SME & STARTUP COMMITTEE
Phil Aldridge is the Chair of the SME Committee and is COO of FunctionEight Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with regional offices in Singapore and New Zealand, FunctionEight provides IT Managed Services and private cloud computing solutions to SME's and Regional Offices of MNC's across the APAC region. As COO Phil heads up the product, marketing and sales functions, as well as providing technical oversight. Phil has been in Hong Kong since 1991 and having worked in various firms in positions of Regional IT manager or similar he joined FunctionEight in 2006.
Anthony Hope is Asia-Pacific Head of Strategic Analysis for HSBC’s Financial Intelligence Unit. He is also a Director at MatrixVision, a virtual currency compliance company. Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Anthony served for seven years with the UK Government and held various positions with both HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs, including leading the European Finance and EU Budget 2014-2020 Negotiations Teams. He has extensive legislative, policy and project management expertise, having taken the UK’s Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill 2010 through the UK Parliament and helped to re-write the UK’s policy on residence and domicile taxation. Anthony holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Bonni, as part of the Events Team, is dedicated to organising and delivering events including the annual ball, the SME seminar series, SNS monthly networking drinks and 5-a-side football tournament. She is also the Chamber's representative on the SME & Startup and Emerging Leaders committees.
David Dodwell is Chief Executive of Strategic Access Limited. A veteran Financial Times journalist and expert on international business, global trade and economic and political developments, particularly in Hong Kong and China, he founded the company in 2005. Actively involved in the Hong Kong business community, Mr. Dodwell is vice-chairman, government relations of the British Chamber of Commerce, and is former chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, the policy think tank arm of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is Hon Sec of the Hong Kong Forum, a public policy think tank affiliated with the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, Dodwell was appointed the Executive Director of the trade policy think tank Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, established to support the activities of the Hong Kong APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members and to augment the voice of Hong Kong business in trade policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Dodwell spent 18 years as a Financial Times journalist, mostly in Asia, with a secondment to the China Daily in Beijing. In the decade between leaving the Financial Times and creating Strategic Access, he held three senior positions in Hong Kong combining corporate communications, government relations and public policy research. He was executive director at GolinHarris, a global communications group, director of corporate communications and public affairs of the Jardine Fleming, the Asia-focused merchant bank, and a trade policy advisor to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. An honours degree holder from the University of East Anglia in the UK, Mr. Dodwell co-authored with Professor Michael Enright The Hong Kong Advantage, published in 1997 by the Oxford University Press. He has served as a member of a number of Hong Kong government advisory committees, is a frequent lecturer of Hong Kong issues around the world, and was in 2001 awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his contribution to the international community’s understanding of Hong Kong.
Originally from the UK, Iain has lived in in several regions of the Asia Pacific since 1989 including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore and now Hong Kong. After graduating from Cambridge University he immediately set up his first Company, trading consumer goods between Indonesia and the UK. He then spent 10 years as an investment analyst for Barclays De Zoete & Wedd, Société Générale, and CLSA before leaving to found EFA in 2003, of which he is now Chairman. Iain’s role as Chairman includes acting as a brand ambassador, overseeing the financial and legal functions as well as the Consulting Services division, and business development for the group. He is currently working to diversify the group’s product range, focusing on EFAdrin. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, sitting on the Financial Markets, IT and SME committees and the Vice Chairman of the Angel Committee, a programme which connects entrepreneurs with angel investors in Hong Kong. He is also the founding President of TiE Hong Kong, the local chapter of TiE, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, education and networking. Iain is an active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong and the Asian region and is an angel investor.
Jennifer is a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She advises on a variety of local and cross-border disputes, including contractual, sale of goods and provision of services, TMT (technology, media and telecommunications), employment and general company matters. She currently works as an Associate in the TMT team at Pinsent Masons. From the breadth of contentious matters she has handled (from pre-action, issued Court claims through to enforcement/recovery issues), she is able to provide all rounded advice to SMEs – to help them find the best commercial (and legal) solutions. Prior to coming to Hong Kong in 2014, Jennifer advised SMEs as a solicitor in England within the commercial disputes resolution team. She is keen to extend her support to the SME community in Hong Kong.
Mr Patrick Lau is the Executive Director of Institutional Banking Group of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, responsible for the bank’s small and medium enterprise (SME) franchise. He joined the bank in August 2012. Patrick is a seasonal banker with over 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial banking. Prior to joining DBS, he has held various positions in reputable financial institutions including Fortis, Hang Seng Bank and Standard Chartered.
Born in the UK and raised in Hong Kong, William has experience in the Offshore, Recruitment, Outsourcing and Corporate Services industries and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. William works as a Senior Consultant with the Sovereign Group and is leading their efforts to become the go to corporate services firm for the startup community in Hong Kong. William participated as a founder in the DBS Fintech Accelerator powered by NEST in 2015 and has firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. He has previously run his own corporate services business and has worked with a large number of entrepreneurs looking to set up and grow their businesses from Hong Kong He works in corporate services, helping entrepreneurs to set up their businesses as well as helping international companies to establish a presence in HK. He has set up and run three of his own businesses and helped to incorporate over 400 companies in the last 5 years. His interest in joining the committee is to meet people and help them to setup and grow their businesses in HK. He is also keen on helping the Chamber in its efforts to support the startup community.