Stephen ThopmasSenior Communications Advisor

Stephen Thopmas Senior Communications Advisor Stephen is a¬†senior¬†communications¬†and¬†brand¬†leader. He has effectively¬†led¬†corporate¬†reputation¬†management¬†programs¬†in¬†complex,¬†dynamic¬†environments¬†across¬†the¬†Asia-Pacific¬†region.¬†His experience¬†covers¬†CEO¬†communications,¬†media¬†relations,¬†earnings¬†announcements,¬†issues¬†management,¬†transactions,¬†ESG,¬†thought¬†leadership¬†programs,¬†internal¬†communications,¬†social¬†media¬†strategy,¬†brand¬†strategy,¬†sponsorships¬†and¬†events.¬†Stephen¬†was¬†Head¬†of¬†Group¬†Brand¬†and¬†Communications¬†at¬†AIA¬†Group¬†from¬†2012¬†to¬†July¬†2021. His responsibilities¬†included¬†setting¬†and¬†ensuring¬†the¬†effective¬†delivery¬†of¬†the¬†Group‚Äôs¬†narrative¬†and¬†internal¬†and¬†external¬†communications¬†strategy. ¬†He also¬†led¬†AIA’s¬†purpose-led¬†brand:¬†Healthier,¬†Longer,¬†Better¬†Lives.¬†Prior¬†to¬†AIA, Stephen¬†was¬†a¬†Managing¬†Director¬†and¬†Head¬†of¬†Corporate¬†Affairs¬†for¬†Citigroup¬†(‚ÄúCiti‚ÄĚ)¬†in¬†China,¬†based¬†in¬†Shanghai. He was¬†the¬†spokesperson¬†for¬†the¬†bank¬†in¬†China,¬†created¬†a¬†holistic¬†communications¬†strategy¬†and¬†coordinated¬†engagement¬†with¬†a¬†range¬†of¬†stakeholders.Stephen¬†began his career¬†at¬†Burson-Marsteller¬†(now¬†Burson¬†Cohn¬†&¬†Wolf),¬†working¬†in¬†the¬†firm‚Äôs¬†Melbourne¬†and¬†Hong¬†Kong¬†offices. His consulting¬†clients¬†and¬†projects¬†spanned¬†financial¬†communications,¬†media¬†relations,¬†public¬†affairs,¬†issues¬†management,¬†analyst¬†relations¬†and¬†speech¬†writing.In¬†2020, Stephen¬†was¬†named¬†the¬†In-House¬†Communications¬†Professional¬†of¬†the¬†Year¬†by¬†the¬†Asia-Pacific¬†Association¬†of¬†Communications¬†Directors. He has been¬†included¬†in¬†the¬†Influence¬†100,¬†in¬†2015,¬†2017,¬†2018¬†and¬†2020,¬†Provoke¬†Media‚Äôs¬†annual¬†compilation¬†of¬†the¬†most¬†influential¬†in-house¬†communicators¬†around¬†the¬†world.¬†In¬†2019, Stephen¬†was¬†Chairman¬†of¬†the¬†Public Affairs¬†Asia¬†Gold¬†Standard¬†Awards.Stephen is a¬†Board¬†Trustee¬†of¬†the¬†Institute¬†for¬†Public¬†Relations¬†and¬†a¬†member¬†of¬†the¬†Arthur¬†W.¬†Page¬†Society¬†(Chair¬†of¬†Page¬†Hong¬†Kong).He holds a¬†Bachelor‚Äôs¬†degree¬†in¬†Commerce¬†from¬†the¬†University¬†of¬†Melbourne¬†and¬†a¬†Post¬†Graduate¬†Diploma¬†in¬†Management¬†from¬†Melbourne¬†Business¬†School.¬†In¬†2021, Stephen¬†completed¬†the¬†FT¬†Non-Executive¬†Director¬†Diploma¬†(Asia).

Abbe SerphosCommunications Consultant, Advisor to CEOs on Reputation and Awareness

Abbe Serphos Communications Consultant, Advisor to CEOs on Reputation and Awareness Abbe Serphos is an independent communications and marketing consultant and advisor to CEOs and senior leaders on reputation and awareness. She counsels clients on public relations, publicity, internal communications, social media, issues/crises, thought leadership, writing and live event production, including program creation and curation.Previously Ms. Serphos was Global Head of PR and Communications at Reuters. In that role she was the chief Reuters spokesperson globally and oversaw all aspects of Reuters external and internal communications, marketing and related materials, Reuters comms social channels and strategy, thought leadership, the Reuters historical archive, editorial events, the Reuters Newsmakers platform and issues/crisis management.From 2006 to 2016 Ms. Serphos was a corporate spokesperson and senior communications strategist at The New York Times Company where she served as a communications counselor to senior leadership, including C-suite and other executives. There she handled media relations, strategic, corporate, financial and brand communications, global internal communications and issues/crises.  Before joining the Times Company Ms. Serphos held communications roles of increasing responsibility at Barnes & Noble, Kraft Foods, The Buoniconti Fund/theUniversity of Miami School of Medicine and Vorhaus & Company. She began her career at Howard Rubenstein Associates.Ms. Serphos is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and completed extensive MBA graduate coursework at Baruch College/CUNY. She is a member of several industry organization and serves on various boards.

