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Teh Kok Peng
Chairman, Advisory Board

Dr Teh is Chairman of Ascendas Pte Ltd and a board member of Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation and Sembcorp Industries Ltd.  He is also a board member of the China International Capital Corporation, the first joint-venture investment bank in China, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Dr Teh Kok Peng began his career with the World Bank under the Young Professional Program in Washington D.C. and worked there for six years from 1975 to 1981.  He then joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and subsequently held dual positions as Deputy Managing Director of both the MAS and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).  He became President of GIC Special Investments in1999, and retired to a two-year advisory position in GIC in 2011.

Dr Teh obtained 1st class honours in Economics at La Trobe University, Melbourne in Australia and his doctorate in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, England.  He attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in the Fall of 1989.

Veronica Eng
Advisory Board

Veronica is a founding partner of Permira, a European based private equity firm with global reach. The firm operates in 12 countries across the world and has advised committed capital in excess of US$25b since inception. Veronica serves on the Board, chairs the Permira funds’ Investment Committee and has oversight of the firm’s operations in Asia.

Over more than 25 years with Permira, Veronica has worked in wide ranging roles on many Permira transactions across sectors and countries including inter alia, acquisitions, exits, restructurings and financings.

Prior to joining Permira, Veronica was Head of Corporate Finance at Schroder Investment Bank in Singapore.  Veronica is a board member of the Centre for Asset Management Research  and Investments (CAMRI) at the National University of Singapore Business School.

Gerard George 
Advisory Board

Professor Gerry George is Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University.  He also serves in an honorary role as International Dean of BML Munjal University, an innovative new university mentored by Imperial and located near New Delhi. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Erasmus University.

George joined SMU from Imperial College where he was Deputy Dean of the Business School, Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the Elite Programme, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth and is sponsored by the London Stock Exchange.  From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published several articles in leading scholarly journals. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council to work on resource-constrained or inclusive innovation. His work investigates business models, organisational design, and its implications for innovation and entrepreneurship. He is co-investigator in an Energy for Development collaborative project that studies the effects of rural electrification, community development and social enterprise.

His book (with Adam Bock) introduces a narrative approach on how entrepreneurs conceive and change business models to make an implausible idea into a viable growth opportunity, Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms to Achieve the Unexpected, (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His previous book, Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey (Prentice Hall, 2008), addresses the human side of innovation and technology transfer.

Until November 2014, he served as a non-executive director and chaired the Risk Management Committee of India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary in the UK. IIFC(UK) provides dollar denominated financing for capital equipment in large Indian infrastructure projects such as power generation, urban mass transit, and ports among others.

Before joining Imperial, he held tenured positions at the London Business School, where he served as Faculty Director of the Institute of Technology, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directed the Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship Program. 

For his contribution to further education and research, Professor George was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute

Francis Koh
Advisory Board

Dr Francis Koh is a Professor of Finance (Practice) and Vice Provost (Special Projects) at the Singapore Management University (SMU). Concurrently, he is the Academic Director of the MSc in Wealth Management.

Francis completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Singapore, obtained his MBA from the University of British Columbia, Canada and his PhD (Finance) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Public Accountant of Singapore and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In 2012, Francis was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) in Economics by the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.

Francis started his career as a project analyst. From 1979 and 1994, he was a tenured academic faculty at the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, he held several administrative positions, including Vice-Dean, Faculty of Business Administration.

Between 1994 and 2002, Francis was employed by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). He was involved in private equity projects in various countries in the region, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. He was also involved in many corporate and training & development initiatives whilst at GIC.

He joined the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at SMU in April 2002. In 2003, he was appointed Associate Dean (Teaching & Curriculum) at the Business, School and Deputy Dean in 2010. At SMU, he has served on various university bodies, including Faculty Adviser at the Investment Committee overseeing endowment funds.

From 2006 to 2012, he was an External Examiner for the MSc in Banking Programme at the City University of Hong Kong.  In April 2009, he was appointed Visiting Professor of Corporate Finance at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.

Francis has also been active in consulting, executive development and public service. Organizations he has consulted for include Citibank, Malayan Banking, OCBC Bank and Applied Research Corporation. He has conducted training for various organisations, including the Bank of Singapore, Economic Development Board, GIC, IBM, Institute of Banking & Finance, Monetary Authority of Singapore, National Productivity Board, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Institute of Management, Standard Chartered Bank and Wealth Management Institute.

