Our People

Vietnamese and foreign professionals cover all significant asset classes (public and private equity, fixed income, resources, property and clean development); with extensive skill sets (portfolio managers, economists, analysts, originators, traders, lawyers and client managers).

 

 

Relationships

Excellent relationships underpin everything we do. The encouragement to participate, the lack of restrictions on ideas, and the strict absence of hierarchical boundaries sets Dragon Capital apart in the world of investment management.

Ownership

By fostering a sense of ownership throughout the business from daily operations to long term company strategy, we continue to attract and retain exceptional people, in order to maintain outstanding results.  Team spirit within Dragon Capital drives our success. Despite high turnover within the industry, Dragon Capital has retained all key members who have joined the firm and is majority owned by employees.

Dragon Capital Group's Senior Management

Dragon Capital Group's senior management comprises of:

  • Dominic Scriven, OBE

    CEO

    Dominic Scriven, OBE graduated in Law and Sociology from Exeter University in 1985.  In over twenty-seven years of investing throughout Asia, he has worked for M&G (UK), Citicorp (HK), and Sun Hung Kai (HK).  He moved to Vietnam in 1991, spending two years at Hanoi General University, before co-founding Dragon Capital in 1994.  A Vietnamese speaker, he is a Director of a number of publicly listed companies, and an active advocate for financial market development. He was awarded the OBE in 2006, and resides in Ho Chi Minh City.  His external interests range from sustainable tourism, through art and propaganda, to the illegal wildlife trade.

  • Alex Pasikowski

    Deputy CEO

    Alex has over twenty-eight years experience in the securities industry, mostly based in Asia. He joined Morgan Stanley London as an analyst in 1984 before moving to Morgan Stanley & Co New York after which he relocated to Asia and from 1985 to 1991 was based in Japan and Hong Kong for Morgan Stanley and responsible for Morgan Stanley's proprietary trading books in Australia, Pacific and South East Asia. In 1991 he joined Swiss Bank Corp Hong Kong as an associate director with responsibilities for establishing SBC's Thailand operation. In 1993, he relocated back to Hong Kong as a senior vice president of Lehman Brothers responsible for all Asian cash trading ex-Japan. In 1996, Alex joined Deutsche Securities Hong Kong as a director and was seconded to Bangkok where he was responsible for equity capital markets. He joined Dragon Capital Group in February 2001.

  • Le Anh Minh

    CFO

    Minh handles Dragon Capital's corporate finance activities. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduated from Vietnam's Banking University in 1991. He then went to work for Peregrine, where he completed the country's first M&A deal with the take-over of Dai Nam Commercial Bank. He was instrumental in restructuring the bank and was then seconded to run its business development and credit activities. During 1996-1998, Minh earned an MBA from Wharton, and returned to Vietnam to work for Coca-Cola as regional financial services manager. He sits on the Boards of many Vietnamese Corporates, including Vinamilk and Ho Chi Minh Securities Company. He joined Dragon Capital in 2002.

  • Bill Stoops

    CIO

    Bill Stoops graduated from Brown University in 1978 (BA History).  He has been working in emerging markets since 1980, starting in Hong Kong, where he was a journalist and political risk consultant.  In 1983, he joined Schroder Securities as an analyst on conglomerates.  He moved to Seoul in 1985 with Citicorp, to open Korea's first brokerage rep office.  In 1989, Bill was recruited by Baring Securities in London to run its North Asian equity sales team.  Barings transferred him to New York to establish a "New Emerging Markets" sales desk for the firm in 1993.  He went on to specialize in Emerging Europe, and in this capacity also worked for Deutsche Bank and HSBC in 1998-2006.  In 2006, Bill moved to Vietnam as a Director of Dragon Capital with responsibility for Research and Capital Markets. He was appointed CIO in 2009.

