Mr Edward Suning Tian, Ph.D.
Mr Edward Tian is the founder and Chairman of China Broadband Capital Partners, LP (CBC). CBC Capital was formed in May 2006. It is a TMT sector-focused private equity fund and invests primarily in companies in the Telecom, Internet, Broadband, Media and Technology (“TMT”) sector and companies serving the TMT sector in China.
Before Mr Tian founded CBC Capital, he was the Vice Chairman and CEO of China Netcom Group from Nov 2002 to May 2006. He was the CEO of China Netcom Company Ltd from Aug 1999 to May 2002. Mr Tian was also the Vice Chairman of PCCW Ltd from 2005 to 2007. Before joining China Netcom, Mr Tian was the co-founder and CEO of AsiaInfo Holding Inc, the first Internet technology provider in China. It was successfully listed in NASDAQ in 2001. After AsiaInfo privatized in Jan 2014, Mr Tian began serving as the Executive Chairman of the company, a position he still holds today .
Mr Tian is also serving as an Independent Director of several multi-national company boards, including the Shanghai Pudong Developing Bank, Lenovo Group Limited and Taikang Life Insurance Company Limited.
Mr Tian holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from Texas Tech University, USA.
Ms Sylvia Sumarlin
Ms Sylvia Sumarlin is Chair of the Federasi Teknologi Informasi Indonesia (the Indonesian Information Technology Federation (FTII)). The FTII represents 14 professional IT associations. In this role, she leads efforts to advise the government on a national ICT roadmap and regulations that encourage the use of ICT, promote local IT industries to other economies in the Asia Pacific, develop cooperation with international partners, and provide education to enhance the knowledge of ICT professionals.
Ms Sumarlin’s involvement in the Internet began in 1995 when she established and led Dyviacom Intrabumi (DNET), one of Indonesia’s first ISPs. She has also founded two other companies specializing in chipset development and defence activities and she serves as the Permanent Committee Head in the area of ICT Infrastructure Development for the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ms Sumarlin acquired a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (Economics) from Syracuse University, USA in 1986. After that, in 1989, she earned two Master of Arts degrees in International Relations and Economics from Syracuse University.
Mr Sharad Sanghi
Mr Sharad Sanghi is the Managing Director and CEO of Netmagic, an organization that he founded in July 1998, and is now an NTT Communications Company.
Mr Sanghi is responsible for growing Netmagic into India’s leading managed hosting and cloud service provider, with over 1100 employees and 9 data centres delivering services to over 2000 enterprise customers across the globe.
Mr Sanghi is a pioneer in the Indian cloud computing space, and his vision has helped Netmagic become a leader in the public cloud services market in India. On the business side, he led Netmagic through three successful VC funding rounds with Nexus Venture Partners, Fidelity, Cisco Systems and Nokia Growth Partners. He also led the 2012 acquisition of the company’s majority stake by NTT Communication Japan – a first in the Indian data-centre market.
Mr Sanghi is an industry veteran with over 20 years of extensive experience in developing Internet backbone infrastructure and providing Internet services. He is also a part-time Non-Executive Director on the Board of Bharat Electronics Limited, appointed by the Government of India.
During a six-year stint in the US, he worked for Unified Network Management Architecture Group at AT&T Bell Labs, the Backbone Engineering Group of NSFNET (ANS) and the Router Systems Development Group of Advantis (IBM Global Network). He has also helped Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust design and deploy Wide Area Networks.
Mr Sanghi is an Electrical Engineer from IIT Bombay and a holder of a Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York.