Meet our Mentors

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RON YU

Managing Partner, ExecCatalyst

Ron specializes in helping high tech leaders reach their full career potential. He has been a mentor with MJAA since 2010. Prior to this, Ron has recruited and developed hundreds of top performers and leaders while holding senior management, VP, and executive roles at market leaders like Salesforce.com, Oracle, Hyperion as well as startups. Ron continues to serve as a Director for the Alliance of CEOs and is also a Platinum Partner of Financial Executives International – Silicon Valley, a national membership organization for CFOs.

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DENISE PECK

Executive Advisor, Ascend

Denise is currently an Executive Advisor to Ascend, the largest nonprofit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Denise co-developed and teaches various leadership skills development programs targeted at helping Pan-Asian professionals and managers to succeed in their careers. She continues to provide mentoring and executive coaching services to people at all career stages. Denise is a former executive of Cisco Systems holding a number of VP positions in marketing, operations, engineering services, and IT in San Jose, California and Shanghai, China. Denise was a long time executive sponsor and advocate of Cisco’s diversity initiatives, particularly on behalf of women and Asian employee networks. Prior to Cisco, Denise held senior marketing management positions at Sun Microsystems. Denise has a BA degree in Economics from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.

STEWARD WU

VP of Marketing & Business Development, Cortina Access, University of Washington EE Advisory Board

Steward is a successful entrepreneur founded several startups acquired by large companies in his career. He became VP of Cortina Access, Digital Home business unit following the acquisition of Storm Semiconductor, Inc. He founded Storm with the vision of revolutionizing the home networking infrastructure.  Prior to founding Storm Semiconductor, Stewart was the General Manager for the SMB/SOHO Networking Business Unit at Broadcom. Before joining Broadcom, Stewart was the Chairman, Founder, President, and CEO of Altima Communications, Inc., which was acquired by Broadcom. Prior to founding Altima, he spent many years designing the baseband communication ICs at Chips & Technologies (acquired by Intel) and later at Cirrus Logic. He also spearheaded the networking department at Quality Semiconductors, Inc. (acquired by IDT). He holds a MSEE and later a PhD in EE from University of Washington.

FAYE SAHAI

Innovation Leader & Senior Advisor, Partner at Mirai Global, Managing Director at Vinaj Ventures,

Board of Directors

Faye is a Partner at Mirai Global, a Senior Advisor at Exponential Talent, and a Managing Director at Vinaj Ventures and Telosity Fund investing in digital health startups.  She serves on the Board of Director at Ayogo Health, Ascend Leadership, Berger Research, Claremont McKenna Alumni and as an advisor to UCSF Catalyst, Samsung Emerging Tech, Food System 6, Exponential Talent,  Somnology MD, Asian Foundation Lotus Circle, AI and Healthcare Publication, and Innovation Executive Forum. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer. She has worked with and presented at Consumer Electronic Show (CES), ABIM, Chief Innovation Officer Summit, Venture Beat, Apps World, Watermark, Smart City, UCLA, Monte Jade Science and Technology, Blue Print, ACG Silicon Valley, UIX Global, Women in Tech, Institute for Health Technology Transformation, C200, Alchemist Accelerator, Plug & Play, EY Disruptive Innovation, Worth Conference, Insure Disrupt, CDX and others. Faye earned her MBA from Anderson School of Business, UCLA and BA in Economics & Psychology at Claremont McKenna College.

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ROBERT FAN

President SMI USA, Silicon Motion

Robert currently oversees corporate marketing communications / PR, strategic partnerships and investments, and serves as the GM of the graphics business unit and is on the board of two startups. He has 25+ years of experience in sales and marketing at Spansion, IDT and startups like Berkana Wireless (acquired by Qualcomm) and Resonext (acquired by RF Micro Devices). Prior to that, he spent 9+ years at Intel in sales, marketing, and management positions. Robert was one of the co-founders of Monte Jade Asian American chapter, has been an executive mentor since 2017 and currently is a board member of Monte Jade West. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the U.C. Berkeley, MSEE from Santa Clara University, and completed the General Management Executive Program at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas.

