...My name is Edmond Hui, I’m based in Shanghai and I’m originally from the UK, from London. I’m a CEO of Acacia Venture Capital Partners, which is an early-stage venture fund that invests primarily outside of China. But what we do is we link up Chinese opportunities (what we call ‘geographical arbitrage’), so looking at patent matching within China and then applying that to emerging markets. It gives very good returns, IRR is currently at 128% annualised for fund 2. When we go out of China we also bring companies into China as well, thus helping our portfolio [...]
My name is Charlie Sidman, I’m about a year into my Global Investment Leaders Club membership experience. I joined to popularize my new investment fund: it’s a new innovative venture fund, focused on science-based very early-stage enterprises that have impact and inventivity. We have great deals in health sectors, in sustainability, energy and a smattering of other things that I just can’t turn down, because they meet all of those objectives. We work globally, and we can accept investment participation globally. Just in terms of macro observations from the earlier part of our conversation, I’m still seeing huge [...]
For many years I have worn my investor hat as a Vice President at the Keiretsu Forum which is one of the world’s largest angel investment groups with 60 chapters globally. That is how I came to be invited to this ecosystem of investors in the Global Investment Leaders Club. The company Maxwell Biosciences, that I joined in the last half a year, continues to have exciting developments in science and research, specifically in terms of developing compounds that fight infectious pathogens, including the virus that has caused this pandemic and every other variant that’s been tested. Our [...]
I am a head of a family office as well as a technology investor with a focus on social impact. Food, agro-tech and water is one of the key areas of my investment interests, the second key is health-tech and the third key is circular economy. Although we are based in Australia our office is very international. Also, I’m a Chairman of an Africa-focused investment platform, and a Founding Partner and Co-Managing Partner of a healthcare fund, which is based out of Israel, which is quite recently linking into the GCC countries. I have quite a diverse portfolio, [...]
I’m Craig Astill, I’m the CEO of Caason Group, an Australia based single family office in Melbourne. Our interests are primarily in the agro and agrotech space, as well as mining and mining tech. As a family office we are pretty diversified where we are investing into, that also takes us out to environmental technologies, FinTech and also into IT. We primarily directly invest into companies which we hope will bring benefit to us. We’ve got several prominent examples of that and in some cases we think that we have already backed one or two companies that might [...]
My name is Tony Jarrin, and I am the head of the Canaregio Group (US). We are a Real Estate holding in the hotel and hospitality sector, we’ve been diversifying in the last few years, specifically the couple of years before the pandemic, to telecom, financial services and other industries. Of course, we are still battling through the challenges that came to all of us in one way or another through the pandemic. I’m very honored to be a part of this group, and I appreciate the invitation that was made a little over a year ago. Actually, [...]
I’ve met lots and lots of very interesting people through the Global Investment Leaders Club. I often say that I hate networking with a passion, nevertheless, I am very happy I joined this Club nearly 2 years ago! What it’s really helped me to do is to meet the kind of people I would not have met internationally, and to grow an international network. I’ve met some really fascinating people who are at the top of their game. It was very kindly said that all the members were leaders in their industries. I have really enjoyed being part [...]
“You need to put yourself out there and talk to investors. My meetings [with investors] were very well managed. It was a very informal setting, and they were able to ask questions. I was given 5 minutes to present my company, and then very structured questions from investors were facilitated. I’ve got 15-20 people very focused on one thing [my project]. They were able to get my answer to them, it built a really complete picture in a very short period of time. And then I could specifically ask them for a suggestion on how I can be a [...]
"I have been involved in the Global Investment Leaders Club since January- February of 2020. The forum has enabled us to meet new people who we would have not met otherwise, especially during the year of lockdown. For the past 1.5 years, we meet regularly on a virtual platform and spend a couple of hours on Thursdays over a cup of coffee, exchanging notes and identifying opportunities of mutual interest. It has become an essential part of our routine. Every interaction has been a really nice experience with a lot of mutual learning. While not everything leads to [...]
"I have the curiosity to look at a lot of different things and this is probably the main reason to join GILC, meeting you all, people of different nationalities, backgrounds, interests, and I think that adds to my perspective on the world and investment, …as well as making new friendships."
"I am in the Club because I just love meeting people from all kinds of backgrounds. I’d like to make sure that my perspective is global, and being able to connect with other investors from all over the world gives me that. It’s not easy to replicate. What I’ve learned over the years, and seen in the Club is that every investor is different, has their own interests and their own ideas of how they can make returns or make an impact. I'm happy to connect and explore collaborations with everyone here."
"The main reason that I am a member of this club is that I get to meet a lot of very interesting and high-ranking people. This is valuable particularly in the time when there is no travel at all possible and these club gatherings are something that I look forward to every week."
"I am truly enjoying these sessions, it’s great to meet new people from all over the world. I had an opportunity to attend one physical meeting in February 2020 and there was a lot of people to meet. It could have been hectic throughout the day, but it wasn't because the organisation was great. Talking about the virtual format of Club gatherings, I'd say it is very nice. We spend three quality hours together. I see some familiar faces and some new faces. I extend a very warm welcome to all of you, and it’s great to be [...]