Senior Industry Professionals
Taimur Baig heads economics as well as macro strategy for interest rate, credit, currency, and equities at DBS Group Research. Prior to joining DBS, Mr. Baig was a Principal Economist at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Earlier he spent nine years at Deutsche Bank’s Singapore office, where he was Chief Economist, Asia. Before Deutsche, Mr. Baig was based in Washington DC, at the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist.
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners, a leading growth equity technology investment firm in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company, from 2014 to 2018. Sea is today a $9.5bn U.S. public company and the region’s market leader in e-commerce and e-sports.
Mr. Nash led Sea’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia. It was one of the largest IPOs worldwide in 2017 and was also the largest ex-China emerging markets technology IPO in the U.S. since 2011.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018. Mr. Nash was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2013-2018 and is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member for Room to Read in Singapore, and a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
Usman Akhtar is a partner based in Bain & Company's Jakarta office. He is an expert in the firm's Private Equity and Energy & Natural Resources practices.
Mr. Akhtar has more than 10 years of management consulting experience, advising leading businesses on their biggest opportunities and challenges.
His consulting engagements have included clients in a range of sectors, including oil and gas, consumer products and retail, supply chain management, automotives and technology. He specializes in the areas of growth and portfolio strategy, fund strategy, M&A advisory and due diligence, organizational effectiveness and turnarounds.
As an active member of Bain's Private Equity Group, Mr. Akhtar advises investors and their portfolio companies on strategy, commercial due diligence and portfolio company value creation.
Mr. Akhtar also leads Bain's Southeast Asia social impact practice work as the regional leader for Bain Cares, Bain's pro-bono program providing advice to nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Bain in 2008, Mr. Akhtar worked as an associate in investment management and a manager in trade advisory.
He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and a BA in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia University.
Nazier Ariffin is leading the strategic investment activities of Telkomsel, corporate venture initiatives. He invests in diverse verticals and assigned to accelerate venture deals across the region while facilitates value-creation synergy between startups and Telkomsel to drive innovation across the group.
Prior to Telkomsel, Mr. Ariffin was responsible to lead and manage investments of Angel-eQ, Indonesia’s premier and first tech-enabled investor network, and Fenox VC, a Silicon Valley based VC firm for SEA region. During his tenure in venture capital, he has assisted in investing and supported more than 30+ startups across SEA in various sector including Bukalapak, Kudo, Grab, Tech In Asia, Moka, HijUp and many more He has also established couple initiatives including GnB Accelerator and Startup World Cup.
Kanishk Bhatia is Head of Infrastructure Investments, ARA Infrastructure, responsible for origination, execution and management of infrastructure investments. Mr. Bhatia also serves on the investment committee of ARA Infrastructure.
Mr. Bhatia has 15 years of global infrastructure funds and private equity experience. Prior to joining ARA in January 2018, Mr. Bhatia was with Hastings Funds Management, a leading infrastructure investment manager, for over 11 years. At Hastings, Mr. Bhatia held various senior roles including Investment Director, Head of Asia Investments and Head of India and worked in London, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. In these roles, he developed extensive infrastructure investment and asset management experience across different markets and sub-sectors including energy, utilities and transport. In particular, Mr. Bhatia led a number of Hastings’ acquisitions and divestments including Phoenix Natural Gas, South East Water and HOCHTIEF airports (Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Athens and Sydney). He also oversaw the launch of a US$500 million pan-Asian infrastructure fund with Maybank and managed Hastings’ portfolio companies by serving as a board director. Prior to Hastings, Mr Bhatia was a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago and London, advising private equity clients investing in various industry sectors including energy and transport.
Mr. Bhatia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Grinnell College, USA. He also completed the Investment Management Program at London Business School.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Arnold Castillon joined TAEL Partners in August 2007. He covers investments in Indonesia. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment banking businesses. He worked with AB Capital and Investment Corporation, a leading local investment banking house in the Philippines for over five years before joining UOB Asia in August 2000. During the course of his employment with UOB Asia, he was seconded to UOB Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore offices before ultimately being seconded to Indonesia where he assisted in setting up the Investment Banking platform in Jakarta in April 2003.
