Who We Are

ACN Worldwide is a globalised consultancy led by investment professionals with complimentary know-how and experience as well as the shared passion and commitment to create value for our clients and partners with the expertise and offerings we bring to the table. Most importantly, we stay focused on what we do but are not conservative in our thinking and are always open to new ideas and challenges.

Company Profile

ACN Worldwide is a multi-dimensional and multi-functional investment service and trading platform dedicated to being a resource for its clients, investors, partners, and other interested parties in order to help them better understand the importance of spreading risks in their investments and appreciate the diverse opportunities available in different parts of the world.

Founded in 2008 after the restructuring of the ACN Group, ACN Worldwide is a dynamic business organisation that was established in Hong Kong during the 1990s. Operationally based in Shanghai, ACN Worldwide takes pride in its global vision and focus on emerging markets, providing not only investment prospects, but also market information and advisory services to orchestrate and facilitate transactions for individual and corporate investors worldwide.

Our multi-lingual and multi-cultural team of professionals allows us to assist and serve our clients without any barriers, no matter where you are. Our success has been built upon the establishment of a service network befitting the new age, our strategic partnerships with like-minded investment experts and researchers from different parts of the world, and above all, the passion, patience and perseverance of all of our staff.

Our corporate culture reflects the highest standards of trust, professionalism, and self-discipline. The commitment of ACN Worldwide towards providing seamless business cooperation, global knowledge sharing, and strategic partnership allows us to achieve our ultimate goal of bridging the gap between China and the rest of the world towards value creation.

Our People
Executive Management

  • Nelson Wong

    Founder

    Chairman & Managing Director

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    Nelson Wong

    Founder

    Chairman & Managing Director

    Nationality:Hong Kong SAR, China
    Language(s):English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese
    Email: nelson.wong@acnworldwide.com
    With more than 30 years of leadership experience in corporate investment and business management, Mr. Wong began his career in Hong Kong in 1986 as a property negotiator at Gerald Hook Chartered Surveyors. In 1990, he joined the global consultancy group Vigers, and three years later in 1993, led a consortium that bought out Vigers where he became Vice Chairman and Global Chief Executive. In late 1995, Mr. Wong sold his stake in Vigers to establish the ACN Group, which was then restructured in 2008 to start trading as ACN Worldwide where he remains as Chairman and Managing Director.

    A respected professional with extensive experience in real estate investment, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Wong has personally handled more than a hundred commercial property and business transactions across Asia, North America, and Europe over the past few decades, and is one of the pioneers to advise Chinese companies in their outbound investment endeavours. In recent years, Mr. Wong finds himself more often in Central and Eastern Europe where he is focusing on qualifying new investment opportunities and facilitating transactions on behalf of or sometimes together with multinational investment funds and companies.

    In addition to leading the ACN Worldwide group of companies, Mr Wong is an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Recon Technology Ltd., a NASDAQ-listed company. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Shanghai Centre for RimPac Strategic and International Studies, an Academic Council Member of Gallup International Association.

    Mr. Wong graduated in 1983 from the PLA Institute of International Relations in Nanjing, China with a Bachelor's degree majoring in English language and literature, and was a college teacher in Mainland China for three years before immigrating to Hong Kong in 1986 to pursue a career in business.
    Stan Wong

    Managing Director

    Hong Kong & Macau

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    Stan Wong

    Managing Director

    Hong Kong & Macau

    Nationality:Hong Kong, China
    Language(s):Cantonese, English, Mandarin
    Email: stan.wong@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Wong has more than 30 years of experience in property development and consultancy spanned over the whole Asia Pacific region, especially in Hong Kong and mainland China. He had advised clients across all sectors in mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada, England, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

    Starting as a trainee in 1983 with Jones Lang Wootton in Hong Kong, Mr. Wong became an Assistant Director in just 3 years. He then moved to Vigers Hong Kong as a Partner leading the Industrial Department in 1987 and was subsequently responsible for setting up the Vigers Asia network and was its Managing Director from 1996 to 1998. After resigning from Vigers, he devoted his time to developing a car parking business in Hong Kong and Mainland China. In 2003, Mr. Wong joined a HK-listed company to expand its network of logistics centres and office parks in China as Head of Investment based in Shanghai before leaving the company in 2010 to taking up the task of setting up the investment department for TCBL Research and Planning Consultancy.

    As a trusted business partner, Mr. Wong's association with ACN Group started in the mid-1990s which leads to his appointment at ACN Worldwide as Managing Director for Hong Kong and Macau in 2015. In his spare time, Mr. Wong is an active participant in charitable causes and has been a key member of an organisation sponsoring hundreds of children for their education in China and the Philippines.

    Mr. Wong has a BSC Degree in Town and Country Planning from the Essex Institute of Higher Education, now Anglia Ruskin University, in the UK. He is also a former member of Hong Kong Management Association and a former advisor on real estate matters to the British Consulate in Hong Kong.
    Martin Zahariev

    Managing Director

    Bulgaria

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    Martin Zahariev

    Managing Director

    Bulgaria

    Nationality:Bulgaria
    Language(s):Bulgarian, English, Russian
    Email: martin.zahariev@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Zahariev is one of the most remarkable entrepreneurs in Bulgaria with a successful track record running over two decades. Throughout his colourful career path, he has been a TV programme producer and anchor, a radio presenter, and most noticeably as the founding publisher and managing partner of a myriad of magazines, including ”LIFE”, “Economist”, "Egoist", "Playboy", “Maxim”, “Grazia”, "Rhythm", "Top Gear", “HELLO”, “Glamour”, many of which have developed a growing audience in Bulgaria, and by natural progression across the entire Balkan peninsula.

    Since 1999, Mr. Zahariev has been an active member of various professional associations, amongst which are the Board of the Association of Television Producers, the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria, the Association of Advertising Agencies, the Management Board of the Bulgarian Web Association, the Board of the Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters and the National Tourism Board. His diverse background and popularity has in subsequent years brought him to become a Member of the Bulgarian Commission on Culture and Media, Chairman of the Friendship Group with Switzerland and a Member of the Friendship Group with China. Between 2013 and 2014, Mr. Zahariev was elected to serve as a Member of the Bulgarian Parliament in its 42nd National Assembly.

    Capitalising on his wealth of experience and network of contacts in Bulgaria and the Balkans, Mr. Zahariev was invited to become an Advisory Board Member of ACN Worldwide in 1995, and a year later formed a joint venture with our group where he is now Managing Director of ACN Worldwide Bulgaria Ltd.

    Mr. Zahariev has a Master’s Degree in Law at the Sofia University "St. KlimentOhridski". He is married with two children and resides in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    Carlo Leopaldi

    Managing Director

    Italy

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    Carlo Leopaldi

    Managing Director

    Italy

    Nationality:Italy
    Language(s):Italian, English
    Email: carlo.leopaldi@acnworldwide.com
    As a dedicated and passionate strategic consultant with an impressive career spanning more than four decades in Italy, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China, Mr. Leopaldi is an intelligent and versatile professional whose work in the fields of shipping, freight forwarding, and maritime port operations, priding him with a distinct advantage for industrial economic relations between Italy and China.

    A respected professional in the industrial sector, Mr. Leopaldi has held several leadership positions on various economic committees including: President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong in 2005; Chairman of the Logistic Working Group in the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, China since 2006; and the Shanghai Board Vice-President for the European Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, China in the 2014/2015 year. Mr. Leopaldi is also a member of the Friuli Venezia Guiulia World’s Players group, which works to incorporate one of the most economically prosperous regions of Italy into the global economy. He is also the China Chapter President of the Trieste's People Association around the World (A.G.M.) and his input on the expansion of the Port of Trieste and enthusiasm over the project has been invaluable in advising potential investors of this and many other business opportunities in Italy.

    Joining first as our Advisory Board Member in 2015, Mr. Leopaldi is now a full member of our Executive Management heading up ACN Worldwide in Italy where is now based. His profound knowledge of Italian businesses as well as his political connections in Italy and human resources in the Italian business community position him well to be a valuable asset to our company and our clients. Besides, Mr. Leopaldi's over 10 years of work experience in China has provided him an inclusive understanding of the countries’ unique cultures, economies, and political perspectives that can be extremely beneficial to our clients.
    Dimitris Tsarpalis

    Managing Director

    Greece

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    Dimitris Tsarpalis

    Managing Director

    Greece

    Nationality:Greece
    Language(s):Greek, English
    Email: dimitris.tsarpalis@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Tsarpalis is a dynamic Greek entrepreneur with a successful track record spanning well over 30 years. Starting his career in 1982 as a salesman in textile and garment, Mr. Tsarpalis' early days in trading took him first to Sweden, Finland, Norway, and by setting up his own firm IN LINE in 1985, he has grown nonstop travelling around the world to facilitate the trading between Europe and Hong Kong, China, India, Pakistan, and Turkey, and has remained self employed ever since.

