Senior Industry Professionals
Anthony Scaramucci is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of four books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole (a 2016 Wall Street Journal best seller), and Trump: The Blue-Collar President.
Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co.
In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012.
In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he was named the Chief Strategy Officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017.
Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang is a Managing Director and Chairman of Carlyle Asia, leading all corporate private equity investments in Asia (ex-Japan). He joined Carlyle in 2001 as a Co-Head of the Asia buyout advisory team. Carlyle has been investing in Asia for nearly two decades and is one of the largest private equity investors in Asia. Carlyle Asia has invested over US$15 billion in more than 145 companies in corporate private equity, and has a current AUM of more than US$14 billion. Mr. Yang is based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yang spent nine years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Private Equity Investment Asia ex-Japan.
Mr. Yang received his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a native of China.
Irwan is Senior Vice President and Head of Private Investment at Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), one of Malaysia’s largest investment institutions with over RM300 billion in assets under management (AUM). He was responsible for developing the new Private Investment Framework for PNB in 2017 as part of the institution’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022, which aims to transform PNB into a distinctive world-class investment house with RM350 billion AUM by 2022. Irwan leads the Private Investment team which manages all PNB’s private equity investments domestically and globally, undertaken both directly and also via outsourced fund managers.
Prior to joining PNB, he was with Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas) as Director, Investment where he was responsible for sourcing and managing private equity investments in the Education, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Retail sectors. Prior to that, Irwan served as Vice President, Business Development in a local logistic company where he was in charge of business developments, operations and investments in shipping and logistics industries in Malaysia and Indonesia. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Kuala Lumpur in Assurance and later moved to Advisory services. His work experience includes private equity, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, valuations, portfolio management and investment management.
Irwan is a certified Chartered Accountant from Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand, and holds a Master of Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University.
Nicholas Bloy, Managing Partner – is one of the three founders of Navis Capital Partners. Navis currently manages USD 5 billion in private and public equity funds.
Mr Bloy leads investment teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, sits on Investment Committee and sits on the boards and/or executive committees of several Navis portfolio companies, and is responsible for fundraising. He also sits on the International Advisory Council of CIMB, one of the Southeast Asia’s largest banking groups.
Prior to co-founding Navis, Mr. Bloy worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Asia from 1989 to 1999 after spending 3 years with Bain & Co. In London.
He holds a BA Hons degree from University College, London and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Ben joined Ontario Teachers’ in June 2018 as its Regional Managing Director leading the investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region. He has over three decades of international experience in public and private equities, investment banking and accounting.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Ben worked for 13 years at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in progressively senior roles. He was most recently Co-Head of Investments and led investment activities in China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Ben's investment experience covers a broad range of industries and sectors that have been representative of the growth trajectory of the relevant markets. His earlier career included investment banking, capital markets, equity research and auditing.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Merit) degree from the University of New South Wales and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. Ben has also completed the Global Leadership Development Program at the International Centre For Leadership In Finance.
Mark Chiba is Group Chairman and Partner of The Longreach Group. The Longreach Group is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The firm focuses on Japan and related Greater China control buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer, business services and financial services sectors. The firm manages three Funds which have accumulated approximately US$2.1 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven deal sourcing and execution, investments in the financial services sector, and building the firm's capital base and global networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to this role in Japan, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group.
Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Eugene Lai is a Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner of Southern Capital Group, a private equity firm that makes mid-market control investments in Southeast Asia. Southern Capital invests in businesses with proven track records, predictable cash flows and strong management teams.
Eugene has extensive experience in investments, finance, business and law, including having been Managing Director of JPMorgan, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, Asia, and CEO of The Ascott Group Limited, one of the largest serviced apartment businesses in the world.
Eugene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law (first class honors, top of his class) from The London School of Economics & Political Science, London University, and a master’s degree in law from Harvard University.
Eugene sits on a number of boards, including the Securities Industry Council, Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited as well as various Southern Capital Group portfolio companies.
IMM Private Equity, Inc. is one of the leading private equity investment firms in Korea with approximately US$3 billion under management.
