AAMA Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board; Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital
Jay Eum is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink’s investments in Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Chartboost, Enterprise DB, Livescribe, SoundHound, Quixey and YuMe. He is also responsible for supporting TransLink’s portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea.
Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. He was responsible for starting up the U.S. operations for Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture investment arm of Samsung, and leading their U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Under Jay’s leadership, Samsung Ventures America grew to a team of five investment professionals and invested over US$80M in 27 U.S.-based start-up companies. Jay directly led several successful Samsung Ventures’ investments including AnalogTech (NASDAQ: AATI), Athena Semiconductor (acquired by Broadcom), Continuous Computing (acquired by RadiSyS), DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX), InPhi (NASDAQ: IPHI), Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN), MontaVista (acquired by Cavium), Pure Digital (acquired by Cisco), Sandbridge (acquired by Qualcomm), SiBeam (acquired by Silicon Image), Techwell (NASDAQ: TWLL) and Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom). Jay also led investments in GCT Semiconductor and Intematix.
Co-President; Venture Partner, WI Harper Group
Norman Liang is a Venture Partner at WI Harper, a global early stage venture capital firm in San Francisco, Taipei, and Beijing. Prior to WI Harper, Norman led the international efforts of Sungy Mobile (NASD:GOMO), opening the office in Silicon Valley for one of China’s first mobile startups. At Sungy Mobile, Norman expanded the growth and distribution efforts for its popular Android applications, including Go Launcher. Together, Sungy Mobile was ranked one of the top five Android developers in the world with over 200m installs of their applications. Norman has held business development and management roles at startups including SGN, a top gaming company, and Photobucket. Norman was also a founding member of Ovi, at Nokia and IBM, where he was part of a number of projects with wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, consumer electronics, and media companies. Norman is on the AAMA Board of Directors, a mentor at Highway1, and actively participates in community programs throughout Asia and Silicon Valley.
Co-President; Managing Director at Global Bridge Capital
Jason is a Managing Director at Global Bridge Capital, a leading technology growth capital firm based in Silicon Valley and China. Prior, Jason worked in venture capital at WestSummit Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Element (DFJ Element), and the WI Harper Group. Jason's investment deals include Twitch Interactive (acquired by Amazon.com for $1B), Movidius (acquired by Intel), Maginatics (acquired by EMC), Travelbank, Pilot AI Labs, Sleeperbot and others. Jason also worked in strategy consulting at A.T. Kearney in NYC, and corporate development at PCH International in China. Jason is also the creator and Chair of the AAMA Silicon Valley Young Professionals Group. Jason holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Secretary and Legal Counsel; Partner at Cooley LLP
Gordon Ho is a partner in the Cooley Business department and practice leader in the Clean Energy and Technologies group. He joined Cooley in 1997, and is resident in the Palo Alto office. Mr. Ho practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the formation, financing and general representation of emerging growth companies, and the representation of investors involved with such companies. He counsels public and private company clients in the full range of corporate and securities matters, including public and private financing transactions, employee incentive programs, mergers and acquisitions, strategic corporate relationships, executive hiring, SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance.
CFO; Partner at Singer Lewak-Silicon Valley Tax Practice
Michael Wu has 19 years of experience in corporate taxation including tax compliance, tax provision, and international tax planing. His professional experience includes 13 years working at Big 4 accounting firms and over 3 years experience as the head of Tax Department at a public technology company. While he was with the Big 4 firms, Michael served some of the largest and the most prestige technology companies in the Silicon Valley.
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Venture Partner, DFJ
Hope Chen is a venture partner at DFJ. She currently serves on the board of Prudent Energy. Hope is the chairperson and one of the founding members for WIL (Women in Leadership), a premier organization for women leaders in venture capital firms, private equity funds and multi-national corporations in China.
Hope has close to 15 years of operational experience in Internet and IT industry. She was most recently founder and co-CEO of Billpoint, Inc., which pioneered the concept of online person to person payments. Billpoint became the leading provider of person to person payment services on the Internet and was acquired by eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) in 1999 as a payment solution for their online auction marketplace. Prior to Billpoint, Ms. Chen was chief information officer of GE Nuclear Energy where she managed IT strategy and software and hardware infrastructure.
Hope received her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She received her BA in both computer science and philosophy from Wellesley College.
