FORUM expands team across core functions
New hires in investments, communications, and HR to support portfolio companies focused on the over $0.5 trillion consumer lending space in SEA
We are pleased to announce new additions to the FORUM team based in Singapore. Vaishnav Sunil, Keshia de Vries and Gerald Tay join the team as part of our venture building shared services model to support the investments, communications, and HR activities of our four portfolio companies.
Vaishnav Sunil, investments manager, leads the fundraising and investor relations efforts for FORUM’s portfolio companies. Prior to FORUM, Vaishnav was chief financial officer at FORUM’s pay-as-you-go solar portfolio company SolarHome, where he led the company’s finance organization and fundraising activities. Vaishnav brings with him strong experience in fundraising, and client and investor relations across a variety of industries, including SolarHome, fintech venture capital firm Tryb, and JP Morgan. Keshia de Vries oversees investor and client communications as PR manager for all portfolio companies. Keshia brings with her eight years of communications experience in the financial services and commodities sectors at Citibank and Cargill. Leading our recruitment activities is Gerald Tay, senior HR specialist, who oversees the hiring of talent across multiple markets including, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
“I am delighted to have on board Vaishnav, Keshia and Gerald, who bring with them the right experience and values needed to build the culture and reputation we aspire towards as a leading fintech venture builder in the region,” said Greg Krasnov, CEO, and founder of FORUM.
“We are seeing massive growth opportunities in the consumer lending space in SEA, driven by fintech innovations such as alternative credit scoring, digital credit management services, and digital lending. As a venture builder, we have the opportunity to leverage our shared ecosystem of resources, infrastructure, network and experience to help the companies in our portfolio grow and succeed.”
FORUM is currently developing four companies across Asia: CredoLab, AsiaCollect, SolarHome and AsiaKredit. In 2017, we closed the year with strong operational performance across our portfolio companies. We expanded into seven markets globally, increased customer count from 40,000 to 1.8 million, and hired close to 180 employees across SEA and Ukraine.