Perspectives from Asia’s leading sustainability data entrepreneur
Stanford Club of HK, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs Southeast Asia, Stanford Club of the Philippines and Stanford Club of Singapore are delighted to welcome Jason Tu (GSB MBA 2016) as our speaker at this luncheon on sustainability. The in-person lunch is arranged by Hong Kong Club hosts Kendrick Kwok (BA ’04) and Theodore Ma (BA ’04).
Jason is Founder and CEO of MioTech, Asia’s largest sustainability data company https://www.miotech.com/. He is one of the world’s leading experts in sustainability and how it intersects with the financial industry.
Founded before ClimateTech became a buzzword, Miotech has raised over US$100M in venture capital from investors including, in alphabetical order, GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund), Horizon Ventures (Mr. Li Ka Shing’s tech investment firm), HSBC, JP Morgan and Zhenfund.
Jason will talk about his journey building MioTech, his experiences as an entrepreneur in Hong Kong, the current state of climate/sustainability tech and where sustainability may be headed towards the future.
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Time: 12:30pm Format: Hybrid (physical event with lunch + online via Zoom)
The Stanford Clubs of (in alphabetical order) Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore are jointly organizing a special virtual docent tour of the Stanford Art Collection.
This event will be composed of two tours. In each tour a docent shall discuss three related art pieces from the Stanford art collection.
Tour 1: Wonders in White: Outdoor Sculptures at the Stanford (10am-1040am)
Lead Docent: Lisa Fremont
Summary: We’ll be looking at three sculptures that happen to be white. But they differ in terms of their subject matter, medium, and technique used to create the works.
Tour 2: Crowds: Then and Now (1040am-1115am)
Lead Docent: Mary Rose Cafiero
Summary: We will look at three paintings from the Cantor and the Anderson that span almost 100 years
Date: Saturday, 13 March , 2021 (Hong Kong time) Time: 10 am – 11:15 am Online Tour Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni. Event contacts: Kenneth Chua at email@example.com , Andrew Kwan firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Events Details 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.
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.
Perspectives from China and Asia in the new normal
This event is co-organized by, in alphabetical order, Stanford Club of Hong Kong and Stanford Club of the Philippines.
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education, including business and executive education which historically prized face-to-face interactions and professional networking.
In this talk, Robert Hsiung (GSB MBA ’08) will share his insights about the latest trends in China’s and Asia’s professional education industry, particularly its digital transformation in the new normal.
Robert has led the China business of 3 education companies. He currently serves as China CEO of Eruditus Executive Education, which raised US$113 million in August 2020 from investors including Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Previously, Robert was Udacity’s Managing Director in China, and Interim CEO of ShareWithU.
Events Details Date: Thursday, 29 October, 2020 Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Hong Kong Time / Philippine 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.
Robert Hsiung has led the China business of 3 education companies. He currently serves as China CEO of Eruditus Executive Education, which raised US$113 million in August 2020 from investors including Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Previously, Robert was Udacity’s Managing Director in China, and Interim CEO of ShareWithU. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business School and an B.A.S. in computer science from University of Pennsylvania.
The new normal has brought about tremendous shifts to education at every level: from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to schools and technology providers.
In this talk, Mariana Kou will share her insights about China’s and Asia’s education industry, both historical and current, and her take on education trends in the new normal.
Mariana has worn 3 hats in the education industry. As an entrepreneur, she is CEO of Research Study Education Group, which offers educational travel products and is now expanding into EdTech. Previously as an analyst, she was Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at CLSA. As an author, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets” in 2020.
We hope alumni who are interested in education and technology – whether as a an industry participant or as a parent – in the new normal will join us online.
Events Details Date: Tuesday, 22 September, 2020 Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Hong Kong 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.
Event Contact: Andrew Kwan (email@example.com)
About the Speakers
Mariana Kou is executive director and CEO of Research Study Education Group, which offers educational travel products and is now expanding into EdTech. Prior to this role, she was an award-winning equity research analyst specializing in the China education industry and the global luxury goods sector. Mariana started her banking career in New York at Lehman Brothers, and was most recently Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at brokerage and investment group CLSA.
In 2020, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets”.
She also serves as board advisor to education ventures and has been keynote speakers and panelists at government and industry conferences as well as interviewed regularly by international media. Mariana was appointed representative for China by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in Jun 2020. She is a member of ForbesWomen Forum and she is the Columbia Venture Community’s Hong Kong chapter founding lead.
Mariana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude and Raymond P. Kent Award. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of global business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon.
Stanford Club of Hong Kong is doing an online-only Career Mentoring Day, and we invite alums to join us in volunteering!
Although Beyond the Farm is cancelled globally this year due to COVID-19, we are running a club-organized, online event to sustain the volunteering spirit of Beyond the Farm locally. Through online videoconferencing, alumni will be able to volunteer their time, share their career journeys and provide career mentorship to local secondary school students.
We are collaborating with CoCoon Foundation (https://foundation.hkcocoon.org/) to invite students as mentees. CoCoon Foundation has brought entrepreneurship education programs to 40+ local secondary schools across different neighborhoods, so some of the students we will mentor are from schools that may lack access to these types of career mentorship opportunities.
Events Details Date: Saturday, 2 May, 2020Saturday 30 May, 2020 (to avoid timing conflicts with majority of DSE exams) Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm Rundown:
2:30 – 3:15 pm: General career tips and future of work
3:15 – 4:00 pm: Breakout sessions organized by industry, led by alumni volunteers Alumni Volunteering Commitment: We are asking for 45 minutes of your precious time, via online videoconference from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date Event Contact: Andrew Kwan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sandy Wan (email@example.com)