Directors Profile
James Huey
Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Huey is a high level non-executive director and consultant with extensive consulting, board, and chief/senior executive experience across a range of industries in Australia and overseas, predominantly in financial services. He holds wide functional experience in corporate governance, general management, strategy formulation, business planning, information systems, human resource management, finance/accounting, training and development, as well as corporate advisory, in different cultures.
During more than 30 years’ service with a major Australian bank, Mr Huey reviewed many hundreds of applications from businesses for finance, business plans, annual performance reviews, etc., for their creditworthiness, to substantiate approval or ongoing support.
Mr Huey is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia, holds a Bachelor of Science (with Honours in Financial Services) from the University of Manchester, and brings over fifty years of commercial and international experience to the Company.
He is currently a director of several private companies in Australia and has previous board and chair experience with many private and public companies, both unlisted and listed, in Australia and the South-West Pacific, including E-pay Asia Limited (EPY), Sabina Corporation Ltd (SAP) and Timah Resources Ltd (TML).
Mr Huey is resident in Australia, although he spends a significant amount of time in Asia.
CK. Cheong
Mr Cheong graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biotechnology.
Mr Cheong ventured into business and entrepreneurship industry at the age of eighteen, using his after school time to assist his parent’s business. He joined the management team in a large Recycling, Manufacturing, Trade and Exporting Factory. During his 3 years in this managerial role, he developed Business & Risk management skills, International Marketing Strategies, and expanded his entrepreneurial skills.
Mr Cheong is currently the Managing Director of Top Sifu (M) Sdn Bhd, a company based in Semenyih with annual revenues of RM 3,200,000 that employs approximately 21 employees in the Food & Beverages Industry and Recycle Manufacturing Industry, respectively. Mr Cheong’s determination to expand his business model and global visions encouraged him to travel to China. In 2012, he established his own Food & Beverages Import and Trading company, Zi Ma Xing Trading (XIAMEN) Co., Ltd, in Xiamen China in 2013. During the first 2 years in China, the company grew its operational footprint despite both financial and operational difficulties, allowing him to build his management experience.
Mr Cheong regularly travels both to Australia and throughout Asia.
Derrick De Souza
Non-Executive Director
Derrick De Souza has a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Singapore (1976) and has successfully completed the Executive Development Year program run jointly by the Institute of Corporate Managers, Secretaries and Administrators and the University of New South Wales (1989). He has also completed the 2 year post graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment of the Securities Institute of Australia recognised by the Australian banking and finance industry and the Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning) recognised by the financial planning and wealth management industry in Australia. Derrick is an associate member of CPA Australia.
Derrick is a consultant to businesses for the past 30 years and his work experience includes working in various capacities in accounting, Australian and international taxation, auditing, international banking, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring for stock market listings, valuations and strategic planning and financial advisory. He has worked in banking and finance in Singapore, Malaysia, London, Korea, Hong Kong, and Australia. He advises Asian clients on in-bound Australian investments and Australian clients on out-bound off-shore business investments.
From 2006 to 2013 Derrick was the Managing Partner of a mid-tier Accounting practice in Sydney. He is currently a director of several private and public companies in Australia and has board experience. Derrick is a Registered Tax Agent with the Australian Tax Agents Board and holds a New South Wales Real Estate Licence.
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila
Non-executive Director
Dr Mohd Azmi is currently a Professor (in Virology/Immunology) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He was a former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at UPM. He received his first degree (DVM) from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK). He also holds MBA in Finance/Marketing from UPM and Masters of Law (LLM in Business Law) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Dr Mohd Azmi has vast experience with regards to technology/IP commercialization, investment and entrepreneurship. He was a former Director of Investment at Malaysian Technology Development Corporation, former CEO of NINEBIO Sdn Bhd, and former CEO of UPM Innovations Sdn Bhd. He was a director of a number of investee companies, including private and publicly listed companies (Main Board, KLSE). He was a former founding president and advisor of Innovation and Technology Managers Association of Malaysia (ITMA). He is a co-founder and director of the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC, Hong Kong) for the Malaysian Chapter.
Dr Mohd Azmi has more than twenty five (25) years of experience in the life sciences, biotechnology and agriculture sectors. He has an extensive exposure in areas of research and development (R&D), innovations, technology acquisitions and investments, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of Intellectual Property, technology management, having established or nurtured more than 40 start-ups, and also helping several companies going achieving an IPO.
Dr Mohd Azmi was a Director of Investment at Malaysian Technological Development Corporation (MTDC) for venture capital investment. His key areas of responsibilities included deal sourcing, evaluation of companies and business proposals, monitoring of investment and investee companies as well as corporate finance activities e.g. deal structuring, management buy-outs (MBO) and fund raisings. Throughout the process, he has reviewed an extensive numbers of business plans and visited many business establishments - for due diligence and investment decision purposes. He was also a member of Investment Committee of Malaysian Life Science Capital Fund (a joint venture Venture Capital company between Malaysia and the U.S.). Dr Mohd Azmi was also an ex member and Honorary Secretary of Malaysian Venture Capital Association (MVCA).
Dr Mohd Azmi resides in Malaysia.