The team

Inovative

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Solutions

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Effective

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Hi-Tech

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A team of multi-disciplinary skilled experts and experienced professionals.

Led by experts from traditional capital markets and backed by an accomplished advisory board, SDAX offers a credible bridge between the blockchain world and the financial investment space. 

The SDAX team is used to working in highly regulated markets and has a deep understanding of the blockchain landscape and tokenisation– and the capability to open up digital assets for investors and institutions in a transparent manner.

Management Team

Paul Khoo Boon Hui was the Singapore Police Commissioner from 1997 to 2010 and INTERPOL President from 2008 to 2012. Upon his retirement from the Ministry of Home Affairs as its Senior Deputy Secretary in January 2015, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow. He is an Advisor to INTERPOL, and holds advisory and board positions in Banking, Healthcare, Security, Cybersecurity, Defence, Casino Regulation, and Philanthropy.

His role as Chairman and Independent Director of SDAX is to exercise objective and independent judgement on the business, corporate affairs and governance standards of SDAX, taking into consideration interests of participants and issuers on the Exchange.

Raymond leads SDAX as CEO with over 3 decades of experience across engineering, information systems, cross asset businesses and corporate structured market solutions serving global organizations. In his 20 years at JP Morgan, he pivoted the Global Markets Cross Assets Corporate business and pioneered origination opportunities that led to innovative products and new business streams for the bank. He actively led across different businesses partnering with compliance, legal, operations, and drove digitization efforts of trading processes with Six Sigma methodologies. Across his leadership roles at JPMorgan and previously General Electric, he has developed and mentored cross-functional teams to achieve significant revenue, productivity and business achievements through shifting economic environments.

Raymond has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  He was among the senior leader graduates of the Asian Financial Leadership Program in 2018 involving top universities.

Steven drives SDAX’s technology development as CTO, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a technology specialist and strategist for financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical and consultancy companies across Asia Pacific, Greater China, Europe and the US. In his previous roles, he held senior leadership positions in delivering innovative and complex digital transformation and platform implementations across inter-continental digital infrastructures.

Steven also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Computer Engineering from University of Southampton, and has completed programs from University of California Berkeley in AI, blockchain, and strategic leadership programs.

Rachel has 18 years of experience in law, banking and fintech. She has held positions in legal practice in London as a senior attorney with leading international law firms, as a financial product structuring specialist with an international bank in London and Hong Kong.

She was also a founding member in several blockchain fintech projects in London and Singapore, including asset tokenisation, stablecoin, blockchain powered payment ecosystem and structured financial products projects.

Freddie is trained as an accountant and spent the early years of his career in the Big Four accounting firms, where he supported companies in diverse industries. Over his career, he has been the Head of Finance in listed companies, medium-sized enterprises and start-ups.

With over 20 years of experience, Freddie’s expertise spans across the entire spectrum of finance functions including financial management, audit, advisory, business leadership, corporate strategy, IPO and mergers and acquisition. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore, a non-practicing member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, and an ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant.

A certified member of International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and Senior Practising Management Consultant (PMC), Bee Lay has more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant, primarily in business and sustainability consulting. She has worked with both public and private sectors on de-carbonization strategies, sustainability policies and processes as well as carbon accounting in value chain management.  

SDAX Financial Board of Directors

Chong Huat is the Senior Partner and founding member of RHTLaw Asia LLP, a leading legal practice with an Asia Pacific presence. He chairs RHT Group of Companies which comprises Fintech & Financial Services, Training, Learning & Development, Consulting & Advisory and Wealth & Asset Management.

He specialises on regulatory issues, complex corporate finance and project finance transactions, corporate governance and board matters, and reputational management matters for corporate leaders and major corporates. He has been frequently recognised as a leading practitioner in reputable publications such as IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Chong Huat was at the forefront of Singapore’s corporate governance evolution and was a member of the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is the deputy chair of the Disciplinary Committee and a member of the Listing Appeal Committee, Singapore Exchange Limited.

He is well-versed in blockchain, distributed ledger and related technologies, and cryptocurrencies, having invested in 2 digital exchanges which apply DLT technology. Notably, he is the Chairman of Aldigi Holdings Pte Ltd and a board member of Huobi, Singapore.

Chong Huat is one of Singapore’s sustainability pioneers and was a director of World Wide Fund for Nature (Singapore) Limited. He spearheaded RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s sustainable development program, and created Greening Asean Initiatives & Leadership (GAIL), promoting sustainability education and advocacy in Asean. He led RHT’s investment into Air Carbon Exchange, a leading carbon exchange powered by blockchain technology. He currently chairs Aldigi Holdings Pte Ltd which is involved in the financing of ESG digital assets.

