Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (8:30 AM - 11:45 AM)

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Shwedagon Pagoda Road
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Hans Anand Beck (Lead Economist at World Bank Myanmar)

Hans Anand Beck

Lead Economist at World Bank Myanmar


Hans Anand Beck is a macroeconomist with 20 years of experience working on economic development issues. He is currently the World Bank Lead Economist for Myanmar. Before this he held several positions at the World Bank, including Senior Country Economist for Indonesia and advisor to the United Kingdom Executive Director to the World Bank and IMF, through the aftermath of the global financial crisis. He has also worked as a Country Economist for the UK Department for International Development and the European Commission, working in countries such as Vietnam, Pakistan and the Congo (DRC). Hans started his career as a Fellow with the UK’s Overseas Development Institute. He holds an MSc Econ and BSc Econ from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Matthew Viner (Investment Manager at Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs)

Matthew Viner

Investment Manager at Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs


Matt is the Investment Manager for Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs - Myanmar (EME). EME launched in 2018 and has since invested in seven Myanmar startups with a ticket size between USD 50-250K. EME is sector agnostic, seeking to find the best founders with the highest potential for growth across industries that can use tech as a lever for scale. They are a hands-on investor and provided more than 1500 hours of direct support to their portfolio across 2019 in areas from sales and marketing, operations, finance and fundraising. Matt takes care of the EME team, supports company strategy, and manages deals from pipeline through to close and support.

Prior to EME Matt worked in consulting and launched a spin-off hardware / software enterprise in SEA.

Peter Beynon (Country Chairman, Myanmar and Cambodia at Jardine Matheson (SEA) Pte Ltd. (Jardines))

Peter Beynon

Country Chairman, Myanmar and Cambodia at Jardine Matheson (SEA) Pte Ltd. (Jardines)


After graduating from Bristol University, Peter joined PwC’s London office and qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1981 and subsequently embarked on a career in commerce that has focused on family businesses.

Post qualification he spent over 20 years with the Jardine Matheson group working in a number of senior finance and management roles in Asia and the Middle East, including significant periods in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. He worked as the Finance Director of several listed and private companies during which time he led a number of major corporate acquisitions and the development of joint venture business initiatives in emerging markets.

Peter then embarked on a career in consultancy, leveraging his diverse chartered accountancy skills in international and emerging market environments. He became the first non-family Managing Director of the esteemed Al Fahim Group based in Abu Dhabi in 2005, before joining as a partner of HBG a private equity firm based in Dubai in 2008. In 2012 Peter was engaged and successfully led the expansion and development of the ICAEW Middle East operations in the Middle East.

In 2014 Peter was re-engaged by Jardine Matheson to head the group’s development of its business portfolio in Myanmar and Cambodia.

Peter also holds the position of Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar.

His Excellency Mr Dan Chugg (British Ambassador to Myanmar at British Embassy Yangon)

His Excellency Mr Dan Chugg

British Ambassador to Myanmar at British Embassy Yangon


Daniel Patrick Brendon Chugg took up his post as British Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) at the end of May 2018. Dan is married with 2 children. His previous diplomatic roles were:

2015 to 2018 Head, Counter-Daesh Communications Department, Communication Directorate
2014 to 2015 Head, ISIL Taskforce and Iraq Department, Middle East and North Africa Directorate
2010 to 2014 Beijing, Counsellor (Political)
2007 to 2010 New Delhi, First Secretary (Press and Communications)
2005 to 2007 Press Officer later Deputy Head of Press Office for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
2001 to 2005 Hong Kong, Vice-Consul (Political)
1999 to 2001 Full time language training (Chinese)
1998 to 1999 Desk Officer, Hungary and Slovak Republic, Central European Department of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Josephine Price (Managing Director of Anthem Asia)

Josephine Price

Managing Director of Anthem Asia


Josephine Price has been working in Yangon since 2012 as co-founder of Anthem Asia, an independent, women-led investment group that has invested in small- and medium-sized enterprises in Myanmar. Its Anthem Asia Myanmar SME Venture Fund, launched in mid-2018, is providing growth and expansion capital. She is the inaugural chair of the recently launched Myanmar Private Equity & Venture Capital Association which offers a platform for the voice of institutional investors and others investing in the country.

