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Thomas Audoly
General Manager, Buying Office Southern China
Kingfisher Sourcing Organisation

Thomas Audoly is the general manager for the sourcing office of Kingfisher in Asia. He’s responsible for Hong Kong and Shenzhen operation leading around 180 employees. 

He’s been 15 years in the retail business with major focus on sourcing. He’s got an extensive experience in winning business strategies, turnaround situations consistently delivering strong business results in multi-cultural environment. 

Before joining Kingfisher in 2013, Thomas worked 14 years in Carrefour. He started his career in Thailand on food sourcing, then moved to Spain as a fresh buyer. After this he took the responsibility of the sourcing office for Food in China. In 2008 Thomas moved to Non-food sourcing operation to look after the business development for emerging market still based in Shanghai. In 2011 he moved to Latin America to handle the commercial development of the Carrefour Zone America. End of 2013, Thomas came back to France to take in charge the procurement and quality for Brico Depot a French subsidiary of Kingfisher. He has been in Hong Kong since September 2016.

Thomas has a deep understanding of the sourcing world and his international background gives him a meaningful look of the business perspectives over the last 15 years. 

Anson Bailey
Head of Consumer Markets, Hong Kong
KPMG China

Anson joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1999 and is currently a Partner based in the Hong Kong office heading up the Consumer Markets Practice. He is part of the KPMG Regional Consumer Markets Practice Leadership team as well as being a member of the Global Technology Innovation Centre and the High Growth Tech & Innovation Group based in Hong Kong.

Anson has been active in driving a number of thought leadership reports and executive briefings for senior executives covering innovation and consumers in China and across Asia. He has worked with many corporates to understand the complex markets we live in and current levels of disruption being seen with recent reports including Global Mobile Payments, Consumers & Convergence, Mobilizing Innovation: The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies, The Rise of the Digital Multi-tasker, Be a Smarter Start-up, MNCs in China, Made in China 2025, China’s Connected Consumers, Global Connected Consumers and The Changing Face of Commerce series.

Today, he not only mentors the next generation of go-to-market professionals at KPMG but continues to work with a growing number of C-level executives as a trusted advisor in providing the best in client innovation whilst acting as the Lead Partner for a number of strategic accounts in the consumer and technology arena across the Asia Pacific region.

Pierre Bastjaens
Head of Services & Operations Procurement
Cathay Pacific

Pierre Bastjaens is Head of Services & Operations Procurement in Cathay Pacific where he oversees a wide range of procurement categories namely covering airports, ground services, catering services, lounges, hotels and inflight retail. He has been with Cathay Pacific for 5 years and previously looked after Cabin Interiors & Inflight Entertainment Procurement as well as IT Procurement for Flight Operations and Cargo.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2010, he worked for Colas (Bouygues Group) in Paris where he held various positions as Internal Auditor, IT Program Manager and Head of Information Systems.

Pierre obtained a Bachelor degree in Finance and Economics from HEC Business School in Belgium.

Stephane Boivin
Co-Founder President & CEO
Pivot88

With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Stephane clearly understands the challenges involved in end-to-end manufacturing. The idea of developing Pivot88 came out of his own experience with the supply chain. His focus at that time was on remote quality management and supply chain optimization. Stephane has more than 14 year experience in China within Quality management process. During his career, Stephane held several executive positions, at some of the following companies Toyota Industrial Group of Company & Deloitte Consulting and Ryder Logistics.

Today with Pivot88 his focus is on helping companies overcome quality management challenges through the use of emergent technologies providing visibility into the most vulnerable and riskiest parts of the supply chain – within suppliers. Stéphane holds an MBA from UQAM University and is a certified professional logistician from the Canadian Logistics Institute.

Augustin Ceyrac
Co-founder and COO
Easyship

Augustin is the Co-Founder of Easyship, an award winning start-up that facilitates eCommerce cross-border shipping through technology.

Prior to Easyship, he worked for Rocket Internet, first in Egypt to lead the logistics and shipping team, and then in Hong Kong to build the cross-border logistics department where he got the idea of Easyship with his Co-Founder Tommaso. 

