Board Of Directors and Advisers
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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 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.
Vesna is a risk professional with 25 years experience. She started her career in banking, and has led global teams and projects in areas including regulatory compliance, reputational risk, and due diligence. Vesna is a Managing Director in London at a growth-stage US technology company that provides compliance solutions to banks.
Michal Smith Jr.
Adviser & Investor
Michael works at AWS in a global role, and is an ex CTO, CPO, and VC firm partner. Over the past 20 years, he has held senior roles at Yahoo and BEA Systems (bought by Oracle). An engineer and product manager by background, he has invested in multiple category-leading startups.
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.
Adviser & Investor
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.
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.
Tiang Lim Foo
Adviser - Growth
Tiang Lim is the Co-Founder and Parter of seed fund Forge Ventures. Previously he was the Head of Asia for Evernote and Partner at Seedplus, a Singapore-based seed fund. Over the past decade, Tiang Lim has invested in multiple category-leading startups and used his expertise in growth to help with their development. He currently sits on the board of Qoala, a Sequoia-backed fintech firm.