Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp
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- FinTech, Technology, Insurance, Business Services
Mr. Alan Yamashita will serve as our Chairman upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part . Mr. Yamashita has over forty years of experience in capital markets, with a focus on investment management, investment banking, and alternative investment. Since 2013, he has been Managing Partner at Polar Ventures, a private investment firm that provides capital and strategic solutions to companies in sectors important to the Asia region’s development. He is also Board Director of Invion Limited, an ASX listed biotech company From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Yamashita served as Executive Advisor to Mizuho Alternative Investments LLC, which was a subsidiary of the Mizuho Financial Group, dedicated to developing and managing quantitative investment strategies. During his tenure, Mr. Yamashita provided strategy, management and execution for the firm’s distressed credit, structured credit and CLO management businesses, including sourcing and investing in non-performing real estate, consumer and corporate loans. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Yamashita served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Search Investment Group and founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Search Alternative Investment Limited, a major private global hedge fund and private equity investment practice headquartered in Asia. During his seven year tenure, Mr. Yamashita managed a multibillion-dollar portfolio of hedge funds and private equity holdings. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Yamashita was Managing Director and Head of Asia Capital Markets for Merrill Lynch. During his tenure at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Yamashita built an award-winning franchise (IFR 1997) for profitability, volume and quality of capital markets business and was responsible for senior origination relationships in Asia. From 1979 to 1995, Mr. Yamashita was a 16 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he held various positions, including founding Asia manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), and Executive Director for Goldman Sachs Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity (FICC), with postings in New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Mr. Yamashita commenced his career as an international credit analyst at Standard and Poor’s in New York in 1977, becoming a Vice President in 1978. Mr. Yamashita holds an MPA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a BA from Yale University. We believe that Mr. Yamashita is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his finance and investment expertise. Mr. Alan Yamashita is Mr. Alex Yamashita’s father.
Mr. Alex Yamashita has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer since February 2021. Mr. Yamashita has over a decade of experience in investment, fintech, and entrepreneurship. From 2020 to 2021, he was the co-founder and partner of PPL, a private investment company with a focus in blockchain, the digital asset space and fintech sectors, where he oversees deal origination, investment analysis and key strategic relationships with founders and entrepreneurs both in Asia and globally. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Yamashita was the co-founder at TLDR, a leading global blockchain and fintech investment and advisory firm. During Mr. Yamashita’s tenure, TLDR grew to over 300 million HKD of assets under management in its principal portfolio. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Yamashita undertook several entrepreneurial ventures and led various investments ranging from agritech to fintech and big data, including Omnisci, which uses graphics processing units and central processing units to query and visualize big data. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Yamashita was Vice President for Asia and Japan Equities at CLSA, and from 2007 to 2008, an analyst at Goldman Sachs’ FICC Structured Products Group. Mr. Yamashita received his BA in Economics from Yale University. We believe that Mr. Yamashita is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his fintech and investment expertise. Mr. Alex Yamashita is Mr. Alan Yamashita’s son.
Mr. Naphat Sirimongkolkasem has served as our Chief Financial Officer and as a member of our board of directors since April 2021. Mr. Sirimongkolkasem is experienced in management, business development and capital market transactions, including M&A, fundraising, IPO, and restructuring in Asia. Since 2017, Mr. Sirimongkolkasem has been co-founder and investment director of Sapientia Capital Limited, a Hong Kong based multi-family office conducting regulated activities including investment advisory, discretionary account management and fund management. The multi-family office advised and managed up to HKD 440 million value of assets, with investments in a range of verticals including food, education and finance. Mr. Sirimongkolkasem is responsible for the investment and operation activities of Sapientia Capital Limited, overseeing the analysis and evaluation of opportunities for strategic equity investment in Asia, including China and Hong Kong. Since 2020, Mr. Sirimongkolkasem has also been an investment advisor of Everbright Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund, a private equity fund under China Everbright Limited with USD 300 million of AUM, and serving as a director at one of the portfolio companies of the fund. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Sirimongkolkasem was a consultant at Vision Skill Consulting limited, which specializes in strategy, management and engineering advisory in areas that cover infrastructure, transportation and hospitality. Mr. Sirimongkolkasem obtained his bachelor degree of arts in economics from Durham University (United Kingdom) in 2012.
Mr. Mark Streeter will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Streeter brings over a decade of experience in institutional capital markets and technology consulting, with a focus on fintech and blockchain. In 2018, Mr. Streeter founded Van Bers Consulting in Tokyo Japan (subsequently moved to LA) to provide strategic growth consulting and a suite of supporting services to early to mid-stage technology startups in emerging growth industries with a specific focus on Asia. Prior to this, from 2008 to 2018, Mr. Streeter served multiple positions at CLSA, including Director of Japan and Asia Equity Sales, and was the specialist sales lead for CLSA’s Global Automation thematic product. During his decade long tenure at CLSA, Mr. Streeter was responsible for a multi-year strategy to build CLSA’s nascent Japan research brand globally, which resulted in Mr. Streeter building robust networks in CLSA’s key markets of Tokyo, London and New York. During this period, Mr. Streeter served as lead account manager for numerous core CLSA global accounts, managing in excess of US$250 billion in equity assets. Mr. Streeter received his BA in Political Science from Concordia University. We believe that Mr. Streeter is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his equity and tech expertise.
Dr. Rolf Hoefer will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Dr. Hoefer is a subject matter expert in the blockchain and fintech sector. Since 2020, he has been the founder and CEO of Numomo, a creative NFT agency focused on collecting and exhibiting NFTs. From 2018 to 2020, he was the Managing Partner of Rhetorical Crypto Capital Management, responsible for leading investments into tokens using algorithmic long-short strategy. From 2018 to 2019, Dr. Hoefer was the co-founder & technical lead at Keyless, which offers a biometrics-enabled, privacy preserving Web3 protocol offering authentication and identity management in a decentralized and standardized manner using multi-party computation schemes. During his tenure, the valuation of Keyless reached 10 million USD, and Keyless has most recently raised a round of financing at a valuation of up to 40 million USD. Dr. Hoefer has been extensively published, including in the well-known Academy of Management Review. Dr. Hoefer has also co-authored and lead a report focused on fintech and entrepreneurship, which was presented at the European Commission in 2013. Dr. Hoefer holds a PHD in Management (Entrepreneurship) with a focus on token and blockchain based systems. Dr. Hoefer also holds an MSc from INSEAD, and a BS and BA from University of Southern California. We believe that Dr. Hoefer is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his fintech and blockchain expertise.