Gnowbe Leadership


Executive Team

So-Young Kang

So-Young Kang

Chief Energizer

‘Founder of Awaken Group, Author of “Inside Out”, WEF Young Global Leader, former McKinsey and Citigroup, MBA from Harvard Business School, BA from Univ of Penn So-Young is a serial entrepreneur who wants to change the world by maximising the potential within people This is her 2nd (if you don’t count her restaurant project in NY) start-up across the US and Asia She builds businesses and organizations that have impact globally as she creates solutions that are borderless So-Young considers herself blessed to be in community with the world’s leading thinkers from Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, TED, and as a Young Global Leader nominated by the World Economic Forum She is an experienced entrepreneur, published author, global speaker and educator She started teaching piano at age 11 and started her professional career teaching in Japan nearly 20 years ago before moving onto Citigroup and McKinsey & Company’

Uros Smolnik

Uros Smolnik

Head of Engineering

‘Uros is the head architect who built Gnowbe He has 10 years of software experience across Silicon Valley and Slovenia. Uros is the lead engineer and systems architect and was Gnowbe’s 1st full-time employee Former software architect at Banka Koper (Slovenia)’

Thomas Jeng

Head of Growth

‘Prior to joining Gnowbe, Thomas was The Head of Global Business Development and Strategy at 500 Startups and led the global team to expand 500’s services, programs, and investment activities throughout the world by supporting corporate and government partners in building startup ecosystems. Thomas was also previously the Founder and CEO of Junction, a startup focused on creating a marketplace for top digital and innovation talent. He previously led advisory services for the financial services industry in the Asia-Pacific for  CEB  (now part of  Gartner),  where he helped clients develop strategies for innovation and growth. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Thomas holds an MBA from the Yale School of  Management and a degree in  International Politics from Georgetown University.’

Colin Pal

Head of Product

‘Colin Pal is a product leader based in the fast-growing South-East Asian region of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his 10+ years of product management experience, he has assumed product leadership roles as Chief Product Officer for CaterSpot, a B2B Food Catering startup serving Singapore and Hong Kong markets, and VP of Product for Photobook Worldwide, the leading photo products e-commerce platform in SEA with customers in over 100 countries. He is a 2x speaker for Product Management Festival APAC and a 2x speaker / panelist at Mind the Product APAC Singapore. He is a board member for the Product Management Festival APAC and runs The Product Un(censored) Show podcast.’

So-Young Kang

‘Founder of Awaken Group, Author of “Inside Out”, WEF Young Global Leader, former McKinsey and Citigroup, MBA from Harvard Business School, BA from Univ of Penn So-Young is a serial entrepreneur who wants to change the world by maximising the potential within people This is her 2nd (if you don’t count her restaurant project in NY) start-up across the US and Asia She builds businesses and organizations that have impact globally as she creates solutions that are borderless So-Young considers herself blessed to be in community with the world’s leading thinkers from Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, TED, and as a Young Global Leader nominated by the World Economic Forum She is an experienced entrepreneur, published author, global speaker and educator She started teaching piano at age 11 and started her professional career teaching in Japan nearly 20 years ago before moving onto Citigroup and McKinsey & Company’

Uros Smolnik

‘Uros is the head architect who built Gnowbe He has 10 years of software experience across Silicon Valley and Slovenia. Uros is the lead engineer and systems architect and was Gnowbe’s 1st full-time employee Former software architect at Banka Koper (Slovenia)’

Thomas Jeng

‘Prior to joining Gnowbe, Thomas was The Head of Global Business Development and Strategy at 500 Startups and led the global team to expand 500’s services, programs, and investment activities throughout the world by supporting corporate and government partners in building startup ecosystems. Thomas was also previously the Founder and CEO of Junction, a startup focused on creating a marketplace for top digital and innovation talent. He previously led advisory services for the financial services industry in the Asia-Pacific for  CEB  (now part of  Gartner),  where he helped clients develop strategies for innovation and growth. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Thomas holds an MBA from the Yale School of  Management and a degree in  International Politics from Georgetown University.’