Chong Huat holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from National University of Singapore, Master of Laws from University of London, Certificate in Blockchain Strategy Programme from University of Oxford, and Certificate in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Ronnie is the Group CEO of SDAX Financial Group and has over 30 years’ experience specialising in corporate and structured finance at international banks, and finance and taxation matters at a conglomerate and an accounting firm.

He co-founded Minterest in 2016 and conceived and developed the MintGrade algorithm using a few hundred data points that enabled Minterest to credit assess borrowers and issuers quickly and efficiently.

A deep understanding of and broad experience in financing requirements allows Ronnie to analyse and deliver on the decision-making process through a balanced risk-reward approach.

Ronnie graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accountancy and Business Administration.

Charis is the co-founder and CEO of Minterest, with more than 20 years of banking and finance experience specialising in structured finance, relationship management and advisory to financial institutions, large and local corporates across Asia.

Charis is instrumental in driving the Group’s digital investment platform strategy and initiatives, overseeing its business, technology innovation and geographic expansion.

Charis currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University as well as on the Marketplace Lending sub-committee of the Singapore Fintech Association and is a regular speaker at events. In 2021, she was recognised amongst Singapore’s 100 Women in Tech by the Singapore Computer Society and Infocomm Media Development Authority and was awarded the top 12 Fintech Leader and Top 5 Women in Fintech awards by the Singapore Fintech Association in 2020.

Charis holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from Nanyang Technology University and is a CFA charter holder since 2004.

James is the Vice President of Portfolio Management at The Straits Trading Company Limited since 2015. He is responsible for oversight of the portfolio companies’ performances, as well as the development of strategies to improve performance.

Prior to Straits Trading Company, he has held positions in Ascendas and Titan Capital, with responsibility for capital markets, transaction management and deals structuring.

James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (First Class Honours) from National University of Singapore. He is a CFA charter holder.

Cheng Teck is the Chairman of Bright Vision Hospital and serves as an independent non-executive director of RHB Bank Bhd and the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).

Cheng Teck has over 30 years of international banking experience and has held various roles within Corporate and Institutional Banking. He has held the role of Chief Executive Officer in Singapore and more recently Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN for Standard Chartered Bank and Executive Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited.

A Master of Business Administration graduate from Brunel University, United Kingdom, Cheng Teck read his first degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the National University of Singapore.

Eddy Ng is PSA’s Head of Group Commercial & Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions.  He sits on the Senior Management Council of PSA International.

Eddy steers the PSA Group’s commercial strategies in support of its activities and relationships with key global shipping lines, as well as develop PSA supply chain solutions with stakeholders to further PSA decarbonisation efforts in maritime and supply chain production systems. In addition, Eddy has a leadership role in Group Process Excellence, with a focus on strengthening and cascading PSA’s technology roadmap and digital developments in PSA projects globally. 

Eddy holds directorship positions in Vopak Terminal Singapore Pte Ltd and MSC-PSA Asia Terminal Pte Ltd. In recognition of his contributions that span over two decades in PSA, Eddy was conferred the PSA Global Champions Award in 2017.  Eddy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Merit from the National University of Singapore.

Prakash is the founding member of RHTLaw Asia and RHT Group of Companies. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles managing multidisciplinary professional services. He has successfully led the building of and investments in various businesses, from new start-ups to growing market leaders and regulated entities. Prakash has driven fundraising and M&A efforts to fuel the growth of new businesses and led investors to successful exits.

As the co-founder and deputy chairman of SDAX Digital Asset Exchange, he was instrumental in its development and successfully secured a Recognised Market Operator licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Prakash is also a board member of the Air Carbon Exchange.

Prakash graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science, Economics He successfully completed a blockchain strategy programme with Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Josh Daitch joined ESR in 2018 as Senior Managing Director and became the Group Head of Fund Management & Capital in 2020. He brings nearly three decades of real estate investment experience to the Group, having held leadership roles across the private equity and real estate divisions in various financial institutions, including SAJE Capital and Mesirow Financial. Mr. Daitch began his career with Goldman Sachs’ joint venture with the J.E. Robert Companies and helped start the Goldman Sachs subsidiary, the Archon Group, in 1996.

