Chord Group
Much like the Greek philosopher, Plato, we believe in a republic, but for business, with transparency at its core and fairness and justice as its foundations.
Our vision is for a virtual worldwide republic of trading zones, enabling a true free market for innovation and enterprise, within a common regulatory environment, built on a leading edge digital and knowledge implementation platform. We work with those who share this vision, both for their own locality and beyond, helping them to navigate through the multiple complexities that surround such ventures, so that they can realise the benefits significantly faster and more effectively.

Building Innovation Zones

We are a consulting and investment group that coordinates and facilitates the creation and execution of innovation zones with local partners and operators. Chord works with business leaders and Governments to set up these special economic zones, working on a shared interest basis over the long term to ensure success. We are based in Silicon Valley with our executive team and consultants operating from major innovation centres across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.



We bring together experts in Constitution, Law, Public Affairs, Finance, Organisation Development, Partner Management, Property Management, Communications, IT & Communications, Marketing and Sales to determine the right framework for a proposed zone, working with local experts and entrepreneurs.


Once the legal and financial frameworks are in place, we project manage the project to the point where tenants can move in and enjoy the benefits of a special economic zone. To do this we coordinate the interests of property developers, Governments, regulators, investors, tenants and zone operators. Of critical importance in this phase is the implementation of proper sales and marketing activities to attract businesses to the sites.


Over the long term we work to ensure the benefits sought are delivered through effective and appropriate governance mechanisms. We work to integrate the zones into a worldwide network of other similar zones, to create a network effect that benefits all parties.


We work help create significant new business opportunities within the zones we are involved in. By partnering with major corporations and technology innovators we structure and package new business opportunities and then manage establishment of regional operations for them within our zones.

Chord Group is best judged by the company we keep:
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The People of Chord Group

Jason Blick

Chairman & CEO

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Jason Blick is a Solicitor of England and Wales, a Legal Consultant in Dubai, Member of the Institute of Directors and a Director of the Cayman Islands Government. Born in 1972, Jason was educated in England before becoming the youngest head of any top 30 UK Law Firm. He was based in Dubai for 10 years, following which he was resident in China for a further 3 years. Jason has traveled to over 96 countries and has started business in over 30 countries in the emerging markets. In 2009 he created the first Special Economic Zone in the Caribbean and changed 80 years of Legislation in the fields of Company Law, Immigration, Labour Law, Planning and Customs Law. He secured a 20 year exclusivity from the British Government, who furthermore waived sovereign immunity, for the Special Economic Zone and for his Commodities and Derivatives Exchange. He also secured a guarantee by the British Government to maintain the tax free status of both projects until 2062. It is the first time in history the British Government has agreed to such a proposition.

Jason is now the chairman of the largest SEZ Consulting and Development Group in the world.

Stephen Watson

Partner/ Chief Marketing Officer

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Stephen Watson is a C-level executive with an extensive background Branding, Marketing, Online Media, emerging markets, and demand creation. He brings his skill set into SEZ advertising, and “place” marketing for countries and zones throughout the world. He attended Boston College where he received a business degree in Marketing and has spearheaded the start-up and growth of numerous innovative companies that have remained at the forefront of its respective industry including Courtney & Watson Advertising, Rampage Interactive, Worldmedia Interactive, Tuesday Network, and The MIAMI Institute for Age Management. He also sits on the board of several South Florida companies and non-profit organizations.

His impressive track record in management, marketing, sales, product concept development, e-business strategy, product positioning, demand creation, internet marketing, media buying and branding knowledge caught the attention of new York’s Omnicom Group, who offered him several leadership roles in their worldwide organization and who ultimately purchased his group of advertising companies.

Steve manages all the Branding and Marketing strategies for Chord Group, its special economic zones throughout the world as well provides leadership marketing consulting for many of the zone clients.

Rob Wirszycz

Partner/ Vice Chairman

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Rob Wirszycz is an expert in outsourcing, software, e-commerce and consumer electronics. He works variously as a Chairman of scale-up businesses, Advisor to publicly quoted and private equity backed businesses, a mentor to start-ups, and an entrepreneur within a number of other ventures, including Chord Group. Prior to this he worked in Asia, Africa, US and UK as Marketing Director or CEO of a variety of different businesses.

Over the last 10 years, he has been directly involved in fundraising over £200 million and exits worth over £150 million.

He has an MBA and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors, the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, the British Computer Society, the Chartered institute of Marketing, and the institute of Sales and Marketing. He is Chairman of the Entrepreneur Panel and a Court Liveryman of the IT Livery Company in the City of London, and a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School and Imperial College, London.

He is the founder director and non executive chairman of Chord Group, an international management consultancy that works with governments, developers, investors and businesses around the world to create innovative business parks, and provides governance, strategy and direction to Chord’s activities and clients.

Jeremy David Kemp

Partner/ Chief Operating Officer

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Jeremy is a seasoned C-Level Executive Manager having built four businesses from inception and holding extensive business experience in Asia, he has been resident in Indonesia since 1994. Core strengths include building operational structures and business processes, both for companies he has founded as well as for clients across business sectors.

Jeremy is a solid team builder and player, with cross cultural understanding and proven international business acumen.

Jeremy is the Chief Operating Officer for the Chord Group, a global consulting group providing strategic development expertise to Governments in order to establish Special Economic Zones to facilitate accelerated economic development for their countries.

Jeremy is also the Founding Partner of the One Asia Group, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and United Kingdom to provide advisory services to governments and enterprises wishing to enhance their business in Asia.

