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Co-founders | executive Committee

Co-founders | Executive Committee

JAN GOESAERT (BE)

Has a long and broad background as CEO, CFO and COO, as well as international strategic consulting and M&A for both corporates and SME. He was amongst other a Senior Vice President and exco member for Agfa’s Healthcare, Managing Partner for EY’s Corporate Finance and Geschäftsführer of Rameder, Europe’s largest Tow Bar distributor, CEO in service packaging as well as Executive Director in a private equity fund. Multilingual with NL/FR/EN/D. Sector experience includes Healthcare, incl. IT, Automotive (AIM), Packaging and Financial and Consulting services.

PETER BUYTAERT (BE/CN)

Builds on thirty years of cross-cultural leadership of which half in corporate and half as entrepreneur. After his studies in Belgium (law, engineering and business management), he lived 25 years successively in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Shanghai. He founded GLO (Good Leaders Online), a fully online executive search and mentoring platform, as well as CGL Management Consulting, which has assisted more than 50 SME in their startup of China. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Peter was President Agfa Graphics Asia and Chairman of the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

ELCO VAN GROTENHUIS VAN ONSTEIN (BE)

Dutch entrepreneurial CEO and M&A consultant with around 30 years of international experience. Former CEO/VP of Allibert/Keter Europe and SVP of Huhtamäki and Ziegler Logistics. Also founded and successfully sold his own company as well as those of others. Multilingual NL/FR/EN/D and with a creative and problem-solving spirit. He holds an MSc. from the Technical University of Delft and a financial MBA from EMLyon Business school and is a former winner of a Worldstar for Packaging.
Sector expertise: Household durables, FMCG, plastics, consumer packaging (plastics, paper & metals), composites/technical textiles, pharma, consumer electronics and logistics.

full partners

Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga (HK)

Managing partner

Is founder of Polarwide and based in Hong Kong. He was formerly Head of Chemical Sector Advisory in Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2006 and Head of Asset Based Finance in Asia between 2006 and 2008 at ABN AMRO. In 2008 he became the founding CEO of ChemChina Finance Co. with responsibility for centralising the capital management and acquisition strategy of more than 460 subsidiaries for the group. In doing so, he became the first non-PRC citizen to manage the finance arm of a State-Owned Enterprise in China. Regular speaker at chemical conferences across Asia and advisor on China related matters. Author of articles in China Daily, Financial Times, etc. and guest lecturer on M&A and corporate finance at universities in HK, Shanghai and Beijing. Speaks some Mandarin.

Asian partner to be appointed soon

Jan Roodenburg (NL)

Partner

Was formerly COO of Philips Monitors worldwide operations in Taipei ($2 billion revenue) from 2000 to 2003 and subsequently COO of Philips Audio and Video operations ($3 billion revenue) in Hong Kong with 28 factories worldwide. In 2006 he became head of Quality, Lean and Sustainability for Philips Electronics Supply worldwide.

From 2011-2018 he was COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise EMEA ($7 billion revenue) with European factories mainly being supplied from China & SE Asia via air, sea or train. Currently strategic advisor (i.a. 3 Fortune 100 companies), NED, sr. management coach and conference speaker in EMEA and Asia. Specialities: supply chain & industrial management, purchasing and (greenfield) operations in consumer and industrial electronics, metals and plastics.

Strategic Partners

Richard Valenti (FR)

Is a French – Australian senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience at top executive level in Information Technology within leading European banks and insurance groups: BNP Paribas, Generali and BPCE (Banque Populaire & Caisse d’Epargne) in France as well as in Australia and South Korea. He is renowned for his strong expertise in strategic IT projects (Merger & Acquisition, Restructuring, Turnaround, Start-up, Transformation etc…). He is a strategic adviser for several companies in Europe, US and China. He is also a professional mediator for business disputes.

Kian Beng Low (SG)

Was until recently Executive Director of Memiontec Holding Ltd, a total water treatment solution provider and listed by him and the founders on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) in 2020. He is also a founder of Zero-Energy Habitat Pte Ltd (ZEH), an integrated environmental solution and consulting company. From 2010 to 2017 he was Group Deputy CEO and ED of ecoWise Holdings Ltd, a SGX-listed environmental company. Prior to that from 2000 to 2006, he was CEO of SP Corporation, a SGX-listed industrial services company, and from 2006 to 2010, he was CEO of Envipure Pte Ltd. His area’s of expertise are in water treatment, air pollution, resource recovery, renewable energy, petrochemicals and plant engineering. He holds an MBA from Texas (USA) and a B.Sc. (Eng.) from Imperial College (UK).

