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With an all-star team and experienced Board of Directors and Advisers, you can rest assured that you’re working with the right people.

Our leadership team

Velisarios Kattoulas

Velisarios Kattoulas

CIO & Director

Veli is an entrepreneur and an investor in early-stage companies. Prior to Lanturn, Veli started, ran and sold companies in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Most recently, in 2010 he founded a consulting business in Hong Kong that worked for leading banks, private equity firms, asset managers and multinationals (exiting in a sale in 2016). Velisarios has an economics degree, and speaks English, Greek and Japanese.

Maryana Hutchinson

Maryana Hutchinson

Director of Operations

Maryana has more than a decade of experience in the trade, corporate services, and fund administration. Maryana is a Registered Qualified Individual, accredited by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in Singapore, and she has worked for companies ranging from technology startups to mid-market multinationals. Prior to Lanturn, she worked in fund administration as a leading global fund administrator. Maryana has a degree in finance and economics and speaks English and Russian.

Dharini Jegadeesan

Dharini Jegadeesan

Head of Immigration Services

Dharini is a Chartered Secretary accredited by the Chartered Secretaries Institute of Singapore, and a Registered Qualified Individual accredited by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in Singapore. Prior to joining Lanturn, Dharini spent three years at another corporate services firm. Dharini has a postgraduate degree in commerce, and she speaks English, Tamil and Telegu.

Chris Laxton

Chris Laxton

Chief Financial Officer & Head of Fund Services

Chris spent three years working at a Big Four audit firm, and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to Lanturn, Chris was Finance Manager at a major re-seller of marine and petroleum products and services. In that role, Chris oversaw financial reporting for five offices across APAC with revenues of more than USD1 billion. Chris has an honours degree in accounting and finance, and a postgraduate degree in accounting, and he speaks English and Afrikaans.

Chantal Milton

Chantal Milton

Head of Corporate Secretarial Services

Chantal has a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Aberdeen. Following graduation, she had experience as a Medical Surveillance Specialist, Mortgage Advisor and Financial Paraplanner in the UK before joining Lanturn in 2019 as a Corporate Secretary.

Chantal has vast/extensive experience in corporate governance, corporate structure, as well as handling and advising funding rounds for Lanturn’s clients. She is able to converse in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and now leads the CorpSec Team in managing client work, training and ensuring that all of Lanturn’s clients are compliant.

Jimbo Cortes

Jimbo Cortes

Head of Engineering

Chris spent three years working at a Big Four audit firm, and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to Lanturn, Chris was Finance Manager at a major re-seller of marine and petroleum products and services. In that role, Chris oversaw financial reporting for five offices across APAC with revenues of more than USD1 billion. Chris has an honours degree in accounting and finance, and a postgraduate degree in accounting, and he speaks English and Afrikaans.

Board Of Directors and Advisers

Batara Ito

Director

Batara is co-founder and managing partner of East Ventures, one of Asia’s most active early-stage investors. Previously, Batara co-founded and was CTO of Mixi, a Japanese social network and game developer that he helped to take public. East Ventures made its first investment in 2010, and it recently raised its 8th fund, a seed-stage fund focused on digital companies emerging in the post-lockdown aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Batara has a degree in computer science, and he speaks English, Japanese and Indonesian

Roland Yau

Director

Roland is the Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, a venture capital fund focusing on investments in early-stage technologies. In this role, Roland has led investments in companies including Cafe X, Soundbrenner, and GoBee Bike. Roland is also an active advisor to his portfolio companies, large corporations, founders, and other venture capital funds. Prior to establishing CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland worked on corporate financing, deal structuring, and M&A at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm. Roland has degrees in biology and law, and he speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Alex Tumbull

Director

Alex is CIO at Keshik Capital, a multi-strategy fund based in Singapore. Previously, Alex worked at leading global investment banks and hedge funds, and he has close to two decades of experience managing multi-asset portfolios, and investing in public and private corporate securities and derivatives. Alex has a degree in economics, and he speaks English and Mandarin.

Vesna McCreery

Director

Leader and risk professional with over 25 years in financial services from trading-floor oversight, to heading up global teams, and projects in financial crime compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, reputational risk, and due diligence.

Bjorn Lindfors

Adviser – Technology

Bjorn is a partner at Antler, a global VC and startup generator. He is a seasoned chief technology officer with experience across startups, mid-market multinationals, and global technology firms. Focused heavily on product and growth, has managed teams in Malaysia, Singapore, Ukraine and Turkey, and he uses test-and-learn experiments to build software that is scalable and stacks up commercially. Bjorn has an undergraduate degree in computer engineering, and a postgraduate degree in technology management, and he speaks English and Swedish.

Alex Sifnoitis

Adviser – Operations

Alex is a seasoned investor in and adviser to early- and growth-stage companies in Asia, Europe and North America. In his role as an adviser, he leverages 20 years of experience in operations and supply chain management to help teams grow, improve efficiency and increase profit. Previously, he founded one of Greece’s leading consulting firms, and he was COO for EMEA at TMF Group, a global corporate services firm. Alex has degrees in economics, logistics and supply chain management and is a Six Sigma black belt. He is fluent in English, Greek and French.

Kirsty Tsang

Adviser  – Brand & Marketing

Kirsty is an entrepreneur who uses her creative skills in design and marketing to pinpoint go-to-market strategies, sharpen user experience for different client personas, and manage every facet of branding and marketing. Kirsty has worked with everything from B2C and B2B startups to global SaaS businesses. Most recently, she co-founded Guilt, a bakery specializing in premium cookies. Kirsty has a degree in design, and she speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.