Chairman and CEO
Mr. Lawton founded Seagate Global Group in 1996. Mr. Lawton is responsible for Seagate’s overall philosophy, strategy and investment activities. He maintains close senior level relationships with key governmental and industry leaders in China, South East Asia, and around the world. He is a “market activist” meaning he uses financial markets to help people and the planet while seeking to produce exceptional investment returns.
Mr. Lawton has a 30 year history as a professional investor. He has invested in almost every major market and instrument, and almost always produced investment results better than market benchmarks, and in many cases significantly better. He has helped set up and manage six different investment organizations over his career, including Seagate Global.
Mr. Lawton was selected by Mr. Chen Yuan (now Chairman of China Development Bank) to help establish China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, as a modern central bank where he set up risk management systems, investment strategies and trained staff in the early 1990's. He was a strategist for China to insure a smooth return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. He was selected by China Everbright to set up their asset management department, launching one of the first private equity funds for foreign investors in China. He has been a Director of various CITIC Capital International funds since 2004. He also has worked with China Development Bank, COMPLANT, Sinomach, GMG, Sinosure, Trina Solar, Kunming Iron and Steel, Xinfadi Market, and many other Chinese institutions.
Over the last several years he has been working with a number of governmental agencies and private companies in the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere on issues of importance to Seagate. These include community development, alternative energy projects and regulation, job creation, affordable housing, and food production.
Mr. Lawton is working to improve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims by supporting trade and investment opportunities in Muslim countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Mindanao in Southern Philippines, and Muslim areas of China.
Prior to founding Seagate Global Mr. Lawton held senior level positions and set up investment operations at Fireman’s Fund American Express, First Interstate Bank, Nikko Capital Management and Trust Company of the West. He is the inventor of the Lawton Bond Model, and conceived and executed the first swaption.
Mr. Lawton’s education was focused on economic development, finance and Asia: UC Berkeley, BA, Economics; Monterey Institute of International Studies, MA, International Economics; Columbia University, MBA, Finance. Mr. Lawton is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Dominador S. Tupaz, Jr.
President, Seagate Program of Global Excellence
Mr. Tupaz is President of Seagate's Program of Global Excellent (POGE). He is one of the world’s leading experts on community development and helping people using markets, education and a dedicated heart. He is also implementing POGE in the Philippines for Provinces such as Zambales and Leyte. POGE Philippines now has over 75,000 families as members. He is also implementing POGE in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville under the direct supervision of the President, Mr. John Momis. POGE Bougainville also has over 75,000 families as members. He is a founding Partner, Southeast Asian Food and Commodities Exchange; Representative of APEC Distribution Corporation to ASEAN community; Trustee and Treasurer, Foundations for People Development; Director and Treasurer, Southeast Asian Community Management Corporation.
President, Seagate Global Trading, China
Mr. Shang is responsible for Seagate Global trading activities focusing on importing minerals, food and other raw materials into China; and exporting plants, equipment and construction materials from China. He has over 25 years of experience in trading commodities and materials between China and the rest of the world. Formerly Mr. Shang was the President and General Manager for the government trading company for Yunnan Province. He supervised over 1,000 employs and was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of trading. His experience, broad China network, and business acumen make him a key China trading executive.
Noor Adli Sapari
CEO, Seagate Global Trading, Sdn Bhd
Mr. Sapari manages Seagate Global Trading, including Seagate’s Bumiputera Trade Support Program in Malaysia. His responsibilities also include managing & overseeing Seagate’s energy and infrastructure projects in SE Asia. He has worked closely with Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) to deliver Malaysia’s first commercial solar PV power plant under the Feed-in Tariff Programme on a Built & Transfer concept. He works closely with private clients & government agencies in ASEAN countries & China for the development of various projects with government support. He has 20 years of experience in the renewable energy & construction industry. Mr Sapari is experienced in large scale construction projects, construction materials & sand mining. He was the former President for the Construction & Property Development Portfolio, Perak Malay Youth Chamber of Commerce & Executive Committee Member, Perak Malay Youth Chamber of Commerce (2006-2010). He has a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering & Bachelors in Civil Engineering (Honours) from University of Technology, Malaysia. He has written research publications on the behavior of local steel H-sections subject to uplift, lateral & compression forces. He is the co-author of the book “Design Guide for Piles Using Locally Produced Steel Sections” published by University of Technology, Malaysia.
Seagate China Team
Mark Qiu- Senior Director, Seagate China; 20+ years of experience at the Bank of China and China Everbright
Li Hong- Senior Director, Seagate Research and Consulting LLC, China all sectors
Wiseland Qiu- President, Seagate Madcon Global, Beijing, and manager of Seagate's relationship with Tsinghua University
Bill Gu- Director, Kunming Seagate Green Construction Company Ltd., 15 + years China and international experience
Alex Li- 20+ years sourcing and trading construction materials and commodities in China.
Seagate Global Saudi Arabia
H.R.H. Princess Anoud Abdullah Mansour Al-Saud
President , Seagate Global Saudi Arabia
President of Seagate Global Saudi Arabia. Her Highness is an
entrepreneur with wide experience in owning and managing businesses
in the Kingdom. Her Highness is also owner of JETCO, a Saudi Arabia company which owns and operates medical clinics, motor
vehicle distribution and exhibition centers.
Datu Macapanton Abbas, III
Managing Director at Seagate Global Saudi
Arabia, he holds the title of
"Datu-a-Samporna sa Dayawan" from the Sultanate of Lanao of the
Bangsamoro. President and CEO of Syarikat al-Abbas Industries, Inc. a
family owned trading and holdings company in the Philippines. Director at
Sultan Macapanton Yahya Abbas Foundation Inc., a non-government organization
involved in acquiring and distributing assistance to less fortunate families in
Southern-Philippines which has over 2000 members.