    Mr. Tsarpalis’ love for Greece and Greek products, brought him to the olive oil industry about five years ago when created with great passion and enthusiasm his own brand Sparta Groves to start exporting high quality extra virgin olive oil and other olive tree sub products to thousands of locations in Canada, the USA, Australia, and many countries in Europe and Asia, winning multiple quality awards for his premium olive oil products in numerous international competitions.

    A man of action with never-ending curiosity for new things, Mr. Tsarpalis has travelled to almost to all corners of the world since when he was at a young age and throughout his adult life as a businessman. His open mindedness, positive attitude and impeccable social skills have helped bring about his success in business while at the same time won him a large network of friendly contacts both at home in Greece and in many countries around the world.

    Mr. Tsarpalis' association with ACN Worldwide began in 2015 and has since been active in not only offering his decades long experience in cross border trading to our clients and partners but also providing all necessary assistance in identifying investment opportunities in Greek real estate and across other industries. A trusted partner and a man of commitment in whatever he does, our colleagues and clients have found Mr. Tsarpalis an extremely reliable person and fun to work with.
  • Eric Tan

    Managing Director

    Yunnan

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    Eric Tan

    Managing Director

    Yunnan

    Nationality:Australia
    Language(s):Cantonese, English, Mandarin
    Email: eric.tan@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Tan is an experienced professional in business administration and project implementation. He started his career in 2002 at the Sydney branch of Toyota Australia, where he led and managed a service team to support its key clientele - the Chinese and Asian community. His exceptional performance won him the “outstanding employee” award just one year after he was employed. In 2008, Mr. Tan joined the Personal Banking Division of the National Australia Bank as manager of its VIP Client Department and again helped the bank to have won more Asian and Chinese customers.

    In 2011, Mr. Tan began working for Jiangsu Beyond Chemicals Co., Ltd., a Sino-Aussie joint venture, as assistant to the chairman to administer to prepare for the company's listing on the stock exchange. As part of the management restructuring process for the company with over 1,000 employees, his mandate covered the setting up of new departments for human resources and IT management, as well as strategic planning and the implementation of its SOP. He was also instrumental in the inception and development of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association under the Jiangsu Federation of Industry and Commerce.

    Bringing along his 15 years of working experience, Mr. Tan joined ACN Worldwide in 2016 as a partner to set up our subsidiary operation in Yunnan where he was born and has extensive contacts. Mr. Tan holds bachelor’s degrees in international economics from Chongqing University and in international trade from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, as well as master’s degrees in environmental science from the University of Sydney and in business administration from the University of Technology Sydney.
    Amy Chow

    Corporate

    Counsel

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    Amy Chow

    Corporate

    Counsel

    Nationality:Hong Kong, China
    Language(s):Mandarin, Cantonese, English
    Email: amy.chow@acnworldwide.com
    With over 20 years of experience in Commercial and Corporate Matters, Ms. Chow started her career in the legal field in 1994 as solicitor and general counsel for Greater China at Counsellors At Large in Hong Kong and moved on a year later to become Senior Contracts Consultant at Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific. She then joined Johnson Stokes & Master as Solicitor in 1998 working in the firm's China Practice Group, and between July 1999 and May 2001 she was employed by Beijing Oriental Plaza Company Limited as Legal Manager. In June 2001, Ms. Chow joined PCCW as Assistant Vice President to look after contract management for their e-commerce business solutions until July 2003 when she became a consultant to local law firms in Hong Kong including So, Lung & Associates where she is based since 2011.

    Having worked in both legal firms and big multinational companies, Ms. Chow is a much sought after legal professional and is particularly competent and experienced in merger and acquisition, sale and purchase of company shares and direct investment in the Greater China Region, strategic planning and corporate restructuring, intellectual property rights protection, drafting and negotiating related legal documents and dispute resolution. She started providing legal services to the ACN group of companies since the mid-1990s and has witnessed and contributed to the inception and growth of ACN Worldwide, and is our much treasured corporate counsel.

    Ms. Chow obtained her Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Economics from the University of Hong Kong in 1985 and a Master Degree in Japanese Business Studies from the Chaminade University in 1987. She then went to study law at Manchester Polytechnic and was qualified and admitted as Solicitor of Hong Kong in 1994 and Solicitor of England & Wales in 1995. Between 1992 and 1996, she also studied Chinese law at both Renmin University and Peking University in Beijing.
    James Bladen

    Director

    Strategic Investment

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    James Bladen

    Director

    Strategic Investment

    Nationality:UK
    Language(s):English
    Email: james.bladen@acnworldwide.com
    Mr Bladen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 in London with the international accounting firm Deloitte, specialising in receiverships where he was in charge of the disposition of numerous property assets as administrator, ranging from prime office spaces and factories, to land and residential units. Mr Bladen continued with Deloitte in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1997 in receivership work before moving into mergers and acquisitions. He was responsible for assisting the company’s global network of clients looking to move into China. In 1995, Mr Bladen was instrumental in setting up the chartered surveying firm Chesterton in Vietnam which, within two years, became the largest firm in the country, employing over a hundred personnel, before being assumed by another entity in 2007.

    Since leaving Deloitte in 1997, Mr Bladen has acted as a ‘Sino-British’ business consultant, which entails assisting companies that wish to buy from and sell to China. He has represented clients in Beijing, Changchun, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Yueyang, amongst other areas.

    Mr Bladen has been associated with ACN Group since the mid 1990s, contributing his wealth of experience and expertise to its various business ventures. Continuing this great tradition and working relationship, Mr Bladen first assumed the role of ACN Worldwide’s Regional Director for UK and Ireland, later a member of our Advisory Board, and has most recently joined the Executive Management team as Director of Strategic Investment, focusing on analysing and developing projects of strategic importance around the world.

    Mr. Bladen received his law degree from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
    Juliana Gadgeva

    Director

    Political Risk Analysis

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    Juliana Gadgeva

    Director

    Political Risk Analysis

    Nationality:Bulgaria
    Language(s):Bulgarian, English, Turkish, Spanish, Greek
    Email: juliana.gadgeva@acnworldwide.com
    With nearly 10 years of experience in the field of political science and consulting, Ms. Juliana Gadgeva joined the team of ACN Worldwide in 2015 to head the newly established Political Risk Analysis & Research Centre (PRARC), focusing on the research and promotion of the Central and Eastern European region including its historical and cultural diversities as well as the political and economic realities of CEE countries.

    Ms. Gadgeva’s professional path started as a freelance political scientist and researcher in her university years, when she acquired a refined professional skill set through involvement in a series of content analysis projects on various topics, state commissioned research, analysis and evaluation on policy implementation. Her natural predisposition towards policy analysis and public speaking was soon recognised as she was invited to participate in a weekly radio broadcast, dedicated to the expert analysis of political events and public issues – both domestic and international.

    Later on, in 2014, Ms. Gadgeva joined the marketing team of InvestBulgaria Agency – a government institution, part of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, dedicated to promoting investment into the country. During the same period, Ms. Gadgeva was invited to participate in a prime-time political TV show as part of an expert team of political scientists and economists.

    Ms. Gadgeva has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, where she also received her Master’s Degree as the first political consultant to graduate in the country. Ms. Gadgeva’s academic background is complimented by her high command of the English, Turkish, Greek and Spanish languages among other professional skills at her disposal.
    Nathan Ni

    Director

    Outbound Investment

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    Nathan Ni

    Director

    Outbound Investment

    Nationality:Australia
    Language(s):Mandarin, Shanghainese, English
    Email: nathan.ni@acnworldwide.com
    Mr Ni has nearly 20 years of experience in auditing, corporate finance and advisory. Mr Ni joined ACN Group as an Associate Partner for Private Equity & Placement in 2004, being integrally involved in the formulation, execution, and implementation of investment deals as part of the executive team. He contributed to the Group in providing corporate finance, deal due diligence, project development, as well as management consulting services to clients seeking investment into mainland China. Mr Ni’s involvement with ACN Worldwide has therefore preceded and continued since its official inception.