Mustafa al Sehli (UAE)

Is both a Saudi Arabian and British national and scion of an influential Saudi family. He was educated at the University of San Diego (double degrees in Political Science and International Relations). He has more than thirty years of experience in advising companies and leaders across the globe on their strategy, most notably regarding the Middle East and its international connectivity. As a global thinker being able to bridge Western and Middle Eastern viewpoints, he has advised members of the royal families of Kuwait, Oman, KSA, Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah and Dubai. For over a decade now, he advises the government of Japan, as well as several African governments. He is a partner in the House of Börse and in a number of conglomerates in real estate and precious metals. He currently lives in the UAE.

Guy Hallet (BE)

Is a senior advisor specialised in relations with China. He was Special advisor to former Belgian Minister for Economy and Foreign Trade, Jaak Gabriels to promote the cooperation between Belgium companies and China.

He is the organizer of over forty missions Belgian (royal) missions to China and initiated the twinning of several Belgian municipalities, cities with resp. district Yangzhou, city of Changzhou, city of Nanjing, and Jiangsu Province.

He was advisor to the Municipality Government of Yangzhou as official representative in Europe 2000 – 2015. He is well acquainted with the successive Chinese Ambassadors to the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels.

Werner Vanderhaeghe (BE)

Is one of Belgium’s most senior international business lawyers and a director of companies with broad experience in domestic and international business transactions, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration, corporate governance and compliance. During the past 45 years, he has advised clients both as a private practitioner in Brussels with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and with White & Case, where he was a Partner, and as General Counsel of the Bekaert Group and the Agfa-Gevaert Group.; Werner has represented clients and advised on transactions throughout Europe and in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

Maarten Roos (CN) 

Is founder and managing director of R&P China Lawyers with offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Since R&P is a foreign-oriented law firm, it is unique in China and a household name for Western businesses that need legal assistance for M&A and foreign direct investment, commercial projects, employment law, IP protection and regulatory compliance. He is also an arbitrator to Shanghai’s leading arbitration institute (SHIAC) and managing partner of the Chinese arm of Asia’s fast-growing, premier corporate services specialist Acclime. He sits on the supervisory boards of 30+ subsidiaries of multinationals in China. He was educated at Leiden University, Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University, Hong Kong Open University and completed the Harvard executive course “Leaders for Lawyers. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Mandarin.

international advisory board

Prof. Alan Barrell, DBA, FRSA (UK)

Is Chairman of Cambridge Learning Gateway. Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multi-national companies and smaller technology start-ups. He teaches at Universities in UK, Europe, North America and Asia with Professorships in European and Chinese Universities. He has raised and managed a Venture Capital Fund, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities. He has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in the UK and is Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for services to Education. His recent work has focussed heavily on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade and Relationships including cross-continental investments.

Andrew K.P. Leung, SBS, FRSA (HK)

is a prominent international China specialist and Chairman of Andrew Leung International Consultants Ltd. In his 38-year career he has held many senior government positions in Hong Kong, including commerce, industry, banking, finance, social welfare, and overseas diplomatic representation. His last post was as Hong Kong’s chief representative for the UK and 10 other EU member states, plus Russia, Norway and Switzerland. He holds degrees and certificates from University of London, Cambridge University, Law Society of Hong Kong and London and PMD from Harvard Business School. He is a member of several think-tanks such as: The Evian Group, Gerson Lehrman Group, Reuters Insight Community, etc, as well as a visiting professor to several international universities and a regular author of articles which can also be found on his popular website

Petra Masinova (FR) 

Is Chief Commercial, Marketing & Communication Officer of Onclusive, a global PR and communications powerhouse that includes Kantar Reputation Intelligence, one of the world’s largest AI media monitoring and measurement services. Some other highlights of her earlier career are: Head of the communication campaign for the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU in Brussels, Chief Communication Officer of NWR (NL/CZ), Head of Communication for Eastern and Central Europe with BXR Group (UK), CEO of McCann Consulting (CZ), Global CEO of Newton Media (CZ), Global Director of Isentia Group (Australia) and Global Director of Reputation Intelligence at Kantar (FR). Her speciality is corporate image, media positioning and reputation control, for which she was recognised in the 2022 PRWeek Dashboard 25 which features the leaders of the $4.1 billion communications technology sector.

Prof. Dr. Vincent Yip (US/SG)

Is currently Advisor at the Cambridge Learning Gateway, instructor at Stanford Continuing Studies, Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and former Visiting Professor at Kellogg School of Business. He was the founding Executive Director of Singapore’s Kent Ridge Science Park and served as Deputy Ambassador to the EC and the Vatican. He was also an Advisor to the Chinese Academy of Science and the Dunhuang Academy and is widely recognized as a China expert and consulted for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNDP. He received the French “Palmes Academiques” for significant contribution to the Singapore-French relationship in culture and technology. Born in Singapore, Prof. Yip received his PhD (Materials Science) from the University of Southern California and then an MBA (International Business).

