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.
Gabriel Sacks

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.

Xin-Yao Ng

Investment Manager

Xin-Yao Ng is an Investment Manager on the Asian equities team. Based in Singapore, he is part of the team managing Asia Pacific, Global Emerging Markets and Singapore equity strategies. He leads on healthcare and industrial sector research, as well as covering Singapore banks. Xin-Yao joined the company in 2018 from Allard Partners where he was based in Hong Kong as an Investment Analyst specialising in Greater China equities. Previously, Xin-Yao worked for Central Provident Fund Board in Singapore as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to that, Xin-Yao worked for BNP Paribas in private banking compliance. Xin-Yao graduated with a BSc in Business from Nanyang Technological University, holds an MBA from Fudan University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Krishna Shanmuganathan


Krish has had a varied and successful career in diplomacy, asset management, consulting and corporate advisory, with a particular focus on Asia. Krish now sits on a number of boards and is chair of Weiss Korea Opportunities Fund.

Charlotte Black

Independent Non-Executive Director

Charlotte is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, she was until 2015 director, corporate affairs at Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, having previously served within that company as marketing director and in investment management roles. She has served on the boards of a number of industry related entities including The Wealth Management Association, The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and Euroclear PLC. Charlotte is a founder Director of Artclear Ltd – a financial infrastructure platform for the art industry.

Lindsay Cooper

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lindsay is a Singapore permanent resident and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Lindsay co-founded Arisaig Partners in 1996, an independent Investment Management business where, for 20 years, he had investment responsibility for the Arisaig Asia Consumer Fund. Following semi-retirement Lindsay founded Chic & Unique Pte Ltd, a boutique hotels and hospitality business in Asia and Europe and, more recently, founded Chi Tree Health, in Singapore. He is also involved in two charities, Magic Bus Global and Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Cambodia.

Davina Curling

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Davina has enjoyed a successful career in asset management and was formerly managing director, head of European equities at Russell Investments. More recently Davina has consulted on projects for small companies and start-ups in the financial, manufacturing and retail sectors.  Davina is a non executive director of Henderson Opportunities Trust plc and INVESCO Select Trust plc and is a member of the investment committee of St James’s Place Wealth management. 

Alex Finn

Independent Non-Executive Director

Alex was a partner for 27 years in PwC's global financial services practice, retiring on 30 June 2022. During his career at PwC Alex 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.
Lucy Macdonald profile

Lucy Macdonald

Independent Non Executive Director

Lucy has enjoyed a successful career in asset management and was, until 2020, managing director, CIO global equities at Allianz Global Investors. Lucy is an experienced board director and is currently a member of the investment committee of the RNLI, a non executive council member of the Duchy of Lancaster and senior independent director of JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust Plc.
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