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We've all heard the founders' failure stories, the founders' success stories, and even the founders' SERIAL success stories, but what about the stories that combine all of those, from failure, to success, to failure AGAIN, and then to a string of successes? What stories await us from someone like Kamran Elahian, who co-founded 10 tech companies, spectacularly exited from 4, and experienced (and even embraced) equally spectacular failures? What kind of stories will inspire us from someone like Kamran, who parlayed phenomenal success in the entrepreneurial world into a 2-decade career as a global philanthropist striving to give young aspirants everywhere the same access to opportunity that he had? What call to action will Kamran sound that will help us elevate Thailand's startup, technology and innovation ecosystem, and connect us to likeminded ecosystems around the world? Come spend the evening with Startup Grind and True Digital Park as we welcome and chat with philanthropist and innovation catalyst, Kamran Elahian.
ABOUT KAMRAN ELAHIAN
Kamran Elahian, co-founder and Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, is a veteran entrepreneur with over 29 years of experience in the high-tech industry, having co-founded 10 companies, of which he successfully exited four. He is also chairman and co-founder of Global Catalyst Foundation, a private foundation with a mission is to improve peoples' lives through the effective application of information technologies. He is also Chairman of Harbour.Space University, a private university in Barcelona, Spain that teaches technology, design and entrepreneurship.
Kamran also serves as Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Group and Unchartered; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour. Space University; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance.Read More
Kamran Elahian is the Founder and Chairman of Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC. Kamran also serves as Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Group and Unchartered; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour.Space University; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance.
Paul Ark spent the first half of his career as an investment banker, working on IPOs, acquisitions, and private equity deals for global banks Deutsche Bank and Citigroup in Asia and New York, as well as boutique advisories Tonson Capital and Blackwood Ventures in Southeast Asia. He then transitioned to the world of retail by joining Thailand’s retail conglomerate Central Group, working on regional joint ventures and working on the company’s market entry into China and other Asian markets. He spent several years facilitating Apple Retail’s market entry into Asian markets, opening flagship stores in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, before joining Microsoft and advising on their China retail market entry strategy. Paul is also an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in early-stage companies in the United States, China, and Thailand, and devotes much of his time supporting and developing the Thai startup ecosystem as a Startup Grind chapter director and Seedstars World ambassador for Bangkok. He currently manages the US$100 million corporate venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group, which has made investments across the globe. Paul has studied at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and London Business School.
Nichapat Ark is an advisor to Openspace Ventures (previously NSI Ventures), an angel investor, a startup mentor and Seedstars World Bangkok Ambassador. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial markets in Thailand. Her most recent post before she left her banking career was Executive Committee and Managing Director, Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank Thailand where she took part in driving the bank’s strategic planning and execution functions. Additionally, she was responsible for financial markets sales & trading, capital markets as well as asset & liability management for the bank. During her 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank, she spent 2 years in China as Managing Director of Financial Markets Sales based in Shanghai.
Nichapat obtained her Master of Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance from Sasin Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and spent a term on exchange at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration at Assumption University, Thailand.