Alan Hepburn, Managing Partner, Asia Advisory Board Architects & CEO, The Hepburn Group

Alan Hepburn, Managing Partner, Asia Advisory Board Architects & CEO, The Hepburn Group

He is a professional hotelier with experience all over Asia. He is from the Westminster Hotel School and had worked with hotel chains like Mandarin and Ritz Carlton. Mr. Hepburn is the CEO of Kids Edutainment and the Managing Partner of Advisory Board Architects. He is also a member of YPO and currently the Region Chair of Southeast Asia in YPO. 

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He is a professional hotelier with experience all over Asia. He is from the Westminster Hotel School and had worked with hotel chains like Mandarin and Ritz Carlton. Mr. Hepburn is the CEO of Kids Edutainment and the Managing Partner of Advisory Board Architects. He is also a member of YPO and currently the Region Chair of Southeast Asia in YPO. 

Having started his career with Chemical Engineering, Mr. Hepburn took up a junior water job in London to explore the hotel industry. Ever since he’s served and excelled in the hotel business! Starting with the most basic jobs of waitering and cutlery cleaning, Mr. Hepburn got his big break when he got a call from Hong Kong with respect to a job at the Mandarin! He then continued working for 13 years in different branches of The Mandarin, throughout Asia. After working long enough in the hotel industry, Mr. Hepburn grabbed an exciting opportunity in 2001 and started the first Luxury Lifestyle company in China! 

He spoke in detail about his venture- Advisory Board Architects. They discussed the importance of advisory boards and its relation with business. 

Mr. Garg and Mr. Hepburn also discussed in detail the working environment of China. And why China is the hub of startup businesses. Mr. Hepburn talked about being welcomed warmly in the country and feeling extremely secure and safe. He has spent all of his adult life in the country and deems it to be extremely considerate of foreigners. Having achieved many things in diverse fields, Mr. Hepburn’s story is one of a kind! 

Profile

Advisory Board Consultants, Managing Partner Asia, identify high performance board members for fiduciary and non fiduciary boards we develop and facilitate high impact advisory boards for private and public companies.
The Hepburn Group, CEO, consults for private developers on leisure and hospitality projects and works to assist with market entry for hospitality, food and beverage and lifestyle operators. We act as agents for premium food and drink products
Vertical, President, International, large scale production , distribution and brand development US based hemp company.
Between 2008 and 2010 he was Chief Executive Officer of the kids edutainment company which had the operating rights for the award winning KidZania concept for Greater China, Philippines and Thailand.
In 2001,Hepburn was founding Managing Director of the renowned Three On The Bund company, in China where he lead the company which created and developed the Three On The Bund destination concept, initially in Shanghai. This opened for commercial operation in 2004, under his management ,as a unique, integrated, lifestyle experience, building the first luxury brand from China.
Hepburn,has a distinguished track record in the hospitality industry. He enjoyed success with some of the world’s most prestigious hotel companies where he has directed numerous transformation programs and new concept openings and has enjoyed success with a wide range of award winning initiatives.
Prior to life in Asia, Hepburn spent a total of seven years at three of London’s best hotels. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (F.I.H.) and a graduate of the Westminster Hotel School.
An active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) currently serving as a Global Board member, Chair of the Chapters & Regions Committee, Chair of YPO Gold Council, a founding member and Chair of the Pan Asia Chapter. He served as past Chair of South East Asia YPO, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Dulwich College, Shanghai ,Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce ,China. In 2018, Alan was inducted into the Global Scot Hall of Fame by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

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