He is an Adviser to the SAFRA Finance Committee, Board Member of the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, Advisory Committee Member at the Eunoia Junior College and a Council Member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In 2012, he was appointed to the Financial Advisers Industry Review (FAIR) Panel set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Francis has published in numerous academic journals. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics, Financial Analyst Journal, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Business Venturing, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management and Singapore Economic Review.  He has written chapters in books, and presented papers at international conferences, including meetings of the American Finance Association, Asia-Pacific Finance Association and Academy of International Business.

Maarten Ruijs
Advisory Board

Maarten Ruijs is a Managing Partner of CVC Asia Pacific Limited.  Mr Ruijs has been with CVC Asia Pacific since its inception in 1999 when he joined from CVC's European business.  At that point of time, he had been with CVC Amsterdam for 9 years.  Mr Ruijs is currently a member of the CVC Asia Pacific Investment Committee.  Previously, Mr Ruijs worked for Oranje Nassau Group / Halder Holdings, The Hague and Price Waterhouse, Amsterdam.  Mr Ruijs is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Master Degree in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Ganen Sarvananthan
Advisory Board    

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 the Management Committee and Human Capital Working Group.

In addition to his management responsibilities, over the years he led a number of sector teams. Specifically, Ganen has significant experience in telecom, financial services (banks), healthcare, real estate and infrastructure, having led investments across SEA, India, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Prior to his time at Khazanah, Ganen worked at UBS Investment Bank in both corporate finance and equity capital markets.

Ganen received his tertiary education at University College London and qualified as a Barrister at Law.

Alan Thompson
Advisory Board

Alan Thompson is currently Managing Director, Private Equity Fund Investments at Temasek International. Alan was previously Managing Director, Portfolio Management, and Managing Director, Telecommunications and Media. He was also based in Sao Paulo for several years as Managing Director, Latin America while he established Temasek’s offices in Latin America.

Prior to joining Temasek in 2004, he was a Partner at Stern Stewart & Co, where he led numerous client engagements on managing for shareholder value across a wide range of industries in Southeast Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Alan previously worked in the private equity fund of a large banking group in South Africa, and had ten years of operational experience in the high-tech sector in South Africa, spanning software engineering, systems engineering and executive management roles.

Mr Thompson holds an MBA and a B.Sc. Engineering (Electrical) degree, both from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andrew Thompson
Advisory Board

Andrew Thompson is a Senior Partner and Head of Private Equity, KPMG Singapore. Andrew has 24 years of experience with KPMG principally focused on Private Equity deals, major IPO and corporate M&A transaction deal origination and execution having lived in London, New York, Sydney and now Singapore. Andrew has acted as Lead Partner for KPMG on more than 350 significant transactions with an aggregate deal value of more than $150 billion. He has led and advised on many of the most complex and demanding projects KPMG has been involved with across Asia over the last ten years. Andrew has led projects advising virtually all leading global and Asian regional Private Equity funds.  He has also advised on many direct and co-investment deals for Major Sovereign Wealth Funds and other direct pension and institutional investors.

Andrew holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of West Australia. He is a Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Kelvin Chan
Special Advisor

Mr. Chan, 50, co-headed the primary and direct private equity investment activity for Partners Group in the Asia-Pacific region since 2004. He has been instrumental in the setup and successful build-up of Partners Group's footprint (from 2 staff in Singapore to over 100 people in Singapore, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney) and PE portfolio (from zero to over USD 2.5bn) in Asia. Kelvin has participated and contributed substantially in raising over a few USD billions across different products and regions. He has over 20 years of global experience in private equity (primary, secondary and direct) investing globally, and over 5 years experience in corporate and private banking in Asia-Pacific region. His successful career at Partners Group has enabled Kelvin to become a private investor and pursue his next challenge in life.

Prior to Partners Group, Kelvin has held senior positions in TIF Ventures, EDB Investments (both under Singapore Economic Development Board) and ORIX Investments. Kelvin was formerly the Chairman of the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association from 2006 to 2009 and was a panel member of the Evaluation Panel under the Ministry of Community and Youth Services and The Enterprise Challenge under the Prime Minister Office of Singapore between 2005 to 2010.


Last updated on 29 Jul 2016 .