Senior Industry Professionals
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Anthony Scaramucci is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of four books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole (a 2016 Wall Street Journal best seller), and Trump: The Blue-Collar President.
Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co.
In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012.
In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he was named the Chief Strategy Officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017.
Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang is a Managing Director and Chairman of Carlyle Asia, leading all Corporate Private Equity investments in Asia (ex-Japan). He joined Carlyle in 2001 as a Co-Head of the Asia Buyout advisory team. Carlyle has been investing in Asia for over two decades and is one of the largest private equity investors in Asia. Carlyle Asia has invested over US$15.5 billion in more than 150 companies in corporate private equity, and has current assets under management of more than US$11.8 billion, as of June 30, 2020. Mr. Yang is based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yang spent nine years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Private Equity Investment Asia ex-Japan.
Mr. Yang serves on the boards of Grand Foods Holdings Limited (McDonald’s China) and Du Xiaoman Financial. Mr. Yang is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University and a trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.
Mr. Yang received his BA in economics from Harvard University and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a native of China.
Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia. Jungle has a dedicated team of operating partners and functional experts to support startups as they scale across the region or globally. The firm closed its second fund at US$100M, backed by leading institutions and family offices.
Amit brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore), Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
Nicholas Bloy, Managing Partner – is one of the three founders of Navis Capital Partners. Navis currently manages USD 5 billion in private and public equity funds.
Mr Bloy leads investment teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and/or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies, and is responsible for fundraising. He also sits on the International Advisory Council of CIMB, one of the Southeast Asia’s largest banking groups.
Prior to co-founding Navis, Mr. Bloy worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Asia from 1989 to 1999 after spending 3 years with Bain & Co. In London. He holds a BA Hons degree from University College, London and an MBA from INSEAD, France
Ben joined Ontario Teachers’ in June 2018 as its Regional Managing Director leading the investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region. He has over three decades of international experience in public and private equities, investment banking and accounting.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Ben worked for 13 years at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in progressively senior roles. He was most recently Co-Head of Investments and led investment activities in China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Ben's investment experience covers a broad range of industries and sectors that have been representative of the growth trajectory of the relevant markets. His earlier career included investment banking, capital markets, equity research and auditing.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Merit) degree from the University of New South Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. Ben has also completed the Global Leadership Development Program at the International Centre For Leadership In Finance.
Mark Chiba is Group Chairman and Partner of The Longreach Group. The Longreach Group is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The Firm focuses on Japan and related Greater China control buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer, business services and financial services sectors. The Firm manages three Funds which have accumulated approximately US$2.1 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven investment sourcing and execution, and building the firm's global capital base and networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to these roles, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group.
Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Ben focuses on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships and works with other members of the investor relations team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked at Capital Dynamics as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asia, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts in Asia and North America.
Before Capital Dynamics, Ben served as Managing Director at Aircom International, focused on improving regional business performance. He also held senior business development positions at Convergys Corporation, Alliance Digital, Inc., and the JM Network.
University of Colorado, BBA
Investment/operational experience: 21 years
Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese
Melisa Irene is Partner of East Ventures, an early-stage investment fund with B2C and B2B focus industry. Over 5 years, she has worked closely with startup founders across SEA to provide coordination and support for venture growth and fund raising.
East Ventures has funded hundreds of early-stage companies in Southeast Asia since their early days. Most of the companies have received subsequent funding round and riding on top of Indonesia's middle-class consumer growth. The firm has also exited investments through M&A to local and international companies. This year, East Ventures crowned as the most consistent top performing VC fund globally and is the most active investor in SEA and Indonesia.
He has over 20 years of experience in credit rating, equity research, corporate finance, business development and investments in both public and private markets.
Prior to joining KWAP, he was the Head of Strategy and Business Development for Sime Darby Property. He was also the Head of Value Management and Head of Investor Relation for the Sime Darby Group.
He is a Board member of Tap Crunch Sdn. Bhd., Tap Crunch International Sdn. Bhd., Harta Integra Berkat Sdn. Bhd., and Capsquare Tower Sdn. Bhd.
He graduated with BBA Finance (Honours: Magna Cum Laude) from Eastern Michigan University, USA.
Eugene Lai is a Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner of Southern Capital Group, a private equity firm that makes mid-market control investments in Southeast Asia. Southern Capital invests in businesses with proven track records, predictable cash flows and strong management teams.
Eugene has extensive experience in investments, finance, business and law, including having been Managing Director of JPMorgan, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, Asia, and CEO of The Ascott Group Limited, one of the largest serviced apartment businesses in the world.