    As Director of Outbound Investment, Mr Ni provides vital support and oversight to ACN Worldwide’s investment business especially cross border transactions. Prior to the current appointment, Mr Ni served as ACN Worldwide’s Director of Risk Management and Compliance between 2011 and 2013, and Interim Director of Finance in 2010, and before that, Regional Director of Australia and New Zealand between 2008 and 2010. Mr Ni is also a Partner at X-Cloud Capital, a Shanghai-based venture capital and money market firm he co-founded with two partners in 2014.

    Mr Ni started his career with the accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Sydney Australia, in Audit and thereafter Transaction Services. He continued with Ernst & Young in 2002 following its merger with Andersen in Australia, before returning to China.

    Mr Ni graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Combined Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Law, and from the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia with a Graduate Diploma. Mr Ni is a Charted Accountant in Australia.
  • Sherri Wang

    Director

    Business Innovation

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    Sherri Wang

    Director

    Business Innovation

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, Shanghainese, English
    Email: sherri.wang@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Sherri Wang's extensive career development runs over 30 years with a remarkable track record. Having spent five years in the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, she joined Kodak (China) to become its first employee in China in 1991. Two years later in 1993, she was hired by Bausch & Lomb Eye Care Products as their Regional Manager of East China, and then in 1996 joined Gillette to become Marketing Manager of Oral-B (China) Ltd., responsible for the company's overall marketing strategy and implementation across the country.

    Years of field experience in fast moving consumer products brought Ms. Wang to ACNielson in 1997 and she became Associate Director of Retail Business of the firm in China where her portfolio of clients includes international brands in FMCG and pharmaceutical industries such as Novartics, General Mill, Kraft, Nabisco, Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson, Kao, Benckiser, Nestle, Coca Cola, Mars Chocolate, Kangshifu, and Gillette etc.

    In 2001, Ms. Wang decided to widen her scope of professional experience and joined Morningside Technologies as Director of this media group to lead and mastermind the creation from scratch of two magazines as General Manager. Her subsequent experience at Hiersun Diamond Palace brought her to the Pluczenik Group in 2004 as Business Director of Escada Fine Jewelry and Polish Diamond for the China market, and most recently since 2010, Ms. Wang joined Hachette Filipacchi Presse as General Manager of China Lagardere Active Enterprises to oversee and administer the licensing business of the ELLE brand in China.

    Ms. Wang holds a BA degree from the Beijing International Politics Institute majoring in the English language and international law and has studied at the International Business School of Shanghai University. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Shanghainese.
    Edmund Gu

    Director

    Real Estate Asset Management

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    Edmund Gu

    Director

    Real Estate Asset Management

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, Shanghainese, English
    Email: edmund.gu@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Edmund Gu has more than 30 years of working experience spanning across different sectors of the service industry. Beginning by working in the sales and marketing division of the Hongqiao State Guesthouse in Shanghai in mid 1980s, Mr Gu's subsequent career development brought him to a number of state-owned, private and foreign enterprises including the Shanghai Foreign Enterprises Service Company, Shanghai Foreign Investment Service Centre, Mitsubishi Corporation, Beisheng Group Develop Corporation etc. With accumulated knowledge and experience in primarily foreign direct investment (FDI), teaching Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL), import and export trade, clean development mechanism (CDM), property development, as well as commercial real estate asset management, Mr. Gu has not only witnessed China's reform and opening process but is also a real participant in the different stages of the country's economic development over the past three decades.

    Joining ACN Worldwide in early 2018 as Director of Real Estate Asset Management, Mr. Gu has brought his wealth of experience and detail-orientated working experience to oversee the performance of the group's real estate asset portfolio and to also advise clients on property development and asset management matters.

    Mr. Gu earned his Bachelor’s degree majoring in English from the PLA Institute of International Relations in Nanjing, China in 1983. In the years that followed, he has completed a post graduate course in civil law and a variety of specialist training courses including marketing, event-planning and CDM. A man of talent and care for social responsibilities, Mr. Gu won a Municipal Award in Shanghai for contributing a policy recommendation paper in connection with the emission of greenhouse gases.
    Viktorija Slisere

    Director

    Marketing & Innovations

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    Viktorija Slisere

    Director

    Marketing & Innovations

    Nationality:Latvia
    Language(s):Latvian, English, Russian, Mandarin
    Email: viktorija.slisere@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Slisere started her career in 2007 at Swedbank in Latvia where she gained a deep understanding about property markets and developments. In 2010, she seized the opportunity to work at the Latvian pavilion during the Shanghai World Expo, where she rose to become an assistant to the Commissioner General of the Latvian pavilion and working closely with government officials and individual entrepreneurs, proving herself a highly regarded professional in PR and cross-cultural relations.

    Ms. Slisere joined ACN Worldwide in 2013 and has easily adapted to the new challenge and environment. As Director of Marketing and Innovations, she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the company's marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities. Along with the development of the company, Ms. Slisere took up the role as a Coordinator of FTZ 16+1 since 2016 to focus on the strategic development of this new business initiative and the maintenance of relations with suppliers from primarily the CEE region with the benefit of her organisational and interpersonal skills as well as her international experience.

    Born and raised in Latvia, Ms. Slisere undertook a Bachelor in Asian studies and Sinology from the University of Latvia, the only classical university in the country and one that emphasises international collaboration. She furthered her studies in Mandarin by completing three subsequent semesters at the East China Normal University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. She is fluent in four languages.

    In her spare time, Ms Slisere takes part in activities that promote awareness of environmental issues and the available solutions, and freelances at a local symphony orchestra in its effort to provide an accessible platform for the spread of classical music in China.
    Marvin Hu

    Director

    Translation & Editing

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    Marvin Hu

    Director

    Translation & Editing

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, English
    Email: marvin.hu@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Hu developed an interest in foreign languages when he was a teenager. He found it fascinating that by obtaining skills in different languages, he is able to widen the horizon and can see the world from a different perspective. In addition to his passion for English, Mr. Hu later began teaching himself basic Japanese.

    Mr. Hu maintains a firm conviction that translation is not only the process of converting the words of one language to those of another, but also a creative discipline necessary to convey complete meanings, connotations, and intents of source materials in the target language in a natural and idiomatic manner. Mr. Hu takes pleasure to immerse himself in different language environment and keeps honing his language skills by practicing the translation between different languages at all times.

    Since joining ACN Worldwide at the beginning of 2016, Mr. Hu started first as a Chinese language editor, and is now Director of Translation and Editing. His good translation skills and attention to details have proven himself to be a rare asset of the company.
    Rina Cui

    Director

    Finance & Administration

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    Rina Cui

    Director

    Finance & Administration

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, Shanghainese
    Email: rina.cui@acnworldwide.com
    A highly organised and detail-oriented professional, Ms. Cui has more than 10 years of experience in corporate accounting. She began her career as an accountant in the Finance Department at the Shanghai Uncle Yao Catering Management Company and later joined the Financial Division of Jin Jiang Hotel group in Shanghai.

    Ms. Cui joined ACN Worldwide in 2013 first as an accountant, and is now Director of Finance and Administration of the organisation, responsible for organising the financial accounts of the various business entities, substantiating financial transactions, auditing documents, and preparing financial reports, as well as the daily administrative matter of the whole group.

    Ms. Cui holds a degree in accounting from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
  • Andy Ju

    Manager

    IT & System Management

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    Andy Ju

    Manager

    IT & System Management

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, English
    Email: andy.ju@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Ju studied computer science and developed a keen interest in network management from his days at college. He joined ACN Worldwide in 2015, first as an intern, and later after his graduation from college, as IT Manager responsible for our internal network administration and IT systems maintenance, as well as providing computer and network related technical support for the whole company. Mr. Ju’s proactive working attitude and professional skills are well recognised as an integral part in maintaining the company's congenial and harmonious work environment.

    “Never stop fighting” has always been Andy Ju’s life motto. He was awarded the ‘Shanghai Government Scholarship’ and ‘National Endeavour Fellowship’ multiple times as well as the ‘Outstanding Shanghai Graduate’ title during his days at college.

    Mr. Ju holds a bachelor’s degree in network engineering from the Shanghai Institute of Technology.
    Derek Xing

    Manager

    Design & Production

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    Derek Xing

    Manager

    Design & Production

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin
    Email: derek.xing@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Xing believes that art is not only an effort for pursuing beauty, but more importantly, a way of expression for ideas and emotions. During his first year after joining ACN Worldwide in early 2017, he concentrated on the graphic design of the company's publications and has proven himself to be a quick learner and a team player. As Manager of Graphic Design and Production, Mr. Xing is now responsible not only for the graphic design of our publications and online platforms, but is also looking after the production of all marketing collateral for the various events the company hosts and participates from time to time.