Sourabh ChattopadhyayPartner, Wellesley Partners

Sourabh Chattopadhyay Partner, Wellesley Partners ¬† Sourabh¬†Chattopadhyay¬†is¬†a¬†Partner¬†with¬†Wellesley¬†Partners¬†and¬†leads¬†the¬†firms‚Äô¬†businesses¬†in¬†India¬†and¬†South¬†East¬†Asia.¬†¬†Wellesley¬†has¬†multiple¬†businesses:¬†¬†the¬†main¬†being¬†senior¬†level¬†executive¬†search¬†for¬†financial¬†services,¬†private¬†equity,¬†and¬†private¬†equity¬†portfolio¬†companies.¬†¬†Along¬†with¬†that,¬†Wellesley¬†has¬†an¬†advisory¬†practice¬†as¬†well¬†and¬†a¬†capital¬†raising¬†business¬†to¬†help¬†set¬†up¬†new¬†alternative¬†investment¬†funds.¬†¬†Prior¬†to¬†joining¬†Wellesley¬†Partners,¬†Sourabh¬†headed¬†Options¬†Group’s¬†executive¬†search¬†and¬†strategic¬†consulting¬†practice¬†in¬†India.¬†Sourabh¬†has¬†also¬†been¬†an¬†entrepreneur¬†and¬†worked¬†in¬†institutions¬†such¬†as¬†Goldman¬†Sachs,¬†Ernst¬†and¬†Young,¬†and¬†Dresdner¬†Kleinwort¬†Wasserstein,¬†all¬†in¬†New¬†York.¬†Sourabh¬†grew¬†up¬†in¬†the¬†US¬†and¬†moved¬†to¬†India¬†in¬†late¬†2008.¬†¬†He¬†lives¬†in¬†Goa¬†with¬†his¬†wife¬†and¬†daughter¬†and¬†their¬†three¬†dogs.¬†¬†Sourabh¬†is¬†an¬†avid¬†angel¬†investor¬†and¬†an¬†LP¬†in¬†many¬†accelerator¬†funds.¬†¬†He¬†is¬†also¬†an¬†advisor¬†to¬†several¬†startups.¬†¬†Sourabh¬†is¬†on¬†the¬†board¬†of¬†Khela¬†Ghar,¬†an¬†NGO¬†based¬†out¬†of¬†Calcutta,¬†and¬†a¬†founding¬†trustee¬†of¬†Daya¬†Foundation.¬†¬†He¬†is¬†also¬†an¬†Advisor¬†to¬†the¬†Phreegroup,¬†where¬†he¬†advises¬†them¬†on¬†them¬†on¬†teh¬†operations¬†of¬†their¬†neo¬†bank¬†Phree¬†Bank.¬†¬†He¬†holds¬†a¬†BBA¬†in¬†Economics¬†from¬†Pace¬†University¬†in¬†New¬†York.

Damien J. AmeyPartner, Boundless 1 Ventures

Damien J. Amey Partner, Boundless 1 Ventures Damien¬†is¬†a¬†3X¬†founder¬†and¬†early¬†stage¬†executive¬†who¬†has¬†helped¬†scale¬†businesses¬†from¬†inception¬†through¬†Series¬†A¬†financing¬†and¬†exit.¬†Damien¬†is¬†enthusiastic¬†about¬†growing¬†companies¬†around¬†a¬†culture¬†of¬†magnetic¬†people¬†who¬†are¬†driven¬†by¬†innovative¬†results.¬†His¬†domain¬†expertise¬†has¬†ranged¬†from¬†data,¬†entertainment,¬†deep-tech,¬†and¬†beyond.As¬†a¬†founding¬†member¬†of¬†industry-leading¬†Unfold¬†Agency¬†(UnfoldAgency.com),¬†he¬†built¬†an¬†international¬†problem¬†solving¬†team¬†ranging¬†from¬†full¬†stack¬†engineers,¬†product¬†designers,¬†and¬†strategists¬†that¬†powered¬†Hollywood¬†movie¬†studios¬†to¬†produce¬†beautiful¬†display¬†ads¬†and¬†drove¬†government¬†entities¬†to¬†overcome¬†logistics,¬†tech,¬†design,¬†product,¬†budgetary,¬†and¬†political¬†challenges.¬†Damien¬†also¬†lead¬†the¬†worldwide¬†integration¬†and¬†expansion¬†of¬†social¬†listening¬†data¬†pioneer¬†Booshaka¬†into¬†Fortune¬†500¬†brands¬†and¬†sports¬†leagues¬†looking¬†to¬†shape¬†their¬†company¬†offerings¬†closer¬†to¬†their¬†customer‚Äôs¬†motivations.¬†Booshaka¬†was¬†acquired¬†by¬†Sprinklr.com¬†–¬†NYSE:¬†CXM.Damien would be happy to hear from you if you would like help in landing, expanding, and innovating your business, regardless of the sector, so long as you have the drive to make…

