Management Team

JUSTIN DEIMEN

Group Managing Partner & Head, Aurora Capital

Justin is the head of Aurora’s investment and financing arm. Previously, he worked for Hyde Park Imagenation, VH1, Fox Searchlight, The Village Voice and the International Film Festival Rotterdam before returning to Singapore to produce award-winning social welfare broadcast documentaries and narrative feature films with a global perspective. He has since worked with UBS and Pictet & Cie in Singapore to structure viable alternative asset funds for factoring and gap financing of media projects around Asia for various platforms and philanthropic causes. He is a co-founder of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), a non-profit network seeking to unify media producers, creative entreprenuers, and investors around ASEAN, and is also a member of the EAVE network of European producers. Most recently, Justin co-founded the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum, the region’s biggest media financing platform that engages and educates stakeholders from both the creative and financial sectors in developing modern modes of entertainment financing.

TERENCE KONG

Group Managing Partner & Head, Lifestyle Concepts

Terence brings extensive advisory experience and a sterling reputation from his background in the financial services industry. He has held key roles in developing, implementing and supervising distribution strategies for financial products in Singapore and Southeast Asia. His producer credits include 100 YARDS, starring 2016 Asian Star Prize winner Rebecca Lim; STORM BOY, starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush; and STANO, directed by Sundance winner Raymond De Felitta. An alumnus of the Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Institution, his other business interests includes the restaurant “Momma Kong’s” (tabbed by Lonely Planet to have Singapore’s “best chilli crab”) and the bistro “3O1 Bar & Kitchen” (which he owns together with the popular actor and incorrigible good guy Pierre Png). This veteran of the entertainment scene brings a distinctive edge to Aurora’s identity, influenced by his youth spent bartending in the gritty urban underbelly. In his free time, he enjoys going sailing with his kids and taking his jacked-up Landrover into the jungles of Malaysia.

JEREMY SIM

Group Managing Partner & Secretariat to the Board

Based between Berlin and Singapore, Jeremy is concurrently creative director at the venture capital ecosystem builder Mistletoe. His producer credits include THE SONG OF SCORPIONS (starring Cesar nominee Golshifteh Farahani) and STANO (directed by Sundance winner Raymond de Felitta); and he is developing a series about artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. Previously, he was head of knowledge management at Asia’s largest financial intelligence firm, his portfolio clients included the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. Before that, he was lead project manager of the industrial innovation network for northern Europe, leading partner institutions such as Innovation Norway and the Helsinki School of Economics. He was Phi Beta Kappa and a Thayer Scholar at Purdue University, and a contributing writer to “Making Money, Making Meaning: Directions for the Arts and Cultural Industries in the Creative Age”, published by Cambridge Scholars’ Press.

RICHWAY PONNAMPALAM

General Counsel & Partner

Richway is the chief legal officer for Aurora Media, bringing his extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and corporate law to the firm. In addition to his legal responsibilities, he is also a member of the creative & IP development subcommittee at Aurora. An alumnus of King’s College London in the UK and the Anglo Chinese School in Singapore, he was called to the bar in 2005. He started his legal career with Wong Partnership before moving on to Rodyk & Davidson, and then became an in-house counsel at Siemens and then was appointed regional legal counsel at Sumitomo. Richway also served a stint as legal counsel to the legendary nightclub The Butter Factory.