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Management and Team
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Chris Rynning
Chief Executive Officer
Chris has the overall responsibility for Origo's operations, investments and services worldwide. A Norwegian national based in Beijing since 1997, Chris was the Founder and Managing Partner of Ascend Ventures, the predecessor of Origo. Now residing in Beijing and Mumbai, Chris was previously Managing Partner of MINT, a PwC Consulting's joint venture investment arm in China. In that capacity, Chris invested in half a dozen technology start-ups in the internet, telecom and media sectors. Before that, he served as a Regional Director of Asia with Elkem, an Oslo and Frankfurt listed company. At Elkem, Chris led one of the largest equity and project finance deals in western China to date, for which he was awarded a symbolic honorary citizenship of China. In total, Chris has over 15 years of emerging and established market experience, gained in China, India, Russia, Japan, France and the US. A graduate of ESSEC in Paris, Chris holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.


 
Wang Chao Yong
Executive Chairman
As the Chairman of Origo and its Investment Committe, Mr. Wang provides expert advise and governance to the company's investment decisions. A Chinese citizen, Mr. Wang is the founding partner and CEO of ChinaEquity, a China-based independent venture capital and merchant banking firm which focuses on the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Before founding ChinaEquity in 1999, Mr. Wang had spent 12 years in the investment banking and financial services industry with Chase, Standard & Poors, Morgan Stanley and the China Development Bank. During that time, he headed Morgan Stanley's Beijing operation for three years. Mr. Wang has won several venture capital awards in China, acts as an advisor to several government funds and organizations and has served as a founding member of the Board of Governors and the Secretary General of China Venture Capital Association. He is the Co-Chairman of China Team, the first Chinese competition team of The America's Cup. (http://www.chinaequity.net/)


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Niklas Ponnert
Chief Financial Officer
As the CFO of the Group, Niklas oversees new investments and portfolio companies. He is also responsible for all matters related to finance, accounting, and legal compliance. Niklas brings a background in business analysis and consulting, as well as six years of venture capital investment experience in China. Niklas joined Origo from Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), where he was a founding member of Siemens Acceleration Fund. In that capacity, he was associated with Siemens' minority investments in half a dozen Chinese technology companies. Before his arrays into venture capital investing, Niklas worked with LECG, a NASDAQ listed economic and finance consulting firm. Niklas also spent a few years at a U.C. Berkeley affiliated think-tank, researching technology and business trends in the Asia-Pacific. A Swedish national, Niklas received his BA with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. He resides in Beijing since 2001 and is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.


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Sig Dugal
Managing Director
Sig works mainly with start-up initiatives in China and India, supporting Origo's portfolio companies with years of experience in getting new ventures off the ground. As a Partner of Ascend Ventures, he co-founded and invested in several Chinese companies, covering mobile and online services, furniture and hospitality sectors. Previously, Sig founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Mezzme Ltd, China's first and leading wireless service provider focusing on the media sector. Sig earned a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the Swiss School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SSH) and holds a MBA from the University of New South Wales.


 
Echo Luan
Director, Finance & Accounting
Echo Luan heads up Origo's accounting and finance department. Echo Luan joined the Company from Lucent China, where she held various senior positions and served as the Finance Director from 2003 until 2007. Echo has a diverse financial management experiences in project risk assessment, joint-venture support, financial consolidation, annual business planning & budgeting, and US/PRC GAAP and SEC SOX compliance. Echo graduated from Southwest University of Finance and Economics in Finance and holds a MBA from Beijing University BIMBA program. She is a qualified China CPA.


 
Shen lin
Investment Director
Shen Lin is an Investment Director of Origo Partners PLC. Prior to joining Origo, Mr. Lin served as a Vice President of Milestone Capital Partners Ltd., a China focused private-equity fund with US$400 million under management. At Milestone Capital Partners Ltd, Mr. Lin was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, monitoring and exiting Chinese investments in the manufacturing and services sectors, focusing particularly on opportunities in the renewable energies sector. Before Milestone Capital Partners Ltd, Mr. Lin was an Associate with the corporate venture capital group of Siemens Ltd China, and an Investment Manager with IDG Technology Venture Investment LLC, one of the earliest international venture capital firms in China. Over the last four years, Mr. Lin has worked on numerous transactions covering the telecommunications, media and technology, manufacturing and the alternative energy sectors. Before working in private equity, Mr. Lin was a senior Manager with International Data Corporation, or IDC, the international market research group. An engineer by training, he also has five years experience as an IT and project manager. A Chinese national, Mr. Lin graduated from the Branch Campus of Peking University with a B.Sc in Computer Science and Electronics and holds a MBA from Lancaster University Management School.


 
Alan Matthews
Managing Director,
Corporate Finance
Alan is responsible for fund raising and M&A activities for Origo and for its portfolio companies. Alan brings twenty years' experience of operating in equity capital markets in research, corporate finance and corporate broking roles at ANZ, Beeson Gregory, HSBC and, most recently, at Seymour Pierce. He has been involved in an extensive number of fundraisings for companies in both private and public markets, across a broad range of industry sectors. Over the last five years, Alan has gained significant knowledge of Asian companies, working on financing strategies including fundraisings in London. He worked on the IPO of Origo on London’s AIM market in December 2006. After reading history at Cambridge University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its London office. He is a member of the UK’s Securities & Investment Institute and an alumni of the London Business School.


 
Luke Leslie
Vice-President
Luke joined Origo Partners PLC in 2008 from UBS Investment Bank’s Global Industrial Group. Prior to joining UBS, Luke worked for Accenture in the company’s Natural Resources team where he specialized in corporate strategy, supply chain and M&A.; Luke is Vice-President and head of Metals and Mining at Origo. He is also the Portfolio Manager for the China Commodities Absolute Return Fund, Origo’s commodity hedge fund and responsible for Origo’s mining research. Luke holds an MA in Business from the University of Edinburgh.
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