Board of Directors
Mr Lawrence Wu
President and 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.
Mr Frank Phuan
CEO and 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 Robert Yap
Chairman, Sunseap Group
Robert is a Singaporean business leader involved in several councils and company boards primarily in technology, renewable energy, maritime logistics and capital markets.
He is the Board & EXCO Chairman of Sunseap Group, Chairman of Skylab Group and Charis-Sozo, board independent director with IMDA Singapore and Jurong Port, and advisor to Jubilee Partners investment. Robert joined DFS Group (member of the LVMH Group) in 2004 and was President and board Director at DFS Venture and concurrently DFS Group EVP for Global Business Services until his retirement in 2014. Prior to DFS, he was CEO for East Asia at PSA International. Between 2006 to 2014, he was also a member of IBM Corporation Global Advisory Board based in New York.
His past board directorships of SGX-listed companies included CWT and FRONTLINE Technologies. During the period from 2014 till 2018, Robert represented Singapore as council member for the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and served as Deputy Secretary for Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).
Robert presently serves in several tertiary institutions. He is the current Chairman at the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Information Systems and SMU Institute of Service Excellence, and council member of University of New South Wales (UNSW) Singapore. Robert has a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and a Masters of Engineering Science from UNSW.
Mr Bill Teck Huat Chua
After a distinguished banking career of over thirty-four years, Bill retired from United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) in November 2014. He was then Managing Director and Head, Global Financial Institutions. He has had management responsibilities in the front, middle and back offices at Citibank, Overseas Union Bank (OUB) & UOB. He has led and closed major deals in capital markets, investment banking and transaction banking. In operations, he successfully integrated the back offices of OUB into UOB. Bill was also on the boards of several bank owned subsidiaries and joint ventures companies.
Bill is currently an independent director on the boards of Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, Citibank Singapore Limited, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Boardroom Executive Services Limited, and Green Sands Equity Inc. In the past, he was on Jurong International, a JTC Corporation subsidiary; CLS AG, the holding company of CLS Bank & CLS Services Ltd; Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Limited. He heads up the GRC committees at these boards.
Bill is 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. He is a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Ms Lisa Theng
Lisa is currently Managing Partner of Colin Ng and Partners LLP. She has been involved with healthcare, electronics, technology, engineering, oil and gas, logistics, manufacturing, exhibition, publishing, food and leisure and entertainment companies and private equity and venture capitalist houses on a range of issues.
She advised both Singapore and foreign companies in major acquisitions and disposal transactions as well as investment, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. Her other advisory include advise listed companies and their audit committees/Boards in relation to potential disputes, irregularities, fraud and issues involving directors and shareholders.
Lisa has received various awards including recommended lawyer for Corporate M&A and Dispute Resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 & 2017. In 1991, she was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Lisa holds a LL.B.(Hons) from the National University of Singapore.
Ms Somruedee Chaimongkol
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.
Mr Melvin Yeo
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.
Ms Kanokwan Jitchobtham
Kanokwan is the Managing Director (MD) at Banpu Infinergy Co., Ltd. Kanokwan began her career at Banpu in November 2017, 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.
Mr Tan Shao Ming
Shao Ming is a founding member and the Managing Director responsible for investments at ABC World Asia, an Asia-focused private equity fund dedicated to impact investing. Shao Ming has over 20 years of institutional investing experience in leading blue-chip investment firms. He started his career in Temasek Holdings, making investments in financial institutions in Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan. He subsequently joined Citadel Investment Group, a Chicago headquartered multi-strategy hedge fund, where his last held appointment was Director of the Asian Merchant Banking/ Special Situations Group. At Citadel, Shao Ming was responsible for generating returns across the capital structure of companies, as well as from investments in real estate. Following that, Shao Ming joined Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI), a global emerging markets private equity firm focused on growth and buyouts in the middle market. At CVCI, Shao Ming led the Southeast-Asia investments, as well as portfolio management and divestment of companies in various sectors including industrials, automotive components, building materials, medical services and consumer. Prior to joining ABC World Asia, Shao Ming founded and led a Singapore-based start-up providing mezzanine debt and structured equity solutions to small and medium sized companies.
Shao Ming graduated from the National University of Singapore with a First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Engineering (Chemical). He is a CFA Charterholder. Shao Ming previously held directorships in various companies, including SGX listed Chip Eng Seng Corporation.
Mr Banchob Kitchpanich
Banchob is currently the Chief Finance Officer of Banpu Power Public Company Limited (BPP) and has held this appointment since January 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in finance and actively involved in the business growth of BPP particularly in renewable energy.
During the period of 2010 to 2014, Banchob was appointed as Chief Finance Officer of Hongsa Power Company which is the largest power plant located in Lao PDR (1,800 MW).
Banchob played a major role in the IPO of Banpu Power Public Company Limited in the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2016. BPP is a major provider of power generation services, operating in conventional and renewable power generation plants within South East Asia Pacific. In his present role, Banchob has performed many project financing acquisitions for Renewable projects within Japan and China.
Banchob graduated with an accounting degree from Bangkok University and a master degree in business economics from Kasetsart University.