Honorable Advisors

George Yeo
Chairman, Kerry Logistics Network

George Yeo joined Kerry Group on 1 Jan 2012 as Vice Chairman. Since 1 August 2012, he has also assumed the Chairmanship of Kerry Logistics Network.
 

From September 1988 to May 2011, he served 23 years in the Singapore Government, and was Singapore’s Minister for Information and the Arts (1991-99), Minister for Health (1994-97), Minister for Trade & Industry (1999-2004), and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004-11) till his defeat in the May 2011 General Election.
 

Mr Yeo studied Engineering at Cambridge University on a President’s Scholarship, graduating with a Double First in 1976, and became a Signals Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. After graduating from the Singapore Command and Staff College in 1979, he was posted to the Republic of Singapore Air Force. He graduated with an MBA (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School in 1985. He was appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff (1985-1986) and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry (1986-1988), attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.
 

Mr Yeo chairs the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board. Mr Yeo is also an Independent Non-executive Director of AIA Group Limited, a public company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and a Non-executive, Non-Independent Director of Wilmar International Limited, a public company listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Alan Lam
CEO, Sengital

Alan Lam received his BEng and MPhil degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He obtained his PhD degree from CUHK in August 2004, with his thesis research on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensing systems. He successfully commercialized his research work and co-founded Sengital Limited in 2004.
 

Dr. Lam is currently the CEO of Sengital Group with three spin-off companies. Under the leadership of Dr. Lam, the team have won numerous prestigious local and international awards for their product innovation and excellence, including 7 Hong Kong ICT Awards (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), 3 Hong Kong Awards for Industries (2007, 2013), and 2 HKEIA Awards for Outstanding Innovation and Technology Products (2012), the Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance Awards (2013), the Asia Smartphone Apps Contest 2013/14, and the 42th International Exhibition of Innovation of Geneva (2014). Sengital Group has been widely reported by media with more than 100 articles. Sengital grew from a small startup company to a fast-growth local technology company with three spin-offs in ten years’ time. Dr. Lam was named as one of the five local innovation heroes by the Hong Kong Science Park in 2014 for his excellence in R&D projects commercialization.

Dr. Lam has been very active in the professional community. He currently serves as the Director of the Board and Member of the ICT R&D Centre Technology Review Panel of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Member of the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) Assessment Panel (Electronics) of ITC, Honourable Advisor of Institute for Supply Management Hong Kong (ISM-HK), Steering Committee Member of Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum (HKPKIF).

Brian Li
Managing Director, GP Industries
Executive Director, Gold Peak Industries

Dr. Li is an Executive Director of the Hong Kong-listed Gold Peak Industries (Holdings) Limited and the Managing Director of the Singapore-listed GP Industries Limited. The Group’s “GP Batteries”, “KEF” and “Celestion” brands are renowned within their respective markets.
 

Dr. Li has been engaging in the electronic engineering and manufacturing industry in Hong Kong, China and internationally for over 30 years. He is the Vice Chairman of The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association and a Council Member of the Hong Kong Electronics Industry Council of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Dr. Li is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Electronic Engineering and a member of the Co-operative Education Centre of the City University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Electronic and Information Engineering Programme Board of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education.
 

Dr Li is a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master's degree in Global Business with Dean's Honour from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the City University of Hong Kong.

Kevin Harris
Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Kevin Harris works with leading organizations across the Industrial/Natural Resources sector with a focus on operations and general management for Russell Reynolds Associates. He is based in Shanghai.
 

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Kevin worked for TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics) as Vice President, Commercial Industrial Solutions Operations, Asia/Pacific, where he was responsible for a 2 billion US dollar operation with 13 facilities and over 22,000 employees producing electronic, mobile, PC, medical, fiber optic, lighting, solar and magnetic solutions. He was also the Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President of Global Supply Chain, responsible for the company's $8 billion global procurement organization. Here he expanded the supply chain into Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe. He implemented a commodity “center led” model to efficiently strengthen talent, supply base leverage and engage in impactful VA/VE.
 

Prior to TE, Kevin spent ten years with Haworth Incorporated as an Operations Director, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Shanghai, responsible for strategic production, operations and logistics initiatives.
 

Kevin has a strong automotive background and led manufacturing and manufacturing engineering organizations for Japanese Automotive firm Calsonic where he worked in both the HVAC and Exhaust Divisions. In these roles he improved productivity and slashed inventory through lean deployment.

Mark Millar
Managing Partner, M Power Associates

Acknowledged as an engaging and energetic presenter, clients have engaged Mark Millar as Speaker, Moderator, Conference Chairman or MC at more than 350 corporate events, client functions and industry conferences across 23 countries, where he is renowned for delivering a knowledgeable, professional and memorable impact.
 

Mark leverages over 30 years global business experience to provide value for clients with informed and independent perspectives on their supply chain strategies, delivered through consultations and corporate briefings that help companies navigate the complex landscapes in Asia and make better informed business decisions.

 

His Knowledge Sharing Forum explores future directions for global supply chains, drawing on key themes from Mark’s book Global Supply Chain Ecosystems and is ideal for regional management meetings, sales conferences and client hospitality functions. Mark is a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is recognised in the 'China Supply Chain Top 20', as one of ‘Asia’s Top 50 Influencers in Supply Chain and Logistics’ and in the 2014 USA listing of 'Top Pros-to-Know in Supply Chain'.

Fredrick Spalcke

Advisory, New Ventures

Fredrick Spalcke is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer of Royal Philips. Before joining Philips in 2012, Mr. Spalcke worked for several multinational companies in executive leadership roles, building a successful international career with a strong track record of restructuring and delivering results, based on a broad experience in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Logistics and Procurement. He believes that the success of a company relies on strong individual performers working together to achieve outstanding results.

Ben Simpfendorfer

Managing Director, Silk Road Associates

Ben Simpfendorfer is Managing Director and Founder of Silk Road Associates, a strategy advisory based in Hong Kong. Ben works with a range of multinationals and mid-sized firms on their expansion plans in Asia and the Middle East. His strategy work is in popular demand from leading global firms, providing regional and global teams with insights into the region’s fast-changing markets and how leading companies are responding. He also leads the firm’s mid-market consulting work partnering with a range of clients in the consumer and services sectors.
 

Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20-years. He was previously a chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He is also author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He also writes a regular column for FT.com’s beyondbrics and features on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN.