Our People

Board

Investment Committee

Team - Singapore

Team - Indonesia

Choon Chong YEO

Chairman

Mr Yeo Choon Chong was appointed Chairman of Mitbana on 13 February 2023. 

He is also CEO, ASEAN at Surbana Jurong and is responsible for leading Surbana Jurong’s multidisciplinary business in the region. He is also the Group Managing Director of KTP Consultants, a member of Surbana Jurong Group, and was instrumental in expanding KTP’s business operations across Asia. 

Mr Yeo has more than 30 years of experience in leading the design and delivery of infrastructure and urban development projects in Singapore and the region. For his innovative solutions in delivering complex projects, he has received several buildability, design and engineering safety excellence awards. He is a keen advocate for innovative design, sustainability and buildability, and sits on several professional committees in Singapore to promote supporting initiatives. 

Mr Yeo holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Hiroshi NAKANISHI

Board Member

Hiroshi NAKANISHI is currently Senior Vice President & General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) Singapore. In this role, he oversees the operations & strategic development of MC’s Singapore Branch.

Previously, Mr Nakanishi held various leadership positions in MC including as Division COO of MC’s Asset Finance Division; Chairman of the Board at MC Aviation Partners Inc.; Director of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation; Director of Vermillion Aviation Holdings Ltd.; Director of Marunouchi Capital Inc.; and General Manager of Aviation Business Department.

Mr Nakanishi holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Takahiro ZAIZEN

Board Member

Takahiro ZAIZEN presently serves as the Division Chief Operating Officer for Mitsubishi Corporation’s (MC) Global Urban Development Group. In this role, he is leading the investment and development strategies in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Mr. Zaizen also holds a directorship in Diamond Realty Investments Inc. (USA), a national leading company in the investment and development of residential, industrial, student housing and healthcare real estate properties across the United States.

Previously, Mr. Zaizen served as General Manager for Human Resources and Compliance, Urban Development Group (MC). He has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate and urban development industry in both Japan and overseas, holding various leadership positions including President & CEO of Diamond Realty Investments and Head of Acquisition, Investment Management of Industrial Division of f/k/a Mitsubishi-Corp-UBS Realty Inc.

Mr. Zaizen holds B.A. in Economy School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan.

Yee Ean PANG

Board Member

Yee Ean PANG is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Surbana Jurong Capital, the investment arm of Surbana Jurong Group that focuses on financing of infrastructure and urban development. 

Prior to this appointment, Mr Pang was Director General of Investment Operations at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), where he was responsible for identifying and executing strategic infrastructure investments in Asia, financing both sovereign and private sectors.

Between 2013-2016, Mr Pang had been the Group COO of Surbana Jurong, and CEO of Surbana International Consultants.

Mr Pang also previously held various senior positions at Ascendas (now a member of CapitaLand Group). He was Senior Vice President of Real Estate Funds where he co-led the SGX listing of a S$700 million Ascendas Hospitality Trust, and Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Ascendas Services Pte Ltd, overseeing asset management of Ascendas’ industrial & commercial developments. In his time with Ascendas, Mr Pang spent 6 years stationed in India, including as Head of North India and Head of Hyderabad.

Yee Ean holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Shih Chia YAP

Chief Executive Officer

Shih Chia YAP is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana and is responsible for the overall growth and development of the company.

Shih Chia has over 20 years of experience in regional business development, corporate finance, private equity, strategic planning, real estate investments and developments. Prior to joining Mitbana, Shih Chia was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy & New Business at Chye Thiam Maintenance, an environmental services firm in Singapore. His responsibilities included charting the Group’s strategy, spearheading strategic investments, government liaison, corporate communications, new businesses, and sales and marketing activities within the Group.

He currently sits on the Boards of HIF International Fund Pte. Limited and HIREF International Fund II Pte. Limited as non-executive independent director and member of the Investment Committee since 2014. Both funds are Singapore MAS-registered Real Estate Private Equity funds backed by HDFC Limited, one of India's leading housing finance companies, and strong global institutional investors, with the sole mandate to invest in Indian real estate.

