Founder and Chairman, The Quant Group
Pakpoom co-founded The Quant Group, an IB firm in Thailand in 1998. He began his career in financial services in 1990 as an investment analyst at Smith New Court, an affiliate of N. M. Rothschild.
He later (1992) joined Nomura Research Institute Hong Kong Limited as the chief market strategist & head of research for the Thai market and later became a senior vice president & head of investment banking.
Pakpoom holds a Computer Engineering degree and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Pakpoom currently teaches Investment Banking and Financing in the MBA program at the Assumption University, Bangkok, and is a frequent guest lecturer at graduate business school at Harvard, Wharton, Duke, The University of Chicago, and MIT. Pakpoom is a board member of The Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina; and, a board member of Regional Advisory Board, Duke Kunshan University in Shanghai, China. He is a director of the PTT Institute of Science & Technology and many other other corporations such as The Special Olympics and Thailand Squash & Racquet Association.
Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Asia, for The Asia Group
Adam Schwarz is Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Asia, for The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and investment group. The Asia Group, with offices in Washington, DC, Singapore and Jakarta, serves global, regional and national clients on issues ranging from market-entry strategies, investment partnerships, government relations, strategic communications, and risk assessment.
From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Schwarz worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia serving private-sector, public-sector and state-owned-enterprise clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness, and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from strategy, corporate transformation, talent management, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource
Productivity practice, supporting clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards and climate change policy.
Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Mr. Schwarz has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region, and is considered a leading international authority on Indonesia. He has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank and the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the United States. He was one of two foreigners selected as members of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee at Indonesia’s National REDD+ Task Force. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. He has previously served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Special Guest Speaker
Thai Ambassador to the United States
Before arriving in Washington DC on 12 February 2015, Pisan Manawapat had served as Thai ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, India and Canada.
Born in 1956, Pisan Manawapat attended Bangkok Christian College and Triam U-dom Suksa School in Bangkok. In 1975, he won a Foreign Ministry scholarship to read Economics in U.K. He graduated with B.Sc. (Econ) and M.Sc. (Econ), major in International Trade, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, in 1980 and 1981 respectively. He also completed Thailand’s National Defence College in 2003.
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Senior VP, Head of Infectious Diseases, GSK
Zhi Hong is the Senior Vice President, Head of the Infectious Diseases (ID) Therapy Area Unit at GSK. He is accountable for designing, developing and delivering the end-to-end R&D strategy and pipeline.
Zhi is a Board member of ViiV Healthcare, a specialist HIV company established by GSK and Pfizer. Under his leadership, GSK ID pipeline has been revitalized since 2007 with the recent approval of Tivicay & Triumeq, best-in-class HIV medicines. Prior to joining GSK, Zhi was the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President at Ardea Biosciences, a biotech company acquired by AstraZeneca.
Zhi has more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery and product development. He supported or led his teams who had brought close to 30 compounds into development, four of which had been approved and launched. He is a public health advocate and has helped to establish multiple public private partnerships with US Government, European Commission and Philanthropic Organizations. He is a member of the Microbial Threats Forum at the Institute of Medicine.
Zhi has extensive business development experience and invested/divested broadly through various innovative transactions and start-ups. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University at Shanghai, China and his Ph.D from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Engagement Manager, McKinsey
Duke Wong is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey with expertise in healthcare sector, pricing strategy, and advanced analytics. He has led multiple projects that involve McKinsey’s new delivery model, including leading digital team to develop customized software and iPad app. Prior to joining McKinsey, he obtained his MBA from Duke Fuqua with Fuqua Scholar honor. During his time at Fuqua, he was the co-chair of Fuqua Idol and Musical, which was voted as the most memorable event by class of 2012; he was also the lead person for a finalist team at Duke Startup Challenge. Prior to Fuqua, he assumed various management roles at Starwood and Hyatt and was a certified six sigma greenbelt and Westin brand trainer. Duke was born and raised in Taiwan and obtained his BBA degree from National Chengchi University.
President & Federation Leader, Content Evolution LLC
Avid downhill skier and award-winning brand and business strategist, Kevin Clark is an author, designer of expressive capacity systems, and catalyst for purposeful change. He advises leaders on the wants and needs of customers at the intersection of emerging social and technology trends – and helps make organizations more accessible to stakeholders and easier to use for customers and clients.
Kevin is serial pioneer. He helped create the curriculum for Integrated Marketing Communications with other business leaders and academics; co-creator of the IBM Business Partner program; the Think Next Innovation process for IBM; the Enduring Brands model; the Vision to Value practice, the 3V Model (Values, Value, Valuation); co-creator of the Light wave Leadership practice; application of human-centered design principles to customer experience and organization ease-of-use; created the “Interpreneurship” model blending systems thinking, interdependence, and business ecosystems at scale. Kevin creates strategies “suitable for framing.”
