiences supported by world-class go to market activities offering SMB online solutions and platforms.

                      Prior to GoDaddy, he spent 6 years at Yahoo where he last served as Vice President of Product Management, led PM and Design teams for Asia across Media, Search, e-Commerce, Mobile, Partnerships, and Custom Solutions.

                      He has over 20 years of professional experience in Asia & US, focused on internet product development, marketing, consumer hardware, and telecom. His previous leadership experiences included Technical Director at AT&T/SBC Communications, and led product development of consumer laptop group at Dell with annual billion dollar product revenue.

                      Roger graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, double-majored BA degree in Computer Science and Economics.

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                      23/01/20 | Three Key Steps for Building Your Website 43 views

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                      Ronald Wong

                      Ronald Wong

                      Ronald Wong is General Manager of Hong Kong and Macau at Lenovo, where he leads the overall business expansion in the consumer and commercial segments in both markets, overseeing Lenovo’s product and service portfolio, including PCs, gaming laptops, tablets, smart devices and workstations.

                      With over 20 years’ regional experience in the information technology industry across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, Ronald has a track record of growth, profitability and operational excellence, with core competencies in channel management, account management and business development. Ronald joined Lenovo in 2014 as the Commercial Relationship (REL) Business Leader of Hong Kong and Taiwan, where he led the growth of the relationship business.

                      Prior to joining Lenovo, Ronald was with IBM for 17 years driving Global Business Partner growth for hardware, software and services in Hong Kong and Macau. Whilstat IBM, Ronald successfully led the design and execution of channel incentive structures, marketing programmes and growth initiatives.

                      Based in Hong Kong, Ronald earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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                      06/04/20 | Top Four Remote Working Tips 180 views

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