With TOP100 just around the corner, here’s an exclusive sneak peek behind the judges’ table.
Meet 15 of the many investors we have lined up for the TOP100 pitching qualifiers!
Leck Ting Yan
Ting Yan was a judge last year during the Singapore qualifiers. He spends most of his time working with TRIVE’s portfolio companies on their next steps, looking for partnerships as well as good teams to invest in.
His four personal areas of interests in tech are: off-grid renewable energy, water, food, and education.
Mohd Ridzwan (Reez) Nordin
Monk’s Hill Ventures
Reez has led several initiatives to nurture and unearth entrepreneurial talents within corporates and the public at large through angel matching funding and pre-accelerator programs. Reez was previously the Vice President at Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s strategic investment fund. Over there, he helped to invest in startups in the enterprise software space, as well as fund investments across the world.
Co-founder and Managing Director
Zoë started her entrepreneurial career as a founding team member at Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, leading business development and digital. She has since moved back to Southeast Asia to work on multiple ventures in Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia. Her latest project – Raintree, is Cambodia’s first creative office development that supports the tech, education and entrepreneurship sectors through programmes in the space.
Christopher is Managing Partner at TRIVE, an early-stage VC based in Singapore that focuses on SEA. He is a 4th generation serial entrepreneur-turned-VC with 20 years of experience in various industries of eCommerce and deep technologies. With TRIVE, he has invested in over 13 startups. A prior experience running a pro-bono incubator saw him help 38 Singapore startups raise US$5.6 million in angel funding. He has also provided over 1000 one-to-one advisories to startup entrepreneurs. His current pay-it-forward program has helped 22 Singaporean startups obtain the Startup SG Founder Grant.
Vice President of Investment (Chief Investment Officer)
Joshua is currently serving as the Vice President of Investments in MDI Ventures, leading all MDI Ventures’ investment, divestment, portfolio management and post-deal integration activities. Joshua is highly experienced in corporate innovation with a demonstrated history of leading multi-stage tech investments, starting from seed stage up to pre-IPO and M&A activities of Telkom Group. Besides investing activities, Joshua is also highly involved in industry and market research where he co-led MDI Ventures’ two whitepaper publications.
Monk’s Hill Ventures
RJ was previously a consultant at Balmater Consulting Company, where he led a small team to advise family-owned SME’s in Indonesia. Prior to that, he was a financial analyst at Fortman Cline Capital Markets in Manila focusing on local sell-side deals in the region. RJ holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University of Fullerton (CSUF).
Khairu has more than 10 years of experience in the venture capital and startup incubation space, initially at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and later at Majuven, a Singapore-based venture capital firm focused on early growth and high tech companies in Biotechnology, Healthcare, Clean-Sustainable Solutions and Dynamic Digital Convergences. In 2017, Khairu along with other like-minded angel investors came together to launch Rekanext Capital Partners.
Nadia was a judge during our TOP100 qualifiers last year where she judged in Manila, Thailand as well as at Echelon Asia Summit 2018. Nadia has four years of working experience in the chemical industry, and more recently as a Citibusiness Associate at Citibank, where she spearheaded the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) implementation with 100 per cent High Priority Completion in CitiBusiness Indonesia.
Low Zhen Hui
ZhenHui does quite a bit of research and analysis on markets and industry verticals, on top of participating in investment origination and processing at Captii Ventures. ZhenHui travels extensively to Indonesia and Singapore to meet with new start-ups.
Ruui is active in engaging with startups and researching on various opportunities besides pursuing investments from origination to execution at Captii Ventures. Ruui travels extensively in this region to meet with new start-ups.
As director of QBO, Katrina leads the team’s overall operations, strategy and partnerships. In addition to managing their stakeholders, growth and fund-raising, She also works with and advises start-ups directly.
Monk’s Hill Ventures
June was a project manager, managing an engineering services company in Thailand where she led planning and executions of projects focusing on maximizing resource utilization and process efficiency. Earlier, June has worked in the investment banking industry primarily advising large corporate clients on IPOs, local and cross-border M&A transactions in Southeast Asia. June’s experience spans across multiple segments including consumer, real estate, telecommunication and energy sectors. June has an MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Thammasat University.
Khiem joined Expara in early 2017. He holds both Bachelor of Corporate Finance and Master of Business Administration (Finance focused) degree with 100 per cent scholarship from Vietnam National University where he contributed research papers about Vietnam venture capital market to Southeast Asia (Singapore Management University) and local journals (Vietnam Trade and Industry Review). Before joining Expara, Khiem had experience in Vietnam ecosystem since 2014 as Investment Representative from ESP Ventures (formerly Alpha Vision Ventures) and Senior Investment/Innovation Officer at Asia Commercial Bank.
Burda Principal Investments
Albert joined Burda in 2017 and heads Burda Principal Investments’ Singapore office. Previously he was at GREE Ventures from 2014 to 2017, where he led the fund’s investment team in Southeast Asia and India as Principal while working closely with many of its portfolio companies including Kudo, Berrybenka, and Bukalapak. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Lazada Group, Southeast Asia’s largest e-commerce retailer, helping build the company’s Marketplace business across the region. He completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in economics and systems engineering. He currently sits on the board of Priceza, Zilingo, and Carsome.
Nat is a VC Investor interested in utilizing fintech to improve financial inclusion in emerging markets and disrupt traditional banking models. My background is in central banking, capital market business, fintech and cryptocurrency having worked at the Bank of Thailand, KBank, Digital Ventures, Pantera Capital and 500 Startups.
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