15th APEC Women Leaders Network Meeting Speaker Profile

Workshop 5

New Business, Playing a Role of Departure, and its the Future
Organizer: Asian Women's Economic and Business Conference

Ms. Doan Thi Minh Chau Vice-Chair, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Association of small and Medium Enterprises
Ms. Doan Thi Minh Chau
Vice-Chair, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Association of small and Medium Enterprises

Lecturer brief history

Madame Doan Thi Minh Chau began her business carreer in 1987, when Viet Nam adopted the "Doi Moi" policy, switching from the centrally-planned to the market-oriented economy. Former French teacher at the Ho Chi Minh City University, she has been specialized in consultancy for tourism and investment, working for multi-national consortiums operating in Vietnam. Her language skills and professionalism are much appreciated by the quickly expanding foreign business community.

In 1993, she established Minh Chau (Trade and Tours) Co., Ltd., the first 100% privately-owned company of travel services in Viet Nam, to assist foreign visitors with a better understanding of the culture and business climate of the country. Pioneer in the promotion of private sector, she also worked with international development organisations such as CIDA (Canada), SDC (Switzerland)… to stimulate export-oriented business for Vietnamese women entrepreneurs.

One of her main achievements was the coordination of "Discover Vietnam 1996", the first-ever trade and cultural exhibition of Viet Nam in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the attendance of 140 Vietnamese entrepreneurs.

Joining the CanAsian Businesswomen's Network in 1997 as Vietnam Country Representative, she devoted her time for the development of women entrepreneurs and coordinated a series of workshops on "exporting products to Canada and North America".

For the past 10 years, she has been attended as speaker, panelist and coordinator of major International Conferences, such as 7th Forum Francophone des Affaires, in line with the Summit of Francophony, in New Brunswick, Canada (1999); APEC WLN 2000, in Brunei Darussalam; "How to Export to NAFTA Markets" Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City (2001); 16th OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) World Conference in Miami, Florida, USA (2007), APEC WLN 2008, in Arequipa, Peru.

Vice General Manager, Cino monitor International, Inc.
Ms. Huo Hong
Vice General Manager, Cino monitor International, Inc.

Lecturer brief history

- Master's Degree, Tokyo Industrial University (1998)

Thesis: Quantitative Analysis of Customer Satisfaction

- Analyst, NTT Communications, Japan (2003)

- Executive Vice President, Cino Monitor International

(One of China's oldest marketing survey companies,covering more than 50 mid-sized & large cities in China)

- Currently resides in Beijing

Ms. Joanne Wong Fleishman Hilard Seniot Partner/ Maneging Director, Client Service, Asia Pacific
Ms. Joanne Wong
Fleishman Hilard Seniot Partner/ Maneging Director, Client Service, Asia Pacific

Lecturer brief history

In her capacity as an Executive with responsibility for Asia at Fleishman-Hillard - one of the oldest PR companies in the US, which contributes to the forming of public opinion and lobbying activities - she will talk about PR strategies necessary in this new era of business launches.

Dr. Wang Kim.Ha. Group Executive Director, Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn. Bhd
Dr. Wang Kim.Ha.
Group Executive Director, Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn. Bhd

Lecturer brief history

Dr K.H.Wang, the seven time winner of woman entrepreneur awards in Malaysia is the Group Executive Director of Smart ReaderR Worldwide. Passion, determination, drive and foresight are the most common attributes of Dr Wang.

Going to where she is now, Dr Wang has been working with and for young children since 1987. She has conducted extensive research in the field of early childhood education and prepared a curriculum for young children that keeps them interested in the learning process.

With her total dedication and interest on education, she is also an outstanding trainer. She developed and incorporated the Smart ReaderR Creative Teaching Methodology into the pre school curriculum making it a much sought after programme among educators.

In realising Malaysia's dream to become the hub of early childhood education, Dr Wang has formed SRIR College, a subsidiary of Smart ReaderR Worldwide. At the moment, she has successfully established two colleges; SRIR College, Kuala Lumpur and SRIR College, Kuching, Sarawak. These colleges are established to equip students with the right skills and techniques in handling and teaching children in their early years. Thousands of early childhood educators in Malaysia are trained by experienced and skilled lecturers of SRIR Colleges. The main areas of specialisation of these colleges are Education, Franchise Management and English and Communication Studies.