Mr. Castillon graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management (Honors Program).
For almost 20 years, Simon Cowled has represented private equity investors, developers, sponsors, banks and governments on a wide range of energy and infrastructure matters.
He has particular experience in transactions involving power plants, renewables (solar, battery energy storage, wind, energy-from-waste and biodiesel), LNG and LNG-to-power, oil and gas, commodity trading joint ventures, telecommunications towers, rail infrastructure, hotels and resorts, and sporting stadiums, helping clients to close numerous “Project Finance Deal of the Year” and “M&A Deal of the Year” transactions.
In the power sector, Mr. Cowled has advised on 40+ project development, financing and M&A matters involving 50GW+ of capacity. In the past 3 years alone, Mr. Cowled advised on US$9+ bn of energy M&A deals involving 14GW of power capacity across 200+ power projects and 12 regional import terminals in 10 countries.
Mr. Cowled was named a “Most Valued Player” for energy matters by Law 360, the only lawyer outside of the United States to receive this recognition last year. Mr. Cowled is also recognized as a leading practitioner for energy matters by Chambers Global, IFLR and Expert Guides.
As Managing Director at OMERS Infrastructure, Bruce is responsible for leading infrastructure-related efforts in Asia and is based in Singapore.
He was previously based in New York, and was responsible for sourcing and leading investment opportunities in the transportation and power-related infrastructure markets in the Americas. His asset management experiences included Chicago Skyway, GNL Quintero S.A and Midland Cogeneration Venture.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Bruce spent 10 years with UBS and Morgan Stanley, providing investment banking advisory services, and four years with Foster Wheeler as a field engineer.
Bruce holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from Lehigh University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Peng DING is the Head of Singapore for China International Capital Corporation(“CICC”). He focuses mainly on equity market in Singapore and cross-border M&A needs of Southeast Asian-based companies, as well as the TMT sector in Southeast Asia. He is in charge of the major economy in the region such as Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
He was a scholarship recipient from the Government of Singapore and a graduate from Fudan University, Shanghai and the National University of Singapore. He holds a Master in Financial Engineering.
Cyrus Driver is Head of Asian Private Equity business unit, based in Singapore. He is a member of the Private Equity Directs Investment Committee. He has been with Partners Group since 2012 and has 17 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at J.P. Morgan Partners LLC, Helix Investments and Arka Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Nathanael Faibis has been the founder and CEO of Alodokter since 2014. Mr. Faibis is a seasoned tech and healthcare entrepreneur in emerging markets. He was part of the core teams that started Lazada in Vietnam and Indonesia. He also lead the launch of innovative pharma market research in several African and Asian countries on behalf of the top pharma companies.
John M. Flood is Archipelago International's President & CEO and has spent 10 years at the forefront of the company, strengthening Archipelago's ever-expanding portfolio and the rapid growth of its ten core brands. The company is now the largest hotel management company in Indonesia and after securing some of the most sought-after locations in the country, now has more than 200 hotels, resorts and villas operating or in various stages of development throughout the archipelago and into Malaysia, Cuba, The Middle East, India and the Philippines.
Prior to Archipelago International, Mr. Flood worked for over 20 years in the hotel and restaurant business. After receiving his MBA from the University of Leicester, England, he went on to work in some of Europe's most thriving cities, including London, Paris, Copenhagen and his hometown, Dublin; but his drive to expand his business repertoire brought him to Indonesia almost 20 years ago.
Now at the helm of Archipelago International, Mr. Flood, along with company founder and Chairman Charles Brookfield has been responsible for the incredible development of the company over recent years through developing and constructing their own hotels as well as through management, franchising, ‘manchising’ and licensing agreements.
Mr. Edwin Fua is a Partner of Navis based in Malaysia and an Investment Committee member. Mr. Fua joined Navis in 2006 and he is focused on deal origination and transactions in Malaysia, Indonesia and increasingly, in Philippines. He has been involved in evaluating investments across South East Asia including in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Australia. His investment experience spans across the consumer, retail, medical, manufacturing, education and the retirement sectors. He also sits on and works closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of several Navis portfolio companies in Malaysia and Australia.
