Benjamin Khoo

Benjamin Khoo is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Elion House in 2008, one of the first clean-bio technology incubators in Japan/Asia. Clean-bio tech first piqued his interest whilst a financial engineer in Tokyo structuring complex exotic derivatives. He noticed a commonality in wave functions of stochastic financial models and quantum mechanics – both fields rely on probability vs. certainty.

Mr. Khoo’s watershed moment was surviving the horror-stricken earthquakes that swayed the Tokyo skyscraper he was working in 3m sideways and which destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant sinking Japan into an energy crisis. This was his “higher calling” to focus on Elion House and he decided to leave a lucrative career in investment banking and personally invested to accelerate the development of new energy technologies.

The 2011 disaster began on March 11th with a 9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in Japan and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The Quake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights of up to 40 meters and travelled at 700km an hour for up to 10km inland in some places. Over 20,000 people lost their lives. To put this figure into perspective the death toll from coronavirus is around 7,700.

 

Mr. Khoo believes in creating new ideas and concepts that will enable the natural and human worlds to thrive. His mission is to rethink concepts of technology, business and finance using them as tools to solve the world’s most pressing problems: air and water pollution; the destruction of ecosystems and  biodiversity loss; dwindling food, water, and natural resources. 

His work has led to recognition in the sustainability space where he speaks on emerging trends in cleantech infrastructure and impact (ESG) investing at consultations around the world: RiskMinds 2018/ 2019All-Energy Australia 2017, Windsor Energy Group , Deutsche Bank Alternatives Day, The Borrowers and Investors Forum (AsianInvestor), Low Carbon Earth Summit..

Mr. Khoo was Senior Vice President at a number of investment banks in Tokyo where he has worked for 20+ years and he has built teams managing multi-billion dollar complex derivatives portfolios at JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Nomura. He was on the principal teams responsible for risk-management, trading, and structuring market-risk and balance-sheet management solutions for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, and corporations around the world.

Mr. Khoo started his career in Japan on a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho). He was a Systems Engineer at Mitsui & Co. in Tokyo and developed IT and enterprise risk-management solutions for Japanese financial institutions and corporations.

Mr. Khoo has a diverse background and is proficient in Japanese and has an innate understanding of global markets. He is a member of the Japanese Securities Dealer’s Association and the Singapore Business Federation. He has pledged to the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and is a member of the Global Compact Network Singapore which is championing sustainability among the business community and is a part of the United Nations Global Compact.