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Mrs Rena Lee is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Rena began her career in the public service with the Ministry of Defence in 1992, and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1993. She later joined the Attorney-General's Chambers in 2008, and has specialised in the practice of international law, covering multiple practice areas including international humanitarian and human rights law, disarmament law, law of the sea, environmental and climate change law, and the law of privileges and immunities, and international organisations.
Rena is also Singapore's Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues and the Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2018, Rena was elected President of the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). Rena is also a member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).
Rena holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (1992) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (1998).
Otelli currently produces and presents the daily news bulletin on Channel 5, News 5.
She started her career as a sports journalist, covering the SEA Games and also anchored for the nightly news shows during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Latterly she also led Channel NewsAsia's daily sports programme, SportsWorld.
Otelli has hosted On the Red Dot, a weekly current affairs series that delved into hot-topic issues and has also reported for MediaCorp's news radio station, 938LIVE.
Otelli obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
When she's not working, you can likely find Otelli sweating at a fitness bootcamp.
Daren Tang, a national of Singapore, began his six-year mandate as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on October 1, 2020. Prior to his appointment as WIPO Director General, he served as Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), driving the strategic transformation of IPOS in support of Singapore's innovation-based economy.
Between 1997 and 2012, before joining IPOS, Daren Tang held different legal positions within the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. In 2016, he received the Public Administration Medal from the Prime Minister's Office Singapore for outstanding efficiency and competence in the service of his country.
Daren Tang is a graduate of the National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Law, Honors) and the Georgetown University Law Center (Master of Laws, Distinction). He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in English and Chinese.
Rowel Barba is a respected name in business and law circles, having had over 20 years of experience. He is perhaps most known for his tenure in the RFM Corporation, a publicly listed corporation, where he used to be Vice President and Head of the Corporate Legal & HR Divisions; the JAKA Group, where he held several positions, eventually moving up to becoming the company's Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel; and as an Associate at the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in AB Political Science, as well as his Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of the Philippines, where he also was on the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal. Prior to his appointment as Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, he was Undersecretary & Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry. In his capacity, he was the Secretary's alternate representative in cabinet meetings with the President, and was the lead official for the organization of Presidential visits within the department. In addition, he supervises various offices, attached agencies, and boards under the Office of the Secretary.
In addition to his capacity as Director General of IPOPHL, he concurrently sits as Governor of the Board of Investments (BOI) and Acting Chairman of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).
Dr. SHEN received his Ph.D. Degree from Dalian University of Technology in 1990, and started his career in Zhengzhou University of Technology in August of the same year. He was appointed as professor and entitled as an expert who enjoys the state council special allowances in 1993. In 1994, he was honored as "National Middle-aged and Young Expert making Outstanding Contribution". In 1996, he was entitled as Ph.D. Supervisor and selected into the first batch of Talents Project of China. Dr. SHEN was appointed as Vice President of Zhengzhou University of Technology in February 1997, Executive Vice President of Zhengzhou University in July 2000, and President of Zhengzhou University in February 2003. Dr. SHEN was elected as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009 and appointed as President of Dalian University of Technology in August 2012. Dr. SHEN has served as Commissioner and Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Leading Group of China National Intellectual Administration of China, (CNIPA) from December 2013 to March 2018. In March 2018, Dr. SHEN was appointed as member of the CPC Leading Group of the State Administration for Market Regulation of China (SAMR) and Commissioner and Deputy Secretary of CPC Leading Group of CNIPA. In December 2018, Dr. SHEN was appointed as member of the CPC Leading Group of the SAMR and Commissioner and Secretary of CPC Leading Group of CNIPA.
Dr. Shen is also a delegate of the 17th, 18th and 19th National Congress of the CPC, an Alternate Member of the CPC Central Committee and a delegate of the 10th National People's Congress.
Mr. Mori Kiyoshi was appointed as Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in July 2021. He manages JPO operations and oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks, and design rights.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Mori stayed in Kansai for four years and served as DG of the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (2017-2019), and as an Executive Board Member and VSG of the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (2019-2021), where he contributed to ensuring the success of the Expo 2025, Osaka, Kansai, Japan.
He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1986. Since 2003, he held management positions in charge of energy cooperation and economic cooperation with the Middle East, Africa, Asia, etc. for 11 years consecutively. During that time, he led the formulation of "Strategy for Securing Energy Resources" and "Infrastructure System Export Strategy." After that, for three years, as DG for the International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) and DG for the International Cyber Economy Policy, he tackled the new issue of international coordination on Internet policy. As DDG for Policy Evaluation in the Minister's Secretariat, he also experienced the implementation of policy evaluation for the entire ministry.