Mr. Daitch received his Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

SDAX Exchange Board of Directors

Paul Khoo Boon Hui was the Singapore Police Commissioner from 1997 to 2010 and INTERPOL President from 2008 to 2012. Upon his retirement from the Ministry of Home Affairs as its Senior Deputy Secretary in January 2015, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow. He is an Advisor to INTERPOL, and holds advisory and board positions in Banking, Healthcare, Security, Cybersecurity, Defence, Casino Regulation, and Philanthropy.

His role as Chairman and Independent Director of SDAX is to exercise objective and independent judgement on the business, corporate affairs and governance standards of SDAX, taking into consideration interests of participants and issuers on the Exchange.

 

Raymond has over 29 years of corporate and banking experiences. Most recently, Raymond was leading the Global Markets Cross Assets Corporate business for North Asia, Vietnam and Singapore in an international bank.

He was actively leading in global markets products structuring and development, risk management of operations to trading, efforts in digitization of trading processes with the discipline of Six Sigma, for Clients Success.

Thomas is an exchange architect with a combined 30 years of experience across US and Asian Exchange and Regulatory frameworks, with a focus on the development of Exchange traded Cleared Futures and OTC products.

His experience in exchange architecture and strategic development includes: West Texas Intermediate Petroleum Advisory Board, LPG product development and trading; Chairman Natural Gas Advisory, launched Henry Hub contract 1991, LNG, LPG product development and trading traded as market maker and was Ring Chairman; BitGold, early adopter of the platform for purchase and payments based on physical gold holdings.

His role as Independent Director of SDAX is to provide strategic advice and guidance on the operations of an exchange.

Mr Soh Gim Teik advises corporations through his firm, Finix Corporate Advisory LLP, and has many years of experience in corporate advisory governance, finance and general management. He was previously an executive director and CFO of a listed company and has broad boardroom experience in the region. Besides being an independent director in a number of public and government-owned companies, he is also active in a number of other charitable and nonprofit organisations.

His role as Independent Director of the SDAX is to provide guidance on audit matters and governance matters of SDAX and its exchange.

Thomas Kupfer has been Switzerland’s Ambassador to Singapore from 2012 to 2018. He joined the Diplomatic Service of the Swiss Foreign Ministry in 1983. Since then, he has held different positions both in headquarters Bern and overseas, including Embassy in Washington, DC (1984), Mission to the European Union in Brussels (1991) and Embassy in Rome (1995). He served as Ambassador for Humanitarian Affairs based in Geneva (2000-2001), Ambassador to Colombia (2004-2008) and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008-2012). He was also the Deputy Director General of Africa & Middle East (2001-2003) and Secretary General of the XXVIII International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva (2003).

The 35-year veteran of the diplomatic corps completed his law studies at the University of Zurich in 1978 and obtained a license as an attorney for the Bar of Zurich in 1981.

Exchange, Advisory & Appeals Committee

As the Chief Regulatory Officer of Abaxx Exchange, Tock Siong has over 25 years of regulatory and compliance experience in the financial sector.  Prior to this role, he held similar appointments serving as the Chief Regulatory Officer of Asia Pacific Exchange and Singapore Mercantile Exchange, where he was instrumental in their licence applications and successful launches.  In addition, Tock Siong was the country head of compliance for several banks in Singapore, including Bank of China, State Bank of India, and Bank of Nova Scotia.  He has an MBA from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester, NY, and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore.

As the Chief Regulatory Officer of Abaxx Exchange, Tock Siong has over 25 years of regulatory and compliance experience in the financial sector.  Prior to this role, he held similar appointments serving as the Chief Regulatory Officer of Asia Pacific Exchange and Singapore Mercantile Exchange, where he was instrumental in their licence applications and successful launches.  In addition, Tock Siong was the country head of compliance for several banks in Singapore, including Bank of China, State Bank of India, and Bank of Nova Scotia.  He has an MBA from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester, NY, and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore.

Mr Chia Nam Toon was the Assistant Group CEO and CEO, Logistics Real Estate & Special Projects for the ARA Group and a non-executive director of the manager of the listed logistics REIT, ARA-LOGOS Logistics REIT.  Prior to joining ARA, he had spent 12 years with Ascendas Group and was the CEO of the Ascendas REIT, one of the largest REIT listed on the Singapore Exchange. He is highly experienced in capital raising from the various capital market sources having spent time being involved in raising capital for the reinvention of the ICI Group when they made the $8 billion acquisition of the Unilever businesses.

Mr. Chia is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK (FCCA), a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore and holds a Diploma in Commerce from Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia.