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CGI Asia 2008 Program Participants






Edgar O. Chua
Country Chairman
Shell Companies in the Philippines, Guam, Palau, and Saipan

Edgar Chua has corporate responsibility for the various Shell companies in the exploration, manufacturing, and marketing sector of the petroleum business. Likewise, he oversees the Chemicals businesses and Shared Services. He is currently the chairman of the Philippine Business for the Environment; president of the Management Association of the Philippines and of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.; and vice president of the Philippine Institute of Petroleum, Inc. Chua joined the Shell companies in the Philippines in 1979 and has had many years of experience in the business fields of chemicals, auditing, supply planning and trading, marketing and sales, lubricants, corporate affairs and general management. He held senior positions outside the Philippines as transport analyst in group planning in the UK and as general manager of the Shell Company of Cambodia. From July 1999 to August 2003, he held various regional positions in Shell Oil Products East covering all countries east of the Suez Canal, including China, India, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Mark Clifford
Executive Director
Asia Business Council

Mark L. Clifford is the executive director of the Asia Business Council. He was a co-author of the Council’s book Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future. The study is also available on the Council’s website (www.AsiaBusinessCouncil.org) in English and Chinese. Clifford is the co-author, with former WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, of China and the WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade. His other books include Troubled Tiger: Businessmen, Bureaucrats and Generals in South Korea and Meltdown: Asia’s Boom, Bust and Beyond (co-authored with Pete Engardio). He was a contributor to two other books, China’s Century and Japan in Asia. Clifford previously was editor in chief of the South China Morning Post; prior to that he was publisher and editor in chief of The Standard. Since moving to Asia in 1987, he has also held senior positions at Business Week and the Far EasternEconomic Review. Clifford is an honors graduate of the University of California Berkeley, and was a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University from 1986 to 1987.

William J. Clinton
Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation
42nd President of the United States

Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, Clinton led the country through the longest economic expansion in its history. His emphasis on community, opportunity, and responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; 22 million new jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime; and the highest home-ownership rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.

Thomas Easton
Asia Business Editor
The Economist

Thomas Easton has been the Asia business editor of The Economist since 2006. Previously, he was the New York bureau chief of The Economist, a senior editor at Forbes magazine, and the New York and Tokyo bureau chief of The Baltimore Sun. He is a graduate of Brown University, Columbia Business School, and Yale Law School. He writes about law, business, finance, and social issues in Asia, with a particular focus on China.

Jim Erickson
Senior Editor
TIME Asia, Hong Kong

Jim Erickson, a senior editor at TIME Asia, has for more than 20 years covered business, politics, and technology at newspapers and magazines in the United States and Asia. Prior to joining TIME six years ago, he was assistant managing editor at Asiaweek and was responsible for the newsweekly’s technology coverage. Before moving to Hong Kong in 1997, he was an award-winning business reporter for the morning newspaper in Seattle, Washington, where he covered corporations including Boeing, Nintendo of America, Starbucks, Amazon.com, and Microsoft. Winner of a Gerald Loeb award for economics reporting, Erickson in 1992 co-authored the best-selling book Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, the first biography of Microsoft’s famous chairman.

Jaime A. FlorCruz
Bureau Chief
CNN Beijing

Jaime A. FlorCruz is CNN’s Beijing bureau chief and correspondent, responsible for the network’s news coverage of China. FlorCruz has studied, worked, and traveled in China for 30 years, and reported extensively on the country as a journalist since 1980, when he started his journalistic career in China and worked as a reporter for Newsweek magazine. In 1982, he joined TIME magazine’s Beijing bureau, and served as Beijing bureau chief from 1990 to 2000. He has reported on all the major news events in China during that time, including the normalization of Sino-U.S. relations, China’s economic and social reforms, the crackdown of Tiananmen protests in 1989, Deng Xiaoping’s death, the Hong Kong handover, and the evolving cross-Straits relations. FlorCruz is dean of the foreign press corps in Beijing and was a two-term president of the 200-member Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (1988–1990 and 1996–1999). He was also the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. FlorCruz is fluent in English, Filipino, and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and a degree in Chinese history from Peking University.

Victor Fung
Li & Fung Group

Dr. Victor K. Fung is the group chairman of the Li & Fung group of companies, which includes major subsidiaries in trading, distribution, and retailing. He also is chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council, the Hong Kong Airport Authority, and the Hong Kong University Council. Fung holds a number of civic and professional appointments. He is vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Executive Committee of the Commission on Strategic Development. From 1991 to 2000, Fung was Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. From 1996 to 2003, he was the Hong Kong representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Fung holds bachelor and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in business economics from Harvard University. He also taught as a professor at the Harvard Business School for four years before returning to Hong Kong in 1976.

Shirin Gadhia
Eco Center ICNEER

Dr. Mrs. Shirin Gadhia is president of Eco Center ICNEER, which she and her husband started, along with their company Gadhia Solar, to promote sustainable development taking both ecology and economy into consideration. ICNEER conducts environmental awareness programs on water conservation, the importance of trees, organic farming, the use of renewable energies (especially solar energy for cooking). To combat global warming and climate change, Gadhia Solar manufactures parabolic solar concentrators for domestic, community, and institutional cooking. Shirin travels extensively within India and abroad to promote and train non-governmental organizations and self help groups in the installation and effective use of SK 14 solar cookers for domestic cooking and income generation, helping to alleviate poverty. ICNEER has helped initiate the first smoke-free village where the whole village cooks with SK 14 solar cookers and biogas and many villages are following suit. Gadhia Solar has manufactured and installed the world’s largest solar steam cooking system that cooks 30,000 meals per day.

