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Board of Directors

 

Mr Frank PHUAN

CEO & Executive Director


The Co-Founder and Director of Sunseap Group, Frank belongs to the second generation of a solar industry business that has been established for over 35 years. Together with his team, Frank helped grow a 5-men operation in Singapore to a 100 staff regional business spanning across regions including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines and Australia.

Frank has over 20 years of experience in the solar industry leading numerous projects and public speeches involving solar systems technologies, sustainability strategy, green buildings and infrastructure, greenhouse gas emission reduction, solar farm and rooftop solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) projects across Asia Pacific. Frank also played a key role in the engineering and reduction of the levelised cost of solar energy in Singapore.

Frank was awarded the distinguished Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2014, the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EYA) 2015, the PVSEC Special Award in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the growth of the photovoltaic industrial technology in Singapore, and was named an honouree of the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2017. He is also a member on the NTU College of Engineering Advisory Board.

Frank holds an Honours degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Applied Science in Material Engineering.

Mr Lawrence WU

President & Executive Director


The Co-Founder and Director of Sunseap Group, Lawrence has more than 17 years of experience in investment banking, specializing in M&A and restructurings, reverse takeovers, schemes of arrangements and delisting of public companies. Prior to founding Sunseap Group, Lawrence held appointments at DBS Bank (Vice President), Macquarie (Vice President) and BNP Paribas (Director).

Lawrence spearheads the group’s efforts in capital raising, playing a vital role in raising the requisite funding for the group, and put in place the capital structure required for its Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) projects. These efforts helped set the foundation for the group’s subsequent projects. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Thirdrock ISSEA Advisers Pte Ltd, a corporate finance firm specialising in mergers & acquisitions, as well as strategic capital raising in Southeast Asia. He is also a Partner and Director of TRIREC Pte Ltd, a renewable energy investment firm that focuses on projects and companies in sustainability and de-carbonization.

Lawrence was named an honouree of the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2017, an achievement he shares with his Co-Founder, Frank. Lawrence graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with First Class Honours in Accountancy in 2000, and he is both a Certified Public Accountant (Singapore) and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Robert YAP

Independent Director and Chairman of the Board


Robert is a Singaporean business leader who is actively involved in several councils and company boards headquartered in Singapore - primarily in Medical & Healthcare, Information Technology, Property, Renewable Energy and Ports Logistics. His current board appointments include Fullerton Health Group, Fullerton Systems & Services (Chairman), Jurong Port, Rock Productions (Chairman), ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Singapore National Employers Federation.

In his capacity as industry advisor and influencer, Robert is active in several tertiary institution advisory boards including the Institute of Service Excellence (Chairman), SMU School of Information Systems (Chairman) and UNSW (Singapore council member).

Robert played an integral role in leading DFS Group from 2004 – 2014, where he helmed the positions of President, DFS VENTURE (Singapore) and a member of the Board. During this time, Robert was also the Group EVP of DFS which is majority owned by the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) Group.

Prior to DFS, Robert was CEO for East Asia region at PSA International based in Singapore. Between 2006 and 2014, Robert was a member of IBM Corporation Global Advisory Board based in New York, US. His past appointments of several SGX listed companies included CWT and FRONTLINE Technologies.

Robert was conferred a Bachelor degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering and a degree in Masters of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, where he presently serves as a member of the Singapore Advisory Council.

Bill Teck Huat CHUA

Independent Director


Bill currently serves as Independent Director/Director to several organisations including; the Audit and Risk Committee, Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited, Singapore Technologies Kinetics Limited, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Citibank Singapore Limited, Boardroom Executive Services Limited, and Green Sand Equity, Inc.

Over the last sixteen years, he has served on the Boards of CLS AG Group, DSO National Laboratory, Jurong International Holdings Group, Credit Bureau Singapore Pte Ltd, and the Singapore Clearing House Pte Ltd.

