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GAP Virtual Matchmaking & Education 11/19/20 Session

Focus on agriculture and food/beverage products and services sectors

Keynote Speaker:

Bandhana KatochBandhana Katoch l Director, Sustainability Practice, Larta Institute
As the Director for Larta’s Sustainability practice, Bandhana manages a portfolio of companies in the areas of agriculture, food, and sustainability. She works with small businesses promoting applied agricultural research and developing new service offerings, business relationships, and strategies. She holds multiple graduate degrees from the USA and India. She has been a researcher and business development professional for more than 15 years, leading various initiatives in the arena of economic development by developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting student ventures and leadership. Bandhana is a co-founder of the Kolkata, India non-profit, Samya Foundation. The organization focuses on creating awareness, wellness initiatives and interventions for people with special needs. Bandhana also co-founded CLIMB (Collaboration, Leadership, and Innovation in Missouri Businesses) with a grant sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. She has also served as adjunct faculty member for International Marketing and led a study abroad program to India, Board member for MU Adult Day Connection and served as Chair for UM Staff Advisory Council.

Other Special Guests: 

Consul Sungsoo Son

Consul Sungsoo Son l Korean Consul and Customs Attaché in Los Angeles
Mr. Son currently serves as a Korean consul and Customs attaché in Los Angeles. He is in charge of trade and economic issues in his office. He held several seminars for helping the Korean business community and has consulted many international corporations for doing business in Korea as well as US. He graduated from the economics department of Seoul National University and the public policy department of Rutgers University graduate school. And he began his public career in the Korea Customs Service in 2001. Prior, he worked as Director of Audit Policy Division, Corporate Audit Division, FTA Cooperation Division, Origin Verification Division, and Foreign Exchange Investigation Division of the headquarter of Korea Customs Service.


Raquel Toquero-ChoaRaquel Toquero-Choa l President and Founder of The Chocolate Chamber 
Known as the "Chocolate Queen" and first Philippine Chocolate Sommelier, Raquel has taken the art of chocolate-making to the next level with her Cebu-based business, which showcases the most sought-after artisanal chocolates in the region, and related initiatives. Raquel was named among the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is also the founder of Cacao de Filipinas Fellowship, Inc., (CFF) which aims to uplift the Philippine Cacao industry by training and motivating local farmers to grow cacao in order to meet the challenges of producing quality cacao, and contribute to economic growth while bridging the various cacao stakeholders. Chocolate Chamber sweets were selected as token gifts presented to APEC and ASEAN Leaders during country hostings in 2015 and 2017. Despite the pandemic, Raquel and her team remain busy laying the groundwork for an ambitious attempt to reintroduce Philippine chocolate culture to the rest of the world with the vision of making The Chocolate Chamber the next global lifestyle brand for chocolate lovers.

Yinghui AngYinghui Ang l GM of OctoRocket (Singapore)
Ms Ang was formerly part of the Digital Division of Singapore Press Holdings, Asia’s leading media organization. She co-founded, a joint venture between Singapore Press Holdings and Y3 Technologies, in 2018. is a B2B e-commerce marketplace for wholesale manufactured food products in Asia. She has more than 14 years of experience in Marketing, Product Development and Management role with various online job and classifieds portals across South-east Asia such as,, STJobs.


GAP Virtual Matchmaking & Education 10/8/20 Session

Focus on fashion/beauty products/retail services in the Philippines

Special Guests:

Jeannie JavelosaJeannie Javelosa is an Advocate-Thought Leader for culture, sustainability and gender. She is co-founder of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle and GREAT Women, social innovation enterprises that support community products for market access. Her strategic strength is as prime mover and innovator of GREAT Women, a gender advocacy driven marketing platform. She has influenced national and ASEAN regional eco-systems within the social good, green and gender inclusive sustainability models that integrate supply chains. She is also co-founder of the multi-awarded communications agency, The EON Group. She is also a Writer-Artist and Awarded Book Author. Jeannie was Asia-Pacific Finalist Winner to the 2012 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award in Paris; 2018 Go Negosyo Outstanding Women’s Entrepreneur Awardee; 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Awardee from Bangkok. She is presently Secretary of the Board of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines, and Founding Director for the Philippine Women Entrepreneur Network (PHILWEN). Jeannie graduated with her Bachelors Degree Magna Cum Laude and Outstanding Leadership Award in the Philippines, and followed with a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Mary Jane Ong-Tan and motherMary Jane Tan-Ong is the President & CEO of Elemie Naturals Inc, the makers of Pili Ani. She co-founded Pili Ani with her mom, Rosalina Tan in 2015. She has been in distribution and sales in the early part of her career. She has been a trader of food, feed, and raw ingredients since she was 18. Tan-Ong also runs several businesses. She has a BA from Assumption College Makati. Tan-Ong is happily married with four children. She has a soft spot for her cats Satti and Kitkat. 

