Shailen Gajera - Executive Director
Shailen has been involved in capital markets area since the year 2000 with particular expertise in private equity, fund management and regulatory compliance. Before assuming the position of fund manager with Hickham Capital, Shailen graduated with a degree in civil engineering and worked as a professional structural engineer with one of Malaysia's largest civil engineering consultancy firms, HSS Integrated Malaysia. In 2007, Shailen was appointed as Head of Corporate Finance at VCB where he was primarily responsible for assisting in corporate finance transactions, principally corporate restructuring, debt financing, preparing listing documents and advising in business matters as a management consultant. In 2008, Shailen was appointed as Fund Manager at VCB Malaysia and later that year assumed the role of Registered Compliance Officer. Shailen was subsequently appointed as Head of Compliance at in 2012. In 2013, Shailen became Vice President for Management Consultancy and Private Equity at VCB and maintained the role of Head of Compliance until mid-2016.
Simon Retter - Independent NED
Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 2003 with a BSc Upper Second Class Honours in Accounting & Finance and started his career at Deloitte LLP where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He specialised in corporate finance work, co-ordinating reporting accountant’s work for AIM IPOs, preparing Long-form/Accountants Reports, Working Capital Reports and producing acquisition due diligence reports. Simon was Financial Director at Paragon Diamonds Ltd from April 2010 to March 2017 where as an original founding director he had sole responsibility for managing the IPO process and has raised £9 million in new equity to date. Simon is also currently the Chief Financial Officer of Horizonte Minerals Plc and Non-Executive Director of Equatorial Mining & Exploration plc (ISDX listed) as well as Finance Director at Vertu Capital Limited. Simon has extensive experience in public markets, specifically reverse takeovers, IPOs and secondary fundraising combined with high pressure and dynamic environments encountered in the start-up and growth phase of businesses. He is currently the Non-Executive Director of the Company.
Dr. Md Khussairiee Ahmad - Independent NED
Dr. Md Khussairiee Ahmad, is a hands-on systems architect and has vast experience in the Information Technology systems development. He is currently working on artificial intelligent systems design and has deep knowledge in network security and defence. He is also very well versed with on-line social media management. Khussairiee did his bachelor’s degree with Edith Cowan University of Australia and graduated in 2003. After several years working in the private sector, he received an offer to serve the Malaysian government as Deputy Director of Information Technology in 2008. While working, he completed his Master’s Degree in Multimedia Communication from Open University Malaysia before going back to the private sector. In 2011, he completed his research project and was awarded a PhD from University of Malaya.