Simon Woodroffe is the founder of YO! Sushi. The concept was to make sushi eating a complete entertainment experience and featured call buttons, robot drinks trolleys and Japanese TV. The first restaurant opened in London and became an overnight phenomenon.
Simon has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Venue at the Retailer of the Year Awards. For his contribution to hospitality, Simon was awarded an OBE in 2006. Learn more about YO! under www.yocompany.biz
Award winning designer Bill Moggridge is the co-founder of IDEO, one of the most successful design firms in the world which has contributed to the development of many standard-setting innovations, including the first mouse (for Apple Computer) and the world’s first laptop computer (for GRiD Computer) which Bill himself designed.
More recently, IDEO’s work has addressed such themes as sustainability, the design of communities and enterprise for people in the world’s lower income groups. Amongst other things, Bill has been visiting professor in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in London, and is currently Consulting Associate Professor in the Joint Program in Design at Stamford University.Learn more about IDEO underwww.ideo.com
Vivienne Tam is a fashion designer based in New York, having been born in China and raised in Hong Kong. Her company produces, designs and markets women's contemporary apparel distributed in major department stores, specialty stores and independent boutiques throughout the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. The company's philosophy is to create harmonious clothing that enhances one's personality while also providing fashion for modern women that is beautifully designed, of high quality and affordable.Learn more about Vivienne Tam under www.viviennetam.com
Isamu Tatsuno was born in 1947 in Osaka, Japan. He dedicated much of his youth to becoming a mountaineer and in 1969, he became the second Japanese to climb the North Face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.
In 1975 he founded his company MontBell, to manufacture mountaineering equipment and clothing. MontBell now has 41 stores across six countries and also organizes adventure challenges, runs a travel agency, a travel insurance company and has recently opened a youth hostel in the mountains of Japan.Learn more about mont-bell under www.montbell.com
Lup-Moon Lui joined Arup in 1980 and became Chairman of Arup East Asia in April 2007 bringing 20 years of experience both locally in China and abroad. Over the years, he has held several executive positions, including COO and Infrastructure Business Leader for the region. He has substantial experience in a wide range of civil engineering disciplines, and has been a key player in a broad variety of local and overseas infrastructure works, including the world record-making Stonecutters Bridge, the Deep Bay Link, Route 9; the 120km South Luzon Tollway in the Philippines, and the 60km Bangkok Elevated Road and Train System in Thailand.Learn more about Arup East Asia under www.arup.com/eastasia
With over 20 years of experience in venture capital, Mr. Peter Liu is widely regarded as a pioneer of venture capitalists in Asia. Prior to founding WI Harper Group in 1993, Peter was a general partner of Walden International Asia where he established joint venture partnerships with several Asian governments and leading enterprises and helped raise $ 400 million, including its China Walden Fund. He has also personally invested in over 100 high tech companies in Greater China and has a proven track record of creating value for limited partners. He is also the recipient of the Asia Pacific Leadership Award presented by the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim.Learn more about Wi Harper Group under www.wiharper.com
Dr Shi Zhengrong
Dr. Shi is the founder, chairman and CEO of Suntech Power. After a year at Sydney-based University of New South Wales Renewable Energy Center in 1988, Shi found himself at a company formed to commercialize the ideas of fellow researchers.
Regular trips back to China to lecture on solar power coincided with a global push for renewable energy. Suntech, started in Wuxi in 2001 with 20 workers, now occupies four sites with a total workforce of 3500. It is one of a new breed of successful domestic China-based companies, and already a major exporter to the rest of the world.Learn more about Suntech Power under www.suntech-power.com
Mr. Hsiao Tung (Steven) Wang is the general manager of Visual Orient Limited (VOL). Steven came to Shanghai in 2002, with 20 years of experience in the 5-star hotel and service industry.VOL was established for Shanghai’s growing fine dining market. In 2004, VOL opened the top Cantonese restaurant Tan Wai Lou, French restaurant Sens & Bund and Bar Rouge. Steven believes that the most valuable asset of a company is its employees and trains all new employees personally.Learn more about Visual Orient Limited (VOL) under www.volgroup.com