Michael joined Gobi in 2003, and is based in Shanghai, where he focuses on smart hardware, e-learning, innovative finance as well as enterprise cloud service sectors.? Michael has over 12 years of experience in venture capital and has led numerous investments incl. PICOOC, iKair, Cloudwise, Gokuai, Teambition, and iGrow.? He is a partner on the Gobi Yingzhi Fund of RMB 410 million, for which he led the fundraising effort in 2011.?? Michael graduated from Donghua University in Shanghai with a B.A. in Computer Automation.
Tom is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Gobi Partners, a venture capital firm headquartered in Shanghai and with offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Established in 2002, Gobi is a leading investor in digital media, IT and TMT companies in China and ASEAN. To date, Gobi has funded more than 170 companies and is currently investing its eighth?fund.
Tom has participated in the development of several leading companies such as Brite Semiconductor (strategic investment from SMIC:0981.HK), Camera360, CiB (acquired by AsiaSoft), CSDN, Line0, Madhouse (acquired by BlueFocus:300058.SZ), MainSpring, Opzoon (acquired by Harbin Gong Da:600701.SH), Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR), World Traveller and Yoyi Digital—often times serving on the company’s board of directors. Previously, Tom was also the former CEO and a Director of DMG (acquired by NASDAQ:VISN), the largest operator of passenger information systems and digital media networks inside China’s subways. At DMG, Tom was the executive producer for the company’s award winning A Sunny Day, Dancing Without You, and A Starry Night programs, the world’s first series of subway soap operas sponsored respectively by Starbucks, Nine West and the MDA of Singapore. He also helped create Gobi’s Oasis Program, one of China’s earliest incubation initiatives, whose list of successfully nurtured startups include GoKuai, NetQin (NYSE:NQ), Teambition, and Zhiyoula.com.
Over the years, Tom has been a featured speaker at several influential business and industry events, including those hosted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Harvard Business School, IBM, London School of Economics, Shanghai’s Municipal Government, Stanford Business School, the World Bank and the World Islamic Economic Forum. He was named to the Forbes List of “China’s Top Venture Capitalists” in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Prior to Gobi, Tom was a founder of the Beijing Technology Development Fund, sponsored by Beijing Enterprises and Tsinghua University Enterprise Group, where he facilitated investments into CommerceOne, MyRice and SiRF. In 2001, Tom led the US$72 million merger of Hong Kong-based Asia2B (backed by Beijing Enterprises, Jardine Matheson, New World, Sun Hung Kai, Swire Pacific, and Wharf) and Singapore-based SESAMi (backed by Singapore Telecom), the largest Asian new economy merger at the time. He subsequently worked as Vice Chairman of the combined entity.
Prior to that, Tom was a director at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (China) covering the TMT sectors.? In 1999, Tom served as the Independent Advisor to First Pacific on its US$285 million acquisition of Indofood.? From 1996 to 1998, Tom worked for Seapower Financial Services in Hong Kong where he was the head of Corporate Strategy and set up the firm’s Asset Management department. He also helped run the top rated Asian Smaller Companies Fund as ranked by Lipper. Tom started his career as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group with Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong.? He worked on numerous M&A transactions and developed relationships with banks in Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Tom is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
In addition to his work at Gobi Partners, Tom is the founder of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) China, a non-profit organization aimed at providing internship opportunities for underserved college students which is modeled after SEO in the US. He also serves as a board member of the Presidential Scholars Foundation which cultivates, connects and celebrates U.S. Presidential Scholars (161 of the nation’s top high school graduates who are selected annually and honored by the White House). He was elected as a Vice Chairman of the Pudong Venture Capital Association in March 2010 and served as a member of the Development Committee for Zhangjiang High-Tech Park. Of note, Tom was the inspiration behind Seinfeld’s popular “Movie Phone” TV episode.
KAY MOK KU
Kay-Mok Ku is Managing Partner for Gobi Southeast Asia. He joined Gobi in 2010 and has invested in over 30 companies, including Aptoide, DeClout, Eko, Hermo, Offpeak, Orami, and Qraved. He is a board member of the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA). Prior to his career with Gobi Partners, Mok held the Vice President position in both Xinya Media and MediaCorp (Singapore). He was also part of the team that managed a $500 million fund at the Media Development Authority in Singapore, and is co-founder of Private Express, a crypto startup based in Silicon Valley. He started his career with the Infocomm Development Authority, and has a Computer Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Don primarily focuses on how Internet technology transforms traditional business. He is a certified Project Management Professional with extensive management, operational and technical experience in online businesses.?Prior to joining Gobi, Don was senior director of web and planning at eLong, one of the largest online travel service companies in China that was acquired by Expedia. He has over fifteen years of experience in software engineering, project management, user experience and product management. ?
