Hello Pal’s mission is to bring the world closer together by helping eliminate one of the key obstacles to mutual understanding between people – the language barrier. By creating a platform where it is easy to instantly interact with others around the world, and giving them the tools to communicate with each other in a joyful and fun way, we hope to do our part (however small) in fostering understanding and tolerance between all citizens of the world.
About the Company
Hello Pal International Inc. (“HPI”) comprises an international team of people based in Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, and the US, and is a sister company to BrillKids Inc., creator of the multiple award-winning early childhood education program Little Reader.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Hello Pal is the brainchild of KL Wong, who currently resides in Hangzhou, China. KL was born in Malaysia, studied and worked in the UK for 10 years, and worked in Hong Kong for 16 years. He graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University and started off his career as a lawyer with international law firm Clifford Chance in the UK and Hong Kong. He then worked in senior management positions at Chinadotcom Corporation (China internet portal) and Softbank International Investment (venture capital/private equity) before founding BrillKids shortly after the birth of his daughter Felicity.
KL is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and has a working knowledge of Malay and French. He is currently learning Japanese and Korean. He can be contacted at KL(at)hellopal(dot)com.
Mr. Roehlig has more than 15 years of experience in the financial and investment industry. In particular, Mr. Roehlig has experience in restructuring, managing and financing junior public companies. Most recently, Mr. Roehlig served as the president of Terra Ventures Inc., which held a 10% stake in the high grade Roughrider uranium discovery owned by Hathor Exploration. In May 2011, Terra Ventures was acquired by Hathor Exploration – Hathor was then subsequently acquired by one of the world’s largest mining companies Rio Tinto in late 2011.
Mr. McMorran is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). In July 1997 he founded Malaspina Consultants Inc., a private company that provides CFO, accounting and administrative support services to junior public companies. Mr. McMorran has held board and senior management positions with a number of public companies since 1991 and is a director and or CFO of a number of companies, including Encanto Potash Corp. and Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd
Michael Tat Lee Koh
Mr. Koh previously served as Chairman to Pan Asia Mining Ltd. (HK: 8173), and its subsidiary, Blacksand Enterprise Ltd. In addition, he has held director and/or officer positions at several other publicly-traded companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange including Chairman of China Railway Logistics Limited (HK: 8089), CEO and Executive Director of M Dream Inworld Limited (HK: 8100), and Vice President of First Pacific Company Limited (HKEx: 142, ADRs: FPAFY).
From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Koh worked at Bell South and AT&T, including a position as technical director at AT&T. Prior to this, through his role as Vice President at First Pacific Company, Mr. Koh founded Tuntex Telecom and assumed the role of President between the years of 1995 and 1997.
Mr. Koh was educated in the United States, where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Rutgers University.
Shareholder and Special Advisor
Hans Xu is a key managing partner of the New Margin Ventures group one of the largest venture capital firms in China with over US$3 bb of funds under management both within and outside China. New Margin has invested more than $1.7B in more than 160 companies of which over 40 have gone public in domestic or international stock exchanges. Mr. Xu is a professional finance and business executive that has worked within the Asian financial and capital markets for more than twenty-five years. He has served as an advisor to many companies and is well versed in domestic investment markets. Mr. Xu is a prominent and well-connected angel investor in China with a highly successful investment track-record. Before joining New Margin he founded and fostered several successful companies.
Dr. Sin Just (“SJ”) Wong
Dr. Wong possesses over 20 years of fund management and investment banking experience. He has held senior positions with a number of premier international investment banks including as Managing Director, Capital Markets of BNP Paribas Peregrine.
Dr. Wong founded E2-Capital Group and served as its Chairman and CEO from 2000 to 2008. E2-Capital Group is a financial services group specializing in investing, researching and providing fund raising services for small to middle market capitalized companies listed on Hong Kong and Singapore Stock Exchanges. In April 2008, E2-Capital Group was sold to Citic International Asset Management, the asset management arm of CITIC Group of Beijing.
Between May 2001 and May 2007 Dr. Wong was President and Chief Investment Officer of Softbank China Venture Investments Limited (“SCVI”). During that time, SCVI was managing a closed end fund focusing on private equity and listed investments in Greater China Region. Between May 2001 and Nov 2003, while SCVI was part of Softbank Corp in Japan, he also assisted Softbank Corp and Softbank Investments in managing approximately US$500m worth of investments in Greater China Region as the President of Softbank Investment.
Dr. Wong also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Westminster Travel Limited and SBI E2-Capital Holdings Limited, both of which were listed on Singapore Exchange Limited, Non-Executive Director of CSI Properties Limited, China.com Inc. and China Zenith Chemical Limited, all three being companies listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as Non-Executive Director of CDC Software Corporation Inc., a company listed on NASDAQ market in the USA and Non-Executive Director of Intelligent Edge Berhad, a company listed on BURSA Malaysia Stock Exchange.
Dr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honors) degree from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London and was qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales in 1992 as a Chartered Accountant. He has received many honorary awards for his achievements. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Management by York University in June 2008 for his lifetime achievements. He was awarded a Datukship (DIMP) by Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia in 2004 for his various charitable and social causes.
Hello Pal Limited
11F, Hollywood Centre
77-91 Queen’s Road West
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong