Market Access & Globalization Strategies
Dr Stuart Kewley MSSc (QUB), MPhil and PhD (Cantab) is the Chairman and a co-founder of The Eurasia Consortium. Since co-founding Eurasia in 2009, Stuart has grown the business from one UK-based firm to a group of four limited companies around the world. In 2010, Stuart created Eurasia Educational Dynamics (EED) Ltd, the Consortium’s company tasked with delivering its Continual Professional Development business. In 2011, he diversified the business into technology transfer (in conjunction with Oxford University’s Isis Innovation and Cambridge’s TTP) and developed an investment profile. In 2011, The Isis-Eurasia partnership won a million-euro contract with Russian federal and regional government agencies to support the commercialisation of Russian technology.
In 2012, Stuart took The Eurasia Consortium into the Middle East and opened its Kuala Lumpur office, The Eurasia Consortium Malaysia (TECM), as a regional hub for Southeast Asia. In 2012, Stuart was instrumental in securing for TECM projects from the Human Resource Development Fund of Malaysia (HRDF). In conjunction with Isis Innovation, TECM also won a significant technology-related contract in the LED solid-state lighting sector from another government agency, the Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation (SMECorp).
Stuart is passionate about growth acceleration of businesses and devising both successful and sustainable market penetration strategies, frequently in emergent markets where challenges are many. In 2013, Stuart reworked Eurasia’s China strategy and led Eurasia’s re-entry into the Chinese market, leading the Consortium towards continued growth.
International Brand Management
Kubi Springer is an award-winning International Brand Consultant and Trainer with 23 years experience in brand marketing. Starting her career in 1996 she has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Nike, L’Oreal, Blackberry, MTV, Rio Ferdinand, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin.
Since 2010 Kubi has used her branding expertise to support equality in the workplace and global brand diversity. Her consultancy projects enable organisations to better connect with stakeholders from around the world. Giving them the tools to adapt and sale to diverse audiences across cultural, gender and ethnic backgrounds. Resulting in external brand promotions and internal brand communications that connect with global audiences. Her brand training assists intrepreneurs and entrepreneurs to develop their personal brand leadership skills, resulting in them being better brand ambassadors, for the organisations they serve.
Kubi has taught brand marketing in London, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Accra Ghana, Mauritius, Marbella Spain and Morocco, with clients such as Facebook, NatWest Bank, Deloitte, Santander, Jamaica National Bank, New York University, London College of Fashion and Oxford University.
In 2018 Kubi Springer won the BWB ‘Best Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award and she became a regular contributor for BBC Radio 5 ‘Business Hour’. In 2019 she secured a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishers (same publishers as J.K Rowling – Harry Potter). Her forthcoming book ‘I AM MY BRAND’ is due for release on 3rd October 2019.
Leon Ding has extensive experience in business management, analysis and process, as well as big data, customer services and ITIL. Leon completed his degree in computer science at Shanghai University in 1998 and acquired an EMBA master’s degree from Plymouth University more recently in 2018. He is a member of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.
He began his career in IT industry in the ﬁeld of local computer service, global portal ICP (Internet Content Provider), and IT management of global large-scale manufacturing enterprises. In 2003, Leon went on to join Carl Zeiss Shanghai Co., Ltd., with the role of planning and providing IT solutions of construction and expansion for the Shanghai Ofﬁce, Shanghai IMT (Industrial Measuring Technology) Factory, Beijing Branch and Guangzhou Branch to ensure the expansion of the company’s IT environment and keep them in stable operation. Following this, in 2006 Leon was recruited to join the Shanghai Siemens Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.
Leon was recruited in 2006 to join the Shanghai Siemens Medical Equipment Co., Ltd. As the new Project Manager, he became responsible for coordinating the Siemens Healthcare Group and original Bayer Healthcare Group Diagnostics Department in Shanghai Nanhui and the Asia Paciﬁc call centre.
In 2010, Leon left Siemens Healthcare and joined the start-up team of Softium Technologies. Within 7 years, he grew a small team of three individuals and 0 sales volume in one ofﬁce, to a large team generating 20 million RMB in annual sales. He led the technical team, project team, sales team and market & PR teams successively. He also implemented business management systems and solutions successfully for MNC customers including: Nestle Nutrition; Johnson and Johnson Consumer / Medical; Abbott Diabetes; Daiichi-Sankyo Pharmaceutical; Wyeth Nutrition; Takeda Pharmaceutical; Boston Scientiﬁc. Leon successfully exited Softium Technologies in May 2017 and has been working with the Eurasia Consortium in the Chinese market in support of their consulting operations in China.
Seed, Angel & Venture Capital
A geek at heart, Kelvin has over 15 years of experience in technology investment banking, venture capital and managing high-growth operations.