Prior to joining Navis, Mr. Fua was involved in investment research, financial analysis and auditing in JP Morgan and in PwC. Mr. Fua was raised in Malaysia and educated in Malaysia and Australia.
He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University, is a qualified accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder from 2009 to 2013.
Rainier Haryanto is the Principal in KPMG Infrastructure Advisory Team based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior joining KPMG in the beginning of 2019, he was the Program Director of KPPIP, which is an inter-ministerial committee set by the Government of Indonesia to accelerate development of priority infrastructure projects. Mr. Haryanto has over seventeen years of experience working in the infrastructure engineering sector in Australia, Middle East and Asia and through his professional career, he has held various positions either within a project delivery team or a business unit.
Professionally, he is a civil engineer and has proven track record extending from: strategically and effectively managing business operation and its financial performance; identifying and developing project/business opportunities; preparing project and proposal; up to effectively manage projects and its quality deliverables. The track record has been collected through his involvement in business unit management and the following project related works: tender design; design only; design and construct (D&C); Public Private Partnership (PPP) and alliance type for various civil infrastructure projects and mining infrastructure.
Mr. Haryanto is a Fellow Member of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer and a certified Project Manager under Project Management Institute (PMI PMP®). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and received his Master of Environmental Engineering Science from University of New South Wales, Australia.
Melissa Kang has over 20 years of private equity investment experience in Asia. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Jupiter Impact Partners, an investment firm founded by a team of seasoned private equity investment professionals that focuses on sustainable and high impact investments in Southeast Asia. Ms. Kang is also the Founder of Jasmine Sustainability Research Institute, a social enterprise that focuses on specialized market research in ESG and high impact investment opportunities in Asia. Previously, Ms. Kang was a Portfolio Manager and the dedicated ESG Officer of Integro, the global impact fund at Morgan Stanley.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Kang worked at IFC, the private sector arm of World Bank Group, where she was a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for East Asia Pacific, responsible for private equity fund investments, based in Indonesia. In that role, she was responsible for new business that covered 15 countries and oversaw $1 billion of portfolio investments, and sat on several advisory boards. In addition, Ms. Kang was also the Global Lead for gender investment for funds at IFC.
Before embarking on impact investing, Ms. Kang was the CEO for a private equity fund of funds business in Asia, a joint venture between ING Investment Management and Pomona Capital, based in Hong Kong. Before that, Ms. Kang had held senior positions at 3i and DBS Bank, responsible for direct investments in Asia. Prior to her private equity career, Ms. Kang spent 8 years in equity investment research and SME finance.
Ms. Kang graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Economics and Political Science. She subsequently earned a Master degree in Applied Finance from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Ms. Kang was a participant at the YMP 2000 program at Insead. Ms. Kang is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences in Asia focusing on ESG, sustainability and impact investing.
Wai Leng Leong has 30 years of work experience in the finance and banking sectors, including 13 years in China, where she built a commercial banking business from scratch. She has an excellent business network in China and in South-East Asia, including in Singapore. Over the course of her career, Wai Leng has worked in both the buy and the sell sides of the industry, in developed and developing financial markets.
She was previously Managing Director and Head of Business Management Unit at the Bank of Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank. Before joining the Bank of Singapore, Wai Leng was the Chairman & CEO of OCBC Bank (China) Ltd. In 2010, she became the first banker from a non-Japanese Asian bank to win a Gold Magnolia Award, one of the highest recognitions from the Shanghai government. Perhaps most noteworthy was the fact it was the Chinese regulatory body, CBRC (Central Banking Regulatory Commission) of China who nominated her for this award.
She was also Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Institutional Bank at HSBC China. Previously, she held senior positions at multinational corporations such as Philips Electronics China Group, as well as at JP Morgan Bank and at Citibank, in Singapore.
Mr. Pravan Malhotra, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation
Mr. Malhotra heads Internet Investments in Asia for the Venture Capital team at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. IFC has invested over $1 billion in venture capital investments in VC Funds and directly into Internet, HealthTech, EduTech and CleanTech companies. His investments include Lenskart, BigBasket, NephroPlus, Moglix, Azure Power and Portea Medical in India and Jungle Ventures, Jungle SeedPlus, Oway and Reddoorz in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining IFC, Pravan was a Principal with ORIX Venture Finance in New York and started his career in investment banking. Mr. Malhotra holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is based in Singapore.