Principal, Ridgeway Institute | Partner, Talent Age Associates
Rebecca brings three decades of global executive management, leadership consulting and Fortune 200 executive experience in human resource management and professional development. Rebecca is Principal at Ridgway Institute and Partner of Talent Age Associates where she helps develop potentials of leaders into performance. She is also President of CXS focusing on Human Resource Management. Her corporate background includes head of Human Resources at SYNNEX where she helped achieved an IPO of $8 billion in 2004, and at Northwest/Delta Airlines, Pillsbury, and Amdahl/Fujitsu Corporations.
In the past decade, she has served on the Board of Directors of Asia America MultiTechnology Association. Rebecca is also on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). As a painter herself, the creativity, strategic and abstract thinking required in coaching executives and solving organizational challenges are parallels in the realm of art making.
Rebecca has a BA in English from Tamkang University and a MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico, and an on-going art education from SFAI.
CEO, Kiana Analytics
Nader Fathi is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of the Big Data industry. He is currently the CEO of Kiana Analytics, a Big Data company that helps brick-and-mortar businesses convert visitors to customers. He was CEO of SigmaQuest, a Big Data for Supply Chain solution, which he co-founded in 2002. Camstar Systems successfully acquired SigmaQuest in 2010 and Nader lead its Supply Chain Quality practice until 2012. Nader mentors and advises startups as the Executive-in-Residence (EIR) at the University of Southern California Stevens Institute for Innovations and the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley. He is currently on the advisory board of Glassbeam, Machine-to-Machine analytics. He has coached Big Data companies in various vertical markets including sports, retail, finance, health/fitness, and environmental analytics. Previously, Nader held executive positions at IntraStage, IKOS, Cadence, and Daisy systems. He started his career as software and chip designer at Xerox Microelectronics.Nader holds a bachelor and masters in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and completed his coursework toward a PhD. He has also completed numerous programs in marketing, business and Gamification at UCLA, The Wharton School, and UC Santa Cruz.
SVP of Business Development - Commercial & Growth Technology Gorup at Wells Fargo Bank
John is responsible for client origination within Wells Fargo’s Commercial and Technology Banking Groups covering the Silicon Valley region. Strong practice interest and expertise around all aspects of payments and commerce enabling technologies.
Director of Business Development Center, Panasonic R&D Company of America
Norihiro is Director at Panasonic R&D Company of America (PRDCA), a divisional company of Panasonic Company of North America. At PRDCA, he focuses on startup incubations and assesses business opportunities for Panasonic. He is actively working with several Silicon Valley and East Coast accelerator programs, such as Plug and Play Tech Center, StartX, Hourse/UC Berkeley, ERA, and ampNYC/New Lab, as well as various VCs for inter-corporate collaborations.
Norihiro has been working at Panasonic for 17 years. He first joined the new business development team of B2B audio and video related system in Federal, Public Safety, and Surveillance. At that role, he served as a liaison between NPA Japan and several U.S. law enforcement institutions on new business innovation of Public Safety.
Norihiro is a Corporate Adviser for Brand & Retail and IoT industries, and has been a Mentor for multiple international programs of Plug and Play Technology Center since 2013.
He is also a Corporate Member of Police Executive Research Member (PERM) since 2009; an active member of ampNYC/New Lab and Artist Membership Program; Charter Member of AAMA since 2014; Retail Marketing Society (RMS) since 2015; and Mentor for Fashion Tech in Paris, Entrepreneur Roundtable Association since 2016. In addition, he serves as adviser for many Silicon Valley based startup companies.
David J. Lam
General Partner at Atlantic Bridge
David Lam is the Managing Director of WestSummit Capital. David has more than 15 years of private equity, technology, and investment banking experience in software and technology-enabled services. Prior to WestSummit, David was the Managing Director and Head of US operations for WI Harper, a leading China focused technology venture capital firm. At WI Harper, David was involved in the firm’s investments in Innovation Works and Quixey.
