Cofounder & CEO of iClick
Gilad Shany Managing Partner
ION Crossover Partners
Founder & CEO
TFI Digital Media Limited
Sammy Hsieh possesses more than 15 years of experience in online marketing, with a focus on sales and business strategy formulation and a proven track record of scaling Internet start-ups.
Sammy co-founded iClick Interactive in 2009 with a vision to redefine the digital marketplace with data, insights and innovation. Setting sights on the China market, the company set up offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou subsequently, and built a first-of-its-kind R&D centre in China to engage in advanced data mining and algorithmic technology development to empower iClick Interactive’s marketing technology capabilities. Under Sammy’s leadership, iClick Interactive became China’s first independent online marketing technology platform that successfully listed on NASDAQ (ticker symbol ICLK) in 2017. Currently, iClick Interactive operates in eight strategic locations worldwide including Asia and London, serving a strong clientele that includes more than 150 multinational companies.
Prior to founding iClick Interactive, Sammy had held senior positions in a number of prominent technology companies. He was Director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong during 2000-2008, during which he oversaw the business’ operations including sales, marketing, business development and product management. He then joined Efficient Frontier (acquired by Adobe), a leading digital performance marketing company as General Manager for APAC, introducing world-leading advertising optimization technology to Asia.
Sammy had also held senior positions at the LVMH Group and British American Tobacco earlier in his career, in which he focused on the companies’ sales and marketing initiatives for the Hong Kong and China markets.
Sammy holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Gilad is Managing Partner at ION Crossover Partners (ICP), Israel’s first technology crossover fund. ICP invests in leading Israel and Israel-related companies in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) segment. ICP and its Partners bring financing and operating expertise to assist technology disruptors with their effort to scale operations globally as independent companies.
Gilad brings a decade of long-term principle investing experience in disruptive growth companies. Prior to ICP he was a General Partner at Magma Venture Partners, a leading Israeli Venture Fund. At Magma, Gilad helped raise the first Growth Equity fund and led the search for non-Magma growth investment opportunities. In addition, Gilad sourced and led investments in Magma’s early stage fund.
Prior to Magma, Gilad spent almost eight years at Baron Capital. During his tenure at Baron ($26bn AUM Investment Manager based in NYC) Gilad’s investments areas included Information Technology Infrastructure, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Automobile and Transportation Technologies, Data Centers, Renewable Energy and Cyber Security.
Since 2010, Gilad sourced and led investments in 40+ companies that totaled over $1.5bn. Examples include Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Mobileye NV (NYSE: MBLY, recently acquired by Intel), Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM), Varonis Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNS) and more.
Prior to his investing career, Gilad spent 14 years with the Israeli Air Force as an F-16 pilot (Major) and a commander.
Gilad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University with a B.S. in Physics, Astronomy and Philosophy in 2007 and with Honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in 2010.
Over 20 years, Wilson has established himself as an expert in Information Engineering and User Experience Design, and a pioneer in Multimedia and Game Development education. His passion towards innovative technology is well-recognized and was named one of Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 Most Influential People (one out of ten individuals under Technology and Digital category).
In 2010, Wilson founded TFI Digital Media Limited, a HK-based technology company specializing in video-related technologies. Meanwhile, he also provides advisory services to multiple family offices, that are listed on Forbes Hong Kong’s Top 50, with interests across real estate, telecom and hospitality industries. Prior to his role at TFI, he was the Chief Information Officer at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, and taught post-graduate courses at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong City University and Hong Kong Baptist University. Wilson obtained his BSc in Applied Computing with First Class Honors from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and an MSc in Information Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Wilson currently serves as City University Department of Electronic Engineering Advisory Committee member, HP Enterprise OEM Customer Advisory Board member, mentor and vetting committee of PolyU Micro Fund and the committee of Qualifications Framework Industry Training Advisory Committee (ITAC) under the Hong Kong Education Bureau. Wilson is also an Honorary Advisor to the Professional Information Security Association and Global Design Ambassador of the Interaction Design Foundation.