The Council organises and supervises the day-to-day activities of the Association and make decisions on the running of the association.
|Mr. Alan Lim||President||Nexea Angels|
|Dr. Melissa Foo Suyin||Vice President||AIM|
|Mr. Lok Choon Hoong||Secretary||AIPO Angels|
|En. ‘Azra’I Shu’ib||Treasurer||TPM|
|Dr. Sivapalan Vivekarajah||Council Member||Proficeo Ventures|
|Dato Sri Dr. Vincent Tiew||Council Member||Amazing Property Group|
|Dr. Ng Sing Kwei||Council Member||Platcom Ventures|
|Ms. Elaine Lockman||Council Member||Ata Plus|
|En. Ashran Dato’ Ghazi||Council Member||Dattel|
|Mr. Peter Wee||Council Member||Nexea Angels|
Tricia has over 18 years of work experience and from the very start of her career, she has responded to the calling to serve others. Her career path has been non-traditional, having delved in both the For-Profit Sector and the Social Sector. She is passionate about helping organisations and individuals realise their ideas to deliver social and economic value to society.
Over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to work in Senior Management roles that allowed her to design and execute organisational strategy. Her innate ability to read nuances and anticipate reaction has been an asset in enabling teams and building relationships.
Tricia has always been a people manager and has strong commercial instincts, optimism and is solution focused. She is highly skilled at managing multiple projects and operations. She has a natural flair to designing processes that deliver value and operational efficiencies.
Tricia has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland majoring in Strategic Management. This accreditation combined with her work and life experiences provides a unique and realistic lense for which projects under her care are delivered.
Ms. Azie has 15 years’ of experience in Personal Assistance, Human Resources, Accounts and Administration. She has been exposed in working in various platforms in the Government administration industry and private sector.
She is efficient and highly skilled in planning, organizing, executing meetings, events, conferences and operations.
Strong professional and enjoys working on initiatives that create opportunities through combining ideas, community, and capital.
Mr. Alan Lim is the co-founder and CEO of MediaBanc Group; the biggest media monitoring and insights company in South-East-Asia since 1997. He fully exited the business in mid-2014 when the company was listed in the ASX as iSentia Group Ltd, formerly known as Sentia Media and before that Media Monitors. Prior to MediaBanc Group, Alan, who obtained a BSC in Marketing and an MBA from the United States in 1987 worked in the advertising industry for close to 10-years at The Star media group in Kuala Lumpur, and at Asatsu, an international Japanese advertising agency in both Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. An entrepreneur by heart, Alan Lim co-founded a market intelligence agency by the name of Pacific Forum (with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo) and an advertising agency called Grandmont in Kuala Lumpur before his exit in 1997 to start MediaBanc Group. Today, Alan Lim has moved into the significant second half of his life where he spends most of his time; he is the Principal Advisor for Nexea Angels, a venture builder, and he mentors & coaches many young Entrepreneurs in his spare time as part of his ‘giving back to society’. He also gives his time to MBAN (Malaysian Business Angel Network) as the Honorary Secretary and also participates as an investor in many startup companies in the SEA region.
Dr Melissa Foo is a global investor and portfolio manager focusing on impact investment, ecosystem development and innovation. Melissa was based in New York from 2013 – 2016 and worked on multiple early-stage deals in FinTech, Healthcare, Education, B2B, Real Estate Technology and Social Enterprise. Melissa consults for the Malaysian government on Ventures and Corporate Entrepreneurship (Ministry of Finance – Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) and Social Innovation (Prime Minister’s Department – National Innovation Agency).She is a speaker and mentor at MaGIC Academy and Lean StartupAsia. Melissa received an MBA from Columbia Business School with a dual-concentration in Family Enterprise Management & Impact Investing. Melissa also serves on the board of her family healthcare company based in Malaysia. Prior to that, she obtained her dental qualifications from the University of Melbourne and was attached to the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Hospital Sungai Buloh, specializing in trauma and facial reconstruction. When she is not identifying the next big thing in impact and innovation, she is passionate about travel, meeting people, making connections and giving. Her philanthropic work with the family organization serves underprivileged communities across Southeast Asia.