Prior to joining WI Harper, David was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, where he led and managed investments in telecommunications and technology-enabled business services sectors for its U.S. venture and growth capital fund. While at Carlyle, Mr. Lam served on the Board of Directors and as the Audit Committee Chair of Actelis Networks, and as a Board Observer of Air2Web (acquired by Velti), eScreen (acquired by Alere), Ingenio (acquired by AT&T) and Panasas. Previously, David served as Director of Business Development at Panasas, a leading provider of scale-out parallel data storage systems and a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
Dr. Robert P. Lee
Hi-tech Entrepreneur, Investor and Professor
Dr. Lee is a 35-year pioneer of the high-tech industry, spending the first half of his career managing large organizations in Fortune 100 companies, and the second half as a serial entrepreneur. During this time, he conducted business globally, and in the last 15 years, he was heavily involved with running businesses in China. Since 2010, he is also Adjunct Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School where he also serves as the Associate Director of the MBA Program and an Advisory Board Member of the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship. Until late 2012 (when the company was acquired), he was Executive Chairman of Achievo Corporation (one of the largest China IT services companies). He co-founded Achievo in early 2002 and served as its Chairman and CEO until December 2008, when the company reached over 2500 people in size, more than 2000 of whom were in China. From 2002 to 2007, he was also CEO of Accela, Inc. (board member from 1999-2013) and led that company to become a dominant government enterprise software firm in the US. Until November 2001, he was president & CEO of Inxight Software, a Xerox-PARC spinout that tripled in revenues and raised venture funding under his leadership (now part of SAP). Before Inxight, he was chairman, CEO and president of Insignia Solutions, a software company he took public on NASDAQ in 1995. Previously, he was executive vice president of Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC - software), where among many achievements including rapid growth, he acquired and integrated 6 companies, including Norton Computing, which became a legendary M&A success story in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Lee was senior vice president of Shared Medical Systems (since acquired by Siemens) and was at IBM for 11 years (responsible for its office systems software, healthcare industry software, overall software engineering and various systems/communications software) and Computer Sciences Corporation for many years. Dr. Lee is currently on the board of Osel, Inc., a biopharmaceutical startup, and was previously on the boards of S3, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIII - semiconductor) and SONICblue (NASDAQ: SBLU - digital media devices). He also serves as advisor to various Western and Chinese companies and investment funds, besides being a venture partner, limited partner and angel investor himself.
Dr. Lee participates in high-tech developments all over the world. During Mr. CH Tung's first official visit to the Silicon Valley as Hong Kong Chief Executive in June 1999, Dr. Lee was the co-host and speaker at a luncheon in Mr. Tung's honor. At Insignia Solutions, Dr. Lee hosted a luncheon for HM Queen Elizabeth II who paid an extended visit to his company's offices in the UK after the company won multiple Queen's Awards. In 1996, Dr. Lee was invited to the Philippines to meet President Ramos and other top leaders to help formulate a high-tech initiative for that country. His business and professional activities in China have put him in frequent contact with senior government officials there. Dr. Lee has met with many heads-of-state and senior government officials during their visits to the Silicon Valley, particularly those from Asia/China.
As a result of his active professional and community activities, including serving as the Global Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association), Chairman of the AAMA Pearl River Delta Chapter, former vice chairman of HYSTA’s China Global Services Alliance, former board member of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (West Coast) and Asia Society President’s Circle, Dr. Lee is well known to the Silicon Valley and Asian media. He was featured in several books on Chinese-American successful entrepreneurs, and appeared frequently in print, web, radio and TV media globally. Dr. Lee is an accomplished public speaker.
Dr. Lee grew up in Hong Kong. He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees from UCLA, and a BA from UC Berkeley, all in computer science. He resides in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Lee is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).
Sr. Credit Officer, Silicon Valley Bank
Teresa has been with Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”) since 1999. Teresa is currently Senior Credit Officer at SVB responsible for credit risk management including approval of credit extensions to early and growth stage innovation companies in various regions including Northern California, Southern California, Utah and Portland. In 2011-2015, Teresa moved to Shanghai to help SVB set up its China joint venture bank, SPD Silicon Valley Bank, as its Head of Technology Finance. During her time with SVB China joint venture bank, she was focusing on local business development, localization and implementation of SVB’s unique lending model in the China market, and buildout of its local tech banking team. Prior to her China assignment, Teresa was Managing Director at SVB (US) where she led one of the tech banking teams managing relationships with and providing financing to venture capital-backed early stage and high-growth technology companies in the semiconductor, big data, wireless, telecommunications and consumer electronics sectors. Teresa is currently serving on the Board of AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association), the largest pan-Asian technology association in the world.
Tech Advisor, Board Member and Investor
Pradip combines product, operational leadership and M&A experience across industries (ICs, networking, wireless, IoT, storage, enterprise and SMB cloud applications, IT/BPO services). He has led the development and launch of roughly 400 products in his career. His funding experience (Microland, Rivio), IPO exits (LSI Logic, Echelon), M&A (Exel, Rivio, Matra-Harris, Synnex), CEO/President/COO/SVP/VP roles (Synnex, Microland, 123Signup, Rivio, Echelon, Adaptec, Matra-Harris), and investor/advisor/board roles (gaming, e-commerce, cloud applications, social media, sales/logistics, and healthcare) enable him to add depth and breadth to business strategy, team-building, and execution. He has led teams across North America, Asia, and Europe. He was most recently SVP for Corporate Strategy for Synnex Corp ($10B+ revenue). He holds a BS in Physics (University of Delhi, ranking 2nd in university), a BSE in Electrical Engineering (University of Pennsylvania, honors), an MSE in Computer Science (university of Pennsylvania, honors), and an MBA (Wharton, distinction). He is a Board Member of AAMA and Charter Member of TiE.
