Arsalan Farooquee

Arsalan brings investment experience across private capital markets, from Private Equity to Venture Debt and Project Finance to Investment Banking. Prior to ADB Ventures, Arsalan was a Senior Associate in the Global Private Equity Investment team at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), where he invested in mid-market companies across different sectors and geographies, including US, Europe, and Asia. Before SSGA, Arsalan was part of the starting team at cKers Finance, an innovative financing institution for sustainable energy in India. Arsalan started his career with Credit Suisse in 2013. His writings have been featured in the World Economic Forum and The Telegraph. Arsalan has a Bachelor of Engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Finance from London Business School.

Blendy Rom

Blendy supports ADB Ventures’ logistics, administration, and coordination for the team. Blendy has over 3 years of experience in project management and processing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Chee Anne Roño

Chee Anne Roño brings more than 10 years of experience in leading development projects including environmental safeguard and urban development in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to ADB Ventures, she managed the preparation of bankable urban infrastructure investments for the CDIA Trust Fund and engaged in innovative urban projects incorporating smart systems for ADB. She […]

Charles Navarro

Coy is a shareholder in two electric vehicle companies in the Philippines, and an angel investor in a FinTech and online education startup. Under ADB’s Energy for All Initiative, he has been providing business acceleration and investment facilitation support to clean energy companies in Asia since 2011. Recently, Coy began hosting a niche podcast called “Entrepreneurs on the Edge” where he picks the brains of leading entrepreneurs in the clean energy sector.

Connor McGuinness

Connor supports the fundraising, investor relations, and impact reporting functions of ADB Ventures. Connor brings over a decade’s experience with the Australian Government, United Nations, Multilateral Development Banks, and management consulting implementing high-risk, high-value projects across the Indo/Asia-Pacific. Connor’s recent roles have focused on economic development, business climate reform, infrastructure and trade, capital markets, and venture capital investment at a national and regional level in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific. Connor has a BA (International Relations) and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

Daniel Hersson

Daniel co-manages ADB Ventures and oversees its investment activities. He has 20 years’ experience with investments and innovation in the climate and energy sector. Prior to ADB Ventures, Daniel managed a multi-year program to support climate tech startups, accelerators, and VC investors across Asia. Previously, he was Director of Strategy at BP Ventures, a leading global climate tech and energy-focused corporate VC. Daniel also helped set-up Infuse Ventures, India’s first early-stage climate tech VC fund, and two climate tech startups. Daniel holds a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics.

Dominic Mellor

Dominic was part of the founding team that set-up and currently co-manages ADB Ventures. Prior to ADB Ventures, Dominic launched the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), which promoted entrepreneurship in emerging ASEAN economies. MBI designed and operated corporate innovation and accelerator programs that connected agritech, cleantech, and fintech startups with corporates to pilot technology solutions. Dominic has varied financial sector experience in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific. He has a MSc in Economics from Oxford University and a BSc in Mathematics from Warwick University.

Howard Brooke

Howard has for the last twenty years worked as a counsel in ADB’s legal department. For six of those years, he has headed ADB’s growing Private Sector Legal Team, acting as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining ADB, Howard worked as General Counsel in two significant Asian project companies, first Bangkok Skytrain, and secondly Manila North Tollways. Howard joined Bangkok Skytrain after more than 10 years with the US company, Bechtel Inc., during which time he held a variety of roles both in the company’s San Francisco and Asia offices.

Jieying Shi

Jieying supports ADB Ventures’ investments, fundraising, and investor relations. Previously, she worked at Zhonghe Capital in Beijing, covering cross-border M&As and product strategies with a focus on exchangeable bonds and private placements. Jieying is passionate about disruptive technology and aspires to be among the catalysts that will bring economic, social, and environmental benefits to society. A Schwarzman Scholar, she holds a Master of Management from Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, and a BA in Geography and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Bergin

Joseph Bergin is ADB Ventures’ Unit Head, Equity Investment Unit Head at ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD), and Advisor at PSOD handling the Bank’s direct equity investments. He joined ADB in June 2020.

Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Bergin was Head of M&A at McBride plc and was Chief Investment Officer of an African Private Equity Fund. Earlier in his career Joseph worked for AstraZeneca plc and 3i Group plc in the UK and Germany. He is an experienced Private Equity investor and has worked with a number of businesses to assist them grow their shareholder value.

Joseph attended the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and graduated with distinction from the Sloan Masters programme in Leadership and Strategy at London
Business School.