Mr. Lok is a qualified lawyer (non-practising) in Malaysia and Singapore and a registered patent, trademark and industrial design agents for Malaysia. He has been actively involved in the intellectual property field for the past twenty (20) years. He was awarded the world’s top 1000 patent practitioners by IAM magazine for year 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mr Lok holds a Master of Laws Degree from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, an executive MBA degrees from INSEAD and E-MBA from Tsinghua University, China. He is also the founding partner of Pintas IP Group (PIPG), an Asean based regional professional intellectual property (IP) firm, Global IP Southeast Asia Pte Ltd (GIP-Asean), an IP agency and consultancy boutique firm focusing on Japan – Southeast Asia regions. Apart from IP agency and consultancy works, Mr Lok is also actively involved in angel capital investment in IP based companies in Malaysia, Singapore and China. Mr Lok is currently the treasurer of Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN).
En. ‘Azra’I Shu’ib, started his career with several banks & financial institutions, such as Bank Bumiputra (M) Sdn Bhd (1983 – 1987), Malaysia Credit Finance Bhd. & Amanah Factor Sdn Bhd (1987 – 1989), Perwira Affin Bank Bhd. (1989 – 1991) & Malaysia Credit Finance Bhd. (1993 – 1996). Later he managed his own construction and trading companies for over 5 years. Some of the companies he manned are Thethani Engineering Sdn Bhd & Budi Urusan (M) Sdn Bhd. He continued his journey into the Government sector where he served with Small Medium Industries Development Corporation (SMIDEC); an agency under the purview of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) for over 6 years in various positions; among others are Deputy Director, Strategic Planning Division, Deputy Director, Financial Assistant and Monitoring and Regional Director, SMIDEC Northern Office. His current position is as the General Manager – Head, Incubation and Technopreneurs Development of Technology Park Malaysia; an agency under the purview of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
Dr. Siva has been an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor over the last 35 years and has a Ph.D in Venture Capital from the University of Edinburgh In Scotland. He is the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN), the Association that represents high net worth Angel investors. In January 2019, Dr. Siva was appointed Chairman of the Ministerial Task Force (TF) on Technopreneur Funding, by YB Ms. Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC). The role of the TF was to provide recommendations to restructure the 5 biggest government funding agencies under the Ministry. He was also the Founder & Past President of TeAM, the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia, and was Director of TeAM’s Policy Institute. In his role as a Founder and longtime Advisor to TeAM he has also written White Papers and submitted many policy recommendations to the Government of Malaysia. Dr.Siva is an active Angel Investor and has made 16 investments in technology companies in the education, medical device, Internet based businesses and User Experience (UX) industry. He is the Chief Investor of Proficeo Ventures Sdn Bhd an Angel Club. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of Proficeo Consultants, an Entrepreneur Coaching & Mentoring company that has coached 1,000 companies in Malaysia over the last 8 years including the highly successful “Coach & Grow Program” under Cradle Fund and the Ministry of Finance. Dr. Siva is the author of the book “Blue Sky Innovation: Killer Innovations That Changed The World of Business”. It is available on the Amazon Kindle Store at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BM29ZJW. He also co-authored the book “Startups to Scaleups: Spurring the next generation of Asian tech tigers”.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Vincent Tiew is presently the Managing Director of Amazing Group of Companies – specializes on property investment and consultancy. Dato’ Sri Dr. Vincent Tiew has been in recent years actively involved in many associations as Council / EXCO members hence has the ability and experience to share various topics relating to property, entrepreneurship and motivation. These associations include Malaysian Business Angel Network Association, Malaysian Advertisers Associations, Malaysian Highrise and Shopping Mall Association, Branding Association Malaysia and Real Estate Housing Developer Association Selangor.
