Speakers

 

ALBERT KONG

Albert Kong
Chairman & CEO
Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd

Mr. Albert Kong has 30 years of experience in franchising. His team has helped over 750 clients all over Asia in franchise consulting. He has spoken in 46 nations in over 300 occasions. He has been awarded by many national franchise associations and institutions.

 

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ALEX BUTT

Alex Butt
Author, Trainer & Business Coach
GLIDES Consulting

Mr. Alex Butt has transformed himself from a 24-year multi-national corporate executive into a successful entrepreneur since 2010. He founded GLIDES Consulting to develop and coach leaders in multinational organisations towards developing high performing teams. He specialises in individual coaching for high-potential employees who needed to break to the next level at the senior ranks of any organisation. At the organisation level, Alex designs and delivers workshops touching on topics like transforming high-performance teams, creating a culture of accountability in teams, and transforming organisational culture using the Culture Transition Method from the book “Change the Culture, Change the Game”. Alex is also an author of the book: “A CEO, and Entrepreneur, a Tourist and the Monk. Finding the balance between Success and Happiness”.

Alex’s passion to coach entrepreneurs led him to earn a seat on the executive board of the Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore). He is actively involved in developing entrepreneurs through the franchise model in the industry. He has helped the United Franchise Group from the USA expand their brand presence in Asia, resulting in the entrance and success of Signarama (largest sign company in the world), Embroidme, and Super Green Solution, a services-oriented franchise brand in Asia.

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Andy Leck

Andy Leck
Managing Principal
Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Mr. Andy Leck is the managing principal of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. Alongside his current role as managing principal, Andy has held several leadership positions in the Firm and externally as a leading IP practitioner.

Andy has more than 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, litigation and arbitration matters. Andy also advises on the commercial exploitation of IP rights, particularly in the technology, franchise and media industries for food and beverage, retail and fast moving consumer goods.

Andy is an appointed member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal and is also a mediator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. He previously served on the International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Executive Committee.

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Suparto, Angeline

Angeline Suparto
Managing Director
Angeline Suparto Law Corporation

Ms. Angeline Suparto is qualified to practise in Singapore, Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, she has represented private clients, multinational corporations, publicly-listed companies, government-linked corporations, statutory boards, foreign government agencies, and small and medium enterprises on the legal aspects of investments and doing business in Indonesia for over 30 years. In April 2017, Angeline won the RISING 50 Women Empowerment Award (Excellence Award), at an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore & Her Times to commemorate the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Indonesia. Angeline is well-versed and fluent in her command of English, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, and Cantonese. She is also a Consultant with Nixon Peabody CWL, a law firm in Hong Kong.

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GEORGE HWANG

George Hwang
Director
George Hwang LLC

Mr. George Hwang is an IP lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. He handles cross-jurisdictional IP transactions and franchising is one of it. He has worked in various jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Bulgaria and the Bahamas.

George is the current President of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore). This is a non-profit organisation which mandate is to promote the commercialisation of Intellectual Property. He is a content partner with Lexis Practical Guidance for Corporate IP/IT. Besides English, he is conversant in Mandarin and French.

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Max Ng

Max Ng
Managing Director
Gateway Law Corporation

Mr. Max Ng is currently the Managing Director of Gateway Law and has practised law for more than 20 years. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in numerous publications, including Legal Who’s Who, Legal 500, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, the inaugural Legal Who’s Who Singapore (by Asia Legal Business) and Chambers Asia. He is also the lead author of the book simply entitled “Intellectual Property”, under the Butterworths Law for Business Series. Max also sits as an Independent Director on the board of Challenger Technologies Limited, a company listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Max currently serves a varied clientele, which consists of statutory boards in Singapore, multinational corporations, educational and financial institutions, as well as local small and medium enterprises and start-up companies. Max also works with both franchisors and franchisees, in securing and protecting their interests in the region.

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Neo Ling Yee

Neo Ling Yee
Senior Associate
Bird & Bird ATMD

Ms. Neo Ling Yee is a Senior Associate with the Intellectual Property and Technology Group of Bird & Bird ATMD LLP. She is actively involved in various transactions involving the commercial exploitation of IP and has experience in handling franchise matters across various countries, including the drafting of related documentation and agreements, negotiations and advising on compliance with local laws and regulations.  Additionally, her practice also includes trademark brand management and advisory, and she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the clients’ global and regional trademark portfolios. 

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PATRICK COAN

Patrick Coan
President & Lead Consultant
Imac Raffles Group

Mr. Patrick Coan (Pat) is an experienced entrepreneur, master franchise and licensee.
A Retired Air Force Officer and Rescue Helicopter Aircraft Commander, Pat then climbed the Corporate Ladder for 23 years at Procter and Gamble.  He opted for early retirement, during a corporate restructuring and chose an Entrepreneurial path. He is no stranger to the challenge of building businesses from ground zero. Pat also graduated with an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati OH. 

 “I was led to the entrepreneurial path with involvement in diverse businesses, including Business Coaching and Executive Placement. Starting our own business from scratch was not an option, especially after looking at the SBA statistics where only 4% of businesses survive after ten years in business.  Together we, my wife Jackie and I, built one of most successful Business Coaching Franchises in the southeast of the United States and a licensing business in the US and Asia. I am very fortunate that my wife is from Singapore and we are able to maintain a local connection.”

We believe that when you find the right opportunity, you can be successful at building a recession-proof business. Our mission is to help Real Influencers find the right fit and build a recession-proof future.”

Pat & his wife reside in Pensacola, Florida.

OWN A BUSINESS. CREATE JOBS. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. LEAVE A LEGAGY

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Robin Yeo

 

Robin Yeo
PMC, CFE, Regional Manager/ Senior Consultant
FT Consulting Pte Ltd

Mr. Robin Yeo is an experienced Practising Management Consultant (PMC) and Certified Franchise Executive, specialising in the areas of franchising, licensing, business planning, IP management and strategy development, across a broad spectrum of industries. In his previous position as Deputy Director of Corporate Marketing in SingTel, Asia’s leading communications group, Robin was responsible for marketing of a comprehensive range of international telephone services to corporate customers and resellers. He is currently the Regional Manager / Senior Consultant for FT Consulting, a regional consulting firm that has been powering business growth for over 27 years.

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TRANG LE

Trang Le
Deputy Director
Spectos Asia Ltd

A consultant in service quality monitoring, Ms. Trang Le has worked across multiple positions in a lot of projects related to market research, customer service, quality management before being Deputy Director of Spectos Asia, based in Hanoi. With knowledge in service quality management, Trang has helped a number of brands with chain outlets in a wide range of industries improve their business and customer experience by using a tailor-made performance management system.

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