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Key personnel

Mr. Chong Soon Min (Jason), Chief Executive Officer/Non-Independent Executive Director, joined Manulife Holdings Bhd’s asset management arm in February 2010 as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.

Following the merger of Manulife Malaysia’s asset management and unit trust businesses in July 2012, known today as Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad (MIMMB) previously known as Manulife Asset Management Services Bhd, Jason was the Chief Investment Officer/Managing Director. In May 2017 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance (honors) from the University of Southern New Hampshire, USA, as well as a Capital Markets and Services Representative License in Fund Management and a certified Financial Planner in Malaysia.

Mr. Chong has more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Before joining Manulife, he was Chief Investment Officer of another asset management company where he was responsible for the management of Malaysian and regional funds totaling approximately RM5 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Chong spent 14 years as an investment analyst covering both local and foreign equities, with his last position as Head of Research at Merrill Lynch/Smith Zain Securities.

Mr. Ng Chze How joined Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad Registration No: 200801033087 (834424-U) in January 2019 as the Head of Retail Wealth Distribution.

He is a graduate with Bachelor of Art from University of Strathclyde, UK. Mr. Ng currently holds the Capital Market Services Representative License, and his key functional area includes strategic business development with the agency force, financial advisors and partnership distribution.

Mr. Ng has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management, banking and life insurance industry in Malaysia. Prior to joining Manulife, he was the General Manager and Director of AIA Pension & Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Agency Officer of Northern Region at AIA Bhd, and has also held several senior leadership roles with AmFund Bhd, Prudential Funds Bhd and Standard Chartered Bank.

Ms. Yooi Foong Hing LL.B (Hons) Malaya, is the Head of Compliance of the Manager. 

She is the designated person responsible for all compliance matters of the Manager. Ms. Yooi graduated from University of Malaya with a LL.B (Hons) Degree and started her career as a practising lawyer. She has more than 21 years of experience in legal, corporate and financial services industry. Prior to joining the Manager, she was the Head of Compliance of MAAKL Mutual Bhd. Before joining the unit trust industry, she was with a public-listed company involved in property development as a manager in the Legal and Secretarial Department.

Mr. Kenneth Kwong, FCCA, is Head of Finance with over 15 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. 

Prior to joining the company, he had worked for the largest financial services group in Malaysia and has held key positions in finance and strategy, having served both in Malaysia as well as regionally. Kenneth is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

Mr. Rahulan (Ragu) Vamadeva is the Head of Operations. 

Before joining Manulife Investment Management, he was the Head of Client Services APAC and Operations at Citi Group Securities Services. Prior to that, Ragu held the position of the Global Head of Reconciliations and Control and Transaction Management Ops at RBC Investor Services. Ragu had also gained much experience at BNY Mellon for 15 years in various roles in Alternative Investments, Fund Accounting and Hedge Fund Ops across the globe in Tokyo, Cayman Islands and Toronto.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Arkansas State University, USA, and an MBA from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Ms. Linda Wong Yuet Kheng is the Head of Marketing and Communications Department. 

She is responsible for the marketing, sales campaign, events, advertising, branding, social media and communications for the Manager. Prior to joining the Manager, she was the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications Department of MAAKL Mutual Bhd and prior to that she was attached to Public Mutual Berhad for 8 years. She has over 18 years of experience in the unit trust industry. Having previously served in the electronic, chemicals and currently in the financial industry, she has accumulated vast sales and marketing experience in her career. Linda graduated from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK, and is also a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Business & Management from the University of Wales, UK. She subsequently pursued her MBA in Business & Management from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, UK.

Ms. Cheryl Law Chor Kun is the Head of Product Development of the Manager. 

She is responsible for the overall product development and management of the Manager's funds. She has over 14 years of experience in the banking and unit trust/ asset management industry, with 11 years in product development function in the unit trust/ asset management industry. Cheryl holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Puan Wan Shuhaida Wan Zainal Shukri joined Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad Registration No: 200801033087 (834424-U) in October 2018 as Assistant Vice President, Institutional & Pension Sales.

She has over 16 years of experience in the unit trust and asset management industry in Malaysia, with 12 years in sales, marketing and client servicing of unit trust and discretionary mandates for corporate and institutional clients.

Prior to joining the Manager, Puan Shuhaida was with BNP Paribas Berhad, marketing BNP Paribas securities services product solutions including global custody scope of services to institutional & corporate clients in Malaysia.

 

Mr. Eric Law Yen Hau was appointed Head of IT on 1 May 2021, having joined the Manager in August 2020 as Head of COE and System Technology.

He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honors) Degree from University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) with relevant Scrum certifications in CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM and CSPO.

 

Mr. Law has over 18 years of progressive experience in technology implementation and digital transformation within financial services industry. Before joining Manulife, he was leading the COE Technology Strategy and Architecture of RHB Banking Group. Prior to that, Mr. Law spent 8 years as a Solution Architect covering both regional core banking transformation and change management, with his last position as Senior Manager, Design at Standard Chartered Global Business Services.

The Investment team

Mr. Gan Kong Yik, Head of Equity

Mr. Gan joined the Manager in November 2021 as Head of Equity leading the equity team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Economics and Finance from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He has more than 20 years of experience in the investment related industry. Prior to joining the Manager, he was the General Manager of the Investment Department of a public listed company managing their global mandate funds. Before that, he was the Head of Equity (Conventional) with AmFunds Management Berhad where he managed regional unit trust funds, pension and insurance funds. He is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in fund management.

 

Mr. Gan is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Al-Fauzan, Manulife Investment-ML Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment Progress Fund and Manulife Investment Shariah Progress Plus Fund.

