CEO and Founder
Philippe A. Kerkhoven
Born into a Swiss/Dutch family, Philippe was raised across Europe thereby becoming fluent in English, German, French, Italian and Dutch. He has resided in Asia for the past 18 years.
He began his professional career at Credit Suisse in Zurich before he was asked to establish in Asia the Institutional Client Desk across Singapore and Hong Kong. Upon its successful set up, Philippe joined HSBC Private Bank in Singapore to create a new Market in Asia focusing on EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) which covered HNWI, UHNWI and Family Offices requesting exposure to jurisdiction and investment opportunities in Asia & Pacific.
In 2008, Philippe was called to ING PB Asia, known today as Bank of Singapore. He was responsible for launching and managing the International Market from scratch, which he split into 3 main regions: Europe/UK, the CIS (former Soviet Union) and the B2B market (SFO, PTC, EAM, IPB). Philippe oversaw teams in Singapore, Hong Kong and London to accommodate the clients’ various service needs and provide the right expertise and access to the markets.
Over the years, having developed an understanding of the needs and complexities of large families and investors to source the best deals in the market, Philippe visualized a platform which would better serve them, and the independent multi-family office and asset management firm Pangaea Wealth was born.
In the past many decades, Jonathan worked for numerous positions with the HSBC Group of companies. He has a vast experience in banking operations activities, investment products settlement, global financial and investment compliance control and risk management.
Before moving to Singapore in 1996, Jonathan was one of the key management team members of the HSBC Private Bank in Hong Kong. He continued to contribute his expertise in multi-billion asset investment and management operational services at HSBC Private Bank Singapore.
In 2013, Jonathan joined Hang Seng Bank Singapore as COO focusing on designing and implementing business strategies, plans and procedures. He has established policies that promote company culture and vision. He also has a strong background in data analysis and performance/operation metrics.
Jonathan was appointed as the Country Manager of Hang Seng Bank Singapore in 2015, overseeing the branch's business, operations and all other activities. He established a solid foundation for growth and ensured the soundness and performance of the branch operations while safeguarding its compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
Johan graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a master's in Economics.
He has over 25 years of financial investment experience and has been responsible for trading, fund management, and building and running investment processes and teams across all major asset classes in roles across South Africa, London, and Singapore.
Johan started his career in banking as an International Economist at Absa Bank in Johannesburg. This was followed by several trading positions across Foreign Exchange and Rates. He moved to the UK as Head of International Fixed Income and integral member of the asset allocation committee at Rand Merchant Bank Asset Management, managing portfolios for Institutional clients.
Johan was asked by Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Management to become Chief Strategist EMEA out of Europe, where he spearheaded strategy for overall multi-asset offering. Following the merger with Julius Baer, he was appointed as Chief Investment Officer for Julius Baer International UK.
In his move to Singapore, Johan took up the role of Chief Investment Officer at the Bank of Singapore. He was responsible for the bank's overall asset allocation and investment strategy on clients' assets of USD triple digit billions.
It was also during this time that Johan worked closely with the founding team of Pangaea Wealth, which ultimately led to Johan joining the management team of Pangaea Wealth as Chief Investment Officer for its offices in Asia and Europe.
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Jean-Marc Vuille
Jean-Marc is a Senior Partner of Neupert Vuille Partners Attorneys-at-law in Zurich and Managing Director of AAS Asset Advisory Services SA, and has a network in various major locations throughout the world. He specializes in corporate, banking and tax law.
Jean-Marc was born in Switzerland and grew up in South Africa where he attended law school. He later graduated in Zurich and was admitted to the Bar in 1968. After several years as an associate in a leading Zurich law firm, he decided to acquaint himself with the banking profession. He joined Dow Banking Corporation and went on to become a Senior Vice President of a reputable consortium bank, Bankinvest, with headquarters in Zurich.
His law practice which he established in 1977 merged with the oldest Swiss law firm in 1989 to become one of the leading law firms in its various areas of expertise. Jean-Marc serves as Chairman and/or Director of several international and Swiss corporations. He is also Chairman or Member of the Board of Trustees of various charitable Foundations.
Advisory Board Member
George Iwan Marantika
George is a senior business advisor with experience in cross border relationships. He is the National President of the Indonesia-Australia Business Council and the Acting Chairman of the Australia Bilateral Committee in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also actively involved in developing the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement and previously consulted to the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for investment promotion. Furthermore, due to his contribution in developing bilateral relations between Indonesia and Hungary the two governments have awarded George the diplomatic role as the Honorary Consul of Hungary in Indonesia.
He has led a private university for 10 years as the Rector & President and is currently on the board of several private Universities in Indonesia. He was elected to the board of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia (APTISI) since 2011 as its Chairman for International Affairs and Relations.
George has been a main advocate in the importance of promoting linkages between Higher Education and industry. These linkages has led to applied innovation in academia that has contributed to the development of society through commercialization in business and bridging the digital divide in enhancing development for marginal societies.
Advisory Board Member
Claude is a senior business advisor, experienced investment banker and angel investor hailing from Finland.
Since the early ‘80s, he has cultivated an extensive network in the Nordics and Asia.
For years, he was responsible for Asian institutions and Nordic high net worth individuals as an Asset Management Director for Asia with ICECAPITAL Securities Ltd.
During his stint with Landbaki Asia Pacific, he extended the business in China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Claude is currently the Chairman of LifeEdu, an open online education platform which applies a Finnish education approach and enables sharing and discovery of skills across communities and individuals.
He is also a Founder and Board Member of Emotion Network, a content producer and global platform of entrepreneurs and investors where emotions and creativity meet innovation and technology.
Claude is the creator behind “The Knights of @slush”, a curated by-invitation-only side event to the world’s leading start-up event Slush, which showcases the best start-ups from the Nordics to a global investor audience.