Our Key People
Ashley is the founder of the Catalytic group of companies. He is Chairman of Catalytic Holdings Pte Ltd, the CEO & CIO of Catalytic Funds Management Pte Ltd and a member of the Board of Directors of Catalytic Funds VCC.
He founded Catalytic Funds Management in September 2009 after more than 25 years in capital markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand - a majority of those years with Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. His experience as a multi-asset and multi-strategy fund manager, coupled with time spent as an investment banker, research analyst and stockbroker, extends across the capital structure (equity, debt and derivatives) in emerging as well as developed markets.
Ashley’s previous positions have included being the Asian Regional Head of Corporate Research at Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank), the Asian Regional Equity Sales Head at Credit Suisse and a Head of Equity Research at Barclays/BZW (now Credit Suisse).
Ashley is a CFA charterholder, a Fellow of CPA Australia, and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a New Zealand citizen.
Dr Anita Smith
Anita is member of the Board of Directors of Catalytic Holdings Pte Ltd, Catalytic Funds Management Pte Ltd and Catalytic Funds VCC.
Anita joined Catalytic in 2009 and co-ordinates the firm's multi-family office practice where the combination of her hard skills in analysing investment products, and soft interpersonal skills, are best utilized. Her interests in private wealth management led her to pursue a doctorate in that field.
Prior to that Anita worked at Societe Generale and in the Office of the President at Bangkok Bank where she helped coordinate a bank-wide restructuring with consultants Booz Allen Hamilton.
Anita holds an MBA from London University and a Doctorate from the University of Leicester (UK) where her thesis “Power, Work and Learning in Private Wealth Management” is the first study of its kind undertaken in Asia’s private banking sector. She is a British citizen.
Andrew is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catalytic Funds VCC.
Andrew is founder and CEO of the Banner group of companies which he founded in Australia in 2007, including Banner Capital Management Limited, which collaborates with Catalytic on the Catalytic-Banner 1st Mortgage Fund.
Banner Capital Management is a fund management company licensed by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and specializes in the management of financing real estate development projects in Australia.
Andrew has over 25 years of global financial markets experience having worked extensively in capital markets specializing in derivative products. He has extensive banking and financial expertise and has worked in London, Tokyo and Australia with leading international institutions. He is a British citizen.
Brett is an alternate director to Andrew Turner on the Board of Directors of Catalytic Funds VCC.
Brett is a Director and Head of Legal and Compliance at the Banner group of companies. He has provided legal advice to the banking and funds management industry for over 20 years as a partner in legal firms and as a partner with KPMG. He has founded and managed commercial mortgage funds for the past 15 years. He has sat on investment and credit and advisory committees for several funds.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Law from Monash University in Australia. He is an Australian citizen.
Shu Kai Hu
Shukai is Head of Compliance and Operations for Catalytic Funds Management Pte Ltd.
Shu Kai joined Catalytic in 2012 after 12 years as a financial adviser with Prudential, an auditor with Deloitte & Touche and a fund accountant/administrator (with Custom House Administration).
He is responsible for monitoring compliance with internal guidelines, Monetary Authority of Singapore regulations and Singapore securities law.
Shu Kai holds a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a Singapore citizen.
Yohei is a Portfolio Manager with Catalytic Funds Management Pte Ltd.
He joined Catalytic in 2020 and co-manages the Catalytic Liquid Opportunities Fund with Jay Shah in addition to his responsibilities of looking after the portfolios of ultra-high net worth clients. Prior to this Yohei worked with a boutique fund manager in Singapore and at the financial advisory arm of Deloitte Touche in Tokyo where he assessed M&A opportunities and developed financial models.
Having grown up in Tokyo and been educated in Tokyo as well as the US, Yohei speaks expert level Japanese and has prime responsibility for Japanese clients in the wealth management unit.
Yohei holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Japanese citizen.
Jay is a Portfolio Manager with Catalytic Funds Management Pte Ltd.
He joined Catalytic in 2015, sharpened his skills in various asset classes under the CIO, and now co-manages the Catalytic Liquid Opportunities Fund with Yohei Suzuki in addition to his responsibilities of looking after the portfolios of ultra-high net worth clients.
Like Yohei, Jay grew up in Tokyo and was educated in the US, Jay also speaks expert level Japanese and shares prime responsibility with Yohei for Japanese clients in the wealth management unit.
Jay holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an Indian citizen.