He is currently Head of Venture at Founders Factory, a global technology incubator and accelerator uniquely backed by industry-leading corporates, providing all start-ups with the unfair advantage of early access to partnership opportunities as well as support from a full-time team of 70 specialists, offering the best platform for founders to launch and scale their companies. As Head of Venture, Kelvin oversees all fundraising activities within the portfolio and provides full-stack end-to-end investment support.
Prior to Founders Factory, Kelvin was interim COO at Qumin, a next generation marketing company with a sole focus on opening the world to China. Before that, Kelvin was MD at Metail, a deep tech scale-up harvesting the power of computer vision, fashion and consumer data to make the apparel supply chain more efficient. At Metail, he was responsible for finance and operations, investor relations, and international business and corporate development.
Prior to getting his hands dirty as a start-up operator, Kelvin was a venture investor at DFJ (Draper Esprit) and worked at Credit Suisse and HSBC where he provided M&A and financing advice to technology corporates and SMEs globally. Kelvin is an active angel investor in the technology space and currently sits on the board of a number of companies specialising in personalised commerce, marketing automation, mobile infrastructure, quantum cybersecurity and intelligent robotics. Kelvin holds a first class Master’s degree in Computer Science from Imperial College London.
Managing High Growth and Fast Change Companies
Dr Colin Wall began his career as a biochemist. He obtained his PhD in Analytical Forensic Chemistry from Imperial College and was awarded the Chemical Society Prize for his work. He then moved to Blue Circle Industries where he was the head of both cement chemistry and cement physics before being appointed divisional general manager. He travelled extensively with the company, including the Far East and the USA, and it was during this period that he studied creativity, individual and team competence, and management behaviour.
In 1983 he left Blue Circle to work in venture capital and it was as a result of his experiences with young, high-growth, technology-led businesses that he decided to enter executive search in 1986. Colin worked in executive search for 26 years, 17 of them as Chairman of his own company, Copley Wall & Associates Ltd. He joined Odgers Berndtson (Europe’s second largest executive search organisation) in 2008. He was a partner in the Board and Technology practices in London where he worked on assignments for chairmen, non-executive directors (NEDs) and executives on main and subsidiary boards in quoted and unquoted companies. He was the head of the Sustainability, Physical Sciences and Renewables Practices. Colin is a non-executive director of The Technology Partnership.
Global Strategies & Emergent Markets (China Specialist & NED to the Advisory board of The Eurasia Consortium)
Dr Sean Jasso is a global strategy and emergent markets principal at The Eurasia Consortium. An academic (UCR / Pepperdine Universities) with an industry back ground (hospitality and healthcare), he writes, mentors and consults in the areas of political economy, public policy, strategic management and business ethics. Working for several years in the hospitality and healthcare industries, sees him combine his experience in service and leadership into his own consulting practice serving local and national government agencies as well as various global entrepreneurial organisations. He has published extensively on China’s political economy and on the economies of emerging markets.Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in literature from UCLA, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Public Policy (MAPP) and Ph.D in political economy from Claremont Graduate University
Since 2015 Sean has been working with The Eurasia Consortium growing its footprint in the US and South East Asian Markets.
International Client Relationship Manager
Farhana joined The Eurasia Consortium Asia as our Client Relationship Manager. She attended the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Administrative Science (Hons) Degree. Her first job after University was with The Sellbytel Group, one of the world’s leading international outsourcing experts, as a Customer Service Representative assisting Apples’ clients in South East Asia. Her potential was quickly recognised in just three months and she was awarded as the Malaysia best performer.
Within one year, Farhana then moved to Google as an Email Specialist serving international clients across the globe. However, in March 2016, she joined the strategic consultancy group, The Eurasia Consortium from Oxford, UK. In 2018, Farhana was promoted to International Client Relationship Manager at The Eurasia Consortium Asia and is based in their Malaysia office.
She is responsible for managing all the Eurasia Consortium’s International clients from Brazil, Russia, USA, UK, Vietnam, etc.She travels extensively throughout South East Asia and Europe as part of her role with the company.
Business Development Director (Africa)
Deborah has over 10 years of experience working within the retail and beauty industry. She got her first job at the former women’s store Pilot while studying Beauty Therapy in Oxford at the age of 17. She later moved to the U.S.A for further studies for 3 years before moving back to Oxford in 2006. She worked as an Administrator at the University of Oxford, however, her desire to become an entrepreneur saw her launch her first business in 2012. Her activities involved launching a business meetup group in Oxford for young women looking to develop their careers as well as hosting career development events.
Working in the administration and service industry for many years enabled her to combine her experience in service and business into being a director of one of the top relocation companies for expatriates in Kenya. Deborah is passionate about entrepreneurship in the emergent markets, especially in brand development.