About Us

Meet the Team

Ashik Karim

Non-Executive Chairman and Director

Mr. Karim has over 2 decades of global technology leadership experience in the telecommunications & high tech sectors driving change on how enterprises use business technology. He has taken several software platforms through full commercial use with large clients such as TELUS, Wind Mobile, and MDA. In the second half of his career, Mr. Karim furthered his portfolio by focusing on start-ups that disrupt enterprise software & consulting companies with AI, blockchain and leading emerging technologies. With his balance of start-up and enterprise platform industry commercialization experience, Mr. Karim brings the right strategy and tactical focus to this business.

James Youn, CFA

CEO, President and Director

James Youn has over 20 years of international, executive level experience focused on trading and portfolio management. The first decade of his career was built in mutual funds and bond trading at two of Canada’s largest banks -- TD Asset Management and RBC Capital Markets. He then moved to an award winning arbitrage fund of hedge funds and subsequently moved to the Cayman Islands to become president of a publicly traded investment firm, managing $650 million USD in assets. He then moved to Singapore, advising firms on hedge funds, exchange traded funds and global macro strategies. Most recently, Mr. Youn was the head of the portfolio management and trading team of the Questrade family of smart ETFs, launching 8 exchange traded funds on the Toronto Stock Exchange, partnering with Russell Investments and Jarislowsky Fraser, which was subsequently sold to Wisdom Tree. Most recently Mr. Youn has been advising investors and blockchain companies on business strategy.

Mr. Youn received his CFA charter in 2001 and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He has been published in numerous periodicals on a wide range of topics including hedge fund liquidity in Institutional Investor’s Journal of Alternative Investments to monthly articles on ETF investing (alternative weightings, index creation, liquidity).

Chris Aldaba

Strategic Banking Advisor

Chris Aldaba has over 10 years of business development experience and a proven track record of success in project implementation. He is well-versed in crafting business development strategies, building relationships with clients, assessing needs, generating options, and implementing solutions in collaboration with the stakeholders. 

Mr. Aldaba has had an impressive career as the former Chief Business Development Officer at VMoneyTM, a global financial technology company that develops, operates, and markets leading payment processing solutions, and as the Chief Information Officer at Direct Agent 5, Inc., one of the leading authorized direct agents of Western Union in the Philippines.

Charlo Barbosa

Advisor

Charlo Barbosa a serial entrepreneur, investor, Founder and COO of Nativeads.com. Native Ads successfully raised $4 million with revenues exceeding $70 million. Charlo has been involved in capital raises for tech-related companies raising $14 mil in 2018. Charlo's considered a pioneer in the industry with over 21 years of Internet marketing experience. Charlo served as the President and Founder of Poker.com and the CEO of Admanage prior to starting Nativeads.com.