Speakers Biographies | Welcome Note

Jumana Zahalka is the NUS Business School’s Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic) and Academic Director for the MSc (Mgt) and CEMS MIM (Master's in International Management) Programmes. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance department and is Program Director for the School’s Executive Education Mergers & Acquisitions and Emerging CFOs Programmes. Prior to completing her PhD and joining academia, Jumana practiced law at a large Canadian law firm as well as worked as a corporate finance consultant for both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her areas of interest include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity.

 

Speakers Biographies | Keynote Speech

Ute Stephan is a Professor at Aston Business School and the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB). Ute is also the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review (AP:IR) Previously Ute was at the University of Sheffield's Institute of Work Psychology, the London School of Economics, the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden in Germany. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany), is a certified social skills trainer, and worked as a consultant and trainer for private, public and third sector organisations.

Speakers Biographies | Plenary Session

Harish Hande co-founded SELCO-India with Neville Williams in 1995. He earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. Dr. Hande serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international. For his work in SELCO and his pragmatic approach to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011. He currently serves as the CEO of SELCO Foundation. 
Audrey Tan is the Co-Founder & Dreams Architect, Architect of Dreams at PlayMoolah. PlayMoolah is a financial empowerment company that enables young people to afford the life of their dreams by developing a positive relationship to money. We design and deliver educational, digital, and community experiences that use the power of play to activate responsible decisions. The team is known for their innovative methods and award-winning products, which combine behavioural research with game mechanics to cultivate daily practices. Audrey drives PlayMoolah's company vision, business, and market strategy. Combining a mind for sustainable social change with her love for children, her always-inquiring mind charts deeper questions towards breakthroughs in business models and child & youth empowerment.
Helianti Hilman is the CEO and founder of JAVARA. JAVARA works across agricultural value chains from production to distribution in order to preserve Indonesia's biodiversity and bring community-based, organic products to broader markets. Prior to JAVARA, Helianti has founded a number of social enterprises in Indonesia. Her signature brand, JAVARA, is one of Indonesia's leading purveyors of artisanal products. Originally trained as a lawyer who has advised the Indonesian government on intellectual property development, Helianti was also a rural economic development consultant for international development organisations. Inspired by the wealth of Indonesia's biodiversity and dedication of indigenous farmers, Helianti brings her passion for community based business and expertise in agribusiness to establish her social enterprise.
Prasoon Kumar is CEO of BillionBricks, and brings to his role his passion for problem solving, and creating socially equitable and environmentally conscious structures that play an essential role in poverty alleviation. He founded billionricks which is a non-profit organization that envisions a world where no one is homeless, and everyone has access to opportunities for economic and social upliftment. It aims to improve the quality of life of the homeless in high growth urban areas through design, architecture and technology. Moreover, it is committed to a better built environment believing that empowering communities with innovative and replicable housing solutions can solve homelessness and create lasting impact. Currently, they are engaged in projects in India, Cambodia, Malaysia and Nepal. Prasoon graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award for year 2005. He has a Bachelors in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, India, and is an urban planner and architect by profession with over 10 years of work experience in India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.
David Soukhasing is the Head of Angel Investor Network Indonesia (ANGIN/GEPI), first and only structured angel investor network made of 28 prominent Indonesian business leaders. We are backing early stage companies focusing on Indonesia and are active in various verticals and industries, looking at tech enabled companies but also looking beyond by supporting consumer products and social enterprises. Before ANGIN, David was the Investment Manager in charge of Indonesia for LGT Venture Philanthropy, a global impact investor supporting organisations with outstanding social and environmental impact.After two years, David continued his endeavor with LGT VP to lead the investment operations in Indonesia and close LGT VP's first investment in a bean-to-bar chocolate company working with smallholder cocoa growers. Previously, David worked several years for the commodity trading branch of ING Bank, a European Private Equity firm investing in clean tech technologies and an online recruitment startup. David is also an advisor and Board Member for several social enterprises and networks: Ashoka, Unltd, Mandiri Incubator. He helped to build PLUS (platform Usaha Social), the first online content and connecting platform dedicated for Indonesian social entrepreneurs. David holds a double Master degree in Corporate Law and Finance from Sciences Po, France.
Laina Raveendran Greene is founder of GETIT Inc, an international business planning and strategic marketing consultancy based in Silicon Valley since 2000 with a representative office in Indonesia since 2014. She also served as Goodwill Ambassador to Unltd Indonesia as well as Senior Advisor to Ashoka, and currently Advisor to Acumen chapter in Singapore. Laina is now the Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the Strategy and Policy Department, Business School at NUS as well as Associate Director (Community Development) of the Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy. Laina's work experience spans 25 years in the telecom industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries. Laina has worked for profit organizations (Singapore Telecom, INTELSAT, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks); for non-profits organizations (ISC, IDRC, APIA and APNIC); inter-governmental organizations (ITU, UNDP, World Bank, South Pacific Forum); and founded interactive multimedia business in Asia servicing regional high tech customers.