Wing joined Gobi in 2011. He currently focuses on the cloud computing/enterprise services, O2O, car-related services, smart devices and mobile Internet sectors. Prior to joining Gobi, Wing had several years of experience with the Martec Group as a project manager. He has extensive experience and knowledge in fine chemicals, new materials and electric vehicles. He has also previously worked for several Global Fortune 500 companies including Dow, Henkel, DuPont, Honeywell and Corning. Wing holds a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai Jiatong University in China.?
Chibo joined Gobi in 2009. ?He is based in Shanghai, and currently focuses on the consumer, sports, and media sectors in China.? In Hong Kong, he helps to manage the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, and travels frequently to meet with various startups related to the Alibaba ecosystem.? Chibo has accumulated extensive experience in professional services, local startups, and Fortune 500 companies. ?He started his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group, where he worked across ASEAN and MENA. ?He also gained valuable operations experience at DMG (a Gobi portfolio company), where he was VP-Corporate Development, and at Robert Bosch, where he was Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy in Asia Pacific. ?Chibo received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University. ?He currently serves on the Board of the Harvard Club of Shanghai.?
Wei joined Gobi in 2008 and was made a Partner of Gobi Tianjin in 2013. He has operational experience in several industries, including medical, manufacturing, and engineering, as well as in China's state-owned venture capital enterprises. At Gobi, Wei concentrates on sectors such as the Internet, data communications, intelligent manufacturing and green technology. He has also been active in the venture capital arena -- including serving as a mentor and on the review committee of IBM's Smartcamp Global Entrepreneur Training Camp. Wei graduated from Tianjin University of Technology in China, where he majored in mechanical manufacturing. He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Nankai University and a PhD in Management and Industrial Engineering from Tianjin University.?
WAI KIT LAU
FOUNDING PARTNER, SENIOR ADVISOR
Wai Kit is a co-founder of Gobi. He is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong, the State of California (USA), England & Wales, as well as Singapore. He has over two decades of experience in corporate and investment management, and has accumulated extensive experience in structuring and executing foreign investments in China. Wai Kit served as an assessor of the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistant Program, Innovation and Technology Fund of the Hong Kong government from 2000 to 2006.?
FOUNDING PARTNER, SENIOR ADVISOR
Lawrence is a co-founding partner of Gobi and has over fifteen years of experience in the venture capital industry. Prior to Gobi, he served as an Associate at the WI Harper Group where he helped to identify, evaluate, and pursue early-stage technology and media investments. Lawrence received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a second major in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He also received his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. Currently, he serves as a Director of the Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association.?
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Filippo joined Gobi in 2004 and is the General Partner's CFO, responsible for the financial and accounting aspects of the Fund's investment activities. He also takes the lead in financial due diligence on investment targets. Filippo is a qualified CPA in China and worked at Ernst & Young for five years. He is experienced in the Chinese accounting and taxation systems for both domestic and foreign investment enterprises. Prior to joining Gobi, Filippo conducted regular audits, and led pre-IPO and M&A due diligence efforts in his own accounting practice. Filippo is also a founding member and President of the China Venture Capital Finance Organization (CVCFO), which has over 450 members from the finance departments of over 250 venture capital and private equity GPs in China.?
Tony joined Gobi's Hong Kong office in 2016 and currently focuses on the startup eco-system in the city. He helps to manage the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund (AHKEF) and covers high potential startups within the Pearl River Delta technology ecosystem. Tony accumulated extensive experience in growing high-tech businesses from his two startups related to financial technology (FinTech) and big data for fashion. He was in charge of the overall product roadmap and management, business development, operation, technical infrastructure design & implementation, user experience design as well as fund raising of the companies.Tony received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering and B.B.A. in Financial Engineering from the double degree programme in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.?