Shih Chia has also held senior appointments across Singapore Exchange listed companies including TEE Land Limited and Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, where he was responsible for the acquisition, development, sales, disposal and repositioning of different real estate asset classes regionally. Having worked at Singapore Exchange Limited, he is also well-versed with REITs, Business Trusts, alternative fund-raising options and corporate governance requirements.

Shih Chia has more than a decade of experience working in the South Asian region. He started his career as Senior Officer (South Asia, Middle East and Africa) at International Enterprise, and subsequently based in India as Centre Director (Mumbai) and Vice Consul (Commercial).

Shih Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Nanyang Technological University and attained a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is also a member of Singapore Institute of Directors and completed the Scale-up SG Executive Programme at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph UEDA

President & Chief Operating Officer

Joseph UEDA is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the company, he also oversees investment opportunities and local partnerships.

Joseph has over 25 years of experience in finance, private equity and real assets investment & asset management, as well as strategic planning. Prior to this appointment, Joseph was General Manager at Urban Development Group CEO Office in Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) Headquarters and was responsible for overseeing business investments of the Urban Development Group as well as serving as a Member of MC’s Investment Committee. Joseph also served as Vice President of MC Financial Services Ltd. (New York, NY) and Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC (Stamford, CT) from 2007-2011.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences for Business, Industry and Finance from the University of London and has also completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Shih Chia YAP

Chief Executive Officer

Shih Chia YAP is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana and is responsible for the overall growth and development of the company.

Shih Chia has over 20 years of experience in regional business development, corporate finance, private equity, strategic planning, real estate investments and developments. Prior to joining Mitbana, Shih Chia was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy & New Business at Chye Thiam Maintenance, an environmental services firm in Singapore. His responsibilities included charting the Group’s strategy, spearheading strategic investments, government liaison, corporate communications, new businesses, and sales and marketing activities within the Group.

He currently sits on the Boards of HIF International Fund Pte. Limited and HIREF International Fund II Pte. Limited as non-executive independent director and member of the Investment Committee since 2014. Both funds are Singapore MAS-registered Real Estate Private Equity funds backed by HDFC Limited, one of India's leading housing finance companies, and strong global institutional investors, with the sole mandate to invest in Indian real estate.

Shih Chia has also held senior appointments across Singapore Exchange listed companies including TEE Land Limited and Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, where he was responsible for the acquisition, development, sales, disposal and repositioning of different real estate asset classes regionally. Having worked at Singapore Exchange Limited, he is also well-versed with REITs, Business Trusts, alternative fund-raising options and corporate governance requirements.

Shih Chia has more than a decade of experience working in the South Asian region. He started his career as Senior Officer (South Asia, Middle East and Africa) at International Enterprise, and subsequently based in India as Centre Director (Mumbai) and Vice Consul (Commercial).

Shih Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Nanyang Technological University and attained a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is also a member of Singapore Institute of Directors and completed the Scale-up SG Executive Programme at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph UEDA

President & Chief Operating Officer

Joseph UEDA is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the company, he also oversees investment opportunities and local partnerships. 

Joseph has over 25 years of experience in finance, private equity and real assets investment & asset management, as well as strategic planning. Prior to this appointment, Joseph was General Manager at Urban Development Group CEO Office in Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) Headquarters and was responsible for overseeing business investments of the Urban Development Group as well as serving as a Member of MC’s Investment Committee. Joseph also served as Vice President of MC Financial Services Ltd. (New York, NY) and Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC (Stamford, CT) from 2007-2011. 

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences for Business, Industry and Finance from the University of London and has also completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Masafumi MANNO

Investment Committee Member

Masafumi MANNO is currently a General Manager in the Urban Development Department at Mitsubishi Corporation (MC). He is based in MC’s Tokyo Headquarters and is responsible for overseeing MC’s urban development projects undertaken in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar. 

