Hiroshi Funaki

Chair Appointed September 2017
AppointedSeptember 2017

Mr Funaki has been actively involved in raising, researching and trading Vietnam funds for 23 years. He worked at Edmond de Rothschild Securities from 2000 to 2015 where he led the Investment Companies team, focusing on Emerging Markets and Alternative Assets. Prior to that he was Head of Research at Robert Fleming Securities, also specialising in closed-end funds.

He currently acts as an investment adviser to a Family Office. He has an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University and is a UK resident.

Sean Hurst

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed October 2017
AppointedOctober 2017

Mr Hurst was co-founder, director and chief investment officer of Albion Asset Management, a French regulated asset management company, from 2005 to 2009. He is an experienced multi-jurisdictional director including roles at Main Market and AIM traded funds and numerous offshore and UCITS funds. He is currently non-executive chairman of JPEL Private Equity Ltd and non-executive director at CIAM Opportunities Fund and Satellite Event Driven UCITS Fund. Mr Hurst was formerly a non-executive director of AIM listed ARC Capital Holdings Ltd. He holds an MBA in Finance from CASS Business School in London and is a resident of France.

Mr Hurst chairs the Management Engagement Commitee.

Saiko Tajima

Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed May 2019
AppointedMay 2019

Ms. Saiko Tajima has over 20 years’ experience in finance, of which 8 years have been spent in Asian real estate asset management and structured finance. Working for Aozora Bank and group companies of Lehman Brothers and Capmark, she focused on financial analysis, monitoring and reporting to lenders, borrowers, auditors, regulators and rating agencies.

Over the past 5 years, she has invested in and helped develop tech start-ups in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney. She is a UK resident.

Philip Scales

Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed September 2017
AppointedSeptember 2017

Mr Scales has over 40 years’ experience working in offshore corporate, trust, and third-party administration. For 18 years, he was managing director of Barings Isle of Man (subsequently to become Northern Trust) where he specialised in establishing offshore fund structures, latterly in the closed-ended arena (both listed and unlisted entities). Mr Scales subsequently co-founded IOMA Fund and Investment Management Limited (now named FIM Capital Limited) where he is Deputy Chairman. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and holds a number of directorships of listed companies and collective investment schemes. He is an Isle of Man resident.

Mr Scales chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

Damien Pierron

Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed October 2017
AppointedOctober 2017

Mr Pierron is currently managing director at Société Generale in Dubai, where he is heading the coverage for Family Offices and Wealthy Families in Middle East and Russia. He has fifteen years’ experience in M&A, private equity, equity derivatives, wealth management and investment banking gained at, among others, Lafarge Holcim, OC&C Strategy Consultants and Natixis. Mr Pierron is a CFA charterholder and holds a Degree in Mathematics, Physics and Economy from Ecole Polytechique in Paris and a Masters Degree in Quantitative Innovation from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. He is a Dubai resident.

Mr Pierron chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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