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.
Melanie Alshab serves as COO & Senior Advisor Board of Commissioners of NWP Retail, and is responsible for asset optimization, strategy and scalability.
NWP Retail is a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, focused on developing modern shopping malls across the Indonesian archipelago, driven by the country’s significant growth potential due to rapid urbanization, emerging middle-class consumption and outsized economic expansion.
Ms. Alshab brings a diverse multi-market background to NWP, having worked in the US, Europe, China and across Southeast Asia. She is experienced in forming, leading, managing, scaling and listing real estate and proptech businesses, most recently at retail mall platforms Red Star Macalline in China and Vincom Retail in Vietnam.
Ms. Alshab also served as CIO Senior Vice President for Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG), a leading owner and developer of shopping centers.
Ms. Alshab is the Founding Dean of Technology for the International Council of Shopping Centers and served on the Global Retail Council, World Green Building Association.
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.
JinA Bae is the Head of Corporate Venture at Hanwha Asset Management. Hanwha Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Korea and a GLOBAL FORTUNE 250 Company with 61 subsidiaries across 3 main pillars of businesses: Manufacturing, Finance (AUM of US$140Bn), and Services. Ms. Bae leads global venture investments for the Group and invests in global fintech, deep tech, in particular artificial intelligence and blockchain, and consumer enablement platforms that have profound implications for traditional industries. Additionally, she focuses on launching new funds and forming investment consortiums with strategic partners, capturing value on investment opportunities, and creating connectivity among the various players in the innovation ecosystem. Ms. Bae began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and London where she specialized in developing growth and marketing strategy for global tech and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining Hanwha, she was the founder & CEO of CHOPCHOP, a London-based food tech startup. Ms. Bae holds a B.A. (magna cum laude, Distinction in the Major) in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University. She is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 23) and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
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.
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.
David Gowdey is currently a Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based venture capital firm focused on internet and technology investments in South Asia. Prior to Jungle, Mr. Gowdey spent 3.5 years at TPG Capital where he led internet investments outside of the US within the TPG Growth fund. Prior to TPG, Mr. Gowdey spent 12 years at Yahoo! Inc where he was the Head of International M&A on the Corporate Development team. In this role, he was responsible for driving all transaction activity and the investment strategy for Yahoo! outside of North America, including their expansion in to new markets, such as Russia, Turkey, Middle East, Africa and SE Asia. In 2011, Mr. Gowdey was also the Managing Partner at Xplorer Capital, a growth equity venture capital firm which spun out from Yahoo! to focus on internet and digital media opportunities in the emerging markets.
Mr. Gowdey continues to be an Advisor to TPG Capital and represents them as a non-executive director on the board of Propertyguru, the largest online real estate platform in SE Asia.
Mr. Gowdey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Radford University and a Master’s Degree from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney. He has lived and worked for over 20 years across Asia, but currently lives in Singapore with his wife and three children.
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.
Seemant Jauhari brings 18 years of experience in Healthcare Innovation, business consulting, & strategy.
Mr. Jauhari leads HealthXCapital, the first early stage healthcare VC in South and South east Asia. HealthXCapital is backed by marquee institutions and partners such as Apollo Hospitals, Jungle Ventures, Eight Road Ventures and Enterprise SG amongst others. Until recently, he was the CEO - Innovations & Research at Apollo Hospitals. He spearheaded Apollo’s initiatives to scout, evaluate, invest and commercialize innovations. During his tenure, Mr. Jauhari has evaluated more than 300 startups for joint ventures, commercial agreements and direct investments.
Mr. Jauhari also served as a Director on the board of multiple Apollo Hospitals joint venture entities focused on bio-banking, cord blood banking and clinical trials. In his previous assignments, Mr. Jauhari has had diverse experience across business consulting at Ernst & Young, Strategy and transformation at Nokia Solutions Networks and IT consulting at Tata Consultancy Services.
Mr. Jauhari is a graduate of Business Indian School of Business (ISB) with executive education from Berkeley-Haas and Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv. He has a Bachelors in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology.
