Celadon Texture


Nicholas C. Ashby
Garry Prior
Hisham bin Ahamed Hambal
Steven Fung Beng Ee



Our Team


Nicholas C. Ashby
Founder and Group Chief Executive

Nicholas' career as an investment banker stretches back to 1981, and takes in M&A, privatisations, venture capital, equity research and fund management. Prior to establishing Celadon in 1996, he was attached to Crosby Group from 1992, now a unit of Société Generale, where he oversaw the development of its corporate finance and securities operations in Malaysia, India, Korea and Philippines. Previously, he held senior positions with the M&A arm of Nomura Group in London, during which time he was, among other roles, part of the team that privatised the Czech tobacco industry through a US$400 million sale to Philip Morris Inc., now Altria. In his earlier career, he was attached to the equity research operations of SG Warburg Securities in Tokyo and prior to that a leading London stockbroking firm, both firms now part of UBS Group.

A regular speaker at conferences around the region, Nicholas is a well-known figure among the financial, venture capital and technology communities in Malaysia. He was a co-founder of the Kuala Lumpur chapter of First Tuesday, a global networking group for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and is a Charter Member of TiE Malaysia, the Malaysian chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). TiE is a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by successful entrepreneurs with roots back to the Indian sub-continent. Since then TiE has expanded to 46 chapters in 9 countries. TiE's mission is to cultivate entrepreneurship through networking, mentoring and education.

Nicholas holds Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Natural Science from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England.

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Garry Prior
Group Advisor

Garry has 34 years' experience in Asian business, including investment and commercial banking, private equity and direct investment, consulting and corporate management. Prior to joining Celadon in 1998, he was Chief Operating Officer for a direct investment company in Myanmar, and before that the Managing Director of a listed mining and property group in Thailand. In his earlier career he led the successful turnaround of a merchant bank in Malaysia, and held senior positions with the Bank of New Zealand and OCBC Group. He has also run his own consulting firm, a pioneer in management education. Before moving to Asia in 1971 to open the regional office of a British merchant bank, Garry practised corporate and commercial law in London.

Garry is also a co-founder and director of International Eurobond Consultants (IEC).

Garry holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Cranfield Institute of Technology, England.

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Hisham bin Ahamed Hambal
Director (non-executive)

Hisham is an entrepreneur with interests in a number of private companies, including Quest Group, manufacturers of electrical and electronics components, based near Penang, of which he is Managing Director, and Pakatan Ilham Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm specialising in advising Malaysian companies raising Bumiputra share capital and obtaining stock market listings. Previously he was Director and Chief Operating Officer of Selecta Ventures Sdn Bhd, a licensed investment management company, and an associate company of the Government-controlled Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). Prior to joining Selecta, he was attached to Renong Group, Golden Hope Plantations and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Hisham holds a Bachelor of Business Degree, specialising in Accountancy from University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

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  Steven Fung Beng Ee
Director (non-executive)

Steven is the Managing Partner of Kamarudin & Partners, which ranks as one of top five law firms in Malaysia. Kamarudin's clientele includes a wide range of central and local Government agencies, and many of Malaysia's leading corporations, financial institutions and property development companies.

Steven graduated with an MA from St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK, and has been admitted to the Bar in Malaysia, Singapore, and England and Wales.

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