Mr Ng Beng Tiong is the Assistant Group Chief Executive Officer of ARA Asset Management Limited,
overseeing ARA Private Funds, China and corporate office. Under his concurrent appointment of
chief executive officer of ARA Private Funds, he oversees all the private real estate funds in
the ARA Group, and is a member of the ARA Private Funds investment committee. Mr Ng also
oversees ARA Group’s China business and operations. In addition, he oversees the Group’s human
resource, corporate development and administration departments.
Prior to joining the Group, from 2003 to 2007, Mr Ng was the finance director of Low Keng Huat
(Singapore) Ltd, a property, construction and hotel group listed on the SGX-ST. He was a
director of Stone Forest M&A Pte. Ltd., a mergers and acquisitions advisory company from 2002 to
2003 and director of corporate planning and business development at Labroy Marine Limited, a
shipping, shipbuilding and marine engineering company listed on the SGX-ST from 1997 to 2002. Mr
Ng began his career with DBS Bank Ltd in 1989, initially as a corporate banker and subsequently
as an investment banker.
Mr Ng holds a Master of Engineering (Software Engineering) (First Class Honours) from the
Imperial College, London. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Mr Paul Yi is the head of investments for ARA Private Funds. He holds the concurrent appointment
of chief executive officer of ARA Managers (Asia Dragon II) Pte. Ltd..
Prior to joining the Group, Mr Yi was based in Tokyo from 2005 to 2008 as a managing director at
Capmark Finance Inc., responsible for the company’s business development and funds management
platform in Asia. From 2000 to 2005, Mr Yi was based in Seoul and Hong Kong with Merrill Lynch
(Asia) as a director in the global principal investments group covering real estate investment
activities in Asia ex-Japan. Mr Yi also worked for Blackrock Inc. from 1998 to 2000 as an
associate. Mr Yi began his career in the United States, as an analyst at PNC Bank N.A in 1996.
Mr Yi holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor degree, both from the Pennsylvania
State University, USA.
Ms Siew Siew Hoon is the head of asset management of ARA Private Funds where she is responsible
for the overall asset management of the ARA Private Funds. She holds the concurrent appointment
of chief executive officer of ARA Managers (Harmony) Pte. Ltd..
Ms Siew has more than 25 years of experience in the marketing, sales, leasing and management of
real estate in both Singapore and Australia. She joined ARA in 2004, managing the Al Islami Far
Eastern Real Estate Fund which was fully divested in 2007. Prior to joining the Group, Ms Siew
was the marketing manager of The Land Managers (S) Pte. Ltd., where she was involved in the
development, sales and marketing of residential properties in Singapore. Prior to that, she was
with SLF Management Service Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the Singapore Labour Foundation, which
provided project & property management, marketing and leasing services to the companies under
the Foundation and related entities. Ms Siew started her career with the Far East Organization,
one of the largest property developers in Singapore.
Ms Siew holds a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) from the National University of
Mr David Kim is the head of portfolio management for ARA Private Funds, responsible for portfolio
management and investor relations for the ARA private funds platform. He holds the concurrent
appointment of chief executive officer of Morningside Investment Partners, LLC.
Mr Kim has more than 15 years of real estate industry experience. Prior to joining the Group, Mr
was a managing director and chief operating officer of The Blackstone Group Asia based in Hong
Kong where he was responsible for portfolio management. From 2000 to 2010, Mr Kim was a managing
director and chief operating officer in the real estate principal investments group in Bank of
America Merrill Lynch where he oversaw the launch and establishment of Bank of America Merrill
Lynch’s US$2.65 billion pan-Asian opportunity fund. Prior to that, Mr Kim was an analyst at
Morgan Stanley in its M&A department and started his career as an analyst at JP Morgan in its
capital markets group in 1998.
Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
and a minor in Asian Studies, both from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Mr Thomas Kong is the director, asset management of ARA Private Funds. He holds the concurrent
appointment of fund director for Straits Investment Partners.
Mr Kong was actively involved in setting up the ARA Asia Dragon Fund (“ADF”) and has held various
key positions including investment director and portfolio management director in the ADF. Prior
to that, he was the fund manager for the Al Islami Far Eastern Real Estate Fund, which was fully
divested in 2007. He was also actively involved in the listing of Prosperity REIT in Hong Kong
and AmFirst REIT in Malaysia in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Prior to joining the Group, Mr Kong was with the CapitaLand Group, one of the largest listed real
estate developers in Southeast Asia, for over four years. He held positions in investments,
business development and asset management, with the last position as vice president in TCC
Capital Land, a joint venture between CapitaLand and T.C.C. Limited, a Thai conglomerate group.
Mr Kong began his career with the Wing Tai Group, a listed real estate developer based in
Singapore in 1996.
Mr Kong holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Financial Analysis) from Nanyang Technological
University, Singapore. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Mr Richard Tan is the chief financial officer of ARA Private Funds, responsible for the financial
and treasury functions for all the private funds managed by the Group.
Prior to this, Mr Tan was the senior director, finance of ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited
(“ARA Suntec”), the manager of Singapore-listed Suntec REIT which has SGD8.6 billion assets in
Singapore and Australia as at December 2013. He headed the finance and treasury functions of the
REIT since 2008 and assists the chief executive officer of ARA Suntec on all accounting,
finance, treasury and capital management functions.
Mr Tan has more than 35 years of financial management experience in the banking and IT
industries. He was previously the regional finance director and business manager for
Hewlett-Packard’s Sales & Marketing Division in South East Asia. Prior to joining the IT
industry, Mr Tan also held various senior positions in banking both in Singapore and Hong Kong
for over 18 years. He was the finance director of Schroders Singapore and was head of finance &
operations for an investment bank in Hong Kong. Mr. Tan also held the position of country
operations manager for American Express Bank Singapore.
Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the National University of Singapore.
Ms Eng Hwi Cheng holds the position of head, legal and compliance of ARA Private Funds. She is
responsible for the legal, corporate secretarial and compliance functions of ARA Private
Ms Eng has been with the Group for more than seven years and has more than 20 years of experience
in the legal industry. Prior to joining the ARA Group, Ms Eng was the assistant vice-president,
group legal & corporate secretariat of Ascendas Land (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Jurong Town Corporation from 2005 to 2008. She started her career as an in-house
counsel with Singapore Technologies Group of Companies for the period 2001 to 2005. Prior to
becoming an in-house legal counsel, Ms Eng was a practicing lawyer in the Conveyancing
Department of Messrs Lee & Lee from 1993 to 2001 and in the Litigation Department of Messrs J S
Yeh & Co from 1991 to 1993.
Ms Eng holds a Master of Laws from University of London and a Bachelor of Laws from National
University of Singapore. She is currently a member of the Singapore Academy of Law.
Mr David Blight is the chief executive officer and director of ARA Australia, responsible for
ARA’s business expansion initiatives in Australia. He holds the concurrent appointment of chief
executive officer of ARA Summit Development Fund I. He is a non-executive independent director
of Japara Healthcare Ltd listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”), and a director of
Woodcliff Capital Pty Ltd, a private investment and management company. Mr Blight is also the
founding chairman and non-executive director of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association
Mr Blight has more than 30 years of experience in real estate and global funds management. Prior
to joining the Group, he was the group managing director & chief executive officer of APN
Property Group, a real estate fund manager listed on ASX. Prior to that, he had spent close to
20 years with ING Real Estate, where he was the managing director, then global chairman and
chief executive officer of ING real estate investment management and subsequently vice chairman
of ING Real Estate in the Netherlands. Mr Blight began his career with Edward Rushton Son &
Kenyon (Australasia) Pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia.
Mr Blight holds a Bachelor of Applied Finance in Valuation from the University of Adelaide,
Mr Mun Hon Pheng is the chief executive officer of APM Property Management (China) Limited. He is
also the country head of ARA’s China Desk.
Prior to joining the Group, Mr Mun operated a boutique advisory business specialising in
advising Singapore companies on cross border acquisition opportunities in China particularly in
the acquisition of commercial properties. Mr Mun began his career in banking with the SIMBL, a
joint venture merchant bank between a UK merchant bank and OCBC in 1982. He subsequently joined
the First National Bank of Chicago where he served for eight years, including four years in
Beijing, China as the bank’s representative and three years in Hong Kong heading the bank’s
China group. He was also an executive director of Singapore-listed company, Aztech Systems Ltd,
an information technology company.
Mr Mun holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Information Systems) from the University of
New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate
School of Management, Australia. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
(United Kingdom) and fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.