Chi-Won Yoon has been the Chairman of Diginex since August 6, 2020. Prior to joining Diginex, Mr. Yoon was the Executive Vice Chairman of UBS Wealth Management. In this position, Mr Yoon was responsible for developing and enhancing long-term strategic relationships with key clients globally. He retired from UBS in 2019. Mr. Yoon also served as a President and CEO of UBS AG, Asia Pacific, and was a member of the UBS Group Executive Board from 2009 to 2015. In his capacity, he oversaw the entire firm in 13 countries around the region and was responsible for UBS’s three main divisions: Investment Banking, Wealth Management and Global Asset Management. Mr. Yoon joined UBS in 1997 and established the equity derivatives business. He then held various positions in the investment bank including Head of Equities and Head of Securities Asia Pacific. He also served as the Hong Kong Country Head. Mr. Yoon has been in financial services since 1986 when he started in equity derivatives. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Yoon worked at Lehman Brothers in New York and Hong Kong, and before that at Merrill Lynch in New York. Before embarking on a Wall Street career, Mr. Yoon worked as an electrical engineer in satellite communications. Mr. Yoon holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. and a master’s degree in finance from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.
Richard Byworth has served as Chief Executive Officer of Diginex since August 2018. Mr. Byworth served as Managing Director at Nomura from September 2007 to March 2018 where he ran Multistrategy Sales for Asia Pacific product globally. Over a 14-year period, he led Nomura’s Asia distribution initiative, building and maintaining the number one franchises in convertible bonds and flow derivatives. From September 2000 to December 2004, Mr. Byworth worked at Nomura in London as a proprietary trader running dispersion portfolios in equity derivatives and convertible bond risk arbitrage. From August 1999 to August 2000, Mr. Byworth worked at BNP Paribas, and has experience in providing advice to a number of Fintech start-ups. Since December 2017, Mr. Byworth has also served as a board adviser to Privatemarket.io, a secondary private equity marketplace. Mr. Byworth holds a Bachelor’s degree in French with Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Paul Ewing has been the Chief Financial Officer at Diginex since August 2018. Mr. Ewing has spent more than a decade working in Asia and was the regional Chief Financial Officer at ICAP Electronic Broking (“ICAP”) from November 2006 to November 2010, as well as Chief Operating Officer for ICAP’s electronic broking division from November 2010 to December 2013. From December 2013 to August 2017, Mr. Ewing was Chief Financial Officer of APAC Broking for ICAP plc. From September 2017 to July 2018, Mr. Ewing served as the Chief Financial Officer for RKR Capital, a proprietary trading business with a focus on financial markets and digital assets. Mr. Ewing holds a degree from Manchester University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.
Lisa Theng has been an independent director since September 2020. Ms. Theng is currently the Managing Partner of CNPLaw LLP and has been in practice since 1991. She has extensive experience in corporate litigation prior to focusing her practice in the areas of Corporate M&A, Corporate Advisory and Corporate and Commercial services. She is also a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public appointed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore. In the area of corporate law, she has advised both Singapore and foreign companies in major acquisitions and disposal transactions and has also advised on investment and other corporate agreements. Her major clients comprise public listed companies and multi-national corporations in Singapore and in the region. Ms. Theng has advised healthcare, electronics, technology, engineering, oil and gas, logistics, manufacturing, exhibition, publishing, food and leisure and entertainment companies and private equity and venture capitalist houses on a range of issues. These issues include restructurings, investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance, and acquisitions. In the area of corporate advisory, Ms. Theng has advised listed companies and their audit committees and boards in relation to potential disputes, irregularities, fraud and issues involving directors and shareholders; an example, Ms. Theng has advised the audit committee of a listed company in Singapore over the fraudulent acts of its managing director and advised the board in relation to ensuring good corporate governance in the company. Her other experiences include cross-border joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions in the region. Ms. Theng started her career with Colin Ng & Partners in 1991, and between 2000 and 2006, she was an equity partner of Chui Sim Goh & Lim. She returned to Colin Ng & Partners in July 2006 as an equity partner and became the Head of Corporate Advisory Practice Group and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Ms. Theng became joint managing partner in 2011 and managing partner in 2017. The firm changed its name to CNPLaw LLP on April 16, 2019. Ms. Theng obtained a Degree of Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in July 1990. She is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and has been in practice since 1991.
Richard Petty has been an independent director since September 2020. Dr. Petty has been a key adviser on significant projects and investments in Asia, working closely with several governments and the private sector. Richard has served on the faculty of several business schools. He remains active in academia as an academic board chair and visiting professor. Dr. Petty is a former member of the B20 and served on the B20 Finance and Infrastructure taskforce. He is a former Board Member of International Federation of Accountants, a former Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau, and a former Chairman of CPA Australia. Richard has been author or co-author of many academic and professional works and has been awarded as a researcher, an editor of academic works, and as an educator. He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals. Richard is Chairman of the Australian International School Hong Kong and senior adviser to several investment firms. He has served on the boards of other companies, both publicly listed and privately held. Richard holds several degrees including a PhD. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paul Smith has been an independent director since September 2020. Mr. Smith was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of CFA Institute from January 2015 to September 2019, prior to which he was its Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific region from October 2012 to January 2015. While at CFA Institute, Mr. Smith lead the organization’s global growth to a record number of candidates, members and local societies, and expanded the organization’s presence in India and China. Since January 2004, Mr. Smith has been the Chief Executive Officer of Warlencourt Limited, Grimani Ltd and Broadwell Investments. Mr. Smith also holds external directorships at Manulife Global Fund, Panah Fund Ltd, Enhanced Investment Products and Firth Investment Management. Mr. Smith received his Master of Arts in Modern History from Merton College at Oxford University. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Andrew Watkins has been an independent director since September 2020. Mr. Watkins was a Partner for 20 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) Hong Kong and Mainland China. During this time, he held a number of senior leadership roles. Most recently, from July 2016 to June 2019, Mr. Watkins was the Chief Technology & Disruption Officer and member of the Management Board for PwC Hong Kong and Mainland China. In this role he was responsible for driving the identification and commercialization of new digital and technology based business models - helping the firm to adopt a business strategy that was optimized for the digital age and to find ways to not only manage disruption, but lead it. From May 2012 to June 2016, Mr. Watkins served as the Chief Executive Officer of the China and Hong Kong Consulting business, was a member of the Global Consulting Leadership Team and the China/HK Advisory Leadership Team. Prior to that, from 2006, he was the Asia-Pacific Risk Assurance (“RA”) Leader and member of the Global RA leadership team, the China/HK RA Leader and a member of the China/HK Assurance Leadership Team. Mr. Watkins has more than 28 years of professional services experience and has worked with a wide range of companies and organizations in Hong Kong, China and across Asia-Pacific.