Stephen Paradies is a businessman with over 40 years of experience. He is currently a Director of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), Union Investments Corporation, Apex Mining Company, Inc., Trustee at Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc., and Board Chairman at NapaGapa Beverages Corp.
Previously, Stephen was the Group Chief Finance Officer in Aboitiz Equity Ventures, where he also served on various boards within the Aboitiz Group such as Union Bank of the Philippines, where he was a member of the executive, audit, and risk management committees, Pilmico Foods Corp., City Savings Bank, Aboitiz Construction Inc., and Aboitiz Foundation.
Stephen graduated at Santa Clara University in California, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Ricardo “Cary” Lagdameo is currently President of Damosa Land (DLI) where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction for all business lines of the real estate group under the Anflo Group of Companies (ANFLOCOR). Cary has successfully achieved an annual revenue growth of over 500 percent for the company from 2013-2018.
Under his leadership, DLI has launched several milestone projects in Davao such as its first agro-industrial estate, its first condominium project, the first flexible workspace solution in Davao, and other mixed-use projects, which includes Agriya, the first master-planned agri-tourism development in the Davao region. He was also responsible for bringing in several foreign investors into various Damosa Land projects in the Davao region, including its agro-industrial park, Anflo Industrial Estate.
Prior to his role in Damosa Land, Cary started his career as an investment banker. From 2010 to 2014, he served as the chief investment officer for IP Ventures, Inc., an investment holding firm that has subsidiaries operating in the information technology and IT-enabled services space.
From 2008 to 2010, he worked for investment firm CLSA Exchange Capital as an investment banking associate.
Cary received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and his bachelor’s degree from Ateneo de Manila.
Pandu Sjahrir is one of Southeast Asia’s leading investors in the seed and early growth stages. He is the Managing Partner of Indies Capital, which controls Indies Special Opportunities Fund, the leading structured equity provider in the region, Indies Pelago, a dominant secondary tech fund in Southeast Asia, and ACV partners, an ASEAN focused seed and early-stage fund. Indies Capital has invested over US$ 700 million and is a shareholder in more than 100 companies over the last 7 years. These companies have generated over US$ 40 billion in shareholder’s value, 100,000 new employment opportunities and more than 200 new entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. Pandu serves as the Chairman of Indonesia for SEA, a leading Southeast Asian tech company, the Board Member of Gojek, one of Indonesia’s first unicorn technology companies, and the Director of Toba Bara, a leading publicly listed energy enterprise in Indonesia.
Pandu further serves in multiple organizations to promote entrepreneurship and education in Southeast Asia. He is the Head of Energy in Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, and is the Chairman for Stanford University’s Alumni Association in Indonesia and the Phillips Academy Alumni Association. In 2014 he was selected as Asia’s 21 Young Leaders by Asia Society, an award presented to leaders under 40 years old who have made a significant difference in their field.
Pandu Patria Sjahrir received his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.
James is an American trained lawyer and holds an Institute of Directors (“IOD”) certification. He has been involved in hotel transactions in over 50 countries since 1988 with a substantial part of his career devoted to tourism projects in the Philippines. James has traveled to almost every province in the country and has long standing relationships with leading Philippine property developers, hotel owners, financial institutions and government agencies.
Hong Kong was home for 18 years working both as a lawyer and as owner of a hospitality consulting company, which he sold in 1998. After the sale, James worked in development for Marriott International and Kerzner International before relocating to London in 2004 with Kerzner. He then ran development for Fairmont Raffles in EMEA and Asia Pacific between 2007 and 2014 before returning to Asia, in Bangkok, to oversee development for Minor Hotels. He left Minor Hotels in 2020 and since then has co-founded Destination Capital, a private equity fund based in Bangkok that acquires hotels and converts them to IFC/ EDGE compliant destinations. As CEO, James guides Destination Capital with acquisitions, investor relations and ensures the firm’s adherence to ESG initiatives from employment to energy and waste-management. In addition to supporting the visual arts and philanthropic education initiatives, James is also an advisor to Diriyah Gate Development Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is developing an US$18 billion hospitality precinct in Riyadh.
James is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.
Nish D’Souza is co-founder of Edamama, the leading parenting-focused social commerce platform in the Philippines. Concurrently, Nish serves as advisor to Creador, a regional private equity firm, and has overseen the build-out of multiple portfolio companies in Malaysia and the Philippines. Prior to this, Nish co-founded an agritech company manufacturing high-value coconut products in partnership with global consumer brands. He has formerly worked with private equity-backed and publicly-listed corporations in the energy and infrastructure sectors across Singapore, Vietnam, Australia and the Philippines.
Nish graduated with First Class Honours in Mechatronic Engineering from Curtin University, Perth, where he was a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar. He also holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, for which he was awarded an American Australian Association Fellowship.