Mr. Mori graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. He earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and had experience as a Guest Scholar at the Economic Studies of the Brookings Institution, Director of Industrial Research at JETRO London, and a member of the Governing Board at the International Energy Agency.
Etienne Sanz de Acedo joined INTA on July 1, 2013. As CEO, Etienne works with stakeholders to formulate and implement policies and programs, oversees annual budget and operation of the Association.
Before joining INTA, Etienne was Head of Communications and Member of the President's Cabinet at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the EU's intellectual property agency, where he was responsible for strategic communications and the Office's corporate image and identity. Before joining OHIM, Etienne practiced as an attorney in Spain and taught law at the University of Alicante, Spain.
Mr. Sanz de Acedo holds a law degree from the University of Alicante, an LLM in European Community Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, an executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid. A Spanish and French national, Etienne speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Catherine is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk's Intellectual Property & Technology practice group.
Catherine advises a wide range of clients on their intellectual property rights, including the management of their IP portfolio. Catherine has advised clients on a wide range of IP commercial matters. The types of commercial agreements she handles include franchise agreements, licence agreements, collaboration agreements, distribution agreements and sponsorship agreements across varying industries. She has also assisted clients with the enforcement of the intellectual property rights and has represented various clients in contentious proceedings and the successful negotiation of settlement agreements.
Other areas of Catherine's practice include data protection and other regulatory compliance issues, including those related to labelling, advertising and consumer protection.
Catherine is the current President of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore).
Sharon has experience in research management, business development, fund raising, IP transactions and healthcare and research compliance in the healthcare and biomedical industries. Her educational background is in life sciences, engineering and law.
Sharon has chaired the Educational Sub-committee of LES Singapore for many years and currently also serves as its Vice-President.
Yu Sarn Chiew is the co-managing partner of Yusarn Audrey, a specialised IP law firm based in Singapore.
Yu Sarn's area of practice include corporate and commercial law, intellectual property law, and technology law, with a specific focus on the commercialization of IP. He advises on IP-based mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, IP strategic planning and IP governance and policy, and helps his clients enhance their in-house IP management capabilities through training and coaching. He also advises companies on raising capital and financing using their IP.
In recognition of his experience and expertise in the field of IP licensing and commercialization, Yu Sarn was accredited as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). In 2019, 2020 and 2021, Yu Sarn was recognised in the IAM 300 list of the world's leading IP strategists.
Yu Sarn served as the President of Licensing Executives Society (LES) Singapore 2009-2010. He also served as co-chair of the LES Asia-Pacific Committee 2017-2021 and the LESI High-Growth Enterprise Task Force 2020-2021.
Cairan He is a Senior Manager at NUS Industry Liaison Office where he looks after hundreds of inventions through IP protection, licensing, incubation, venture creation, spin off and investment processes. Cairan has led over 50 licensing and investment transactions. Prior to that he worked as Industry Development Manager at A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics.
Cairan is active in technology innovation related society and community. He is the Secretary of Licensing Executive Society (Singapore) and Vice Chair of Industry University Government Transactions Committee of LES International. Previously, Cairan co-founded Biotech Connection Singapore (BCS) in 2014 and was its first President between 2014-2016. BCS is now the largest non-profit organization in Singapore with over 2,000 registered members serving early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship for the biomedical and healthcare community.
Cairan obtained his Bachelor and PhD from Imperial College London and is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP).
George has more than 20 years of experience, in practice, in-house and academia. Besides Singapore, he has worked in Hong Kong, Bulgaria, the Bahamas, and the European Commission. He founded his boutique practice specializing in IP and Entertainment/Media Law in 2012. Cross-border IP negotiations for pure commercial reasons or to settle disputes are common in his practice. He has also advised on industry agreements.
George is the current co-chair of Licensing Executives Society International's Copyright Committee. He is the Content Partner for Lexis Practical Guidance on IP/IT – Corporate and Finance; and has authored many articles for international refereed journals. Recently, he has co-authored a report for WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights 41st Session entitled, "Online Music Market and Main Business Models in Asia: Overview and General Trends".
Faith Sing is a corporate and commercial lawyer who runs a boutique corporate law firm ranked among the top Singapore law firms for Startups & Emerging Companies by Chambers and for our Corporate & M&A, Private Equity, Capital Markets and Restructuring and Insolvency deals by asialaw Profiles and IFLR1000.
She has over 20 years' experience helping clients, completing transactions with a combined value exceeding US$30 billion. She worked alongside other management team members to bed down a major merger and set up a legal department, as the first General Counsel of Aspen Pharmacare Australia. She has also worked in top corporate law firms in Sydney and London.