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.
Budi Raharjo Legowo is currently Deputy CEO at Sorac Capital Partners. He previously occupied senior positions such as CFO at PT Siloam International Hospitals Tbk, Vice President Marketing at Universitas Pelita Harapan, Director Administration at Sekolah Pelita Harapan and Process Engineering Manager at PT Procter & Gamble Indonesia.
Mr. Legowo received an undergraduate degree from Institut Teknologi Bandung and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
Serge L. Lépine is originally from Montréal, Québec and has primarily been assuming regional and global investments responsibilities out of Canada, Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Lépine established Cabot Capital Partners (CCP), a Singapore Regulated Fund Management Company to provide delegated investment management services to institutional investors and family offices seeking to develop exposure to Asia or manage and grow existing portfolios. CCP is also developing niche PE and credit yielding strategies for Asia and North America respectively.
Previously, Mr. Lépine was the CEO of the Qatar and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (QADIC), a US $2 billion global investment platform that he led since its inception in 2013 with the support of SWFs from Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Before relocating to Qatar to establish QADIC, Mr. Lépine was the Chief Investment Officer at a Bahrain SWF and prior to that worked successively at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) to set up the co-investment and direct investment business units respectively.
Before moving to the Gulf region in 2004, Mr. Lépine had been based in Asia since 1996 establishing the initial private equity operations of the Caisse de Dépot et Placement du Québec (CDPQ).
During his early career, Mr. Lépine worked in Montréal for CDPQ as well as other leading Canadian financial institutions, primarily in the areas of direct investments, mergers and acquisitions advisory and corporate finance.
Pravan 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 joining Creador in 2011, D. Cyril Noerhadi was group CFO of PT Medco Energi International, a leading oil & gas operator. Between 1999-2005, Mr. Noerhadi was Corporate Finance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Jakarta office. Prior to this, he was CEO / President Director of the Jakarta Stock Exchange where he transformed the newly privatized exchange in line with new regulations that took effect in 1996. Mr. Noerhadi is a Ph.D with the distinction Cum Laude in strategic management at the University of Indonesia. He holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from University of Houston and a Bachelor in Engineering in Petroleum Geology from the Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia.
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.
Prior to Koru Partners, Tee was a Partner at Venturra Capital – an early stage SEA venture capital firm focusing on Series A/B – and led the firm's investments into companies including Zilingo, where she has been on the board since 2016, and Shopback. Prior to Venturra, Tee spent over two years at Ardent Capital, a venture builder headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, where she drove the firm's investment effort as Head of Ardent Ventures. Prior to Ardent, Tee worked for Central Retail Corporation, Lehman Brothers New York, as well as launched Little Beast, an award-winning Bangkok-based restaurant. She received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA from Brown University.
Jon Richards joined HaloDoc in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Jon was the Head of Investment Banking for Valbury Asia Securities in Jakarta for 5 years. Prior to that, he worked at Rohatyn Group in Hong Kong and New York for 2 years. Jon holds a bachelor's degree from London School of Economics and a MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Radith Soeriadinata is the Country Director of Indonesia at Fundnel, a private investment platform with a vision of making a difference to small and medium-sized enterprises that experience insufficient access to growth and expansion funding.
As Country Director, Mr. Soeriadinata manages Fundnel’s business and operational activities in Indonesia. He is responsible for business development, growing Fundnel’s network of investors, as well as maintaining relationships with existing clients. Mr. Soeriadinata also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Indonesian office when Fundnel formally expanded into Indonesia in 2016.
Mr. Soeriadinata has enjoyed a career in the financial sector for the better part of the past decade. Before joining Fundnel, Mr. Soeriadinata was a Management Associate with Citibank in Jakarta with portfolios in Corporate & Investment Banking and Securities. Prior to Citibank, Mr. Soeriadinata was overseeing corporate finance, capital market, and M&A transactions at a boutique investment bank that managed multiple IPOs.