Colin Pal

‘Colin Pal is a product leader based in the fast-growing South-East Asian region of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his 10+ years of product management experience, he has assumed product leadership roles as Chief Product Officer for CaterSpot, a B2B Food Catering startup serving Singapore and Hong Kong markets, and VP of Product for Photobook Worldwide, the leading photo products e-commerce platform in SEA with customers in over 100 countries. He is a 2x speaker for Product Management Festival APAC and a 2x speaker / panelist at Mind the Product APAC Singapore. He is a board member for the Product Management Festival APAC and runs The Product Un(censored) Show podcast.’

Melinda Wong

Director of Strategy and Operations

‘Mel is currently the Director of Strategy and Operations at Gnowbe Inc. She is a startup community builder and mentor that specializes in operational strategy and has worked with hundreds of founders across various industries. During her time at 500 Startups, she was instrumental to the development of several successful accelerator programs as well as the revamp of 500’s flagship accelerator. Prior to that, she led the development of numerous policies and initiatives to strengthen Singapore’s startup ecosystem during her time at Enterprise Singapore.   Mel received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and her Masters of Public Policy from University College London. Her passion is in helping others do the best work they can. She currently mentors startup founders pro bono as her way of staying connected to the startup ecosystem.’

Melinda Wong

‘Mel is currently the Director of Strategy and Operations at Gnowbe Inc. She is a startup community builder and mentor that specializes in operational strategy and has worked with hundreds of founders across various industries. During her time at 500 Startups, she was instrumental to the development of several successful accelerator programs as well as the revamp of 500’s flagship accelerator. Prior to that, she led the development of numerous policies and initiatives to strengthen Singapore’s startup ecosystem during her time at Enterprise Singapore.   Mel received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and her Masters of Public Policy from University College London. Her passion is in helping others do the best work they can. She currently mentors startup founders pro bono as her way of staying connected to the startup ecosystem.’


Advisors

Jenny Dearborn

Jenny Dearborn

Former CLO, SAP, Board, Advisor 25 years of experience in HCM Sales, Services and as an HR practitioner. C-suite executive in 5 global tech firms. Recognized as one of the ‘Global 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech.’

‘Gnowbe is disrupting future of work by helping address one of the biggest challenges facing companies – how to upskill talent quickly and effectively Gnowbe makes learning better’

Susan Ehrlich

Susan Ehrlich

CEO, Earnest; Chairman, BECU 20+ years leading and scaling consumer finance and fintech businesses at Citi, Chase, H&R Block, Amazon, Lending Club and Simple

‘Team Gnowbe have created a skill-building platform that combines the content power of Netflix and YouTube with the viral distribution power of Facebook Gnowbe transforms how everyone will learn new skills!’

Jim Tam

US Market Advisor

‘Jim brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience from having led high performing sales teams at Citi, The Hertz Corporation and most recently at G4S PLC Jim brings to Gnowbe a wealth of enterprise sales experience and has specialized in selling to Fortune 500 companies for most of his career Jim received his undergraduate degree in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business and his MBA in Marketing and General Management from Dowling College’

Brian Lifsec

Brian Lifsec

Former Global Head of Decision Management, Managing Director 25+ years improving profitability and managing strategic turnarounds for growth across US and Europe

‘Gnowbe capitalizes on the megatrends of mobile, digital content, and changing behavior to disrupt the way adults engage in learning and applying The team is building an ecosystem with significant network effects’

Jenny Dearborn

‘Gnowbe is disrupting future of work by helping address one of the biggest challenges facing companies – how to upskill talent quickly and effectively Gnowbe makes learning better’

Susan Ehrlich

‘Team Gnowbe have created a skill-building platform that combines the content power of Netflix and YouTube with the viral distribution power of Facebook Gnowbe transforms how everyone will learn new skills!’

Jim Tam

‘Jim brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience from having led high performing sales teams at Citi, The Hertz Corporation and most recently at G4S PLC Jim brings to Gnowbe a wealth of enterprise sales experience and has specialized in selling to Fortune 500 companies for most of his career Jim received his undergraduate degree in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business and his MBA in Marketing and General Management from Dowling College’

Brian Lifsec

‘Gnowbe capitalizes on the megatrends of mobile, digital content, and changing behavior to disrupt the way adults engage in learning and applying The team is building an ecosystem with significant network effects’

Boon Hwee Koh

Boon Hwee Koh

Chairman, Credence; Chairman Agilent Technologies, Seasoned executive and former board seats including Temasek Holdings, Singapore Airlines, Singtel

