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Avila’s management team has extensive investment and development experience having operated through a number of business cycles.

Scott Callender
Managing Partner, Avila Capital
Executive Director & Board Member,
Assetz Property Group
Founder & President, Holos Life Sciences
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Biography

Private equity investment, but with a philosophy that often leads to operational involvement in investments made. Originally with a real estate investment and development emphasis, but in recognition of the dominance of “disruptive technologies”, Scott has broadened Avila’s focus over time to include various tech and tech related businesses. Geographical focus has been Asia Pacific, however, a broadening of this has also been enabled by the emergence of, and involvement with, disruptive technologies (refer to Avila Group Companies).

Prior to founding Avila in 2004, Scott held senior positions with Colliers International/Jardine, Jones Lang LaSalle, and was a Board Member and Vice President of then listed Philippines development company, MRC Allied Industries.

Scott holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney, and studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics) at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ben Salmon
Partner, Avila Capital
CEO & Founder, Assetz Property Group

Biography

Although invested across the spectrum of companies listed, Ben’s principal focus is on Assetz Property Group (Assetz), which he co-founded in 2005. While headquartered in Singapore, Assetz is a front-runner among multinational developers in India with more than 1 million square meters under development. Assetz’s business opportunity has largely centred around the boom in the “outsourcing/BPO” sector, primarily in Bangalore, and the need for large business parks for “IT” type usage. Additionally, however, in response to the demand generated by population and job creation growth associated with that boom, Assetz has expanded activities to include the development of Commercial, Residential, Warehousing/Industrial, along with Fund Management.

Ben has a Masters in Project Management and a Masters in Business with a specialisation in Property. Ben is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Benjamin Chia
Partner & COO, Avila Capital
Biography

Benjamin’s interest in real estate and investment saw him move across the real estate industry over the last 20 years in areas like master planning, project & construction management, valuation, risk, portfolio, investment and asset management. Prior to joining Avila, he was involved in the tourism sector for more than 3 years as a Director of Sentosa Development Corporation. Previous employers include AIG, Ascendas, Mapletree, PSA Corporation and Davis Langdon & Seah.

Benjamin received an MSc in Real Estate and a BSc in Building from the National University of Singapore where he graduated with first class honours and was a recipient of numerous awards for academic excellence including the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal in 1998. He has also completed an executive management course with INSEAD under the Firefly Leadership Programme of the Economic Development Board, Singapore. He has been a member of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV) since 2000.


Ashley Jones
Managing Partner, Avila Capital China
Partner and Commercial Director, GAMS Co. Ltd.
CEO & Founder, Sport for All
Biography

Hong Kong based CIO with over 25 years of broad Asian investment experience across a variety of industries and asset classes.


Subbiah Veerappan
Financial Controller, Avila Capital /
Assetz Property Group
Biography

Subbiah has more than 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, including being the Financial Controller with Assetz Bangalore since 2008. Subbiah relocated in 2015 with his family to join the Avila Capital/Assetz HQ in Singapore. His areas of expertise include project finance, project accounting, cost planning, cash flow management, and procurement, being ideal for his oversight at all stages of Assetz development projects. Prior to Assetz, Subbiah was the Finance Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle in India.

Prior to his commencement with JLL in 2004, Subbiah held various finance positions with industry leaders in India such as RMZ Corp (AIG JY), 247 Customer, Phlipos & Co, and Netpilgrim in Bangalore, India.

Subbiah received a Bachelor of Commerce from Christ College in Bangalore in 1996 and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1999.