William J. Amelio
William J. Amelio is the President and CEO of CHC Helicopter. Mr. Amelio joined CHC Helicopter in August 2010. Prior to joining CHC Helicopter, Mr. Amelio served as President and CEO of Lenovo Group Limited. Mr. Amelio joined Lenovo in 2005 and managed the integration of China’s first successful acquisition of a foreign company. Lenovo was transformed from a $2.9B China local competitor to a $16B Global PC powerhouse with addition of the IBM PC company. Mr. Amelio is an execution-oriented executive who brought a disciplined management system to the company. He established a culture built on trust where diversity of ideas has become a competitive weapon.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Mr. Amelio served as senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and Japan, for Dell Inc., from 2001 to 2005, with responsibility for strategy and operations across the region. During his tenure, sales more than doubled in the Asia-Pacific and Japan regions and service levels improved significantly.From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Amelio was executive vice president and COO of NCR Corp.’s retail and financial group. From 1997 to 2000, he was president and CEO of Honeywell International’s transportation and power-systems divisions and head of the turbocharging-systems business at Allied Signal, Honeywell’s predecessor. Under Mr. Amelio’s leadership, the turbocharging-systems business doubled its revenues to more than $1 billion, implemented Six Sigma and SAP, and successfully integrated acquisitions. From 1979 to 1997, Mr. Amelio held a wide range of senior management positions with IBM, including general manager of operations for IBM’s personal computing division.
Mr. Amelio and his wife, Jamie, and their six children currently reside in Austin, Texas. Mr. Amelio has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Lehigh University. He also has a master’s degree in management and is a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jamie C. Amelio
Jamie C. Amelio is the founder and CEO of Caring for Cambodia (CFC), a non-profit organization directed toward educating children and training teachers in Siem Reap, Cambodia. While vacationing in Cambodia in 2003, Texas-native Jamie Amelio expected to be wowed by the temples of Angkor Wat. Instead, it was a 9-year-old girl panhandling for a few dollars who would change her life. A few weeks later, Jamie established Caring for Cambodia, which has since grown to support 6,600 students in 21 schools in Siem Reap.
Jamie is no stranger to helping children. When living in Los Angeles, she served on the Board of Directors of Vistas for Children, and founded Junior Vistas for Children. In both 2005 and 2010 Jamie was awarded the prestigious Golden Hand Service Award by the Cambodian government, and named as a 2010 Classic Woman of the Year by Traditional Home Magazine. She is also the author of Stumpy the Crocodile, a children’s book about helping neighbors in need. After living in Asia for ten years, Jamie, her husband Bill, and their six children now live in Austin, Texas.
Christopher Graves heads one of the world’s leading public relations firms and serves on the board of its parent company, Ogilvy & Mather. Prior to being named Global CEO, He served as CEO of Ogilvy PR in Asia Pacific where it is the largest, most award winning public relations network. Graves joined Ogilvy PR after 23 years in business news including 18 years with Dow Jones & The Wall Street Journal. He was one of the founders of the Wall Street Journal Report (a broadcast now celebrating its 23rd year), Vice President in charge of news and programming for CNBC Asia, Vice President in charge of news and programming for CNBC Europe, Managing Director of Business Development (EMEA & Asia) for Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com), and Managing Director of Far Eastern Economic Review magazine which won magazine of the year twice in Asia during his tenure.
Mr. Graves is a frequent public speaker and moderator, appearing as a guest host on CNBC Squawkbox and at such events as the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, Global Entrepolis @ Singapore, ADASIA, 3G World Congress, World Islamic Economic Forum, Boao (China’s most influential forum), serves as chairman of the Asia Marketing Effectiveness Festival, and many more. He has hosted, debated with, or interviewed such heads of state as Tony Blair, Lee Kuan Yew, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Goh Chok Tong, and many of the ministers of China, India and other countries.
Mr. Graves is a contributing author of the McKinsey book “Korea 2020.” In 2010, he was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, the most influential foreign policy think tank in the US. Awards include Asia Pacific PR Professional of the Year (2007), Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year 2008, an EMMY nomination and more than a dozen awards from The New York Film and Television Festivals and the Asian Television Awards.
Brent N. Smith
Brent N. Smith is a co-founder and Managing Partner of LevelOne Capital Limited, providing financial advisory, consulting, investment and business services throughout Asia, and Co-Chairman of ASIM Education Limited. He was previously with DBS Bank Ltd, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, where he was Managing Director and Group Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, based in Singapore (2003-2007). At DBS, he was responsible globally for the bank’s corporate, SME and investment banking activities, syndicated finance and private equity.
Prior to DBS, Mr. Smith was the Managing Director, Group Head – Communications & Core Technologies of Pacific Crest Securities, responsible for the firm’s investment banking and corporate finance activities across the sector. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategic Development for MegaPath Networks, a US-based communications technology provider. Prior to that, Mr. Smith spent 14 years in Mergers & Acquisitions advisory and Investment Banking at J.P.Morgan & Co, where he completed assignments in New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and San Francisco. In Asia, he held positions of Co-Head of M&A Asia and Head of Real Estate Investment Banking.