Jeremy is a Board Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) London. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Justin Speake

MSVP of Strategic Planning

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Tom Powell

Chief Technology Officer

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Tom Powell is an IT and Telecoms Professional with over 25 years experience in the IT and telecommunication industry, CIO for Cayman Enterprise, held senior Management positions at Injazat Data System, EDS, Joint Venture with Mubadala in the UAE, has worked at Sun Microsystems in the Middle East & Africa region and Cable & Wireless in the UK, Mining Engineer in south Africa and has experience in the Extraction industries specifically the Gold Mining industry.

He has a depth of experience on large scale IT and Telecoms infrastructure projects across a range of industries and technology areas, most notably E-Government, oil & Gas, telecoms, Construction and free Zones intelligent cities much of this experience has been related to new business creation or major business Process and technology change.

He spends most of his energy helping organizations derive benefits from business Process optimization and the optimal use of technology, the internet and Cloud-based approaches to solving business challenges.

Managed the IT integration of a 4-way company merger between Cable & Wireless and 3 Cable TV operators solution provider to the key free-zones in Dubai and Dubai E-Government services.

He is presently the CIO of Chord Group, and provides technology leadership, Business Process Management, technology best practices and is responsible for Chord Groups’ state-of the-art, proprietary software platform for it’s clients.

Craig McLaren

Managing Director of Industrial Sector Development

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Craig McLaren is a senior advisor for executive leaders, bringing strategic guidance and execution excellence in all areas of business operations, from the effectiveness of leadership teams to assessing the organization culture and addressing change management requirements that come from Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Venture partnerships, start-ups or general operational improvement.

He offers Chord clients advice based on first hand practical knowledge developed over 25 years in progressively senior roles in the world's largest healthcare organization. He has a strong background in "emerging markets" and a track record of compliant, profitable growth.

A multinational career, largely in emerging markets, has helped cultivate a high degree of emotional and cultural intelligence, is a business leader, healthcare expert and executive leadership coach for the deployment of several for Middle East and African industrial giants, He held senior roles in business development lifesciene leaders, Vice President Quality and E-business in EMEa, Regional Managing Director - Middle East , Turkey , Egypt & Pakistan ( METEP) Johnson and Johnson Medical.

Marco Pearman-Parish

Managing Director of Business Development & Integration

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Marco Pearman-Parish is a founder and CEO of Rage Group and is the ambassador of Brand Portugal in China and Managing director of Corporation China.

Marco worked at united bank of Switzerland as their European Manager and Mcgraw-hill London as Public Relations Manager, he also served in the board of Ascorp, Scan Oil, Infinity, Vensco and his company represents a few us states in China including the state of Missouri and Brand Portugal and Brand South Africa. He is also a President of Yingke Global one of China’s biggest Law Consulting Firms that have over 50 branches worldwide.

He has helped many companies invest in China and established their business including Deutsche bank, P&G, Standard Charter, Johnson & Johnson, Saraiva & Associates, Nandos, Costa Coffee and Disney to mention a few. The only foreigner that was appointed to assist the Chinese Government in establishing the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Shanghai Foreign Investment Zone and is an international consultancy that works with governments in Asia to establish Special Economic zones and enable large international companies to find benefit in establishing their presence in these zones.

John Edge

Managing Director of Regulatory Compliance

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John Edge is a C-Level executive with a background in capital markets, emerging markets, SEZ’s and financial services with a focus on transformation of legacy business models and risk management, particularly the topic of disruptive innovation in financial services. John previously held executive roles at the major investment banks bringing new in technology and managing financial risk. Following this internal role John founded and grew Redkite Financial Markets into a global regulatory compliance solutions company. Core strengths include regulatory frameworks, financial technology and global capital markets.

Head of an advisory and financing conglomerate that delivers services and solutions to governments and private companies, began his finance career in London at Nomura international at the inception of global electronic markets, leading to a ten-year phase as one of capital markets lead innovators in trading and risk management empowered by technology.

From 2009 til January 2012 John was the founder and managing director of Redkite a regulatory compliance company delivering solutions to FCA, CFTC, FINRA, SCFC, regulated entities.

As an expert in setting the standard for surveillance in the financial markets, He has a track record of repeat success in business transformation and revenue generation having contributed over $500m in revenues.

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BEIJING | 27 Floor, Ocean International Plaza, C 5 Jinghua South Street, Beijing

FUZHOU | 1319, Building 2, Apollo Hotel, Wuyizhong Road, Fuzhou City

GUANGZHOU | 10-D Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

QUANZHOU | 902 Distrct A, Shengda Plaza, Quanxiu Road, Quanzhou City

SHANGHAI | 2310 Jing’an Zhonghua Building, 1701 West Beijing Road, Shanghai

SHENZHEN | B 303, 3 Shixia North, Southern International Plaza, Futian District, Shenzhen

XIAMEN | 3402 B World Trade Mansion, Xiahe Road, Xiamen

YIWU | 2307, Building A, Futian, Mansion, Chouzhou North Road, Yiwu


HONG KONG | Corporation Hong Kong 19/F, Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong

INDONESIA | 18Th Fl, World Trade Centre II, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav, 29-31 Jakarta, 12920, Indonesia

SINGAPORE | 20 Martin Road, #05-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore


LONDON | 2nd Floor, 145 - 157 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4PW

MOSCOW | Corporation China Russia 521 , Block C, 10, Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow, 123317

SWITZERLAND | Via Ferruccio Pelli, 13/6900 Lugano, Switzerland


BELLVILLE | Chord Group SA, 4th Avenue Boston, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa

CAPE TOWN | Centurion Business Park, Democracy Way, Cape Town, South Africa


GRAND CAYMAN | HSBC Centre, West Bay Road, George Town, Grand Cayman, P. O. Box 10315, Grand Cayman,KY1-1003, Cayman Islands

MIAMI | 3401 N. Miami Avenue, Suite 239, Miami, FL 33127

WASHINGTON DC | Corporation China Washington, 1155 F Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington DC