Meet The Industry Experts Who Vetted The Gen.T List 2022

By Chong Seow Wei

Affectionately known as The Tribe, these are the 42 seasoned entrepreneurs and thought leaders who played a key role in the selection of this year's cohort of Gen.T honourees

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Every year, Gen.T welcomes a group of industry experts and thought leaders to help us identify, review and select the most promising candidates for the Gen.T List. They hail from across Asia and are known affectionately as The Tribe. This is who they are.

Architecture & Design

Zhao Lei
Co-founder, Position
Started a prominent research-based architectural and cultural institution

The Arts

Suhanya Raffel
Museum Director, M+
Hong Kong
Cultural arbiter

Philip Tinari
Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art and CEO, UCCA Group
Writer, critic, art curator and Chinese contemporary art expert

Hu Yanyan
President and director, China Guardian
Helms one of the world’s largest auction houses

Liang Hong
Literary master

Danwen Wei
Head of piano, Central Conservatory of Music and vice-chairman, National Piano Society of China
Piano virtuoso

Read more: “I Can Already Feel The Energy Starting To Come Back To The City” Suhanya Raffel, M+ Museum Director

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Yat Siu, chairman of Animoca Brands
Above  Yat Siu, chairman of Animoca Brands (Photo: Kyle Johnson for Tatler Hong Kong)


Steven Song
Founder, First International Film Festival
Nurturing the new wave of filmmakers

Finance & Venture Capital

Paul Ark
Advisor, Gobi Partners
Investment and retail expert

Matt Cheng
Founder and managing partner, Cherubic Ventures
Expert in entrepreneurialism

Manav Gupta
Founder and CEO, Brinc
Hong Kong
Investor, author and entrepreneur

Read more: Secrets Of Success with Manav Gupta, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Venture Accelerator, Brinc

Vishal Harnal
Global managing partner, 500 Global
Technology investment expert

Bikesh Lakhmichand
CEO, 1337 Ventures
Funder of the future

Aaron Sarma
General partner, ScaleUp Malaysia
Building Malaysia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Franco Varona
Managing partner, Foxmont Capital Partners
Funding the Philippines’ future

Yuan Xu
Country manager, International Finance Corporation
Channelling investment where it’s most needed

Adlin Yusman
Managing Director, Endeavor Malaysia
Supporting entrepreneurial growth

Hao Hong
Former managing director and chief strategist, Bocom International
Influential economist

Read more: Why Every Successful Entrepreneur Has a Mentor

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Suhanya Raffel, Museum director of M+
Above  Suhanya Raffel, Museum director of M+
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Above  Datin Seri Lara Hussein, founder and CEO of M&C Saatchi Malaysia

Food & Beverage

Syed Asim Hussain
Co-founder, Black Sheep Restaurant Group
Hong Kong
Relentless culinary explorer

Yang Lu
Group director, Wine, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
China’s first and only master sommelier

Healthcare & Sciences

Vicki Belo
Founder, CEO and medical director, Belo Medical Group
Skincare savant

Danny Yeung
Co-founder, Prenetics
Hong Kong
Genetic testing pioneer

Media & Marketing

Datin Seri Lara Hussein
Founder and CEO, M&C Saatchi Malaysia
Advertising authority

Jay Spencer
Co-founder, Woof Pack Projects
Cultural kickstarter

Chen Weiyu
Co-founder, New Rank
Master of social data analytics

Philanthropy & Charity

Noor Quek
Founder and CEO, NQ International
Banker at the forefront of philanthropy

Chung To
Founder and chairman, Chi Heng Foundation
Helping children impacted by HIV-Aids

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Above  Jaclyn Seow, vice-president of ESG and Impact at Openspace Ventures
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Arthur Huang, co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz
Above  Arthur Huang, co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz

Public Service & Law

Parag Khanna
Founder and managing partner, FutureMap
Globalisation guru

Read more: How Will Our Next Generations Deal With Climate Change? Parag Khanna Has the Answers

Real Estate & Hospitality

Adrian Cheng
Executive vice-chairman and general manager, New World Development
Hong Kong
Property mogul and art patron

Victor Consunji
CEO, Victor Consunji Development
Real estate innovator

Kevin Tan
CEO, Alliance Global Group
Runs diverse business empire

Edward Yuan
General manager, Sanya Edition Hotel
Hospitality expert

Social Entrepreneurship

Sasibai Kimis
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Earth Heir
Social entrepreneur supreme


Arthur Huang
Co-founder and CEO, Miniwiz
Circular economy leader

Jaclyn Seow
Vice-president of ESG and Impact, Openspace Ventures
Impact investment expert

Katy Yung
Managing partner, Sustainable Finance Initiative
Hong Kong
Promoting sustainability best practice

Read more: Can NFTs Really Be Environmentally Friendly?

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Sasibai Kimis, founder and chief innovation officer of Earth Heir
Above  Sasibai Kimis, founder and chief innovation officer of Earth Heir
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Vishal Harnal, managing partner, Southeast Asia, 500 Global (Photo: 500 Global)
Above  Vishal Harnal, global managing partner, 500 Global (Photo: 500 Global)


Dzuleira Abu Bakar
Chief executive officer, Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation
Fostering an innovative future

Hui Kwok-Leong
Acting director, Ecosystem Development, NUS Enterprise
Technologist and serial entrepreneur

Peter Mok
Head of Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks
Hong Kong
Nurturing the tech leaders of the future

Yat Siu
Chairman, Animoca Brands
Hong Kong
The master of the metaverse

Read more: Animoca Founder Yat Siu on the Rise of Metaverse and What It Means for the World of Luxury

Alice So
Head of entrepreneurship, Cyberport
Hong Kong
At the forefront of tech innovation

Dagang Feng
Co-chairman and CEO, 36Kr
Expert of the new economy


Vincent Lin
Chairman, TCI
Putting the science into wellness

See the honourees on the Gen.T List 2022.

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