Bill joined Gobi in 2015, and focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT), automobile and urban agriculture sectors. Since joining Gobi, Bill has participated in the firm's investments into Hangzhou Indoor-Grow Agriculture and Beijing Leijia Technology. He has over 3 years of experience in strategic consulting firms and venture capital, as well as the telecommunications, media and financial sectors. Prior to his career with Gobi, Bill worked for Ernst & Young as an Associate, helping MNC clients with strategic planning and operations performance. He holds a Bachelor's of Finance from Zhejiang University in China and a Master's Degree of Finance from Tulane University in the US.?
SENIOR INVESTMENT DIRECTOR
Sylvia joined Gobi in 2014. Prior to her career with Gobi, Sylvia was the senior analyst at Trends Media Group, where she focused on internal strategy and operations management, as well as investment opportunities in the media and fashion industries. She also has previously worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Burson-Marsteller. Sylvia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Peking University in China.?
Tony joined Gobi in 2016. He currently focuses on the consumer, media, overseas services and sport sectors and also assists the team on the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. Prior to Gobi, Tony worked in PwC and Evotech Capital, and was responsible for auditing, financial analysis, and due diligence work. He received his Master's Degree in Finance from the University of Rochester in the US and his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Donghua University in China. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.?
Bella joined Gobi Partners in 2016. She currently focuses on the consumer, O2O, finance and education sectors. Prior to joining Gobi, Bella held positions at PwC, Bank of China and the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. She also worked as a Capstone Project Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, conducting economic and industry research, and providing financial solutions to clients by building comprehensive financial models and scenarios. Bella received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in the US, where she majored in International Finance and Economic Policy.?
Carol joined Gobi in 2016 and is responsible for due diligence auditing, portfolio management and funds' reporting of Gobi's portfolio companies. Prior to Gobi, Carol worked as a senior associate in PwC Beijing for 5 years and obtained her CPA qualifications. At PwC, Carol accumulated extensive experience on statutory financial statement audits and IPO audits in multiple industries, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and TMT. She studied at the China Foreign Affairs University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Economics.?
Rita joined Gobi in 2013, and is primarily responsible for legal affairs related to investments and Gobi's portfolio companies. Prior to joining Gobi, she spent several years in an energy investment company and took part in many projects, including the reorganization and acquisition of Hong Sheng Energy Development Investment Group Co. and the Geng Yang Industrial Group, among others. Rita received her Bachelor of Laws from First Military Medical University. She has a Legal Qualification Certificate, as well as a Fund Qualification Certificate.?
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Russell joined Gobi in 2003 and is responsible for Gobi's day-to-day operations management. Prior to Gobi, he was with Shanghai Interants Technology, where he served as Marketing Manager, and Shanghai Xinjian Instrument Equipment, where he served as the IT Supervisor. Russell holds a Diploma of Computer Management from Fudan University. He spent 3 years with China's PLA (People's Liberation Army) where he was awarded a 3rd class medal with honors. In his leisure time, Russell enjoys basketball, soccer and hiking.?
Jennifer joined Gobi in 2015, and is responsible for fund financials and accounting management for both the firm and its portfolio companies. Jennifer has nearly 10 years of experience in both consulting firms and corporations. Prior to Gobi, she worked for Tishman Speyer as an accounting supervisor. She also worked at Deloitte Tohmatsu for more than 4 years, and focused mainly on the TMT and real estate sectors. Jennifer received her Bachelor's Degree of International Accounting from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.?
Macy joined Gobi in 2007. She is responsible for supporting the entire firm's HR projects, e.g. high-potential staff development, campus recruiting, team management and staff hiring. Prior to Gobi, she worked with the American Chamber of Commerce in China as a business visa associate. She had five years of administrative and HR work experience in Chinese enterprises and foreign companies before joining Gobi.?
Sandy joined Gobi in 2002. She is responsible for the management of office operations, and also works closely with Gobi's portfolio companies on banking, regulatory compliance and corporate secretarial matters. Prior to Gobi, she was an executive assistant at WI Harper Group, Asia2B.com Holdings, and Seapower Financial Services Group. In her free time, Sandy enjoys listening to music and travelling.?
