International Advisory Board

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Brian Groh, Serial Entrepreneur and Professional CEO

Mr. Groh is developing a number of innovative start-up companies where he will serve leadership roles.  Formerly, Mr. Groh was the General Manager for Business Development of Wistron, a global Original Design Manufacturer and Contract Manufacturing leader with revenues of USD 22 billion.  He is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over three decades of experience from technology start-ups to large corporations.  As a founder and CEO of public companies, Mr. Groh has a track record of developing award-winning technology companies in cellular, tablet and mobile computing. He has extensive experience in negotiations, M&A  and establishing long-term partner relationships.

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James Li, Co-Founder and CEO, JW Therapeutics

Dr. Li is a co-founder and CEO of JW Therapeutics, a leading cell therapy technology company.  Dr. Li has been an active investor in life science companies, particularly those that bring in cross-border breakthrough technologies and disruptive business models to China. Dr. Li has held positions as a Corporate Vice President and founding General Manager of Amgen China, and was a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ life science practice working with the USA and China funds, before which he spent over 15 years with Merck.  Dr. Li received his Medical Degree from Shanghai Medical University followed by a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Montana.

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Yoko Ishikura, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Professor Ishikura is an independent consultant in global strategy, competitiveness and global talent. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, and serves as a Non-Executive Director of Shiseido and Sekisui Chemical. She was a manager at McKinsey, and a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Hitotsubashi University and Keio University in Japan. She has been a Non-Executive Director for Nissin Foods, Sojitz, Lifenet Insurance, Vodafone Japan, Japan Post, Mitsui OSK Lines and Fujitsu. Professor Ishikura received a Bachelor of Arts from Sophia University, Tokyo, an MBA from the  Darden School of Business and a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Vedamoorthy Namasivayam, Former Senior Partner at Deloitte and Former Partner at PwC

Mr. Namasivayam was a Senior Partner at Deloitte for more than 6 years, and prior to that for 14 years was a Partner at PwC, where he built the India Government Reforms and Infrastructure Development practices.  He has more than 4 decades of experience internationally leading consulting engagements across the energy, infrastructure, social and government sectors in India, China, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries in South Asia.  He is currently an active Trustee at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from IIT, Chennai and a Master’s Degree in Social Science from University of Madras.

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John Ngumi, Chairman, Kenya Pipeline Company

Mr. Ngumi has over four decades of corporate and investment banking experience, recently retiring as Head of Investment Banking for Standard Bank in East Africa. He has worked for Barclays Bank, Citibank, Grindlays Bank and National Westminster Bank. He co-founded Loita Capital Partners, one of Africa's first locally-owned independent investment banks, and is the founder of Eagle Africa Capital Partners.  Mr. Ngumi has been at the forefront of the development of financial markets and regulatory frameworks in Kenya and East Africa. He has served on the Boards of Kenyan Government entities, and is Non-Executive Chairman of Kenya Pipeline Company. Mr. Ngumi holds a 1st Class Honours Degree from the University of Oxford.

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Hiro Nishiguchi, Executive Managing Director, Japan Innovation Network

Mr. Nishiguchi is the Executive Managing Director of Japan Innovation Network, an accelerator for large companies to spur internal innovation formed by Japan’s Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry. He selects projects to finance at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.  Mr. Nishiguchi was earlier a Worldwide Partner and Region Head of Global M&A Consulting at Mercer, where he worked on major international M&A transactions. Mr. Nishiguchi received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his Degree from Sophia University in Tokyo.

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M. S. Sundara Rajan, Former Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Bank

Mr. Sundara Rajan has over four decades of experience in banking, including as the Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Bank where he led a rapid expansion of the bank with an emphasis on service and technology. Earlier Mr. Sundara Rajan was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India, where he had an illustrious career. He has been on the boards of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation and United India Insurance Company. He is a Post Graduate in Economics from the University of Madras, an Associate of Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.

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P. Uma Shankar, Former Secretary, Ministry Of Power, Government Of India

Mr. Uma Shankar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1976 and has more than three decades of leadership experience in Government spanning district administration, rural development, finance, housing and urban development, rural and agro-industries, municipal affairs and power. His roles have included Secretary, Ministry of Power; Chairman & Managing Director of Rural Electrification Corporation; Managing Director of National Cooperative Development Corporation; and Joint Secretary (Sugar), Department of Food. He holds a Master's Degree in Maths from IIT, Madras and a Master's Degree in Social Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics.