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Founder & CEO

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London, UK

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Kevin Chin’s Biography

Kevin Chin is an impact entrepreneur who is the Founder & CEO of Arowana, an award-winning international B Corp certified investment group.

He is an expert at rapidly transforming and successfully leading companies through distress and complex turnaround situations as well as through hypergrowth. A dynamic leader and innovative thinker, he applies his business acumen to establish, acquire, transform, and sell numerous enterprises across multiple industries, including software, education, fund management, media, electric vehicles and renewable energy. He is actively involved with a proactive hands-on approach that involves taking on c-suite positions.

Kevin is the Founder & Chairman of several Arowana-controlled entities, including VivoPower and AWN Holdings Limited. He was previously Founder & Chairman of Intueri Education Group, Contrarian Value Fund and Co-Founder & CIO of the Asian Masters Fund.

Kevin was credited for transforming RuleBurst which was on the brink of collapse before he took control. He was pivotal in leading the company through distress and building a thriving business, alongside a leadership team he assembled, culminating in its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.

His work on the turnaround of VivoPower was awarded a Gold Stevie for Innovative Achievement in Growth and Innovative Achievement in Organisation Recovery.

Kevin was Vice President at J.P. Morgan and an International Equities Analyst at the LFG Family Office. He was a Chartered Accountant at PwC and Deloitte, specialising in business consulting, litigation support and corporate finance.

In his book ‘HyperTurnaround!’, Kevin shares the story of RuleBurst and his expertise on how to save and rapidly transform a company on the brink of collapse.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the UNSW and completed a post graduate programme at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a member of YPO and Entrepreneurs Organisation.

Kevin Chin’s Newsfeed

Tottenham Hotspur and VivoPower Announce Successful Completion of Feasibility Studies for SES...

...Projects. Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman and CEO of VivoPower, is mentioned in an article by Morningstar regarding the recent announcement from Tottenham Hotspur and VivoPower about the successful completion of feasibility studies for SES Projects.

The Armchair Trader
VivoPower reaches major milestone with Toyota deal to build EV

Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman & CEO of VivoPower, is mentioned in an article by The Armchair Trader regarding VivoPower's recently signed exclusive five-year contract manufacturing deal with Toyota.

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Kevin Chin’s Background

Arowana
Founder & CEO
Jul 2009 - Present
London, UK
Arowana is an international certified B Corporation with interests in education, renewable solar energy, critical power services, asset management and venture capital, as well as other investments. Arowana operates across the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Kevin founded Arowana in Brisbane in July 2009, serving as Managing Director before becoming CEO in November 2011.
Intueri Education Group
Founder & Executive Chairman
May 2010 - Apr 2014
Sydney, AU
Intueri Education Group was established by Arowana in 2010 and grew from a small college to New Zealand’s largest private vocational education and training group. The business was sold in 2014 via an IPO on the NZX and ASX at a market capitalisation of NZ$235 million.
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Current Board Positions

Alicorn
Founder
Jan 2020 - Present
London, UK
Alicorn is a global venture capital group that is set up under Arowana. Alicorn focuses on proprietary, exclusive primary and secondary investments in leading, rapidly expanding technology businesses within enterprise software, cybersecurity and data analytics industries.
VivoPower
Executive Chairman & CEO
Aug 2014 - Present
London, UK
VivoPower International PLC is a NASDAQ listed sustainable energy solutions company committed to delivering sustainable energy solutions through battery technology, electric vehicle, solar and critical power services. A certified B Corporation, VivoPower operates across the UK, US, Australia and Canada.
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Previous Board Positions

Asian Masters Fund
Board Member
2007 - 2009
Kevin served on the board of the Asian Masters Fund while he led as Chief Operations Officer and in 2009 he stepped down to focus on other endeavours.

Philanthropy

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The Octagon Foundation
Founder & Executive Chairman
Jun 2014 - Present
The Octagon Foundation was founded in 2014 and focuses its efforts on supporting organisations that help orphans and children with disabilities. The Octagon Foundation is committed to providing long term capital to these charitable organisations.
Mummy's Wish
Non-Executive Director
Oct 2015 - Oct 2018
Northgate, AU
Mummy’s Wish is a non-profit organisation that supports mothers with cancer, who have young children under the age of twelve. The organisation operates across Queensland, Sydney Metro and NSW Central Coast.

Accreditation

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Member | Post-graduate Accreditation
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand represents financial professionals, promotes the designation and ethical standards within the industry while delivering services and education to its more than 128,000 members.

Publications

HyperTurnaround!
Author
Dec 2018
Pasadena, CA, USA
In his book ‘HyperTurnaround!’, Kevin shares his expertise on how to successfully turnaround a collapsing tech company. He outlines the process of turning a crumbling business into a world-leading organisation with exponential growth.

Memberships

YPO
Member
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 1950, formerly known as the Young Presidents' Organisation, YPO is a leadership community of chief executives who support and encourage peer learning, life-changing experiences and important relationships.
Entrepreneurs' Organization | EO
Member
Alexandria, VA, USA
Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a network of over 14,000 entrepreneurs across 61 countries that use the organisation as a platform to collaborate, exchange ideas and connect.

Awards & Endorsements

Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards
Gold Stevie Award
May 2021
In 2021, Arowana was awarded a Gold Stevie for both Innovative Achievement in Growth and Innovative Achievement in Organisation Recovery.
Real Leaders | Earth Advocates
70 Environmental Leaders
Apr 2021
Kevin is recognised by Real Leaders as one of ’70 Environmental Leaders’ shaping a better world for a prosperous future.

Fellowships

FINSIA | Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Fellow
Sydney, AU
FINSIA strives to improve professional standards in financial services through increased standards of conduct and competency. Education, CPD and professional membership are utilised for the betterment of the FINSIA community.

Kevin Chin’s Education

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Graduate School of Business, Executive Education
2018 - 2018
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting & Finance & Inaugural Co Op Scholar