  • Beat Schuerch

    COO

    Beat spent around twenty-one years living and working in Southeast Asia, initially with Landis & Gyr's energy management division in Singapore in charge of license and joint venture projects in Asia. He then joined DKSH, a Swiss trading company, as country manager based in Vietnam where he was responsible for the company's Vietnamese and Cambodian businesses in healthcare, chemicals products, and consumer products. Thereafter he was the representative of Lanamatic based in Thailand responsible for developing the company's Asian machine component business and then joined Synovate Thailand Ltd as the head of their business consulting division. In 2006 he returned to Vietnam to work with Indochina Capital where he initially assumed the role of CFO of the Indochina Capital Group and later was promoted to CEO of Indochina Capital's equities division. In 2010 he moved to Dragon Capital where he assumed the role as COO. Beat has a masters degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

  • Tom Vaizey

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Tom graduated from Oxford University. He has spent nearly twenty-two years living and working in Asia, initially with Baker & McKenzie, then JSM, in Hong Kong. He then spent 18 months working as legal counsel with Standard Chartered Bank in India. He rejoined JSM in 1998, working in their Vietnam and Thailand offices before moving back to the Hong Kong office where he became a partner in the firm's commercial department. He joined Dragon Capital in June 2007 as senior legal counsel.



Dragon Capital Group's Board Members

Dragon Capital Group's Board Members comprises of:

  • Dominic Scriven, OBE

    CEO

  • Alex Pasikowski

    Deputy CEO

  • Le Anh Minh

    CFO

  • Tran Thanh Tan

    CEO of VietFund Management

    Tan was granted a master's degree in management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium).  He has more than 15 years' experience in building and expanding the Vietnam securities markets.  He started at Peregrine Capital Vietnam, then became a co-founder of Dragon Capital Group in 1994.  He has provided consultation on the equitization process for over 20 state-owned enterprises, of which many are now listed in the Vietnam Stock Market.  In 2003, as a representative of Dragon Capital, he established VietFund Management ("VFM") and has been the CEO ever since.  Since the commencement of Dragon Capital's engagement in VFM, he has overseen the development of VFM as the most successful fund management company in Vietnam.  At present, he is a member of VFM Board of Directors and Chairman of the Vietnamese Fund Management Club.

  • Phan Minh Tuan

    Non-executive Director

    Tuan graduated from Kharkov Civil Engineering University (in the former Soviet Union) in 1976 with an honors degree in civil engineering, gaining a U.K. M.Sc. in 1982 from Delft Institute. From 1976 to 1989, he worked as a technical project consultant and manager in a number of projects in Vietnam. In 1989 he joined the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry ("VCCI") as project manager. He was seconded by VCCI as office manager to BHP from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, he joined Peregrine Capital Vietnam as general manager of the Hanoi branch. He joined Dragon Capital Group as one of the founders in December 1994 and officially joined in 1997 responsible for relations with regulators.

  • Farida Khambata

    Non-executive Director

    Farida Khambata holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and a Masters from the London Business School. She joined the World Bank in 1975 where one of her assignments was to manage the non-US assets of the World Bank Group's pension fund. In 1986, Mrs. Khambata joined the IFC where she held a number of positions including being in charge of Treasury Operations, Vice President for Portfolio and Risk Management and Vice President for South and East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. She was also a member of IFC's senior management team. In 1992, she coined the term Frontier Markets to describe a subset of emerging markets. Mrs. Khambata is currently the Global Strategist at Cartica Capital, an asset management company investing solely in emerging markets. She resides in Washington D.C.

  • Pierre-Alain Pacaud

    Non-executive Director

    Since 2010 Pierre-Alain heads the PROPARCO Representative Office in Bangkok covering 9 countries in North and South-east Asia. He is responsible of a portfolio of roughly 40 projects corresponding to a total commitments of $600 million (debt, equity and quasi-equity, PE Funds). He has been involved in private equity in developing countries and emerging markets for over 13 years and now leads and originates on behalf of PROPARCO new investment opportunities in several sectors including clean energy, agribusiness, water and sanitation, financial institutions and economic development. He has an extensive experience in structuring and appraising of private sector in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Pierre-Alain's prior role with PROPARCO was as a Senior Investment Officer for origination, structuring and negotiation of project finance deals in infrastructure sector. Prior to PROPARCO, Pierre-Alain was with the AFD (French Development Agency) where he served as an investment officer. He holds and Advanced Master Degree from the ESSEC Business School, "Grande Ecole ", France and an ESTP Cachan, France (Ecole Supérieure des Travaux Publics) Master's degree.









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