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Akaria Expands Team To Scale Investment Into NCS In 2023

Updated: Mar 1

Akaria Natural Capital Pte Ltd. an impact-first fund management company investing at scale in natural climate solutions across Southeast Asia, begins 2023 with four new hires following its launch last year.

The new starters bring demonstrated expertise and experience from across the impact investment landscape including Ch’ng Seow Pheng, Chief Operating Officer; John Bradley, Investment Director; Ashleigh Mason, Investment Associate; and Wu Zheng Feng, Investment Associate.

COO Ch’ng Seow Pheng has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions with Singaporean asset management firms including 16 years as COO of Blackhorse Asset Management and 5 years as COO of Makrana Capital Management.

Investment Director John Bradley began his career with Deutsche Bank in London, then CDC Group (now known as BII) before moving to Singapore with MUFG Bank. He has over 10 years of experience across a multitude of sectors in private investments and investment banking across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Investment Associate Ashleigh Mason was part of the investor relations teams at various Real Estate and Infrastructure focused firms including Alpha Real Capital and BlackRock Real Assets based out of London, U.K. She is originally from Toronto, Canada where she began her career with CIBC working with both institutional and high net worth investors in various client servicing roles.

Investment Associate Wu Zheng Feng joined Akaria with experience in real assets investment firms in both Singapore and London, where he was working on allocating and deploying capital into sustainable infrastructure investments to tackle the climate change, before pivoting to natural climate solutions with Akaria.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new team to Akaria,” says Chief Executive Officer, Gary Addison. “They possess the crucial skills and knowledge we need to collectively unlock much-needed capital to preserve natural environments, in turn fighting the worst effects of climate change - while also generating income and return for local communities and investors too.”

Akaria Natural Capital

Akaria Natural Capital Pte. Ltd is an impact-first fund management company that invests at scale in natural climate solutions that sequester carbon and mitigate climate change through conservation, restoration and improved management of forests, mangroves, peatlands and oceans throughout Southeast Asia. Our goal is to drive both positive climate impact and sustainable, long-term financial returns that are shared equitably between investors and communities.

Akaria Natural Capital was founded in Singapore in 2022 by Chief Executive Officer Gary Addison and Chief Impact Investment Officer Simon Chadwick. Our founding partners are Schroders, a leading global asset management firm with over 20 years sustainability and impact investing experience, and Conservation International, which has been 'fighting to protect nature for people' since 1987.

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