    Mr. Xing graduated from the Business and Technical College of Xi'an majoring in artistic design. He has a good mastery of such design software as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Design, and 3D Max. Upon completing his studies at college in 2014, Mr. Xing left his home province and moved to Shanghai, where he got into webpage and graphic design and has gained considerable experience before joining ACN Worldwide.
    Eduards Kuzmenko

    Project Manager

    Strategic Investment

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    Eduards Kuzmenko

    Project Manager

    Strategic Investment

    Nationality:Latvia
    Language(s):Latvian, English, Russian
    Email: eduards.kuzmenko@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Kuzmenko joined ACN Worldwide in early 2018 as an undergraduate intern and, later in the year, he was hired as Project Manager in the department of Strategic Investment with a designated focus on developing new projects in the European markets.

    As a graduate from a double Bachelor’s program between Danish and Chinese universities of Euro-Asian Business Management, majoring in International Marketing and Sales and Business Administration, Mr. Kuzmenko has learned how business operates both in Europe and China and how these two regions cooperate in the fast-expanding global market.

    To enrich his studies, Mr. Kuzmenko has also studied in South Korea on an exchange program, actively participating in studies of Korean culture and differences between Korean and Europeans business practices. Furthermore, he spent half a year in Taipei working as a Business Development Manager intern in an electronic product design company gathering cultural and professional insights.

    In his spare time, Mr. Kuzmenko studies culture of Asian countries and is passionate about languages. He is fluent in three languages and is currently in process of learning Mandarin.
    Monsoon Wang

    Assistant Researcher

    Research & Publishing

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    Monsoon Wang

    Assistant Researcher

    Research & Publishing

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):English, Mandarin
    Email: monsoon.wang@acnworldwide.com
    With a solid education background and characterised for her attention to details at work, Ms. Wang joined the research team at ACN Worldwide in early 2017 as an analyst. A quiet person though, her patience and perseverance at work has proven herself to be a good fit to the team where she contributes to the on-going update of our country data and stats and other research effort. In addition to that, her proficiency in both Chinese and English has also allowed her to be of good assistance to the translation and editing process of our publications.

    Ms. Wang holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economic and Trade from Sichuan International Studies University.
    Parie Bao

    Assistant Manager

    Department of Innovations

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    Parie Bao

    Assistant Manager

    Department of Innovations

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):English, Mandarin
    Email: parie.pao@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Parie Bao joined ACN Worldwide in 2016 first as an administrative assistant, and because of her attentive and dedicative attitude towards her work, she has been promoted to be the assistant manager for two of our group's newly established entities, namely daily management and event organising of the Bulgarian Tourist Information Centre and its branch operations across China, as well as the internal control and database management of our innovative cross-border trading platform "Free Trade Zone 16 Plus 1".

    Ms. Bao graduated from the Shanghai Jianqiao University majoring in Business Japanese. She is a quick learner and can also communicate in English as well with colleagues and clients.
  • Nicholas Taffinder

    Associate Analyst

    Strategic Investment

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    Nicholas Taffinder

    Associate Analyst

    Strategic Investment

    Nationality:UK
    Language(s):English, Mandarin, Latin
    Email: nicholas.taffinder@acnworldwide.com
    Nicholas Taffinder is part of the newly formed Strategic Investment Team at ACN Worldwide, acting as analyst and researcher. He is British and is currently based in London, U.K. Nicholas came to ACN Worldwide in 2018 as an intern for 2 months at the Shanghai office where, due to his outstanding performance, he has been offered full-time employment upon graduation.

    Nicholas will be graduating from SOAS, University of London with a BA in Chinese (Modern & Classical) in 2019. He reads, writes and speaks Mandarin Chinese. During 2016 and 2017, Nicholas also graduated from Beijing Normal University, having spent a year living there.

    His fast growing understanding of China, its language and culture have developed his keen interest in the overseas expansion of Chinese companies along with the continued integration of China's economy in a global context, and in particular, the investment opportunities thus derived and strategies required.

    Nicholas has a variety of experience in small and medium size firms and corporations. Previously he has been an intern at Aspen (Insurance & Reinsurance), Mayer Brown (law firm) and Surely Group (an Insurtech scale-up deploying innovative technology for the insurance sector), all of which are based in the City of London.

    In his spare time, Nicholas is a passionate sportsman having played Cricket for his county Surrey, as well as Hockey, Rugby and Athletics to high competitive standards. Nicholas is also a qualified Emergency Rescue Diver and has scuba-dived across the world.
    Jessi Ji

    Administrative Assistant

    Finance & Administration

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    Jessi Ji

    Administrative Assistant

    Finance & Administration

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, English
    Email: jessi.ji@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Jessi Ji joined ACN Worldwide in 2017 as an administrative assistant. A mild-mannered person, Ms. Ji is attentive to her work and conducts her duties with confidence and responsibility, providing required assistance to colleagues and in the general context of office administration. She is also dedicated to further improving her skill set and growing together with ACN Worldwide.

    Ms. Ji graduated from the Shanghai Lida College majoriong in hotel administration, and worked for a financial services firm as a receptionist before joining ACN Worldwide.
    Liko Qiu

    Creative Artist

    Design and Production

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    Liko Qiu

    Creative Artist

    Design and Production

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin
    Email: liko.qiu@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Qiu is a cheerful person with a loving heart, and has developed a habit of discovering and appreciating the beauty in mother nature from which her creativity can often be inspired. She is an attentive person at work and collaborates well with her colleagues. Since joining ACN Worldwide, Ms. Qiu has demonstrated her ability to work under pressure and fulfil her duties on time.

    Ms. Qiu graduated in 2015 from a subsidiary institute of the Jiangsu Second Normal College, majoring in information technology and applied computer science. While carrying her interest in Chinese calligraphy to have won in a competition at school, Ms. Qiu also developed a passion in graphic design and has a good command of such design software as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Design. She moved to Shanghai after college and worked as a graphic designer at an online shopping platform before joining ACN Worldwide in early 2018.

Global Representatives

  • Skip Kaltenheuser

    Regional Director

    USA – East Coast

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    Skip Kaltenheuser

    Regional Director

    USA – East Coast

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English
    Email: skip.kaltenheuser@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Kaltenheuser's eclectic background started with a successful legal career working for state and federal governments in the United States. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for Kansas and his Federal posts include environmental and energy, historic preservation, and advising developing nations on legal matters. He has consulted on economic development, notably for the District of Columbia, and has worked in media and advising on Competitive Intelligence. He has also supervised or observed elections in Bosnia, FYR Macedonia, and Kazakhstan.

    A widely published writer and photographer, Mr. Kaltenheuser’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications worldwide, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Barron's, California Lawyer, Christian Science Monitor, World Trade, CIO Insight, Taking Stock, Across the Board, Business Ethics, and Meetings Media. Diverse and prolific in style, he has covered a broad spectrum of business, legal, and political topics, as well as tourism and the travel industry.

    Mr. Kaltenheuser's association with ACN Group began in 1996 and he was invited to join its Advisory Board in 2005. Mr. Kaltenheuser has made invaluable contributions during the concept development of ACN Worldwide. His most recent appointment as Regional Director of the United States of America – East Coast allows him to fully utilise his extensive knowledge and networking abilities in cross-border investments.

    Based in Washington, D.C., Mr Kaltenheuser holds Bachelor of Social Work and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kansas. He is also an active member of the National Press Club, and its international correspondents and photography committees.
    Andres Pena

    Regional Director

    Latin America

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    Andres Pena

    Regional Director

    Latin America

    Nationality:Mexico
    Language(s):Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Tagalog, Mandarin
    Email: andres.pena@acnworldwide.com
    Mastering 7 languages including Mandarin Chinese, Mr. Peña has been serving the Greater China area since 1986. A former career diplomat, Mr. Peña was the acting Consul General of Mexico to Hong Kong and Macao. Among a long list of professional credentials primarily in the energy industry, Mr. Peña has served as: Managing Director of OFSCap, a Houston Texas and Rio de Janeiro based financial institution for oil and gas; Director of the Board of Walker Global Energy in Washington DC; Group Vice President of Copower Enterprise, one of China’s leading private oil companies; Executive Director of Yan Chang Petroleum, China’s 4th largest oil company, listed on the Hong Kong SEHK and also a Chinese Top 500 company; Senior Advisor/Partner of BaoTa Petrochemicals, a leading private refinery group in China; Partner of Daqing Jing Tai Petroleum Group China; Partner of Tianjin Hoidi Group.