Eugene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law (first class honors, top of his class) from The London School of Economics & Political Science, London University, and a master’s degree in law from Harvard University.
Eugene sits on a number of boards, including the Securities Industry Council, Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited as well as various Southern Capital Group portfolio companies.
IMM is one of the leading private equity investment firms in Korea with approximately US$6.0 billion AUM. At IMM, Joseph is responsible for investments in Korea and Asia and cooperating with Korean and international investors on fund and co-investment opportunities. Key sector focus for Joseph has been healthcare, media, technology-driven services and manufacturing, and consumer.
Previously, Joseph was with Fortress Investment Group in New York. Prior to joining Fortress, he was at Morgan Stanley’s New York office. Joseph served in the Republic of Korea Army as an officer and prior to that was an M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps in New York.
Joseph graduated from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Prior to joining CVC in June 2016, Alvin spent over 11 years with HSBC where he was Head of Investment Banking for Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the investment banking division of Citigroup / Schroders for over 7 years in Singapore and the UK working on transactions across Asia and Europe. He started his career with the corporate finance division of Coopers & Lybrand. Alvin graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Economics) degree specializing in accounting & finance and he is also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
Han Seng is the Chief Executive Officer of UOB Alternative Investment Management (“UOBAIM”), the alternative investment unit of the UOB Asset Management Group. It specializes in delivering Asian-focused alternative investment solutions to international institutional investors. It is currently an advisor to the UOB PA Pan Asia Select Funds, a series of Pan-Asian private equity multi-manager funds and the manager of the Asia Alpha Fund, a Pan-Asian absolute return multi-manager fund.
Han Seng has been with the United Overseas Bank Group since 1997 in a variety of investment roles and he has previously headed the Group’s proprietary equity investment division with responsibility over the Group’s investments in listed equities, private equity funds and hedge funds.
Han Seng has previously worked at Hewlett Packard Singapore (Sales) and Bain & Company (Asia) Inc. He has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Nanyang Technological Institute of Singapore and an MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau.
UOB/UOBAIM has been investing in Asian alternative investment funds since 1988 and has made/advised on investments in almost 100 funds (more than US$1.2Bn in commitments) investing in Asia, Europe and North America (exclusively focused on Asia Pacific region since 2002) and currently participates on the board or advisory board of several of the private equity funds.
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners, a leading growth equity technology investment firm in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company, from 2014 to 2018. Sea is today a $9.5bn U.S. public company and the region’s market leader in e-commerce and e-sports.
Mr. Nash led Sea’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia. It was one of the largest IPOs worldwide in 2017 and was also the largest ex-China emerging markets technology IPO in the U.S. since 2011.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018. Mr. Nash was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2013-2018 and is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member for Room to Read in Singapore, and a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
Johan Öberg leads Boston Consulting Group’s global Private Equity Practice and is a core member of BCG’s Principal Investors & Private Equity practice. He is also a core member of the firm’s Health Care, Corporate Development, and Global Advantage practices. He has worked in a variety of industries in the Nordics and throughout Europe, as well as in the US and Asia.
Johan has specific experience in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He has led a wide range of commercial due-diligence projects for top investors seeking opportunities in health care, including private providers and clients in pharma, medtech, and biotech. He also has deep expertise in growth strategies for health care systems, including market assessments and mergers and acquisitions.
Johan holds a MBA with distinction from INSEAD and a BA in Business Economics from Uppsala University and California State University.
Mr. Octoman is a Navis Senior Partner and an Investment Committee member. Mr. Octoman is also the Chief Operating Officer.
Navis was founded in 1998 to make private equity investments in buyouts, recapitalizations and financial restructurings in Asia, particularly on enterprises with a strong presence in Southeast Asia, Australia and China/Hong Kong. The firm manages several private and public equity funds totaling USD 5 billion. Navis acquires control of its portfolio companies, and since its founding in 1998, has made over eighty controlling investments. Navis when it invests has direct strategic involvement alongside an incentivized management teams, focused on growth, margin enhancement, organizational systems/structure/governance strengthening and cash management.
Mr. Octoman joined Navis in 2000. As COO he oversees the investment committee decision-making process, the portfolio operations group, portfolio company deep dives, and ESG at Navis. He continues to selectively originate transactions and work with companies with a primary focus on Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining Navis, Mr. Octoman worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers with a focus on capital market transaction and financial due diligence in emerging markets. Mr. Octoman also worked for KPMG in Australia and Canada in Business Advisory services.
