Jim Mellon is an investor with an interest in several industries. After studying PPE at Oxford, Jim worked in Asia and in the US for two fund management companies, GT Management and Thornton & Co, before establishing his own business in 1991. This business is now known by two names – Charlemagne Capital, recently acquired, and Regent Pacific Group, listed in Hong Kong. Jim’s private investment company, The Burnbrae Group, is a substantial landlord in Germany and the Isle of Man, and owns the group Sleepwell Hotels.
Jim is chairman and major shareholder of Manx Financial Group, Port Erin Biopharma Invesments and SalvaRx Group. He is also a director of Condor Gold, Fast Forward Innovations, Portage Biotech and West African Minerals Corporation, all publicly listed companies. A new venture, Juvenescence will provide investors with the opportunity to invest alongside his partners in longevity, is expected to be launched sometime in 2017.
Amongst his many successes, Jim is well know for notching up one of the AIM market’s biggest successes with the sale of Uramin to Areva, the French nuclear giant.
Al Chalabi is an entrepreneur and business advisor with a diverse professional background. He grew up in the UK and studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Southampton.
Al started his career in Canada, working as an engineer in process automation systems. After his MBA, he worked as a management consultant, specialising in technology, strategy and operations, based out of Hong Kong. Since 2008, Al has been running CASP-R, a firm he founded to provide independent research and advisory services to investors and corporations, with a focus on real estate and technology. He is active in various Hong Kong-based angel investor groups that provide seed and growth funding to Asian-based tech and healthcare companies.