Today Kevin is President and Founder of Content Evolution which helps the core intentions of businesses and organizations purposefully evolve from success to significance. He serves on the Board of Directors of Inspherion leading the innovation team, co-founder of KMP Growth One a strategic change and situation analysis advisory practice. Kevin lectures regularly in customer selection and market insights at Duke University Fuqua School of Business and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, and is a named Adams Advisor with the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a Senior Strategy Advisor to the innovative social enterprise video platform Storvine, to the 3D real estate rendering platform PIX (Property Immersive eXperience), and the SZL startup “inflowtainment” news/game app developer.
Project Manager, John Deere
Mark Hiew (Class of ’13) is currently a project manager at John Deere in their Office of the Chief Economist, where he performs political and economic analysis, and assists with the company’s global public affairs. This is his 2nd rotation (out of 3) in the Strategic Management Program, Deere’s MBA rotational program. His first rotation was in Utility Tractor Product Marketing based in Cary, N.C. He interned at Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group in Des Moines between his first and second years at Fuqua. Prior to Fuqua, Mark worked in business development for Global Communities, an international development NGO based in Silver Spring, MD, and Junior Achievement China’s Beijing office, a US-based NGO through which business professionals teach students about economics and business. Raised in Australia of Malaysian-Chinese descent, he worked in China from 2007-2011 and has traveled extensively throughout Asia. He has a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at Fuqua, he was active in Net Impact club. He is interested in digital marketing and business strategy.
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Megan Lynam Overbay
Director of Global Strategy & Leadership, PWC
Megan earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1997 and her MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2003. She spent her early career in consulting, working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte Consulting. Upon graduation from Duke, Megan took a role in Brunswick Corporation’s Leadership Development Program, focusing on strategic product portfolio planning and voice of the customer research. In 2005, Megan’s strong ties to Duke led her back to Durham, where she held the Director of Operations and ultimately the Director of Admissions role for all Fuqua MBA and MMS programs. She recently transitioned from Duke back to PwC, where she is a Director on the Global Strategy and Leadership team.
President, North Carolina Chinese Business Association
Growing up in Beijing, YanChing graduated from Peking University and marched in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 Chinese Student democracy movement. She earned her PhD from NCSU and MBA from Duke & has had a vibrant business career with Lockheed Martin and IBM, highlights include sales, IBM Research, hardware, software, and consulting. She is also a founding director and President of the North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA).
Mike Sitar, a 2011 WEMBA Alum, manages a team that develops, scales, and deploys highly sophisticated assembly and test equipment for use in the factories where Apple products are made. His focus is on New Product Introductions across all existing and emerging product categories at Apple. He travels extensively throughout Asia, spending over 120 days per year in China, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Prior to Apple, Mike was in Operations at Novartis, a global Pharmaceutical, and held numerous factory and operations positions at Caterpillar building and supporting earth moving machinery.
Global Brand Manager, Kimberly Clark
Jean Wong is a Global Brand Manager at Kimberly-Clark with experience in strategy development, product launch, and go-to-market execution. She has led projects that ranged from innovation and channel strategy to competitive profense and involved multiple regions and countries to accelerate brand penetration. She was also the Chair for the company Focus Asia Employee Resources Group in 2014. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, she obtained her MBA from Duke Fuqua. She was the co-chair of Arts & Music Club and the 2nd place winner team of 2010 Brand Challenge. Prior to Fuqua, she worked for Estee Lauder Sales Management in Hawaii and Unilever Marketing in Taiwan. Jean was born and raised in Taiwan and obtained her BBA degree from National Chengchi University.
Assistant Professor, The Fuqua School of Business
Professor Kulchina is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy area. She received her PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation has been awarded the NFIB Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Entrepreneurship from the Academy of Management and has become a finalist for the Buckley and Casson Dissertation Award at the Academy of International Business. Professor Kulchina’s research is at the intersection of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and international business. Her main areas of interest are foreign entrepreneurship, management of entrepreneurial ventures, and location choices of firms. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal and Management Science. She teaches core courses in Strategy in WEMBA and MMS programs, as well as Strategy seminar in the Ph.D. program.
Assistant Professor, The Fuqua School of Business
Yi Xu joined Duke’s faculty in the summer of 2011. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at Duke and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Xu received his Ph.D. in economics from Penn State University in 2007, his M.A. in economics from SUNY Stony Brook in 2002 and his B.A. in economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 1999. Before coming to Duke he was an assistant professor for four years at New York University.
Professor Xu’s research focuses on Productivity, International Trade, and Industrial Organization. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries, and the NET Institute. His most recent work has been published in the Rand Journal of Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Dynamics. He is currently working on projects that explore innovation, productivity, exporting and industry dynamics, with a special focus on East Asian emerging economies such as China, Taiwan, and Korea.