A lifetime resident of Australasia, having been raised and educated in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and is an Australian qualified Chartered Accountant. He is also a member of the UNPRI PEAC committee, and the EMPEA Asia council.
Matthias is an Operating Partner at BC Partners in London. He works with portfolio companies on driving value creation and is actively involved in making new investments. Matthias currently serves on the board of VetPartners and also works with Elysium Healthcare.
Previously, he was part of the management team at the Talis Group and worked as a consultant at Booz & Co and Roland Berger, mostly in PE value creation, restructuring and post-merger integration.
Ganen Sarvananthan is the Co-Managing Partner of TPG Capital Asia and Head of Southeast Asia. Prior to joining TPG in 2014, Ganen served as Head of Investments at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the Government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund, for almost a decade. He also worked at UBS Investment Bank based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore for more than seven years.
Takeshi Sasaki joined Advantage Partners in July 2007 and is playing a leadership role in AP’s South East Asia activities as a partner. He has extensive experience in private equity, investment banking and management consultancy over the last 25 years. He started his career at a strategic management consultancy, Gemini Consulting. Later he joined UBS Securities and became involved in corporate finance for the media and technology industries before moving on to Lone Star group where he handled asset management. He has a BA in Economics from Keio University, an MBA and an MA East Asian Studies from University of Virginia.
Ben leads BCG's Principal Investors and Private Equity (PIPE) Practice in Southeast Asia. He advises clients on a range of fund strategy and operations, transactional, and portfolio value-creation topics.
Ben also leads the Operating Model and Digital and Analytics Topics for Investors globally. In that role, he helps create new streams of value through building and deploying new digital and analytics capabilities for investors and their portfolio companies.
He has been with BCG since 2005 in NY, Boston, San Francisco and Singapore.
Ben holds a B.A. with Honors from Harvard.
Hendrik Susanto is Chief Investment Officer at Traveloka, where he leads all external inorganic growth strategy for the group, including minority investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. He also leads business development and corporate development efforts for the financial services vertical of Traveloka.
Prior to joining Traveloka, Hendrik built an extensive track record in venture capital and private equity investing in the U.S. and Asia. Most recently, Hendrik was CEO and managing director of Ancora Capital, a private equity firm focused on the consumer-facing and natural resources sectors in Indonesia. He also has experience investing in technology companies in the U.S. at IDG Ventures in San Francisco. Hendrik started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Singapore.
A graduate of Princeton University with a BSE in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Engineering Mangement Systems, Hendrik also holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Syed Yasir Arafat Syed Abd Kadir is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a member of the Investment Committee and a Board Member of Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas). He was appointed as the CEO on 1 March 2016 and he had been with the organisation since inception in 2009. He led Ekuinas’ Investment team as the Managing Partner, Investment prior to his current role. He currently serves as a Board member of several portfolio companies including Orkim Sdn Bhd as Chairman and Icon Offshore Berhad where he is also member of the Audit Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Syed Yasir Arafat is also a member of the Malaysia Venture Capital and Private Equity Development Council (MVCDC) under the purview of Securities Commission.
Prior to Ekuinas, he spent 15 years in Investment Banking in various organisations and capacities. He was the Country Manager (ING Wholesale Banking) overseeing both ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and ING Bank (Labuan) operations in Malaysia. He was with ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for nine years, starting as VP Corporate Finance specialising in areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity and equity-linked fund raising, debt fund raising and financial advisory for some of the regions’ leading companies in banking, plantations, automotive, telecommunications and property, among others.
Prior to that, Syed Yasir Arafat was attached to United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad, Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad and Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad.
Syed Yasir Arafat graduated from the University of Essex, United Kingdom with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Accounting & Financial Management.
Jeremy has 17 years of working experience in private equity and corporate finance. He was previously with RHB Investment Bank where he advised on M&A, IPOs, capital raising exercises. Prior to that, he was attached to Eutelis Consult, Skali, Devonshire Capital, PM Securities and notably, Caterpillar, where he was in an operational role focused on product development and market assessment.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Engineering from Western Michigan University, USA, and a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management, University Putra Malaysia.
Siow Ming is the Deals Leader of PwC in Malaysia and Vietnam.
With close to 30 years of professional services experience with PwC, including two and a half years with PwC New York, Siow Ming’s expertise includes M&A advisory, business due diligence, valuations, carved-out and corporate restructuring.
Over the last 15 years, he has advised private equity clients in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Vietnam.
His experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions has brought him to multiple countries across the globe. He has worked with both private equity and corporate clients spanning various industries, notably FMCG, TMT, healthcare, plantations, industrial products and energy.
