We empower entrepreneurship

Our philosophy

We are guided by Asian values that
we believe are integral to investing, operations and working
with others.

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People inspire business

We leverage on our experience in global institutions to improve our approach to investments, team building and operations.

We strive to become a pontifex (i.e. bridge-maker) and make a difference through meaningful collaborations. We empower growth by working closely with founders to: i) refine application; ii) create alignment; and iii) champion adoption.

We believe in treating our partners and shareholders with humility, mutual respect and integrity.

We work together

Ethos believes in honouring our portfolio companies and actively giving back to them.

“MX and Peng are investors in BBP. The two have a large strategic network across the region and can pull together technical and financial resources to help companies. As BBP evolved from its pilot phase to expanding into overseas markets, they have connected BBP to several regional real estate companies to accelerate our company’s growth. MX has graciously served as a director of BBP since 2016 and has played the role of a strategic advisor who has steered us towards building scale. Early stage entrepreneurship always has its share of difficult periods but as a young and growing company, it has been a true advantage for BBP to have shareholders like MX and Peng to support us along this journey.” (Acquisition by KKR)

Co-founders, Ong En Ping & Poyan Rajamand
BBP

 

“Ethos has been a great partner for Moladin. Their approach to us has always been very hands on. Often, we will have brainstorming sessions about business operations, marketing and strategy. They usually have many great ideas and we are often able to tap on their huge network to grow our business.”

Co-founders, Jovin Hoon & MarioTanamas​
Moladin

“MX was an angel investor in Zanadu. With his strong and strategic regional network, he helped to supercharge Zanadu’s business when we were still in a nascent phase by connecting us to key travel industry contacts. He also served as a director of Zanadu since 2012 and played a significant role in providing strategic advice and guidance. We are truly thankful for the support that MX has given us through our journey from a young enterprising company to China’s leader in premium and luxury travel today.” (Acquisition by Tencent)

Founder, Zan Wu
Zanadu

“The Ethos team has been a wonderful partner in our growth journey and we have been amazed at the value-add they bring to the table. They are very thorough and detail-oriented in analysis & due diligence, but it was worth every minute that we spent with the team. MX & Peng have the ability to zoom-in or out of situations, helping to bring us clarity. Being investors who take an active role, they invest time and energy in ensuring growth. Given their inherent entrepreneurial instincts and unparalleled network, their approach to solving problems, big or small, is unique. I believe that the ‘wins’ they enable for their portfolio companies are  simple ‘moments of joy’ for them in their busy schedules. As founders, it’s often a lonely bumpy ride, but their insights have helped us keep calm & stay course.”

Founder, Hari Sivan
SoCash

 

“At our early stage of growth, it was immensely important to us that our investors are aligned with our vision as founders and help us carry the momentum forward. MX, MJ, and Zheng Xiang went above and beyond in their approach. Not only were they responsive advisors for us to seek guidance from, they also proactively sought new ways for us to realise value by tapping into their networks, knowledge, and experience from a number of different fields. We are extremely appreciative of the impact they’ve made to our company as investors.”

Co-founders, Kevin and Daren
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Chan Zheng Xiang

Analyst

Zheng Xiang graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 2018, where he was a College Scholar, and was the valedictorian for his graduation cohort. During his education, he participated in both engineering and finance related internships at companies including Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Great Eastern Life.

Outside of his professional life, Zheng Xiang is passionate about street dance and has competed at both national and international levels.

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KUOK Meng Xiong​ (“MX”)

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Prior to Ethos, MX was extensively involved in property development across the world, spending the last 10 years as Executive Director of Development for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and developing new hotel projects across 16 cities in China, UK, Turkey, Japan, Mongolia, Tibet and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, MX developed two large mixed-use properties and chaired the investment entity whose investment represented the largest foreign direct investment in the country for 2016 and 2017. During his tenure, MX was responsible for a total development value of over $2 billion and chaired the asset management committee for 39 Shangri-La hotels. During this time, MX also served as a director for the Beijing World Trade Centre.

MX is an active angel investor with a worldwide footprint having invested in many real estate, travel and healthcare related tech startups. He has invested in recognisable investments such as Grab, iFlix, BBP, Kaligo, BeMyGuest, Lomotif, Igloo Home, Toutiao, Next EV, JD Express, Bio-immunate, Continuse, Air BnB, Aspiration Capital, Renova, and Tarana Wireless.

MX currently serves as a senior advisor to TPG Capital and Evolution Media Capital, and is also a Director for Kuok Investments (Singapore) Ltd., Gunung Madu Plantation (Indonesia), and BBP Pte Ltd (Singapore).

MX graduated from Cornell University and participated in Tsinghua University’s EMBA program. He is passionate about aviation and maintains an FAA Commercial Pilot license with command type-ratings on Gulfstream G-IV, G-V, Citation Sovereign and Citation X+. MX is also a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.

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ANG Kong Hua​

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LIM Keong Hui​

ZHANG Yiming​

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Anthony TAN​

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YAM Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz​

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Marc STAD​

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Christine NEE

Christine previously worked at Lindsay Goldberg, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York which focuses on long term investments and works closely together with management teams. There, she was a part of the acquisitions team and worked on a range of transactions including leveraged buyouts and dividend recapitalizations while engaging in the management of several portfolio companies.

