Debbie Cheng is an Information Technology specialist with over 25 years experience in banking and financial services in Australia. Working for one of the four top tier banks in Australia, her experience spans infrastructure technology in its funding development and initiation, implementation, and program and project management. Through her experience in the corporate world, Debbie has developed a strong sense of values and beliefs. She promotes progress that is innovative, healthy and ethical.
During the last 5 years Debbie has been actively engaged in numerous volunteering activities in not-for-profit organisations such as The Eye Foundation and Benevolent Society. Debbie also mentors and coaches young people who seek to improve their career opportunities within and outside of IT. Debbie’s philosophical interests developed from her years of interaction with people at various management levels and from her exposure to human behaviour in team and leadership dynamics.
Debbie was born in Malaysia and studied in Australia, graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 1981. She worked at National Australia Bank for 18 years, MLC Wealth Management for six years, and is currently working part time as an IT PMO Consultant and Project Manager. She lives and enjoys the environs of Sydney with her husband and family and is an active golf player and traveller.
Yeow-Choy ChoongYeow-Choy Choong is a Professor and the former Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia. His primary area of research is in Civil Litigation and the Administration of the Civil Justice System. He is the author of Law of Limitation (Butterworths) and Default Judgment: Principles and Procedure (LexisNexis). His book on Partnership Law: Cases and Commentary is due to be published in 2012. His articles on Civil Litigation, Company Law and Partnership Law have been published in international law journals. His latest article is due to be published in the Civil Justice Quarterly in early 2012.
Yeow-Choy travels extensively and collaborates with scholars and academics from around the globe. He is currently working with a group of scholars from various Asian countries on a project entitled “Asian Courts in Context: A Comparative Study”. As an Institute Faculty Member of the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law, Duke Law School, USA in 2011, he taught a course, Emerging Patterns of Litigation in Common Law Asia, at the Institute’s Summer Program in Hong Kong. Yeow-Choy is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Pancasila, Indonesia and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Law, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In addition to these appointments, Yeow-Choy is also a member of the Advisory Board on International Law Education and Internalization of Law at Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia, a member of the Disciplinary Committee, Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board, Malaysia and an Executive Council Member of the ASEAN Law Association of Malaysia. He was also the former Chairperson and member of the Board of Governors of the Asian Law Institute.
Yeow-Choy obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Malaya, his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard University and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Melbourne.
Susan Strommer is former President and CEO of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF). NASVF is the world’s largest network of seed- and early-stage investment professionals and organizations. Ms. Strommer has more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship as a lawyer, business strategy consultant, and public policy advocate. She represented clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
Ms. Strommer is currently a transactions analyst at CEI Capital Management, LLC. CEI’s mission is to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.
Ms. Strommer has helped to raise three stepdaughters and volunteers as an attorney with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and Maine Handicapped Skiing, and is Secretary of the Maine chapter of the International Women’s Forum. In her spare time she skis, and enjoys the marsh and the ocean in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
President and Founder
Dr. Kara Tan Bhala has a rare combination of professional training and extensive experience in both global finance and moral philosophy.
She has over twenty-three years of experience in global finance, much of which was gained through working on Wall Street. She has been a sell-side equity analyst, a sell-side equity sales person, a buy-side equity analyst, and a portfolio manager. From 1992-2001, Dr. Tan Bhala was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Fund. At its height, the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund was the second largest Asian ex-Japan mutual fund in the world, with assets over $1 billion. Before running the Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Funds, Dr. Tan Bhala was a portfolio manager with Fiduciary Trust International in New York, where she ran the Far East equity portion of the United Nations Pension Fund. Dr. Tan Bhala currently runs her own international financial markets consulting firm and has been a consultant for hedge and mutual funds based in Kansas City. She is a lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business where she teaches Global Finance and Ethics and Financial Institutions and Careers.
Dr. Tan Bhala has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, The Far East Economic Review, and several other publications, and has been interviewed on Adam Smith’s Money World. She has published articles in The Harvard International Review, The Journal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs, among others, and has contributed to The Handbook of Portfolio Management. Dr. Tan Bhala has lived and worked in London, Oxford, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Tan Bhala has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, specializing in moral philosophy. She has a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, a Masters in Liberal Studies from New York University, a Masters in Management from Oxford University, and a Bachelors in Systems and Management from the City University of London, England.
Dr. Tan Bhala is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) , a Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs , a Trustee at Bishop Seabury Academy, Lawrence, Kansas , and a Treasurer on the Friends of the Lied Board, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas.
Mr. Yeh has been following the Asian markets since 1987 and is currently a Managing Partner with Adapa Partners, LLC a long/short Asian equity hedge fund. Prior to co-founding Adapa in 2000, he was Managing Director of Vickers Ballas (USA) Inc., the US subsidiary of Singapore’s largest brokerage firm. In that capacity he was responsible for opening Vickers’ New York office and expanding the North American institutional client base. Prior to that he was Vice President of Asian Institutional Sales at Smith New Court, a London-based brokerage firm. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Yeh managed the Japanese and Asian equity investments for the USAA International Fund. From 1985 to 1987, he was a credit analyst for InterFirst Bank Dallas and subsequently an equity investment analyst for InterFirst Investment Management. Mr. Yeh was born in Taiwan, has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rice University (1983) and an MBA from the University of Texas, Arlington (1985). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.