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Meet the team

Get to know the professionals in our investment team and our board of directors 

Flavia Cheong

Head of Equities - Asia Pacific

Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific Equities on the Asian Equities team at abrdn, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining abrdn in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Hugh Young

Chairman of Asia Pacific

Hugh Young is the Chairman for the abrdn business in Asia. He was previously the Head of Asia Pacific for Aberdeen Standard Investments, a main board director and Head of Investments for Aberdeen Asset Management (before its merger with Standard Life plc). Hugh joined the company in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London, having started his investment career in 1980. He founded the company's regional headquarters in Singapore in 1992. Hugh is a director of a number of group subsidiary companies and group-managed investment trusts and funds. Hugh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University.

Gabriel Sacks

Investment Director

Chartered Financial Analyst, MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University. Joined the company in 2008 as part of the London-based Global Emerging Markets Equities team and transferred to Asian Equities in 2018.

Neil Sun

Investment Manager

Neil joined abrdn's Asian Equities team in 2018 having previously worked as a Research Analyst at Deutsche Bank and prior to that JPMorgan Asset Management. Neil has passed level II of the CFA Program.

Nigel Cayzer

Chairman

Chairman of Oryx International Growth Fund Limited and a director of a number of other investment companies.

Charlotte Black

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Black is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and of the RSA and is co-founder of the financial technology company, Artclear. She was for nearly 30 years until 2015 on the senior management team of Brewin Dolphin Holdings plc, having served within that company as Marketing Director and in investment management roles. Charlotte has served on the boards of several industry related entities including the Wealth Management Association, The CISI and Euroclear PLC. 

Randal Dunluce

Independent Non-Executive Director

A Partner of Sarasin & Partners LLP responsible for the management of private client and charity portfolios as well as selfinvested personal pension schemes. He is chairman of Sarasin’s London partnership. He is also a non–executive director of a number of other private companies.

Lindsay Cooper

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Cooper is a Singapore permanent resident and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. After working in corporate finance in Hong Kong in the early 1990's, Lindsay co-founded Arisaig Partners in 1996, an independent Investment Management business where, for 20 years, he had investment responsibility for the USD3bn Arisaig Asia Consumer Fund. Following semi-retirement Lindsay founded Chic & Unique Pte Ltd, a boutique hotels and hospitality business with operations in Asia and Europe and, more recently, founded Chi Tree Health, a preventative healthcare enterprise in Singapore. Mr Cooper is also closely involved with two charities: representing Singapore on the Magic Bus Global Board; and as a non-executive director on the board of Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Krishna Shanmuganathan

Independent Non-Executive Director

A partner in Scylax Partners in 2016 and prior to that was managing partner at Hakluyt & Company (Asia), a risk advisory company, having established and led the Asia Pacific offices of the firm, based in Singapore. Before that Krishna held research and analyst roles at Fidelity International and Cambridge Associates after a successful and varied career in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He holds a number of other non-executive appointments including being on the advisory board of Serendipity Capital, chairman of the trustees of St Jude India Child Care Centres UK and a trustee of Solefield School Educational Trust.

Alex Finn

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Finn was a partner for 27 years in PwC’s global financial services practice, retiring on 30 June 2022. During his career at PwC Mr Finn was responsible for the services that PwC provided internationally to a number of its largest global clients, all of which had extensive operations in Asia.  He was also responsible for supporting clients in large scale accounting and financial change programmes, was PwC’s EMEA insurance leader, sat on its EMEA FS leadership team and led a number of PwC’s largest global audit engagements.