Born and educated in Hong Kong, Derek has over 25 years of work experience in Asia. He has substantial market entry strategy experience across multiple industries and is widely recognized in having a formidable business network. In 1999, Derek began investing in internet companies when product offerings were limited to free email and web portals. Since then, he has continued to invest in TMT projects across the Asia-Pacific region. With a background in investment banking, venture capital and management consulting, Derek was the CEO of a Chinese contactless mobile payments company (+70 employees) and credited for “leading from the front” from seed round to commercial responsibilities to investor exit. In Hong Kong, Derek is an author of two books, university guest lecturer, TEDx speaker, Co-Chairman and Trustee of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Advisory Council member of Junior Achievement, mentor/advisor to several start-ups and ultra-marathon runner.