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; AAMA Trustee Member
Anna Mok is the U.S. leader responsible for China and Southeast Asia for Deloitte’s Advisory and Audit businesses. She was previously the National Managing Partner, Clients & Client Excellence responsible for developing and leading the execution of the client portfolio expansion strategy and the National Regions Leader. Anna is also currently a senior partner and industry leader for Strategic Risk Services.
During her 25+ year career at Deloitte, she has been the global lead client service partner and has served some of its largest and most prestigious global clients in various industries including payments, financial services, life sciences, health care and high technology. Her global business experiences include risk management, corporate governance, finance, business strategy and transformations, M&A, and market expansion services. She has lived and worked in Asia and the United States.
She was the first Chinese American woman admitted to partnership at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Anna was a member of Deloitte’s Board Council and the CEO Advisory Partner Council. Anna was also on the Executive Committee of Deloitte Advisory. Anna has received numerous awards and recognitions and is an active community leader. She is a current Executive Committee member of the United Way, Ascend National, Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund and the Commonwealth Club of California. Anna has been featured and quoted in leading publications, TV, radio and websites.
She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Founder and CEO; Ashley Chloe
Angela Pan is the Founder and CEO of Ashley Chloe, a wearable tech accessories brand headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Integrating a passion for functional aesthetic design with her aptitude for business strategy, Pan has a wealth of experience gained from her dual roles as startup entrepreneur and as early-stage tech investor. After several years in a technology investment firm working with the startups, Pan found her passion returning to entrepreneurship and creating something unique for people to use in their daily lives. Only a year and a half in, Pan is leading Ashley Chloe to become one of the most successful fashion tech brands. The flagship product Helix Cuff has been awarded a prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award and a CES 2016 Innovation Awards. Ashley Chloe is also named a favorite American brand by Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Andrew Wylegala. In addition, Pan is also on the board of Asia America MultiTechnology Association which dedicates to the Asian American high-tech community.
Pan has approached expectations and barriers that often push female entrepreneurs out of business with determination and leadership skills. By taking time to understand the technology field, and adding a fashion perspective, Pan prepared herself for success in the industry.
Pan has years of experience in operations, marketing, partnership, and corporate development. She found success launching an internet startup and a lifestyle firm by developing impressive growth, strategic branding, executing marketing strategies, and creating new brands from scratch.
Angela Pan has been featured on Bloomberg, Mashable, FastCompany, and USA Today. In her spare time, Pan is a self-taught designer. Her passion for design has given her a broad vision and deep understanding of style and allure.
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Andy Tsao is a Managing Director with SVB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients. In addition, Tsao leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies with their international market expansion. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps international companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. In both capacities, Tsao provides these firms with strategic advice and banking services, including debt financing, based on a deep understanding of their needs.
Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. For six years, he was responsible for building senior debt relationships with high-growth technology, life sciences and clean technology companies in the U.K. and Europe. Tsao routinely speaks about technology and venture financing at conferences such as events held by the European Venture Capital Association, Israel Venture Association, TiE, and Silicon Dragon. Tsao is a TiE Silicon Valley and Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) Silicon Valley Charter Member. While based in London, Tsao founded and moderated SVB Financial Group UK’s Venture Capital Advisory Board, was a two-time European Tech Tour Selection Committee member, and served on Think London’s North American Task Force and the Advisory Board for Astia U.K. Before endeavoring to open the U.K. office for SVB Financial Group, Tsao was a Senior Vice President in Silicon Valley Bank’s Boston office, where he served as a technology lender and senior relationship manager focused on New England’s technology industry. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank in 1997, Tsao was a technology lender at BankBoston, and BayBank in Burlington, Mass. He began his banking career with USTrust in Boston in 1988. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.
Director of Corporate Innovation at RocketSpace, Inc.
