International Advisory Board
Brian Groh, General Manager Business Development, Wistron Corporation
Mr Groh is the General Manager for Business Development for Wistron Corporation, a global Original Design Manufacturer and Contract Manufacturing leader with more than 68,000 employees and annual revenues of more than USD 20 billion. He is a seasoned, driven executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in technology start-ups, accelerated growth and large corporations. As a founder and CEO of public companies for over 20 years, Mr Groh has a proven track record of developing industry and category firsts and award-winning technology companies in the cellular, tablet and mobile computing sectors. He has demonstrated success in leading and nurturing world-class cross-functional teams of professionals and in architecting and capitalising business from USD 2 million to USD 100 million in investments. Mr Groh has led global initiatives to secure strategic volume contracts and business development programs ranging from USD 30 million to USD 7 billion. He has extensive experience in negotiations, mergers and acquisitions and establishing mutually beneficial and long-term partner relationships.
James Li, Co-Founder and CEO, JW Therapeutics
Dr. Li is a co-founder and CEO of JW Therapeutics, a leading cell therapy technology company. Dr. Li has been an active investor in life science companies, particularly those that bring in cross-border breakthrough technologies and disruptive business models to China. Formerly, Dr. Li has held positions as a Corporate Vice President and founding General Manager of Amgen China and was a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ life science practice working both with the US and China funds, before which he spent over 15 years with Merck. Dr. Li received his Medical Degree from Shanghai Medical University followed by a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Montana.
John Ngumi, Chairman, Kenya Pipeline Company
Mr. Ngumi has over 35 years of corporate and investment banking experience, and recently retired as Head of Investment Banking for Standard Bank Group in East Africa. He has earlier worked for Barclays Bank, Citibank, Grindlays Bank and National Westminster Bank. He co-founded Loita Capital Partners Group, one of Africa's first locally-owned independent investment banks, and is the founder of Eagle Africa Capital Partners. Mr. Ngumi has been at the forefront of the development of financial markets, and the accompanying regulatory frameworks, in Kenya and East Africa. He has served on the Boards of critical Kenyan Government entities and is currently Non-executive Chairman of Kenya Pipeline Company. Mr Ngumi holds a 1st Class Honours Degree from the University of Oxford.
Hiro Nishiguchi, Executive Managing Director, Japan Innovation Network
Mr. Nishiguchi is the Executive Managing Director of Japan Innovation Network, an accelerator for large companies to spur internal innovation formed by Japan’s Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry. He is involved with selecting projects for finance at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. Mr. Nishiguchi was earlier a Worldwide Partner and Region Head of Global M&A Consulting at Mercer, where he worked on major international M&A transactions. His major publications are “Successful M&A Organization and People Integration Strategy” and “Practical Guide for HR Due Diligence”. Mr. Nishiguchi has received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his Degree from Sophia University in Tokyo.
Steven Scott, Partner, Penta Capital
Mr. Scott is a founding Partner of Penta Capital LLP. He was formally a Director in the private equity division of The Royal Bank of Scotland. As well as transacting, his focus is on fundraising and investor relations. His sector experience includes telecoms and leisure. Mr Scott is a Chartered Accountant having trained with Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Glasgow.
M. S. Sundara Rajan, Former Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Bank
Mr. Sundara Rajan has over 40 years of experience in banking, including as the Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Bank where he led a rapid expansion of the bank with an emphasis on service and technology. Prior to this, Mr. Sundara Rajan was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India, where he had an illustrious career. He has been on the boards of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation and United India Insurance Company. He is a Post Graduate in Economics from the University of Madras, an Associate of Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.
P. Uma Shankar, Former Secretary, Ministry Of Power, Government Of India
Mr. Uma Shankar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1976 and has more than 3 decades of leadership experience in Government spanning district administration, rural development, finance, housing and urban development, rural and agro-industries, municipal affairs and power. His roles have included Secretary, Ministry of Power; Chairman & Managing Director of Rural Electrification Corporation; Managing Director of National Cooperative Development Corporation; and Joint Secretary (Sugar), Department of Food. Mr. Uma Shankar holds a Master's Degree in Maths from IIT, Madras and a Master's Degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.