Lionel is a Partner in the law firm of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.
He has been in private practice for over 20 years and he specializes in the area of Technology Law and Intellectual Property. He has been involved in cases dealing with Internet defamation, Internet fraud, on-line security breaches, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, software implementation and website development disputes. He advises and represents clients on Intellectual Property matters relating to trade mark and copyright infringements. He also advises clients on IP matters relating to brand protection, licensing and franchising rights. He has negotiated licensing deals on behalf of various clients including research institutions and multi-national companies.
He is the Immediate Past President of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore) and is also the Co-Chair of the Trademarks, Design & Merchandising Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International
Daryl Lim is Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Privacy Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. The IP Center is a founding IP institution in the United States and is consistently ranked as offering one of the premier IP programs in the country.
Professor Lim is an award-winning author, observer, and commentator of global trends in IP and competition policy and how they influence and are influenced by law, technology, economics, and politics. Thomson Reuters (West) selected two of his articles as the best IP articles of the year. He has also contributed to practitioner-focused publications for the American Bar Association, IPWatchdog, IP Watch, and IP Magazine. Legal publications, specialty blogs such as Patently-O, as well as mainstream media sources such as Forbes, Slate, The Daily Journal, RealClearPolicy, and USA Today featured his views on current IP developments.
Tim took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on 1 May 2017.
As CEO of the IPO Tim is responsible for advising Ministers on all IP policy matters and for the operation of the Office, which grants some 5807 patents, 90,451 national trade marks and 24,426 Design registrations*.
Tim came to the IPO from Companies House where he was the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive (March 2012- April 2017). He worked at Companies House from 2002 where he held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio included leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate policy. Tim also held the position of president of the Corporate Registers Forum (an association of over 60 registries worldwide) from 2013 to 2017.
Tim's career also includes 12 years in senior operational roles in the manufacturing industry; he has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales and is married with two children. He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the economy and the people of Swansea.
*2019/20 financial year
David joined the IPO as Deputy CEO and Director of Operational Delivery on 10 June 2019. David has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors at an executive leadership level. David spent over a decade at the Home Office in various roles including senior operational roles in the Immigration Service where he led several large UK wide transformation projects. He also held different policy roles in the Home Office and was a Deputy Chief Caseworker. David has spent 5 years in the private sector in senior executive positions of Managing Director and Partnership Director at 2 different FTSE 100 companies. Most recently David held roles at the Charity Commission as Head of Operations from August 2015 and Deputy Chief Executive from 2017. David is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and Chairman of the Liverpool city region branch.
As Deputy CEO and Director of Operational Delivery, David is responsible for all of the IPO UK's registered rights functions, patents, trade marks and designs, including the associated tribunal and mediation services. This role also has responsibility for policy concerning the registered rights and unregistered designs.
John Mulgrew has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice and a JD from GW Law. He started his legal career at several prominent law firms in New York and DC. At Microsoft, John led teams handling a wide variety of licensing, litigation support, and other IP transactional related matters, and for two years he also served in a broader role for Microsoft Research in EMEA where he drafted multi-party agreements with companies, universities, governments, and research organizations. John joined Uber in 2017 to lead the IP team, including through the company's IPO in early 2019. Over time, his responsibilities also included leading the Privacy Legal team during GDPR compliance, helping to reorganize the legal department to form multiple client-facing legal teams, and managing the marketing legal team. After leaving Uber, John joined Lenovo as VP of Intellectual Property where he focuses on developing a portfolio that best serves the business.
Takeshi Ueno is Senior Counsel, AP IP Law, IBM. In this position, he leads IBM's IP Law organization in the Asia Pacific region, where he has responsibility for all IP matters.
Mr. Ueno joined IBM Japan in 1997 and served as patent attorney, as Associate Patent Portfolio Manager and as Managing Patent Attorney, prior to assuming his current position. From 2000 to 2002, he served at IBM Watson Research Lab, Global Services and Corporate Headquarters in New York. He is based in Tokyo.
Mr. Ueno received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo. He passed USPTO Patent Bar Exam in 2000. He is the former President of the Japan Intellectual Property Association, the Director of the Industrial Property Cooperation Center and the Director of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He received the Intellectual Property Achievement Award from the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office in 2021.
After discovering IP during his engineering school end-of-study internship, Jérémie Fénichel joined INPI in 2003 as a patent examiner. In 2010, he took responsibility, within the Patent Department, of the new technologies service with the creation of examination guidelines relating to computer-implemented innovations in order to contribute to the harmonization of practices on the patentability of software. In 2013, in parallel with his functions, he was appointed general delegate of the "Observatoire de l'Immatériel", an association bringing together institutions, companies and counsels so that companies can appropriate the value of their intangible capital. Since 2016, he has been in charge of the Patents Department at INPI. After having set up a center of engineers specializing in patent mapping, he dedicated himself in particular to the creation of an opposition procedure on French patents and the strengthening of the examination with the taking into account of the requirement of inventive step.
