RHL Ventures is a combination of the talents of our core partners and our extended networks and business interests. This allows us to bridge the highest levels of the private and public sector in South East Asia and establish a platform that extends beyond simple network and introductions. As millennials rooted in the region who have worked and flourished overseas, we have returned to share knowledge of global best practices and merge this knowledge with a comprehensive understanding of the local business landscape.
We apply world-class due diligence, transparency, research and risk assessment in the context of emerging markets which allows us to see opportunities others miss; undervalued assets, strong long term growth potential and businesses offering truly relevant innovation.
A key differentiator for RHL is that we view Southeast Asia as a single integrated region – not a patchwork of small and mid-sized nations – but an emerging engine of global growth with over 600 million people and an almost three trillion dollar economic area with its own political intricacy and economic nuances.
Our approach is therefore to partner with people with similar values and backgrounds to navigate through these challenging yet promising emerging markets. Our network and understanding allows us to accurately assess the potential of start-ups and SMEs in this regional context. We provide the expertise, investment and local partners that can drive local success to regional and global levels. Add to that an ability to support each company with patient capital and drive growth via linkages to supply chains, allied businesses, and markets – you have a true start-up accelerator.
Robert Kuok once said – “to understand drivers of economies, we first have to understand politics in the region.” Therefore, we work closely with governments and government agencies to advocate for key policy changes in the hope of creating an environment that will support innovation and growth. By generating such broad synergies, we ensure that our investments thrive in the current ecosystem. Crucially our roots in the region give us a much longer term perspective on our investments – which we term ‘Patient Capital’ – ensuring that our focus isn’t on short-term gains but sustainable growth that will strengthen the broader ecosystem. For us, that is the way we are giving back to the next generation of Southeast Asians.
Beyond financials, the breadth of expertise we channel allows us to evaluate and elevate the firms we invest in. For example – if a firm has developed a method for boosting the productivity of soil we can easily secure the plantations and the experts to conduct a rigorous test.
We channel the engineers, doctors, scientists, students and farmers who will be using technologies, applications and platforms allowing us to assess potential and also generate growth.
What we offer is a truly comprehensive solution from analysis to testing, funding and finding partners and sales channels. We can also structure exits via acquisitions through our network of corporates and the public market. RHL works through every aspect of a firms life cycles spurring growth, driving opportunity.
Fundamentally that is what RHL is about: transforming Southeast Asia into a region full of opportunity.
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A front-end developer who has years of mobile and web development experience under her belt, Lisa Lau holds a strong passion for Robotics and Machine Learning. She is currently enrolled in Udacity’s Robotics nanodegree programme as a part-time student.
Jo Jo Kong started her career at Nirvana Asia – the largest integrated death care service provider in Asia – where she was overseeing the group’s regional expansion plans and operations in Malaysia, China and Singapore. In her role as director at KHK Development, Jo Jo managed the development of JV residential projects in Australia, including a luxury residential tower in Melbourne’s central business district and luxury apartments in the city’s Ivanhoe suburb.
Jo Jo is passionate about the development of FinTech businesses in Malaysia and the region, particularly in relation to insurance tech, payment systems, lending or mortgage platforms as well as the Blockchain. With RHL, Jo Jo hopes to utilise her rich experience and expertise to provide different insights into investment decisions and operations, with an eye on monetisation.
Raja Hamzah is Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of RHL Ventures. RHL Ventures is a Southeast Asian-based private investment firm that focuses on growth capital investments in the Southeast Asia and US region. Hamzah brings his vast experience in various investment roles to advise companies and startups in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Prior to founding RHL Ventures, Raja Hamzah was a Director in Rasma Corporation, a boutique mechanical and electrical engineering services firm based in Malaysia, focusing on infrastructure projects including railroads, stadiums and hospitals. He focused on building and developing partnerships with government-linked companies, listed and private corporates and local authorities, and helped the company secure cornerstone projects for the national stadium and national rail projects.
Prior to Rasma, Raja Hamzah was a Principal Investment Analyst with Guoco Management Company, a multi-billion US-dollar fund based out of Hong Kong. He used a fundamental, bottom up approach to investing, focusing on listed equities, IPO and pre-IPO investment opportunities across Asia and the U.S. He was also a Senior Analyst in the institutional coverage team of Goldman Sachs Asset Management based out of Singapore. GSAM has more than USD1 trillion dollars of assets under management there, he worked extensively with various institutional funds across Southeast Asia, recommending investments across private equity, hedge fund and other asset classes for clients which include Temasek, GIC, Bank Indonesia, the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and Khazanah Nasional.
Raja Hamzah graduated from the University of Warwick, UK with a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Finance. He was awarded as one of the ‘Top 50 people who are redefining the way we live’ by the Singapore Straits Times in 2018, ‘Top 40 under 40’ by Prestige Magazine in 2017, and was shortlisted as a Young Fellow of the World Islamic Economic Forum in 2019. Hamzah is one of the mentors for Endeavor’s Scale up Program, a global NGO that supports entrepreneurs with potential for economic and social impact in their regions. Hamzah is currently an Exco member of the Malaysian Manufacturer’s Association, focusing on mentoring young companies. Hamzah is also on the Board of Advisors of Indonesia-based Alami, a P2P financing company focused on Shariah compliant loans and economic empowerment for small and medium sized enterprises in Indonesia.
Hamzah has a strong passion for sports – he is the treasurer of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation, and an Ambassador for the Football Association of Selangor’s Little Giants programme.