Our Team Meet our professionals
Dato' Azam Azman
Dato’ Azam co-founded COPE Private Equity in 2005. He is the Managing Partner of the firm and also a member of the Investment Committee.
Prior to this, Dato’ Azam was a fund manager with Pan Asia Capital Manager and Phileo Asset Management. Earlier in his career, he worked with HSBC in Hong Kong and also Public Bank in Malaysia.
Dato’ Azam holds a Capital Market Services Representatives’ License and is a member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He reads Accountancy and Finance at the University of East London.
Badrul Hisham Jaafar
Principal and SVP, Investment
Badrul is a Principal and Senior Vice President of COPE Private Equity. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.
Prior to joining the firm, he was an investment principal with Kumpulan Modal Perdana, a VC firm under the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. Earlier in his career, he was in various leadership positions in the private equity, private banking, semiconductor and IT industry.
Badrul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Investment and Banking Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Shariah and Industry Advisors
Syed Hizam Alsagoff
Syed Hizam is a member of the Investment Committee. He is also the Group Chief Financial Officer of Cahya Mata Sarawak, a public listed company in Malaysia.
Prior to this, he has worked in various leadership positions in the Education, Textile, Semiconductor and Satellite industry in Australia and the United States.
Syed Hizam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the San Jose State University in California.
Dr. Aznan Hasan
Dr Aznan is the Shariah Advisor for COPE Private Equity. He is currently an Associate Professor in Islamic Law at the Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF), International Islamic University Malaysia.
Besides COPE Private Equity, Dr Aznan also acts as Shariah advisor and consultant to the Securities Commission (of Malaysia), Maybank Islamic Bank and Hong Leong Islamic Bank.
Dr Aznan holds a doctorate in Shariah from the University of Wales, a Masters’ degree in Shariah from Cairo University and a Bachelor’s degree from Al-Azhar University.
Dato' Mohamed Ross
Dato' Mohamed Ross is an independent advisor to COPE Private Equity. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director at CIMB Group Holdings/CIMB Islamic Bank, and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor.
Prior to his retirement, he was the Managing Director of HSBC Amanah, and was responsible for the Islamic retail and corporate business emanating from the branch network. Earlier in his career, he worked for HSBC in Hong Kong, London, New York and Malaysia.
Dato’ Sallehuddin Othman
Dato’ Sallehuddin is an independent advisor to COPE Private Equity. He is currently the Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director of MSIG Insurance (Malaysia). He is also an Independent Director of AXA Affin Life Insurance and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (M).
Before his retirement, he served as the Group Managing Director of Malaysian Industrial Development Finance and Group Managing Director of UMW Holdings. Dato’ Sallehuddin holds a Master’s degree from City University, London.
Prior to joining COPE Private Equity in 2011, Amira had 4 years’ experience in audit and assurance with Ernst & Young, where she led audit engagements for various public listed companies within the Property Development, Environmental and ICT industry. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Amirah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Victoria University, Australia.
Tan Leong Hong
Prior to joining the firm, Leong Hong is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with 4 years’ experience in audit and assurance, corporate finance and transaction service advisory with BDO Malaysia. He was involved in audit and advisory engagements across Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Europe within the Plantation, Property Development, Luxury Fashion and Manufacturing industry.
Prior to joining COPE Private Equity, Johan has experience evaluating companies in various industries under the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). Earlier in his career, he was attached to UMW Corporation’s Treasury Department and handled Forex transactions. He is a graduate of UPM with an MBA in Finance and holds two degrees in Accounting and Marketing.
Chong Yew Por
Prior to joining the firm, Yew Por has experience evaluating startups and early-stage companies during his involvement with the first equity-crowd funding platform in ASEAN. Earlier in his career, he was part of Sapura Kencana’s International Business Development department and has experience in the plantation and manufacturing industries.
Yew Por is a qualified mechanical engineer with a degree from the University Technology of PETRONAS. He has also passed all 3 levels of the CFA examination.
Prior to joining COPE Private Equity, Gavin was part of the Corporate Finance team at PETRONAS. Before that, he qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with a City audit firm in London. He reads Finance and Accountancy at the Paris Dauphine University, France and graduated top of class. Gavin is fluent in French and likes to read, game, invest and hike in his spare time.
Prior to joining the firm, Greg was part of the RHB Private Equity team. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School.
Houyi holds a BSc Accounting & Finance from London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to Joining COPE, Houyi was a Senior Executive at BDO Capital Consultants, where she was involved in valuation advisory for M&A and IPO advisory for the ACE and LEAP market of Bursa Malaysia. Previously, she had completed summer internships as a business consultant with First Step Consulting in the UK and Accenture Kuala Lumpur. She had also interned as a business analyst with Fave (by Groupon).
Priscilla Poh Tze Phei
Prior to joining COPE Private Equity, Priscilla was an Assistant Relationship Manager in Global Banking at HSBC Malaysia where she covered a portfolio of large corporate customers across various sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Engineering from Multimedia University and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research from Columbia University. Priscilla has passed all three levels of the CFA examination.
Mahnoj joined COPE Private Equity after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he read Economics. He has previously interned at an asset management company in the US.
Advisor, Portfolio Operations Team
Francis is an advisor to the Portfolio Operations Team for COPE Private Equity. He is also a director of a corporate advisory firm based in Singapore with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and pre-IPO advisory.
Prior to this, Francis worked at investment banking units of banks and securities brokerages. He was previously the Director and Head of Corporate Finance and Transaction Execution at the Singapore investment banking arm of a regional banking group.
Francis is a chartered financial analyst with the CFA Institute and holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Prior to joining the firm, Louis was with CIMB Investment Bank where he was involved in various investment deals from origination to exit/divestment. He was part of CIMB’s “The Complete Banker” program, where he was exposed to various functions of the bank. Louis is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.
Middle Office and Operations
Warda A. Aziz
Middle Office & Operations
Warda is in charge of Operations and Investor Relations in COPE Private Equity. Prior to joining the firm, Warda has 6 years’ experience as a fund accountant with State Street in Dublin, Ireland, serving as supervisor in the private equity industry for various institutional clients.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University, in association with the Dublin Business School. She is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant.
Middle Office & Operations
Rozaidah is responsible for leading the compliance unit in COPE and ensuring strong corporate governance across the firm. Prior to this, Rozaidah has 3 years’ experience in investment compliance with respect to alternative investment transactions at the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor (Hons) of Accounting from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and is an affiliate member of ACCA.
Middle Office & Operations
Anith is responsible for investors’ reporting at COPE Private Equity. Prior to joining the firm, Anith has 4 years’ experience as a fund accountant in the financial services industry for various institutional clients. She holds a Bachelor (Hons) of Accounting from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and is an affiliate member of ACCA.
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