Wilson Cheung

Consultant CFO, Early Growth

Wilson currently serves as a consulting CFO with Early Growth Financial Services, working closely with startup founders and entrepreneurs on their finance and business strategies.  He has more than 20 years of Chief Financial Officer experience, including lead to a successful public stock offering for Network Peripheral, as well as leading other venture backed entities, such as Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die, to become strong mid-tier enterprises.  Wilson is a CPA, starting his career in the SF Bay Area at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), followed by senior financial analyst positions at Raychem (now Tyco Electronics), and then Sybase (now SAP).  Wilson grew up in San Francisco and is dedicated to working with many local non-profit organizations including Self-help for the Elderly, AchievedKids (children afflicted with autism) and Ascend.

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XIAOJING FAN

Corporate Controller, PayPal Inc.

Xiaojing manages financial accounting and reporting for global corporate activities at PayPal. She built the corporate controllership at PayPal soon after the company's separation from eBay in 2015. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions across Finance functions at eBay Corporate Treasury Operations and PayPal Global FP&A. Before joining eBay /PayPal, she was a Director with KPMG Advisory Services based in Silicon Valley. She has over 10 years’ "Big Four" financial and business management experience in the U.S. and China. Xiaojing holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, focused in Finance and Corporate Strategy and a Bachelor degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, major in International Economics.

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LARRY CHANG

Executive Advisor, Ascend

Larry is an Executive Advisor at Ascend, an organization for Asian-American leaders in Corporate America. He joined the Ascend Board in 2008 and was the co-President Northern California Chapter from 2009 to 2012.  Larry co-leads the development of an online, innovative leadership talk show for young professionals. Larry was elected to the board of Silicon Valley FACES in 2016. He was a personal advisor to the CFO and COO of Haier from 2007 to 2009. Larry was a former executive at Hewlett-Packard holding a number of SVP positions in supply chain and finance. Larry earned his BSE from the University of Michigan and MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas.  

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KC WU

Ex-SVP of Operation, Cisco

Kin-Ching (KC) Wu, focuses on mentoring to help break the glass and bamboo ceiling. KC is an ex-Cisco SVP of Operations Architecture. Prior to that, KC spent 7 years at Quantic Industries, an aerospace and defense company, where she held leadership positions in manufacturing engineering and production control. KC earned a BS degree in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University and an MS degree in industrial engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

PETER CHU

Board Member, Startups Advisor

Peter is currently a board member and advisor to startups in fintech, education and media. He was the CFO and VP of Strategy and Product Management at BroadVision, Inc. Prior to that, Peter was Managing Partner at AsiaTech Ventures and Senior Advisor at Inspirior, LLC. Peter has a strong background in managing projects for investments, strategy and M&A development, and operational growth on cross-border opportunities between US, Japan and Greater China. Peter also served as a COO, Executive Chairman, co-founder and president of various tech companies throughout his career. Peter is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and strategic advisor. He holds a BSEE degree from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Harvard University. He was formerly the Chairman of Monte Jade West.

LINDA FENG

Software Architect, Unicon Inc.

Linda Feng is a software architect at Unicon, a leading consulting firm specializing in open source for EdTech. Prior to joining Unicon, Linda was a Senior Product Manager expert in Platform Strategy and Standards. Linda has over 20 years of experience in database server and applications product development at Oracle. She earned her a patent for multidimensional indexing techniques present in Oracle's Spatial Cartridge

today. She recently served as co-chair of the IMS Global Learning Initiative Learning Information Services Working Group, helping to bring a new Enterprise interoperability standard to market. Linda earned her BS in EE and Computer Science from Stanford University.

DAVID JENG

Chief Strategy and Risk Officer, Wintec

David currently serves as Chief Strategy and Risk Officer and a member of the Board for Wintec. Prior to this role, David served as VP of the Retail division and VP of Operations in which he oversaw the logistics, technology and operating portions of the business.

David has also sat on the Investment Advisory Committee for Hanhai Investments which specializes on startups entering the fast growing Chinese market and is also Chairman of the Board for Monte Jade West which focuses on the cross border development of technology and commerce. David received his BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

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