Mr. Smith holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA Graduate School of Management and an AB Degree in Engineering and Economics from Brown University. In addition to his role on CFC’s Board, Mr. Smith serves as a Director on the Board of Propel Insurance Company, on the Board of Governors of the Singapore American School, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School, on the Advisory Board of Streetsine, on the Alumni Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and previously on the Boards of the Singapore Maritime Foundation and the Asian Bankers Association.
Elizabeth King has an MA from UC Berkeley in Educational Psychology and a BA from Middlebury College. She has been involved in the field of education for 17 years as a teacher, tutor, curriculum developer and consultant–working in San Francisco, Washington DC and Singapore. She has been a volunteer with CFC since its founding, and played a central role in the development of its Teacher Training Project. Most recently, Mrs. King worked with the Center for Inspired Teaching, a Washington, DC-based non-profit focused on teacher development. Additionally, she is furthering her graduate studies through the CFC-Lehigh University Partnership.
Cuong Do serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer for the pharmaceuticals company Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside the United States). As chief strategy officer, Mr. Do is responsible for both developing and executing enterprise-wide strategy and further building connections between the current and future business plans of Merck’s franchises, divisions, and functions.
Prior to joining Merck, Mr. Do served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development at TE Connectivity, one of the world’s largest providers of products and solutions that connect and protect the flow of power and data in virtually every industry. Mr. Do also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Lenovo, a global leader in personal computers. He previously was a Director with McKinsey and Company where he helped to build the company’s healthcare, high tech and corporate finance practices.
Mr. Do holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, U.S. and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He currently or formerly serves on the boards of Callidus Biopharma; Wuxi AppTec, Shanghai; Fugoo; Profectum Foundation; Celebrate the Children; and the National Youth Science Foundation and is a member of the Tuck MBA Advisory Board.
Paul F. Randolph
Paul Randolph, while serving as a Global Development Executive, has executed regional and country specific programs and led integrated development teams that focused on nutrition, food security, governance, fragility and humanitarian assistance in Asia, Middle East, and Central Europe. He is a technical expert in strategy execution, project management, political economy analysis, NGO capacity building, budget/financial management, and multi-cultural team leadership. Paul served within USAID for 23 years in multiple positions in Washington and within six USAID Missions overseas (Cambodia, Iraq, Kosovo, Philippines, Serbia-Montenegro, and Timor Leste). He provided leadership and strategic vision on policy issues, regional staffing needs, program and operational budget planning, client engagement strategies, outreach planning, and project implementation management. In addition to his USAID experience Paul has worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and served as Vice President for Palladium, an International Development consulting firm. He is currently an independent consultant supporting efforts to deliver bold solutions that improve the human condition and obtain lasting development impact.
Mr. Randolph holds a M.A. degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Foreign Policy and Soviet Area Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on comparative governance systems from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Michael O’Neill is general counsel and chief legal officer for Avnet, Inc., leading the company’s global legal team. He is a member of the Avnet Executive Board and a corporate officer.
Before joining Avnet in 2016, Mr. O’Neill served as vice president and chief legal officer at Canadian Helicopter Corporation. Previously he held the position of senior vice president and general counsel at Lenovo, and prior to that he was at Honeywell, where during the course of 17 years his career progressed with increasing responsibility encompassing deputy general counsel, general counsel international (Brussels), and worldwide responsibilities for global contract management.
For six years, Mr. O’Neill was a partner at Howrey, Simon, Arnold and White LLP, responsible for client mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions for both domestic and international clients of the firm. In addition, he has served as a member of the board for several organizations, including TRW International, CFC, and currently he is on the board of advisors at ARC Technologies.
Mr. O’Neill received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics from Belmont Abbey College, and his Juris Doctor and MBA in Finance from University of Baltimore Law School. He has also completed postgraduate programs at Duke University and George Washington University.
Joanne Leong Neidow
JoAnne Neidow became involved with CFC shortly after moving to Singapore in 2007. Initially serving as Director of Finance, Ms. Neidow managed all of CFC’s financial activity as well as internal and external reporting. She established policies and processes, and managed government mandated audits which enabled fundraising in Singapore. Shortly before returning to New York, Ms. Neidow joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Ms. Neidow has 16 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic planning and corporate development. Prior to moving to Singapore, she was the Chief Financial Officer of the Electronic Invoice & Payment Services business in the Global Commercial Services segment of the American Express Company. She also held roles within the finance department of American Express focused on investment optimization and corporate re-engineering. Prior to joining American Express, Ms. Neidow spent four years with GE Capital’s Commercial Finance business as an investment and portfolio analyst performing due diligence on companies seeking financing.
Ms. Neidow holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She has also completed executive programs at The Wharton School. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
Hong Choing is the Microsoft National Director of ISV Partner Business based in the Philadelphia, PA area. He is a seasoned Business and Technology Executive with 24+ years of experience working with small and large Fortune 100 companies. He has held leadership roles at Merck, ProCaveo, Inc., was the CEO and Founder of LeviTron Consulting, a professional IT consulting company, and Co-owner of 10 patents in areas of Health Information Technology.
Mr. Choing holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University and is a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, PA.
A native of Cambodia, Mr. Choing is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) and speaks Cambodian, Chinese, and English. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. He is passionate about giving back to the world through charitable organization, volunteer time, expertise, and resources.