About

The quick story:

  • I am con­stantly explor­ing the inter­sec­tion point of busi­ness, inno­va­tion and design to con­tribute to progress (social or eco­nomic) in dif­fer­ent mar­ket ven­tures. 
  • I am a global cit­i­zen. Malaysian-Chinese made and cul­ti­vated (Miri, Bor­neo!). Omani improved. Exported to Canada. Dis­trib­uted in the United States (Cur­rent: NYC) and Kenya.
  • I am a con­nec­tor and strate­gist. I thrive on dis­cov­er­ing and piec­ing together unex­pected findings/moments/research/people.
  • Other things that excite me include: dogs, a good book, music and hiking

Stuff I’ve done and am inter­ested in:

  • I’m cur­rently based in New York, work­ing with a startup called Incan­des­cent, a firm focused on the ques­tion of how to build, run and cre­ate enter­prises bet­ter. We under­take research and devel­op­ment, advise com­pa­nies from Fortune500 to early growth-stage entre­pre­neurs, and engage in ven­ture devel­op­ment. We spe­cial­ize in prob­lems related to orga­ni­za­tional and sys­tems design, human per­for­mance, orga­ni­za­tional per­for­mance and shap­ing move­ments that inte­grate the efforts of a range of actors.
  • I most recently worked at the Inter­na­tional Finance Cor­po­ra­tion, the pri­vate sec­tor devel­op­ment arm of the World Bank, in emerg­ing mar­kets invest­ing across Sub-Saharan Africa with a port­fo­lio focus of health­care and edu­ca­tion. I mapped out 14 mar­kets in 7 coun­tries, result­ing over US$60m in poten­tial invest­ments to improve health in the region.
  • I struc­tured and financed deals in health­care and nutri­tion for Acu­men Fund in Nairobi. I pri­mar­ily worked on a hos­pi­tal deal in Uganda, micro-nutrient pack­ag­ing deal in Kenya and devel­oped the organization’s EA health­care invest­ing strategy.
  • I col­lab­o­rated on a project with Acu­men Fund to empower the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in patient cap­i­tal through devel­op­ing their +acu­men ven­ture net­work, cur­ricu­lum and chapters.
  • I recently co-founded and am cur­rently an advi­sor at The Design Gym, where we are build­ing a com­mu­nity of solvers through a series of design-thinking workshops.
  • I worked in asset man­age­ment in Van­cou­ver, focus­ing on emerg­ing mar­kets, risk and com­pli­ance. One of my projects included the global inte­gra­tion of our $40 bil­lion emerg­ing mar­ket resources into the Cana­dian insti­tu­tional invest­ment space.
  • I worked with the Mohama Temeng women’s group in the moun­tains of Lesotho to cre­ate a sus­tain­able agricultural-poultry sys­tem to sup­port HIV orphans.
  • In Soweto, Johan­nes­burg, I was part of a team who con­sulted Ika­geng Itere­leng, an orphan­age, on their orga­ni­za­tional struc­ture for bet­ter finan­cial account­abil­ity and sustainability.
  • With Young Women in Busi­ness, I helped young women dis­cover their pas­sion and orga­nized events to enable them to reach their full poten­tial. One of my favorite events that I co-created was our Inter­gen­er­a­tional Salon, where we brought together 40 remark­able women: 20 older, 20 younger, for an evening of story-telling and authen­tic conversations.
  • I write for two online lead­ing pub­li­ca­tions: SocialEarth.org and SocialFinance.ca on causes I believe in, impact invest­ing and social change.
  • I am an Inter­na­tional Leader of Tomor­row Awardee and believe that through com­pas­sion, inno­va­tion and edu­ca­tion, we can be the change in the world.

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Dis­claimer: This is a per­sonal web­site.  The opin­ions expressed here rep­re­sent my own and not those of my employ­ers past, present or any other orga­ni­za­tion with which I am affil­i­ated.  Addi­tion­ally, as we all learn and grow more each day, my views are sub­ject to change.

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