Board of Directors

About Us
  • Independent Non-Executive Director and Independent Chairman

    Gouw Eng Seng

    Mr Gouw Eng Seng has over 15 years of experience in the coal and minerals industry.

    Mr Gouw started his career in York University where he taught management information system as a lecturer from 1978 to 1982. Thereafter, he worked in Citibank, first as a consultant from 1982 to 1985 and then as an electronic data processing auditor from 1985 to 1990. Subsequently, he joined his family business, PT Metro Garmin, which is principally involved in garment manufacturing, as well as other family investment projects in China including property, trading and information technology, as a Sales and Marketing Director in 1991 where he stayed until 2000. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia) and Chairman of the Indonesian Apparel Manufacturers Association (Asosiasi Apparel Manufacturer Indonesia) from 1995 to 2005. From 1999 to 2005, he was a Director of Hong Garment Manufacturer Pte Ltd, which is in business of wholesale of textiles and leather. Mr Gouw held the position of the representative of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the Indonesian National Productivity Council for 10 years from 2005 to 2015. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry since 2000 and has been the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian Smelter and Mineral Processing Association since 2013. He has also been appointed as the Indonesian representative and consultant to Sarawak Energy Berhad, a Malaysia energy development company and integrated power utility since November 2015. He is also the Executive Chairman of Indonesia Research and Development International, a research institute advising on foreign direct investment between China and Indonesia, since 2015 and a member of the International Advisory Board of Beijing Jiaotong University since 2017.

    Mr Gouw obtained a Bachelor of Art and Masters of Art from York University, Toronto, Canada in 1977 and 1980 respectively.

  • Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

    Francis Lee

    Mr Francis Lee is responsible for the overall management, as well as the strategic planning and development of the Group’s business, spearheading the expansion and growth of the Group. Mr Lee has over 25 years of experience and expertise in managing companies in the trading, shipping, investment holding and agriculture sectors.

    Mr Lee started his career as an auditor in Coopers & Lybrand Singapore, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1991 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was the General Manager of Coopers & Lybrand Hla Tun Consultants in Yangon, Myanmar. From 1997 to 1998, Mr Lee joined Kuok (Singapore) Ltd. as the Assistant General Manager in Myanmar. Subsequently from 1998 to 2000, he was transferred to Pacific Carrier Ltd, a subsidiary of Kuok (Singapore) Ltd, where he acted as Group Financial Controller. Pacific Carrier Ltd was listed on the SGX-ST from 1990 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, Mr Lee was the Group Financial Controller of Kuok (Singapore) Ltd. From 2004 to 2015, Mr Lee was appointed the General Manager of the fertilizer department at NewQuest (Trading) Pte Ltd (now known as Agrifert Holdings Pte. Ltd.), a subsidiary of Kuok (Singapore) Ltd. As part of his various appointments in the Kuok group of companies, Mr Lee has also held various positions, such as chairman of NewQuest Vietnam Company Ltd (now known as Agrifert Vietnam Ltd), a Vietnamese subsidiary of Agrifert Holdings Pte. Ltd. from 2011 to 2019, as General Manager of KSM Strategic Pte Ltd, a subsidiary in the Kuok group of companies from 2014 to 2015, and in Agri Malar Company Limited (Myanmar). From 2016 to 2019, he served as the General Manager and Director of Agrifert Trading Pte. Ltd., immediately prior to joining our Group as our Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr Lee has also previously sat on the board of Beng Kuang Marine Ltd, a company listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, as an Alternate Non-Executive Director from 2013 to 2016.

    Mr Lee graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), majoring in accounting and computer science in 1992. He is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (now known as “CPA Australia”).

  • Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

    Salim Limanto

    Mr Salim Limanto is responsible for the overall operations and business development activities of our Group. Mr Limanto has over 11 years of management and business development experience in the coal mining, transportation and trading industries, and has been involved in the Group’s business since the inception of PT DNS and PT DPAL in 2013 and 2010, respectively.

    Mr Limanto started his career in PT Sinar Deli, which was previously one of the domestic coal trading entities of the Deli Coal Group, where he was Head of Sales and Shipping from 2006 to 2018. He holds directorships in several companies such as PT DNS and PT DPAL.

    Mr Limanto obtained a Bachelor Degree from the Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2006. He is the eldest son of Mr Djunaidi Hardi and a nephew of Mr Juhadi, Mr Arifin Ang and Mr Limas Ananto, all of whom are Founding Shareholders of our Company.

  • Independent Non-Executive Director

    Hew Koon Chan

    Mr Hew Koon Chan began working as a Process Engineer in 1986 for Texas Instruments Singapore Pte Ltd, a company specialising in the manufacturing and sale of memory integrated circuits. In 1988, he was then employed as an Investment Analyst and rose through the ranks to become Investment Director at Seavi Venture Services Pte Ltd, a venture capital firm established in the South East Asian region, which is affiliated with Advent International (a global private equity firm headquartered in Boston). Thereafter, he established Integer Capital Pte Ltd in 2004 and carried out the role as the Managing Director providing business consultancy services on corporate mergers and acquisitions.

    Mr Hew presently sits on the board of directors of three (3) public listed companies, namely Far East Group Limited, Shopper360 Limited and Ecowise Holdings Limited. He was previously appointed as director of several public listed companies such as Brilliant Manufacturing Limited (now known as Nidec Component Technology Co., Ltd.) Speedy-Tech Electronics Ltd., Action Asia Limited, Roxy-Pacific Holdings Limited, Nordic Group Limited and DeClout Limited (now known as DeClout Pte. Ltd.).

    From 1991, Mr Hew has held directorships in various companies, including Eutech-N.I.T. Pte Ltd, Oaktech Industries (S) Pte Ltd, Trans Instruments (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Transmedic Pte Ltd, Trinity Christian Centre Limited, Plasmotech Pte Ltd, Livingstone Health Ltd., SP Manufacturing Pte. Ltd., Sea Family Trust Pte. Ltd., and ATXL Invest Pte. Ltd..

    Mr Hew graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 1986. In 1987, he graduated from the Singapore Institute of Management with a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and obtained his Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) in 1988.

  • Independent Non-Executive Director

    Alice Yan

    Ms Alice Yan has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

    Ms Yan started her career under the international student recruitment programme in Santa Monica College, California, USA, where she launched several student recruitment programmes as a project owner in 1986. She subsequently worked as an intern to the general manager at Carmichael International Customs House Broker, Los Angeles, USA from 1988 to 1989. From 1990 to 2004, Ms Yan was a Vice President in Citibank (Jakarta), and from 2004 to 2005 a Director in Citi Private Bank (Singapore). Subsequently she was the Director and wealth manager at Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited (Merchant Bank) (Singapore) from 2005 to 2011, and at Standard Chartered Bank Private Bank (Singapore) from 2011 to 2013, and at Julius Baer (Singapore) from 2013 to 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Ms Yan was appointed as the Executive Vice-President and consumer bank group head at PT Bank ICBC Indonesia. From 2018 to 2019, Ms Yan was a financial advisor at Manulife Financial Advisers Pte Ltd (Singapore), a role she held since 2018. Since 2019, she co-founded and is the Chief Executive Officer of Kode 101, an education company in the business of franchising computer science curriculums and learning programmes catered to young learners.

    Ms Yan obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the California State University of Los Angeles in 1988.