Bill retired from United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) in November 2014 after a distinguished 34 year career in the financial services industry at UOB, Overseas Union Bank (OUB) and Citibank (Citi). He led and closed major transactions in capital markets, investment banking and transaction banking, and successfully integrated the operations at banks after the M&A transactions. His last position was Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Institution. He is actively involved in the financial and education communities, and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2004, and the Public Service Star in 2012 by the Government of Singapore.

Bill was a Colombo Plan Scholar and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Class 1 (Industrial) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Ms Somruedee CHAIMONGKOL

Non-Executive Director


Somruedee currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since April 2015 and has been actively involved in the growth of Banpu since its early years. Somruedee is also Banpu’s first female Director and CEO.

From 2001 – 2006, Somruedee served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and overseen the finance department at Banpu. She became the Chief Financial Officer of Banpu in 2006, and has since managed several landmark financial transactions including power project financings of large IPPs in Thailand (BLCP) and Laos (Hongsa), and also played major roles in the IPO of Banpu’s Indonesian coal business (ITM) and the acquisition financing of a major coal group in Australia (Centennial). During her tenure, Somruedee also established an investor relations programme within Banpu which received widespread recognition for its forward-approach with disclosure and transparency.

Somruedee has received various recognitions from finance polls and magazines, including the ‘Best CFO’ award from FinanceAsia – a leading financial magazine and website in Asia under the Haymarket Group.

Somruedee graduated with an accounting degree from Bangkok University, and has post-graduate certifications from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration; including the Program of Global Leadership.

Melvyn YEO

Non-Executive Director


Melvyn is a Principal and Group Executive Partner of Thirdrock Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated financial and investment services firm that supervises assets in for clients based in Asia.

Prior to Thirdrock Pte Ltd, he spent over a decade at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, where he last held the appointment of Executive Director, Private Investor Products Group (Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities). His expertise lies in direct investment advisory and portfolio management for ultra-high net worth Asian clients and family offices, equity derivatives structuring and marketing.

Melvyn is also an angel and early stage investor. He has led numerous investments and co-invested alongside institutions such as Spring Seeds and National Research Foundation, as well as investment firms such as Goldman Sachs and Khosla Ventures. He is a Partner and Director of TRIREC Pte Ltd, a renewable energy investment firm that focuses on projects and companies in sustainability and de-carbonization.

Melvyn is also active in his community, where he acts as the District Councillor in South West Community Development Council, Singapore. Melvyn graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration (High Distinction) degree.

 

Kanokwan JITCHOBTHAM

Non-Executive Director


Kanokwan is the Managing Director (MD) at Banpu Infinergy Co., Ltd. Kanokwan began her career at Banpu in November 2007, when she joined the Legal Department and took on the role of contract management, project M&A, and legal matters at Banpu.

Prior to Banpu, she worked at a Japanese Law firm, Ariya Tax and Corporate Services Co., Ltd. as a legal counsel, rendering legal consultation on M&A investment, tax, and corporate matters from 2003 – 2007. Her professional career started at Toyota Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and subsequently a Teaching Assistant of the Law School at the Private Law Division of Thammasat University.

Kanokwan graduated from LL.B. and LL.M. from the Law School of Thammasat University. Her other qualifications include, a LL.B 2nd Class Honours and Diploma in Law, from Thammasat University, Thailand, a Diploma of Intellectual Property Law from ATOS, Japan, and a Diploma of Chinese Training Legal Base from China Law Society, China.

Stephen MCGRATH

Board Observer


Stephen is the Head of Shell technology Ventures (STV), Silicon Valley and Asia. He co-leads STV’s Future Mobility and Digital Transformation investment teams globally. A dual UK/US citizen, Steve has lived and worked extensively in the US, Europe and Asia.

Steve also served as a venture capitalist and private equity investor in Silicon Valley and New York for over 15 years, where he took part in founding, financing, and actively managing early-stage technology companies. His previous professional appointments include a 12 year stint at Spencer Trask, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. He has over a decade of experience as a business strategist with a focus on growth strategy, innovation and new venture creation. Stephen holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.