Josephine has lived in Asia since 1983, originally working as a lawyer involved in workouts and restructurings, before moving into corporate finance and then private equity. She co-founded the private equity business of CLSA, an Asian investment banking group, and led its pan-Asian private equity mid-market platform for 13 years.

Josephine currently serves on the investment committees of several private equity groups, social impact funds and family offices. She is a trustee of a medical education foundation in Hong Kong and a charity which works in rural areas of China.

She is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales and of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and a founding member of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association. She graduated from the University of Kent, UK, with an honours degree in law.

Josephine was a member of the first cohort in Asia to earn The Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.

Bradley Kopsick (Country Manager at Insitor Management)

Bradley Kopsick

Country Manager at Insitor Management


Bradley is the Myanmar Country Manager for the Insitor Impact Asia Fund, an impact investment fund operating across South and Southeast Asia. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing Myanmar operations, exploring investment opportunities, and conducting market analyses.

Bradley currently serves as the Treasurer of the newly formed Myanmar Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (MPEVCA), a group of institutional investors dedicated to promoting and improving the country's private equity industry. Additionally, Bradley helps to support Myanmar's entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing mentoring and giving a variety of investment-related seminars to aspiring entrepreneurs and SME business owners.

Prior to joining Insitor, Bradley worked as an independent consultant advising companies aiming to enter Myanmar's financial services and consumer goods sectors.

Azeem M. Azimuddin (CFO & Advisor to Chairman at Ayeyarwady Bank Limited)

Azeem M. Azimuddin

CFO & Advisor to Chairman at Ayeyarwady Bank Limited

Azeem has 30+ years of diversified international experience of Banking and Private Equity Investments; 20+ years with HSBC, Citibank and Société Générale; 20+ years at Board, CEO, CFO and General Management levels; Started, invested and exited, banking, financial services and family owned conglomerates in South & South-East Asia, Middle East, North Africa and North America. Azeem has successfully invested and exited PE investments as a Principle Investor and Operating Partner. Led Enterprise Redesign and Business Transformation developing integrated business and technology strategies to drive organizational change.
Since 2015, AYA Bank (www.ayabank.com) has become the first bank in Myanmar to be IFRS compliant and also the first to be audited under supervision of a big-4 girm now for three consecutive years; successfully implemented segregation of Front, Middle and Back Offices and independence of Internal Audit. Azeem’s current responsibilities include Strategic Partnerships, Treasury, Accounting & Finance, Corporate Governance and mentoring.

Thiri Thant Mon (Managing Director of Sandanila)

Thiri Thant Mon

Managing Director of Sandanila


Thiri Thant Mon is a founding Managing Partner at Sandanila Investments, an investment banking advisory firm that advises on foreign investment, equity and debt financing, joint-ventures, sales, mergers and acquisitions. She is a leader within the Myanmar business community and is actively involved in promoting Myanmar as a destination for foreign investment. She serves as a board member of NEXlabs and ThitsaWorks Inc. and of non-profit organisations Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Kite Tales Foundation, Phandeeyar Foundation, Doh Eain and the British Chambers of Commerce Myanmar.

Thiri is a native of Yangon and was educated in Myanmar, the US and the UK. She was previously an executive committee member at Yoma Strategic Holdings where she headed corporate development. Before returning to her home country in 2013, she was a seasoned investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the UK specialising in multi-billion debt financings and interest rate hedging for large European financial institutions. She started her career with Capital One in the US and managed credit risk forecasting for the UK and European businesses. Thiri holds a degree in Economics from William & Mary and a MBA from the London Business School.

Thiri is passionate about education, empowerment and the transition of Myanmar into a vibrant member of the global community. She is an active supporter of a number of initiatives including being the organiser of TEDxInyaLake 2016 and TEDxYangon 2017. She has also served actively as class representative of LBS MBA2006 for the last 11 years. She is a proud mother to two sons, a large dog and two adopted cats, is an avid reader and a certified yachting skipper.

U Bo Bo Nge (Deputy Governor at Central Bank of Myanmar)

U Bo Bo Nge

Deputy Governor at Central Bank of Myanmar