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The Manager - The Fund is managed by Astra Partners Sdn Bhd., a company incorporated in Malaysia. The Manager is responsible for sourcing for deals, evaluating potential investees an implementing investments for the Fund. The Manager will exercise its expertise by employing stringent, systematic analyses of potential investment, evaluating the management of these investments, undertaking due diligence and recommending such appropriate investments to the Fund. In addition, it will also be responsible for follow-on monitoring of the investment, craft value creation strategies and participate proactively in the divestment process.
 
Dato' Norazharuddin Abu Talib

Dato' Norazharuddin Abu Talib ("Jap") will be putting in his full commitment to the Manager as the Chief Operating Officer. His equity participation in the Manager will be through a company called Trupartners Sdn Bhd (Trupartners) which was recently set up for the purpose of providing VC/PE management services. Norazharuddin has over 16 years of private equity investment experience in Malaysia. His involvement in the private equity investment industry in Malaysia started in 1990 when he was working with South East Asia Development Corporation Berhad (SEACORP) when he initiated the set up of SEACORP Venture Capital which is now known as Amanah Ventures. Norazharuddin joined Walden International Investment Group (WIIG) in 1991 where he gained a lot of experience in making private equity investments mainly in Malaysia. He left WIIG in 2000 to for a short stint with Commonwealth Development Corporation, a London based private equity firm and thereafter he resigned from CDC to set up PDX.com Sdn Bhd, an internet gateway provider for e-Services under the Malaysian Government Flagship. In June 2001 he joined Malaysia Venture Capital management berhad (MAVCAP) to help the pioneer team set up a venture capital management company for the Ministry of Finance. In August 2004 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of MAVCAP. He left MAVCAP in September 2007 to set up his own company, Trupartners Sdn Bhd, to provide VC/PE management services. Norazharuddin graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville USA with a BSBA in production and operational management and administrative services. He is also a holder of an MBA(Finance) from the same University.

 
Dato'Gooi Hoe Soon
Dato' Gooi Hoe Soon ("Gooi") a strategic investor to the Manager. However, Gooi has decided to take an executive role as the Chief Executive Officer in the management company to provide strategy and direction at least during the early stage of the company. Gooi has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and corporate finance and was a Finance Director of several private and public listed companies on Bursa Malaysia. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Avenue Assets Berhad (now known as Avenue Capital Resources Bhd) as a Non-Executive Director in 1999 and was subsequently appointed as the Group Managing Director in 2001. In 2004, he was appointed as the Group’s Non-Executive Deputy Chairman. He was also the Executive Director-Dealing of a stock broking company on the Bursa Malaysia between the year 2001 to 2005.In addition, he also sits on the Board of Directors of several public listed companies in Malaysia. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
 
Investment Committee
  1. Raja Datuk Zaharaton Binti Raja Dato' Zainal Abidin (Chairman)
  2. Raja Noor Ainin Badariah  Binti Raja Dato' Zainal Abidin
  3. Dato' Baharum Salleh
  4. Dato'Gooi Hoe Soon
  5. Dato'Norazharuddin Abu Talib