Mr. Chan is one of the founders of Opus Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. He has over 33 years of investment management / advisory experience. He started with HSBC Asset Management in Hong Kong where he eventually became the Chief Investment Officer for the Asian ex-Japan markets. He was responsible for over USD3.2 billion of assets under management and a team of ten investment professionals. He was a pioneering investor in the emerging Asian markets and helped launch the Korean Asian Fund, which makes him one of the first foreign institutional investors in Korea. He also worked with the Asian Development Bank in launching the Asean Fund (1988) and the Asian Convertible Fund (1991). In 1993, Mr. Chan left HSBC to establish the Asian business for TCW Group Inc. (a leading US based pension fund manager), and grew the Asian business to over USD1.5 billion under management.
Mr. Chan left Hong Kong in 1996 to return to Malaysia, where he established Gadek Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. as a principal shareholder and managing director before selling it to Phileo Allied Bank in 1998. The company was renamed to Phileo Asset Management Sdn. Bhd., and established a niche in the management of fixed income products and other unit trust assets. Mr. Chan was also a non-executive director of Phileo Allied Bhd., the holding company of Phileo Allied Bank. He left Phileo in 1999 to establish Opus Capital Sdn. Bhd. to focus on the provision of investment advisory services to several offshore private equity and real estate investment funds. He was also the principal partner of Pan Asia Capital Management, a Hong Kong based private equity company that managed in excess of USD100 million in private equity assets - the investments within Pan Asia Capital has since been exited. In 2002, the principal partners of Pan Asia Capital Management then started an investment fund to invest into Japanese real estate which had up to USD400 million in gross value of real estate assets. These assets have since been repackaged into a REIT and listed in Singapore as Saizen REIT, whereupon Mr. Chan exited from his involvement with the Japanese real estate group.
Mr. Chan graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in Economics. He held an Investment Manager's licence in Hong Kong (1986 to 1997) and a Fund Manager's Representative licence in Malaysia (1997 to 1999). Currently, he holds a Capital Markets Services Representative's Licence.
Mr. Siaw is one of the founders of Opus Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. and is currently holding the position of Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer in the company. He started his career as a Risk Manager and Actuarial Consultant at NMG Risk Managers & Actuaries Sdn. Bhd. He then joined Gadek Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. (which was later renamed to Phileo Asset Management Sdn. Bhd.) in 1996 as the Portfolio Manager in charge of fixed income, where he grew the fixed income portfolio under management to RM430 million over a four year period. Later, he joined HLG Asset Management in 2000 where he was responsible for over RM1 billion of funds under management and a team of seven investment professionals. He was later promoted to General Manager, Investment / Chief Investment Officer of Hong Leong Assurance Bhd. ("HLA") in 2002, where he was responsible for approximately RM3 billion (of which approximately RM2 billion was in fixed income securities) of HLA's investment portfolio.
Mr. Siaw holds a Master of Science degree in International Banking & Financial Studies from the University of Southampton, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He holds a Capital Markets Services Representative's Licence.
Pn. Mahani is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Unisem (M) Berhad and Scicom (MSC) Berhad.
Pn. Mahani started her career with Bank Negara Malaysia in the Investments and Foreign Exchange Department for about 7 years from 1977 to 1984 in reserve management, dealing in foreign currency deposits, fund raising in syndicated loans and bond issues for the Malaysian Government, statutory bodies and government linked companies, and money market activities.
She left Malaysia for Singapore for 17 years from 1984 to 2001, working with the Regional Office of United Malayan Banking Corporation Berhad (subsequently known as Sime Bank and RHB Bank), covering both offshore and domestic banking. She subsequently returned to the Head Office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2001. For the following 3 years, she headed Premium Banking in the Consumer Division, and was then promoted to be the Division Head of the International Trade and Transaction Banking Division ("International"). As the Head of International, she was driving the bank's trade business, managing correspondent banking relationships with foreign financial institutions and in charge of the overall overseas businesses in Singapore, Bangkok, and Brunei. Her last appointment was as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Services. She was in charge of the bank's overall back office operations, compliance functions, service quality and the physical infrastructure and properties of the whole bank. During her period of employment with RHB Bank, she was a Board member of the bank's Labuan offshore subsidiary and Financial Park Labuan. She also headed various taskforces and working committees in the bank, and was a member of the Asset and Liability Committee. Pn. Mahani left RHB Bank in 2004 to spend time with her children studying in the United Kingdom.
Pn. Mahani graduated from the University of Malaya, Malaysia with a Bachelor Degree in Economics, majoring in Business Administration in 1977.
En. Ross is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. / CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd., and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd.
En. Ross joined HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd. in 1973 and served in various capacities ranging from Branch Management to Corporate and Retail Banking. He was also the Area Manager for Klang Valley and Southern regions. He served as the Head of Treasury & Foreign Exchange, and was also the Head of Group Audit Malaysia between 1987 and 1996. During this period, he also worked for a short spell in Hong Kong, London, and New York in the areas of Foreign Exchange, Treasury, and Audit.
Prior to his retirement from HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd. on 31 December 2007, he held the post of Managing Director (since 2003) of HSBC Amanah (Islamic subsidiary of HSBC Bank Malaysia), and was responsible for the Islamic retail and corporate business emanating from the branch network. Upon retirement, he was appointed as the Senior Advisor and Executive Director in HSBC Amanah Takaful (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.
En. Ross completed his Banking Diploma (Part 1) from The Institute of Bankers, U.K. in 1973.
Mr. Lee had 30 years of professional experience as an economist, with almost 12 years in Bank Negara Malaysia and 18 years in financial services. Since 2002, he was the Head of Economics Research with CIMB Investment Bank Berhad before retiring in May 2014. He supervised a team of five economists covering global and regional economies. Currently, Mr. Lee is a guest writer for Focus Malaysia.
On 1 July 2016, Mr. Lee is appointed as the Executive Director of SocioEconomic Research Center (SERC), an independent research center. SERC is funded by the donors from The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM).
Mr. Lee served in the Economics Department of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) from 1984-1996. His responsibilities as Senior Economist and Assistant Manager included policy formulation in areas related to the balance of payments, manufacturing, construction and investment sectors. He also participated actively in BNM's research policy work and co-authored the publication of discussion papers and BNM's Annual Report articles.
Mr. Lee then worked as an economist with M&A Research from 1996-1998 before moving on to be Chief Economist with HLG Securities until February 2002. He was Head of Economic Services Unit in Hong Leong Bank before joining CIMB Securities (Research) as the Head of Economics in October 2002.
Mr. Lee is the recipient of many awards: He was voted "Best Economist" in The Edge Polls twice and ranked top 3 four times from 2000-2008; "Best Economist" by the Asset Magazine Hong Kong- Local Currency Bond Market of Malaysia in 2007. He also led CIMB Macroeconomic research to be ranked among top 3 for nine consecutive years (2005-13) in the Asiamoney Polls.
Mr. Lee hold a BA (Hons) majoring in Economics from University of Malaya, Malaysia and a Master's Degree in Development Economics from Williams College, USA.