32 Carpenter Street
Lessons from Rising Global Markets
Presented by SGInnovate
With the world continuously on the move for innovation and growth, it causes the emergence of new markets. Just how do we keep up with the pace of rising global markets? Join us in a fireside chat as we discuss the exciting possibilities of emerging markets, and startup landscapes around the world.
Date : 25 July 2018, Wednesday
Time : 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue : 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Fireside Chat on Lessons from Rising Global Markets
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and End
Co-Founder and General Partner, Next Billion Ventures
Christopher M. Schroeder is an American entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social media. Schroeder is the co-founder and general partner of Next Billion Ventures which invests in and advises growth stage tech companies in rising markets. Previously, he was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startup HealthCentral.com. He is an investor in disruptive enterprises including Vox Media, Skift, iBotta, Zignal Labs, and the fin tech enterprise in Africa Segovia among others. He is also a limited partner in leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds and on the investment and advisory committees of top funds in the Middle East. He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups in the Arab World, Startup Rising -- The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East -- with a forward by Marc Andreessen. He co-led the Economic Recovery and Revitalization working group of the Atlantic Council's Middle East Strategy Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Steve Hadley.
Schroeder serves on the board of advisers of American University School of International Service, Endeavor Global, 500 Startups in emerging markets, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, 1776 venture capital fund and the boards of directors of the American University of Beirut, The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany. He has written and speaks extensively on startups and innovation as well as emerging markets and the Middle East for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Politico, Fast Company, ReCode, TechCrunch, Business Insider, MIT Technology Review, among many others, and has been featured regularly on leading news shows. He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Next Billion Ventures
Ruzgar Barisik has over fifteen years of experience in technology VC and private equity investments across US and Global Emerging Markets. Ruzgar is a co-founder and managing partner of Next Billion Ventures, which invests in growth stage technology companies in rising markets. Previously, Ruzgar co-headed IFC/World Bank’s consumer internet practice and lead the organization's venture capital investments in EMEA. In addition to direct investing at IFC, Ruzgar started an LP investment program into top early-stage VC funds in emerging markets, as well as, launching Techemerge.org, a market-entry accelerator for tech companies. The program connects technology innovators from around the world with corporates in emerging markets. Prior to IFC, Ruzgar was a Partner at GTI Group, a New York based private investment firm. Earlier in his career, Ruzgar was Director of Corporate Development at KCI. He graduated from Cornell University and Columbia Business School.
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