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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.

Fabrice Fischer
Founder & CEO
BLU LTD - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Fabrice Fischer is the Founder and CEO of Blu, an Artificial Intelligence advisory firm that specializes in disruptive innovation within the Financial Services industry, based in Hong Kong. Over the past 20 years, Fabrice has taken up multiple roles in Financial Services and IT within Asia, Europe and North America.

In his six year stint as CFO of Sentient Technologies, Fabrice oversaw a period of extraordinary growth, which resulted in Sentient becoming one of the world’s best funded AI companies. He also played an integral part in the launch of Sentient Investment Management, Sentient’s artificial intelligence based Hedge Fund, which continually evolves and optimizes its investment strategies. He also headed Sentient’s Distributed Computing grid in Asia. 

Fabrice’s career highlights also include starting a HK-based IT-services company in infrastructure and ERP for the Asset Management industry. Subsequently, he joined Bain & Co. as a Consultant advising companies in the IT, Telecom and Private Equity industries across Europe and then continued as an independent advisor to Banks and Asset Managers. He was the CFO and COO of Bryan Garnier, a European boutique Investment Bank that specialized in Corporate Finance, Brokerage, Asset Management and Private Banking. There he managed the asset management activities and also the equity analysis team of the bank.

Fabrice is currently advising on a variety of projects in numerous industries and geographic markets. His AI expertise includes Machine Learning (ML), Neural Networks (NN) and Deep Learning (DL), Evolutionary Algorithm (EA), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Image recognition and video processing. He is also has a rare hands on experience in Distributed Computing at a very large scale (over 2M CPU cores and thousands of GPUs). In addition, Fabrice has also spoken at multiple Artificial Intelligence and Technology conferences and events, both in Asia-Pacific, and around the world. Fabrice holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from University of Montreal and an MBA from
INSEAD.

Ben Simpfendorfer
Founder & CEO
SILK ROAD ASSOCIATES

Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong.

Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Asia, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets and their value-chains. His extensive specialist networks add further insights into today’s key operating challenges.

Before establishing Silk Road Associates in 2010, Ben spent over a decade tracking China’s business landscape as Chief China economist for RBS and senior China economist for JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut during the early 1990s where he worked as a management consultant, later joining Dun & Bradstreet based in London as the firm’s Senior Analyst for the Middle East & North Africa.

Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He is author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. The book is translated into six languages including simplified and traditional Chinese. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and his editorials have been published by the FT and WSJ.

Ben has delivered keynotes and CEO briefings worldwide. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Committee providing recommendations to China's central leadership on the 'Belt and Road' initiative under the auspices of SAFEA. He is Co-Chairman of the China Business Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He also sits on the advisory board of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) in Hong Kong.