Forrest founded Garena in May 2009 and has been the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Forrest aspires to make people’s daily life better through technology, and has devoted most of his career to pursuing that goal.
Under his leadership, Garena has grown from a four-member founding team into a 4,500-strong* company, with presence in more than 10 countries in Asia and beyond. Today, Garena is the largest Internet and mobile platform company in Southeast Asia.
By providing strategic counsel to talented entrepreneurs, Forrest also aims to bolster the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region. He has participated in and contributed to the formation and development of several early-stage technology start-up projects such as the successful e-commerce company RedMart, where he is a board member.
In 2015, Forrest was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for Internet and Mobile in Singapore.
He holds an MBA from Stanford University in the United States and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. Prior to founding Garena, Forrest worked at Motorola, Corning and MTV Networks.
* updated as of Oct 2015
Nick joined Garena in December 2014 after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of GA’s Southeast Asia business.
Nick is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Working Group on Local Capital Markets Integration, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young President’ Organisation (YPO) and a member of the global Kauffman Society. He was also the former Honorary Secretary and a board member of the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA), a former board member of the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN) and a former board member of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
Nick first joined GA in 2002 in New York and moved to Singapore in 2011 to co-found the firm’s ASEAN office. During his time at GA, Nick played a key role in many innovative investments for GA including the firm’s first investment in Southeast Asia (Garena), its most successful investment to-date in India (Genpact, NYSE: G), and its first investment in cloud computing (Quality Technology, NYSE: QTS).
Prior to GA, Nick was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. During college and graduate school, he also worked at Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Lenovo, and IBM.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and co-led the MBA exchange program with Tsinghua University in Beijing. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
*updated as of 1Q2016