Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
Mr Stephen Phillips is the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the Government Department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong. Mr Phillips has served in senior positions in a number of private and public organisations. He lived and worked in Hong Kong from 1989 to 2004 holding senior investment banking positions with Deutsche and BZW/Barclays Capital before co-founding a Hong Kong-based group of companies providing IT, financial and consultancy services across Asia. In 2004, Mr Phillips joined UK Trade & Investment (now the UK's Department of International Trade) before becoming the Chief Executive of the China Britain Business Council in 2006, as well as Chairman of the EU China Business Association.
Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Hong Kong/ Head of Consumer & Retail, ASPAC, KPMG China
Anson joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1999 and is currently a Partner based in the Hong Kong office heading up the Consumer & Retail Practice in the ASPAC region. He is part of the KPMG Global Consumer & Retail Steering Group as well as being a member of the Global Technology Innovation Centre and the Cluster Leader for the Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice based in Hong Kong. Anson has been active in driving a number of thought leadership reports and executive briefings for senior executives covering innovation and consumers in China and across Asia. He has worked with many corporates to understand the complex markets we live in and current levels of disruption being seen with recent reports including Global Mobile Payments, Consumers & Convergence, Mobilizing Innovation: The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies, The Rise of the Digital Multi-tasker, Be a Smarter Start-up, MNCs in China, Made in China 2025, China's Connected Consumers, Global Connected Consumers, Connecting Hong Kong – Perspectives on our future as a smart city, Connected Cities – insights across the ASPAC region and The Changing Face of Commerce series.
Chief Sourcing Officer, PUMA SE
Anne Laure Descours has 30 years of experience in the textile and garment industries, including 25 in Asia, centered on sourcing and management of multicultural teams. Anne Laure joined PUMA SE in April 2012 as Director Apparel Sourcing APAC. In August 2013, she became Global Director Development & Sourcing Apparel and Accessories, as such leading teams both at Headquarter and over 15 Sourcing locations looking after Product Development, Production and Quality, and ensuring implementation of Puma's ethical and sustainability standards to all factories. In 2019, she was appointed as Chief Sourcing Officer and member of the Management Board, adding Footwear and Sustainability under her responsibility, she is primarily based in Hong Kong.
Co-founder and CEO, The BuyHive
Minesh Pore is the Co-Founder and CEO of The BuyHive, a platform to help buyers source products globally, via a network of experienced sourcing professionals. Minesh was the Director of International Business at Global Sources and Head of Startup Launchpad. He is a highly regarded global trade expert in leading multinational organizations in Innovation, corporate transformation, business development, and strategic planning. He has led sales and business development for more than two decades under global brands including Tata, Pico, Global Sources, and Intertek. He brings to BuyHive extensive experience in managing buyer-supplier relationships, along with his close connections with major firms along the length of the global supply chain, including manufacturers, compliance agencies, and logistics providers.
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