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Key Sessions

Vivek Pandit

Private markets – defying expectations

McKinsey & Company

Jeffrey Li

An alternative for value and innovation

Tencent Investment

Eduardo Saverin

Innovation without borders

B Capital Group

08:30 08:55 (25 mins)

Main agenda

Registration and welcome coffee

08:55 09:00 (5 mins)

Main agenda

Chairman's welcome address

  • Edward Grefenstette - President, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, The Dietrich Foundation

09:00 09:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Private markets – defying expectations

  • Presentation Vivek Pandit - Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Gary Pinshaw - Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

09:30 10:10 (40 mins)

Main agenda

The new world order

Exploring the impact of shifts in the global geopolitical and economic landscape. What is the effect on different countries in Asia? And how do you manage your portfolio and assess risk in an environment of volatility and uncertainty?

  • Moderator Rebecca Xu - Co-Founder & Managing Director, Asia Alternatives Management LLC
  • Panellists Scott Sang-Won Hahn - President & CEO, Hahn & Co.
  • Tatsuo Kawasaki - Founding Partner, Unison Capital
  • Manish Kejriwal - Managing Partner, Kedaara Capital
  • Wu Shangzhi - Chairman and Managing Partner, CDH Investments

10:10 10:40 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Is the time ripe for Asia-Pacific?

Where should Asia-Pacific private equity and venture capital sit in a global portfolio? How does the region fare against Europe, the US and emerging markets?

  • Moderator Brian Lim - Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets, Pantheon
  • Panellists Edward Grefenstette - President, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, The Dietrich Foundation
  • Peter Keehn - Global Head of Private Equity, Allstate Investments
  • Marcus Simpson - Head of Global Private Equity, QIC

10:40 11:10 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Morning coffee and networking break

11:10 11:40 (30 mins)

Main agenda

An alternative for value and innovation

  • Fireside chat with Jeffrey Li - Managing Partner, Tencent Investment
  • Interviewed by Guobin Zhang - Senior Vice President; Head, Fund & Co-investment Group China, GIC

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Main agenda

Innovation without borders

How global trends in innovation and venture capital can be leveraged to benefit entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley

  • Fireside chat with Eduardo Saverin - Co-Founder, Facebook & Co-Founder & Partner, B Capital Group
  • Raj Ganguly - Co-Founder & Partner, B Capital Group

12:00 12:35 (35 mins)

Main agenda

Delving into the headlines: what’s front of mind for industry veterans today?

What are the newsworthy and controversial issues affecting industry practitioners today and into the future?

  • Moderator PV Wang - Co-CIO, Noah Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Panellists Neil Harper - CIO, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
  • Martin Mok - Partner & Head of EQT Mid Market Asia, EQT Partners Asia Ltd
  • Frank Tang - CEO and Managing Partner, FountainVest Partners
  • Akihiko Yasuda - Managing Director, Head of Hong Kong Office, Asia Alternatives Management LLC

12:35 13:45 (70 mins)

Main agenda

Lunch and networking break

13:45 14:30 (45 mins)

Stream A: Countries in focus

China: dispelling the myths

Beyond the headlines: what impact will capital control and regulatory changes have on the industry? Where is the listed market headed? And how do you find good deals at a good price?

  • Moderator Fred Hu - Chairman, Primavera Capital Group
  • Panellists Doug Coulter - Partner, LGT Capital Partners
  • Jerry He - Partner & Head of Shanghai, EQT Partners Asia Ltd
  • Gabriel Li - Managing Director, Orchid Asia Group Management
  • Forest Lin - Managing Partner, Tencent Investment
  • Liang Meng - Founding Partner, Ascendent Capital Partners

13:45 15:00 (75 mins)

Stream C: Networking stream

LP-only closed door session: critical insights into LP considerations

How do LPs differentiate between managers in Asia? How does Asia fare against other emerging markets? What is the real incentive for co-investing and what happens when co-investments go wrong?

This session is only open to pension funds, endowments, foundations, DFIs, SWFs and ILPA members, subject to qualification. To register please contact Chloe Elliott at chloe.elliott@knect365.com. 

The Chatham House Rule applies. Closed to press. Strictly limited to 20 attendees. First come, first served. No late admittance.  

  • Chairman Menno Derks - Partner & Managing Director Fund Investments, Sarona Asset Management
  • Discussion leader Suneel Kaji - Director – Co-Investments and Emerging Markets, UTIMCO

13:45 14:30 (45 mins)

Stream B: Strategies in focus

How is the credit market evolving in Asia?

Is the credit market in Asia evolving into a more developed market akin to those of Europe and the US? Is there an increase in differentiation around strategy and is NPL investment the next big opportunity in China?

