Brief Profile Of The Directors
Kiat Wai Du (also known as 'William') (Date of birth : 29 December 1978)
Mr. Du graduated from the University of Hertfordshire, England with a First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Accounting in 1999 and a Master in Business Administration in 2000. His MBA thesis titled 'Acquisition of Midland Bank by HSBC' was presented at the 19th World Association for Case Method Research & Application Conference in Mannheim, Germany in 2002. Mr. Du started his career as a trainee accountant in London. Later, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"), specialising in transfer pricing and tax investigations. He left PwC to join Star Cruise Ltd as a Senior Corporate Planning Executive before setting up his own consulting firm in 2003. He has extensive experience in debt and equity fund raising, corporate restructuring, corporate development and competitive strategy. He is currently the founder of Ingenious Haus Group. Mr. Du is appointed as non-executive director of RapidCloud International Plc in August 2013. William has also worked throughout Asia in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. He has extensive experience in the sector and through his network has targeted various opportunities available for potential acquisition. He has structured several special purpose investment vehicles to invest in growth companies and taking them public or trade sale. In 2009, William set up his Ingenious Growth Fund ("IGF") and raised £15 million to invest in various opportunities in the region, which provided substantial returns for their investor.
Shunita Maghji (Date of birth: 18 November 1967)
Shunita is a qualified practising lawyer in Malaysia and a partner in Messrs. Azlan M K Thas & Co. She received her degree in Law from University of West London in 1991 and obtained her Malaysian Certificate of Legal Practice in 1992. She did her Reading in Chambers with Messrs Joseph Yeo & Logan Sabapathy in 1992 and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1993. Thereafter she worked in Messrs. Nordin Torji & Partners, where she eventually headed its Civil Litigation Department. She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Courts as well as the subordinate courts in the course of her duties while representing clients. In 2002, she became a partner in Messrs. Azlan M K Thas & Co (a position she still holds) where she heads the Corporate Department. She oversees a department that handles corporate and conveyancing matters as well as estate planning and wills. She is currently a member of the Disciplinary Committee appointed by the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board of the Malaysian Bar Council.
Simon Retter (Date of birth: 13 February 1982)
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 co-ordinating reporting accountant’s work for AIM IPOs, preparing Long-form/Accountants Reports/Working Capital Reports and producing acquisition due diligence reports. Simon has been a Financial Director at Paragon Diamonds Ltd since April 2010 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 a Non-Executive Director at Equatorial Mining & Exploration plc (ISDX listed) and Finance Director at a newly incorporated investment vehicle targeting the finance and technology sectors. 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.