Elisea Gozun
Clean Air Initiative Asia

Elisea “Bebet” G. Gozun is the former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines. She was recognized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the 2007 Champion of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific. An activist who is involved with many environmental non-governmental organizations, she has served as a consultant on environmental management and urban development to the World Bank, ADB, USAID, UN Habitat, UNDP and other development partners. She now serves as the chair of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Partnership (CAI-Asia), program director for the City Development Strategies (CDS) project of the Cities Alliance in the Philippines, chair of the Earth Council Asia Pacific Philippines, and the chair of the Earth Day Network Philippines. She is the program director of the Green Kalinga program of Gawad Kalinga (GK), which aims to make low-income/resettled GK communities more sustainable by ensuring that they consume responsibly, do not pollute, and actively protect and/or rehabilitate the environment.

Christopher Graves
President and Regional Chief Executive Officer
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Christopher Graves leads the largest, most award-winning public relations network in Asia Pacific. He worked 23 years in the news industry, serving as vice president, head of news and programming for both CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe, and as managing director of the legendary Dow Jones magazine called Far Eastern Economic Review (two-time winner of magazine of the year in Asia). He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events such as World Economic Forum, AdAsia, World Islamic Economic Forum, Public Relations Congress, and AmChams across Asia. He has led one-on-one public discussions with Tony Blair, Muhammad Yunus, Lee Kuan Yew, and other leaders. He holds the title of PR Professional of the Year and Ogilvy PR has been named Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year (Holmes Report). While in television news, operations he led won more than 20 awards from the NY Film & TV Festivals, Asia TV Awards, and an EMMY nomination.

Rajesh Gupta
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar, DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited

Rajesh Gupta is president and business head of Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar (Hariyali), a division of DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited (DSCL). DSCL is a diversified business house with a business portfolio comprising of agri inputs, sugar, chemicals, and plastics. Hariyali is a path-breaking venture of DSCL, which is ushering in “inclusive” growth in rural India, thereby improving the quality of life for communities across rural India. The Hariyali business has been featured as a case study at the Harvard Business School in 2008. It has been recognized as a business with strong social linkages and as having far-reaching impact in improving the incomes and quality of life in the agri and rural sector of the economy. Gupta has formal education as chartered accountant and has also attended the advanced management program at the Wharton Business School (USA). Since 2002, Gupta has been instrumental in conceptualizing, setting up, and managing the growth of Hariyali. Gupta has about 25 years experience in industry and has worked in areas of finance, strategy, and general management.

Rico Hizon
Business Anchor and Reporter
BBC World News

Rico Hizon is the presenter of the daily business and finance program, “Asia Business Report,” and anchors one edition of “World Business Report” live from Singapore Monday to Friday. Rico joined BBC World News in 2002 after eight years with the financial and business news network CNBC Asia. He was based in Hong Kong and Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of “CNBC Today,” “Squawk Box,” “Market Watch,” and “Power Lunch.” Before working at CNBC Asia, Rico was an anchor and business reporter at the Manila-based GMA-7 network, responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment, and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, “Business Today,” “GMA News Live,” and “Stock Market Live” from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange. Rico was recently honored with the prestigious Presidential Award for Overseas Filpino Excellence and The Outstanding Young Men for Broadcast Journalism award in the Philippines.

David Ho
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

Dr. David Ho has been at the forefront of AIDS research for 27 years, publishing more than 350 papers. His elegant studies, beginning in 1994, unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionized our basic understanding of this horrific disease. This knowledge led Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy that resulted in unprecedented control of HIV in patients. AIDS mortality in richer nations has declined six-fold since 1996, and a massive international effort is now underway to bring such life-saving treatment to millions in the developing world. Ho has been the major driving force behind this major medical breakthrough in what is arguably the worst plague in human history. Ho has received numerous honors and awards for his scientific accomplishments, including 11 honorary doctorates. He was named TIME magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and was the recipient of a Presidential Medal in 2001.

Jeremy Hockenstein
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Digital Divide Data

Jeremy Hockenstein, a former McKinsey & Company consultant, is co-founder and chief executive officer of Digital Divide Data (DDD), an award-winning social enterprise pioneering its field. Based in southeast Asia, DDD provides socially responsible information technology outsourcing services to clients around the world while creating jobs and better futures for disadvantaged youth in those countries. For its business success and remarkable social impact, DDD and Hockenstein have been recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as awards from the World Bank Development Marketplace, the IFC Grassroots Business Initiative, and the Global Knowledge Partnership. Among other media acclaim, Hockenstein and DDD were profiled in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat as his “favorite example” of a social entrepreneur’s initiative. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor degree in economics and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Yoshito Hori
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

In April 2008, Globis Management School (GMS), one of the lines of business through GLOBIS Group, officially became an educational corporation. GMS was ranked among top three business schools in Japan by Nikkei Industrial News Paper and has become the largest business school in terms of the number of enrollments, with three physical campuses in Japan: Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. Hori is dean of Globis Management School and a founding managing partner of Globis Capital Partners. Hori is a member of World Economic Forum’s New Asian Leaders, a board member of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and Japan Private Equity Association. He founded the Japan chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) in 1995 and became the first board member of YEO International in charge of the Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008.






The Best and the Brightest
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