Managing Director, Malaysia
Jamaludin Bujang has eighteen (18) years of corporate experience in the private sector and five (5) years of experience in the public sector. He was appointed as the CEO and Board Member of Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd. (MAVCAP) on 1 November 2011. Jamal worked with 2 foreign-based finance institutions for a cumulative period of 3 years and spent 13 years in Malaysia's leading investment bank, with extensive exposure to investment banking, particularly in equity research, asset and investment evaluation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Senior management expertise gained from leading a support division (in finance, legal, corporate communications & planning, CT and administration) has sharpened his technical and public relations skills. His tenure in a leading investment bank saw his participation in formulating and implementing sound investment strategies and initiatives.
Prior to joining MAVCAP, Jamaludin was the Director Investment Division Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) where he led the Evaluation & Nurturing and the Monitoring & Compliance departments. He was responsible for corporate topline KPIs as well as achieving targets for dealflow, portfolio performance, CSR and others. He was tasked to evaluate investment proposals from various sectors of the economy. During his tenure in MTDC, he initiated and executed the implementation of investment database system.
Jamaludin graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (Economics) from Wichita State University, Kansas, United States and a Masters degree in Business Law (Executive) from International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur.
Khairul Mohd Khairi
Khairul joined Gobi in 2017, and prior to that was a Senior Vice President for Investment at MAVCAP, where he was involved with Investment Committee meetings and liaising with MAVCAP's partners, including venture capital firms. He began his career as a writer at The Edge Malaysia and has extensive experience in investment management and strategy, after holding positions at Maybank Investment Bank, CIMB Private Equity, and Khazanah Nasional Bhd. Khairul holds an L.L.B. from Bristol University in the UK, as well as a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.?
Angie was an Office Manager with IT company Adaptive Netpoleon, before she joined Gobi in 2015. She has 10 years of experience in Accounting, Human Resources and Administration. She graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with a Diploma in Engineering (Business Management).?
Arya joined Gobi in 2018 to oversee its seed-stage investment strategy in Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on the Indonesian market. Prior to this, Arya was a Co-founder of Ebby, a Silicon Valley startup that provides corporate transportation services; he was also a business development executive at Verlocal, a hyperlocal marketplace. Before venturing into the business world on his own, Arya was well-mentored in his family’s business, which spans the retail and media industries in Indonesia. Arya holds a BSc in Management, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University San Francisco in just two years.?
Dan joined Gobi in in 2018. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of experience in Merger and Acquisition (M&A) and corporate venture investment. He was also previously the Vice President of Corporate Development at Singapore’s MediaCorp, where he completed several M&A deals, and led investments in growth-stage startups. Dan’s professional network includes various corporate investors, entrepreneurs and fund managers in the region. He is overseeing corporate governance at Gobi, riding on his knowledge gained in well-governed entities such as government-linked companies (GLCs), multi-national corporations (MNCs), and Big 4 audit firms.
Danial joined Gobi in 2017. He has 2 and a half years of experience in Software Engineering in the Malaysian private sector. Prior to his career with Gobi, he was involved in the banking, games and green technology industries. He also has experience working in both startups and MSC companies. Danial holds a Bachelor of Multimedia from Multimedia University (Cyberjaya Campus) in Malaysia, where he majored in Software Engineering and Games Design.?
Ferry joined Gobi in 2017. Prior to his career with Gobi, Ferry worked at Bravia Capital, a Hong Kong Private Equity Fund, where he was appointed as a CFO for one of their Indonesian portfolio companies. He also worked as a Finance Controller at PT. Harum Energy Tbk, a public coal-mining company, and as an Auditor at Ernst and Young. Ferry holds an MBA from IPMI Business School, a Bachelor in Accounting from Atma Jaya University, and is also a CPA charter holder.?
JONG EON LEE
JE joined Gobi in 2018 as a Vice President in Investments, focusing on key potential investments in the Southeast Asian market. Previously, he was a founding team member of 11Street, developing their initial business plans, and subsequently focusing on cross border business development from China, Korea, Europe and the US. He started his career as an investment banker at Barclay’s Capital, primarily focusing on the Korean corporate and quasi-sovereign sectors in capital raising and merger and acquisition activities. JE holds an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a BA from Yonsei University.?
KEAN ZEN LIEW
Zen joined Gobi in 2018. He evaluates the potential merger and acquisition of companies in the ASEAN market. Prior to his career with Gobi, Zen did his internship at RHB Investment Bank in the Client Coverage Department. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Economics from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Kenneth joined Gobi in 2014, and was previously an intern at Gobi's Shanghai office. Prior to his career with Gobi, Kenneth was a business development executive of an e-commerce platform that focused on Japanese products. He graduated with a B.B.A. from the National University of Singapore in 2016.?