Mr. Soeriadinata holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management (dual degree) from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He was on the Dean’s Honour List at CSUN’s College of Business and Economics and was the Dean of CSUN’s Finance Research Team. Beyond his professional capacity, Mr. Soeriadinata is an avid sportsman, and enjoys music and travelling.
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.
Vorapol 'Brook' Supanusonti is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asia Partners, a private equity firm focused on the next generation of high-growth technology companies in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Supanusonti was a senior executive at Sea (NYSE:SE), the leading consumer internet company in Southeast Asia. Sea operates Garena and Shopee, respectively the largest gaming and e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia. At Sea, he oversaw the firm's investment program, focusing on early-stage tech companies in Southeast Asian. He was part of the core team that led the company’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2017, raising approximately US$1b in primary capital.
Prior to Sea, Mr. Supanusonti spent over a decade as a private equity investor in Southeast Asia with TPG, General Atlantic, and Temasek Holdings. He played a key role in over US$2.4b worth of transactions, particularly in Southeast Asia, in sectors spanning from technology, consumer, logistics, education, to real estate.
He earned a B.B.A in Finance and a B.Sc. in Economics from Singapore Management University where he was a Lee Kong Chian Scholar and graduated summa cum laude.
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.
Daniel Tumiwa brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, e-commerce, distribution, product development, content production, digital communications, media relations and public affairs in Southeast Asia. Successful in various start-ups and experienced in new market entry, strategic alliance, partnership, distribution, revenue enhancement and business development. He has the ability to translate consumer insights into realistic, actionable and strategic actions that lead to sustainable growth. Having a strong understanding in both consumer insights, sociology, and purchase moments utilizing digital technology, gives Mr. Tumiwa a very large advantage compared to many others, as strategies are extremely well detailed and scenario-ed. Fast, agile, firm, dependable, efficient and progressive. Mr. Tumiwa brings sound commercial understanding having built and led several successful ventures including MTV Asia Indonesia, Universal Music, PT Djarum, Multiply.com, Yahoo.com, CNBC, Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia and still finds time to nurture the commerce industry in Indonesia.. He is also a public figure and and acknowledged expert in digital commerce, marketing, public relations and orchestrator of digital activism.
Alda Wardhana is VP of Investments at SMDV. SMDV is tech investment fund focusing in early and growth stage companies in Southeast Asia. SMDV partners with tech entrepreneurs in building exceptional technology companies by providing venture investments, strategic network, and mentorship. SMDV has over 40 portfolio companies in consumer Internet and B2B.
Ms. Wardhana joined SMDV in 2017. As VP, Ms. Wardhana leads the investment team, managing all aspects of the firm’s investment processes and providing support to portfolio companies. Prior to SMDV, Ms. Wardhana spent 7 years in private equity in Southeast Asia in CDH Investments and Quvat. Ms. Wardhana graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in USA.
As a Partner in Convergence Ventures, Donald Wihardja brings his 20 years experience in technology and investment in Indonesia to evaluate and invest in over 30 tech startups in Indonesia. He and his team in Convergence actively mentor these startups and sit in their boards as needed. Mr. Wihardja's main interest is in Fintech, as he operated payment gateway services startups prior to founding Convergence Ventures.
Mr. Wihardja is also active in building the Indonesian Tech Startup Ecosystem by advising various government ministries in Indonesia on the tech ecosystem. He is a Deputy Head of AMVESINDO, Indonesia's Venture Capital Association, and Head of the Event Committee of NEXTICORN platform to curate Indonesian tech startups and regional Series B VC.
With degrees from LSE, Yale and CFA, CAIA professional designations, Rebekah Woo has 20 years of investing experience. Ms. Woo started her career with the the government of Singapore, in Singapore and New York. She then spent more than 6 years with a multi-billion single family office in New York, investing across asset classes. Ms. Woo then joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management, followed by Canada’s 2nd largest pension plan where she became the 1st local employee when it opened its Asia Pacific HQ in Singapore. After a stint at Lufax, a leading fintech company by Ping An Group, Ms. Woo is now with Fosun, responsible for covering investments in the Maternal Infant & Family sector.
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.