Our People

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

KATHY MORGAN

Principal – Kathy Morgan International (KMI)
Executive Producer – Academy Award-Winning THE DANISH GIRL

Kathy Morgan has been involved in the international sales and distribution of motion pictures and television programs for more than three decades. In 1983, Morgan joined Hemdale Film Corporation as head of worldwide sales for its 186-title film library that included PLATOON, THE LAST EMPEROR, THE TERMINATOR and SALVADOR. In 1992, she founded Kathy Morgan International (KMI) specializing in the worldwide sales, distribution, marketing and financing of theatrical motion pictures. Kathy Morgan is the Executive Producer of THE DANISH GIRL starring Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander and directed by Tom Hooper. She was also the former Chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance.

THOMAS CHOONG

Executive Director, Waylion Advisory
Portofolio Advisor, Golden Equator Capital

Dr Thomas Choong is an investor and strategic advisor, predominantly in the technology space. He was an early investor of Brandtology, which was acquired and renamed iSentia prior to a successful IPO in 2014. Other companies he has advised include Golden Equator Capital, Thierry Apoteker Consulting, Elipva, Ohanae, Kidotech, ArrowCrest Technologies, and the Singapore Sports Hub. From 2000 to 2007, he managed several tech startups in Asia with investments from ST Telemedia and the Lippo Group. Thomas served on the board of M Dream Inworld, a HK listed company with a focus on online gaming for the Chinese market and also co-founded multiple award-winning Xi Yan, Southeast Asia’s first contemporary Chinese private dining restaurant.

Karen Tan

Managing Director – VP Bank

Karen is the managing director and regional head of wealth management for the Liechenstein-based VP Bank, which is noted for having one of the strongest capital ratios in the banking industry. Previously, she was with the French bank Credit Industrial et Commercial, and was the director of global futures at Swiss bank UBS. Named “Most Inspiring Woman” in Singapore in 2006, Karen is a longtime volunteer and donor to Club Rainbow, providing compassionate services to chronically ill children and their families. She is also a mentor and career coach, having trained more than 5,000 executives around the world, from North America to Europe to Asia.

Lim Ker Han

Executive Director – ESTETICA

Ker Han is a biotech entrepreneur and executive director of the heritage beauty brand ESTETICA, which sponsors the current 2018/19 season of Asia’s Next Top Model by FOX Networks Group. He is a pioneer in bringing deep innovation and cutting edge science into the beauty industry in Asia, largely through his long-running research and development collaborations with the Singapore government backed research institute – the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. A graduate of the National University of Singapore, he was previously with a financial payments startup which saw a successful exit via acquisition.

James Teo

Co-founder – The Animal Project

James is the co-founder of The Animal Project, a social enterprise that celebrates, showcases and supports the abilities of persons with special needs. He also collaborates with Hope Worldwide Cambodia to provide food, shelter and medicine for HIV patients in Cambodia, and is art advisor to the art faculty of Pathlight School, the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers mainstream academic curriculum together with life readiness skills. He is a successful entrepreneur whose commercial interests includes design, printing, food and beverage. He is an alumnus of Victoria School and the National University of Singapore.