Hugh MasonCo-Founder & CEO
Hugh co-founded JFDI.Asia, Asia's pioneer business accelerator, with Meng Wong. In its first three years they have turned an investment of $1m into a $60m startup portfolio by teaching disciplined entrepreneurship.
Hugh's physics degree was sponsored by GEC-Marconi Research,where he worked on projects ranging from digital radar to radio propagation and home automation.
Afterwards Hugh trained as a TV producer-director with the BBC's primetime science show, Tomorrow's World. He went on to found Narrateo, a TV production company that won a British Academy Award nomination and made over 150 documentaries for Discovery Channel, National Geographic. They were seen by tens of millions of people worldwide.
Building a business around creative people turned out to be more fun than hands-on creativity so, in 2001, Hugh co-founded Pembridge Partners. It provided investment and advice to over 300 marketing, media and technology companies, raising over USD50m for them over the next decade.
Hugh has taught as an Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore and New York University and is an advisory board member at the Institute for Infocomm Research.
Alongside work Hugh wrote his first book, Brainfruit: Turning Creativity into Cash from East to West, with Mark Chong. It is published by McGraw Hill. Hugh co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme,a successful UK education charity, with Simon Singh MBE.
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