Jonathan Quek is a beloved educator on a personal mission to make a difference through education. As the Founder of Owners Circle, he was the pioneer of the Influence Investing movement, where he led over 300 people within the company’s private community to co-own purposeful businesses that are run by passionate business owners.
The company was the angel investor behind incubated crowdfunded projects in F&B, hospitality and more. He was also the mastermind behind the Masterclass series of entrepreneur education programs, designed to help empower entrepreneurs to level up their businesses. He briefly served as a blockchain advisor with the mission to innovate and accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology for real-world application. His role as a partner involves sourcing, analysis and approval of blockchain projects based on founding team, project idea and economic model. He leads the incubator and accelerator program; hosting workshops and seminars to propagate the blockchain community.
Prior to joining the digital currency landscape, Jonathan has established himself as a veteran in the innovative finance industry. He is the founder of SilverMalaysia.com, an industry leader in precious metals. He became the best-selling author of several books translated into various languages, most notably “Why Gold? Why Silver? Why Now?" and “Keep Investment Simple & Stupid”.
Jonathan was nominated as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs (MIYE) in Malaysia and has been featured in numerous media such as Bloomberg, The Edge, BFM, The Star, VTV4 and more. He has touched the lives of thousands, having spoken on international platforms in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Korea.
Chief Growth Officer
Raymond Chou is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 20 years of entrepreneurship experience. He started his first business at the age of 21, marking the beginning of a lifetime of entrepreneurship. This drive and spirit has led Raymond to dabble in the world of trade, music, training, IT and events.
One of Raymond’s most notable successes is Infront Consulting Asia Pacific, which has flourished from a lean mean startup in Malaysia to an international company with presence across 6 countries, all accomplished within 5 years. Infront is also the only Malaysian IT company who has won back-to-back Microsoft Partner of The Year for the last 8 years.
Raymond’s personal accomplishments include a track record of winning back-to-back awards, notably the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for a consecutive 11 years and Microsoft Regional Director award for a consecutive 2 years, the only person to have held both awards.
Over the years, Raymond has enjoyed many triumphs and an equal amount of setbacks. But more importantly, Raymond has learnt to bounce back every single time and emerge even more successful than before. This has fuelled his desire to create positive change in the personal and business growth of entrepreneurs. This also marked the beginning of his journey in Owners Circle, to ride on the Founder’s vision and execute it with his own experience and passion.
The journey of taking a business from good to great is not an overnight matter. It is Raymond’s commitment to ensuring that the Business Fastrack Blueprint will embody a structured approach to measure the progress and growth of each entrepreneur as they undergo a year-long transformational journey with Owners Circle.
Lee Teng Hau
Being an enthusiast in the area of investment and corporate finance, Teng Hau currently serves as an analyst and venture builder in the advisory department of Owners Circle.
As a venture builder, his role primary involves developing innovative financing option to empower entrepreneurs and SME business owners to Fastrack their business growth. Apart from that, he also works hand in hand with the entrepreneurs in their financial modelling, structure and valuation to ensure the companies could achieve the maximum result in their fundraising activities.
As an analyst, his role covers the area of project sourcing, due-diligence, market research and analyzing business across a wide range of industry to identify high growth potential companies for incubation and investment purposes of the company.
Prior to joining Owners Circle, he has had the experience to working and serving MNCs across Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia where he has managed and handled multiple six-figures projects during those tenure. Some of the MNCs clients and company that he worked with before includes UNIQLO, Crystal Group, Bursa Malaysia, Kenanga Investment Bank and more.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Yahui is leading the marketing communications of Owners Circle. An accomplished digital marketer, she is the architect behind the strategic sales funnels and digital advertising campaigns on social media. She oversees the production of marketing communications down to the conceptualization of brand strategy.
Prior to joining Owners Circle, Yahui founded a publishing company offering editorial services for businesses. Eventually, she was appointed to join Owners Circle full-time after realizing her potential. Notable personal achievements include winning two much-coveted awards for a leading technology client.
Yahui is also the co-founder of a F&B business. Thanks to her marketing prowess, the cafe quickly gained traction and widespread media attention with over RM1.2 million in PR coverage within the first few months of operation.
In the early beginnings of her marketing career, she has generated over RM60 million worth of PR value for her portfolio of clients, ranging from top names in luxury, fashion and retail brands. Notable accomplishments in her career include the launch of Private Retirement Scheme (PRS) for Manulife Asset Management Berhad; the rebranding of Barbie for Mattel and the grand launch of KIX HD, an action movie channel carried by Celestial Tiger Entertainment Hong Kong.