    Outside the energy industry in a broader spectrum, Mr. Peña has also been the Chairman of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce for Hong Kong and Macao, Co-Chair of Americas Chapter and Outbound China Investment of the Independent Power Producer’s Forum (IPPF), as well as advisors to Emerging Markets Capital Hong Kong and Ningxia University. He is also a Director for Asia Chateau Fonchereau Vineyard Bordeaux in France.

    Mr. Peña has a Master in Public Policy from National University of Singapore, and has competed his training from the US Project Management Institute (PMI). As a long-time associate of ACN Worldwide and a key advisor on its energy-related projects, Mr. Peña continues his close involvement as our Regional Director for Latin America.
    Viesturs Koziols

    Regional Director

    Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland

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    Viesturs Koziols

    Regional Director

    Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland

    Nationality:Latvia
    Language(s):Latvian, Russian, English
    Email: viesturs.koziols@acnworldwide.com
    A Latvian native and among his many well-known capacities, Mr. Koziols is a real estate developer, media and sports entrepreneur, photographer, patron of arts, and a political and public figure. Mr. Koziols was a key member among those Latvian politicians and business leaders who founded the Baltic Stability Foundation which was instrumental in the development of the national investment strategies for Latvia as well as the implementation of legislation for encouraging foreign direct investment in Latvia.

    Since the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Koziols has travelled to many parts of the world, gaining an extensive experience in business and establishing a wide network of solid contacts, particularly in the UK, Switzerland, Austria, and Lithuania. Between 1995 and 1997, he was the CEO of the Norwegian retail chain Varner Baltija and Director of Real Estate at Varner Hakon Invest, both are successful ventures of the Varner Gruppen group. These companies were among the first foreign investment enterprises in Latvia.

    As a successful businessman with a global vision and experience, Mr. Koziols has been a much sought after talent from whom many political leaders and government officials in Latvia have gone to seek advice. In the early 1990s, he was advisor to the first and second Prime Ministers of Latvia, Ivars Godmanis and Valdis Birkavs. He was also advisor to the Minister of Economics of Latvia, Juris Lujāns. In 2009, he became freelance advisor to Minister of the Interior affairs of Latvia, Linda Mūrniece.

    As our Regional Director for Latvia, Lithuania, and Switzerland since 2013, Mr. Koziols has been a treasured asset of ACN Worldwide to guide the investment endeavours of our company and our clients in these regions.`
    Erik Laykin

    Regional Director

    USA – West Coast

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    Erik Laykin

    Regional Director

    USA – West Coast

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English
    Email: erik.laykin@acnworldwide.com
    A multi-talented business consultant with a high-achieving career, Mr. Laykin is most recognised as an electronic discovery authority and an internationally accredited expert in cyber-crime, electronic fraud, trade secret theft, corporate espionage, and other complex information technology disputes.

    Mr. Laykin is currently a Managing Director of Duff & Phelps, a U.S.-based financial advisory and investment banking firm. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, he was a Director at Navigant Consulting. In the 1990s, Mr. Laykin founded Online Security, one of the world’s first IT Investigative firms, and provided highly specialised services for major international law firms and leading traditional investigative companies. Mr. Laykin is a regular speaker at industry conferences and for the media including CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS. His participation on a number of advisory boards includes the California Judicial Council's Subcommittee on Digital Evidence and the Electronic Commerce Council.

    Mr. Laykin’s knowledge and involvements with real estate began some 20 years ago when his firm assisted in the establishment of some of the earliest online property portals in the United States.
    Mr. Laykin’s association with ACN Group dated back to the mid-1990s, and he has provided valuable insights into the market and investment as a whole, and network securities in particular. At ACN Worldwide, Mr. Laykin serves as Regional Director of the United States of America - West Coast. Being a Santa Monica native and having his family history deeply rooted in Los Angeles, Mr. Laykin is the ideal candidate to represent and serve the company’s interests in the region.
    Kari Taipale

    Regional Director

    Finland, Estonia, Hungary

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    Kari Taipale

    Regional Director

    Finland, Estonia, Hungary

    Nationality:Finland
    Language(s):Finnish, English, Hungarian
    Email: kari.taipale@acnworldwide.com
    Born in Finland, Mr. Taipale was exposed to an entrepreneurial environment since early childhood with the convenience of his parents’ family business which was a well-established dealership in car parts and accessories. Inheriting the family trait and the strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Taipale went to Hungary after school, where he started his own business in tyres, as well as importing furniture and household equipment. Later between 1992 and 2002, Mr. Taipale took on the challenge to become a supplier of a variety of goods to SFOR Bosnia and KFOR Kosovo, achieving considerable success.

    An extremely capable businessman and a born trader, Mr. Taipale launched the Budapest based Arch International Ltd. in 1998, which focused on the wholesale of spa and sauna equipment across many countries in continental Europe. Since 2004, the company has expanded to include the import of sport equipment to Hungary. In addition to being the major shareholder and General Manager of Arch International, Mr. Taipale further capitalised on his network of contacts and business interests to form OTD Asia in 2007 and become the General Manager of this dynamic trading and consulting group.

    Mr. Taipale became acquainted with ACN Group in the mid-1990s in Hong Kong and has remained a close business associate ever since. Now in his capacity of being our Regional Director of Finland, Estonia, and Hungary, Mr. Taipale is fully utilising his experience in these countries for the benefit of ACN Worldwide and our clients whereby his unique business instinct, international experience, and wide network of contacts are very much treasured.
  • Christian Levey

    Regional Director

    France, Monaco

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    Christian Levey

    Regional Director

    France, Monaco

    Nationality:France
    Language(s):French, English
    Email: christian.levey@acnworldwide.com
    With some 20 years of experience in the finance and real estate service industry, Mr. Levey is an accomplished agent and advisor in the areas of tax planning, asset acquisition, loan insurance underwriting, and credit brokerage. He is the founder of Axio Conseil, a wealth management consulting business, as well as the Associate Co-founder of Adomos S.A., a distributor of real estate tax advisory and online-based credit broker, which went public in 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Levey was instrumental in developing a real estate and credit brokerage capitalising on his previous experience in sales.

    The profound knowledge of and rich experience in the French market Mr. Levey has is extremely valuable to our clients looking for investment opportunities in France. It goes without saying also that his extensive network of local contacts built up over decades of work on the ground as well as his market insight can often guide investors to avoid the pitfalls and complications usually found otherwise by people who are not familiar with France. A French native and well versed in the field of finance and real estate, Mr. Levey is well positioned to represent ACN Worldwide in his capacity of our Regional Director for France and Monaco.

    Mr. Levey has an extensive and international education background and has attended schools in London, Paris, and Madrid. He graduated from European Business School in 1989 and holds a Master of Economics degree.
    Ryan Stanley

    Regional Director

    Spain, Portugal

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    Ryan Stanley

    Regional Director

    Spain, Portugal

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian
    Email: ryan.stanley@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Stanley is a successful businessman with more than 20 years of experience in private equity, real estate, global business development, and market strategy across North America, Europe and Asia. Starting his career in North America, Mr. Stanley was the International Business Development Manager for the Washington D.C. based Integrated Resources Group and helped it triple its revenues. From 1997, he worked as Senior Manager at the Foundation for Enterprise Development, representing the company in international consultancy, negotiations, transactions, and private equity. He subsequently co-founded Strategy.com, which went global and generated USD 82 million within one year under his leadership.

    In 2005, Mr. Stanley co-founded the Landmarkk Group and the Seimar Investment Group, and established offices in Almaty, Istanbul, and Moscow. He oversaw a USD 2 billion portfolio in real estate investments and USD 500 million in land plots in Kazakhstan. Of the numerous transactions made by Mr. Stanley, one included a USD 200 million mixed use development project in Istanbul, which he developed in conjunction with renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster. Since 2009, he became a Partner of Direct Capital Group and POLREP Partners in Spain.

    Mr. Stanley’s relationship with ACN Worldwide started in 2005 and has remained a close business associate ever since. Since relocating to Madrid, Mr. Stanley has become extremely familiar with the markets of Spain and Portugal and is well positioned to represent ACN Worldwide in these two countries.