David Llewelyn is a practising lawyer, academic and arbitrator. He is Managing Director of David Llewelyn & Co LLC; Professor (Practice) at Singapore Management University's School of Law and Professor of Intellectual Property Law at King's College London; and sits as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes. He is an IP Adjudicator at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and author of leading texts on UK and EU trade marks and intellectual property law, as well as Cases, Materials and Commentary on Singapore Intellectual Property Law (2018) and business book Invisible Gold in Asia: Creating Wealth through Intellectual Property (2010). He has been appointed by the Singapore Court of Appeal as amicus curiae in cases involving trade marks, copyright and patents.
Lally Rementilla is Managing Partner, Intellectual Property-Backed Financing at BDC Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada. She oversees and provides strategic guidance to a national team that helps intellectual property-rich companies accelerate their growth.
Following nearly two decades of experience as a financial executive in the technology sector, Lally moved into investment as Chief Executive Officer of commercial lender Quantius. At Quantius, she structured and launched the company's main IP-focused fund. Prior to that, she held senior finance roles at Nulogy Corporation, Lavalife and Lucent Technologies Canada.
Lally is a board member of the Innovation Asset Collective - Canada's first patent collective program. She is also an Associate Fellow at Creative Destruction Lab.
Lally derives great satisfaction from partnering with founders and management teams to help them scale. A Chartered Professional Accountant, she also holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ateneo de Manila University.
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia's leading internet company with a ~50Bn market cap, from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Nash led Sea's landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA's Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash's successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum's ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018, is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and is a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000.
Wendi Backler is a Partner and Director in BCG's Toronto office, overseeing two of BCG's leading edge strategy topics: Intellectual Property and Innovation Analytics. She is the founder and lead of BCG's Center for Growth and Innovation Analytics, or GIA, which leverages data science and big data to help clients better understand where the world and their industries are going, in the areas of innovation, technology and growth. Wendi specializes in mapping and interpreting this information to catalyze and inspire clients to innovate by leveraging external innovation ecosystems, including selecting potential partners or targets and making bold, forward-looking investments. She also advises on Intellectual Property business strategy, IP functional excellence and IP value creation.
As head of BCG's Center for Innovation Analytics, Wendi is responsible for a specialized team of data scientists, patent analysts and network analytics experts, and for the leading the development of analytical models, methodologies, and software tools. Wendi has worked on IP and innovation-related issues with over 500 companies spanning a range of industries.
Wendi also helped co-found BCG Tech Ventures, an innovative BCG company that partners with our clients to commercialize their IP and technology and create new pathways for growth.
Erich is the CEO and co-founder of IPwe, globally recognized luminary in the world of intellectual property. He is regularly recognized as one of the world's top 50 IP strategists, credited with being one of the people that is changing the way people think about and use patents. He is a leader in patent monetization and commercialization, generating over $2 billion in patent financing and acquisition transactions and over 1,500 licensing transactions as principal.
Erich is a pioneer in applying AI & Blockchain technologies in the patent business, beginning development of patent AI tools in 2007 and applying blockchain technology to real world applications in 2015 with the goal of creating a marketplace where information and analytics can be efficiently obtained and transactions can be completed at the lowest possible cost.
Erich is a former investment banker (Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette) and corporate lawyer (partner at Jones Day).
Jeffrey Tiong is the founder and Chairman of PatSnap, a globally-recognized competitive intelligence innovation platform. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small four-person operation to international prominence in the highly competitive field of patent analytics. Today PatSnap enables more than 10,000 customers in 50 countries to access market, technology, and competitive intelligence as well as patent insights to take products from ideation to commercialization.
Tiong conceived PatSnap with a simple vision: democratize patent data to enable better and more efficient research that fuels innovation. Since its inception, PatSnap has played an instrumental role in enabling market-leading organizations to innovate faster than their competitors, protect and advance their IP positions, increase R&D efficiency, and anticipate opportunities across different industries.
His idea for a competitive intelligence platform took hold in 2005 during his university internship with a medical device start-up in the U.S., where he conducted patent research on the company's product. He quickly realized the need for AI-powered IP strategy and research to drive innovation in product development and went on to found PatSnap in 2007 after graduating from the National University of Singapore.