Community & Events Manager
Joey is our Community & Events Manager who oversees the creation of a vibrant Owners Circle community. She is in charge of establishing relationships and building rapport with our community members, ensuring continuous engagement and value creation well beyond the graduation of our students. Joey also takes lead in bringing in new students to the Owners Circle Academy. .
Joey launched her career in corporate marketing in the Samsung Malaysia headquarters, where she learnt the basics of marketing and events with the launch of several Samsung flagships products. She was the go-to person between the brand and the appointed agency to ensure the launch events are executed to perfection.
She brings with her rich experience in organizing beauty pageants after being crowned Miss Malaysia Tourism Metropolitan 2014 and Miss Malaysia Southeast Asia Tourism 2015. After earning her crown, she remained active in the pageant scene and was handling sponsorships and event management for Miss Malaysia Tourism, Miss Tourism International & overseas pageants.
Prior to joining Owners Circle, Joey enjoyed a thriving career in the United States, serving as the Business Development for a startup company back in 2018.
Joey is a graduate of banking & finance, and she is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration (MBA). She dedicates her free time to charitable causes, such as involving in Pink Heart Care Centre, an old folk’s care centre founded by former beauty queens in Malaysia
Admin & Finance Executive
Jinny is our Admin and Finance Executive, the bedrock to our organization. Since joining, she has been instrumental in building strong financial standing and back office operations to support the various business units in Owners Circle.
She oversees the smooth execution and operation of our company’s administrative works. On the financial front, she’s a specialist in cash flow forecast, cash flow management and project P/L modelling.
Jinny is also vital in the growth of our academy. She plays the role of event coordinator to support the various education events under our portfolio. Under her diligent management, the company has successfully curated numerous unforgettable event experiences catering to the needs of scale-up entrepreneurs.
She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Board of Mentors
Performance Lifestyle Consultant
Dr. Michel Gagné
His Train the Coach program has successfully contributed to more than 35,000 coaches throughout Canada. Michel Gagné is a Certified Coach Facilitator with Corporate Coach U International and a Certified Counselor with the International Society of Mental Training and Excellence. He is also a Certified and Licensed Leader with the Legacy Leadership Institute of Dallas, Texas and a Certified NLP Coach with the International Coaching Community.
Dr. Michel Gagne is a Member of the Oxford Association of Management in the Grade of Certified Doctor of Business Administration and a Grand Doctor of Philosophy with the International University of Fundamental Studies of St-Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Gagne is a Fellow of the OXFORD Center of Leadership and he was previously Associate Fellow Member of the Institut Pengurusan Malaysia (MIM Malaysian Institute of Management). He is also a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Dr. Gagne is a Founding Fellow of the Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching Professional Association (USA).
Dr. Gagne is a highly skilled communicator and motivator experienced in dealing with the corporate, government and education sectors, as well as NGO’s. He has directed courses and lectured all over Canada; in the European countries of United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Albania, Kosovo, Sweden and Russia; in the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico and Dominica; in the African countries of Kenya, Senegal, Guinea and Mauritania; in Egypt, Bahrain and Iran for the Gulf Region; in the Asian countries of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and China.
Currently based in Malaysia, he was previously attached to a Government Agency in Malaysia as Manager of High-Performance Programs. He has been involved in Management and High Performance for many years at various levels; initially, at the City of Montreal in Staff Training and Stress Management programs; the Coaching Association of Canada in High Performance Programs.
Michel is a Sophrologist, a Certified Breatheology Master Instructor and a Certified Counselor with the International Society of Mental Training and Excellence. He is also a Certified and Licensed Leader with the Legacy Leadership Institute of Dallas, Texas and a Certified NLP Coach with Lambent do Brazil of Sao Paulo and the International Coaching Community (ICC). He is also a Master Course Conductor with the Coaching Association of Canada since 1972.
Michel Gagne is a speaker, facilitator and International Executive and Corporate Coach with more than 40 years of experience, and he has been in Asia for more than 30 years. He is a highly skilled communicator and motivator experienced in dealing with the Corporate and Manufacturing Sector, Government, Education, and NGO’s.
Michel Gagne is bridging Excellence and High Performance in the Workplace with High Performance in Sports.
Excellent motivator, Michel has worked with several Olympic Medallists and Athletes from Canada and abroad since the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. He was involved in the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games as Manager of the Training Venues. He started getting involved in mental preparation for Olympic Athletes in several sports in Canada and abroad from 1972 until now.
Amongst Asia’s world level athletes he worked with are: Squash Eight Times World champion Dato Nicol David, A1/F1 Driver Alex Young, LPGA Golfer Lim Siew Ai from Malaysia, Commonwealth Games Badminton Gold Medalist Rashid Sidek, Barcelona Olympic Medalist Jalani and Rasif Sidek from Malaysia, and Hii King Hung from Sarawak, Bronze Medalist in Taekwondo, Olympic Sprint Medallist Sushantika Jayasinghe from Sri Lanka, and many more.