Her vision is to translate the one successful business model of Child Enrichment Centre into hundred and thousands. And the best way to do that is through the model of franchising. Now, the Group has 300 franchised Smart Reader KidsR Child Enrichment Centres in Malaysia and another 150 centres in the Philippines, Thailand, China, Brunei, Indonesia and the Middle East.

A determined woman, Dr Wang has now successfully groomed hundreds of entrepreneurs all over the country, through the franchise concept. Her aspiration now is to nurture as many millionaire franchisees as she can with the ingredients she possesses for a successful business. Under her outstanding management and leadership, Smart ReaderR Worldwide has become an international award winning organisation; being recognised in the ASEAN, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and the USA.

Dr Wang's drive, willpower and ambition make her an exceptional woman. She is courageous because she had a vision and dared to dream BIG; and she worked at making that dream into reality. Her plans for forthcoming years will be the establishment of private primary and secondary schools, under the brand of Smart ReaderR. She is also continuously upgrading the teachers' training programme in ensuring better quality early childhood educators are nurtured to educate the young minds.

She has not looked back and as she often likes to put it, "Go as far as you can see; and when you get there, you will seen even further." With her vision and mission, Dr Wang will undoubtedly change the landscape of early childhood education industry in Malaysia.

Under her guidance as an exemplary woman entrepreneur, Smart ReaderR Worldwide is set to take the world by storm.

Ms. Mavis Mullins Chairman - Maori Spectrum Trust
Ms. Mavis Mullins
Chairman - Maori Spectrum Trust

Lecturer brief history


  • Executive Director of Paewai Mullins Shearing Ltd (1989-)
  • Programme Manager for Maori of Business Development Board - Manawatu, Wellington, Wairarapa (1996-1997)
  • Principle Consultant of Paewai Mullins Systems (1990-)
  • Provincial Woolhandling Instructor of New Zealand Wool Board(1988-2003)
  • Wages Clerk of Paewai Partnership (1978-1988)


  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Quality Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business Information Management
  • Financial Management
  • Innovation
  • Contract Management
  • Evaluation and Negotiation
  • Governance Roles and Strategic Planning

Membership of Professional, Industry and Sector Associations

Institute of Directors
Massey University Alumni
NZ Shearing Contractors Association:
Shear Sports New Zealand:
Nat Woolhandling Examiner NZ Judge
Federation of Maori Authorities:
Rural Women New Zealand
Associate member
Dr. Pawadee Tonguthai Director, Women and Youth Studies Program, Thammasart University
Dr. Pawadee Tonguthai
Director, Women and Youth Studies Program, Thammasart University

Lecturer brief history


B.A. (Economics) University of Sydney, Australia; M.A. (Economics) Duke University, USA; Ph.D. (Economics) New York University, USA.

Current Academic positions at Thammasat University:

Director, Women and Youth Studies Program

Associate Professor of Economics, teaching Economics of Gender and Labour Economics.

Consultancy and Advisory positions

Served as consultant for several international organizations including: UNDP, ILO, UN ESCAP,UNIDO, UNCTAD and ADB in the areas of women and work, migration, and industrialization.

Activities with Government and Non-Government Organizations:

Member of the Executive Board, National Commission on Policy and Strategy for the Promotion of Women's Status (chaired by the Prime Minister).

Chair of the working group analyzing women's economic situation for Thailand's report on The Implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

2005 -- 2008: President of Asia-Pacific Women's Watch -- a regional network of NGOs monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW, and ensuring that gender dimension are integrated into all other international agreements.

Vice-President and chair of International Affairs Committee of Thai WomenWatch -- a network of women NGOs monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and linking women NGOs in Thailand with the government, UN and international NGOs.

Research and Publications:

Authored numerous research papers and articles in the following areas: Gender and Development, Labor and Social Protection, Industrialization and globalization. Most recent paper: "Development Case for Gender Equality" -- a background paper for UNDP 2010 Asia Pacific Human Development Report on Gender


"Most Outstanding Thai Woman on the International Stage." Given by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, on the occasion of International Women's Day 2007

Ms. Toshiko Oka CEO, Abeam M&A Consulting Ltd.
Ms. Toshiko Oka
CEO, Abeam M&A Consulting Ltd.

