Dr. Lee is a 35-year pioneer of the high-tech industry, spending the first half of his career managing large organizations in Fortune 100 companies, and the second half as a serial entrepreneur. During this time, he conducted business globally, and in the last 15 years, he was heavily involved with running businesses in China. Since 2010, he is also Adjunct Professor and Professor of Practice (Entrepreneurship) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School where he also serves as the Associate Director of the MBA Program, the Associate Director of the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Center for Business Innovation & Globalization (Shenzhen and Hong Kong). Until late 2012 (when the company was acquired), he was Executive Chairman of Achievo Corporation (one of the largest China IT services companies). He co-founded Achievo in early 2002 and served as its Chairman and CEO until December 2008, when the company reached over 2500 people in size, more than 2000 of whom were in China. From 2002 to 2007, he was also CEO of Accela, Inc. (board member from 1999-2013) and led that company to become a dominant government enterprise software firm in the US. Until November 2001, he was president & CEO of Inxight Software, a Xerox-PARC spinout that tripled in revenues and raised venture funding under his leadership (now part of SAP). Before Inxight, he was chairman, CEO and president of Insignia Solutions, a software company he took public on NASDAQ in 1995. Previously, he was executive vice president of Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC - software), where among many achievements including rapid growth, he acquired and integrated 6 companies, including Norton Computing which became a legendary M&A success story in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Lee was senior vice president of Shared Medical Systems (since acquired by Siemens) and was at IBM (responsible for its office systems software, healthcare industry software, overall software engineering and various systems/communications software) and Computer Sciences Corporation for many years. Dr. Lee is currently on the board of Osel, Inc., a biopharmaceutical startup, and was previously on the boards of S3, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIII - semiconductor) and SONICblue (NASDAQ: SBLU - digital media devices). He also serves as advisor to various Western and Chinese companies and investment funds, besides being a venture partner, limited partner and angel investor himself.
Dr. Lee participates in high-tech developments all over the world. During Mr. CH Tung's first official visit to the Silicon Valley as Hong Kong Chief Executive in June 1999, Dr. Lee was the co-host and speaker at a luncheon in Mr. Tung's honor. At Insignia Solutions, Dr. Lee hosted a luncheon for HM Queen Elizabeth II who paid an extended visit to his company's offices in the UK after the company won multiple Queen's Awards. In 1996, Dr. Lee was invited to the Philippines to meet President Ramos and other top leaders to help formulate a high-tech initiative for that country. His business and professional activities in China have put him in frequent contact with senior government officials there. Dr. Lee has met with many heads-of-state and senior government officials during their visits to the Silicon Valley, particularly those from Asia/China.
As a result of his active professional and community activities, including serving as the Global Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association), Chairman of the AAMA Pearl River Delta Chapter, former vice chairman of HYSTA’s China Global Services Alliance, former board member of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (West Coast) and Asia Society President’s Circle, Dr. Lee is well known to the Silicon Valley and Asian media. He was featured in several books on Chinese-American successful entrepreneurs, and appeared frequently in print, web, radio and TV media globally. Dr. Lee is an accomplished public speaker.
Dr. Lee grew up in Hong Kong. He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees from UCLA, and a BA from UC Berkeley, all in computer science. He resides in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Lee is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).
Mr. Charles Cheng has served as Managing Director of the Century Group since July 2011. Prior to joining Century, Mr. Cheng served as Vice President of PEMCO Marketing at Arrow Asia Pac, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Agilent Technologies and Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning at Oak Technology.
Mr. Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Lawrence P. Yee is President and board director of Asia America MultiTechnology Association Pearl River Delta Chapter (AAMA-PRD) since January 2015. He also sits on the board of BIIA (Business Information Industry Association) since its inception in 2006.
He is co-founder and Managing Director of Value Creation Center Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong, since 2011. Value Creation Center (www.vc2.asia) is an advisory firm specializing in transformation investment with a focus on international technology.
Prior to Value Creation Center, he has been Sr. Vice President, Business Development of D&B International since Dec. 2006, leading to three Merger & Acquisition transactions in China with successful implementation. He has earlier served as Vice President & Managing Director for D&B Greater China/Korea Region for seven years during which its business has undergone complete turnaround and successful growth, including the formation of the Hong Kong Commercial Credit Reference Agency with the Hong Kong Association of Banks.
Prior to joining D&B, Mr. Yee has held senior leadership positions in Motorola (including heading a Joint-venture with PRC Government) and Tandem Computers (including Chief Representative and General Manager in PRC). Preceding this, Mr. Yee has had long experience in sales management and market development with Philips Electronics and NCR in Asia and Canada. He made a few accomplishments in the defining moments of China Payment systems (Unipay and City Transit card).
Mr. Yee graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree majoring in Mathematics/Statistics and holds a M.B.A. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mr Chuck Cheng, founder and CEO of AppoTech Ltd, has over 20 years of IC design and management experience in Silicon Valley, USA. He established AppoTech in 2003 in Hong Kong with the aim of nurturing local engineers.
Mr Cheng has been active in technology industry and he has participated in various consulting bodies. The contribution of Mr Cheng has been recognised by a number of industry awards. In addition to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year China (EOY China) 2011, Mr Cheng has received “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award – Outstanding Entrepreneurship award in 2012”, “Capital – Leaders of Excellence in 2012”, “Excellence in Achievement of World Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs Award in 2010” and “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards - Most Promising Entrepreneur Award in 2009”.
AppoTech Ltd is a fabless IC company which offers high performance, highly reliable and cost-effective system-on-chip (SoC). The company provides one-stop solution from IC design to application development in the area of video, audio, telecommunications and home appliances such as digital photo frames, wireless audio devices, Skype/USB phones, baby monitors and automotive MP3.
