Asia Perspective Series Jakarta: Panel Bios
Bede Moore is an Australian entrepreneur living and working in Indonesia. Bede is a founder of Vela Asia, a logistics and e-commerce support services company operating in Indonesia. Previously, Bede co-founded, and worked as Managing Director of the Indonesian e-commerce company, Lazada.co.id, where he was responsible for establishing the company and building its full operations capabilities. Prior to Lazada, Bede was a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked in retail and public sector advisory.
Whilst in Indonesia, Bede has also been active in working to develop the bilateral relationship and foster people-to-people links at the youth level. He is the Founder of the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY), a yearly event which brings together 30 talented Indonesian and Australian young professionals to discuss the relationship. The inaugural conference recently took place in Canberra and will be hosted in Jakarta in July 2014. Bede also serves as a Director on the executive of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, where he is responsible for Indonesian Operations.
Bede studied Indonesian history, receiving his Bachelor degree from Harvard and then an MPhil from Leiden University, where he received honours for his research focusing on the relationship between Australia and Indonesia during the struggle for Indonesian independence. He has written extensively on Asian politics, business and history in various publications such as The Jakarta Globe, Crikey!, the Harvard International Review and ABC News.
Helen Brown (Facilitator)
Foreign Correspondant Jakarta
Helen Brown, ABC News reporter, is an experienced broadcast journalist and producer, currently in Indonesia as the Australia Network's Indonesia correspondent. She provides reports and analysis on issues and breaking news, with a particular interest in business, economics and politics.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Leonie is responsible for both Operations and Technology in Indonesia. She was previously accountable for the RBS Integration in Indonesia. Leonie is also Vice President of the Indonesia-Australia Business Council, and sits on the IABC Board.
Leonie joined ANZ in 2002 and over the last 10 years has held a number of roles across Risk and Asia Pacific. These included Acting Head of Risk Asia-Pacific and Risk Head of Risk International Partnership, which was based in Shanghai. Prior to joining ANZ, Leonie was a management consultant, advising clients in the Financial Services, Manufacturing and Telecommunication sectors. Her career also includes executive roles in manufacturing industry, based in both Australia and Asia. Leonie holds a PhD in Business Studies and a Masters Degree in Applied Science.
Shinto is the Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google Indonesia. Prior to joining Google, Shinto was Special Staff to the Minister of Trade for International matters. Shinto began her career with Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partner, and then the Risk Management Group at Citibank N.A. Indonesia. After a brief sojurn at Makes & Partners Law Firm where she was the transactional leader for Bank Central Asia divestiture, she joined the World Bank Group at their Poverty Reduction & Economic Management (PREM) Group. She managed World Bank’s work on anti-corruption and bankruptcy. Later on she joined International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Shinto holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the University of Indonesia, a Masters of Law
(LL.M) from Columbia University School of Law and a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.
Veronica Lukito is CEO and Managing Director of Ancora Capital Management, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund management firm, which she co-founded in 2007, making it one of only a handful of firms that can lay claim to shaping that fast-growing sub-sector in Indonesia. Since then, Ancora and its predecessor entities have invested close to USD 200 million, primarily in natural resources, consumer-related and similar businesses, and special situations.
In addition to establishing at the time a type of business still distinctively new to Indonesia, Veronica was involved in setting up various investee companies for the firm’s investments in plantation, health care and education. With a breadth of experience on the ground, she is deeply knowledgeable of Indonesia’s intricate investment and start-up environments.
Before she became an entrepreneur and private equity investor, Veronica was a Vice President in the investment banking division at J.P. Morgan in Indonesia, where she handled client relationships and sourced and executed numerous transactions encompassing financing, acquisitions and corporate restructuring deals.
Veronica started her career in investment banking as an Assistant Vice President at PT Bahana Securities, which was the de facto partner of Goldman Sachs in Indonesia. Veronica also spent three years as a corporate and credit banker at Citibank N.A. in Jakarta, handling top-tier Indonesian conglomerate relationships. Veronica earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.