Before joining Lindsay Goldberg, Christine worked in Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment banking team in New York. Christine currently serves as a Director in DC&V Insurance Company, a captive insurance company, based in the US.

Christine is originally from the US, but has lived around the world including Japan, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Christine graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biology. She enjoys traveling and target shooting.

Dexter SIM

Director – Strategy & Operations

Prior to Ethos, Dexter worked at ofo, a China-based urban mobility tech venture, as a regional expansion manager in its Asia Pacific team. He successfully built the local launch team and established ofo’s business in India within 3 months and scaled it to one of the fastest growing international businesses of the company. ofo achieved 1.1 million transactions within the first 11 weeks in India. He subsequently oversaw ofo’s Asia Pacific business operations across 11 cities in India, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Dexter started his career with Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore where he secured investments worth over $200 million into Singapore. These investments included the set-up of regional HQs, digital manufacturing plants and research & development projects. He was involved in the development and execution of strategies towards Singapore’s development of smart urban infrastructure and industrial sectors. After EDB, Dexter worked in Robert Walters’ tech consultancy team in Tokyo, helping multinational companies and new ventures with the acquisition of tech talents. Dexter graduated from National University of Singapore (BSc Real Estate) where he was an NUS Overseas College scholar.

Dexter is originally from Singapore but has lived around the world including China, India, Japan and Australia. He enjoys traveling, krav maga, and underwater rugby

Nithi MANIAM

Senior Manager – Investments

Nithi previously worked within the real estate division of the Sime Darby Group, the largest listed conglomerate in Malaysia for five years, with most of his tenure spent handling various property investment and asset management projects.

Nithi has managed the execution of real estate transactions worth over $700 million spanning commercial, industrial and hospitality asset classes. These transactions include the set up of a private fund, a reverse takeover of a public REIT, joint-venture developments, and various divestitures.

Nithi was awarded with the Sime Darby Excellence Scholarship for Higher Education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. He is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Nithi is originally from Malaysia but has also lived in the UK and Singapore. Outside his professional career, he is passionate about downhill mountain biking and blues guitar.

YU Minjie (“MJ”)

Partner

Prior to Ethos, MJ was a director at Hi-P International Limited, a global leading manufacturer in the telecommunications, lifestyle, computing and automotive industries. MJ spearheaded the group’s M&A initiative and was a core member of the management team.

Before joining Hi-P, MJ spent five years at Dymon Asia Private Equity and was a part of the pioneer team which built the Southeast Asia private markets investment arm of Dymon Asia. While at Dymon, MJ sourced and led the analysis, structuring, and execution of investment opportunities across Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. He also managed the implementation of operational initiatives and oversaw the divestment of portfolio companies.

MJ began his career in the investment banking, M&A division of Morgan Stanley Hong Kong. He subsequently joined Primus Capital, a private equity fund focused on investments in financial institutions, before moving back home to Singapore.

MJ graduated from the University of Michigan (BSc Magna Cum Laude). He is an ardent fan of tennis, motor-biking and is a recreational triathlete. MJ is a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.

Shaun NG

Chief Operating Officer & Partner

Shaun has spent more than a decade focusing on legal, regulatory and tax aspects of private investments in equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt transactions. Most recently, Shaun led the legal and transaction services team in Asia at Partners Group where he worked closely with investment teams across East Asia, India and Australia across all aspects of transactions – from initial acquisition to divestment. Shaun led legal and structuring efforts on Partners Group’s notable Asian investments including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Trimco International, provision of debt to Baring for their acquisition of Vistra Group, an investment in a Japanese solar platform and an investment in a renewable wind energy platform in Australia.

Before Partners Group, Shaun worked at Shook Lin & Bok, a Singapore law firm, where he was part of the debt financing team. He worked on a range of transactions including bond listings in Singapore, bilateral lending, senior and subordinated syndicated facilities, Islamic financing facilities and restructurings.

Shaun is originally from and currently based in Singapore but has lived around the world, spending time in Australia, Taiwan, China and the UK. Shaun graduated from the University of Bristol and completed his LPC at BPP Holborn in London. He is an avid reader and ballroom dancer but also dabbles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and snowboarding.

TAN Peng Wei (“Peng”)

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Peng has been an active investor in private equity / real estate having worked on transactions representing over $10 billion in value across Asia and the US.

Prior to Ethos, Peng was at Blackstone as a principal in its Asia investments team where he led and executed the acquisition and management of various notable Blackstone investments in Japan, Australia, Singapore and China. These investments include Blackstone’s acquisition of GE Capital’s Japanese and Australian real estate companies, various Japanese acquisitions including the privatization of the UK-listed Japan Residential Investment Company and the privatization of the Singapore-listed Croesus Retail Trust.

Before joining Blackstone, Peng worked in New York at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, a global real estate fund focused on opportunistic investments, where he was responsible for new investments and investment management. Prior to Apollo, Peng worked in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team in New York.

Peng is from Singapore but has lived around the world including the UK, US, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Peng graduated from Cornell University (BSc Summa Cum Laude) where he was a Merrill Presidential Scholar. He enjoys traveling, skiing and racing triathlons. Peng is also a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.