Council of Advisors

Avvanz Advisory Council consists of global veteran leaders from multiple disciplines. The Council with diverse expertise strives to guide and mentor Avvanz in paving Avvanz’s way to success. The Council acts as a resource that provides industry specific and market specific domain knowledge that include talent concerns, needs, best practices and trends. The Council also offers unbiased insights and ideas purely from a third party point of view and is not involved in the operations of Avvanz in any way.

Gary Faraci

Gary Faraci has more than 30 years of corporate leadership experience in the Technology industry. He has managed teams globally and has physically travelled to 39 US States and 37 different countries during his career. He has an in-depth exposure to diverse cultures, people and their business practices. He has worked with multiple generations and has an amazing personality that enables him to adapt to and lead the different age groups. He has even co-hosted a customer simultcast of Bill Gates discussion to 135,000 attendees. Gary has held senior leadership positions in Arrow Electronics and now is with IBM’s Watson Internet of Things in a Strategic Alliance Business Development role.

Based in: New Jersey

Chia Hock Lai

Chia Hock Lai has nearly two decades of experience in the financial and technology industry, having worked in Singapore’s GovTech and NTUC Income. An alumnus of NUS and NTU, he is the founding president of Singapore Fintech Association, a founding board member of the Global Fintech Institute, and co-chairman of the Blockchain Association Singapore. He is a council member of and strategic advisor to numerous fintech startups and organizations, such as ASEAN AFIN, IEEE C/BDL, Singapore Sichuan Trade & Investment Committee, IBF, and a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS). He frequently speaks on topics related to fintech and blockchain at international events and universities.

Dr Charles Png

Dr Charles Png has more than 15 years of experience in managing and consulting with companies and coaching and developing top executives. He is a Master Coach certified by ICC and a Master Facilitator. Dr Png, whilst in coaching and training, has exposure to varied industries including oil and gas, trading, HR, utilities, insurance, IT and education, He has held leadership roles in international schools and in the media industry and specialist leadership positions in higher education. In addition to his deep domain expertise in strategic human resource management and HR selection practices, Dr Png has certifications from Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Business School among almost 30 different certifications.

Iker Zubia Vazquez

Iker Zubia Vazquez is an International Human Resources Leader who has successfully led teams across Europe, Asia and OCEANIA. Iker has vast experiences in HR Strategy and Systems formation, organizational development, restructuring, business development, M&A and legal compliance. He has held HR related senior roles in Marks & Spencer (UK), Grupo Vips (Spain), Dura Automotive (Spain), SAS Automotive (Spain and Germany) and most recently Assa Abloy (Iberia and Hong Kong). In Assa Abloy, he’s been accountable for the full HR function across ASIA and OCEANIA, with up to 16,000 Employees and 30 factories. Iker´s main areas of expertise would be: Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Organisational Development, Executive Coaching and strategic leadership. Iker holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Coaching and Mentoring as well as a Master’s Degree in International Human Resources Management, in addition to 3 other University degrees and numerous professional qualifications.

Based in: Hong Kong

Musharrof Hossain

Musharrof Hossain is an award-winning renowned HR Professional and International Speaker. His awards include “Lifetime HR Achievement Award 2013” and “Global HR Leadership Award”.  He is now Head of Human Resources Management in icddr,b. Musharrof is the President of Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management (APFHRM) and the Board Member of the World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA). He is one of the founders of the Bangladesh Society for Human Resources Management (BSHRM) and the current President of BSHRM. He is one of the Editorial Advisory Board Members of the South Asian Journal for Human Resources Management (SAJHRM). He served as the member of International Jury Board Member for Great HR Leaders Award 2013. He also served as the Chairman of the newly introduced Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management HR Professional Award Committee. He is Adjunct Professor of Human Resources in the MBA program of few leading private universities in Bangladesh. He regularly delivers lectures in different national and international seminars on human resources. He regularly participates in “Talk Show” on emerging HR issues in different television channels. 

Based in: Bangladesh

David Wee

David has spent 3 decades of his career in diverse organizations that include government agencies (National Productivity Board and Bank Negara’s ICLIF), MNCs (GE and J&J) and conglomerates (SinarMas Group). He has served in Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer roles across the globe. He has managed GE’s Executive Leadership Programmes in Crotonville, New York; led leadership centres in Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo and served as a consultant to many Asian organizations that include Garuda Airlines, Samsung, Wipro and Bank Negara. David holds degrees and certificates from National University of Singapore, INSEAD, University of Michigan and MIT’s Sloan Business School. He was co-author of Lights, Camera and Action and served in an editorial capacity for the Productivity Digest and the Singapore Productivity Casebook. He has spoken at numerous conferences and delivered workshops across the world including the renowned American Society for Training and Development in Denver, Colorado. He also serves as a Board Advisor for the Institute of Advance Studies in Complex Choices,

Based in: Singapore

Important Note: Any advice rendered by any of the Advisors of Avvanz Advisory Council is non-binding and informal. The Council does not have authority to vote on corporate matters or bear legal fiduciary responsibilities. The Council does not intervene or interfere with authorities of Avvanz Management and Board. Hence, the Council is not liable to any third party claims or damages.