He started training coaches in 1975 in Quebec, Canada as a Master Course Conductor for the Coaching Association of Canada. For 10 years his train the trainer program has successfully contributed to more than 35,000 coaches in Canada’s NCCP Program.
He came to Malaysia in 1987 on his way to a survey mission to Korea, for the Coaching Association of Canada to assess the competitive and security environmental factors in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games. In 1988, he spent three months in Malaysia to train national coaches on the mental side preparation of the games for the 1989 SUKAN SEA. In 1989, he was appointed as Sport Psychology and Mental Training Consultant for the Malaysia Contingent at the 1989 SUKAN SEA, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaysia finished 2nd).
He came permanently to Malaysia in 1990 as Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute (Institut Sukan Negara). He later contributed to the overall mental training and preparation of the Malaysian Contingent for the successful 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur (10 Gold Medals and fourth placing overall).
His last contribution as Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute was the supervision of the overall preparation of the Malaysian Contingent for the 21st SEA Games. Malaysia won the first placing with a total of 111 gold medals (the BEST EVER).
He left the position of Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute (Institut Sukan Negara) in 2002 to pursue is career in South East Asia as CEO and Executive Master Coach of Coaching and Training Asia Sdn Bhd.
Michel trains and turn executives and managers into coaches. While Coaching is not a new concept, he advocates that without coaching, training loses its effectiveness rapidly, and often fails to achieve the lasting Behavior changes needed. While training is an “event”, coaching is a “process”, which is a valuable next step to training to ensure that the new knowledge imparted, actually becomes learned Behavior.
In the last few years he has trained more than 5,000 executive’s coaches and managers as coaches in Bahrain, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Participants come from various industries such as banking, manufacturing, biochemical, real estates, construction, insurance, telecommunication, information technology, microelectronics, Low Tech., High Tech., governments and many more.
Managing Partner at Zubir Chang & Co. PLT
Ahmad Zubir Zahid
Ahmad Zubir Zahid, 46, is an auditor-corporate financier-private equity investor. As a person with multiple careers, he divides his time equally with his concurrent careers. He is the Managing Partner of Zubir Chang & Co., an audit firm which he set up in 2018 after receiving his approved company auditor licence from the Ministry of Finance. He is also a co-founder and Director of Thinkat Advisory Sdn Bhd (“Thinkat”), a boutique corporate finance advisory firm licensed by the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) in 2017. He is also Director of Zulu Capital Sdn Bhd (“Zulu Capital”), a private equity fund management company registered with the SC that he co-founded in 2014 that invests in unlisted companies. Zubir is no stranger to both entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (“SME”) and the issues SMEs and their owners face.
He has over seven (7) years’ experience within the offshore oil and gas industry, as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of three (3) separate offshore construction companies. Before setting up Zulu Capital and Thinkat, he was CFO of Daya Offshore Construction Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Daya Materials Berhad that provides subsea construction services. Prior to that, he was CFO of Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd, an offshore and marine services contractor and SapuraAcergy Sdn Bhd, a seabed-to-surface engineering and construction contractor. These two companies were joint venture companies within the Sapura Energy Berhad group of companies.
Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he spent over a decade in the financial services industry as a management consultant, investment banker and auditor with Ethos Consulting, ECM Libra, CIMB Investment Bank and PwC, respectively.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (“MBA”) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the USA in 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (“BSc”) in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1996.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (“CA ANZ”). He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Zubir has extensive experience in business valuation, holding several qualifications in that field such as the Business Valuation Specialist with CA ANZ, Chartered Valuer and Appraiser with the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore and International Certified Valuation Specialist of the International Association of Certified Valuation Specialists. He is also a holder of a Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence issued by the SC for the regulated activity of advising on corporate finance.
Corporate and M&A Lawyer
Gan Ming Chiek
Ming Chiek is a corporate and M&A lawyer whose principal areas of practice include local and cross-border mergers & acquisitions (M&A), corporate joint ventures, corporate and regulatory advisory for foreign direct investment, ASEAN based private equity and venture capital M&A transactions, investment assets acquisition and divestment, real estate development projects, foreign and local IPOs of Malaysian corporations, private fund-raising exercises, corporate governance, blockchain & Initial coin offering (ICO).
Ming Chiek has a strong passion for designing and structuring tax-efficient deals that facilitate his clients’ M&A transactions. His career in M&A sphere has given him the opportunity to work on several notable corporate M&A transactions in Malaysia, in particular, M&A transactions involving the property development, manufacturing, bereavement care, assets management, energy, healthcare, entertainment, technology, F&Bs and distributive trade industries.
