Meet The Team

Arowana’s team brings together a wide range of backgrounds, but there’s a common thread: dedication, perseverance and
a passion for building strong businesses.

Kevin Chin

Kevin Chin

Investment Committee
  • Founder of Arowana & Co and has been primarily responsible for delivering Arowana’s returns since its inception
  • Successfully led 5 IPOs in the last decade across NASDAQ, ASX and NZX exchanges and originated 4 fund vehicles (listed and unlisted)
  • Previously led the investment, turnaround and global scale up of enterprise AI software company RuleBurst Haley, which was later acquired by Oracle
  • Career includes positions at Arowana & Co., ERMG, RuleBurst Haley, J.P. Morgan, Lowy Family Group, Deloitte, Ord Minnett and PwC
Shimi Shah

Shimi Shah

Investment Committee
  • Track record as both an entrepreneur with successful exits and a fund manager/investor focused on growing SME companies across UK and EMEA
  • Established the Partnerships UK PLC equity business and was responsible for leading its investment activities
  • Previously CIO of Hanson Capital Investments and Hanson Internet Partners and a technology investment executive with 3i PLC
Paul Gardi

Paul Gardi

Investment Committee
  • Entrepreneur and investor who has built, operated and exited multiple companies in all stages of the value stack
  • Before heading the AIM accelerator and investment vehicle, Paul was President and COO of Teoma Technologies during its acquisition by Ask Jeeves Inc and later became CEO of IAC
  • Graduated from Harvard and HBS and sits on the American Express advisory board and board of digital media company vix.com
Ed Fernandez

Ed Fernandez

Advisory Committee
  • Mobile industry veteran and currently an early stage & start-up venture capital investor and advisor in Palo Alto
  • Co-founded and current partner of Naiss, which helps prepare emerging technology companies for M&A and IPOs in alternative markets
  • Mentor at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think thank focused on exponential technologies in AI, robotics and digital biology
Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss

Advisory Committee
  • Venture capital investor with experience in Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia and the United States, and 2 investee exits to Facebook
  • Managing Partner of CE Ventures, which was awarded the Most Active Fund award in 2016 and 2017 from the Israel Venture Capital Research Centre
  • Venture Partner for Softbank Ventures Korea, advising on the Softbank Pan Asia Fund
Peter Huynh

Peter Huynh

Advisory Committee
  • Sydney-based venture capital investor focused on SaaS, Data, FinTech and AI across Asia Pacific
  • Co-founder and partner of Qualgro, a Singapore-based venture capital firm whose first fund has completed 16 investments since August 2015
  • Led and designed Singtel Group and Optus’ corporate venture fund, and investor and mentor at Startmate, Australia’s premier accelerator program
Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson

Advisory Committee
  • Veteran technology and entertainment executive and current CEO of KEYPR
  • Former Head of Content for Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook) and Executive Head for Playstation Now
  • Led exits for multiple companies including turnarounds, start-ups and high growth ventures
Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Advisory Committee
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence

The Investments & Operations Team

Kevin Chin

Kevin Chin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Founder of Arowana & Co and has been primarily responsible for delivering Arowana’s returns since its inception
  • Successfully led 5 IPOs in the last decade across NASDAQ, ASX and NZX exchanges and originated 4 fund vehicles (listed and unlisted)
  • Previously led the investment, turnaround and global scale up of enterprise AI software company RuleBurst Haley, which was later acquired by Oracle
  • Career includes positions at Arowana & Co., ERMG, RuleBurst Haley, J.P. Morgan, Lowy Family Group, Deloitte, Ord Minnett and PwC
Dustin Cappelletto

Dustin Cappelletto

Executive Director, Head of Debt Investments
  • Track record as both an entrepreneur with successful exits and a fund manager/investor focused on growing SME companies across UK and EMEA
  • Established the Partnerships UK PLC equity business and was responsible for leading its investment activities
  • Previously CIO of Hanson Capital Investments and Hanson Internet Partners and a technology investment executive with 3i PLC
Gari Hui