Speakers Biographies | Paper Presentations

Albert Chu-Ying Teo Albert Chu-Ying Teo is an associate professor in the Department of Management & Organization, Business School, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has a joint appointment with the NUS University Scholars Programme, and serves as a deputy director of the programme. He set up the NUS Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme in 2011, and serves as the director of the programme. Albert received his Ph.D. degree from the Walter A Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. His current research interests are in the areas of social entrepreneurship, voluntarism, organizational ecology, and social networks. He has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Industrial and Corporate Change. Albert is actively involved in community service. He is a volunteer programme coordinator in Communicable Disease Centre. He serves as an advisor to the following non-profits: ASKI Global, BagoSphere, Nusantara Development Initiatives, and Solutions To End Poverty. He also sits on various government-appointed committees that oversee programme funding in the social services sector. 
Albert Chu-Ying Teo Foo Maw-Der is an Associate Professor at the Division of Engineering & Technology Management at the National University of Singapore. Prior to NUS, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is concurrently a guest professor at Ghent University (Belgium) and received honorary professorships from Nankai University and Jilin University.  He is a Faculty Affiliate at ACSEP, serves as a judge for the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, and co-founded Startup@Singapore.  He is interested in fair trading practices and sits on CaseTrust’s advisory council. Maw-Der’s research applies management concepts to understand entrepreneurial processes. He has published in outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves as Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 
John Anner, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dream Corps, based in California, USA. He has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. His research interests including social entrepreneurship, exponential organizations, hybrid financing models and social impact measurement. Prior to joining the Dream Corps, he founded and managed a number of social enterprises in the US and Asia, and was the CEO of the East Meets West Foundation and Thrive Networks from 2003 to 2016. Dr. Anner was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa, and did his Masters work in International Development.
Aimee Shih  Aimee Shih is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting at NUS Business School. Her research interests in capital markets include the role of intermediaries in financial markets and firm discretion in financial reporting. Her research has also examined financial reporting quality of non-profit organisations. She has published work in top-tier accounting journal, The Accounting Review. At NUS Business School, Dr. Shih also serves as an affiliated faculty member at Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ASCEP) and has given talks on good governance in charitable entities. Prior to joining NUS Business School, Dr. Shih obtained a Ph.D. in Accounting and a BA in Economics from New York University. Before commencing the Ph.D. program, she was a research associated in the Finance, Valuation and Damages Practice at the Law & Economics Consulting Group (LECG), Corp. in New York.
Achsah Ang is a Research Associate at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, NUS Business School. Her research interests lie in the area of social entrepreneurship, strategic philanthropy and non-profit management. To date, she has co-authored a working paper titled "A Pilot Study on Singapore's Social Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance". She is also working on teaching case studies on Asian experiences in philanthropy. Prior to working with ACSEP, Achsah pursued her Master in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, specialising in the area of Economic & Policy Analysis. 
Johan Sulaeman is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School.  He obtained his PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and his masters of financial engineering (MFE) from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining NUS, Dr. Sulaeman was on the faculty of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  His papers are published or forthcoming at top economics and business journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science. Dr. Sulaeman's papers have been presented at leading conferences, including the American Finance Association and Western Finance Association annual meetings, and the NBER Summer Institute.  He has taught Investment and Options courses in the MBA program, and Business Finance and Advanced Financial Management courses at the undergraduate level.
Chuan-Cheng Chen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Department of Administration, Providence University, Taiwan. He earned his Bachelor degree in Economics, Master degree in Sociology, and PhD degree in Business Administration in National Chenchi University, Taiwan. With his PhD dissertation, he was awarded as one of the annually best Management Doctoral dissertation in 2000 by Ministry of Economy & Management Science Association, Taiwan, entitled as :The "Identity Management" of Nonprofit Organization: A Comparative Cases Study of the Cell Group pattern and other patterns Christian Church. His research focuses on Nonprofit Organization Management, Qualitative Research Method, Social Enterprise and Service-Learning. He had the experience in advanced service-learning courses for many years and always tried to merge his social enterprise expertise with service learning education. He also received two outstanding service-learning teaching awards both from Lingnan University in 2013 Hong Kong, and from Ministry of Education in 2014 Taiwan, all merging social enterprise by disability people with service learning education. He actively involved in nonprofit organizations including as an committee member of United Way, a consultant of a nonprofit after-school program association for disadvantaged children, and church committee member in Taiwan.
Marina Harper is currently into the 3rd year of her PhD at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Marina's graduate assistantship is with the International Programs in the Lilly Family School. Her PhD is in philanthropic studies, with a minor in cultural anthropology, and her research interest includes: Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia –cultural values, identities, traditions, philanthropic action, social entrepreneurship, civil society. With 23 years of experience in frontline fundraising, Marina was Founding Director of the Development Office at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she served for 9 years. Marina built a culture of giving among constituencies, laying a firm foundation for moves management across the campus. During her tenure from 2005 to 2014, S$500 million of private support (plus over S$1 billion in matching government grants) was raised. In 2012, Marina secured the President's Award for Philanthropy for NTU, earning accolades that included, "NTU's donor-centric approach that nurtures relationships and builds trust."
Sampsa Samila is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at NUS Business School where he teaches courses on business strategy and venture capital. His research focuses primarily on economic geography, entrepreneurship, and social capital. He has studied for instance how venture capital, labor laws, and government research funding affect regional economic growth. He is currently engaged in studies of immigration and labor laws, regional variations in the supply of venture capital, social capital in early modern trade, returns to sustained brokerage in networks, and co-authorship networks of science. His work has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and StatisticsManagement Science, and Research Policy. He obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University and, prior to NUS, he taught at Columbia University and Brock University.
Ganesh N. Prabhu is Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His areas of research and teaching are product innovation, strategy, qualitative research methods and entrepreneurship. He has published in top journals like the Academy of Management Review and Research Policy. He is a doctorate of the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad with specialization in strategy and earlier he did a stint as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of the Punjab Milk Federation for a year on a major turnaround project. He is on the Editorial Board for Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies and was earlier on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management for three and half years. He jointly won the ET Cases Best Case Writer Award recently and has earlier won the Best Young Teacher Award and the Best Research Paper Award from the Association of Indian Management Schools. He is a post graduate from the Institute of Rural Management Anand and has a bachelor in physics from Bombay University (Elphinstone College).   
Amy Yi Ou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organisation at NUS business school. Her research interest includes strategic leadership, organisational culture, and cross-cultural management. Her papers have been published in top-tier management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Management. Her research on cross-cultural management won the 2012 Journal of Management Best Paper Award, and her research on humble chief executives received extensive international media coverage including Forbes and USAtoday. She received her doctorate in management from Arizona State University. Dr. Ou has always been interested in practices and research on social enterprises. She was one of the pioneering organizers of Sunshine Program, China’s 1st private Marrow Bank for patients with blood disease. She has been a certified facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a global training program to enable participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. She currently serves as an affiliated faculty member at Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) to promote research and teaching on social enterprises.
Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong is currently the manager for Ashoka Singapore, having served as a partnerships manager at Ashoka’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ashoka is the largest network of leading Social Entrepreneurs with a mission to build an Everyone a Changemaker™ World. In this capacity, Jeremy’s work is to develop engagements and opportunities between Changemakers across Asia.