Mr. Andy Luk Chee Vui, Head of Fixed Income

Mr. Andy is the lead manager for the fixed income strategies of the Manager in Malaysia. Before joining the Manager, he was Head of Funding & Investment in Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, where he managed ALM (Asset and Liability Management) and fixed income portfolio of the Banking Group. Andy has a total of 25 years' experience in financial services industry with 21 years’ experience in banking industry and financial markets. He holds a professional qualification from The Institution Chartered of Secretaries and Administrators, ACIS, an associate member and is a qualified Certified Financial Planner (“CFP”). He is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s Licence in fund management in Malaysia and Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia Certificate (PKMC). He was a member of Bank Negara Malaysia Financial Market sub-committee and was nominated as one of the most astute investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds, highly commended in Malaysia by the Asset Benchmark Research in 2016 & 2018 and ranked no.7 in 2017 as the most astute investors in Malaysia Asian Local Currency Bonds.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Shariah Income Management Fund, Manulife Investment Bond Fund, Manulife Investment As-Saad, Manulife Bond Plus Fund and joint designated fund manager for Manulife Flexi Growth & Income Fund.

Ms. Elsie Tham Lai Ching, Senior Fixed Income & Client Portfolio Manager

Ms. Elsie manages the fixed income portion of the Manager’s insurance funds as well as co-manages the Manager’s third-party fixed income strategies. She has more than 13 years’ experience in the investment industry. Before joining the Manager, she served as a senior credit analyst in RAM Rating Services Berhad, providing credit analysis coverage on issuers in the structured finance, as well as consumer products segments.

Ms. Elsie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Environmental Protection degree from Loughborough University, UK. She is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in fund management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Cash Management Fund.

Mr. Oscar Chong Lim Hon, Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Mr. Oscar manages third party fixed income funds and money market funds as well as the fixed income portion of the Manager’s insurance funds. He is also part of the Manager’s credit research team. Oscar has 8 years of experience in Malaysia financial markets. Before joining the firm, Oscar was a fixed income, sukuk and FX trader, and money market dealer in few banking groups. He was also an audit trainee in KPMG. He is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) holder, Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia Certificate (PKMC) holder and holder of Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in Fund Management in Malaysia. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Hons) Accounting from UTAR. He was nominated as one of the most astute investors in Asian local currency bonds- highly commended in Malaysia by the Asset Benchmark Research in year 2015 and 2016.

He is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Money Market Fund and Manulife Investment Al-Ma’mun.

Ms. Lim Chwee Mee, Designated Portfolio Manager

Ms. Lim has more than 16 years of experience in the fund management industry, where she was involved in fund management, portfolio analytics, quantitative strategies and product development. Ms. Lim holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Central Oklahoma. She also holds the Capital Markets and Services Representative Licence in fund management.

She is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment-CM Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment-CM Shariah Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment-HW Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment Shariah Progress Fund, Manulife Investment-HW Shariah Flexi Fund, Manulife China Equity Fund, Manulife India Equity Fund, Manulife Global Resources Fund, Manulife Investment U.S. Equity Fund, Manulife Investment Greater China Fund, Manulife Investment Indonesia Equity Fund, Manulife Asia Total Return Bond Fund, Manulife Global Low Volatility Equity Fund, Manulife Shariah Global REIT Fund, Manulife Preferred Securities Income Fund, Manulife Global Healthcare Fund, Manulife Global Thematic Fund, Manulife Shariah China Equity Fund, Manulife Global Aqua Fund, Manulife Asia Pacific Opportunities Fund, Manulife Shariah India Equity Fund, Manulife Dragon Growth Fund, Manulife PRS-Growth Fund, Manulife PRS-Moderate Fund, Manulife-PRS Conservative Fund, Manulife Shariah PRS-Growth Fund, Manulife Shariah PRS-Moderate Fund, Manulife Shariah PRS-Conservative Fund, Manulife Shariah PRS-Global REIT Fund and Manulife Shariah PRS-Golden Asia Fund.

Mr. Goh Wee Teck, Portfolio Management (Equity) Director

Mr. Goh Wee Teck, Portfolio Management (Equity) Director

Mr. Goh joined the Manager in July 2019 as a Portfolio Manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Master of Philosophy (Economics) from the University of Cambridge. He currently holds the Capital Markets and Services Representative’s License in fund management. Mr Goh has more than 10 years of experience in the banking and asset management industry. Prior to joining Manulife, he was with a bank-backed asset management firm where he managed regional unit trust and discretionary mandate funds.

Mr. Goh is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Equity Index Fund, Manulife Investment Growth Fund, Manulife Investment Syariah Index Fund, Manulife Investment Dividend Fund, Manulife Investment Regular Savings Fund, Manulife Investment Value Fund, Manulife Investment Shariah Asia-Pacific ex Japan Fund, Manulife Investment Al-Umran, Manulife Investment Balanced Fund and joint designated fund manager for Manulife Flexi Growth & Income Fund.

Lee Ta Wei, Portfolio Manager, Equity

Mr. Lee joined the Manager in 2021 as a Portfolio Manager. He manages the Manager’s unit trust equity strategies. He has more than 6 years of experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining the Manager, he was a Fund Manager in one of the boutique asset management companies in Malaysia, managing various local and foreign equity and balance funds including provident fund, unit trust funds and discretionary mandates.

Mr. Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Materials) from the University of Technology Malaysia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He is also a holder of the Capital Markets and Services Representative License in Fund Management.

Mr. Lee is the designated fund manager for Manulife Investment Al-Faid, Manulife Investment–ML Shariah Flexi Fund, Manulife Investment Asia-Pacific ex Japan Fund, Manulife Investment Asia-Pacific REIT Fund,  Manulife PRS Asia-Pacific REIT Fund and Manulife Shariah - Dana Ekuiti.

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