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Via ID is a business incubator and investor with presence in France and the USA. Its focus is on startups that develop “new modes of mobility”.

Charles Guinot is founder of Indonesian online tax services platform OnlinePajak and a project manager and board member at Farinia Group, a French multinational manufacturing business group. Guinot earned his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Technologie de Troyes, France and holds master’s degrees in Mechatronics from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France and Manufacturing Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong.

Spain's most popular second-hand marketplace merged with LetGo in 2017 in the US and has 6 million daily users and topped US$150 million in funding.

Backed by €2m from impact investors, Les Noveaux Affineurs is ramping up production of its plant-based, French vegan cheese gastronomy for export to international markets

Creadev was created in 2002 in France as the private equity arm of the Mulliez family. Creadev expanded to Shanghai in 2012, through a unit called Crehol China. It has since been renamed Creadev China.  

Philippe Gelis is a co-founder and CEO of Kantox, a foreign currency exchange management platform. Born in Narbonne, France, in 1979, he now lives in Barcelona where the company's main offices are located. Prior to setting up Kantox in 2011, Gelis worked as a strategy and management consultant at Deloitte and as a financial consultant at Axis Corporate. His first job was as financial controller at Renault, Switzerland. Gelis holds a master's in Business Strategy and an MBA in Corporate Finance, both from Toulouse Business School, France. 

Cathay Innovation invests in small to medium-sized companies with the potential to rapidly grow internationally. By 2016, Cathay Innovation had conducted 59 investments, with a total investment of €514 million. It has offices in France, China, the US and Germany, with €1.2 billion under management.

Ex-McKinsey consultant and Amadeus engineer Jaime Laulhé lived in New York, Paris and Hong Kong before returning to his native Madrid to work at McKinsey, where he spent two years. He holds degrees in IT Engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University and in Telecommunications Engineering from ENSIMAG in France, and an MBA from the University of Chicago and a master's in Mathematics from Institut Fourier, France.In New York and Hong Kong, he spent several years working in High Frequency Trading tech at Société Générale. He is founder and CEO of Geoblink, developing location tech AI solutions for retail, real estate and FMCG sectors.

China Minsheng Investment Group (CMIG) is the largest privately owned investment group in China, with RMB 50 billion in registered capital. It was initiated by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and its Global Advisory Council includes the former prime ministers of France, Italy and Pakistan, and various other global experts and Nobel Prize winners.

Phitrust Partenaires is a France-based investment fund focused on social businesses in Europe and Asia.In Europe, the company acts as a VC firm dedicated to impact investing. Its investment vehicle contributes €150,000 to €800,000 to support projects that address social needs. Phitrust Partenaires also works in partnership with prominent European social funds.

Nour Akbaraly completed a master’s in engineering at Centrale Lille and also a master’s in applied mathematics at Lille University in 2010. In 2011, Akbaraly joined industrial manufacturing consultancy firm Avencore as a consultant in Paris.The avid photographer and F&B enthusiast also went to various tea-tasting classes at a tea specialist college until 2015. Passionate about gastronomy, he began exploring alt-protein alternatives to address the environmental and ethical challenges of food supply chains.In 2016, he went on an engineering training course for agronomy and agri-food at AgroSup Dijon, the National Institute of Agronomic, Food and Environmental Sciences.A year later, he founded Les Noveaux Affineurs, a startup specializing in plant-based alternatives to cheese. His ambition is to create a new range of French gastronomic vegan cheese products for consumers in France and overseas.Since 2010, Akbaraly is also a volunteer at the Action Contre la Faim, a Paris-based international NGO founded in 1979. The “Action Against Hunger” projects include running awareness campaigns on food security issues in colleges and schools in France and other countries like India and Sudan.

Ex-Sogou (a leading Chinese search engine) and -Tencent semantic analysis engineer with two master’s degrees from France, in model optimization and natural language processing, respectively. At Sogou, Zhang headed the R&D department, focusing on semantic search. He also developed Sogou’s voice assistant, making Sogou the first search engine to enter the field of voice-enabled intelligent virtual assistance for mobile apps and services.

Mathieu Le Bras is an agronomist by training, with a master’s in Agriculture from ISA Lille, France. He has worked for major organizations such as the WTO, GE and Syngenta. In 2012, he established 8villages with Indonesian social media entrepreneur Sanny Gaddafi. Mathieu later left the startup and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue other ventures. He is currently the managing director of Maison du Pain, a London bakery with buyers from all over Europe.

Thibaud Plaquet hails from France, where he earned his master's degree in Electronics and Computer Science from Polytech'Paris UPMC. He previously worked as an apprentice tech support at Philips and later became an apprentice system engineer and channel account manager at Sony. In 2016, he moved to Indonesia and met Manggala Ratulangie when the two were hired to head a joint venture. After the project wound down, they established data science startup Datanest in 2017.

Prior to establishing online investment platform Bareksa, Ady Pangerang was the head of the IT department at the Indonesian branch of BNP Paribas. He later held a similar role at VIVA, an Indonesian online news and entertainment portal. Ady left VIVA in 2013 to focus on Bareksa, together with former VIVA colleague Karaniya Dharmasaputra. Ady holds a bachelor’s in Robotics from Ecole Centrale Nantes, France and a master’s in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, USA.

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