Dr Stuart Kewley, BA (hons), MSc (QUB), MPhil and PhD (Cantab), is the founder and CEO of the Eurasia Consortium, a globally focused group of companies headquartered in Oxford with offices in Malaysia, and business interests in the US, the UK, Europe, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brazil and Russia. With a PhD from Cambridge, Stuart began his career in academia and was a Director of Studies at the University of Oxford as well as a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.
In 2009, Stuart founded The Eurasia Consortium. The Consortium’s companies’ core competencies lie in the area of strategic innovation, market access strategies, business development (start-ups to scaling); and Continuing Professional Development. In 2012 it won a million dollar plus contract from a Russian regional government to assist with technology commercialization.
In 2010, Stuart created Eurasia Educational Dynamics Ltd one of the Consortium’s companies tasked with delivery of its Continual Professional and Leadership Development business. This division is one the group’s most profitable. In 2012, Stuart opened The Eurasia Consortium Malaysia (TECM) Sdn Bhd, a regional head office for South East Asia. A year later this division secured a significant contract from the Malaysian government in assisting Malaysian SMEs to globalize their business. Between 2014-2015, the group’s consultancy business expanded supporting its clients in key overseas markets. The Eurasia Consortium is currently assisting Russian clients in the Vietnam, Malaysian, Hong Kong and Brazilian markets, Malaysian clients in the US and Chinese markets, Brazilian clients in the UK, European and Russian markets. As a result, the group’s turnover increased by over 30% year on year. The Eurasia Consortium also took an investment position in two of its clients and in 2015 it was shortlisted for the Queen’s Award in international business.
In 2018, Stuart undertook a strategic reorganization of the group. In 2019 he led the market access campaign of a Brazilian / US brand in UK and European markets and in 2020 led the further cultivation of business interests in Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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.
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 published ‘I AM MY BRAND’ (Bloomsbury Publishers) which has sold over 10,000 copies.
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.
Dr Santalova taught social policy at Oxford for over nine years, prior to which she was an instructor for a number of courses at the American University in Central Asia based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Before coming to study in the UK, she worked in Central Asia on formulating and implementing educational policy for governmental and international organizations. Working in the Ministry of Education and
Science at an historical moment in the post-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan, she participated in the transformation of the public sector that was taking place after the collapse of the USSR. As a project officer responsible for textbook publication, designing teacher training programmes and the development of an Education Management Information System, Dr Santalova was instrumental in persuading the Asian Development Bank Headquarter to invest an additional $6 million in educational development.
Finally she worked as a Country Director for the Academy for Educational Development (USA) in Kyrgyzstan, managing a team of over 20 experts from international organisations and national state departments, which piloted a series of policy initiatives including: per capita funding of school education (in cooperation with Abt Associates); community participation in school management (with Save the Children, UK); school infrastructure development (with Save the Children, USA) and interactive methods of teaching in primary schools (with Open Society Foundation spin-offs). Dr. Santalova’s contribution to the development of the educational sector in Kyrgyzstan was awarded with a Diploma of Excellence.
Dr. Sérgio Oliveira has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and started his career as a professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil. During his professional life, Dr. Sérgio has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in many areas of electrical and electronic engineering, such as teaching electronic engineering disciplines as a professor in the university and also as an industrial instructor, teaching a wide variety of technical courses for many companies, such as Vale, Petrobras, Coruripe, Itaipu, etc.
In 1993, Dr. Sérgio became a partner at Prosecon Technology Co., in the role of electronic engineering department manager for new projects. Over 10 years at the company his team developed dozens of electronic products for many types of applications.
In 2003, Dr. Sérgio was invited to join the Datahominis Technology Co. There, he became responsible for coordinating a team for developing medical equipment for hospitals and clinics, and other types of equipment for researchers, especially in universities. After some years working with medical equipment, in 2009 Dr. Sérgio was invited to join the Biomedical Engineering Course at Federal University of Uberlândia and in 2015 he became a researcher at Biolab – Biomedical Engineering Lab of the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil.
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.
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.