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Board

ALEX HOW | CEO, Chairman

Alex is CEO and founder of Aesir Partners. 

LESLEY NDLOVU, CFA, CA | Vice Chairman (Non-executive)

Lesley is CEO of ARC (African Risk Capacity) and a board member of the United Nations EPFI initiative in Geneva. He was formerly CEO of AXA (EUR 1.3T AUM)'s Specialty Risks / Lloyd's of London, AXA's Group Chief of Staff, Group Head of Corporate Development and AXA's Chief Investment Officer in Singapore.  Lesley began his career as Investment Manager at Axis Capital, where he had oversight of a USD15b portfolio. 

Lesley holds a MFin from INSEAD, a MSc in Tax Law from the University of Oxford, is a ACA Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is a CFA Charter Holder.  He is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, and sits on the boards of numerous global organizations. 

JEAN LIM | Senior Advisor

Jean was formerly Head of Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers in Los Angeles, and prior to that she held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.  She holds a MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BSc in Economics from Columbia University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

YEZDI CHINOY | Senior Advisor

Yezdi is currently Asia Pacific CEO of Generali Investments Asia (~USD1T AUM). Prior to this he has held senior management positions at JP Morgan, Jardine Fleming and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Yezdi holds a BCom and LLB Law from the University of Mumbai, and also holds ACS, ACIS, MICA, ACAMS certifications. 

AVNI PUNDIR | Advisor

Avni is a co-founder and former Group Managing Director of Zalora, a SEA fashion brand Unicorn. She is Advisor to KKR and to L Catterton (Asia's number 1 luxury PE Fund). She holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Fashion Management from the National Institute of Fashion Technology. 

 

PANAI AVASADANOND | Advisor

Panai is Executive Director at Lima Capital, and a career Debt and Special Situations professional. He was formerly Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and SCB, and also held Executive Director positions at UBS AG, Barclays and was a Director at Deutsche Bank. He holds a MBA from HEC, a MSc in Computer Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. 

Management Team

ALEX HOW | CEO, Chairman

 - Please see above-

RUSSELL BOYD | CIO

Russell was formerly Investment Director with Creador and Navis Capital, 2 of Southeast Asia's top Private Equity funds. Prior to that he was formerly a Financial Analyst with Barclays and Bank of New York Mellon. Russell holds a MBA from INSEAD and a BSc in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics (LSE). 

JISUN MIN, CFA | COO

Jisun is an adjunct Professor at INSEAD, and is also a Venture Partner with Vu Ventures.  Jisun is a seasoned Venture Capitalist and also the former COO of HipVan, and former CEO of One Tree Hill Ventures. She was previously a Derivatives Structurer and Trader at Citibank Global Markets and Barclays Investment Bank in NYC and  London.  Jisun holds a MBA from INSEAD, a MS Finance (Distinction) from Imperial College and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and she is also a CFA charterholder. 

FARHAN NAQVI | Venture Partner

Farhan is CFO at iLearningEngines (Ranked top 10 fastest growing Tech firms in North America by Deloitte) where he leads Corp Dev and Finance. He was instrumental in growing the firms' revenue by 20x in 3 years. Prior to that Farhan was an Investment Banker at Deutsche Bank where he led and worked on many of the world's marquis deals, including the US IPO of Alibaba (USD25b), the sale of Forbes, the Acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon (USD6b), Groupon's sale of their Asia assets, the IPO of Travelport, a debt raise for Uber (USDD1.1b), Brocade's merger with Broadcom (USD5.5b) and many others. He has also worked in Management Consulting prior at Bain & Co.  Farhan holds a MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) and a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT-Kanpur. 

NICHOLAS CURCIO | Venture Partner

Nicholas is COO at Mosaic, CFO at EDG Architecture, former COO at Trendalytics (Acquired), and an Analyst at Honeycomb Asset Management. He was formerly at Evercore, where he was part of the #1Institutional-Investor ranked team for 7 years. Prior to that he was an Equity Trader at Trillum Investment Management. Nicholas holds a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where graduated top 100th percentile), a MA in Psychology from NYU where he was awarded a scholarship, and a BA in Psychology and Music from Skidmore College.