Our People

Board

Investment Committee

Team

Lit Cheong CHONG

Chairman

Lit Cheong CHONG is Chairman of Mitbana and concurrently Group Chief Corporate Officer for Surbana Jurong (SJ) Group. In the latter role, Mr Chong provides oversight across SJ Group’s corporate services functions as well as the Group’s growth in the Japanese market.

Prior to this, he held several senior appointments in the CapitaLand Group as CEO CapitaLand Commercial, CEO Regional Investments and Deputy Group Chief Corporate Officer.

Before joining CapitaLand in 2011, Mr Chong held several key roles in Singapore government agencies including CEO of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, CEO of Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), and Managing Director of the National Science & Technology Board (now called A*STAR). He also served in the Economic Development Board (EDB) from 1986 where he held several key appointments. For his service with the government, Mr Chong was awarded the Public Service Medal (Gold) in 2003.

Mr Chong is a Mombusho (Colombo Plan) Scholar and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic) from the University of Tokyo. He also completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in France in 1994 and the Tsinghua Executive Program in Shanghai, China, in 2004.

Masaki YAMANO

Board Member

Masaki YAMANO is presently Senior Vice President & General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) Singapore and oversees the operations & strategic development of the Singapore Branch.

Previously, Mr Yamano held various leadership positions in MC including as Division Chief Operating Officer of MC’s IT Service Business Division; Executive Vice President of MC’s IT Frontier Corporation; President & CEO of Bewith, Inc.; President & CEO of Eupholink, Inc.; and Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Wireless Communications, Inc.

Mr Yamano holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Tokyo and also completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University.

Eng Cheong TEO

Board Member

Eng Cheong TEO is presently CEO International (Singapore, Southeast Asia, North Asia) at Surbana Jurong (SJ) Group. 

Prior to this role, Mr Teo held various CEO appointments at International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) and Singapore Customs. He also had stints in Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) & the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and also spent two-years overseas working on the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park project. For his service with the government, Mr Teo was awarded the Singapore National Day Medal for Public Administration (Silver) in 2006. 

Mr Teo currently serves as a Council Member of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF). Previously, he also sat on the boards of Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), Ascendas Funds Management Ltd, the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, the Council for Private Education, the Health Promotion Board and Singapore Sports Council. Mr Teo has also served on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

Mr Teo holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a Lien Fellow with the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship.

Naoshi OGIKUBO

Board Member

Naoshi OGIKUBO presently serves as the Division Chief Operating Officer for Mitsubishi Corporation’s (MC) Urban Development Group.

Mr Ogikubo also holds directorships in Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. (Japan), a joint venture asset management company of MC & UBS A.G.; Diamond Realty Management Inc. (Japan); Diamond Realty Investments Inc. (USA); and MC Urban Development Inc. (Japan).

Mr Ogikubo holds a Bachelor of Arts from Waseda University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in the United States.

Gareth WONG

Board Member

Gareth WONG is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for the overall growth and development of the company.

Prior to this appointment, Gareth was Deputy Managing Director at Surbana Jurong (SJ) Capital, the investment arm of SJ Group. He was also previously Group Director in the Office of the SJ Group Chairman, and concurrently Principal Private Secretary to the Chairman, Changi Airport Group Singapore. Between 2013 – 2016, Gareth was stationed full-time in Yangon to establish, and subsequently spearhead the growth of SJ’s Myanmar Office.

Gareth is a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS) and holds a BSc. in Economics (First Class Hons, Dean’s List) from University College London, as well as a MSc. in Political Science from Columbia University in the city of New York.

Hidetoshi SUZUKI

Board Member

Hidetoshi SUZUKI is the Managing Director & 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.

Prior to this appointment, Hidetoshi was General Manager for Mitsubishi Corporation’s ASEAN real estate interests. He also spent 4 years in Surabaya, Indonesia from 2002 – 2006, as Project Manager overseeing the construction of the Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Hidetoshi has more than 26 years’ experience in the real estate and urban development industry, including residential, retail, office, industrial, infrastructure and township developments in Japan, ASEAN and the United States.

Hidetoshi holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Gareth WONG

Chief Executive Officer

Gareth WONG is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for the overall growth and development of the company.

Prior to this appointment, Gareth was Deputy Managing Director at Surbana Jurong (SJ) Capital, the investment arm of SJ Group. He was also previously Group Director in the Office of the SJ Group Chairman, and concurrently Principal Private Secretary to the Chairman, Changi Airport Group Singapore. Between 2013 – 2016, Gareth was stationed full-time in Yangon to establish, and subsequently spearhead the growth of SJ’s Myanmar Office. 

Gareth is a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS) and holds a BSc. in Economics (First Class Hons, Dean’s List) from University College London, as well as a MSc. in Political Science from Columbia University in the city of New York.

Hidetoshi SUZUKI

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Hidetoshi SUZUKI is the Managing Director & 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.

Prior to this appointment, Hidetoshi was General Manager for Mitsubishi Corporation’s ASEAN real estate interests. He also spent 4 years in Surabaya, Indonesia from 2002 – 2006, as Project Manager overseeing the construction of the Juanda International Airport, Surabaya. Hidetoshi has more than 26 years’ experience in the real estate and urban development industry, including residential, retail, office, industrial, infrastructure and township developments in Japan, ASEAN and the United States.