Canice Wu has over 20 years of experience in developing and scaling successful businesses from concept to market leader. Previously, he was President of Plug and Play Tech Center, a high tech business accelerator working with over 300 startups and a network of over 180 VC’s and 300 corporations. Prior to joining Plug and Play Tech Center, he was CEO of Insights OnDemand, providing cloud based Business Intelligence Solutions. Prior to Insights OnDemand, he was VicePresident, General Manager and COO of CRM and Industry Solutions at Siebel Systems. He came to Siebel from Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he was a management consultant specializing in forming business strategies and market penetration plans for Fortune 500 companies. Canice is also on the board of AAMA as well as a member of Sand Hill Angels. Canice has a BS and MS in Computer Science from MIT, and an MBA from University of California at Berkeley.
Founder & Managing Partner, CSC Upshot Ventures
Kyung H. Yoon
Founder & CEO, Talent Age Associates, AAMA Trustee Member
Kyung spent 14 years with Heidrick & Struggles, Inc., (NASDAQ: HSII), a global leader in the executive search industry, most recently as Vice Chairman. During her career with Heidrick & Struggles, Kyung was a leader in the firm’s expansion in Asia with management responsibility for the Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul offices. Kyung’s client list includes Fortune 500 and global multinational companies, including CP Group, CapitaLand, Dell, Hubert Burda Media Group, IBM, Komag, Maxtor, McKinsey, Merck, Microsoft, Nokia, NOL, Philips, Samsung, Seagate, Singapore Technologies, SK Telecom, Sybase, TSMC and Unisys. In the financial services field, Kyung has worked with international investment banks and private equity/ venture capital firms such as Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, DFJ, Doll Capital Management, DT Capital, GGV, Globespan Capital, GSR Ventures, H&Q Asia Pacific, IDG, IVP, JPMorgan Partners, Keytone Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield Fund, Menlo Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Newbridge Capital, PAMA, Venrock Associates, Walden International and Warburg Pincus.
Charlene Yu Vaughn
Founder & CEO of The Algonquin Group
A frequent speaker and author of “Insights & Opportunities”, Charlene Yu Vaughn is experienced with numerous technology and media oriented branding, licensing, start-ups, financings, turnarounds and mergers. Her career spans from global advertising giants, Young & Rubicam and Ogilvy & Mather to a founding executive of Time Warner Interactive to the President/CEO of Chuck Jones Studio Productions to President/CEO of the Tunes Network, Inc. (tunes.com); the Chairman/Founding CEO of Middlewire to her current position as the CEO/Founder of The Algonquin Group.
Through her work at The Algonquin Group, Ms. Yu Vaughn has served as the strategic advisor to over 50 leading revenue-generating emerging technology and media companies and international ventures in information technology, healthcare/life sciences, clean technology, digital media and consumer products in securing funding and accelerating their strategic growth, revenue, strategic alliances and business development. Her firm, The Algonquin Group, assists privately held and publicly traded US companies in their expansion into Asia Pac (APAC) and APAC and US companies in their expansion globally as well as into the domestic US market.
Board of Trustees:
|Gareth Chang||Managing Director & Executive Chairman of GC3 & Associates International|
|Sandy Wai-Yan Chau||CEO of Achieve Corporation; Founding President of AAMA|
|Dr. Hong Chen||Founder, Chairman & CEO of The Hina Group|
|William A. Chen||AAMA Shanghai President; Managing Partner at DT Capital Partners|
|Robert E. Grady||Managing Director at Cheyenne Capital Fund; Chairman of New Jersey Investment Council; former Chairman of Carlyle Venture Partners|
|David Ho||AAMA Beijing President; Founder & Chairman of Kiina Investment Limited|
|Harry W. Kellogg, Jr.||Vice Chairman of the Board at Silicon Valley Bank & Head of Relationship Management at SVB Financial Group|
|Dr. Robert P. Lee||Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Achieve Corporation; Professor in Entrepreneurship Practice at the City University of Hong Kong (CUHK)|
|Pradip Madan||Tech Advisor, Board Member and Investor|
|Anna Mok||National Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP|
|Dr. WIlliam Miller||Founder & Chairman of Nanostellar; Founder & Chairman of Lumiette; Professor Emeritus at Stanford University|
|Dr. C.S. Park||Board of Director at Seagate Technology; former Chairman & CEO of Maxtor Corp|
|George Scalise||President of Semiconductor Industry Association|
|TsuyoshiTaira||CEO of Tazan International|
|Lip-Bu Tan||CEO & President of Cadence Design Systems; Founder & Chairman of Walden International|
|Kyung Yoon||Founder & CEO of Talent Age Associates|