GITchina Advisory Board (in alphabetical order)
Badr Benjelloun, Cerbex/W-TX, Director of Technology
Making the most of a wrong turn that landed him in China back in 2004, Badr has spent the last four years involved with software for the tourism industry, and is busy leveraging years of B2B group travel experience to benefit the average consumer. Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, his journey has taken him through France and the USA, before settling in the Middle Kingdom. He holds a BS in Finance from Florida State University, with extensive experience in service industries, macro investments, education and web-centric branding. His extreme geekiness is matched by his Epicureanism, as recorded on Beijingdaze. Badr also founded 7th Galaxy, a technology solutions provider for the indie and non-profit community.
Faith Brewitt, President, Have Faith in Your Brand
Faith is a senior branding executive with 15 years international experience managing global public relations programs for leading brands in the United States, China and Asia Pacific. Faith has deep experience in developing creative, results-driven campaigns for emerging and mature markets through consumer and channel marketing, traditional and social media, experiential branding and executive thought leadership. Faith has held positions as general manager of Fleishman Hillard, regional technology practice director of Hill & Knowlton and global communications director for Dell Consumer, Small & Medium Business. In 2010, Faith created the Dell Women Entrepreneur Network.
Bruno Raymond, Nokia, Software Engineering Manager
Originally from France, Bruno has more than 11 years experience in the telecommunication industry, managing complex projects and programs from SIM cards and OTA platforms to mobile phone platforms and applications. He has experienced many angles of the industry working in professional services and R&D organizations in Europe, India and China. Bruno now uses his technical and cross-cultural experience to build world class software engineering teams at Nokia. He also holds a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication from INSA Lyon, with a background mainly focused on embedded software and consumer products.
Cindy Jiang, Co-Founder, MOBINODE.tv
MOBINODE.tv is the first independent video blog focusing on entrepreneurship, thought leadership and grassroot initiatives in the Chinese technology and Internet Industries. With over seven years of experience in public relations and integrated marketing in the IT and Internet industries, Cindy brings unparalleled career knowledge and know-how to every project she’s involved with, thanks to her extensive experience in Chinese IT and Internet industry. She has been Digital Strategy Lead of Waggener Edstrom China, as well as Marketing Director of HiPiHi.com.
Frank Yu, Social Games Professional
Frank graduated from Harvard University with an MPP and a BA from Rutgers University He worked seven years as an Asia tech analyst/trader in NYC and HK for NatWest, then became the first Microsoft Games and Xbox Regional Business Manager for Asia in 2003. In 2006 while at Microsoft Research, he set up the first MS Games team in China, after which he served as a game advisor and consultant for PlayFirst, Spill Games, KLSI, Boonty and Red Rockets in China. In 2008, Frank was COO/CSO at Shouji Mobile, a mobile game developer in Beijing. Frank has also served as columnist for SCMP, ChinaTech News, and the Game Developers website, Gamasutra, covering the Chinese game and technology market. Currently, he is an advisor to a social game startup.
Isaac Mao, Isaac Technology Venture Corporation, Owner
Isaac is a software architect, entrepreneur, investor and learning and social technology researcher. He is an advisor for Global Voices Online, a projected initiated by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and Founder of CNBlog.org (later transformed into the Social Brain Foundation), a platform that evangelizes grassroots publishing in China. Isaac divides his time between research, social works, business and technology, and directs/advises non-profit programs as well as for-profit businesses. Holding a BS degree in Computer Science and MBA from Shanghai Jiatong University, he is also a pedagogy consultant to local institutions, and was listed as one of the people under Institute for the Future's "2006-2016, Map of the Decade," and serves as Director of the Shanghai Youth Development Foundation.
Dr. Mathew McDougall, SinoTech Group, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Mathew McDougall is recognized Worldwide as a leading expert in Interactive Marketing and online analytics. He brings 18 years of professional experience in the Internet, wireless, new media and software sectors. He has done business internationally in 12 countries and is a seasoned executive in strategy, international sales and marketing, and general management. Dr. McDougall founded the SinoTech Group of companies in Beijing in 2007. He is also an active blogger and speaker in the area of digital marketing. He is a contributing columnist for 3-5 newspapers and magazines each month.
Rebecca Fannin, columnist & contributor, Forbes
Rebecca is an international journalist and author of Silicon Dragon, published by McGraw-Hill, translated into several languages and favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. With more than 20 years of experience, her articles have appeared in Inc., Worth, Fast Company, Asia, Inc., AsiaWeek and CEO magazine. During the height of the dotcom boom, Rebecca was international news editor at Red Herring and in 2003, she joined the Hong Kong-based Asian Venture Capital Journal as international editor. In 2009, Rebecca founded Silicon Asia, which publishes e-newsletters on entrepreneurship and venture capital, and organizes business events for entrepreneurs and investors in innovation hotspots, including Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing and and Bangalore. Earlier in her career, she was editor of the Pulitzer-owned International Business magazine.
Renee Hartmann, CFA, eno, co-founder and COO
Renee came to China in 2000 to start up Ogilvy and Mather’s Mainland China investor relations group, where she counseled Chinese companies listing on US and Hong Kong stock markets. In the United States, Renee worked as an investment associate at Putnam Investments following consumer sectors, as an analyst at private equity and venture capital firms, and as a Manager in Alexander Ogilvy’s public relations department where she counseled start-ups on late stage financing and the IPO process. Renee holds an MBA from Duke University.
Siok Siok Tan, Twittamentary filmmaker, CEO of Niurenku
Tan Siok Siok is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and a honorary geek with a deep passion for great storytelling in the age of real time web. Siok’s latest project is Twittamentary, a documentary about Twitter, the popular microblogging tool. Leveraging the power of social media, Siok crowdsources the stories and videos for the project. Siok is also an internet entrepreneur who has built Niurenku, an online video venture in China focused on sports and youth culture. Siok previously worked as an executive producer for Discovery Channel in Asia,. The shows she produced have clinched more than a dozen awards and nominations at the Asian TV awards and the Golden Bell Awards. Siok has also been a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy, where she directed a documentary about the Beijing Olympics with the assistance of her students. Siok holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honors) in Comparative Literature from Brown University, USA.
Sriram Krishnan, TEDxBeijing, Director
Sriram has spent his time exploring his interests in technology and entrepreneurship across different countries. Sriram hopes to leverage this experience to create something memorable and lasting in the near future. He is currently based in Beijing and is Director of TEDxBeijing. For more information, check out his LinkedIn profile or follow him on Twitter: @sriramkri