Augustin received a Master of Science at Bocconi University in Management & Finance and has studied at the Indian Institute of Management.

Anne-Laure Descours
Global Director Development and Sourcing Apparel
PUMA SE

Anne Laure Descours has 28 years of experience in the textile and garment industries, including 20 in Asia, centered on sourcing and management of multicultural teams.

Since April 2012, Anne Laure joined PUMA SE as Director Apparel Sourcing APAC. In August 2013, she became Global Director Development & Sourcing Apparel, as such leads teams both at Headquarter and over 15 Sourcing locations to manage the Apparel Product Development. In addition, her teams are responsible of Production and Quality globally, and ensure implementation of Puma’s ethical and sustainability standards to all factories.

Before that, from 2005 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President at Li & Fung (Trading) Hong Kong, in charge of a Division covering the European Market with sourcing located in Asia, the Mediterranean countries and Europe

Between 2003 and 2005, Anne-Laure was Consultant for the Institut Francais de la Mode (IFM). Before that from 1999 to 2003, she was Division Manager - Otto International Asia in Hong Kong, the world leader in mail order, and Garment Manager for the Hong Kong Buying Office of Vivarte Group, from 1995 to 1999.

Anne-Laure graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) and Sup de Co Clermont Ferrand (Business School). She has been a French Foreign Trade Advisor since 2005, and is Vice President of the Board of the French International School.

Veit Geise
VP Sourcing
VF Corporation

Mr. Veit Geise is VP Sourcing for VF Corporation and responsible for the Sourcing Divisions of Lee, Rock & Republic and Wrangler, Nautica, Napapijri as well as Sports Licensing (MLB, Harley Davidson, NFL, Nascar etc.) and workwear.

Before joining VF Corporation in 2007, Mr. Geise has worked for the German Mail Order Company Otto Group.  He started his career as a Buyer, before he moved to India in 1989 to start the Otto Sourcing Office in New Delhi. In 1992 he moved to Hong Kong to set up the Asia Sourcing Office for Eddie Bauer, a member of the Otto Group at that time. In 1997 he moved to Miami and founded the Eddie Bauer Sourcing Office for the Americas.

In 2000 Mr. Geise moved back to Germany where he became responsible for the Buying, Merchandising and Sourcing Division of Sport Scheck, a leading German Sports Retail and Mail Order Company.  In 2007, he joined VF in his current role in Hong Kong.

 

Matthew Haynes
Associate Director,  Supply Chain 
Morgan Philips Executive Search

Matthew Haynes is an Associate Director with Morgan Philips, leading the Supply Chain practise. Matthew’s personal specialisation is senior level  search and selection  within  Supply Chain across Asia Pacific. Matthew’s career spans over 12 years working with a spectrum of private and listed SME’s and MNC’s. During this time Matthew has lived and worked in England, Australia and currently resides in Hong Kong. Matthew has assisted in firms in talent acquisition, talent development and talent retention projects.  Morgan Philips Group is an innovative recruitment firm with a footprint on 3 continents. In just 3 years, we have built a global platform that disrupts the conventional thinking in executive and professional recruiting. We combine high touch consultancy with worldwide search capability and digital sourcing technologies to offer Better, Faster and Cheaper services to our clients.

In Greater China, we have been established since 1998 and a multiple recruitment award winner, we operate with two brands: 博禹 Morgan Philips Executive Search and 博禹 Fyte. 博禹 Morgan Philips Executive Search recruits senior level executives. 博禹 Fyte provides specialized recruitment solutions and project outsourcing for young to middle level professionals and managers.

Ambrish Jain
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing 
TAL Apparel

Ambrish Jain is SVP, Sales and Marketing at TAL Apparel since mid-2015.  Prior to that, Ambrish worked for more than 20 years in Sales & Marketing in technology (Samsung, Lenovo) and Consumer Goods sector.  He was Chief Marketing Officer for South Asia with a revenue >US$10Billion responsible for all marketing initiatives, and retail store management leading Samsung to market share leadership in Mobile and TV across the region.  Prior to Samsung, Ambrish was Senior Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble where he spent 17+ years across multiple categories and regions.  During his career at P&G, he was responsible for driving many businesses to market share leadership positions behind his keen commercial acumen and execution drive.  Besides extensive experience in Asia, Ambrish has live worked in Latin America from 2005 – 09 as Marketing Director for Baby and Feminine Care, P&G and in Japan between 1997 – 2000 working as Brand manager on Hair Care and Pringles.