Masafumi has over 28 years of experience in finance, real estate investment & asset management, strategic planning and human resources management in MC’s Tokyo Headquarters and subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S..

Prior to this appointment, Masafumi was General Manager at Urban Development Group in MC’s Tokyo Headquarters and was responsible for human resources & general affairs.

Between 2012-2016, Masafumi was Executive Vice President in MC Financial Service Ltd. (New York, NY) and Chief Operating Officer in MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC (Stamford, CT), during which he formed and led one of the largest commercial mortgage-​backed securities (CMBS) conduit projects in North Americas. 

Masafumi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from Waseda University, Japan.

Karen KOH

Investment Committee Member

Karen Koh joined as a Director at SJ Capital, the investment arm of Surbana Jurong Group that focuses on financing of infrastructure and urban development. 

Karen has over 20 years of investment management and private equity (PE) experience in Asia. She was most recently involved in fund-raising for two fintech enterprises. Prior to that, she was co-founder of a PE fund. 

She was previously VP, Strategic Development overseeing M&A activities at Singapore Power. Karen was also Director of Investments at Temasek Holdings. In this role, she invested and managed a portfolio of listed companies and launched a PE fund with a US private equity firm to invest in the transportation and logistics sector. She also oversaw shareholder matters for Temasek-linked companies, including Singapore Airlines, PSA Singapore and Neptune Orient Lines Limited. Karen has also worked at Vertex Ventures overseeing venture capital investments in Europe. 

Karen holds a Master of Science (EECS) and a Bachelor of Science (Aero/ Astro) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Daisuke KOBAYASHI

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Daisuke Kobayashi is Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Mitbana Pte. Ltd.

Daisuke has over 27 years of experience in the real estate and urban development industry in Japan and China.

Prior to this, Daisuke was Senior vice President at Mitsubishi Corporation Urban Development Inc. (Japan), MC’s 100% subsidiary property developer with a track record of developing various retail and logistic assets across Japan. Daisuke also served as Team Leader of China  Investment Team in Global Real Este unit at Mitsubishi Corporation (MC)  and executed investments into mixed development in china including residential apartment, commercial complex, office buildings and Logistics.

Daisuke holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Economics from Kobe University in Japan. Daisuke has also completed exchange program at ESCP Business school in Paris (2004/ 9-2005/5)

Minako ARAKI

Director, Evaluation

Minako ARAKI is Director, Evaluation at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for supporting the evaluation of potential investments. Prior to this appointment, Minako worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo Headquarters, where she was responsible for the management of real estate development projects in Indonesia. Minako has over 10 years’ experience in the infrastructure field, with a focus on airport concessions and its associated project development, business planning and financing.

Minako holds a B.A. in Business Management from Hitotsubashi University in Japan.

Melvin TAN

Financial Controller

Melvin TAN is Financial Controller at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible to undertake all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation and planning, as well as the development of internal control policies and procedures for any potential investments.

Prior to joining Mitbana, Melvin was Head of Finance at JLL and has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in the real estate industry, serving a wide array of clientele, driving compliance and internal process improvement to meet statutory, company and client standards. He also instituted strategic digital transformation and was instrumental in driving and implementing of a successful shared service team in India.

Melvin is a Chartered Certified Accountant of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (‘ACCA’).

Yukihiko (Yogi) ANDO

Senior Manager, Business Development

Yukihiko (Yogi) ANDO is Senior Manager (Business Development) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for supporting the business development and evaluation of potential investments. Prior to this appointment, Yogi worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo Headquarters, where he was responsible for the management of real estate development projects in Myanmar, Vietnam and India. In his time in Tokyo, Yogi served as a chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation’s staff union for 1 year, representing over 3,400 employees. Yogi also spent 1 year in Los Angeles, U.S.A from 2012 to 2013, as part of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Global Trainee program.

