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Curtis Ferguson (Managing Partner at Ventech China)

Curtis Ferguson

Managing Partner at Ventech China

Curt Ferguson is a Managing Partner at Ventech China, where he helps lead the firm’s investments in consumer markets, fin-tech, and big data, with a focus on Chinese consumers. Curt was previously President of Coca-Cola Greater China, Korea & Mongolia. Prior to joining Coke in China, he held executive positions in the USA and ASEAN before being appointed Managing Director of The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt in 2000. In late 2003, Curt became Senior Regional Director for the Western Africa Region and was appointed President of the North and West Africa Division in January 2005, covering 27 countries. Later his portfolio expanded to 34 countries to include the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as President of the Middle East and North Africa Business Unit. Curt was named to the Forbes Top Ten influential leaders list in the Middle East for six consecutive years. In 2012, his MENA Business Unit was awarded The Woodruff Cup, an award recognizing top company performance.

Curt holds a degree from the Indiana University Kelley School. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Stanford University. Curt sits on the Board of the Indiana University Foundation and Kelley Business School Dean’s Advisory Council. He is Chairman of Coca-Cola Bottlers Manufacturing Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries. Curt was named to The Indianan University Distinguished Alumni Service Award recognizing the achievements of alumni in different fields. Curt has extensive experience as a Board Director for Independent Bottlers, community, and business-based organizations.

Sharon Yang (CHRO at SPD Silicon Valley Bank)

Sharon Yang

CHRO at SPD Silicon Valley Bank

Sharon Yang is the Chief Human Resources Officer of SPD Silicon Valley Bank (SSVB). SSVB is the first technical bank in China focusing on supporting innovation companies. The past 20 plus years of Sharon’s work experience includes a number of HR roles spanning across a variety of industries and locations, including Banking, Real Estate Consulting, Renewable Energy and Engineering industries. Sharon is the founding member of VHR, and career mentor of SAIF FMBA and SUFE IMBA programs.

Han Shen Lin (Assistant Professor of Practice, Financial Markets at NYU)

Han Shen Lin

Assistant Professor of Practice, Financial Markets at NYU

Han Shen Lin is an upcoming Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in the finance department of New York University in Shanghai (Starting July 1, 2021).

Prior to this, he was a Senior VP, and Deputy General Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, China.
In this capacity, Han helped to lead the bank’s China governance, and oversaw Wells Fargo’s China corporate and commercial banking client coverage, strategy, and business development.

Han graduated from the University of Michigan Ross Business School (B.B.A). He later completed a Master of International Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS), a Master of Science in Global Finance at the joint HKUST-NYU Stern program, and a Master of Chinese Commercial Law at Fudan University Law School.

Han serves on the American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai) Board of Governors, and previously served as Chair of its Financial Services Committee. He lives in Shanghai with his wife
and two daughters.

Hongfei Zheng (Managing Director of Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health)

Hongfei Zheng

Managing Director of Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health

Hongfei is currently the Managing Director of Cargill Animal Nutrition China. Before her role at Cargill, she served as Vice President, Strategy, Knowledge & Insights for Coca-Cola’s businesses in Greater China and Korea from 2018-2020 and was responsible for corporate and portfolio strategy, consumer, competitor, and brand tracking, deep-dive insights, business intelligence, and planning. She successfully built Coca-Cola’s 2025 Greater China strategy.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Hongfei worked at Cargill Greater China as the Head of Strategy and Corporate Development from 2016-2018. She is a member of Cargill China's leadership team and has worked closely with its global CEO, executive team members, and board members to develop APAC and China strategies and investments and has successfully established five-year strategies for Cargill China, leading multiple investments and acquisitions.

Hongfei also previously worked at Hilti Ltd., a European engineering solution company as the Head of Oil &Gas and Chemical Business in China from 2013-2016, and the Marketing Director of APAC. She successfully managed to double the business income and triple profit growth in two years. Before that, Hongfei worked at Bain & Co. for eight years as a case team leader and board manager, offering strategy consulting services to multinational and Chinese enterprises.

Hongfei obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Economics degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, with a Master’s at Ecole Centrale de Lyon Diplôme d'Ingénieur France and an MBA from INSEAD (France).

Eric Hoang (Director, Strategic Planning & Business Transformation of Herbalife (China) Health Products Ltd.)

Eric Hoang

Director, Strategic Planning & Business Transformation of Herbalife (China) Health Products Ltd.

Eric is the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Transformation at Herbalife Nutrition for China, where he also manages the China Growth and Impact Investment Fund. His team is responsible for strategic initiatives such as strategy development, M&A, and digital transformation.

As the youngest member of Herbalife’s China Leadership Team, Eric has championed the company’s 5-year plan, product strategy, digital strategy, organizational restructuring, and entry into sports nutrition and esports.

Before relocating to Shanghai in 2018, Eric commuted to China from the US for one year to oversee critical regulatory projects for Herbalife. During this time, he helped build the global compliance program with a focus on FCPA compliance in China, reporting directly to the global C-Suite and Board of Directors.

Eric was formerly at Herbalife’s global headquarters in Los Angeles covering a wide range of areas such as international expansion, new product development, and supply chain. He played an integral role in the implementation of all projects required as part of the company’s settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Eric is also the Co-founder of Zeya, an alcoholic sparkling beverage brand. Earlier in his career, he worked as an Analyst for Pacific Mercantile Bank. He received his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Michigan.