500 Global Expands Southeast Asia Leadership Team

  • Three new 500 Global partners in Southeast Asia named
  • The venture capital firm has backed over 340 companies in Southeast Asia

500 Global new Southeast Asia partners. (left to right) Martin Cu, Saemin Ahn, and Shahril Ibrahim.

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm 500 Global today announced the appointment of Saemin Ahn, Shahril Ibrahim, and Martin Cu as Partners in Southeast Asia. Saemin, Sharil, and Martin will lead 500 Global’s growth initiatives across the region. 

Saemin was the Founding Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, where he led investments in more than 25 technology companies, including GoTo Group, Carousell, Epic, and Coda Payments. Before that, he held management roles at Google in Korea and Singapore.

Sharilwas the Director of Investments and Head of Khazanah Americas and established Khazanah Nasional’s presence in the United States. He was also a board member at global fusion energy company, General Fusion, and on the advisory committee of growth equity VC firm March Capital.

Martin was previously the Philippines Country Head of Ninja Van, one of Southeast Asia’s largest tech-enabled logistics companies. He grew the Ninja Van team in the Philippines from 0 to over 5,000 employees and built a nationwide network serving 97% of the country. 

Over the past decade, 500 Global has backed over 340 companies across Southeast Asia. It has invested early in companies such as Grab, Bukalapak, Carsome, Carousell, FinAccel, and eFishery. 


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