At IMM, Hae-Joon Joseph Lee is responsible for sourcing and executing private equity investments in Korea and Asia and cooperating with Korean and international investors on fund and co-investment opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Lee was with Fortress Investment Group, Morgan Stanley, and Skadden, Arps in New York. Mr. Lee served in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army as an officer in the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Lee graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a CFA charterholder.
Prior to joining CVC in June 2016, Alvin spent over 11 years with HSBC where he was Head of Investment Banking for Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the investment banking division of Citigroup / Schroders for over 7 years in Singapore and the UK working on transactions across Asia and Europe. He started his career with the corporate finance division of Coopers & Lybrand. Alvin graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Economics) degree specializing in accounting & finance and he is also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
Matthias is an Operating Partner at BC Partners in London. He works with portfolio companies on driving value creation and is actively involved in making new investments. Matthias currently serves on the board of VetPartners and also works with Elysium Healthcare.
Previously, he was part of the management team at the Talis Group and worked as a consultant at Booz & Co and Roland Berger, mostly in PE value creation, restructuring and post-merger integration.
Ganen joined TPG in 2014 from Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the Government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund, where he had been since 2004.
As the Head of Investments at Khazanah, Ganen oversaw a team of 100+ professionals based in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Mumbai, San Francisco and Istanbul and managed a $45B portfolio across the region. He also chaired the firm’s Transaction Review Committee and was a member of its Management Committee.
Prior to his time at Khazanah, Ganen worked at UBS Investment Bank in both corporate finance and equity capital markets in their London, Singapore and Hong Kong offices for over seven years between 1997 and 2004.
Ganen currently serves on the Board of a number of TPG's Portfolio Companies in Southeast Asia.
Ganen received his tertiary education at University College London (1993 – 1996) and qualified as a Barrister at Law, England & Wales (1998).
Takeshi Sasaki joined Advantage Partners in July 2007 and is playing a leadership role in AP’s South East Asia activities as a partner. He has extensive experience in private equity, investment banking and management consultancy over the last 25 years. He started his career at a strategic management consultancy, Gemini Consulting. Later he joined UBS Securities and became involved in corporate finance for the media and technology industries before moving on to Lone Star group where he handled asset management. He has a BA in Economics from Keio University, an MBA and an MA East Asian Studies from University of Virginia.
Hendrik Susanto is Chief Investment Officer at Traveloka, where he leads all external inorganic growth strategy for the group, including minority investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. He also leads business development and corporate development efforts for the financial services vertical of Traveloka.
Prior to joining Traveloka, Hendrik built an extensive track record in venture capital and private equity investing in the U.S. and Asia. Most recently, Hendrik was CEO and managing director of Ancora Capital, a private equity firm focused on the consumer-facing and natural resources sectors in Indonesia. He also has experience investing in technology companies in the U.S. at IDG Ventures in San Francisco. Hendrik started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Singapore.
A graduate of Princeton University with a BSE in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Engineering Mangement Systems, Hendrik also holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Syed Yasir Arafat Syed Abd Kadir is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a member of the Investment Committee and a Board Member of Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas). He was appointed as the CEO on 1 March 2016 and he had been with the organisation since inception in 2009. He led Ekuinas’ Investment team as the Managing Partner, Investment prior to his current role. He currently serves as a Board member of several portfolio companies including Orkim Sdn Bhd as Chairman and Icon Offshore Berhad where he is also member of the Audit Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Syed Yasir Arafat is also a member of the Malaysia Venture Capital and Private Equity Development Council (MVCDC) under the purview of Securities Commission.
Prior to Ekuinas, he spent 15 years in Investment Banking in various organisations and capacities. He was the Country Manager (ING Wholesale Banking) overseeing both ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and ING Bank (Labuan) operations in Malaysia. He was with ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for nine years, starting as VP Corporate Finance specialising in areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity and equity-linked fund raising, debt fund raising and financial advisory for some of the regions’ leading companies in banking, plantations, automotive, telecommunications and property, among others.
Prior to that, Syed Yasir Arafat was attached to United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad, Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad and Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad.
Syed Yasir Arafat graduated from the University of Essex, United Kingdom with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Accounting & Financial Management.
