People: Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd (YOMA.SI)
1 Dec 2016
Mr. Serge Pun, Ph.D., is Executive Chairman of the Board of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. He is a Myanmar national and the Chairman of the SPA Group. He founded Serge Pun & Associates Limited in 1983 in Hong Kong and was then primarily active in real estate brokerage and development. Serge Pun has led many real estate investments as a general partner in real estate limited partnerships, including projects such as Stewart Terrace on the Peak in Hong Kong (1987 to 1988) and Village Gardens in Yau Yat Chuen, Kowloon (1988 to 1990), to name a few. In these partnerships, he was involved in the organisation, development, promotion and management of all the projects. In 1988, Serge Pun & Associates Limited opened its first overseas branch in Bangkok. Branches and subsidiaries in Kuala Lumpur (1990), Shenzhen (1988), Chengdu (1992) and Taipei (1992) followed in the ensuing years. Some of Serge Pun’s more notable projects overseas were the Sand River Golf Club in Shenzhen (1991-1997); the one million square feet premier office building in Bangkok — Abdulrahim Place at 990 Rama IV (1989 to 2000) and the 1.2 million square feet mixed use development in Dalian PRC known as The Grand Central — a project in which YSH has taken an interest. In 1991, Serge Pun decided to return to his hometown in Myanmar and set up the SPA Group, which has today grown to include about 30 operating companies active in six key businesses including financial services, manufacturing, real estate development, the service industry, automobile assembly and distribution and agriculture. In 1999, Serge Pun was conferred the title of Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D) in Business Administration, honoris causa, by the Southern California University for Professional Studies. Serge Pun was appointed an Honorary Business Representative of International Enterprise Singapore for Myanmar from 2004 to 2007. He was appointed as a member of the Chinese People Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Dalian, PRC since 2007.
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