Experience

  • Head - Digital Strategy, Renewables & Innovation

    at Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

    July 2014 - at Present

    Kuala Lumpur

    Currently entrusted to spearhead efforts to digitally transform the business activities throughout the value-chain of the company as well as lead the creation of new non-traditional revenue sources via strategic innovation. Industry focus include bio-chemicals, bio-energy, minerals, nutraceuticals, renewables and sustainable resources

  • Vice President - Group Strategy & Business Development

    at Sime Darby Berhad

    February 2011 - June 2014

    Kuala Lumpur

    Headed the Strategic Business Development function which concentrated on exploring and nurturing ‘out-of-the-box’ business opportunities for Sime Darby Group. Evaluated and monitored transactions and projects relating to Sime Darby’s Plantation business activities globally as well as its Ports and Utilities businesses in China. Constantly engaged senior management, technology providers, private equity firms, competitors and government agencies to ensure sustained successes and conducive ecosystem of pursued transactions / projects.

  • Senior Vice President - Education & Human Capital

    at Northern Corridor Implementation Authority

    March 2008 - January 2011

    Pulau Pinang

    Seconded by Sime Darby to pioneer the creation of NCIA to drive strategic & sustainable initiatives to transform the Northern Corridor Economic Region (“NCER”) into a preferred investment destination. Designed and implemented socio-economic projects focusing on nurturing regional manpower through managing a human capital development fund worth US$80M. Engaged domestic & international investors to determine demand for manpower. Worked with national policy makers, regional learning institutions and community leaders to nurture quality human capital supply.

  • Manager - Business Development & Corporate Finance

    at Sime Darby Berhad

    January 2004 - February 2008

    Selangor

    Successfully established a corporate finance department within Sime Darby’s Plantations Division which owns oil palm estates across South East Asia with annual revenue of US$350+M. Spearheaded efforts to prepare & implement divisional strategic and operational plans. Led a 5-person team to evaluate business performance improvements and corporate proposals, specifically related to potential M&As locally and internationally, covering initiation, due diligence and stakeholder negotiations. Reported to the division’s CFO.

  • Analyst - European M&A Group

    at Credit Suisse First Boston

    August 2000 - December 2003

    London

    Key member of the group’s business development unit. Worked on 50+ potential leads, including sell-side and buy-side M&A, debt & equity financings and leveraged buyouts. Completed valuations, merger and LBO models and prepared ‘pitch’ presentation materials. Assisted with the due diligence process, supported communication between clients and prospective buyers, and managed information flow.

Education

  • Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales

    at ICAEW

    2017 - at Present (2 years)

  • ASEAN Senior Management Development Program

    at Harvard Business School

    2009 - 2009 (1 year) Kuala Lumpur

  • Mathematics for Management

    at University of California, Los Angeles

    2008 - 2009 (1 year)

  • MA & BA

    at University of Cambridge

    1997 - 2000 (3 years) Cambridgeshire

Languages

  • English Negotiation

  • Indonesian Negotiation

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