Our Team

Rizal Ismadi - Founder/Executive Director

Rizal Ismadi has over 20 years of experience in corporate advisory and asset management companies in Malaysia and Indonesia. His experience covers both traditional and shariah/ethical mandates and he has worked on both sides of the business – retail and institutional. Before establishing VentureX Capital, Rizal was heavily engaged in the mergers & acquisition, restructuring and rehabilitating of companies as well as investment portfolios.

Azizuddin Shahruddin - Director

Mohammad Azizuddin Shahruddin or better known as AJ where his global network knows him as, is a seasoned Technopreneur, Venture Builder and the GoToGuy in South East Asia. He currently serves as director and advisor to many multinational companies which includes among others as a director at Legros Partners Group, Hike Digital Asia Indonesia and Fatfish Ventures of Fatfish Internet Group. He also serves as Country director for Mountain Partners AG, a Swiss based Venture Capital Firm.

Azli Noor - CEO

Azli has more than 20 years of working experience ranging from legal, corporate trustee, corporate and investment banking, logistics and total supply chain as well as managing and scaling up start-ups. Prior to VentureX Capital, Azli worked for CIMB Investment Bank, Asian Finance Bank, Kontena Nasional and IP2P Global. 

 

Lutfi Azhar - Deputy CEO

Lutfi Azhar brings more than 10 years of experience to VentureX Capital.  Prior to this, Lutfi served as Chief Assistant Director of Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy & Special Projects Manager at the Government of Malaysia. On top of his vast political experience, he is an experienced nation branding, communications and investor relations specialist.

Marco Stutz - Advisor

Marco Stutz is the Investment Director Southeast Asia, Mountain Partners Asia.

Marco Stutz joined Mountain Partners in 2009 as the executive assistant to the management board. Today, Marco is responsible for the international investment activities of the group, including the management of joint ventures, for example in India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Prior to MP, Marco worked for GlaxoSmithKline and with Daimler Beijing (China). Marco holds a degree in industrial engineering with focus on international management and strategic controlling.

Marco represents Mountain Partners Asia’s role as adviser for Venture X and reports directly to Mountain Partners AG.

Ahmed Faez - Advisor

Ahmed Faez trained as an accountant in London and subsequently embarked on a career in stockbroking and investment banking.

He spent 8 years living and working in London; and a further 12 years in Kuwait where he was involved in Shariah-compliant investments, asset management and financing.

Ahmed Faez is highly experienced in company evaluation and financial statement analysis with an appreciation of strategic commercial issues. He is an experienced hand in investment banking, corporate finance & advisory, private equity, fund management, securitization, structured finance, equities and Islamic finance. 

Professor Dr Mohar Yusof - Advisor

Prof Dr Mohar is the second generation of a family business with more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and managerial experience.

His professional and scholarly work in the fields of family business, entrepreneurship, strategy and financial planning, equips him with the aptitude and competencies as a family business advisor, strategist, coach and trainer.

He has a Ph.D. in Management, holds a MIM-CPIPM and is a Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI – USA and Asian Circle) and the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.

Professor Dr Haji Ismail Omar - Advisor

Prof Dr Haji Ismail hold these qualifications from the following institutions respectively; PhD in Land Economy  1999, Master of Business in Property 1992, BSc in Estate Management 1986, Diploma in Valuation, Diploma in Translation (DBP), Land Economy, Real Estate Management and Waqf Management from University of Aberdeen, UK, University of South Australia, Heriot Watt University, UK and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia respectively.

He is currently the Head, Department of Real Estate Management, Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

Toshinori Suzuki - Advisor

Former consultant at Accenture Japan Ltd and later joined Itochu Corporation as General Manager.

He is currently managing his own firm which specializes in identifying and taking over new technologies out of Japan and transfer these latest technologies to overseas, especially bio technologies for agriculture, aquaculture and environment.