Our Team

David Crichton-Watt, Chairman and Investment Manager, manages the Phoenix Gold Fund. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1969 with an honors degree in law. He worked for stock broking companies in New York and London and, after 1972, in Singapore and Hong Kong, before founding Asian Investment Management Services in Hong Kong in 1982. In 1996 he decided to move to Malaysia, and established AIMS Asset Management Sdn Bhd, which assumed the management of portfolios previously run by the Hong Kong company.

Nik Hanim Nik Mahmood, Managing Director, graduated from University College London with a BSc in Economics and Statistics in 2002 and London School of Economics with a Masters in Accounting and Finance in 2003. She was in Equity Research at Credit Suisse Malaysia from 2003 to 2007. She joined AIMS Asset Management as a Research Analyst in 2007, became a Fund Manager in 2011 for the Alwaha Fund, and was appointed Managing Director in 2017.

Andrew Limond, Investment Manager, manages the Panah Fund. He graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First Class Honours Degree in Oriental Studies. He spent the next few years learning Asian languages and undertaking anthropological research in the region. He worked for Ballingal Investment Advisors (Hong Kong) from 2007 to 2010, as Analyst and then Assistant Portfolio Manager on the BIA Pacific Fund. From 2010-2013 he was employed at Lloyd George Management, working as Macro Strategist, helping to run portfolios and also implementing new investment risk and stock-screening systems for the firm. He has lived in Asia for more than 15 years (Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong), is fluent in written and spoken Chinese and Japanese, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Romain Rigby, Co-Fund Manager for the Panah Fund. Romain graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a BA in Chinese Language and Economics in 2006 and from Nanjing University and Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) with a dual Master's degree in International Studies in 2010. From 2010 to 2015, he served as generalist Investment Analyst, Risk Manager, and Co-Portfolio Manager at LGM Investments (BMO Global Asset Management) in Hong Kong. He has lived in Asia (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hong Kong) since 2005, and joined AIMS Asset Management in 2015. Romain is a self-taught full-stack software developer and has full professional proficiency in written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and French.

Varun Dutt, Senior Analyst for the Panah Fund. Varun graduated with a BA in Economics from Macalester College in 2008 and an MBA from INSEAD in 2015. From 2008 to 2011, he worked in investment banking at Citigroup and Standard Chartered Bank. From 2011 to 2017, he worked in a variety of roles at early- and growth-stage companies in both the e-commerce and education technology space. Varun was also a private investor over the same period. He has lived and worked across Asia, and joined AIMS Asset Management in 2017.

Claire Barnes, Investment Manager, manages the Apollo Asia Fund. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1979 with a degree in mathematics. She has spent almost all of her working life in Asia, working for James Capel, W.I. Carr (Overseas), and Barclays de Zoete Wedd where she was head of Asian research, before setting up consultancy businesses in Hong Kong and India. She gained professional experience in over twenty countries before initiating the setup of Apollo Asia Fund during the Asian financial crisis.

Lim Kooi Ting, Head of Operations, graduated from University of Malaya, with a Bachelor in Accounting Degree. She is a member of ACCA. She commenced her career with KPMG in 2008 as an auditor. In 2012, she joined Aims Asset Management.

Eileen Sim, Compliance Officer, is a finance graduate from the University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining AIMS Asset Management in July 2016, she worked in established asset management companies in Malaysia, and brings with her five years of experience in compliance roles. She is fully dedicated to the compliance role in AIMS and ensures adequacy of operational risk management in the Company.

YM Tengku Maruan Tengku Ariff, Non-Executive Director, graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 1979 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career with Citibank in 1980 before joining Southern Bank Berhad as Head of Personal Banking Division in 1985. In 1996 he moved to Rohas Sdn Bhd (“Rohas”) as General Manager, and served on the board of several Rohas-related companies until his retirement from Rohas in 2008. Currently, he is a board member of a public company and several private limited companies.