Lecturer brief history

Work Experience

4/2005 -
Chief Executive Officer, ABeam M&A Consulting Ltd.
- Provides advises to clients in acquiring/selling/restructuring
- Conducts transaction services such as due diligence, valuation, pricing
- Provides consulting services for increasing corporate value
9/2002 -- 3/2005
Principal, ABeam Consulting Ltd. (former Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Ltd.)
9/2000 -- 8/2002
Senior Manager, Asahi Arthur Andersen Ltd.
4/1986 -- 8/2000
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Group


Completed USCPA exam
Wharton school MBA, University of Pennsylvania, majored in Finance and Accounting
BA, Hitotsubashi University, majored in Marketing

Other activities

【Government related】

1/2008 -
Member of Expert Committee on FDI Promotion
1/2006 -
Member of Mergers & Acquisitions Forum of Japan
1/2005 -
Member of M&A research committee, sponsored by Economic and Social Research
Institute, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
3/2010 -
Temporary member of the Industrial Structure Council on METI
6/2010 -
Member of the working group of JKA way of considering business subsidy and grant refunds
Sport activity vehicle subcommittee of the Industrial Structure Council subcommittee vehicle competition on METI


6/2008 -
Director, Netyear Group Corporation
9/2007 -
Auditor, Trade Business Support Center
11/2006 -
Director, Dentsu Netyear ABeam Inc.
6/2006 -
Member of selection committee of subsidy projects, sponsored by JKA
4/2005 -
Part-time instructor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Law research course
1/2005 -
Director, Synergy Capital Inc.
4/2004 -
Part-time instructor, Meiji University, MBA course

【Books & Publications】(all are written in Japanese)

Pricing in M&A
Triangular Merger
Due Diligence in M&A
CFO handbook
M&A in Japan
M&A related law and regulations, advanced class
Ms. Noriko Maki Executive committee of AWEC President, Cosmocrats Inc.
Ms. Noriko Maki
Executive committee of AWEC President, Cosmocrats Inc. "

Lecturer brief history

Executive Summary

During my years of financial and economic news anchoring at TV Tokyo, I interviewed many knowledgeable and influential specialists. As a result, I learned the extent to which Asian countries were booming and world financial markets were growing globally and becoming borderless, especially after 2000. Following my resignation from TV Tokyo in December 2007, I conducted interviews and research in thirty cities in seventeen countries, primarily in Asia. I saw firsthand how, thanks in part to the Internet and globalization, the movement of capital and ideas had become instantaneous and the launching of new businesses had globalized.

I also realized as a media professional the importance of expanding one's knowledge and understanding outside one's own country and seeking out opportunities to engage with other media professionals and businesspeople from other countries with the goal of mutual prosperity. Through my extended career in financial media, I have developed strategic long-term relationships with media professionals and global financial institutions and investors. This network, particularly in the current economic recession, offers access to and an exchange of information with influential individuals, as relates to finance and economics, in countries around the world. Currently, I am organizing several major networking events between the media and private sector, with plans to expand these to include related events, conferences and professional networking opportunities: Asian Women's Economic and Business Conference (AWEC) in November 2009 and New Ventures Meet the Press (NVMP) in October 2009 and January 2010.

Professional Experience

President & Media Consultant, Maki Communication Strategy Co., Ltd. 2008 to Present

Organize and execute seminars for financial institutions targeting individual investors

Moderate panel discussions with economic and financial experts at events for investors sponsored by several financial companies

Produce DVDs and Videos containing educational information about finance and investment for use by individual investors

Write articles related to alternative investment markets such as real estates, contemporary arts and commodities, based on interviews with foreign investors and business owners and deliver these to the Nikkei Group

Anchor, TV Tokyo, Economic News Division 2004-2007

Anchored two live financial programs following daily closing of Tokyo Stock Exchange

Anchored early morning financial program after daily closing of NYSE & NASDAQ

Anchor, TV Tokyo, Anchor Division 1990-2004

Anchored various news programs, predominantly based on investment information

Prepared interviews with market experts

Researched issues related to finance and investment

Anchor, CBC Nagoya 1988-1990

Anchored various radio and TV news programs


Keio University, B.A. English Literature, 1988

Keio University, B.A. Political Science, 1996