Partner at GCRCF (Australia)
Partner at GCRCF (Australia)
Partner at GCRCF (Australia)
Founder & CEO at Acacia Venture Capital Partners (China)
…My name is Edmond Hui, I’m based in Shanghai and I’m originally from the UK, from London. I’m a CEO of Acacia Venture Capital Partners, which is an early-stage venture fund that invests primarily outside of China. But what we do is we link up Chinese opportunities (what we call ‘geographical arbitrage’), so looking at patent matching within China and then applying that to emerging markets. It gives very good returns, IRR is currently at 128% annualised for fund 2.
When we go out of China we also bring companies into China as well, thus helping our portfolio a lot to assist companies with connecting to Chinese giants like the leading logistics player Sum-Shum. I would advise guest participants in the Global Investment Leaders Club to definitely enjoy the experience of being a Club member; it’s a unique experience to be able to meet people from all around the world and various investment industries, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet a very diverse group of people, plenty of people who I’d like to collaborate with in the future and I have a lot of kudos for those interactions.
CEO at KPM Asset (US)
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Co-founder at Kraydel (UK)
“You need to put yourself out there and talk to investors. My meetings [with investors] were very well managed. It was a very informal setting, and they were able to ask questions. I was given 5 minutes to present my company, and then very structured questions from investors were facilitated. I’ve got 15-20 people very focused on one thing [my project]. They were able to get my answer to them, it built a really complete picture in a very short period of time. And then I could specifically ask them for a suggestion on how I can be a success! That's very important, because investors started thinking how can they help me, what can they do? Getting the investment is brilliant, but actually investors can make business happen not just through allocating capital, but also by enabling connections and advice. People invest in people, people don’t invest in slide decks!”
CEO at Investment Owl (Uganda)
I’ve met lots and lots of very interesting people through the Global Investment Leaders Club. I often say that I hate networking with a passion, nevertheless, I am very happy I joined this Club nearly 2 years ago! What it’s really helped me to do is to meet the kind of people I would not have met internationally, and to grow an international network. I’ve met some really fascinating people who are at the top of their game. It was very kindly said that all the members were leaders in their industries. I have really enjoyed being part of GILC and it’s been really valuable for me in terms of broadening my horizons globally. So yeah, I’m a fan of the Club!
Managing Director & CEO at Caason Group (Australia)
I’m Craig Astill, I’m the CEO of Caason Group, an Australia based single family office in Melbourne. Our interests are primarily in the agro and agrotech space, as well as mining and mining tech. As a family office we are pretty diversified where we are investing into, that also takes us out to environmental technologies, FinTech and also into IT. We primarily directly invest into companies which we hope will bring benefit to us. We’ve got several prominent examples of that and in some cases we think that we have already backed one or two companies that might potentially be unicorns. So, certainly this forum has been terrific to network with a number of interesting people that has helped us commercialize some of the technologies that we have invested into. That’s where I’ve seen the opportunity with the Club to genuinely present terrific networking opportunities on a global scale.
President & CEO at The Cannaregio Group (US)
My name is Tony Jarrin, and I am the head of the Canaregio Group (US). We are a Real Estate holding in the hotel and hospitality sector, we’ve been diversifying in the last few years, specifically the couple of years before the pandemic, to telecom, financial services and other industries. Of course, we are still battling through the challenges that came to all of us in one way or another through the pandemic. I’m very honored to be a part of this group, and I appreciate the invitation that was made a little over a year ago. Actually, the first invitation was 2 years ago, but because of personal reasons I was only able to join a little over a year ago, and it’s been an amazing Club to be a part of. I met many new friends and great professionals. Everyone is a leader in their industry, a decision maker, has access to great networks, is really able to share connections and ideas and learn from everyone in different industries. I learnt about some sectors that I hadn’t even considered in the past, which is one of the benefits of these weekly Club meetings that we get to have and engage with. I am also able to understand what is going in other parts of the world that we’re involved in. I think it’s a tremendous concept and I can tell all people who are new to this Club: “You’re going to love to be a part of this group and meet new people and engage in different opportunities together!"
Chairman at EQ Capital Partners (Australia)
I am a head of a family office as well as a technology investor with a focus on social impact. Food, agro-tech and water is one of the key areas of my investment interests, the second key is health-tech and the third key is circular economy. Although we are based in Australia our office is very international. Also, I’m a Chairman of an Africa-focused investment platform, and a Founding Partner and Co-Managing Partner of a healthcare fund, which is based out of Israel, which is quite recently linking into the GCC countries. I have quite a diverse portfolio, and I’ve been a member now for a number of years, and made some fantastic connections through the Club. It started with making friends and transitioned to actually connecting on personal levels with many other members. I’ve been very pleased to be a member.