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Our Story & Our Team

A Message from our Founder:

Crea8’s foundations were laid when I started my MPhil and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Cambridge in 2001; and where I continued to be an Assistant Professor. To date, I remain as a Fellow in Finance at the University.

Having just qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, academic research was such that I had to learn to code, download and clean data and manage research projects all by myself. This was a time when behavioural finance and fundamental equity valuation models were in vogue; freelancers were hard to come by and society had yet to latch on to artificial intelligence or quant investing.

The foundation was further strengthened with my move to be a proprietary trader at Credit Suisse in London – a opportunity which opened the possibility of implementing many of the academic findings in the real world. This experience was unfortunately jolted when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, triggering a financial crisis similar to how Covid-19 impacted the markets.

Fast forward to today, Crea8 carries 8 core values which embody what we believe in and offer, and I am delighted to share our journey with you.

I want to end by thanking my family, our advisors, all clients, friends and colleagues, current and in the past, Cammillion, the innovative technology powering Crea8, the regulators and our broker partner for getting us here. Without you, there is no Crea8 and we look forward to sharing more in the future.

Yours sincerely

Kim-Hwa

Professor Gishan Dissanaike

Advisor

Professor Dissanaike is a financial economist and holds the Adam Smith Professor of Corporate Governance at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Dissanaike is also the Director of Studies in Management Studies at Trinity College Cambridge and a Fellow of Hughes Hall. He has been consulted extensively by numerous international corporations, investment banks and regulatory agencies. He previously held a visiting faculty appointment at Cornell University, an ESRC Research Fellowship and an Academic Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and was the co-chair of the 2009 European Financial Management Association Symposium on Corporate Governance and Control.

Professor Dissanaike holds Ph.D. and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Mr Stephen Tan Fei Wen

Advisor

Mr Tan comes with over 30 years experience in investment banking, private banking and in managing real estate investments. His experiences were obtained in the US, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia and Singapore.

He was the Executive Director of a Real Estate Investment Fund in Singapore where he was directly responsible for managing real estate investments which include commercial buildings and hotels worth SGD 400 million.

Prior to that, he held many senior positions between 2004 and 2011 in several private banks including Credit Suisse and being the country head for ANZ and UOB private banks in Malaysia. He started his career in banking at JP Morgan Chase in New York.

Mr Tan graduated Summa cum Laude from Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA and holds Double major in Economics and History.

Dr Hok Gwan Go

Advisor

Dr Go is currently a Senior Consultant at Beta Optimization Associates, Hong Kong.

Dr Go has extensive experience in dynamic stochastic programming for financial investment problems, replicating portfolios, portfolio compression, hedging problems, mortgage pool allocation and general linear and quadratic problems.

He has proven ability to employ nonlinear optimizers when linearisation is not desirable. He is capable of analysing problems, creating models and writing high performance codes in various languages.

Dr Go has previously consulted with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch; and was a Consultant at Cambridge Systems Associates. He was previously on the rowing team for Hughes Hall at Cambridge.

Dr Go holds a Ph.D. in Computational Finance from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Kim-Hwa Lim

CEO

Dr Lim is also currently a Fellow in Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Dr Lim comes with a multi-disciplinary background. Prior to setting up Crea8, he was the CEO and Head of Economics at Penang Institute, one of the premier public policy think tanks in Malaysia. He was also a proprietary trader at Credit Suisse in London and a portfolio manager at JL Capital in Singapore.

His experiences in academia include being an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and a visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked with KPMG and Wilson Wright in London.

Dr Lim holds Ph.D. and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge.