Team

Team profiles

Dmitry Levit

Partner

Dmitry is the Founder of Cento Ventures, and is responsible for overseeing all investment and fund activities in Southeast Asia.

Dmitry formerly served as an advisor to several investment groups and corporations pursuing technology and media opportunities across developing Asia, with Media Development Authority of Singapore, Singtel, ru-Net, IDG Ventures Vietnam, SUP Media, Livejournal.com, Chinese Founders Fund, VIVA Media and Nusantara Ventures among his clients.

In 2008-2009, Dmitry was part of the investment team at IDG Ventures, where he provided extensive operational support to portfolio companies in Vietnam and was in charge of sourcing and assessment of investment opportunities in Indonesia and Singapore.

Prior to that, Dmitry spent several years in business development roles with Yahoo! Southeast Asia, negotiating a series of content, distribution, monetisation and technology deals for Yahoo! in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Dmitry also acted as a business strategist for the regional Managing Director, working on vertical strategies for e-commerce, gaming, travel, finance, telecom and other sectors.

Before his move to Asia, Dmitry served as a CMO at Digital Design, a leading Russian enterprise software solutions provider, focusing on brand development, lead generation, and relationship management of strategic partners, including Microsoft CIS and IBM Russia. Earlier in his career, Dmitry also worked at several FMCG companies in Russia and the UK, including L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitry graduated from St. Petersburg University School of Management, holds an MBA from INSEAD and has lived in Singapore, Indonesia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, and the UK.

Mark Suckling

Principal

Mark oversees portfolio management at Cento Ventures. He helps companies accelerate their growth through strategy development, planned fundraising, talent acquisition, business development and publicity. He takes an active role in deal-flow sourcing, and spends time developing long-term relationships with founders to help Cento access unique investment opportunities. He is involved in Cento’s fundraising activities.

Prior to Cento Ventures, Mark was a strategy consultant at Digital Direction, an advisory firm to the digital media industry across Southeast Asia. He has 20 years experience in digital media, 7 of which were spent at the Financial Times where he held a number of positions with FT.com and other digital businesses.

In recent years, Mark has worked extensively with the Singapore Government, developing investment strategies and designing public policy to establish Singapore as a hub for digital businesses in Southeast Asia. He was instrumental in the creation of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (“IAB”) in Singapore, and led the production of the first IAB internet revenue report. Mark has also run a number of strategy projects for media and telecoms businesses delivering changes required to succeed in the digital age.

At FT.com, Mark led commercial product development, focusing on strategies to maximise digital revenues – whether by advertising, e-commerce or subscriptions. In this capacity, Mark also played a key role in managing the successful transition of key advertising clients from print to digital media. Mark led the creation of FTYourMoney, one of the UK’s first personal finance portals and developed in partnerships with many leading financial institutions. Mark has also worked at a number of start-ups.

Mark holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc from King’s College, University of London.

Dmitry Shevtsov

Venture Partner

Dmitry is a Partner at Cento Ventures, with responsibility for investment strategy, fundraising and investor relations, and portfolio exits.

As Managing Partner of Eurasian Resources, he provides advisory services to strategic investors, financial institutions and investment funds from Russia, China and Southeast Asia. Previously, Dmitry was Managing Director of Renaissance Capital Group, Russia’s leading investment bank, as well as Director General of Renaissance Capital Russia. Dmitry has served on the boards of Kuzbassenergo and Standard Bank in Russia. At Standard Bank he also led the Banking and the Private Equity Group. He has practiced law at US law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Baker Botts.

Dmitry has participated in numerous acquisition and fundraising projects, representing the interests of the Russian Ministry of Finance, Gazprom, RAO UES, United Machinery, Evroset, Tatneft, Sberbank, Norilsk Nickel, Khrunichev Space Center, Aeroflot, FESCO, AIG, National Grid Group, Deutsche Bank and others.

Born and raised in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia, Dmitry graduated summa cum laude from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and University of Michigan Law School.

Khor Chieh Suang

Principal

Chieh Suang focuses on sourcing companies with good potential and helping them to refine their business model and strategy.

Prior to joining Cento Ventures, Chieh Suang worked at Nusantara Ventures, a family-owned venture fund focusing on Indonesia. There, she helped to incubate 2 startups in Indonesia and worked on a joint venture investment.

In 2007-2010, she was an Investment Manager with Infocomm Investments, with primary responsibilities in deal sourcing and the conduct of due diligence on potential co-investment deals. She also helped to formulate exit strategies for portfolio companies.

Chieh Suang started her career at the Economic Development Board of Singapore, working to develop Singapore into a hub for technology startups. She designed and formulated startup-friendly policies, early stage co-investment programmes and marketed Singapore to entrepreneurs, business angels, venture capital firms and technology transfers offices.

Chieh Suang has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. She is fluent in English, Bahasa Melayu, and Mandarin.

Lee Buckerfield

Chief Financial Officer

As the fund CFO, Lee is responsible for building and maintaining each of Cento Ventures’ funds, as well as overseeing all investment activity and compliance issues. Given his experience in supporting fast-growing tech companies as an operational CFO, he often gets involved in supporting the portfolio directly.