  • Moderator Vish Ramaswami - Managing Director , Cambridge Associates
  • Panellists Justin Ferrier - Managing Director, BlackRock
  • Grant Fleming - Partner, Continuity Capital Partners
  • Greg Peng - Founding Partner, CEO, Cindat Capital Management
  • Venkat Ramaswamy - Executive Director, Edelweiss Alternatives
  • Donald Yang - Managing Partner & CEO, Abax Global Capital

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

Stream A: Countries in focus

Japan then and now

How have returns been generated and how do you make money going forward? What more needs to be done for deal activity to continue to rise?

  • Fireside chat with Gregory Hara - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, J-STAR
  • Interviewed by Kazushige Kobayashi - Managing Director, Capital Dynamics

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

Stream B: Strategies in focus

Secondaries: accessing the deal flow

 With increasing liquidity pressure are GP led transactions on the rise? How is the Asian secondaries market developing and are non-traditional buyers starting to emerge?

  • Moderator Chris Areson - Head of Secondaries (Americas), Credit Suisse
  • Panellists Tim Flower - Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Ltd.
  • Pinal Nicum - Partner, Adams Street Partners
  • Nicole Su - Managing Director, Ping An Capital

15:00 15:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Afternoon refreshments and networking break

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Stream A: Southeast Asia in focus

The best approach to Southeast Asia

What is best way to allocate capital across the market? Do country-specific or regional funds offer the best access and opportunities?

  • Moderator Udit Gambhir - Managing Director Asia, SGG Group
  • Panellists Eugene Lai - Managing Director & Co-Managing Partner, Southern Capital
  • Joshua Morris - Founding Partner, Emerging Markets Investments
  • Aongorn 'Apple' Somprasong - Managing Director, Lombard Investment

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Stream B: Strategies in focus

Implementing ESG in Asia

How do you fully implement an ESG strategy in Asia? How do you ensure buy-in from fund managers and portfolio companies? 

  • Moderator Raj Pai - Managing Director, Global Environment Fund
  • Panellists Shelby Chen - Managing Partner, Tsing Capital
  • Paul Heffner - Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO, Adamas
  • Melissa Kang - Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Stream C: Networking stream

Speed networking

10 GPs and 10 LPs will have the opportunity to speak for two minutes before the bell is rung and the GPs rotate.

  • Chairman Gregory Lamb - Managing Partner, Alcazar Partners LLC

16:00 17:00 (60 mins)

Stream A: Southeast Asia in focus

Southeast Asia workshop

Exploring the nuances of investing in Southeast Asia. 

This session consists of a 20-minute introductory panel discussion. Each panellist will then host a 30-minute roundtable focussed on a specific country. Finally, the panellists will return to the stage to provide a 10-minte summary of the discussion points from each table.

  • Moderator Udit Gambhir - Managing Director Asia, SGG Group
  • Myanmar Josephine Price - Co Founder and Managing Director, Anthem Asia Limited
  • Indonesia Brian O'Connor - Managing Partner, Falcon House Partners
  • Vietnam David Do - Managing Director, Vietnam Investments Group

16:00 17:00 (60 mins)

Stream B: Strategies in focus

Impact investing in the mainstream

What opportunities combine impact with above-market returns? How do LPs view impact investing and has it truly moved into the mainstream? How do ESG considerations form part of an impact investment strategy and where does the distinction lie?

  • Chairman Oliver Niedermaier - Chairman & CEO, TAU Investment Management
  • Discussion leaders Rashad Kaldany - Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrange Sustainable Capital
  • Melissa Kang - Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
  • Ganesh Rengaswamy - Co-Founder & Partner, Quona Capital

16:00 17:00 (60 mins)

Stream C: Networking stream

Fundraising showcase

Two diverse GPs will each present a 10-minute summary of their fund thesis. 

LP judges will share their feedback followed by LP and GP drinks and networking.

This session is only open to 20 pre-registered pension funds, endowments, foundations, DFIs, SWFs and ILPA members, subject to qualification. To register please contact Chloe Elliott at chloe.elliott@knect365.com. 

  • LP judges Suneel Kaji - Director – Co-Investments and Emerging Markets, UTIMCO
  • Han Seng Low - Executive Director, UOB Alternative Investment Management
  • Showcase GPs Rahul Khanna - Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
  • Matthieu Vermersch - Founder and Director, VisVires New Protein
  • Chairman Gregory Lamb - Managing Partner, Alcazar Partners LLC

17:00 17:00 (0 mins)

Main agenda

End of Main Conference Day One

17:00 19:00 (120 mins)

Main agenda

Main Conference Day One networking drinks reception

Taking place at The Envoy. Coaches will leave the JW Marriott from 17:00.


The Envoy, a bar and restaurant situated within a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Central is a modern take on the Colonial influences of Hong Kong. The Envoy encompasses both an indoor and outdoor area, where a retreat from the city can be found to savour.