Melisa joined Gobi in 2018, after interning at the Kuala Lumpur office for five months. She handles human resources and office administration work for the team. Melisa graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College in Malaysia.
Nadia joined Gobi in 2016. She has 4 years of working experience in the chemical industry, and more recently as a Citibusiness Associate at Citibank, where she spearheaded the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) implementation with 100% High Priority Completion in CitiBusiness Indonesia. She holds a BSc. in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Cambridge University in the UK.
Raof joined Gobi in 2018. A pioneer member of Lazada, he was a major driver in Regional Content Monitoring across ASEAN under the Lazada Group and also heading the Lazada University initiative in Malaysia focusing on seller education and conferences. Raof holds a Bachelor in Business Information Systems from University of the West of England, Bristol.?
Shafinaz joined Gobi in 2016. She has 4 years of experience in PR in the Malaysian government and private sectors, and prior to her career with Gobi, was a Senior Executive in the Corporate Communications Division of the Land Public Transport Commission Malaysia (SPAD) and a Public Relations Associate at the online retail startup Lazada Malaysia. Shafinaz holds a B.Comm. from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), where she majored in Advertising.
Shannon joined Gobi as a Venture Partner in 2018. She is currently responsible for Gobi’s fundraising activities within Thailand. She has 17 years of entrepreneurial and international business experience, specifically in Corporate and Strategy Development as well as Marketing and Broadcast Media. Shannon is also the Founder of IKIGAI Group, a consulting company designed to solve 21st Century challenges. Alongside her work for Gobi within the country, she is currently advising the Thai government, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, and the Digital Economic Promotion Agency (DEPA) on its Thailand 4.0 Strategy. Shannon was previously the Co-founder and Group Chief Marketing Officer of Orami PTE., a full-range women e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia. Shannon holds a BBA in Finance with a Minor in Marketing from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.?
Soo Wei Shaw
Soo Wei is a Venture Partner of Gobi ASEAN. She has accumulated extensive experience in the film and digital media sectors in both Hong Kong and Singapore.?Previously, Soo Wei was Executive Director of the Hong Kong Film Festival as well as Screen Singapore. She has also worked at the Singapore Media Development Authority, SPH Media Works, and Catcha Media Group. Soo Wei received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Oxford University.
Taraec joined Gobi in 2017. Prior to Gobi, he held roles in the CEO's Office and Investments Department at MAVCAP, where he worked on fundraising and contract negotiations in relation to the establishment of regional venture capital funds. He has also previously worked at Maybank Investment Bank as Assistant Manager in the Equity Capital Markets Department, and at ECM Libra Investment Bank as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division. Taraec holds a B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester in the UK.?
Teng Teng Lee
Teng has 10 years of experience in Accounting, Human Resources and Administration.?
Wayne joined Gobi in 2018 after interning at the Kuala Lumpur office for six months. He assists with monitoring the progress of Gobi’s portfolio companies, and helps to draft the annual reports. Wayne graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Investment from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College in Malaysia.?
Wynne joined Gobi in 2010 and devotes most of her time to handling the corporate, secretarial and legal affairs of portfolio companies. Prior to Gobi, she gained valuable experience in a real estate law practice where she facilitated the successful development and opening of Plaza 353, Nanjing Road, Shanghai. Wynne received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics/Law from the East China University of Political Science and Law, where she also played active roles in the student union and psychology club.?
YUE YANG LEN
Len joined Gobi in 2017 and was previously an intern at the Kuala Lumpur office. After achieving a successful track record, he is chosen to be a key team member in investments. He is Instrumental in drafting investment memoranda in ASEAN. Len supports the bridge of communications between the China market with the ASEAN ecosystems. He graduated with a BSc. (Hons) Financial Mathematics from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2018.
Zuain Mohd Azni
Zuain joined Gobi in 2017, and prior to Gobi was a Senior Executive in the Investment Monitoring Department of MAVCAP, where she was responsible for assisting the team with monitoring the compliance and performance of Gobi's ASEAN portfolio companies. She also has experience as a Management Accountant at Schlumberger Financial Hub and 4 years of audit and assurance experience at Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton. She holds a Bachelor in Accountancy (Hons) from the MARA University of Technology in Malaysia, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA).?