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Seagate Global has exceptional people on the ground throughout the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region. 

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William J.P. Lawton

Executive Chairman and President

Mr. Lawton founded Seagate Global Group in 1996. He led the team to help modernize The People's Bank of China.  Lawton was founding CEO of China Everbright's asset management company.  He is the inventor of  the Lawton Bond Model used by Seagate to create its prize winning track record.  Lawton is responsible for Seagate’s overall philosophy, strategy and investment activities. He maintains close, senior-level relationships with key government and industry leaders in China, South East Asia, and around the world. He is a proponent of ESG finance, meaning he uses financial markets to help people and the planet while seeking to produce exceptional investment returns. Lawton has a 30-year history as a professional investor and helped set up and manage six institutional investment operations at global financial entities.  Lawton holds a BA degree in economics from UC Berkeley, a MA in International Economics from Middlebury Institute and a MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Mr. Lawton was Adjunct Professor of Finance at Tsinghua University. He is working on a general theory of financial markets.

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Brett Rentmeester

Board Member

Mr. Rentmeester is a veteran and entrepreneur in the investment business.  Mr. Rentmeester is the CIO of the Jaggi Family Office.  He is Founder and Managing Director of WinRock Wealth Management.  He is a Board Member of Seagate Global Trading Sdn Bhd and advises Seagate on a number of issues.  Prior, as a founding partner of Altair Advisers, a $3 billion investment firm, Mr. Rentmeester advised clients with assets up to $1 billion.  Previous to that, Mr. Rentmeester was a manager at Arthur Andersen, helping to build their Investment Advisory and Private Client Services practice. Mr. Rentmeester is a CFA and has entered the CAIA. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with specialties in strategy, marketing and entrepreneurship.  Mr. Rentmeester graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in Finance.

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Nor Adli Sapari

Co-founder, Partner, and CEO of Seagate Malaysia

Adli Sapari was born and raised in Singapore but migrated to Malaysia to attend college. He then became a Malaysian citizen. His career has been focused on engineering and construction since his college studies which included: completing his GCE “O” levels in Raffles Institution (RI), Singapore and was accepted by University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) to pursue his bachelors and master’s degree in Civil Engineering & Geotechnical Engineering respectively. He then began working at Protasco, a publicly listed Malaysian construction company. After which he joined Seagate over a decade ago. Since then, he has successfully executed the first Feed-In-Tariff solar farm in Malaysia along with helping to found our affordable solar housing program.

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Jun Tupaz

President, Seagate Philippines

Professor Tupaz is President of Seagate Trading Philippines, Ltd. He is one of the world’s leading experts on community development and helping people by using markets, education and having a dedicated heart. He is implementing POGE in the Philippines.  He is also implementing POGE in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville under the direct supervision of the President. Professor Tupaz is a founding Partner, Southeast Asian Food and Commodities Exchange; Representative of APEC Distribution Corporation of Korea to the ASEAN community; Trustee and Treasurer, Foundations for People Development; Director and Treasurer, and the Southeast Asian Community Management Corporation.

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Sam Shang

Managing Director, Seagate China

Mr. Shang is Managing Director for trading operations in China.  Mr. Shang was formerly President of Yunnan Trading Company, the government trading entity for the Province of Yunnan in China.  He has imported and exported hundreds of millions of dollars of goods and commodities over the years.  Mr. Shang assists Seagate to obtain financing from the government of China on larger deals.  Mr. Shang now resides in the US and travels to Asia on a regular basis. 

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Lawrence Pereira

Managing Director, Research and Trading, MBA

Lawrence Pereira is Managing Director of Research and Trading.  Mr. Pereira joined Seagate Global in 1997  and has worked with Seagate Global in various roles with increasing levels of responsibility including: Head of Research, Head of Trading, and Head of Portfolio Management. He is also MD at Seagate’s independent broker/dealer, GovDesk, LLC.  He has been instrumental in assisting Seagate Global Group to produce its exceptional track record. Mr. Pererira holds a BA in economics from Fordham University, an MBA in Finance from UCLA and holds his Series 7 securities license. 

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William J.P. Lawton VIII

International Marketing Manager

Will Lawton has learned the investment business from the ground up when he started working part-time in Operations at Seagate Global in high school.  Mr. Lawton held various technical and marketing positions at other companies prior to re-joining Seagate in 2016 to assist in the development of Seagate Global's ESG related programs in Asia.   He moved to Kuala Lumpur to oversee all flow of funds and assist Seagate Global Malaysia CEO Adli Sapari in developing the Smart Loan program, including investor communications, marketing, online presence and client relations.   Mr. Lawton holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University, Northridge, and has a working knowledge of Bahasa Malaysia.

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Jessie Yu

Client Relations Manager, MBA

Ms. Yu  joined Seagate Global in 2014. Jessie our selected high-net-worth individuals, families, and entities to develop wealth management approaches and implement investment strategies. Prior to joining Seagate Global, Jessie specialized in serving the institutional investors at Fubon Securities, a subsidiary of Fubon Financial Holdings, which is the second largest financial institution in Taiwan. In 2010, Jessie organized the first institutional sales team in providing the research, investment advisory, securities brokerage and corporate relationship services that dedicated on the emerging markets with primary focus in China and Hong Kong markets. Jessie received an M.B.A from the University of Southern California at the Marshall School of Business in 2014 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.B.A in Finance, Investment and Banking

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