Before Cento, Lee held a number of senior operational finance positions within the TMT sector, most recently as CFO for Touch Local Group in the UK. Backed by Balderton Capital, the company was recognised by The Sunday Times Tech Track Top 100 as one of the fastest growing private technology companies in Britain and was acquired by Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW).

During his four-year tenure at Touch Local, Lee was responsible for commercial financial analysis and decision support, driving the Group to profitability. He also oversaw the implementation of successful and scalable financial systems and processes. Lee was the key finance partner on a number of transactions including the acquisition and subsequent integration of Enable Media (Scoot.com) from ITV Plc in 2009.

In previous roles, Lee headed up the Financial Planning & Analysis function for Advertising Sales at Yahoo! Europe and also spent four years with the Financial Times, where he was involved in a number of key strategic online projects.

Reina Nakamura

Principal

Reina focuses most of her time on running STV, a vertical fund on Cento’s platform that is dedicated to technology companies operating across Southeast Asia’s fashion, garments and accessories value chains. She leads the assessment and execution of new investments, as well as managing all aspects of portfolio support. She also works with all Cento Ventures portfolio companies to develop partnerships with corporates and investors, with a particular focus on Japan.

She also works with all of Cento Ventures’ portfolio companies to develop partnerships with corporates and investors, with a particular focus on Japan.

Prior to Cento, Reina engaged in cross-border M&A and defence advisory at Lazard Frere KK, where she played active roles helping renowned Japanese corporations assess & execute deal opportunities, and review their portfolio businesses. 

Before Lazard, Reina worked at Japanese consulting and investment firm Dream Incubator Singapore, where she supported Japanese clients’ strategic entry into Indonesia, India, and Malaysia, and assisted strategic partnerships and M&A with local corporates.

 Reina holds a BA of Laws, Political Science from Keio University in Japan. She is fluent in Japanese, English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Ali Fancy

Principal

Ali works across Cento’s portfolio companies, providing performance execution advice, strategy development assistance, and talent acquisition support.

Prior to Cento, Ali was CEO / COO for 4 years at ZALORA Thailand, a subsidiary of the largest fashion e-commerce group in Asia. He led a team of 220 people managing customer service, marketing, procurement, warehouse operations, logistics and human resources. He developed strategies to set the company on a clear path to profitability and resulted in a merger of ZALORA Thailand with Central Group, one of Thailand’s largest conglomerates. Before ZALORA, Ali was a consultant for 2 years at BCG South-East Asia working on strategic turnarounds, M&A and growth strategies.

Ali started his career in FMCG where he was Co-Founder and General Manager for 9 years at In-Season Foods Ltd, a frozen foods manufacturer. Following the sale of In-Season Foods, Ali was General Manager for Jelly Belly Candy Company, an American confectionery manufacturer.

Ali has a joint honours degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is fluent in English and Thai.

Mickey (Laphat) Tantiphipop

Analyst

Mickey sources and analyses new deals and assists with support of our portfolio companies, with a particular focus on Thailand.

Mickey was previously an angel investor in Jitta, a Value Investing Platform, and an advisor to Gravitech, a hardware R&D lab and ecosystem. He has been the co-founder of a number of businesses (including ones involved in merchandising, F&B and 3D printing) leading the operations and marketing functions.

He has been the co-founder of a number of businesses (including ones involved in merchandising, F&B and 3D printing) leading the operations and marketing functions.

Prior to that, Mickey spent several years in business development roles at AppliCAD, the Thai distributor for 3D printer manufacturers such as Stratasys and Makerbot; Yuanfen, a creative incubator in Beijing; and with Rocket Internet.

Mickey was born in Bangkok and studied in both Thailand and the US. He holds a BA in Business with International Business Major from Chulalongkorn Business School. He is fluent in English, Thai, Chinese, with basic proficiency in Spanish and Arabic.

Inderpal Singh

Financial Controller

Inderpal leads the valuation of Cento Ventures’ funds and prepares the financial records for reporting purposes. He also ensures that as a Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) registered fund manager, Cento is in compliance with the appropriate regulations and industry best practices.

Prior to joining Cento, Inderpal was an Audit Manager with RSM Singapore with 7 years of external audit experience. Inderpal led multiple financial and regulatory audits of MAS registered and licensed fund management companies, local and offshore funds entities and a healthcare-focused Singapore Exchange-listed REIT.

Inderpal holds both CA Singapore and CPA Australia qualifications.

Ada Yeo

Associate

Ada focuses on the assessment and execution of new investment opportunities, as well as portfolio support. She also works on building Cento’s platform within the Southeast Asia ecosystem, including our publicity and co-investor relations.

She was seconded to our portfolio company Jirnexu where she drove the emerging Insurance business in Malaysia by defining and executing on product/growth strategies, as well as managing operations for seven insurers.

Prior to that, she has completed various internship roles within the finance field such as corporate banking at Citi and TMT PE at a Beijing-based multi-family office. She was also first employee of ride-sharing app Split-it! in 2012 where she caught the startup bug. At Split-it!, she was responsible for acquiring and talking to users, marketing, alongside creating and executing on strategic opportunities such as MNC employee pilot programs and tie-ups with car rental MNCs.

Ada holds a BBM from Singapore Management University, with double majors in Finance and Political Science. She has lived and worked in Singapore, Beijing, Berlin, and most recently Kuala Lumpur.

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