Patrick DalyChief Executive Officer of Sonas Home Health Care

Patrick Daly Chief Executive Officer of Sonas Home Health Care   Patrick Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of Sonas Home Health Care. His extensive experience in management, sales, marketing, and operations combined with 20 years in the home healthcare industry have helped him grow the organization into a brand singularly focused on defining how home health care should be done in the technology age.In his role at Sonas, Patrick is responsible for the company’s vision and growth strategies including vital planning and business integration, business and sales development, risk identification and mitigation, and budget management. His clear direction and supervision of programs and projects drive the organization’s sustainability.Patrick’s prior experience as Director of Sales and Marketing at Fusion Health Care and Division Director at BAYADA Home Health Care taught him how to capitalize on market opportunities to lead change in people, processes, and business practices.Patrick is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Armstrong State University. He lives with his wife, Bebe Daly, son and daughter in Delray Beach, Florida.

Tiffany NguyenSoftware Engineer at Google

Tiffany Nguyen Software Engineer at Google ¬† Tiffany¬†is¬†a¬†Software¬†Engineer¬†at¬†Google¬†with¬†experience¬†across¬†a¬†range¬†of¬†technologies¬†and¬†industries¬†(AI/ML,¬†Mobile,¬†Gaming,¬†Ads,¬†and¬†Hardware)¬†in¬†both¬†the¬†US¬†and¬†Asia.¬†She¬†has¬†worked¬†on¬†products¬†reaching¬†1B+¬†users¬†to¬†startup-sized¬†ones¬†in¬†Area¬†120¬†(Google’s¬†startup¬†incubator).¬†She¬†currently¬†leads¬†a¬†team¬†in¬†Taiwan¬†working¬†on¬†Pixel¬†device¬†software,¬†with¬†teams¬†around¬†the¬†globe.A¬†lifelong¬†learner,¬†she¬†is¬†also¬†a¬†mentor¬†and¬†a¬†coach,¬†and¬†loves¬†working¬†with¬†smart¬†and¬†passionate¬†people¬†not¬†only¬†to¬†find¬†their¬†spark,¬†but¬†to¬†build¬†a¬†better¬†world. Favourite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Caroline von der GroebenFounder of Brandstories

Caroline von der Groeben Founder of Brandstories ¬† Caroline¬†is¬†a¬†global¬†entrepreneur,¬†manager,¬†tech¬†leader,¬†investor¬†and¬†advisor¬†with¬†experience¬†in¬†founding¬†companies,¬†running¬†operations¬†and¬†doing¬†investments¬†as¬†well¬†as¬†strategic¬†development¬†in¬†the¬†corporate¬†environment. Caroline¬†was¬†looking¬†after¬†market¬†leading¬†brands¬†of¬†Procter¬†&¬†Gamble¬†with¬†a¬†responsibility¬†over¬†150Mio.¬†‚ā¨¬†turnover.¬†She¬†co-founded¬†and¬†led¬†several¬†start-ups¬†with¬†up¬†to¬†50¬†employees,¬†was¬†chief¬†of¬†staff¬†to¬†the¬†board¬†of¬†Axel¬†Springer¬†SE,¬†the¬†leading¬†media¬†company¬†in¬†Europe,¬†and¬†was¬†running¬†their¬†US¬†representation¬†in¬†San¬†Francisco¬†for¬†several¬†years,¬†doing¬†investments¬†and¬†partnership¬†as¬†well¬†as¬†business¬†development.¬†On¬†the¬†side¬†she¬†founded¬†the¬†Young¬†Digital¬†Leader¬†Association,¬†a¬†group¬†of¬†managers¬†in¬†leading¬†digital¬†roles¬†of¬†the¬†big,¬†mostly¬†DAX¬†noted¬†companies¬†in¬†Germany. At¬†the¬†moment¬†she¬†is¬†working¬†on¬†her¬†company¬†Brandstories¬†in¬†the¬†D2C¬†space¬†out¬†of¬†Shanghai¬†and¬†Berlin. Favourite Quote: ‚ÄúShow me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď William Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin‚Äô Donuts