Prof. Dr. Harry Commandeur (NL)

Is a full professor of industrial and business economics at the Erasmus School of Economics and CEO of the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance. His research examines the relationship between market structure, corporate strategy and firm performance – with particular emphasis on “moral markets” today. He was CEO of Erasmus University Rotterdam Holding (2006-2020) and Dean of the Erasmus School of Economics (2003-2006). He has held faculty positions at Nyenrode University (The Netherlands, 1998-2014), the Vlerick School of Management as well as the University of Ghent (Belgium, 1995-2001). He is a member of several supervisory boards in both the public and private sector and acts primarily as academic advisor to SRP.

Wayne Wang (CN)

Is Chairman, CEO and founder of CDP Group Ltd, an Innovative Technology Leader in the HCM Enterprises Service Industry in greater China and Asia Pacific. In his earlier career, he was a General Partner of a US-China based Private Equity Investment Fund and also held Senior Executive positions with multinational companies in US, Europe and China for more than 16 years. He brings a wealth of management and investment experience with an extensive network of high-level contacts across China, Europe and US in business, government and investment communities. He holds a BSc. in Computer Science from Fudan University in China, dual MSc. degrees in Computer Engineering and Statistics from University of Iowa in US and an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris. In 2011 he was voted Chinese Business Leader of the Year by HEC and is often quoted by top international and Chinese media.

Dr. Martin Hinoul (BE)

Has a doctorate and post doctorate in physics and a postgraduate business degree from KU Leuven. He has also done research at Stanford University, M.I.T. and at several other laboratories in Europe, the U.S. and Japan. He was closely involved in the Bell Telephone expansion into China and the development of the System 12 digital switch. He was also a technology attaché for the Belgian government in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. He then became business development manager for R&D at KU Leuven, with an interruption of 3 years as chief of staff of the Flemish Minister of Economy. He is now an independent consultant to governments and companies, giving many international lectures and a prolific writer, among others.

Professor Jay Mitra (IN/UK)

Is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of the Venture Academy at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK. He is a Visiting Scholar at Luneburg University in Germany and has held Visiting Professorships at prestigious universities in India, China, Italy and Colombia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK and a board member of INSME (International Network of SMEs). He also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) and sits on the Advisory Board of the International Network for SMEs (INSME), the European Business Angels Network and the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD in Paris and worked with various other institutions around the world such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, ASEAN, EU and other government agencies and private sector organisations.

Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri (UAE)

Is a futurist, thought leader, author and a public keynote speaker. He is a veteran of the UAE technology industry and was the founder and former Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, as well as former member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency and former Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology. Currently, he is a Director of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai and adjunct lecturer of public policy science & technology track at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. He is also on the advisory board of several universities in the UAE, as well as advisor to several well-known start-ups including Virtual Rehab Inc., Network Development Hub (NDH) and 01Gov. Dr. Saeed earned his PhD in biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA in 1994.

Patrick Nijs (CN)

Is the former Belgian Ambassador to China. He was also Belgian Head of Mission in Osaka, Shanghai and Hong Kong and Director General for Consular Affairs from 2007 to 2009. After retiring, he focused on his great passion: an organic farm house in Yunnan, where he still resides. He is specialised in handling international matters in a practical way and was previously an Adviser to: Beaulieu International Group, Dragone Entertainment Group, Senior Assist International, Media Participations, Vlerick Business School, U-Leap education, Air Time Magazine, the City of Dujiangyan, Rubber Valley in Qingdao, as well as non-executive director of Nagelmackers Bank in Belgium – owned by Anbang Insurance. In 2017 he co-founded EUCJIC, an NGO focused on innovative projects between EU and China. Since 2022, he is also a guest Professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, focusing on joint innovation.

Peter Huang (CN)

Is the deputy Director of EU-China Joint Innovation Center. As the founding member of the Belgium registered NGO, he was in charge to establish and maintain the cooperation with a network of government departments, innovation organisations, research institutions, universities, incubators and start-up companies in both the EU and China in the last 6 years and built solid relationships with various stakeholders. He has actively participated in different type/scale international start-ups and innovation events, delivered speeches or acted as a moderator or guest speaker in round-table sessions. Peter has completed his master degree and lived in the UK for over 10 years. Before he joined the EUCJIC, he has also worked as CMO and COO in two start-up companies in both the UK and China.