Meet The Team

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Jessica Doe

Co-Founder

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Steve Watts

Founder and CEO

Steve has over 35 years of senior management experience. Formerly a director of a major car brand in Asia, Steve diverted into the forestry sector where he initially spearheaded plantation acquisitions and management in Malaysia and went on to foster diversification into new business sectors.

The Malaysian business is now well established and includes the largest Agarwood distillery in Southeast Asia and plantations across seven different Malaysian states.

Driven by his passion for diversification he saw an opportunity in the agroforestry sector which resulted in the birth of Biotech.

Dr Kodi Isparan Kandasamy

Founder and Plant Biotechnologist

Ph .D. and M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Botany.

Dr Kodi is a plant biotechnologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of plant science. Holding a PhD and an MSc in Plant Biotechnology and a BSc (Hons) in Botany, he has published over 100 publications and is a member of the editorial boards of several local and international scientific journals, including being on the executive editorial board of the Journal for Tropical Medicinal Plants. He is also a member of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC), representing the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation.

Dr Kodi has held positions as the Senior Vice President at the Business Development and Investment Division of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation; for more than eight years he was the Senior Scientist and the Head of the Tissue Culture Laboratory at the FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) and he was the R&D Manager for TropBio Research Sdn. Bhd., a private Malaysian biotechnology company.

Yit Chong Chung

CFO

CA(M) FCA-UK

Yit Chong is a Chartered Accountant with 40 years of professional management experience spanning finance, agroforestry, oil and gas, international trade and banking, land development and construction.

A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK and Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Yit Chong worked with SHD Audit, a firm in the UK and Price Waterhouse, in Malaysia covering audit, tax and receivership, before venturing into other professional fields and management roles.

Yit Chong believes in dedication and passion, and with this mindset he brings valued attributes to Biotech and the team.

Gary Crates

Managing Director, Biotech Listings Ltd

Gary has over 35 years of experience as a successful senior executive with a background of managing several international businesses, including owning multiple international franchises, to being CEO of companies with 500+ staff and USD200m+ turnover.

For the last 20 years, Gary has had a background in international real estate development, and ten years ago, he decided to focus on the sustainable forestry and plantation sector. He joined a significant Asian plantation business and was initially responsible for Global Business Development, identifying strategic new business and investment opportunities. Later he moved to Switzerland and headed up a new European division, where he was responsible for expanding into further European, Middle East and African markets.

Shelley Low

Director, Compliance and Operations

Shelley has over 12 years of experience in the agroforestry sector and is responsible for developing and maintaining the legal and regulatory frameworks within Biotech Plantations.

Working alongside the company’s external advisers, Shelley oversees and manages the company’s contractual systems and compliance and operational business processes, contributing to every aspect of the organisation’s operations and growth.

Shelley holds a BCom (Hons.) Degree (Marketing and Economics) and CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK) Level 3 Certification.

Adam Sprague

Business Development Director Asia

Adam has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, covering research analysis, product development and management. Adam is responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategies and understanding the requirements of existing customers to ensure their needs are being met.

Raphael Oeschger

Business Development Director Europe

Raphael Oeschger has 20 years of experience as a Director, Entrepreneur and Business Consultant. He managed, co-founded and co-financed several start-ups and actively serves on various boards.

Raphael joined Biotech to drive the build-up of sales channels with a strong focus on institutional clients. He brings eight years of experience in a similar position in the field of sustainable finance.

Raphael holds a Master in Business Economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and an Executive Master of International and European Business Law from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Patrick Castagna

Business Development Director Europe

Patrick has 20 years of experience as a Senior Financial Advisor and five years as a Bank Director. He has managed several teams of financial advisors during his career in the commercial and securities department.

Patrick joined Biotech to drive the build-up of sales channels with a strong focus on institutional clients. He brings eight years of experience in a similar position in the field of sustainable finance.

Patrick holds a Master in Law from the University of Strasbourg, France.

Guyve Kalantary

Senior Associate - Business Development Director

By joining Biotech, Guyve brings 30 years of business expertise between Asia, the Middle East and Europe, combining commodities, food industry, trading & finance.

Guyve is a former South East Asia coal trader; following the 2008 crisis, Guyve decided to dedicate himself to new opportunities closer to his heart and personal interests. Concern about global warming and driven by sustainable impact investment, Guyve decided to support programs dedicated to addressing the plight of ‘People Planet and Profit’. Guyve firmly believes that capital can be secured and grown sustainably year on year by protecting nature and embracing the concept of social and environmental responsibility.

Ganeson Narasimuloo

Plantation Manager

Ganeson has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry, having managed plantations throughout Southeast Asia. Ganeson expertise is soil, and he has advised regional plantation owners of palm oil, rubber, cocoa and coconut in the planning and preparation of plantation estates and fertiliser plans.

Dr J. Kandakumar

Scientific Advisor

Dr Kandakumar holds a PhD. in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, India, and has participated in several research projects at universities worldwide focusing on plant-pathogen interaction, plant molecular biology, allergen, genomics, calmodulin/calcium-binding proteins, biotic and abiotic stresses, plant biotechnology, plant physiology and plant DNA barcoding.