Siow Ming has a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration (Honours) degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and is a Chartered Accountant of Australia & New Zealand and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Mr Tang is the Founding Chairman and Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners following its spin-off from UBS in 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity arm of UBS since 1999. Before UBS Capital, he was the Chief Executive for Investment Banking, East Asia at Union Bank of Switzerland since 1995. Following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS, Mr Tang became Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of UBS Group and Asia Regional Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank. Prior to Union Bank of Switzerland, he served as President and CEO of Banque Indosuez’s Asian investment bank and Chairman of WI Carr (Far East) Limited, one of the leading stockbroking firms in Asia. Mr. Tang began his financial career with Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 17 years at Chase, he served in a number of senior roles in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Andrew has 23 years of experience with KPMG principally focused on major IPO and corporate M&A transaction deal execution and project management in multiple major locations including London, New York, Sydney and Singapore.
His principal sector experience is on transactions in the Private Equity and Services sectors.
Andrew has acted as Lead Partner for KPMG on more than 350 significant transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $150 billion. He has led many of the more complex and demanding projects KPMG has been involved with in Asia over the last ten years.
Professional and industry experience
Private Equity: As Head of Private Equity, Andrew has led projects with most leading financial sponsors including KKR, Blackstone, CVC, Carlyle, TPG, Northstar, CHAMP, CHAMP Ventures, L Capital, Catalyst, TA Associates, Goldman Sachs PIA, TH Lee, and Macquarie Bank Principal Investments.
Complex transactions: Andrew has led the project management and due diligence for many landmark public and private transactions including KKR’s acquisition of Goodpack (SGX), the Seven / Westrac Merger, KKRs acquisition of GenesisCare, the CPPIB acquisition of Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, Macquarie Media Group IPO, DUET’s IPO, AUSTAR’s refinancing, the global consortium acquisition and listing of Dyno Nobel, the global consortium acquisition of Boart Longyear, the consortium acquisition of the DBNGP, the acquisition by AGL of both Southern Hydro and Powerdirect.
Direct / co-investments: Andrew has assisted SWF, major pension funds and fund of funds on direct or co-investments including CPPIB, Temasek, GIC, Ontario Teachers, CalPERS, CalSTRS and HarbourVest.
Location experience: His major location experience include: London (5 Years), Sydney (13 Years) , New York (2 Years) and Singapore. In addition he has led transaction teams in across South East Asia, China, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Hong Kong
Brahmal founded Creador in 2011. He previously spent 11 years as a General Partner and Managing Director of ChrysCapital, a leading private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in India. Prior to joining ChrysCapital, Brahmal was at ASTRO, a pay-TV operator in South East Asia, where he was involved in strategy, marketing and expansion into neighbouring countries. Brahmal started his career at BAT and also worked at the Boston Consulting Group. Brahmal holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and graduated with First Class Honors in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London.
PV Wang currently serves as Managing Director of Legend Capital and is responsible for assisting CEO and CIO in charge of investor relation, business development and other related work for the company.
Prior to Legend Capital, Mr Wang was the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Noah Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. and was responsible for its private market investments. Mr Wang was a Partner at Adams Street from 2002 till December 2015. He was involved in formulating the firm’s private equity fund investment strategy for Asia and was a member of its Primary Investment Committee.
Kelvin Yap joined HarbourVest’s London office in 2006 to focus on growth equity and buyout co-investments in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2009, Kelvin transferred to HarbourVest’s Hong Kong team to focus on primary partnership fund investments and direct co-investments in Asia Pacific. Kelvin currently serves as a board observer at APIIT Education Group, and Ascender.
Kelvin joined HarbourVest from Deloitte in London, where he managed merger and acquisition (including demergers and IPOs) due diligence for both private and public transactions. Prior to that, Kelvin was a senior associate at PwC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He received a BC with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Monash University in Australia in 2001. Kelvin is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. In addition, he received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007 from the CFA Institute. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Indonesian, and Malay.
Mr. Zee is a managing director of PAG Asia Capital, the private equity arm of PAG, based in Singapore. Prior to joining PAG in 2011, Mr. Zee has held senior positions in direct investments, structured finance and investment banking with major global financial institutions including Barclays Capital, Salomon Smith Barney, GE Capital and Bank of America. Mr. Zee serves on the Board of Directors of Craveable Brands and The Cheesecake Shop as well as on the Board of Advisors at HealthpointCapital, a New York-based orthopedic devices private equity firm.
Mr. Zee is a graduate of the St. Mark’s School of Texas, holds a BBA in Finance and International Business from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.