MEET THE TEAM

COMMITMENT TO TRUE PARTNERSHIP

Believing in each founder means that we are committed to support them all the way as they drive success for their business. Our team not only brings venture capital investment and operational expertise, but is also dedicated to upholding our values of partnership, integrity, positivity and progress as we invest in a journey with our founders.

Shirley Crystal Chua
Shirley Crystal Chua

Shirley Crystal Chua

Founding Partner and Group CEO

Shirley Crystal Chua is the Founder and Group CEO of Golden Equator, a holding group of businesses committed to creating value beyond the financial and also the Founding Partner of Golden Equator Ventures. The Group seeks to realise a world where communities, technology, capital and learning converge to propel human potential and inspire new possibilities.

Shirley is known in the industry as a future-focused leader, who is committed to developing solutions that empower the future generation while focusing on grooming the next generation of leaders. Through the Group, she builds an innovation ecosystem that fuels meaningful connections, bringing different communities together to amplify opportunities for businesses.

A serial entrepreneur, Shirley has also successfully co-founded each business and fund under Golden Equator, leveraging more than 20 years of experience in finance across private capital, venture capital, and wealth management areas and her natural flair in business building. A trusted UHNW family advisor turned entrepreneur-investor, Shirley is deeply involved in the startup and finance communities. She is highly regarded as a seasoned practitioner in these fields and is often sought out by entrepreneurs, UHNW families and business leaders to share her insight. In the past few years, she started performance coaching and stretch project initiatives to develop younger professionals to reach their potential and to further impact in their area of influence.

Shirley graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

Shirley Crystal Chua is the Founder and Group CEO of Golden Equator, a holding group of businesses committed to creating value beyond the financial and also the Founding Partner of Golden Equator Ventures. The Group seeks to realise a world where communities, technology, capital and learning converge to propel human potential and inspire new possibilities.

Shirley is known in the industry as a future-focused leader, who is committed to developing solutions that empower the future generation while focusing on grooming the next generation of leaders. Through the Group, she builds an innovation ecosystem that fuels meaningful connections, bringing different communities together to amplify opportunities for businesses.

A serial entrepreneur, Shirley has also successfully co-founded each business and fund under Golden Equator, leveraging more than 20 years of experience in finance across private capital, venture capital, and wealth management areas and her natural flair in business building. A trusted UHNW family advisor turned entrepreneur-investor, Shirley is deeply involved in the startup and finance communities. She is highly regarded as a seasoned practitioner in these fields and is often sought out by entrepreneurs, UHNW families and business leaders to share her insight. In the past few years, she started performance coaching and stretch project initiatives to develop younger professionals to reach their potential and to further impact in their area of influence.

Shirley graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

Gary Tiernan

Gary Tiernan

CEO – Capital, Golden Equator Group

Gary Tiernan is CEO of Capital at Golden Equator Group, where he plays a dual role heading our multi-family office Golden Equator Wealth as well as the Group’s other Capital businesses – Golden Equator Ventures and private capital fund management Golden Equator Partners. A seasoned international private wealth and finance leader, he joined Golden Equator with more than 3 decades of experience in investment and private banking, and independent asset management from bases in London, Switzerland, and Singapore. He has held multiple senior management roles in major financial institutions throughout his career and has an extensive leadership track record in building regional and global teams which supported clients from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Gary Tiernan is CEO of Capital at Golden Equator Group, where he plays a dual role heading our multi-family office Golden Equator Wealth as well as the Group’s other Capital businesses – Golden Equator Ventures and private capital fund management Golden Equator Partners. A seasoned international private wealth and finance leader, he joined Golden Equator with more than 3 decades of experience in investment and private banking, and independent asset management from bases in London, Switzerland, and Singapore. He has held multiple senior management roles in major financial institutions throughout his career and has an extensive leadership track record in building regional and global teams which supported clients from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Gary Tiernan
Daren Tan
Daren Tan

Daren Tan

Managing Partner

With his extensive regional business and management experience, Daren oversees the investment deal flow and maintains strategic partnerships across the technology and innovation communities. He is an effective collaborator and has successfully transformed companies to drive growth. He held senior management roles at Nikon, eBay, element14 and Daymen Group, where he led top-line and market expansion strategies aggregating over US$200 million in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He sits on the Board of Directors of numerous tech companies, such as Vault Dragon, Eunoia and Ohmyhome.

With his extensive regional business and management experience, Daren oversees the investment deal flow and maintains strategic partnerships across the technology and innovation communities. He is an effective collaborator and has successfully transformed companies to drive growth. He held senior management roles at Nikon, eBay, element14 and Daymen Group, where he led top-line and market expansion strategies aggregating over US$200 million in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He sits on the Board of Directors of numerous tech companies, such as Vault Dragon, Eunoia and Ohmyhome.

Pooja Gurbani

Pooja Gurbani

Partner

Pooja joined Golden Equator Ventures with more than two decades of experience managing different types of investments across London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. At Golden Equator Ventures, she mentors portfolio companies and maintains strategic partnerships across the innovation and investment communities. She has mentored and invested in successful startups including online wealth management platform, Canopy, and Amazin’ Graze, a healthy snacks company. She also helped establish two Asian multi-family offices: Crossbridge Capital as an advisory board member, and Fusang where she was Managing Director.

Pooja joined Golden Equator Ventures with more than two decades of experience managing different types of investments across London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. At Golden Equator Ventures, she mentors portfolio companies and maintains strategic partnerships across the innovation and investment communities. She has mentored and invested in successful startups including online wealth management platform, Canopy, and Amazin’ Graze, a healthy snacks company. She also helped establish two Asian multi-family offices: Crossbridge Capital as an advisory board member, and Fusang where she was Managing Director.

Pooja Gurbani
Cindy Teoh
Cindy Teoh

Cindy Teoh

Associate Director

Cindy joined Golden Equator Ventures with investment, operational and management experience across the banking, clean energy and aviation industries. Applying business intelligence and IT business analysis to fund management, she has reviewed over a thousand companies, and led deals in the FinTech, HR tech, PropTech and New Media sectors. Cindy has also helped startups secure partnerships with tech giants (i.e. Google, Facebook), enter new markets, hire key management and expand strategic networks. She has completed the CFA Level 1 examination and holds a Bachelor’s degree (major in Economics), from the National University of Singapore.

Cindy joined Golden Equator Ventures with investment, operational and management experience across the banking, clean energy and aviation industries. Applying business intelligence and IT business analysis to fund management, she has reviewed over a thousand companies, and led deals in the FinTech, HR tech, PropTech and New Media sectors. Cindy has also helped startups secure partnerships with tech giants (i.e. Google, Facebook), enter new markets, hire key management and expand strategic networks. She has completed the CFA Level 1 examination and holds a Bachelor’s degree (major in Economics), from the National University of Singapore.