Dr Ng is an Innovation & Commercialisation Consultant experienced in the translation of R&D investment into revenues. Analytical, creative and highly adaptable to new and ambiguous information. Demonstrated capacity in identifying and evaluating new technologies, conducting technical & market due diligence, identifying investment risks, performing business planning analysis and providing end to end facilitation for commercialisation activities. Skilled technology, market analyst with experience across a range of sectors. A certified innovation skills and technology transfer trainer. A motivated team player who can lead teams to complete tasks efficiently and effectively. An active team member that provides mutual support to colleagues to achieve a common purpose.
Ms. Elain is a Co-Founder and Director in Ata Plus, a Malaysian licensed Equity Crowdfunding platform. Upbeat and optimistic, she believes nothing is impossible and all challenges are just another form of opportunities. This proves to be the fuel in her 23-year career in the areas of management, business strategy, human resource, business development, relationship management, marketing and corporate communications. She has served notable organisations, namely Petronas, MDeC, Malaysia Debt Ventures, DiGi Telecommunications and Packet One Networks. She currently sits on the Board of Western Union Payments Malaysia and the Chairman of Western Union Internal Audit Committee, while being actively involved in the start-up community, advising entrepreneurs in funding, strategy and operations. Elain is instrumental in establishing Ata Plus’ partnerships, deal screening and operations framework. Elain graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Operational Research.
En. Ashran Ghazi is currently the CEO of Dattel Asia – A Consumer Intelligence company poised to be the Bloomberg of Consumer Data. He was formerly the CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Center(MaGIC) where he led the Malaysian Government Agency in developing startups for the future. He is a serial entrepreneur and is very passionate about Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Over the last 20 years, he has been involved in multi industries ranging from Construction, Communications, Technology and Human Capital Development. While having a commercial perspective, he also led NGO such as New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Association of Bumiputera Technopreneurs, myHarapan and have also served on the Board of SME Corporation and Malaysian SME Development Center. Doing what is deemed impossible is what keeps him pushing forward. He strives in ambiguity and chaos as it brings the best out of him.
a) PwC Kuala Lumpur (1991 to August 1996)
I started my working life in 1991 with (the then called) Price Waterhouse, Kuala Lumpur as a Tax Associate. My responsibilities primarily were to prepare the tax returns and provide basic tax consultancy to my clients, which includes providing tax incentives advice and due diligence acquisition work. I rose to the Senior Consultant position in 1996 before being seconded to PwC London in 1996.
b) PwC London (September 1996 to September 1998)
In the PwC London office, I was in the Banking and Capital Markets tax consultancy team overseeing the tax advisory and compliance matters of my portfolio of clients. They included UK based banks like DBS Bank London and other multinational clients there. My responsibilities included setting up of the “Malaysian Desk” to handle inward and outward investments tax and regulatory advisory.
c) PwC Kuala Lumpur (October 1996 to November 2010)
Upon return from London, I was promoted to Managing Consultant in the KL office and rose to Executive Director in 2005 in the tax division. I led many projects in the tax advisory space and was the lead director in designing the East Coast Economic Corridor tax incentives in 2008, working with the ECER authority and the Ministry of Finance.
d) Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd (December 2010 to February 2017)
I joined Ricoh Malaysia, an office automation company, as a GM of Business Operations and was made country leader and COO in February 2012. I rose to the position of Managing Director in April 2015 till March 2017. During the MD and COO roles I was responsible for the overall management of the company, and led a successful acquisition of an IT company during my tenure there. During my time there the revenues of the company grew from RM108m to RM200m when I ended my tenure there.
e) Crop Protection Sdn Bhd (2017)
My tenure in this company as their Group CEO involved managing the operations of their Malaysian and Thailand businesses. My experience was in managing the manufacturing operations (Malaysia) and also trading operations in both countries.
f) Rotiboy Bakeshoppe Sdn Bhd (2018)
I was their Group CEO and was responsible for the manufacturing and also distribution/retail outlets in Malaysia and 6 other countries. I was responsible for the overall operations of the group.
Other Professional Qualifications:
1) CPA Australia (Member)
2) Malaysian Institute of Accountants (Member)
3) Chartered Institute of Taxation, Malaysia (Member)
4) Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (Member)
5) Member of MICCI Logistics sub-committee (2008 to 2010)