Yogi holds a B.A. in Economics from Kyushu University.

Hironori NAKAJIMA

Manager, Evaluation

Hironori NAKAJIMA is Manager, Evaluation at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investments. Prior to this appointment, Hironori worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo Headquarters, where he was involved in the quantitative analysis and portfolio management of real estate development projects in Vietnam and Myanmar.

Hironori holds a M.A. in Civil Engineering from Tokyo University, where he majored in inter-city transportation planning and management.

Hailun ZHAO

Senior Associate

Hailun ZHAO is Senior Associate at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for the office’s administrative & marketing operations. She also supports the team’s larger business development efforts. Prior to this appointment, Hailun was with Surbana Jurong (SJ) Group, where she was part of SJ’s marketing team managing marketing collaterals, corporate presentation slides and corporate brochures. Hailun was also part of SJ’s internal business development team that oversaw tender submissions & clarifications, as well as contract signings for the company.

Hailun holds a BBM (Economics & Finance) from the Singapore Institute of Management.

Maresuke ENDO

Director, Operations

Maresuke ENDO leads the development of strategic plans & investment directives for the Indonesia team and supports the investment team to close-out the deployment of capital in selected urban investments. A secondee from Mitsubishi Corporation, Maresuke has 15 years’ experience deploying & managing infrastructure investments, including a global infrastructure fund manager with US$2.5 billion AUM in the Global Strategic Investment Alliance (GSIA). He also held various roles in the oil & gas industry, including dealing with investments & asset management of FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) & FSO (floating storage and offloading).

Maresuke holds a MSc. in Civil & Earth Resource Engineering from Kyoto University, and completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School.

Eugene HENG

Director, Operations

Eugene HENG oversees the corporate and strategic affairs of the Joint Venture projects in Indonesia. Prior to joining Mitbana, Eugene was with China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) working on township projects in Vietnam and Indonesia. Eugene started his career as a management executive at CapitaLand and completed various rotational assignments in fund management, strategic planning, research and marketing. Eugene was also based in Jakarta for 1 year from 2016 – 2017 overseeing the sales launch preparation for “The Stature Jakarta”, CapitaLand’s first integrated development in Indonesia.

Eugene graduated from Singapore Management University with a double degree in Economics & Business Management (Summa Cum Laude). He is also a recipient of the Economic Society of Singapore Excellence Award, Ministry of Trade & Industry Economist Service Prize and SMU CIRCLE Award.

Wee Hooi GAN

General Manager, Construction

Wee Hooi GAN oversees all construction-related matters for the Joint Venture projects in Indonesia. Prior to this appointment, Wee Hooi was Project Director in Surbana Jurong (SJ) Myanmar from 2016 – 2021 overseeing the planning, execution, control and monitoring of various projects across the country. 

Wee Hooi is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is experienced in administering local and international contracts such as FIDIC, SIA, PSSCOC etc. Wee Hooi has held various appointments in multinational corporations such as WSP Global and Hitachi Nippon Steel, and was involved in multidisciplinary mixed-use projects such as the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore, as well as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) infrastructure projects. 

Wee Hooi holds a B.Eng. in Electrical & Electronic (First Class Hons) from the University of Lincoln (United Kingdom, UK) and holds professional memberships with Project Management Institute (USA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Kin Yew WONG

Deputy General Manager

Kin Yew WONG oversees the development strategic plan and the administration of the development life cycle. Prior to this appointment, Kin Yew was Planning and Design Manager at World Class Global Limited from 2014 to 2021. He focused on project planning and design management for mixed-use, hospitality and residential developments, in various cities within Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Kin Yew was an Architect at one of the top architectural practices in Australia, DesignInc where he was a project lead and was responsible for executing numerous complex projects. 

Kin Yew graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, from Curtin University of Technology in 2003. He is a registered architect with the Board of Architects of Western Australia. He has also obtained certification in Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a Green Mark Accredited Professional with the Singapore Green Building Council.