‘Gnowbe capitalizes on the megatrends of mobile, digital content, and changing consumer behavior to disrupt the way adults engage in learning and applying The team is building an ecosystem with significant network effects’

Professor John J H Kim

Professor John J H Kim

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School (EdTech Innovation Expert), and CEO of District Management Group

‘Gnowbe is at the forefront of innovation in professional development and training to provide the most effective and scalable way to enable the most relevant real-time learning’

Professor Dr. Dominic V Turpin

Professor Dr. Dominique V. Turpin (former President, IMD)

Dean of External Affairs, Former President #1 ExecEd provider in the world, board of AACSB (business school accreditation)

‘Great to be part of a pioneering venture focused on a new form of education, the most important asset humans need Thanks to Gnowbe, I learn everyday in order to teach tomorrow’

Gilbert Gong

Gilbert Gong

Investor who was former early employee of >8 Startups (3 IPOs, 5 exits) including Salesforce.com, Box, founding class of Lithium

‘Gnowbe has been a leader and innovator in the microlearning space before it became popular, and with this headstart has developed a deep understanding of how to successfully engage and empower all participants in the learning lifecycle’

Boon Hwee Koh

‘Gnowbe capitalizes on the megatrends of mobile, digital content, and changing consumer behavior to disrupt the way adults engage in learning and applying The team is building an ecosystem with significant network effects’

Professor John J H Kim

‘Gnowbe is at the forefront of innovation in professional development and training to provide the most effective and scalable way to enable the most relevant real-time learning’

Professor Dr. Dominique V. Turpin (former President, IMD)

‘Great to be part of a pioneering venture focused on a new form of education, the most important asset humans need Thanks to Gnowbe, I learn everyday in order to teach tomorrow’

Gilbert Gong

‘Gnowbe has been a leader and innovator in the microlearning space before it became popular, and with this headstart has developed a deep understanding of how to successfully engage and empower all participants in the learning lifecycle’

Michele Bang

Michele Bang

Chairman, Eastspring Asset Management Korea. 20+ years global financial services experience across Asia, Europe and the US including Deutsche Asset Management, CIBC and JPM. Voted ‘Top 25 Most Influential Women in Asset Management (Asia).’

‘Gnowbe’s pioneering micro learning platform is unlocking the way knowledge is shared It is a strong agent of change for businesses, educators, and learners alike for re-imaging the way we teach, learn and have fun at the same time!’

Byron G. Auguste

Byron G. Auguste

CEO and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work; Former Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council; Forbes Contributor.

‘A pre-eminent thought leader and social entrepreneur at the intersection of Network Economics, Labor Markets, Lifelong Learning, and Information-Based Business Models

“In a fast changing services economy, learning and innovating at every level – all the way to the front line – may be the only sustainable competitive advantage By making it fast, easy and affordable to bring business-relevant, mobile learning to distributed workforces, Gnowbe is an essential tool for agile organizations Gnowbe has transformative potential in the coming era of lifelong learning”’

D. Kimo Kippen

D. Kimo Kippen

Former CLO, Hilton, Board, Advisor. CLO of the year – 2015, award-winning global learning leader at Hilton and Marriott, U.S. and European Program Director for The Conference Board

‘CLO of the year – 2015, award-winning global learning leader at Hilton and Marriott, U.S. and European Program Director for The Conference Board, Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and The Catholic University of America, , Chairman of the Board for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and… aspiring Citizen of the World.’

Michele Bang

‘Gnowbe’s pioneering micro learning platform is unlocking the way knowledge is shared It is a strong agent of change for businesses, educators, and learners alike for re-imaging the way we teach, learn and have fun at the same time!’

Byron G. Auguste

‘A pre-eminent thought leader and social entrepreneur at the intersection of Network Economics, Labor Markets, Lifelong Learning, and Information-Based Business Models

“In a fast changing services economy, learning and innovating at every level – all the way to the front line – may be the only sustainable competitive advantage By making it fast, easy and affordable to bring business-relevant, mobile learning to distributed workforces, Gnowbe is an essential tool for agile organizations Gnowbe has transformative potential in the coming era of lifelong learning”’

D. Kimo Kippen

‘CLO of the year – 2015, award-winning global learning leader at Hilton and Marriott, U.S. and European Program Director for The Conference Board, Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and The Catholic University of America, , Chairman of the Board for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and… aspiring Citizen of the World.’

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