    Mr. Stanley is a graduate from the Pepperdine University in Malibu with a joint degree in International Business Administration and International Relations. An outstanding linguist, Mr. Stanley is fluent in several languages including English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
    Ricky Sim

    Regional Director

    Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand

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    Ricky Sim

    Regional Director

    Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand

    Nationality:Singapore
    Language(s):English, Mandarin
    Email: ricky.sim@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Sim’s extensive and successful career has spanned over 40 years in both private and public sectors. After serving 18 years as a civil servant and out-posted diplomat with the Singapore government, he joined the private sector in 1994 to become COO of the Suntec investment group of companies, the largest FDI conglomerate and stayed on top of this corporate giant until he resigned in 2013 to start his own consultancy RS Advisory & Consulting, leveraging on the vast network of contacts he has built up over the last three decades.

    Meantime in 2013, he started a real estate consultancy named “SunChest Property Consultants Pte Ltd” which in 2015 merged with RHT, a top law firm with offices across ASEAN countries. Mr. Sim's charisma didn't stop there, however, and in late 2016, he brought Chestertons, one of Britain's oldest real estate brokerages, back to Singapore to create RHT Chestertons where he is now the Managing Director, continuing to bring about more success stories from a combination of the best of the West and the East.

    Outside of his professional capacities, Mr. Sim has volunteered to serve in a wide range of CSR Organisations. Among the many positions he has held, he was the former Secretary of the Scout Association and was conferred in 2010 the Distinguished Service (Silver) Award by the President of Singapore, the Honorary Advisor to the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore, Treasurer of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Singapore Kindness Movement, and Board Member of the Social Innovation Park, etc.

    Mr. Sim’s relationship with ACN Group began in 1994 and, over the decades, he has been a close associate with ACN Worldwide and witnessed the development of the company from its inception to the present day. He is forever a treasured advisor and representative of ACN Worldwide in Singapore and neighbouring countries in South East Asia.
    Bap Romano

    Regional Director

    Australia, New Zealand

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    Bap Romano

    Regional Director

    Australia, New Zealand

    Nationality:Australia
    Language(s):English
    Email: bap.romano@acnworldwide.com
    Multi-dimensional Bap Romano is known first and foremost for his broad sporting achievements in Australia, Mr. Romano was involved in many competitions representing his state and country in rugby league, rugby union, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, beach sprint, surf boat, boxing, swimming, as well as hang gliding. He has Queensland, Australian and World Championships to his credit.

    A legend in car racing, Mr. Romano first raced in 1969, before participating in the Australian Sports Car Championship in the early 1980s. He co-designed and built the fastest Group C2 Sports Racing Car in the world – the legendary Romano WE84, which remains one of Australia's most iconic, fastest, and popular race cars. He later also raced in the Australian Drivers' Championship, and in 1995, formed Romano Racing, which competed in Australian V8 Supercar racing between 1995 and 2003.

    Between races and other sports passions, Mr. Romano has built up and served as managing director of 16 companies over the last 50 years. A veteran in the building industry, he was the original pioneer of large townhouse developments in South East Queensland and has successfully developed commercial, industrial, residential properties including high rise complexes and resorts over the years. Mr. Romano's association with ACN Worldwide began in 2012 which subsequently led to his appointment as Regional Director of Australia and New Zealand given his outstanding reputation and wide network of contacts in the region.

    The Romano Group is the major sponsor for several local clubs and organisations and donates to many charities in Australia. He is the recipient of the Australian Government National Medal for long service and contribution to life saving. He is a registered builder, draftsman and accountant.
    Hen-Chi Chou

    Regional Director

    Taiwan

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    Hen-Chi Chou

    Regional Director

    Taiwan

    Nationality:Taiwan
    Language(s):Mandarin, English
    Email: henchi.chou@acnworldwide.com
    A seasoned professional, and much to his own credit and self-motivation, Mr. Chou has successfully developed a parallel career of over 30 years across nearly every facet of the real estate industry, in town planning and architectural consulting, cost consultancy, and project management, as well as in the capacity of a real estate development strategist.

    Starting in the late 1980s, Mr. Chou was one of the pioneers to have introduced the practice of chartered surveying to Taiwan and was Managing Director of Levett & Baily Hillier Parker (Taiwan) for three years. He then formed a venture with Vigers in 1994 and has remained as Managing Director of Vigers Landmart Taiwan Ltd. He is also the Principal Architect of CHC Landmart Architects & Planners. He also served as the CEO of APEC Architect Project Monitoring Committee in Taipei.

    Mr. Chou’s international reputation has earned him major projects in numerous countries and made him one of the most sought after real estate planning and development experts in mainland China, and has since the mid-1990s, handled projects in more than 20 major Chinese cities and consulted on behalf of many provincial governments and urban administrations. Mr. Chou's association with ACN Worldwide began in the mid-1990s and his appointment as Regional Director for Taiwan is a further testimony to his impeccable professional integrity and skills.

    Mr. Chou holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Tamkang University in Taiwan, and a Master Degree in Town and Country Planning from University of Sydney in Australia. He is a Registered Architect of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (ARAIA), of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA) and of the National Association of Architects in Taiwan (NAA). Mr. Chou is also an associate of the America Institute of Architect (AIA), and an Australia Professional Planner.
  • Tormod Stene-Johansen

    Regional Director

    Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark

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    Tormod Stene-Johansen

    Regional Director

    Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark

    Nationality:Norway
    Language(s):Norwegian, English
    Email: tormod.stenejohansen@acnworldwide.com
    A well respected Norwegian businessman, Mr. Stene-Johansen is a popular figure in the business community in not only Norway but also several neighbouring countries with also good government connections. He started his own company between 1988 and 1992 doing trading between Norway and Russia. In the years that followed between 1992 and 1998, Mr. Stene-Johansen became the Director of Export for one of Norway’s leading retail and wholesale companies Varner Gruppen AS.

    Mr. Stene-Johansen is the owner and CEO of Urban Development Group AS. He also sits on the board of directors for many important and regional companies such as Invest AS, Tritan Goup AS, Spitzenklasse AS, Portpro AS, and Data Respons ASA, and played an important role in assisting many Norwegian companies to have established their foothold in Riga, and was, between 1998 and 2001, the advisor to the Latvian Minister of Economy. Over the past decade or so, Mr. Stene-Johansen has been dedicating his effort to the urban development of some of the large cities in the Baltic region, leading and investing in several major real estate projects, most notably in Latvia, Poland and Sweden.

    As our Regional Director for Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark since 2013, Mr. Stene-Johansen has been a treasured asset of ACN Worldwide to guide the investment endeavours of our company and our clients in these regions.

Advisory Board Members

  • Joel Laykin

    Advisory Board Member

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    Joel Laykin

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English
    Email: joel.laykin@acnworldwide.com
    A renowned professional and industry senior in the fields of public relations, public affairs, and corporate communications, Mr. Laykin brings more than 50 years of experience in planning and implementing marketing strategies for a great variety of clients, at different levels of the government, as well as in the private sector.

    Mr. Laykin serves as the President of Laykin Communications, a leading PR firm that has long conducted due diligence road shows in connection with initial public offerings, bond issues, annual functions, investment seminars, and presentations. The company's client list includes several dozen of the world's best-known business names and brands. Additionally, Mr. Laykin sits on the Board of Directors of the California Association of China and Hong Kong. He is a founding member of the Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong and currently chairs its External Relations Committee.

    Mr. Laykin has been the Secretary General of the Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF) since 2000 which is the only power/energy industry entity of its kind in Asia. He is also Executive Director and Acting Chair of the Asia Power Water Council Ltd (APWC), a cousin NGO to the IPPF, and is on the Advisory Board of ‘Power-Gen Asia’.

    Mr. Laykin has been a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong since 1980 as well as the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the executive committee of the Rule of Law in China Forum and serves as Convenor and Vice-Chairman for the Hong Kong International Producers Film Forum.

    Having witnessed the growth of the ACN Group since its inception in 1995 and contributed to the expansion of ACN Worldwide, Mr. Laykin is a most treasured member of our Advisory Board.
    Brigitte Wolff

    Advisory Board Member

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    Brigitte Wolff

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:Germany
    Language(s):German, English, French, Mandarin
    Email: brigitte.wolff@acnworldwide.com
    Ms. Wolff is an accomplished expert with nearly 30 years in management consulting, corporate investment and engineering experience in Europe, China and USA. Starting her career in a German consulting firm, she has grown to become a widely recognised professional in business management and is known for her integrity, persistence and diligence as well as her sincere and charismatic personality. Highly respected for her insight in business management, reliability and thorough consulting skills, she has established herself as one of the top business and management advisors within the German business community in China and across the world.

