Board of Directors
Richard Greer, Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Richard has over thirty years of experience working in corporate finance, of which 17 years were spent in Asian and cross-border investments. He is a non-executive director of Schroder Japan Growth Fund, a UK listed investment trust, a former partner and compliance officer at Commerzbank AG, and a General Partner of MENA Investment Partners LLP, a fund for investing in early stage technology companies in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.
From 1978 to 1993, Richard worked in Japan, initially for Jardine Matheson and later as branch manager for Baring Securities Limited (Japan). He has extensive research experience and was appointed to head the Japanese Ministry of Finance’s group to represent EU investment banks and brokerages. Since returning to London, Richard has served as global head of research at Barings, Caspian Limited and Commerzbank AG, before becoming a partner at WMG Limited, a wealth management group.
Richard earned a bachelors’ degree in History from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Enrico Cesenni, Chief Executive Officer
Before founding the Company in 2013, Enrico spent a decade in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions based in London. He initially covered financial institutions at Lehman Brothers and Nomura before focusing on the consumer retail sector at Goldman Sachs.
With a longstanding interest in entrepreneurial opportunities in Asia, Enrico spent some time at Upstream Ventures in 2009, a Singapore-based early stage venture capital fund, before founding MACAN in 2012, a company to hold a growing portfolio of operating assets and investments in Europe and the Far East, including Asia Strategic Holdings.
Enrico earned an MBA from INSEAD and an undergraduate degree in Institutions and Financial Markets Management from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.
Jonathan Kolb, Partner – Investments / Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan has been Asia Strategic’s Myanmar-based partner since 2015 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating business and investment opportunities as well as reviewing the performance of the existing portfolio of businesses.
Prior to joining Asia Strategic, he spent over ten years in finance, of which the last four were based in South East Asia. With a focus on real estate, Jonathan spent five years as a listed real estate fund manager at Center Square Investment Management, initially based in Philadelphia. He relocated to Singapore in 2012 to establish the Asian office and operations. Prior to attending business school, he analysed companies and their cash flows as a commercial lending underwriter at Bank of America in Chicago.
Jonathan has an MBA from INSEAD and bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accountancy from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. He is also a registered CPA in the state of Illinois and a CFA Charterholder, but is not currently active.
Dennis Yeo Ting Teck, Non-Executive Director
Dennis spent over 18 years in accounting and finance roles across South East Asia. Dennis started his career at Asia Pacific Breweries where he worked in different finance, planning, and control functions.
He continued his career at Heineken, serving most recently as Head of Finance and ICT for Heineken’s greenfield operations in Myanmar. He joined Asia Strategic as CFO in 2016.
Dennis earned a bachelor’s degree in Business (Accountancy) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and obtained his CPA designation while in Australia.
Christopher Clarke, Non-Executive Director
Christopher has practiced law for over 40 years, of which over 30 years were spent in Asia, including the People’s Republic of China. Christopher currently serves as a non-executive director at London Power Networks, Eastern Power Networks and South Eastern Power Networks.
He previously served as an independent non-executive director at Baltrans Holdings and Arnhold Holdings, both of which were quoted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Christopher started his career in Hong Kong, eventually becoming partner and managing partner of Denton Hall (Asia), CMS Cameron McKenna (Asia) and DLA Piper (Hong Kong).
He attended Fettes College and then The College of Law and qualified as solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1974 and as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 1975.