Dato’ Seri Abdul Azim Bin Mohd Zabidi (“Dato’ Seri Azim”) is an Independent Non-Executive Director/Chairman of Asia Bioenergy Technologies Berhad (“ABT”) appointed on 2 December 2015.
Dato’ Seri Azim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom and holds a Master of Arts in Business Law from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He was Chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional (“BSN”), Malaysia’s National Savings Bank for the period from July 1999 until June 2009.
Growing from his work with BSN, Dato’ Seri Azim was also active in the work undertaken by the Brussels based World Savings Banks Institute (“WSBI”). In year 2000, he was appointed as President (Asia Pacific) for WSBI and in year 2003, he was elevated to its Board of Directors. In addition, he was elected as Vice President and Treasurer of WSBI from September 2006 until April 2009.
A long association with the unit trusts/mutual funds and fund management industry culminated in his election as President of the Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers, a post held from year 1998 to year 2003. During this period, he was appointed as Member of the Steering Committee of the International Investment Funds Association (“IIFA”), Montreal, Canada, a post held by him until 2008. From year 2007 to year 2008, he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of IIFA.
Dato’ Seri Azim has served in numerous capacities at all levels of the United Malays National Organisation (“UMNO”), the senior party in the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since Independence in 1957. In year 2004, he was appointed as the party’s Treasurer by the former Prime Minister and UMNO President, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He was also designated Treasurer General of Barisan Nasional, or National Front, Malaysia’s multi-ethnic ruling coalition. Earlier, he was elected to UMNO’s Supreme Council in year 2000.
He was also a member of the National Economic Consultative Council II, where he served on the Islamic Banking and Finance Committee. He was also selected by the Securities Commission to be a member of its Capital Market Advisory Council. He was invited by Bursa Malaysia Berhad to be a member of its Index Committee and Deputy Chairman of its Board of Advisors for the Malaysian Central Depository.
Dato’ Seri Azim is also a Director of XOX Berhad and Group, Timberwell Berhad, Anzo Holdings Berhad, Plastrade Technology Berhad and several private limited companies.
Dato’ Seri Azim does not hold any shares in ABT. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offences within the past 5 years and has no conflict of interest with ABT.
Ong Tee Kein (“Mr Ong”) is an Independent Non-Executive Director of ABT appointed on 26 February 2016. Mr Ong holds a MBA degree from the University of Miami and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA). He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom (CIMA) as well as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
Mr Ong has several years of experience in industry and consultancy practice. After qualifying as an accountant in the United Kingdom, he joined a management consultancy practice specializing in providing advisory services to governments and international funding agencies. From 1994 until 2011, he was a principal consultant in the corporate advisory division of an international accounting firm.
Besides ABT, Mr Ong also holds directorships in Sanichi Technology Berhad, DGB Asia Berhad, and Mlabs Systems Berhad.
Mr Ong does not hold any shares in ABT. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee respectively. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences and has no conflict of interest with ABT.
Leung Kok Keong (“Edward”) is an Executive Director of ABT appointed on 24 November 2014. Edward obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology, Australia in December 1989 and is a Certified Practising Accountant and Chartered Accountant, CPA Australia and also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Trained as an investment banker, he has significant experience in corporate finance and business development as well as management. He was the founding member and former Executive Director of Newfields Advisors Sdn. Bhd., a boutique financial and corporate advisory firm from August 2001 to August 2006. He was the Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Energy Group from September 2006 to February 2008. Between September 2013 to February 2015, he briefly served as the Chief Financial Officer of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
His wide and vast experience spanned from his earlier years as an Investment & Corporate Planning Manager, Hong Leong Credit Berhad from 1994 to 2001 and was with Coopers & Lybrand Kuala Lumpur since 1990 to 1994.
He has three hundred thirty three thousand three hundred and fifty (333,350) ordinary shares in ABT. He is also a Director of Vsolar Group Berhad and Focus Dynamics Group Berhad. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences and has no conflict of interest with ABT.
YM Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Bin Raja Hussin (“YM Tengku Badli”) is a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of ABT appointed on 7 October 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB Hons) from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
YM Tengku Badli has extensive years of exposure in the financial industry sector. He started his career as a Management Trainee in Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Hong Kong (“HSBC”) in 1994 and continued his stint with HSBC Group in various senior positions covering both corporate and commercial as well as retail & consumer banking division. He later pursued his career with Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad in February 2008 as Head of Branch Management prior to joining Pelaburan MARA Berhad in September 2013. He is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer of Pelaburan MARA Berhad.
He does not hold any shares in ABT but he represents Pelaburan MARA Berhad that holds 27,999,999 direct shares in ABT. He is also a Director of NetX Holdings Berhad. YM Tengku Badli is a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of ABT. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences and has no conflict of interest with ABT.
Chu Chee Peng (“Mr Chu”) is appointed by ABT as an Independent Non-Executive Director since 21 August 2015. He graduated from the Coventry University in Business Administration and Post Graduate Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom.
Mr Chu was formerly the Vice President of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), a statutory body set up by the Malaysian government, since 2012. Prior to joining AIM, he was heading the Properties Division at a public listed company in Malaysia.
He has extensive experiences in the investment sector, covering activities such as identification of new business opportunities, development and execution of investment that will significantly contribute to the company and Nation’s income, development of new funding structure/ ecosystem and creation of high value jobs. He is an entrepreneur with an inclination towards innovation and high technology commercial industries.
He is the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of ABT. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years other than traffic offences and has no conflict of interest with ABT. He does not hold any shares in ABT.
Mr. Chu also holds the position as Director of NetX Holdings Berhad.
Tan Sik Eek (“Steve”) is an Executive Director of ABT appointed on 20 June 2013. Steve is the appointed representative of Adamas Finance Asia Limited in ABT. Steve majored in Economics and Political Science from University of Sydney, Australia.
Steve brings with him more than a decade of experience ranging from corporate finance advisory to private equity investments. He was previously a Partner at House of Qin Ltd, a Beijing based private equity firm focused on investing in companies seeking growth funding and pre-IPO capital. Prior to that, Steve was the South East Asia Partner of Value Creation Strategies Sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur based advisory firm specialising in securing funding from a series of established North America global hedge funds, for companies listed on the regional capital markets.
Steve previously held positions in companies like Devonshire Capital LLC, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Hong Kong as well as in the corporate finance division of RHB Investment Bank.
He holds three hundred thirty three thousand three hundred and thirty three (333,333) shares in ABT. He is also a Director of NetX Holdings Berhad, AT Systematization Berhad and XOX Berhad. He does not have any family relationship with any Director or major shareholder of the Company and has not been convicted of any offences within the past 5 years other than traffic offences and has no conflict of interest with ABT.