Gari Hui

Portfolio Manager and Lead Analyst
  • Entrepreneur and investor who has built, operated and exited multiple companies in all stages of the value stack
  • Before heading the AIM accelerator and investment vehicle, Paul was President and COO of Teoma Technologies during its acquisition by Ask Jeeves Inc and later became CEO of IAC
  • Graduated from Harvard and HBS and sits on the American Express advisory board and board of digital media company vix.com
Art Russel

Art Russel

Chief Financial Officer
  • Mobile industry veteran and currently an early stage & start-up venture capital investor and advisor in Palo Alto
  • Co-founded and current partner of Naiss, which helps prepare emerging technology companies for M&A and IPOs in alternative markets
  • Mentor at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think thank focused on exponential technologies in AI, robotics and digital biology
Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Arowana Asset Management
  • Veteran technology and entertainment executive and current CEO of KEYPR
  • Former Head of Content for Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook) and Executive Head for Playstation Now
  • Led exits for multiple companies including turnarounds, start-ups and high growth ventures
Dirk Rossey

Dirk Rossey

Dean of Arowana University
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Michael Hui

Michael Hui

Investment Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Rahim Chunara

Rahim Chunara

Investment Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Benn Lim

Benn Lim

Investor Relations Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Cameron Fellows

Cameron Fellows

Group Financial Controller
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Michael Russell

Michael Russell

Commercial Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
John Graham

John Graham

Data Scientist
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Marcus Maclean

Marcus Maclean

Investment Manager
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Ben Wolrige

Ben Wolrige

Co-Manager and Senior Analyst - CVF
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Jack Zhang

Jack Zhang

Investment Analyst
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Christopher Drake

Christopher Drake

Operations Analyst
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Alexander Assim

Alexander Assim

Investment Analyst
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Liz Brookes

Liz Brookes

Marketing Manager
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Maria Obradovic

Maria Obradovic

HR Executive
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Chandan Rao

Chandan Rao

IT Manager
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Toral Chokshi

Toral Chokshi

Assistant Accountant
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams

Team Assistant
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence

The Board

Kevin Chin

Kevin Chin

Founder and Executive Chairman
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Robert Mckelvey

Robert Mckelvey

Independent non-Executive Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Tony Kinnear

Tony Kinnear

Independent non-Executive Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
John Moore AO

John Moore AO

Independent non-Executive Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Ed  Fernandez

Ed Fernandez

Independent non-Executive Director
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence

Advisory Board

Christopher Kehoe

Christopher Kehoe

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Vernie Harnish

Vernie Harnish

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Dr. Simon Ogus

Dr. Simon Ogus

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Kent Kwan

Kent Kwan

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Shimi Shah

Shimi Shah

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Simon Perry

Simon Perry

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Tara Swart

Tara Swart

  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence
Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss

  • Venture capital investor with experience in Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia and the United States, and 2 investee exits to Facebook
  • Managing Partner of CE Ventures, which was awarded the Most Active Fund award in 2016 and 2017 from the Israel Venture Capital Research Centre
  • Venture Partner for Softbank Ventures Korea, advising on the Softbank Pan Asia Fund
Peter Huynh

Peter Huynh

  • Sydney-based venture capital investor focused on SaaS, Data, FinTech and AI across Asia Pacific
  • Co-founder and partner of Qualgro, a Singapore-based venture capital firm whose first fund has completed 16 investments since August 2015
  • Led and designed Singtel Group and Optus’ corporate venture fund, and investor and mentor at Startmate, Australia’s premier accelerator program
Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson

  • Veteran technology and entertainment executive and current CEO of KEYPR
  • Former Head of Content for Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook) and Executive Head for Playstation Now
  • Led exits for multiple companies including turnarounds, start-ups and high growth ventures

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