Rosalina Tan is the founder of Pili Ani. She pioneered the organic farming movement in the Philippines. She holds office as president for the following organizations: Philippine Pili Industry League, Inc., Organik Bicol Advocateurs Network, Inc., Save Our Soil Foundation Inc., and Organic Producers & Trade Association Inc. She runs Nature Wonders Enterprises. Tan studied in Mapua University & Manuel Enverga University. She has two children -Mike & Mary Jane, and blessed with six grandchildren. When she's not advocating for organic lifestyle, she watches the latest K-drama on Netflix.

Sim SinghSimarna Singh, Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer of Coco Veda, which specializes on producing coconut based products in the Philippines. Simarna Singh is a passionate sustainability advocate and she is actively involved in actioning the SDGs, with a strongbelief that “theYouth will make a difference and they will not stop until they are heard…” She is the Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer of Coco Veda, listed on Singapore’s Social Enterprise raiSE platform. Alongside, she has been building her Youth-Led Sustainability focused Networking and Digital Platform, Sustainable Relationship Partners, as an extension of Coco Veda to widen the impact across all sectors of Society with Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships. Academically she holds a 1st class Honors degree from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management,in International Hospitality and Tourism, affiliated with École Hôtelière de Lausanne. In parallel, at the start of her career in October 2017, Simarna was accepted as a United Nations Global Compact Youth Ambassador in the UAE. Simarna has been privileged to be a part of MASDAR’s Future Sustainability Leader’s program to complement her academic studies. She represented the UAE Youth Delegation in Yekaterinburg at the GMIS conference along with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, andMadrid at the COP 25 United Nations Climate Change conference with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. 

Networking Breakouts/Product Sharing 

GAP Virtual Matchmaking & Education 9/10/20 Session

Focus on healthcare products, medical devices & life science technologies in South Korea, Singapore & the Philippines

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2019 Global Access Program Conference 

Global Access Program Conference 2019

Last year, more than 70 attendees shared valuable trends and tips for success in business in China, South Korea, Philippines and India during the conference themed - Global Opportunities in a Sustainable Digital Economy: Focus on Asia.

Check out the 2019 conference recording. Timings for each country are listed below so you do not have to view the video in its entirety if you are looking for specific information 


2019 Global Access Program Conference Agenda
Time Description
7:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.                                 Registration & Networking (Light refreshments served)
8:00 a.m.- 8:10 a.m. Welcome & GAP Introduction
MC - Dr. Sarita Jackson, President/CEO, GRIIT, Professor
Lawrence C. Rose, College Dean, the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration

Paul Smith, Economic Development Specialist, District International Trade Office, U.S. Small Business Administration Orange County/Inland Empire District Office 
8:10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.   Featuring the following panelists:
INDIA (0:10:17)

CHINA (0:28:52)

  • Pat Cassidy, Commercial Attaché in Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service          (Cassidy presentation)
  • JD Wang, CEO & President, reRUBBER (Wang presentation)

SOUTH KOREA (1:01:44)

  • Anna Kang, Overseas Business Development Manager, Kinam Metal
  • Chunhwa Lee, Martillo Hydrokhan (Chunhwa Lee presentation)

SOUTH KOREA (1:34:56)

  • Jongdon Lee, Korean Consul (Economic Affairs) (Lee presentation)
  • Derek Waleko, Senior Investment Consultant, KOTRA LA

10 a.m. 
Opportunities from the Philippines perspective

10:50 a.m. Opportunities from the American Perspective (RECORDING 2 0:25:00)


12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker (RECORDING 2 1:11:00):

Jim Gitney, CEO of Group50, CompTIA Blockchain Advisory Council Member, Thinaër Board of Advisers Member   
Blockchain Technology & International Trade Gitney presentation)