Sumit Dutta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ASEAN Business Partners. Prior to this, Sumit spent 26 years working for HSBC, one of the biggest banks in the world, in countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, Hongkong and India.
Most recently, Sumit was the Country Manager and Chief Executive Officer for HSBC in Indonesia from 2014-2019. HSBC is one of the biggest and most profitable banks in Indonesia with profits of $220M in 2019, with 5000 employees in over 100 branches in 30 cities.
Prior to Indonesia, Sumit was Chief Executive Officer for HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd, rated the “Best Foreign Bank in Vietnam” by Finance Asia, and also worked as Executive Director of Techcombank, the largest privately owned bank in Vietnam.
Prior to Vietnam, Sumit worked for HSBC in New York, USA in various roles including Global Head of e-Business, Head of Product Management and Head of Sales Management, and before that in Hongkong and India for HSBC and ANZ Bank.
Sumit holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance and is a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He enjoys playing squash, tennis, badminton and golf, and is a runner, cyclist and motorcyclist.
Vikash Bengani is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Industry Research at Asean Business Partners. Vikash has over two decades of experience across Asia’s leading financial markets. He has held senior positions at ICICI Bank, Citibank, Indea Capital (a hedge fund) and EIS Global (a family office).
He has worked in diverse roles including trading in equities, commodities and derivatives markets, streamlining operationally complex back offices for securities processing and financial modeling and forecasting of company performance as an equity research analyst. He has also worked as a project finance and structured debt specialist at a Development Finance Institution.
Vikash is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India and a Chartered Financial Analyst from AIMR, USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree.
Vikash enjoys outdoor activities and travelling and when he is not crunching numbers, he is capturing and preserving memories using his Canon SLR camera. He is an avid tennis enthusiast and a great fan of Novak Djokovic.
Jun De Dios is our Group Head-Marketing and he is also our Country Manager for Philippines. Jun was the CEO for AKZO Nobel in Vietnam from 2008-13, and then CEO in Indonesia, before being appointed General Manager for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, PNG, AUS and NZ, Pacific Islands over the period 2013-2019.
Jun has extensive experience in Asia across a range of industries and companies. He began his career with P&G Philippines as a Sales Section Manager in 1986. After a successful 8-year stint with P&G, Jun moved to Mead Johnson Nutritionals as Sales Director. By 2000 Jun was appointed General Manager in Mead Johnson, a role he held across many of the company’s key markets in Asia. Jun then joined the Dutch Mill Group of Companies as Managing Director for ASEAN, after which he moved to AkzoNobel in 2008.
Jun is a single handicapper golfer and has practiced with the Philippines national team.
Tafline Yew is our Group Head of Human Resource (HR). Tafline is an accomplished HR professional with over 20 years of experience, with specialisation in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Change Management, Performance and Reward Management. She has held several senior HR positions with HSBC Group in Asia Pacific, most recently as Regional Head of HR for International countries, overseeing the HR functions in 12 markets.
Tafline has also worked in the Retail Banking business covering 20 countries in Asia. With her strong business acumen, she is well positioned as a Business Partner within HR. Tafline works closely with businesses to anticipate people-related challenges, optimising strengths and capturing new opportunities. Tafline partners with the business to develop and implement human resources strategies to drive sustainable growth.
Tafline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling. In addition to being a people person, Tafline is also a huge dog lover. She also loves her food and enjoys cooking.
Kavita Panda is our Group Head of Partnerships and Country Manager for India. Kavita was Executive Director of The Walt Disney Company India, wherein, she spent a decade and half in various business roles across Content Syndication, Licensing and Merchandising, Solution Sales and Advertising Sales. Prior to Disney, she was with Star India, Zee, Madison Communications and Lintas.
Kavita is a revenue growth leader, consummate in developing and scaling businesses profitably.
She believes that insightful Interpretation of the data is the differentiator. Striving to be a good parent to her daughter & dog; keeping fit with Walks & Yoga and an occasional cook, Kavita thrives on positive energy.