Prior to Ashoka, his professional experiences include the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency in Botswana, Natixis Groupe and Women’s World Banking. He was heavily involved with social work at the age of 13, founding a charity called the Underprivileged Children in Vietnam (UCOV). His work focused on mobilizing Vietnamese diaspora’s to support children in Vietnam living in less fortunate circumstance; providing rehabilitation, a safe place to live and provide access to quality education. He completed a degree in Economic Development at Pitzer College, part of the Claremont College consortium. On a personal front, Jeremy collaborates with Social Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists / Impact Investors as a connectors to help them to scale their impact.
Echo Lei Wang is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include Hybrid Organisations in the Social Economy; Cross-Sectoral Partnerships; Social Enterprise; the Political Economy of the Third Sector; Governance and Public Policy.
Junjian Yi is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore since 2014. His research fields of interest include Labor and Demographic Economics, Economic Development, Economics on Human Capital, and the Chinese Economy. In particular, he has been focusing on three major questions over the past few years. (1) How does the intra-household resource allocation affect children's human capital and preference formation? (2) What are the causes and consequences of the demographic transition in China and East Asia? (3) How to understand the Chinese and East Asian economic transition from a human capital perspective? His recent research papers have appeared in economics and demography journals, such as Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Demography.

Dr. Yi did not study in either high school or college. Before entering the graduate school 2002, he worked in stated owned enterprises, and studied the courses at the high school and college levels by himself. He obtained his Master degree in Economics from Zhejiang University in 2005. In 2007, he received his M. Phil. degree in Economics. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Economics. Both degrees were completed in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subsequently, he conducted his postdoctoral research in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 2011-2014, jointly supported by Prof. Becker (Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, 1992) and Prof. Heckman (Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, 2000).
Martina Mettgenberg Lemière is Assistant Director of AVPN’s Knowledge Centre leading the insights creation on social investing practices such as capacity-building, impact assessment and portfolio management.

She builds on over eight years’ experience of leading applied research for businesses and non-profits with a focus on human capital, education and impact. In Singapore, she led projects at INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute and mentored students at the micro-business school aidha. Previously, she worked in business research and consulting in India particularly focusing on banking and financial services. She also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Sussex and worked as an independent consultant for NGOs and investment agencies in London and Manchester in the UK.

She holds a PhD from Manchester Business School and an MSc and BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and Manchester respectively.
Keith Chua has been Managing Director of the Alby Group since 1979 and Executive Chairman of ABR Holdings since 2004. His business interests range from hotels, travel services, retail and distribution, food service operations and property investments. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Advisors at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.

Keith is actively involved in various community service, church and mission agencies. He serves as Vicar’s Warden of St Andrew’s Cathedral and Chairman of its Finance and Property Committee, Provincial Treasurer of the Province of South East Asia, and Board Member and Management Committee Chairman of the Singapore Anglican Community Services. He is in the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Singapore, serves as Treasurer and Trustee of SOMA International and Board member of Five Talents International. Keith is also a Trustee of CMS and the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund.

He received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Singapore.


updated on 18 April 2016.