Emerging Central & South Asian Tech Hubs: The Indonesian & Malaysian Hubs Of 10 Years Ago?

Over the past decade, Indonesia and Malaysia have developed into major tech hubs. Indonesia ranks 7th in the world with 8 unicorns, the same number as Israel. One of its unicorns is contemplating a $40 billion US listing via a SPAC. While Malaysia does not yet have any unicorns, it has over 3,500 tech companies, of which are soonicorns – or soon to be unicorns. Both countries have built world class ecosystems which have attracted global investors leading to heightened competition. This webinar looks the rapid growth of VC developments in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and possibly Ukraine – as markets which could produce similar success in the future. As such, now is the time to begin to understand/invest in these markets before they become highly competitive. The webinar thus focusses on these 5 markets.


Henry Tillman has had a 35+ year international banking career, with ExCo positions at Barclays and ABN Amro and a NED role at Wells Fargo EMEA. In 2003, he formed Grisons Peak LLP, a UK based merchant bank, focussed on UK/Tech partnerships with Asia, which advised on over $25 billion completed transactions before being wound down in 2018. In 2008, Mr Tillman launched a global China macro research product, China Outbound Investments, driven from a bespoke database launched in 2008, five years before the launch of the One-Belt-One-Road Initiative, later recast as the Belt Road Initiative (OBOR/BRI). Over the past few years, the firm’s business has shifted from large cap M&A advisory to BRI research/consultancy with related private placements operated within Grisons Peak Services. Mr Tillman is recognised as a western BRI expert and presents and writes on the BRI globally.

Monday, 24 May 2021

11:00 - 11:45 BST


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    Henry Tillman
    Founder and Editor, China Investment Research
    Grisons Peak Services
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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Executive Chairman
    Z/Yen Group