Our advisory network share our commitment to create a new generation of ASEAN-China savvy youth leaders. They're at the top of their fields and we are grateful for their encouragement and insightful guidance.
Founder CEO, M Media Ventures Ltd
Melvyn Goh is founder of M Media Ventures, a strategic advisory and investment company and is equipped with more than a decade of experience in China. Prior to his current role, he served three tenures with global media conglomerate Forbes. In his roles as Forbes China Publisher, Forbes Asia Executive Director and Forbes China President.
A lifelong advocate of education, Melvyn was also an advisory board member of the Stanford University Publishing Alumni, CEO of Harvard Business Review China and a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship Award, New York University. He was also a Committee Member of WPP School of Marketing and Communications.
Melvyn is passionate about youth talent development. In 2017, he relaunched the Forbes China 30 Under 30 initiative with the keynote address by Charles Chan, co-founder of Tencent and co-hosted by the Futian District Government, Shenzhen.
Melvyn served as an advisor to G20 China Youth Entrepreneur Association and is an alumni member of the Ship for South-east Asian Youth Programme. He is also a co-founder/advisor of two other youth initiatives.
Melvyn currently serves on the Executive Committee of Singapore Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai Chapter (SingCham) as Chairman.
Executive Director,ASEAN University Network
Dr Choltis Dhirathiti is currently a Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network (AUN), an inter-governmental organization under the ASEAN Secretariat.
He is also a Lecturer in Politics at the Faculty of Political
Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Choltis has been teaching normative political theory at ChulalongkornUniversity since 1996.
His academic research interests include history of Western
political thought, philosophical dealism and political ethics. His public services to the public sector in Thailand involve thinking-skill trainings and public sector strategies.
Choltis has worked for ASEAN University Network (AUN) since 2009 where he employs his experience on public sector strategies, policy consultancy and human resource development to the work of regional and multilateral
cooperation among universities in Southeast Asia.
Dr Yang Mee Eng
Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation
Dr. Yang worked in private and government sectors for over 26 years. She was most recently the Senior Vice President at Alphacap. There, she assisted SMEs companies and led the development and execution of Bloconomic Expo 2019, a platform aimed at creating a vast network of blockchain entrepreneurs and developers in the fast-evolving blockchain companies.
Prior to that, she was the CEO of Gameview, the largest mobile game publisher in Malaysia, where she oversaw more than 50 staff members in their three offices in Malaysia, China and Thailand. Before moving to the private sector, Yang spent 19 years working as the Business Development Manager at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. There, she sought to build Malaysia as a creative economy hub and led the implementation of One Source Multi Usage for cross-platform business models to fully tap into the potential of locally-produced content.
Yang also led the Digital Media sector foresight studies and created the Malaysia’s creative industry forecast for 30 years (2019-2050) under Mega Science 3.0 project with Academy Science of Malaysia. Aside from her professional work, she’s also the Co-Founder and President of the Spina Association of Malaysia as well as the President of World Game Blockchain Association.
Furthermore, Yang is part of the international advisory panel for Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission, University Tenaga National and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur.
Co-founder, She Loves Tech & Lean In China
Founding Partner, Teja Ventures
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. As a pioneering thought leader for gender and technology in Asia, she founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. Virginia Tan is also the founder and former president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms for women with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.
Virginia's background is in law and finance, having worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Allen and Overy. She specialised in emerging market investments and has covered more than USD 30 billion of transactions in the course of her career. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative.
In 2020, Virginia was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of 8 Next Generation Leaders for its Beijing25+ Summit in 2020 and made Singapore’s 100 Women in Tech inaugural list. She was named by Fast Company as one of 100 most innovative people in business in China and by Prestige as one of Singapore's 40 under 40 in 2019, and as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2014. Forbes as hailed her as "removing barriers to global womens empowerment and Fast Company has named her "the Hua Mulan of the business world”.
CEO & Co-founder, Reactor School
Khairul Rusydi lives at the intersection of design, education technology, and youth development.
A previous Enterprise Singapore (ESG) scholar, Rusydi consulted for SMEs in the domain of human capital development and business excellence.
He has previously served on the board of *SCAPE, and currently serves on the SG Youth Action Panel with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).
He is an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, is a member of the Institute for HR Professionals (IHRP), and an alumnus of the Temasek Foundation Young Societal Leaders fellowship.
Rusydi currently leads Reactor (www.reactor.school) as the co-founder and CEO.