Apart from his conventional legal practices, Ming Chiek has since early 2017 ventured into the blockchain scene and has advised a number of international blockchain & ICO projects in Singapore, Malta and Gibraltar. Through involvement in these projects, he has established a wide network of local and foreign partners from these crypto valleys. He believes that crypto market is converging and blockchain technology is going to revolutionize everything from banking, supply chain, government, trading to even our identities.
Prior to founding GLT Law, Ming Chiek worked as a Corporate M&A lawyer in Rahmat Lim & Partners (associated with Allen & Gledhill of Singapore), a tier one corporate transactions focused law firm in Malaysia, and as a corporate & commercial lawyer in Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh, both of which regularly advise on many of the nation’s largest and most high-profile transactions.
Psychological Magician, Showman & Entrepreneur
Driven by passion towards performing magic for the past 10 years, Cody has been known as a versatile showman. Twice the champion of local magic competition in Malaysia while he was 17 and has since then performed formore than 30,000 audiences throughout his shows; from the time as an in-house magician of an international resort (2010), until today as an independent talent performing internationally.
'An act that compels you to take action towards positive change'
That is the underlying criteria of Cody's theater work. People always recognize him as charismatic, moving, educational, and a little playful on stage. With the elements of the modern myths and stories that eventually draw the significant difference between a trick and magic; he gives meanings and purposes to his show. For the past decade Cody has worked with individuals, celebrities, remarkable groups and corporations. Most recently, he is dedicating his time to educating entrepreneurs on the merits of psychological and communication skills to enhance their business.
Founder & CEO of QuickDesk
At 21, Charmain Tan started her first company and designed award-winning winter gloves that can be used on touchscreen devices. She learned the hard lesson that small businesses like hers do not understand the sales process well and lack digital tools to drive sales productivity.
In 2015, Charmain founded QuickDesk, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) digital tool for SMEs and sales professionals for better and efficient sales. Currently, they are the leading CRM software solution in Southeast Asia.
She is a regular speaker and practitioner on Digital Sales Transformation, and also winner of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology.
Founder & CEO of Ninety Five Percent Sdn. Bhd.
Award winning advertising maven of 20 years, Janet Lee has since ventured into pioneering the field of corporate culture consultancy.
She established Ninety Five Percent Sdn. Bhd. (95%) in 2004 together with branding guru Peter Gan and Master Trainer and Programme Designer Shaikh Shahnaz Karim. As a training academy in the early days, the team designed and delivered experiential training programmes to give advertising professionals of all levels (from senior management to fresh graduate) a quantum leap in their careers.
The key to the success of 95%’s programmes is the foundation of personal growth: this activates people’s internal drive to continuously push boundaries in the pursuit of excellence. As a result, a number of the early participants are now among the management teams of some of the region’s most highly awarded advertising agencies.
As a corporate culture consultancy today, 95%’s vision is to turn workplaces into joyplaces through custom designed culture enhancement programmes. Janet’s unique background in both advertising and people development makes her a valuable asset to leaders who want to evoke greater engagement from their employees.
As the lead consultant and performance coach, Janet works closely with CEOs, HODs and other leaders in the area of conceptualizing and installing company cultures; to gain clarity in purpose and focus, developing mastery of self, relationship and in business. In the course of working closely with the leaders, she helps unearth actionable insights on key focus areas of change that would yield the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time.
As one of the first Malaysians to be a certified trainer of the UK-based Barrett Values Centre, she continues to help shine light on the blind spots that are causing cultural entropy and provide insights on creating a highly attractive and profitable company culture.
She is also a Certified Master Performance Coach and NASAGA Learning Game Design Practitioner.
Janet has also designed and delivered 95%’s signature programmes that boost performance through increased self-awareness and coaching. These programmes include The Power of Me, Shine, Fasttrack, and From Me To We. She has trained professionals from various industries including the Oil & Gas, Finance, Insurance, Hotel, and Retail industries in the area of business and brand strategy, idea generation, copywriting and presentation skills.
The list of companies that she has worked with include Zico Law, OCBC Bank, Auto Bavaria, Affin Hwang Capital, Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad, MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation), Cyberview Sdn Bhd, UM Specialist Centre, Publicis Malaysia and Jakarta, The TBWA Group, FCB Malaysia, Naga DDB Tribal, Seven Sunday Films Jakarta and more. Her clients appreciate the bespoke approach and commitment to ensure that every programme achieves its objectives.
As a pioneer and passionate advocate in the field of corporate culture, she has been invited to speak at leadership conferences for YTL Corporation, Dairy Farm, Malaysia Property Inc, Colgate Palmolive, Malaysian CMO Conference and Incitement. She has also been featured numerous times on BFM and Malaysia SME.