Farouk Meralli is the Founder and CEO of mClinica, a healthcare startup connecting pharmacies through a common mobile technology platform. mClinica operates across southeast Asia connecting over 120,000 pharmacy professionals, 20,000 pharmacies and providing access to over 150 million patients.
Previously, Mr. Meralli held senior roles in strategy and product development at global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Sanofi, and Roche. He is the recipient of the Harvard Alumni Public Health Innovator Award, is an Endeavor Fellow, a Director of the Kairos Society and the Chair and Founder of non profit organization, Borderless World Volunteers. He is also the Co-Founder of Machine Ventures an early stage startup builder which promotes entrepreneurship in the region. He holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences and International Development Studies from McGill University and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.
Prior to Yahoo! Japan Capital and EV Growth, Yoshi Okubo started a $50mil FinTech business in Singapore and SEA at Sumitomo Corporation, a Japanese conglomerate. He then oversaw FinTech startup investments in the SEA, and was seconded to a remittance startup for new business initiatives and IPO preparation. As a Star Scholarship recipient, Mr. Okubo received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College in the US with Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Okubo started his first startup whilst in school and sold it to an angel.
Roderick Purwana is Managing Partner of SMDV, an Indonesia based venture capital firm focusing on growth stage companies in South East Asia. SMDV provides venture investments, strategic network and mentorship to entrepreneurs building exceptional technology companies in Indonesia and the region.
Roderick has a diverse background with experiences in management, operations, investment and portfolio management through his work in multiple industries in Silicon Valley and in Southeast Asia. His exposure in Silicon Valley was primarily around technology and life science industry. Originally from Indonesia, He returned home in 2009 where he joined Quvat/Principia Management Group. Quvat is a private equity firm, specializing in early-stage and growth-stage investments into mid-market companies in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. During his time there, Roderick managed and led several strategic initiatives of one of the portfolio company, including strategy, M&A and IPO. Since returning to Indonesia, he has also served in various management capacities for companies in aviation infrastructure, food & beverage, and chemicals distribution sectors. Roderick is also a co-founder of Bobobobo.com, a lifestyle e-commerce company.
Roderick received his M.S from Stanford University and his B.S from Cornell University.
At Generali Asia, John Spence is responsible for formulating and executing mergers and acquisitions, fostering strategic alliances and partnerships and leading regional corporate development initiatives to achieve Generali’s growth targets in Asia. In the Philippines, he is the Chairman of Generali Life Assurance Philippines, Inc.
Prior to joining Generali, Mr. Spence provided independent strategic advisory services for Asian cross border insurance and asset management transactions at Asian Capital Advisors and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). At Macquarie Funds Group, he also had responsibility for Asian acquisitions and led a Korean asset management joint venture. At Manulife Financial, his region-wide responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and wealth management. In Australia, Mr. Spence held senior executive roles at National Australia Bank and AMP.
Mr. Spence holds a Masters of Business Administration from Australian Graduate School of Management, Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Secretary, Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and a Certified Financial Planner. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Sujey Subramanian is a Managing Director at PAG Asia Capital, the private equity division of PAG. PAG is one of Asia’s largest alternative investment managers with approximately US$30 billion of assets under management across multiple strategies. PAG Asia Capital closed its maiden pan-Asian private equity fund in 2012 at US$2.5 billion, its second fund at US$3.6 billion in 2015, and is currently investing from its third US$6.0 billion fund, which was raised in November 2018. Prior to joining PAG, Mr. Subramanian was at TPG Capital, one of the world’s largest alternative investment managers. Before TPG Capital, Mr. Subramanian worked at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division. Mr. Subramanian holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s from Stanford University and is a CFA charterholder.
Jonathan Sudharta has over 15 years of professional experiences in healthcare industry, mostly in Indonesia and also abroad. Before establishing Halodoc, Mr. Sudharta held several key positions in Mensa Group, one of the leading pharmaceutical company in Indonesia. Graduated as Bachelor of Commerce majoring in e-Commerce from Curtin University in Perth Australia, he began his career in sales management and has grown through the rank in the commercial side of the organization. He started as sales representative to Commercial Director in Mensa Group to get deep understanding about the sales cycle of the business, then move up to key positions Business Development Director to lead the commercial initiatives of the group.