Hidetoshi holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Kentaro KOGA

Investment Committee Member

Kentaro KOGA 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 Myanmar, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.

Kentaro has over 24 years of experience in global real estate & infrastructure projects and was previously based in London & Istanbul. Kentaro also has direct experience in real estate development in China.

Kentaro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from Seinan Gakuin University, Japan.

Nicholoas RIORDAN

Investment Committee Member

Nicholas RIORDAN is presently Director of Investments at Surbana Jurong (SJ) Capital, the investment arm of SJ Group which sources, invests, develops and manages projects across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation & infrastructure domains. 

Prior to this appointment, Nicholas was an Investment Director across the Portfolio Management & Asset Management functions in Hastings Infrastructure, based in Australia. Nicholas also held several senior roles in Hastings, including Deputy Portfolio Manager for Hasting’s Infrastructure Fund, Alternate Director to the Board of Queensland Airports, and Head of Valuations.

Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne. His post-graduate qualifications include designations as CFA Charterholder and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the real asset sector and has worked in Melbourne, London and Singapore.

Jungo SASAKI

Director, Investments

Jungo SASAKI is Director (Investments) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for the overall management of the team’s investments in urban development projects across all of Mitbana’s selected ASEAN markets. Jungo joins Mitbana from Surbana Jurong Capital, and was previously Vice President, Project Development in CapitaLand. Jungo also held various other portfolios during his time with CapitaLand, including Managing Director of CapitaLand Japan Kabushiki Kaisha, Group Country Head of Japan, and Director of B-Life (now known as Daiwa House Reit Investment Corporation) J-REIT.

Jungo holds a BSc. in Engineering from Nihon University in Japan and is a recipient of the “Kin-no Tamago Sho” (“Golden Egg”) Award from “The All-Japan University Architectural Design Competition”. He is a fully-qualified architect registered with the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA).

Toshihiro OTSUJI

Director, Investments

Toshihiro OTSUJI is Director (Investments) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for investments in urban development projects across all of Mitbana’s selected ASEAN markets. 

Toshihiro has more than 17 years’ experience in the real estate and urban development industry, including residential, retail, office, industrial and hotel assets in Japan, China and ASEAN. Prior to this appointment, Toshihiro led a project management team from Mitsubishi Corporation on a US$700 million mixed-use development in Yangon, Myanmar from 2017-2019. Toshihiro also worked for Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc., where he was responsible for the acquisition and disposition of retail assets for Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation, the largest J-REIT specializing in retail properties.

Toshihiro holds a M.A. in Civil Engineering from Tokyo University, and is a licensed First-class Architect in Japan.

Maresuke ENDO

Director, Strategy

Maresuke ENDO is Director (Strategy) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and leads the development of strategic plans & investment directives for the team. Maresuke also 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.

Takeshi SAITO

Director, Administration

Takeshi SAITO is Director (Administration) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for all corporate administrative affairs including finance & accounting, human resources, and communications.

Takeshi started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation as a risk manager within the hedge fund business. Over the past 17 years, he has been engaged in various financial businesses within Mitsubishi Corporation ranging from financial derivatives trading to the leasing business. Takeshi also worked for Mitsubishi Corporation’s Business Investment Management Department where he supported the company’s Investment Committee in analyzing pipeline investments across various industry sectors.

Takeshi holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Eugene HENG

Senior Manager, Investments

Eugene HENG joined Mitbana Pte. Ltd. as Senior Manager (Investments) in March 2019 and is responsible for evaluating and executing the team’s investments in urban development projects primarily in Indonesia & the Philippines. 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.

Hiroki KANAI

Senior Manager, Investments

Hiroki KANAI is Senior Manager (Investments) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for evaluating and executing the team’s investments in urban development projects primarily in Vietnam & Myanmar. Hiroki was also involved with the prior incorporation and start-up of Mitbana. Prior to this appointment, Hiroki worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo Headquarters, where he was responsible for the management as well as quantitative analysis of real estate development projects in Myanmar and Japan. Hiroki also spent 1 year in Yangon from 2017 – 2018, as part of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Global Trainee program.

Hiroki holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Tokyo.

Loey KIM

Manager, Investments

Loey KIM is Manager (Investments) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating the team’s investments in urban development projects primarily in Vietnam & Myanmar.  Prior to this appointment, Loey was with Goldman Sachs, where he was part of the Credit Research team from 2015 to 2018. During his time at Goldman Sachs, he conducted in-depth fundamental credit research on various sectors in APAC and evaluated the creditworthiness of trading counterparties.

Loey holds a B.A. in Political Science (Dean’s List) from Waseda University as well as an M.Phil in Management from the University of Cambridge. 

Kenko UEYAMA

Manager, Investments

Kenko UEYAMA is Manager (Investments) at Mitbana Pte. Ltd. and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating the team’s investments in urban development projects primarily in Indonesia & the Philippines. Kenko was also involved with the prior incorporation and start-up of Mitbana. Prior to this appointment, Kenko worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo Headquarters, where he was responsible for the management as well as quantitative analysis of real estate development projects in Vietnam and Japan.  

Kenko graduated from an accelerated 5-year program at Johns Hopkins University and holds a B.A. in Economics & International Studies, as well as a M.A. in International Economics and Energy, Resources & Environment from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

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.