With its headquarter located at the Hong Kong Science Park, AppoTech’s emphasis is on its research and design capabilities and its success depends strongly on its engineering team. The company chose Hong Kong as its strategic base and also has operations in Mainland China (Shenzhen and Zhuhai) and Taiwan to provide sales and technical support for customers in the Asia Pacific region.
For two consecutive years (2010 and 2011), AppoTech has been awarded Deloitte Technology Fast 50 China and is recognized as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in China.
Camille Tang is President and Co-Founder, ConvenientPower Group, a global leader in wireless power charging technology and intellectual property.
The only wireless charging technology platform proven in products, in volume, every year since 2009, ConvenientPower has delivered 24 world first's since 2007 across automotive (first in-vehicle wireless charging with Toyota), consumer electronics and mobile (first Apple MFI and OTA certified and Nexus mobile-tablet wireless charging products), furniture and buildings (first building integration in "The Edge"), medical and healthcare (first Ebola-proof tablet device) and wearables. ConvenientPower co-architected the world first global wireless power standard "Qi", pioneered with Qualcomm the first AirFuel standard wireless charging of metal-backed phones, and launched proprietary platforms with partners including Tier 1 OEMs and manufacturers.
Camille previously served as senior executive leading innovation and strategic development, R&D, product design, marketing and sales, finance and investments, risk control with Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Research, Swiss Bank Corporation, SBC Warburg, HSBC, ContiGrain Financial, Macys California.
She received Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, with Distinction, Stanford University, and a Master in Business Administration, Harvard University.
Mr. Huang is currently the Managing Director of ZZX International Investment Management Company Limited, Managing Director of Shenzhen ZZX Investment Management Company Limited, CEO of Shenzhen Vision Asset Limited; Vice-Chairman of Shenzhen International Finance Research Center, and Guest Researcher in Peking University. He has an extensive experience in business management, capital operations, and financial and management consulting in system design and business planning as well as project financing for companies intended to go public.
Mr. Huang graduated from Nankai University, China, majoring in International Economy and Trade and obtained his Master of Management from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL).
John Y. Lo
Partner of Nixon Peabody CWL, the Hong Kong office of U.S. law firm Nixon Peabody (www.nixonpeabodycwl.com). Strategic advisor, investor, legal counsel, fund raising consultant, and co-founder to numerous startups.
- J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, the University of California, Berkeley
- Completely bilingual in English and Chinese
- Dually qualified lawyer in HK and US
- Near native fluency in Mandarin and familiarity with Chinese business practice
- Around 30 years as corporate and commercial lawyer advising businesses large and small, familiar with inbound and outbound investments to and from Asia and North America
ANGEL INVESTMENT AND STARTUP ADVISING
John Lo started investing in startups operating in Hong Kong, China, the US and elsewhere since the late 1990s during the dot.com boom and has continued to date. In many of such investments he was an active angel, and actively advised and worked alongside with the founding team on the legal, business, and strategic aspects. In more recent years, he has been increasingly taking on advisor role with startups, closely guiding them through the day-to-day challenges of the starting up process. The industries involved include health care, e-book publishing, e-commerce, mobile internet platform, engineering hardware, alternative energy, apps, mobile phone software and hardware devices, etc.
From 1996 to the present, John Lo estimates that he has been closely working with more than 100 startups mostly in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta as their legal advisor, passive or angel investor, co-founder, strategic advisor, fund raiser, or a combination of the above roles, or as the legal advisor representing angel, VC and PE investors. He has gained insights on key success factors and also causes of failure through these experience, and regularly shares such experience with startup groups, angel investors, and others in the startup-angel investment milieu.
SERVICE & HONORS
- Member (7 years) on the Panel of Assessors for the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Program (SERAP), under the Innovation and Technology Commission.
- Lawyer on the panel for the Incutech Business Incubation Programme sponsored by the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.
- Honorary Legal Counsel, Hong Kong Business Angel Network (http://www.hkban.org/)
- Director, Member, Organizing Committee of Cradle Program (a mentor program), AAMA-Pearl River Delta chapter (http://www.aamaprd.com/)
Co-author or contributor of the following, among others:
- "Angel Financing – Principles and Practice for Investors and Entrepreneurs" (in Chinese) published by Hong Kong Economic Daily in 2009;
- Chapter Two of the book “Life and Death of a Dotcom in China” in 2000; and
- Forthcoming book, Angel Financing in Asia Pacific – a Guidebook for Investors and Entrepreneurs, published by Emerald (U.K.) in June 2016.
Mr Kenneth K W Yeung is the founder of Yeung and Co. Chartered Accountants and China Consulting Consortium. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kenneth is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in the UK. In 1994, he was admitted as a full member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK. Kenneth has over 20 years’ experience across Europe and the Asia Pacific in auditing, taxation, corporate finance, treasury, and financial consulting and management. A graduate of the UK’s University of Birmingham, Kenneth has also worked for a London-listed manufacturing and retail group. His experience covers:
- Pre-IPO restructuring, taxation and management consulting
- Financial system consulting including GL, MIS and ERP
- Financial engineering.
In 1998, one of the leading accountancy practice recruited Kenneth to work in Hong Kong, where he gained his in-depth knowledge of the banking and financial systems of China and the countries of the Asia Pacific. In 2001, Kenneth set up his own management-consulting practice in Hong Kong. Then, in 2006 and 2007, he established two corporate service entities in Hong Kong and Mainland China respectively. Kenneth has been acting as independent non-executive director for several Hong Kong-listed companies.