At the outset he was told he lacked the attributes to be a successful CEO. Tiong has proven the nay-sayers wrong at every turn through sheer grit and determination. He often describes his "super power" as adaptability. As the company took shape over the years, he has raised over US$400 million dollars from world class investors such as Sequoia, Softbank Vision, Vertex, Tencent, and Shunwei - and established PatSnap as a Unicorn.
Since his youth, Tiong has had a deep admiration for the "few guys in a garage" startup success story, counting Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk among his heroes for challenging the status quo. Their innovation and insatiable desire to learn and grow mirror his own trajectory. In his younger years his curiosity led him to read about inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison. When his father bought him a new computer, he disassembled it and put it back together at the age of 15. He built his first website at 17, spending the entire summer holiday learning Yahoo! GeoCities.
For Tiong, the key to successful entrepreneurship is persistence and an insatiable desire to learn and grow. Coupled with that is a firm belief in doing something that brings true value to the world and makes a positive impact.
Tiong has received international recognition for his vision and leadership. He was awarded the SCS IT Leaders Award in 2019, Ernst &Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Singapore) in 2018, and was featured on the Peak Power List in 2017.
Karen Taylor heads up the Asia Pacific region for Anaqua as General Manager with overall responsibility for Anaqua's business development, operations and organisational growth. Karen brings over 20 years' experience within the legal software and data industry having previously held multiple leadership roles across Europe and Asia with LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters. Originally from Scotland, Karen holds an LLB Hons from the University of Edinburgh and an LLM from the European University Institute in Florence. Karen is based in Hong Kong where she has lived for the past ten years. Alongside her corporate responsibilities, she is an advocate for women's equality and inclusion at work and children's access to education. Normally a frequent traveller, she is enjoying exploring the country parks and islands of Hong Kong with her young family and making the most of online events and classes from art to yoga!
Harsha is the EY Asia-Pacific Deputy Area Managing Partner. He has more than 25 years of experience in advising clients on complex cross-border transactions, private and public sector capital decisions. He focuses on valuations, financial modeling, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring. He is regularly sought after as a thought leader in Asian market dynamics in deals, capital agenda strategies and valuation disputes. Prior to his current role he was the Asia-Pacific Transaction Advisory Services Managing Partner and led over 5,000 professionals and 500 Partners that specialize in strategy, deals, restructuring and transaction tax. Harsha is the current Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) and is actively involved in developing business valuation profession in the region. Harsha has a passion for humanitarian activities in conflict zones in Asia. He supports diversity and is a vocal advocate of the EY Women. Fast forward initiative.
With a global career spanning more than 30 years across brand, marketing, communications, management consulting and financial industry, Samir has a wealth of experience across global business and brand strategy, marketing ROI analysis, research, IP management, valuation, corporate communication, PR, global brand management, balanced scorecards, M&A branding, brand architecture, brand governance, etc.
Samir is an external speaker, a certified senior Project Management Consultant (PMC), a certified Data Protection Officer (DPO), certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA) and is a member on several industry body such as LES, INTA and also on the advisory committees with government bodies across ASEAN for brand and IP related matters. He also contributes to teaching and curriculum inputs at management institutes and has presented at various brand conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Myanmar and Hong Kong driving the brand & marketing ROI and IP protection and related agenda.
Vorapol (Brook) Supanusonti is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Partners, a private equity firm focused on the next generation of high-growth technology companies in Southeast Asia. He is a Board Observer in Snapask, SCI Ecommerce, and Carsome.
Prior to Asia Partners, Vorapol was a senior executive at Sea (NYSE:SE), the leading consumer internet company in Southeast Asia. Sea operates Garena and Shopee, respectively the largest gaming and e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia. At Sea, he oversaw the firm's direct investment program, focusing on early-stage tech companies in Southeast Asia. He was also part of the core team that led the company's landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2017, raising approximately US$1B in primary capital.
Prior to Sea, Vorapol spent over a decade as a private equity investor in Southeast Asia with TPG, General Atlantic, and Temasek Holdings. He played a key role in over US$2.4B worth of transactions in sectors spanning from technology, consumer, logistics, education, to real estate.
He earned a B.B.A in Finance and a B.Sc. in Economics from Singapore Management University where he graduated summa cum laude.
Mr. Natsume has been the Assistant Director General, Infrastructure and Platforms Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since January 2021. He was also the Senior Director of PCT Legal and International Affairs Department, the Director of PCT International Cooperation Division as well as the Head of the WIPO Japan Office. Before joining WIPO, he was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva, and the Japan Patent Office.
Mr. Natsume has played a leading role in various international intellectual property negotiations and debates including WIPO, WTO/TRIPS, WHO and CBD.
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