Mr Tang is the Founding Chairman and Managing Partner of Affinity Equity Partners following its spin-off from UBS in 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of UBS Capital Asia Pacific, the private equity arm of UBS since 1999. Before UBS Capital, he was the Chief Executive for Investment Banking, East Asia at Union Bank of Switzerland since 1995. Following the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS, Mr Tang became Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of UBS Group and Asia Regional Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank. Prior to Union Bank of Switzerland, he served as President and CEO of Banque Indosuez’s Asian investment bank and Chairman of WI Carr (Far East) Limited, one of the leading stockbroking firms in Asia. Mr. Tang began his financial career with Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 17 years at Chase, he served in a number of senior roles in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Andrew Thompson has over 24 years of experience with KPMG principally focused on major Corporate and Private Equity transaction due diligence and deal advisory. In late 2013 he relocated from Sydney, where he led KPMGs Australian Private Equity team, to Singapore to lead KPMGs Private Equity team across Asia-Pacific encompassing M&A deal origination, deal execution services and portfolio value creation activities. Andrew has directly led the transaction execution support work on more than 300 significant transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $200 billion with the majority being Private Equity sponsored.
His major location experience include: London (5 Years), Sydney (13 Years) and New York (2 Years) and Singapore. In addition he has led deal teams across most SE Asia locations, China, Hong Kong, India and Japan. Andrew has acted for most leading Private Equity sponsors including: KKR, CVC, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Texas Pacific Group, Macquarie, CHAMP Private Equity, Goldman Sachs PIA, CSFB / DLJ, AMP Capital Investors, Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, TA Associates, Ripplewood, Veronis Suhler, and Morgan Stanley. He has also assisted major Sovereign Wealth and pension funds in analysing direct and co-investment opportunities with Private Equity sponsors.
Brahmal founded Creador in 2011. He previously spent 11 years as a General Partner and Managing Director of ChrysCapital, a leading private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in India. Prior to joining ChrysCapital, Brahmal was at ASTRO, a pay-TV operator in South East Asia, where he was involved in strategy, marketing and expansion into neighbouring countries. Brahmal started his career at BAT and also worked at the Boston Consulting Group. Brahmal holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and graduated with First Class Honors in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London.
Mr. Wang Piau Voon joined Legend Capital in May 2019, and is now the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the firm.
Mr. WANG was most recently the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Noah Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. and was responsible for its private market investments. Prior to Noah, Mr. Wang worked with Adams Street Partners as partner in charge of global primary investment. He was involved in formulating the firm’s private equity investment strategy for Asia and was a member of its Primary Investment Committee, deploying over US$3bn capital during over 20 years in private equity.
Prior to joining Adams Street, he was a Manager in the M&A Consulting Department of Arthur Andersen LLP, Investment Manager at Nikko Capital Singapore and Investment Officer at Indosuez Asset Management Singapore.
Mr. Wang is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University. He is a member of the Singapore CFA Institute and was a founding executive member of the Limited Partners Association of China.
Kelvin Yap joined HarbourVest in 2006 to focus on growth equity and buyout co-investments in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2009, Kelvin transferred to HarbourVest’s Hong Kong team to focus on primary partnership fund investments and direct co-investments in Asia Pacific. Kelvin currently serves as a board observer at APIIT Education Group, Ascender, and Sea Swift.
Kelvin joined HarbourVest from Deloitte in London, where he managed merger and acquisition (including demergers and IPOs) due diligence for both private and public transactions. Prior to that, Kelvin was a senior associate at PwC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He received a BC with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Monash University in Australia in 2001. Kelvin is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. In addition, he received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007 from the CFA Institute. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Indonesian, and Malay.
Mr. Zee is a Managing Director of PAG Asia Capital, the private equity arm of PAG, based in Singapore. Prior to joining PAG in 2011, Mr. Zee was managing director, head of Asia Pacific real estate, and head of Hong Kong investment banking for Daiwa Capital Markets, having completed landmark listings including AIA Group Limited in Hong Kong and Hutchison Port Holdings Trust in Singapore. Mr. Zee has also held senior positions with major global financial institutions including Barclays Capital, Salomon Smith Barney, GE Capital and Bank of America. Mr. Zee is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University and also serves on the LP Advisory Committee of HealthpointCapital, a New York-based orthopedic devices private equity firm.
Mr. Zee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and international business from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.