    Ms. Wolff has been actively participating in China related business affairs since 1999, and in 2001, she founded a management consulting firm in China to advise German companies investing in China. She subsequently merged her firm into Booz & Company in 2007, which eventually was assumed by PwC in 2014 to become PwC Strategy. Ms Wolff is now president of Interim and Transition Management firm E.I.M. responsible for its business operation in China, ASEAN and India.

    A well respected professional, Ms. Wolff has been an active member of the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and Manager Lounge (Manager Magazine), also in the city of Shanghai. She has authored numerous articles and is a much sought after speaker at various industry events and conferences. ACN Worldwide is proud to have Ms. Wolff on our Advisory Board since 2015 who has been instrumental in our business and investment endeavours in Germany.

    Ms. Wolff earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering and studied post-graduate Business Administration for Engineers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
    Nick Bradbury

    Advisory Board Member

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    Nick Bradbury

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:UK
    Language(s):English, French, German, Mandarin
    Email: nick.bradbury@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Bradbury began his career working for the China-Britain Trade Group in London, where he arranged and accompanied CEO level delegations from the UK to China to advance bilateral trade. He subsequently became a manager at investment bank Morgan Grenfell in London, now part of the Deutsche Bank, where he worked on project finance in the Far East, assisting the financial evaluations of major infrastructure developments and the restructuring of company financing via banking, fixed income, and equity markets.

    Having relocated to Canada in 1989, and subsequently to Hong Kong in 1994, Mr. Bradbury successfully pursued a career in public relations in a wide range of financial, investor relations, marketing, and corporate capacities. He has consulted companies listed in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, and Jakarta, from blue chip and small-cap stocks to public and quasi-public bodies in a variety of industries. He has also had extensive experience working with some of Asia's leading property development and investment companies. Mr. Bradbury worked as director of investor relations at Golin/Harris International, the eighth largest PR firm in the US. He is also the founder and managing director of Conatus Limited. His broad and dynamic experience in investment and public relations across three continents has greatly enhanced his role as ACN Worldwide's Regional Director for the UK and Ireland.

    Mr. Bradbury earned a first class honours degree in Modern Chinese Studies and German from the University of Leeds. He is the author of ‘Infrastructure in China: plugging into powerful opportunities’, published in 1995 by EIU, and is the winner of Gold Galaxy and ARC awards for marketing communications from the New York-based International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences (IACAS), as well as a Gold Quill award for excellence in strategic management communications, and a Jake Wittmer award for research both from IABC. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, French, and German.
    Sherwood Hu

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    Sherwood Hu

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:China
    Language(s):Mandarin, Shanghainese, English
    Email: sherwood.hu@acnworldwide.com
    Born into an artist family, Mr.Hu is a theatre and TV series director, movie director and producer, and educator. He started directing stage performances and won awards right after graduating from the PLA Academy of Arts in 1983. Years later in 1987, he went to study in the United States and obtained his Master degree in theatre and film production from the State University of New York and a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since 1994, Mr. Hu began his movie directing career in both China and the US and produced his epic film Warrior Lanling which won many awards in film festivals in Europe and the US. He was then invited to direct his first English language film Lani Loa – The Passage, with Francis Ford Coppola as Executive Producer.

    Returning to China in 2005, he established Hu’s Entertainment to have produced and directed a good number of award winning stage dramas and TV series, and in 2006 his masterpiece, Prince of the Himalayas, became widely applauded for being the most successful adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet and won numerous awards worldwide. Other important productions by Mr. Hu include his award winning movies Amazing and King of Shanghai and stage productions such as A.R. Gurney's Sylvia and Jean-Paul Sartre's Dirty Hands. But most notably, Mr. Hu became the mastermind and creative director of the Shanghai Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo which was widely praised as one of the most creative pavilions at the Expo.

    Mr. Hu's outstanding achievements has won him such titles of "Eastern Scholar" and "Distinguished Expert", and became the president of School of Film and Television at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and was the founder of MIA Centre (Media Image Art), pioneering a new and high-tech entertainment art form in a dome environment. He was invited to join the Advisory Board of ACN Worldwide in 2014 contributing to the growth of our organisation from a different perspective.
    Sam Chang

    Advisory Board Member

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    Sam Chang

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English, Mandarin
    Email: sam.chang@acnworldwide.com
    An independent financial advisor, Mr. Chang’s impeccable professional career covers 30 years in both the United States and East Asia. He began his career at Chemical Bank's merchant banking group in New York. In 1979 he joined Philip Morris as a Corporate Planning Executive. In 1986, Mr. Chang moved back to Taipei and served in the China Development Corporation before joining Salomon Brothers as Vice President of Investment Banking in 1990. In 1995 he became an Executive Director of UBS in Hong Kong, leading the bank's Mergers and Acquisitions practice in East Asia. In 1999 he returned to the United States and took on the role of Chief Financial Officer in Avant! Corporation. In 2003, Mr. Chang became the Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston in Taiwan.

    Mr. Chang has been a Venture Partner at Iglobe, a Singapore-based venture capital fund since 2007, and an advisor to St. John’s Capital Group since 2008. He also holds directorships on several public companies, including Fuburg Industrial, Lytone Enterprise, Transtouch Technology, and Hannstar Display Corporation. He was also the past Independent Director of Gloria Solar International Holding.

    Mr. Chang appreciates the global vision of ACN Worldwide and, since becoming a member of our Advisory Board in 2010, has been sharing regularly with our management his experience in corss-border investment.

    Mr Chang received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and graduated with an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1974.
  • Thomas J. Papa

    Advisory Board Member

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    Thomas J. Papa

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English
    Email: thomas.papa@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Papa has over 30 years of experience in operations and finance consulting, high level management, and marketing and sales with Fortune 500, management consulting, and investment banking firms operating in the USA, Europe and Asia. Mr. Papa is the founder of CRESO Capital and has been collaborating with C-level executives in developing and executing organic and acquisition strategies, private placements, fostering strategic alliances across borders, providing investment banking services including M&A financing, recapitalisations, positioning and managing joint venture relationships, management buyouts, and advising on new market penetration.

    Outside his business engagements, Mr. Papa is the Chairman & President Emeritus of the ~80,000 member USC Marshall Alumni Association, President Emeritus of USC’s Marshall Alumni Board – Orange County Chapter, and currently is a Trustee and Chairman of the Vision & Strategy Committee for the World Affairs Council Orange County after serving as past Chairman. He also served on the Advisory Board for the Women Executives & Entrepreneurs for Southern California, spent six years on the Board for Young Professionals Against Cancer, and has chaired events for the American Cancer Society.

    Mr. Papa received his MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, while his graduate studies included European Business & Strategy at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. His association with ACN Worldwide began in 2015, and has since been a treasured member of our Advisory Board.
    Kwik Sam Aik

    Advisory Board Member

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    Kwik Sam Aik

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:Singapore
    Language(s):English, Mandarin, Cantonese
    Email: kwik.sam.aik@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Kwik is a well-known banker with a successful career of over three decades in the areas of commercial, corporate, and investment banking, as well as in capital markets. He has held various senior positions with international banks in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China, was the former General Manager of DBS Bank for Greater China, and Senior Vice President of Overseas Union Bank, now part of United Overseas Bank, and General Manager of its Shanghai Branch.

    Mr. Kwik is currently the Executive Director of Wellfull Capital Ltd., a private equity fund management firm that is focused on investment in real estate development projects in Hong Kong, mainland China and other neighbouring countries. He is also the Independent Non-Executive Director of Winfoong International Ltd., the Treasurer of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is on the Board of Governors of the Singapore International School in Hong Kong.

    Mr. Kwik became acquainted with ACN Worldwide since 2009 and has been supportive of our mission to promote cross-border investment. As a member of our Advisory Board, Mr. Kwik contributes to the growth our organisation with his rich experience whereby his expert advice on investment and banking matters is always highly valued and treasured.

    Mr. Kwik graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1973. He is also the President of NUS Business School Hong Kong Alumni Chapter.
    Bruce Thomsen

    Advisory Board Member

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    Bruce Thomsen

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:USA
    Language(s):English
    Email: bruce.thomsen@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Thomsen's career in business runs over half a century since 1963 when he started working for E.I. DuPont, Dow Chemical and other Fortune 50 companies before setting up his own marketing and advertising company and successfully acquired Food Machinery Chemical (FMC) as his first client. In 1982, Mr. Thomsen sold his advertising business and moved into the field of corporate investment when he acquired a coal mining operation in the State of Kentucky and a small regional airline operating out of Las Vegas.

