Benj Conway is a British entrepreneur and former diplomat. He has 15 years international experience in both the public and private sectors, and particular expertise relating to the political economies in the Islamic World. Benj studied medicine at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and University College, Oxford and then served seven years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office working across Asia and the Middle East. Since leaving government in late 2007, Benj has established and invested in companies operating in emerging markets. He co-founded InFrontier as a specialist platform to conduct investment activities in post conflict regions. Benj speaks French and Malay, and some Dari.
Felix von Schubert has over 17 years of private equity, technology investment and operating experience. Felix co-founded InFrontier, a specialist investment company, active in post conflict regions. Previously, he co-founded Zouk Capital, an independent private equity and infrastructure fund manager dedicated to the cleantech and renewable energy market, managing over $600 million. Felix has been involved in over 20 investments in Europe, North America and Asia. Felix was Chairman of one of Germany’s a highly successful publically listed technology start-up for over 11 years. Felix started his career at JPMorgan M&A practice focusing on oil and gas transactions in Russia, Middle East and South Korea. He is fluent in German, French, English and Russian.
Tahira Dosani is Director of Portfolio Engagement at Venture Lab, working with the fund's portfolio companies to extend their impact and profitability. Venture Lab is an investment initiative that provides patient seed capital and support to innovative financial inclusion start-ups, fostering experimentation and promoting business models that improve financial access for people living in poverty worldwide. Prior to this, Tahira lead strategic projects, partnerships and communications at LeapFrog Investments. She was responsible for the fund’s strategy as well as the many ways in which LeapFrog engages influential individuals, institutions and communities in its mission. LeapFrog is a profit-with-purpose private equity fund and a pioneer of impact investing in emerging markets. The $135 million fund invests in high-growth companies that aim to reach the next billion emerging and under-served consumers with essential financial tools, focusing on insurance. LeapFrog targets both attractive financial returns and social impact from serving this vast market of low-income people who are willing to pay for affordable services yet are offered none. LeapFrog has attracted several of the world’s leading banks, funds and reinsurers as investors. It is the largest investor globally in microinsurance and other related financial services. Prior to that, she was based in Kabul, Afghanistan as Head of Corporate Strategy at Roshan, Afghanistan.
Jay Cziraky is a Dubai-based Canadian serial entrepreneur and investor in emerging and frontier markets. After attending the Faculty of Business at Brock University, Canada, Jay re-located to Budapest in 1997 with Move One. Over the last 15 years Jay has been instrumental in Move One becoming a leading Projects Logistics company in more than 30 countries in Eastern Europe, The Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East and East Africa, with key industry focus on military, government, humanitarian aid and natural resources. In 2010 Jay relocated Move One’s Global headquarters to Dubai and currently occupies the position of Board Member and Group Director, with particular focus on post conflict zones, developing markets and government. In 2011, Jay founded North Degrees, a developing markets investment company, which launched it first project in food services and manufacturing in Kurdistan, Iraq in 2012. Jay currently acts as CEO of North Degrees and is focusing on regional expansion in East Africa and Central Asia. In addition to his corporate roles, Jay is an active member of the global community including as a member of the Community of Global Growth Companies and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade at the World Economic Forum. Jay in also an active member of YPO Dubai Chapter. Jay has visited all 7 continents and has lived in more than 10 post conflict and developing countries.
Robert Binyon started his career at Morgan Grenfell, the London merchant bank, in 1972 and was responsible for the Group’s operations in Switzerland during 1977-1984 and for its Asian operations during 1986-1991 (based in Tokyo). At Morgan Grenfell, he was involved in international lending and bond transactions, as well as project finance and advisory assignments. He served as the joint Chief Executive and Managing Director of Tokai Bank Europe (1991-1994). Thereafter, Robert joined CDC, then the Commonwealth Development Corporation, as Managing Director responsible for financial market investments and regional private equity funds. He moved to South East Asia in 2000 to manage the Asia Pacific Region for CDC. Robert was appointed the Chairman of Khronos Advisory Ltd in 2010 where he provides guidance on firm strategy, maintains key client relationships and works with the Partners on selected engagements. Having left CDC in 2003, Robert is chairman of various private equity funds for Aureos Advisers Limited in South East Asia, China, and Central and South Asia. He also holds a number of other non-executive directorships in the region, in Africa and in the United Kingdom.
Zarir Cama started his banking career in 1967, joining the HSBC Group in 1968. He has served the HSBC Group in India, London, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He was CEO of HSBC India (1999-2002), made Group General Manager of HSBC Holdings Plc in 2001, and was Deputy Chairman and CEO HSBC Bank Malaysia (2002-2007). Zarir was conferred the title of Dato’ by both the Governor of Penang and the Sultan of Perak. In mid 2007, he returned to the Group’s Head Office in London to set up a new International Division overseeing the Group’s business worldwide. In 2009 he was given overall responsibility for the retail side of the Group’s Continental European business, comprising 19 countries. In 2010, Zarir became Group General Manager, Group Management Office. He retired from HSBC Group in late 2011 but continues as a Non-Exec Director of HSBC Bank Bermuda Ltd, The Saudi British Bank and HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA. He is Non-Exec Director at Tata Capital UK, Tata Capital Singapore, IL and FS Wind Power Management Pte Ltd, IB Taurus and Intelligent Energy plc. He is Chairman of the British Malaysian Society, a council member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and Trustee and Vice-Chairman of Asia House. Zarir is also a Trustee of Britain’s National Youth Orchestra.
Wanda Kim worked for UBS Investment Bank from 1997 – 2011, where she held a variety of positions in the Zurich and London offices. In her role as MD and Head of the Environmental Advisory Group, she created a new team in the investment bank with global responsibility to manage environmental risks and to pursue environmental business opportunities. Currently, Wanda sits on the Advisory Board of the Conservation Strategy Fund a leading organization advancing conservation solutions powered by economics. Prior to joining UBS Wanda was a securities lawyer with Shearman & Sterling, working in NY, London and Dusseldorf. Wanda received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard University, and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is the former President and current board member of the American Friends English National Opera, and is also member of the Advisory Board of Clean Engines Inc, a company that focuses on providing clean engine technology to end users.