Officers & Directors


BRENT SUEN, CEO


Brent has 31 years of experience in the capital markets / investment banking industry. He was the youngest hire at Bear Stearns merger arbitrage department in 1987. He also has significant experience with Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) companies as both investor and advisor. Brent has significant operational experience with both start-ups and expansion stage companies in Silicon Valley during the 1990’s, emerging markets experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, and more recently mobile and internet companies in Southeast Asia.

LIONEL CHOONG, CFO


Lionel has had over 30 years of experience in finance across a number of fields, such  as ‘Big 4’ audit, compliance and chief financial officer. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio (NYSE: EMR). He was also the former Chief Financial Officer of Byford London, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Lionel is a chartered accountant & retired as a partner of Deloitte where he headed up the biz development for Corporate finance service lines. He has an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST and a Corporate Finance diploma from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, UK.

EDDIE FOONG, COO


Eddie Foong has over 17 years of experience in IT, sales and marketing and operations. He was involved in a RFID technology company that developed and changed Singapore National Library Books borrowing system island-wide. He previously headed the sales and marketing department of Info. Technology within MNCs and government agencies. He graduated with a Class 1 BEng Honours Degree and IBM Award holder from University of Strathclyde, U.K.

THET TWE AUNG, CTO


Spending over 11 years in software development industries, Thet has in-depth knowledge in various development methodologies, software design patterns, data modeling and hands-on experience with mobile/web programming, socket programming, frameworks, SDKs and APIs. In 2015, he founded and served as a CEO of Escape Pixel, a digital startup in Singapore that provides customized digital solutions to enterprises and businesses. With vision to shape the future of its community, he is also an active contributor/developer of many open source software projects which advance linguistic evolution, localization, and cognition. Thet holds a Bachelor of Science with honors degree in Business Computing and Information Technology from the University of Wales, Prifysgol Cymru.

MATTHEW BRENT, Head of Corporate Development/Product Strategy


Matt has over 10 years’ experience in software and product development. During that time, he built and lead teams from across North America, China, and Southeast Asia to deliver global product for entertainment, media, and technology companies including Sony Computer Entertainment America, Activision Blizzard, The Upper Deck Company, and The Sesame Street Workshop. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

JOHN MACNEIL, Capital Markets/Strategy


John MacNeil has established extensive experience in the both financial services and technology industries over the course of a thirty year career. From 2008 to present, John advised technology, financial technology and renewable energy companies on strategic relationships, financial forecasting, investor relations and capital formation. He was a portfolio manager for technology funds at Schroders Investment Management from 1999-2008. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, as well as a BSEE from University of Connecticut.

 RAYMOND SUTANTO, EVP AtoZPay


Raymond is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience spanning between Indonesia and USA in various industries, including IT outsourcing, corporate travel, plastics machinery, aluminum hardware and automotive. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and MS in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California.

BRENT SUEN, CEO


Brent has 31 years of experience in the capital markets / investment banking industry. He was the youngest hire at Bear Stearns merger arbitrage department in 1987. He also has significant experience with Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) companies as both investor and advisor. Brent has significant operational experience with both start-ups and expansion stage companies in Silicon Valley during the 1990’s, emerging markets experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, and more recently mobile and internet companies in Southeast Asia.

LIONEL CHOONG, CFO


Lionel has had over 30 years of experience in finance across a number of fields, such  as ‘Big 4’ audit, compliance and chief financial officer. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio (NYSE: EMR). He was also the former Chief Financial Officer of Byford London, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Lionel is a chartered accountant & retired as a partner of Deloitte where he headed up the biz development for Corporate finance service lines. He has an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST and a Corporate Finance diploma from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, UK.

EDDIE FOONG, COO


Eddie Foong has over 17 years of experience in IT, sales and marketing and operations. He was involved in a RFID technology company that developed and changed Singapore National Library Books borrowing system island-wide. He previously headed the sales and marketing department of Info. Technology within MNCs and government agencies. He graduated with a Class 1 BEng Honours Degree and IBM Award holder from University of Strathclyde, U.K.

MATTHEW BURLAGE


Matt has spent the last three decades involved in financing and advising Asia’s leading corporations, government enterprises and financial institutions and has been involved in some of the most groundbreaking transactions in Asia, particularly in the telecom, media and technology (TMT) sectors. In 2000, Matt co-founded IRG, a boutique financial advisory and investment firm focused on the core growth sectors in Asia. Matt advises Asian and global corporates, private equity funds, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds on a range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and debt capital and equity capital financings. Matt is also responsible for the firm’s investment strategy and management of its proprietary capital. Before co-founding IRG, Matt was a Managing Director and Head of Industry Groups at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong. Matt has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and attended the Japanese Language Institute of Sophia University.

ROSS O’BRIEN


Ross is an analyst, writer, presenter, and consultant focused on the economies and business environments of the Asia-Pacific, with over 25 years of experience in the region. His analysis surrounds Asia’s Innovation Economy—the intersection of information technology and the region’s broader society and economy. For nine years he was Director of the Economist Corporate Network. Currently, and beginning in 2003, Ross was Managing Director of the Hong Kong operations of Intercedent Asia, a region-wide partnership of B2B market consultants, which provides research based market entry and positioning advice in several verticals across Asia. Ross’ practice focuses on market entry strategies for telecoms and IT companies, in managed services and wireless solutions. His client work involved extensive research work in over a dozen economies in Asia, including extended field research in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Ross has an AB in Asian Studies and Anthropology from Dartmouth College (1989), and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School (1996). He is conversant and literate in Mandarin and Indonesian.

BRETT LAY


Brett is a seasoned business executive with 28 years of operating experience including 15 years as a Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) for both private and public companies. Brett has served as company officer in diverse sized organizations including; Asia Pacific CFO of MediaOne Group, now part of AT&T, CFO at Pihana Pacific/Equinix, and recently completed the sale of Pacnet to Telstra for US$750 million, where he was CFO from 2007 to 2015. Brett has his Masters of Science Finance and Masters of Science Management, from the University of Colorado, Denver.

JON NAJARIAN


25 years floor trader at CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT for 25 years. Founder of Mercury Trading, sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. In 2005 Jon co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER – acquired in 2014 by private equity firm General Atlantic Partners. In 2016 Jon co-founded Najarian Adivsors, advising institutional investors on options strategies. CNBC Market Analyst featured daily on ‘Fast Money’ show.

DJUNAEDY HERMAWANTO, CEO/President


22 years of telecom and retail distribution management experience. Former MD of walletku – built into $100mm+ GTV business in 14 months. Former regional VP XL Axiata, Regional VP Indosat-Ooredoo

TOMMY HARYANTO, CTO


15 years of software project management expertise. Extensive experience in building and launching mobile apps in Indonesia. Work for IT software house as Project Manager and Project Consultant for more companies like Gojek, Sophie Paris, Nutrifood, Kreditplus.  Former CTO of Walletku, and many other projects which are engaged in local government projects.

SAMYO "SAM" SUMARMONO, COO


17 years of experience in telecom product sales – Former Head of Sales at Walletku, led sales team over $100mm GTV business in 14 months. Former head of sales Indosat-Ooredoo.