    Throughout the years, Mr. Thomsen has consulted and invested in a wide array of industries including insurance, gaming, energy, thoroughbred breeding, dairy farming, franchised restaurants, nutritional supplements, as well as online education. He has once led a consortium to acquire the Carl Goette Bank in Cologne, Germany, and was instrumental in the establishment of the first and fully licensed merchant bank in the Seychelle Islands. In the late 1970s, Mr. Thomsen represented the Vienna based Zentralssparkasse Bank in New York, and has subsequently helped it to acquire two other Austrian banks to form the largest bank in the country, which is now known as Bank Austria.

    Mr. Thomsen is also a known expert in having assisted many companies to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NAZDAQ. His association with ACN Worldwide began in 1996 and has over the last 20 years maintained a close and friendly working relationship with our organisation. We are therefore extremely proud to have Mr. Thomsen as a member of our Advisory Board.

    Mr. Thomsen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University with a double major in Marketing and Economics. In 1997 his preparatory school elected him to the hall of fame for his entrepreneurial and international business achievements.
    Kancho Stoychev

    Advisory Board Member

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    Kancho Stoychev

    Advisory Board Member

    Nationality:Bulgaria
    Language(s):Bulgarian, English, French, Russian
    Email: kancho.stoychev@acnworldwide.com
    Mr. Stoychev is a pioneer and one of the best known names in the Balkans in social and political research, market and media research as well as transitional political analysis. He is the founder of ACSOR, a leading research organisation in Afghanistan, and is also the founding director of Distance, an Arab language CATI centre based in Sofia, which performs research on the Middle East and North Africa. In 1998, he became the major shareholder and CEO of TNS BBSS which controls majority shareholding in research companies based in Sofia, Bucharest, Belgrade, Tirana, Sarajevo, Pristina, Skopje and Chisinau.

    Since 2001, Mr. Stoychev has been a Vice President of the Gallup International Association, and was elected President of GIA in 2017. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the European integration process, participating in various think-tank initiatives, and has lectured in universities in Berlin, Budapest, Sofia and Washington D.C. Mr. Stoychev's insightful comments and opinions are well valued and is often quoted on regional and international issues in global media such as the BBC, Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle and the FT.

    Mr. Stoychev is also an active investor in the tourist industry, having interests in golf courses and properties, restaurants, recreation and spa centres, high-tech ventures and software development. He is chairman of the "Made in Bulgaria" Association, a playwright, author, and a journalist. Mr. Stoychev graduated from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Philosophy and Sociology Faculty. He speaks French, English, Russian and Bulgarian. In recognition of his professional achievements and dedicated work for the integration of Europe, Mr. Stoychev was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de Mérite by the President of the French Republic, and has been invited to become a member of the Advisory Board of ACN Worldwide since 2016.

Historical Milestones

2015 - 2017

With the increasing presence of ACN Worldwide in Bulgaria and the number of projects on hand, ACN Worldwide Bulgaria Ltd. was incorporated in early 2016, represented by Martin Zahariev. The entity has subsequently invested to set up an innovative trading arm, Free Trade Zone 16 Plus 1 Ltd, to start promoting its portfolio of over 1000 food and agricultural products from CEE countries.

Further expansion of ACN Worldwide was achieved with the establishment of a subsidiary entity in Kunming headed by Eric Tan and a representative office in Rome represented by Carlo Leopaldi.

2011 - 2014

The first ACN Worldwide Gathering event was launched in Shanghai bringing together local investors with foreign diplomats to exchange their respective aspirations and opportunities. Additional publications such as Focus Property and the Investor Guide Series were launched as well as the development of more than a dozen project marketing brochures. ACN Worldwide Ltd., Shanghai was incorporated in China as a wholly owned foreign enterprise (WOFE) of ACN Worldwide Inc.

We have successfully marketed and sold over 100 residential units in a ski resort in Bulgaria. ACN won further marketing contracts to sell properties in North America, South East Asia and Europe. These were presented in the subsequent 18 ACN Worldwide Gathering events all of which have largely raised the profile of the company as being the ultimate platform in China to promote and facilitate outbound investment.

2008 - 2010

A strategic decision was made to further consolidate the business through a major corporate restructuring of the group and to start trading under ACN Worldwide, capitalising on the resources and connections that the company had built up around the world over the years with the aim of providing a new global investment platform based in Shanghai serving Chinese investors worldwide.

The first round of 50 partner firms in Europe and North America were signed up to join the ACN Worldwide family to identify investment opportunities in real estate, resorts, hotels, energy and infrastructure. A Research and Publishing Division was formed to start developing our first batch of Country Facts together with city profiles of major cities of more than 50 countries that has won the praise and endorsement of their diplomats in China.

2005 - 2007

Shanghai

To take advantage of China’s development trajectory, the company’s corporate base was relocated to Shanghai after an ACN controlled building management subsidiary won an important government contract through public tender to manage 500,000 square meters of a major residential development, part of the massive urban relocation project in Shanghai to prepare for the World Expo in 2010. The subsidiary together with an estate agency firm were sold in 2007.

ACN Group’s expansion continued when it was retained by Landmark Estate Development Group from Kazakhstan to conduct investment feasibility studies and opinion papers for a major urban redevelopment project in downtown Beijing and another project in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China.

1998 - 2004

Beijing

In the wake of the Asian financial crisis, ACN Group refocused its regional business and relocated its corporate base to Beijing to take advantage of the rapid growth of China’s real estate industry. By building up a strong leasing and sales team as well as a group of professional property managers, ACN Group was responsible for the successful marketing and management of more than 30 major real estate projects in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Dalian.

1995 - 1997

Hong Kong

Nelson Wong has been a renowned real estate and investment professional across Asia for over 30 years. In 1995, he sold his stake in the Vigers group, where he was chairman and chief executive, to establish the ACN Group in Hong Kong, in order to provide integrated real estate services throughout the PRC and the South East Asian region. Major achievements include the sale of several landmark office buildings and land sites in Hong Kong, the marketing of new development projects in Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing, along with the acquisition of a computer animation company and graphic design service team in Hong Kong.

Careers

ACN Worldwide appreciates the dynamite of young professionals and provides opportunities to fresh graduates, assisting them to grow and develop their careers across the various practices we have as a business organisation. In general, we are looking for smart and well educated young people who are self-confident, willing to learn and can learn things fast, but with a genuine passion towards developing a career and having a proactive working attitude is essential. While we welcome people of all nationalities with different language skills, your fluency and competence in English is a must.

Internship Programme

We offer internships to undergraduate or graduate students who are prepared to commit themselves to working at our offices for not less than 3 months and are able to work for 40 hours a week. Ideal candidates are those studying Economics, Law, Politics, History, and English Language. Successful applicants will be placed to work in some of our divisions including Project Investment, Research & Publishing, and PRARC (Political Risk Analysis & Research Centre). You will learn to carry out in-depth company and industry research and analytical reviews and will be working under the guidance of senior professionals and executives, who possess rich industry and professional knowledge, and are from different backgrounds. You will be exposed to potentially all industries and the investment environment of different countries, develop various skills that will be beneficial to your future. A reference letter will be given to you after your successful completion of internship at ACN Worldwide, while employment may be offered to the right candidates during or after their internship with us.

Research Assistant

Reporting directly to the Head Researcher and under the guidance of the Head of Research & Publishing Division, our Research Assistants are responsible to find and verify updated information of over 100 countries around the world and to participate in the content development of some investment related research papers as well as our Country Facts publication series following our set formula. Your name as Research Assistant will be included in the editorial team of all finished publications upon public release for which you are a part. Students majoring in History, Economics, Philosophy, Law, and English Language and Literature are preferred for this position.

Investment Analyst

Reporting directly to the Director of Project Investment Division, our Investment Analysts will be primarily responsible for carrying out market or industry research to assist the handling of different projects in both developed countries and emerging markets. You will be able to participate in the gathering and verification of project documents, creation of project investment teasers, review of corporate and financial data and information, and learn about project investment and financing structures on a case by case basis. Students majoring in Economics, Law, Accounting, Banking and Finance are preferred for this position.

Political Researcher

Reporting to the Head of our Political Risk Analysis & Research Centre (PRARC), our Political Researchers are expected to provide assistance for our research into the historical and cultural diversities of Central and Eastern European countries, as well as the political and economic realities, and national characteristics. Students majoring in Political Science, International Relations, History and in particular those who have an interest in the Central and Eastern European region are preferred for this position.