Ambrish was born in India and studied Mechanical Engineering in a top Indian engineering institute graduating with honors (4th Ranked in university) and Masters in Business Management where he topped the university.  Ambrish is passionate about the consumer and consumer behavior and brings his expertise in marketing, consumer insights and sales into fashion and textile industry at TAL. 

Edwin Keh
Chief Executive Officer
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin is the CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.  He is also on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he teaches supply chain operations. 

Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVP COO of Wal-Mart Global Procurement.  Prior to Wal-Mart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design.  The practice also did work for non-profit organizations and charities.  Edwin co-founded the Consortium For Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC).  The Consortium is sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several US consumer goods and retail companies.  He was the Managing Director of Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, and Country Road Australia.  He also worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Edwin serves on multiple industry and educational boards. He advises several other social enterprises.

Edwin is the 2011 recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award, and is on the Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 as one of the most influential people in Technology and Digital sector.

Bernd Kehl
Global Head of Purchasing
Hager Group

Bernd is a real supply chain nerd. He has more than 28 years’ experience in purchasing, supply chain management and logistics but also in program management, controlling, marketing and general management.

Today he is Global Head of Purchasing at Hager Group, a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Previously Bernd worked for the air force, machine building industry, automotive and retail in Germany, France, Sweden, US and Hong-Kong.

Bernd’s educational background includes Masters in Engineering, Informatics and Business Administration. Bernd holds an EMBA in Supply Chain Management and is a certified Logistics Specialist by European Logistics Association (ELA).

Still passionated by supply chain management, Bernd’s current research activities are focused on digitalization within purchasing as well as sourcing competencies development and related talent development activities.

Fred Lemoine
Managing Director, Asia
Weave Services Limited

Fred is a seasoned supply chain practitioner with a proven track record of high impact projects realized with major retailers/wholesalers in Europe and greater Asia. He started his career in England working for leading UK retailers such as Marks & Spencer where he held multiple positions in supply chain management both in the apparel and in the food industry. He then worked for AS Watson, the retail division of Hutchison Whampoa, in Hong Kong, where he managed multiple supply chain improvement projects across AS Watson’s retail brands from Watson the Chemist in Hong Kong to Marionnaud in France and Savers in the UK.

Fred worked as a senior supply chain consultant for McKinsey & Company serving large retail and fast consumer good clients in the USA, Australia, SEA and China.

Fred now manages Weave Consulting services Ltd, a supply chain specialist consulting firm with offices in Hong Kong and the United States. Weave specializes in supply chain analytics and replenishment programs working alongside manufacturers, retailers and brands. Their clients call upon them when they desire to: increase their speed to market, reduce their exposure to high inventory, increase GMROI on fashion items and implement more complex, cross-functional S&OP models in their operations. 

Tony Nash
Founder and CEO
Complete Intelligence

Tony Nash is the Founder and CEO at data analytics firm Complete Intelligence. As a global market innovator and thought leader on economics, risk and industries, Tony is a frequent public speaker and a facilitator of strategic discussions with business and government leaders.  He is a regular contributor to leading global media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC World and Al Jazeera. 

Tony has a longstanding track record of creating, inspiring, motivating and leading culturally diverse teams in developed and developing markets across EMEA, North America and Asia. He has worked with multinational clients on management consultancy engagements including national economic transformation plans, market entry strategies, due diligence and cross border transactions. Previously, Tony built and led the global research and consulting business for The Economist (EIU) where he managed revenue targets, built the global brand, restructured the operation and initiated their first Asia acquisition (ClearState). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant. 

Tony serves as advisory board member for Texas A&M University, international economic adviser for Washington DC think tank American Council for Capital Formation and board member for Cambodia's Kredit Microfinance. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.

