The Yield Lab Asia Pacific

Team

Claire PRIBULA

Managing Director, Co-founder

Claire has over 30 years’ experience in Asia and the USA creating and leading new, and emerging lines of business for global Fortune 500 technology companies driving revenue of over US$300M.  And was a founding partner of an Asian based start-up, resulting in a successful exit.

Claire has responsibility for overseeing and managing investments, fundraising, portfolio, and company operations for this $50m USD target Fund and the Accelerator.  Claire also represents YLAP on the Global Board of The Yield Lab.

Larry TAYLOR

Co-founder

Larry has 40+ years of experience developing agriculture business in Asian markets. Beginning with smallholder farm-credit at the Malaysian National Ag Bank, he had a 20-year corporate career with big ag living and working in 9 Asian countries. Experiences included product commercialization and strategic business responsibility with 2 Fortune 50 companies. Larry owned and operated a US-Asia  consulting firm specializing in market entry strategies. Larry built businesses in global markets serving government, corporate and non-profit clients. Larry earned a degree in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science from Cornell University. 

Thad SIMONS

Venture Partner

Thad is the co-founder and managing director of The Yield Lab. He is former President and CEO of Novus International, Inc., a global animal health and nutrition company with sales > US $1 billion. Thad has served on the boards of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Assn. (President), American Feed Industry Assn., National Chicken Council, Maryville University, and Advisory Board of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Thad is on the board of three AgTech startups: Ascus Biosciences, Ecto and Proviera. Thad is President of The Yield Lab Institute, the non-profit arm of The Yield Lab.

Mirzan MAHATHIR

Venture Partner

Mirzan is the Chairman and CEO of Crescent Capital, a Malaysian investment holding and financial advisory firm he founded in 1991. Mirzan holds directorships in private and public companies including Petron Corporation, listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. Mirzan has over 25 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry; taking Konsortium Logistik Berhad public on KLSE and advised on multiple M&A deals including acquisition of Malaysia’s second national shipping line, PNSL. He serves as Chairman of Malaysian Youth Orchestra, President of Lawn Tennis Association Malaysia and was a member of the Business Advisory Council of United Nations ESCAP. 

Michelle CHEE

Principal

Michelle has more than 13 years of fund management experience.  She started her asset management career at Evia Capital, a boutique private equity fund managing an AUM of US$110m.  At Evia, she oversees investor relations and assists with due diligence, portfolio management and compliance matters.

 

As principal of The Yield Lab, she is in charge of deal execution, investment, portfolio management, investor reporting and assists with the accelerator program.  Michelle graduated with Bachelors of Business Administration from National University of Singapore.

Sophie GUO

Program Manager

Sophie is a trilingual engineer with 15+ year experience in a leading listed company and in startups.  She has had the privilege of experiencing different roles in IT, quality, test and product, but also as a training specialist and project manager.

Passionate about sciences, circular economy, sustainability, nutritionals and microalgae, Sophie joined The Yield Lab Asia Pacific to support initiatives within the Accelerator program as well as The Yield Lab Institute, non-profit arm of The Yield Lab.

Nancy LO

Operations Manager

Nancy has over 15 years of experience as a proven entrepreneur, as a founder of her own business across Greater China where she created and achieved over 3000% growth within only 5 years.  She has an extensive operational and business management experience.  Prior to this Nancy was Asia Pacific region Operations Executive and Regional Sales Leader for IBM, where she put in place new operational support systems and process, exceeding all growth and revenue goals annually.  At The Yield Lab Asia Pacific, Nancy manages operational matters for the Accelerator.