Poonyatorn “Champ” Suthipongchai
This heir to the producer and retailer of Sharp electronics is the eldest son of Supachai and Sanguansri Suthipongchai. Poonyatorn (or “Champ”) obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering, followed by a Master’s in Industrial Engineering at the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley – Haas School of Business. He started to work in innovation with smart design at a startup, 99 Design, before co-founding Creative Ventures with his two partners. Champ is considered the first Thai to have founded a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, and just launched his third office in Singapore last year. His hobby is to train his body, mind, and powers of focus with the Japanese martial art ‘Kodokan Goshin Jutsu’, but he also likes to spend time with his wife and his two pet hedgehogs.