Catherina ChangFounder/Managing Director ThrivUP

Catherina Chang Founder/Managing Director at ThrivUP Catherina¬†has¬†over¬†25¬†years¬†of¬†experience¬†working¬†with¬†global¬†Fortune¬†500¬† multinationals.¬†She¬†is¬†a¬†seasoned¬†executive¬†with¬†long¬†history¬†of¬†success¬† leading¬†and¬†supporting¬†executives¬†across¬†a¬†variety¬†of¬†sectors¬†in¬†navigating¬† complex¬†transformations¬†in¬†challenging¬†business¬†environments.¬†She¬†offers¬† extensive¬†experience¬†supporting¬†B2B¬†&¬†B2C¬†businesses¬†in¬†China¬†and¬†Africa¬† and¬†overseeing¬†multicultural¬†teams,¬†with¬†professionals¬†hailing¬†from¬†five¬† continents¬†and¬†100+¬†nations.She¬†is¬†the¬†Founder¬†of¬†ThrivUP¬†Integrated¬†Business,¬†Culture¬†&¬†Talent¬† Transformation¬†Platform¬†since¬†2016.¬†Consults¬†with¬†business¬†leaders¬†to¬† innovate¬†and¬†transform¬†business,¬†talent¬†and¬†culture;¬†achieve¬†strategic¬† alignment;¬†build¬†agile¬†change¬†management¬†capabilities;¬†provide¬†executive 1on1¬†and¬†team¬†coachings;¬†and,¬†accelerate¬†leadership¬†capability¬†and¬†capacity¬† for¬†business¬†growth.¬†¬†Previously, she worked with The Coca-Cola Company for thirteen years in greater China & Africa, and with SABMiller¬† for four years in Africa.…

Jacquelien BrusseeCEO China, Jones Knowles Ritchie

Jacquelien Brussee CEO China, Jones Knowles Ritchie ¬† Hailing¬†from¬†the¬†Netherlands,¬†Jacquelien¬†has¬†been¬†in¬†and¬†out¬†of¬†China¬†since¬†she¬†was¬†11.¬†She¬†is¬†a¬†seasoned¬†executive¬†with¬†18¬†years¬†of¬†experience¬†across¬†Europe,¬†Middle¬†East¬†and¬†Asia,¬†and¬†has¬†worked¬†with¬†both¬†B2B¬†and¬†B2C¬†organizations¬†to¬†lead¬†business¬†and¬†client¬†growth,¬†digital¬†transformation¬†and¬†innovation.¬†Jacquelien¬†is¬†currently¬†the¬†CEO¬†China¬†at¬†Jones¬†Knowles¬†Ritchie¬†(JKR),¬†a¬†design-led¬†creative¬†company¬†with¬†offices¬†in¬†London,¬†New¬†York¬†and¬†Shanghai.The¬†300-strong¬†team¬†believe¬†in¬†designing¬†brands¬†from¬†the¬†idea¬†out¬†to¬†drive¬†growth,¬†build¬†distinctiveness¬†and¬†create¬†engagement.¬†Since¬†its¬†inception¬†in¬†1990,¬†JKR¬†has¬†partnered¬†with¬†companies¬†including¬†Unilever,¬†Kraft¬†and¬†Mars¬†Inc¬†through¬†to¬†category¬†disruptors¬†Hippeas,¬†Ugly¬†and¬†The¬†Gut¬†Stuff.Prior¬†to¬†joining¬†JKR¬†as¬†its¬†first-ever¬†China¬†CEO,¬†Jacquelien¬†was¬†the¬†Group¬†VP¬†at¬†Labbrand¬†and¬†GM¬†at¬†Labbrand,¬†where¬†she¬†led¬†the¬†firm‚Äôs¬†full-fledged¬†development¬†from¬†corporate¬†branding,¬†digital¬†integration¬†to¬†business¬†growth.¬†Jacquelien¬†is¬†an¬†avid¬†speaker,¬†and¬†serves¬†as¬†guest¬†lecturer¬†at¬†Shanghai¬†Jiao¬†Tong¬†University’s¬†Global¬†EBA¬†program¬†on¬†topics¬†like¬†brand¬†transformation,¬†innovation,¬†marketing,¬†organizational¬†culture.¬†She¬†is¬†passionate¬†giving¬†value¬†to¬†the¬†industry¬†community¬†by¬†leveraging¬†her¬†domain¬†expertise¬†and¬†her¬†network¬†for¬†instance¬†by¬†chairing¬†the¬†Dutch¬†Marketing¬†Network¬†Shanghai,¬†a¬†community¬†of¬†over¬†60¬†Marketing¬†senior¬†executives.¬†She¬†speaks¬†fluent¬†Dutch,¬†English¬†and¬†Mandarin. Keywords¬†and¬†Expertise:¬†#China¬†#Brand¬†Innovations¬†#Business¬†Strategy¬†#Branding¬†#Transformation¬†#Design¬†#Blockchain¬†Strategy¬†#Asia¬†#Innovation¬†#Digital

Stephen ThomasSenior Communications Advisor

Stephen Thomas 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,…

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.

I√Īaki Pedroarena-LealHead of Partnerships at StartEngine

I√Īaki Pedroarena-Leal Head of Partnerships at StartEngine I√Īaki Pedroarena-Leal is StartEngine‚Äôs Head of Partnerships, the leading U.S.equity crowdfunding platform with over $300M raised for 500+ companies.By creating mutually beneficial relations with business servicescompanies, accelerators, VC‚Äôs and angel networks, I√Īaki helps…

Hei ChengFounder @ Halo Design and also worked as the Director of Innovation at vivo

Hei Cheng Founder @ Halo Design and also worked as the Director of Innovation at vivo ¬† A strong creative and system thinker, Hei works with clients to help them understand the innovation process and user-centered design, navigate and simplify…

Mate KovacsFounder at Water Lily Pond and Pitches of Paradise / Co-Founder at TLA CEE

Mate Kovacs Branding Consultant at Life Beyond Product ¬† Mate specializes in strategic brand development and marketing communications with more than 15 years of experience. His ‚ÄėBrand. Life Beyond Product‚Äô approach focuses on how only brands (not products) can truly…