Nick Ramil
Head of Validation
Brinc

As a founding team member of Brinc, Nick helps startups who are creating great products secure the right visibility and distribution channels.

Through crowdfunding he has raised multi-millions (USD) for multiple hardware projects and built successful businesses in various industries, from import/export coupled with distribution to product development.

Prior to Brinc, Nick founded EnterChina, the #1 private online community for doing business with China.

Gregory So Kam Leung, GBS, JP
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
The Government of the HKSAR

Mr So was born in 1958.  He was appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the fourth term Government of the HKSAR on 28 June 2012.  The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is responsible for various policy matters including Hong Kong's external commercial relations, inward investment promotion, intellectual property protection, industry and business support, tourism, consumer protection, competition, telecommunications, broadcasting, film-related issues and creative industries etc.

Mr So joined the third term Government of the HKSAR on 1 June 2008 as Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and was appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development on 28 June 2011.

Before joining the Government, Mr So was a practicing solicitor. He previously served as the Vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong; Board Member of Hong Kong Hospital Authority; Council Member of Lingnan University; Member of Commission on Strategic Development; and member of the District Council of Wong Tai Sin District.

Philip Van Remoortere
Business Development
DDS Logistics Limited

Having spent 17 years in China and Hong Kong, Philip developed experience in a wide variety of supply chain related topics: as export manager in a family owned trading business and later on as software solutions provider to the international trade.

Software spans ERP solutions for Manufacturing, Sourcing, Quality Management and distribution & e-Commerce as well as more challenging systems such as Demand Forecast and Production Planning.   With DDS we offer a comprehensive sourcing and order processing solution for the corporate buyers.

Philip sees no immediate threat for the middle man but nevertheless sees the pressure on the supply participants rising, mainly because of shortening product life cycles.   Technology is not the answer to everything but in general market participants have not sufficiently adopted new technology....Philip advises managers to spend more time exploring how new technologies can help boosting the organization!

Thibault Villet
CEO
MEI.COM

Mr. Thibault Villet is CEO and founder of Mei.com, a leading Chinese luxury and fashion flash sales retailer.

Operating in China since 2010, the company collaborates directly with over 2000 international fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands, and helps them to sell their products online, providing outstanding product selection, presentation as well as superior customer experience. Mei.com has already recruited over 7 million fashionistas in China. Mei.com received a strategic investment from Alibaba group in July, 2015.

Prior to joining Mei.com, Thibault Villet was the first Greater China President of Coach, Vice President of Luxury Products Division of the L'Oreal Group in Japan, and Vice President and General Manager of the L’Oreal Luxury Products Division in China.

Mr. Thibault Villet graduated with an MBA degree from the Paris Graduate School of Management in 1992. He is a member of the luxury retail committee of the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Executive Vice President of China Luxury Industry Association. He is also a mentor of China Accelerator, investor and advisor in several tech start-ups in Asia, member of French founders as well as YPO North Asia.

In 2015, Mr. Thibault Villet was awarded the Shanghai Magnolia Award by Shanghai municipality.

Charlie Xu
Vice President - Professional Services, Greater China
Lectra 

Charlie Xu has over 20 years of experiences in Fashion Industry. He had been the Country Manager for Intentia/Lawson Software, which sells Enterprises software and services to the Fashion industry. Hence accumulated rich experience in project management for large garment and brand enterprises.

He also gained hands-on experience in merchandizing and product development when he worked as Deputy General Manager for Marketing and Retail Development in Mizuno, a well-known sportswear company from Japan, as well as from experience gained from Dutch fashion multi-brand company Veldhoven Group. Charlie now works with Lectra as the VP of Professional Services, and responsible for managing a team of over 30 business consultants to ensure the delivery of Lectra solutions and services. 

Egidio Zarrella
Clients and Innovation Partner
KPMG China

Edge has twenty-five years experience working globally, in Asia, China etc. Most of his experience is in financial services, and technology industries. He is experienced in assisting clients to assess Business and IT organization, determining whether the Business and IT group was cost effective and efficient and the technology platform met the organization’s needs. He has been involved in all aspects of sourcing from a business and a technology point of view.