Perspectives from the world’s largest edtech VC fund
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education. (In alphabetical order) Stanford Club of Hong Kong, Stanford Club of the Philippines and Stanford Club of Singapore are delighted to co-organize an online talk featuring how technology is transforming education.
In this talk, Ian Chiu (BS ’00, MS ’02, MBA ’08) and Ilaria Chan (BA ’05) will share their insights about how the new normal is fundamentally re-shaping the landscape of educational technology. They will discuss both business and investment trends in the sector, as well as examples on how innovation in edtech is yielding social impact.
Ian and Ilaria are, respectively, Managing Director and Operating Advisor of Owl Ventures. Ilaria is also Group Advisor on Social Impact Investments for Grab. Owl Ventures, based in Silicon Valley, is the world’s largest venture capital fund dedicated to education technology with over $1.2 billion in assets under management. Its portfolio include edtech successes such as Byju’s, Labster, MasterClass and Quizlet.
Date: Tuesday, December 1st , 2020
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Hong Kong Time / Philippine Time / Singapore Time (GMT+8)
Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date
Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni.
Lunch Etiquette: Lunch not included due to online nature. You are most welcomed to eat while videoconferencing in.
RSVP: Required. Please RSVP by filling in this form.
Event Contact (in alphabetical order): Ee Fann Goh for SG alums (email@example.com), Andrew Kwan for HK alums (firstname.lastname@example.org), Andrea Sy (email@example.com) for PH alums
About the Speakers
For over 20 years, Ian has been an investor, entrepreneur, and advisor to education and technology companies. He has a deep global network in the education sector and brings a wealth of investing and board experience to the Owl Ventures team. Ian serves on the boards of Degreed, BenchPrep, LeLe Ketang, Sanjieke, and Abl and works closely with MasterClass. Prior to joining Owl Ventures, Ian led the education sector at Warburg Pincus and was a technology investor at Silver Lake Partners. Earlier in his career, Ian was a consultant at Bain & Company and also helped launch BigMachines, a SaaS company that was acquired by Oracle.
Ian serves on the Advisory Board for SEO, a non-profit that provides educational, career, and mentoring programs for young people from underrepresented communities. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Gladeo, a digital social enterprise dedicated to providing career guidance to underserved youth of diverse backgrounds. Ian was also the lead author of Caution: Watch for Scholarships Ahead, a practical guide for students to navigate the complex scholarship application process, which was endorsed by Stanford University’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Ian is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, with Distinction, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering, with a concentration in technology management and entrepreneurship. He also received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and Arbuckle Leadership Fellow.
Ilaria is currently the Group Advisor on Social Impact Investments for Grab, focusing on advancing diplomacy, thought leadership and social impact reach for the Technology Decacorn startup.
Prior to assuming this role, she served as a Corporate Finance executive and helped drive Grab’s historical > $5 billion Series H fundraise – the largest in the history of Southeast Asia. Ilaria was formerly an Executive Director at the Sales & Trading division of Goldman Sachs New York where she was a top quartile performer at the bank, focusing on Asia Equities. She is currently also a global keynote speaker, a private investor, serves on the Board of Trustees of humanitarian organizations CareForChildren and Emancipaction, an Operating Advisor to Owl Ventures (largest Education Tech focused venture capital fund in the world), an advisory committee member to GlobalSF’s Women Empowerment Initiative, and serves on the advisory board of British real estate development firm Kinrise.