Nayan Patel – Founder & President @ H2
Jeff Merkel - Founder & Board Member @ H2; Director, APAC Partnerships @ Google
Thomas Clayton – Network Development Lead @ H2; CEO @ Bubble Motion
Michael McBride – Partner Programs Lead @ H2; Vice President, Platform @ Lookout
Dilawar Syed – Content Lead @ H2; President & CEO @ Yonja Media Group
Josh Becker – Board Member @ H2; CEO @ Lex Machina
Ellen Levy – Board Member @ H2; Managing Director @ Silicon Valley Connect
William Bao Bean – Founder @ KineticOne; Managing Director @ SingTel Innov8
Denise Peng – EVP @ Qunar
Markus Berger-De Leon - Founder & CEO @ roombeats
Gerrit Mueller - President Europe @ JustFabulous
Samir Bangara – former Managing Director, Digital @ Disney India
Anupam Mittal – Founder & CEO @ People Group
Nayan Patel – Founder & President @ H2
Jeff Merkel – Founder & Board Member @ H2; Director, APAC Partnerships @ Google
Gen Kanai – Director of Asia Community Engagement @ Mozilla
Koji Fukada – Founder & President @ Yumemi
Previous & Founding Chapter Chairs:
- Beijing: Richard Robinson (2012-13, Founding), Andy Tian (2012, Founding)
- London: Claude London (2012-13), Martin Ott (2012), Jane Thompson (2011), Christian Hernandez (2010-11, Founding), Kevin Eyres (2010-11, Founding)
- New York: Rabin Yaghoubi (2013-present, Founding), Teymour Farman-Farmaian (2013, Founding)
- Sao Paulo: Fabricio Bloisi (2012-present, Founding), Daniel Heise (2012, Founding)
- Singapore: Mark Britt (2010-11, Founding), Robbie Hills (2010-11, Founding)
- Tokyo: Koji Fukada (2012-present, Founding), Tak Miyata (2012-2013, Founding)
Our global advisory board consists of leaders within the industry, investor, and academic communities.
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, he has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth. Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003 and led it through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to LinkedIn he served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member.
Joi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and board chair of Creative Commons. Joi was the CEO of the first commercial ISP in Japan, PSINet Japan, which was later sold to Cable and Wireless. He went on to set up Infoseek Japan, which was acquired by Disney and then Rakuten. He also co-founded one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage. Previously a board member of the Open Source Initiative, ICANN and a variety of other non-profits, he currently holds positions at Keio University and is CEO of Creative Commons, a board member of Digital Garage, and board member of the Mozilla Foundation and an international advisor to Twitter. Joi also set up Neoteny, an incubator in Japan which had worked with Singapore’s Kent Ridge Digital Labs, and was the first investor in Six Apart, the largest independent blog software company. As an angel investor, he was an early investor in Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate and other firms. His firm Digital Garage is an investor in Twitter.
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund & incubator program headquartered in Mountain View, CA. He has been working in Silicon Valley for over twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and in internet marketing. Dave’s passion is helping startups with product & marketing strategy, and he is a vocal & notable industry speaker on lean startup metrics. He has invested in over 100 startup companies including: Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), CreditKarma, Crowdflower, KissMetrics, Mashery, Sendgrid, Simply Hired, SlideShare, TeachStreet, Twilio, and Wildfire Interactive, among others. He also runs conferences and events on technology, marketing, design, & entrepreneurship such as SMASHsummit & WarmGun and leads a travel group called GeeksOnaPlane to promote cultural exchange & education for tech entrepreneurs around the world.
Peng T. Ong Peng is Chairman of Infocomm Investments (IIPL), a venture fund with US$200M under management that promotes innovative technology businesses in Singapore, a venture partner at GSR Ventures, a fund that focuses on early and growth stage technology companies in China, and an independent board director at SingTel. As a serial entrepreneur, Peng has successfully founded multiple industry leading companies including Encentuate (acquired by IBM), Interwoven (now part of HP), and Electric Classifieds, the creators of Match.com (sold to IAC). He is a trustee of the newly formed Singapore University of Technology & Design and an advisor to the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore. Peng is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received his Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sherry Coutu Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who now serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Artfinder and Duofertility. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Linkedin.com, Care.com and Tyze.com. As an angel investor, she loves working as a product strategist with great entrepreneurs to solve problems that matter and specialises in consumer internet, information services and education. She has made angel investments in more than 40 companies and holds investments in 2 venture capital firms. Sherry was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor / advisor in Europe in Nov 2010 and in May 2011 was voted by Wired magazine as one the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’, and one of the top ten most influential investors and women.
Reshma Sohoni is a founder of and Partner at Seedcamp, an early stage mentoring and investment program she co-manages and helped start in 2007. Her investment focus is on B2B, Fashion, Gaming, Travel, and Financial Services. During her tenure, she has managed companies like Mobclix (acquired by Velti), Zemanta, and Ubervu. Earlier in her career, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions. Her venture capital career started with eVentures India where she actively supported companies like Make My Trip (NASDAQ – MMYT), Contest2Win, and Clubgreetings. Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking with Broadview (now part of Jefferies). She has a MBA from INSEAD and dual undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Business from the University of Pennsylvania.