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Etienne Charlier (Partner at Riverbanks Investments)

Etienne Charlier

Partner at Riverbanks Investments

With more than two decades of business experience and executive positions in China or both MNC and small companies, Etienne has developed a clear understanding of how to be successful in this market.

Etienne is one of the partners in Riverbanks Investments (corporate finance and M&A advisory firm), a founding partner of Sinnolabs (China acceleration program for European companies), and an advisor to EU Sino/Innostation (a coworking space dedicated to Western technology companies in Suzhou). Through these platforms he focuses on assisting companies develop their business between China and Europe. Etienne is also driving several initiatives related to artificial intelligence in China, still in stealth mode. A Belgian national, Etienne holds a Master in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor in Philosophy from UCL, as well as a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management

Janine Jakob (Founder of Full Potential Partners Shanghai)

Janine Jakob

Founder of Full Potential Partners Shanghai

Coming from Germany in 2017, Janine is the founder of Full Potential Partners Shanghai (潜智(上海). As trainer and coach, Janine focuses on soft skills, happiness as success factor, and cross-cultural communication. She finished her double master degrees of International Business in Suzhou and Munich while still working for Fortune 500 IT company HP for 7 years. Janine also founded the Happiness Association, several networking groups like Girl Gone International in Suzhou, Monday Morning Motivation and still hosts regular international events for InterNations.

Amaury Le Cocq (Managing Director of Hamon)

Amaury Le Cocq

Managing Director of Hamon

After a decade working in and with APAC countries, Amaury is member of the Management Team of the Hamon South and South East Asia since 2017, representing and directing the Operation for all Hamon's affiliates there and handling the general management of the Shanghai and Hong Kong offices.

Hamon is the leader in the Air Quality System business and a pioneer in innovative solutions for a better environment and comprehensive solutions for the heavy industry

He believes in people, ideas, sharing and partnership, integrated in a strong sense of gender equity, respect for cultural differences, "think global", quality and compliance. Those are essential mindset to reach goals within our international complex environment.

Gina Li (CEO & Co-Founder of Beach Creative Technology)

Gina Li

CEO & Co-Founder of Beach Creative Technology

Gina is a Cross-cultural Business Consulting Strategist CEO & Co-Founder of Beach Creative Technology — Smart IoT Product Development and Design She won the prices:

Gina has the ability to interpret needs and ideas between Chinese and Western cultures into a unified vision. She is not simply a translator but someone who is able to understand the context, background, reasoning of one and help them achieve their goals.

Having started a couple of companies on her own in various industries, Gina realized that being an entrepreneur is not just making sure you encompass a strong mentality and endurance but also having the knowledge, experience, objectivity to things is paramount.