Born in a healthcare group family, Mr. Sudharta was grown up with a lot of awareness about serving people to maintain their wellness and helping Indonesian people for better living through better health. That is the main reason why he decide to establish Halodoc, with its main mission to simplify access to healthcare through the use of technology. Indonesian healthcare has many critical challenges, some of them are inequality of health services across the archipelago, time-to-service for health in the urban areas, and so on. The aforementioned challenges require a breakthrough to solve from the fundamental level, thus technology is the key to attack the problems from the roots.
Halodoc brings technology implementation in Indonesia healthcare sector to the next level, by offering the latest technology to simplify health services for Indonesians. From telemedicine via video call, through medicine delivery for under 60 minutes and home services for laboratory check. Halodoc is trying its best to create one stop end-to-end solution for healthier Indonesia.
As the fourth largest world economy by 2045, the nation could only last with healthy and prosperous population, and it is Halodoc vision to fully support the noble purpose.
Lee Taylor is the Head of M&A/Private Equity, Asia-Pacific, at King & Spalding LLP, and is based in Singapore.
King & Spalding LLP is a multinational corporate law firm that is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices located in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With over 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices globally, King & Spalding LLP is consistently listed as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world.
Mr. Taylor specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. With over 20 years of M&A experience in London and South-East Asia, Mr. Taylor’s clients include many of the leading corporates, private equity houses, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds. Mr. Taylor’s work in Indonesia goes back to the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 and the restructuring of many Indonesian companies which were taken over by the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA).
Mr. Taylor is consistently recognized by leading legal directories as one of the leading M&A and private equity lawyers in Asia. Chambers Global describes him as “an expert on private equity transactions who is praised by clients for his very strong credentials in the region and the commitment he shows on transactions”. Chambers Asia Pacific commends Mr. Taylor for being “a highly valued lawyer” with a “keen eye for important details”.
Prior to joining King & Spalding LLP in January 2018, Mr. Taylor spent over 20 years at UK “Magic Circle” law firm Clifford Chance LLP where he was based in Singapore and led the Private Equity practice in South-East Asia.
Mr. Taylor holds a Euro. LLB (Hons) from the Bristol University, U.K. and Poitiers University, France.
Paramount Enterprise was founded in the early 2000s with the development of Paramount Land. Now considered Indonesia's biggest privately owned property company, it has expanded its arm into several industries, namely Hospitality (Parador Hotel Management Company), Healthcare (Bethsaida Hospital and Seraphim Life Center), Energy (Hydropower), Retail (Bateeq - apparel), Media (MPGMedia), Education (Matana University and IndonesiaX), Logistics (JET), Agriculture and Fishery.
Adam Worthington is a Managing Director in Macquarie Capital heading up their Private Capital Markets Infrastructure initiatives, focusing on Asian inbound and outbound capital flows. Whilst playing a part of Macquarie Capital's US$44bn in capital flows, Adam was primarily responsible in driving Macquarie's investment and capital raising for Tigris Water Fund and the Asia Power Development Platform, where he serves as a Director and investment committee member, respectively.
Previously Adam worked in Macquarie Securities, where Adam lived in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong and worked in various regional and sector head roles, including the Head of Coal, Utilities and Renewables Asia, and Head of Asean Emerging Leaders. Adam has been particularly successful in primary and secondary transactions including Straits Asia Resources, Bayan Resources, Indika, Huaneng Renewables, Datang Renewables, China Suntien and China Gas.
Prior to Macquarie, Adam worked Morgan Stanley in London, as a senior analyst covering the Tech, Telecoms and business services sectors for 4 years, where he was successful in primary and secondary equity transactions including COLT Telecom, Equant, France Telecom, Cable and Wireless and British Telecom.
Adam started his career at KPMG, where he was an assistant manager, specializing in audit, IT consulting, and transaction services/corporate finance predominantly in the financial services sector.
Adam is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Australia), and has a bachelor of commerce from the University of Queensland.