People Digest: Steve Leonard to join Singularity University; Capital Dynamics’ Kobayashi steps down

Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate, at DEALSTREETASIA's Asia PE-VC Summit 2018 in Singapore.

Singapore’s SG Innovate co-founding CEO Steve Leonard announced that he will resign from his role in May to join US-based Singularity University while European investment firm Capital Dynamics’ head of Asia Primaries will reportedly step down from his role.

SG Innovate CEO Steve Leonard to join Singularity University

Steve Leonard, a co-founding CEO of Singapore-based VC firm focused on deep-tech investment SG Innovate, announced that he will join US-based Singularity University as its CEO.

Leonard will resign from his current role in SG Innovate in May this year after a four-year stint. At Singularity University, he will serve as a CEO and still be based in Singapore, he announced on his Linkedin post.

Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation, headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programmes, innovative partnerships, and a startup accelerator to help related institutions understand cutting-edge technologies and how to utilize it to make an impact.

Leonard has also been working for the Singapore government by serving as a member board of directors for Singapore Post and AsiaSat.

Prior to joining SG Innovate, he was appointed as executive deputy chairman for IDA Singapore and also served at DELL EMC as President for the Asia Pacific and Corporate SVP for emerging markets.

Capital Dynamics’ head of Asia primaries steps down 

Kazushige Kobayashi, head of Asia primaries at European investment firm Capital Dynamics, is reportedly stepping down from his role, according to AVCJ.

Kobayashi, who has over 25 years of private equity-related business experience, will depart from the investment firm after a 10-year stint. He will remain as a senior adviser till October this year.

Prior to Capital Dynamics, he was president and chief executive at advisory firm Alternative Investment Capital Ltd (AIC), where he helped to invest in more than 100 private equity funds across the globe and established a worldwide network of general partners.

The Swiss investor opened its Tokyo office in 2010 after establishing its first Asian presence in Hong Kong in 2007. It opened an office in Seoul in 2013.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.