Animoca Brands is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights. It develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™ and Formula E.
Yat Siu, Executive Chairman
Mr Siu is the founder and CEO of Outblaze Limited, a digital media company specializing in gaming, cloud technology, and smartphone/tablet software development. In 2009 he sold Outblaze’s messaging division to IBM and successfully pivoted Outblaze Limited from B2B messaging services to B2C digital entertainment. Mr Siu is a director for TurnOut Ventures Limited, a partnership between Outblaze Investments Limited and Turner Entertainment Holdings Asia-Pacific Limited, and he is co-founder of Appionics (known by the consumer brand ‘Animoca’), a major developer and publisher of smartphone games. In 2012 he set up ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze Limited dedicated to investigating socially meaningful issues related to technology. Mr Siu has earned numerous accolades including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards. He is a supporter of various NGOs and serves on the board of directors for the Asian Youth Orchestra.
David Brickler, Non Executive Director
Mr Brickler is the ICT Manager for Baptcare – a provider of healthcare and family and community services throughout Victoria and Tasmania. Before this, Mr Brickler was Senior Director of Applications for World Vision International, one of the world’s largest non-profit organisations. Prior to that, he served as Asia Pacific CIO for Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd., was an Executive Director of Ernst & Young in Hong Kong, and Global CIO for the Noble Group, one of the largest commodities traders in the world. Mr Brickler was the founder and CEO of Emergent Technology Limited, a venture-backed Hong Kong supply-chain company, and a Vice President of Information Technology at Caspian Securities. Prior to his 14 years in Hong Kong, he spent 15 years in Japan, including several years as the Vice President of Equity Technology at Goldman Sachs Securities Co. Ltd, Japan. Mr Brickler also served in various engineering positions at EDS Japan LLC, Sundai, and Fujitsu Limited. He holds an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST and a BA from Princeton University and is a fluent speaker of Chinese and Japanese.
Chris Whiteman, Non Executive Director
Mr Whiteman is Corporate and Commercial Adviser with experience across multiple sectors including energy, resources and wealth management. Mr Whiteman has specific expertise in commercial negotiations, equity capital markets and deal structuring, investor and public relations, and strategic planning, gained through assignments with both public and private companies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and China. At leading independent corporate advisory firm Taylor Collison, Mr Whiteman originated and managed investment opportunities for an extensive client network, including inbound investment from Asia. Within the corporate landscape, Mr Whiteman has worked in senior roles with a number of Australia’s leading energy companies, including Santos Limited and TXU Australia, and international companies Royal Dutch Shell and Credit Suisse First Boston. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.