Mr. Christopher Rice-Shepherd serves as Managing Director at
Cliffwater LLC. Prior to joining Cliffwater in 2012, Mr. Rice-Shepherd
served as a Director at Wilson Meany Sullivan where he performed
due diligence and financial analysis of prospective investments as
well as asset management of existing portfolio investments, focused
principally on opportunistic mixed-used development projects.
Previous experience includes investment analysis and portfolio
management at both Stockbridge Real Estate Funds and CIM Group,
Inc. Mr. Shepherd earned a BA in Economics from Stanford
University, and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from The
Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Shin is an Entrepreneur and Banker who has been involved in several startups in SG and HK and an outspoken advocate of FinTech in Asia. David is also a community builder who has helped set up non profit organisations in HK and SG to ensure the proper engagement with local/regional entities and officials as it relates to Digital Currencies, Blockchain and FinTech as a whole. During the day, David works for TD Bank as their Asia Head of Global Equity Derivatives Sales. David is considered an early adopter of digital currencies which has led him to appear on regional and global media outlets like CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NY Times, Swiss TV and the Economist.
Sunarsih Krisfilia is the CEO of PT Sentosa Global Creation - an international trading company, and a founder of Ko Fung Technology - an IT Company in Hong Kong. She is also an accomplished speaker, businesswoman, and leader. She has a Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Systems Security/Forensics from the University of Greenwich. Sunarsih has more than 12 years experience in IT, and she has been a professional consultant in many enterprise companies. She is a Director in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong – The only chamber in Hong Kong backed up by the Indonesian government.
Kong and Mainland China. He is the founder and standing director of the Institute of Innovative Model and Industry Development, a leading consulting establishment specializing in China’s regional and industrial development; of whose clientele is composed of a large array of municipal government agencies and commercial companies in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The institute publishes dozens of study reports and research insights annually in major local industry development publications with a global perspective. He is a pioneer in IT technology and a business veteran. He was elected by public poll to serve in the Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Ltd. and Hong Kong Internet Registration Company Ltd., witnessing the development of the mobile internet industry in Hong Kong and providing oversight services of government policy formulation and execution of “.com.hk” and “.hk”. He was the founder of Glory Future Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based IT services company, which was successfully back-door listed in the Hong Kong GEM. He is currently Senior Research Fellow of the Business Model Research Center under Tsinghua University, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Guest professor of the Hong Kong Financial Services Institute. He is advisor to several provincial and municipal cities in the PRC, including Anhui, Guizhou and Shenzhen. He is an acclaimed speaker and lecturer in many leading universities, state-owned teaching institutes, administration academies, and well-known commercial banks. He was working in IBM Corporation, Oracle Systems Corporation and Platinum Technology Ltd. in the mid 80’s and early 90‘s. He underwent undergraduate degree studies in Anthropology and MBA studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, coupled with finance intensive specialization in New York University.
Prasanna Weeraratne is an accomplished executive with domestic and international experience in gem and jewelry, currently a Managing Partner for Kasunro Jewelers. He is in charge of the operations aspect of the company. He has been recognized by the United States and Qatar for his outstanding contribution as a gem merchant on multiple occasions. Kasunro Jewelers is dedicated to providing high-quality precious and semi-precious gem stones, gold, and silver jewelry. Backed by a team of highly-experienced individuals,
Kasunro Jewelers has customers across Sri Lanka, China, the United States, Dubai, and many more locations around the world.
Dr. Kithsiri Dissanayake is a well-tenured professional that has spent much of his career serving in high capacity at many a professional institution across government and academic sectors. His most recent position was as the chairman for the National Gem and Jewelry Authority of Sri Lanka. There he instituted programs to promote and sponsor technical training of personnel on every aspect relating to the gem industry, prevented unlawful gem mining and unlawful removal of gems from Sri Lanka, provided technical and other advice and the in-frastructure support necessary for the marketing of gems and jewelry, introduced hallmark and cetifications system for the jewelry industry, and initiated the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to prevent the unlawful import and export of diamonds in Sri lanka.
Currently, he is the Senior Lecturer at the Department of Earth Re-sources and Engineering for the Faculty of Engineering - University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka.
His education sets him apart among others. He earned a PhD in Engineering at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, an M.Sc in Environmental Science from the Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, an MBA from the University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, a Post-graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS in Geology Stream from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, India, a BSc (Eng.) Hons. in Mining and Minerals Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and a diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka.
He is also a highly-published researcher and author with papers such as: Demand Estimating Model to Forecast the Building Material Requirements for the Constrcution and Allied Industries in Sri Lanka, Characteristics Studies on Engineering Properties of River Sand Substitutes for Coventional Concrete and Motar works, Identifications of Most Suitable Locations for Rock Quarrying to Supply Aggregate Requrements of the Colombo Port City Development Project, and many many more.
He had also carried out major consultancy work for firms such as LAUGFS Lanka(Pvt) Limited, (Kottawa-Dodangoda) Athuluwage Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd., Fortune Fertilizer (Pvt) Ltd., the Moragahakanda/Kaluganga Reservoir Project, Ocean Lanka Fabric Manufacturing Industry, and others.
He received the People Leader Awards Engineering, Nation Leader in HRM, a special academic/professional award awarded by IPM Sri Lanka.
His National Contributions are as follows:
- Chairman - National Gem and Jewellery Authority June 2017 – May 2018
- Chairman - Geological Survey and Mines Bureau January 2015 – June 2017
- Chairman - GSMB Technical Survices, January 2015 – June 2017
- Chairman - Sri Lanka Standards Institution, July 2013– December 2014
- Chairman - Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, June 2010– April 2013
- Director General - Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, June 2007 – June 2010
- Director, Board of Management - Gem and Jewelry Research Institute, January 2015- June 2017 8. Director, Board of Management - Lanka Mineral Sands Company Ltd., May 2013-December 2014 9. Director, Board of Management, LECO Projects Private Ltd. June 2010-December 2014
- Director, Board of Management, Lanka Phosphate Ltd. May 2009-June2011
- Director, Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, May 2007-June 2010