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Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John Pellegrini

John Pellegrini BSc (Physics), Grad. Dip.  (Physics) and an MBA (Finance). He has worked at some of the leading international banks, investment banks, commodities exchanges in New York, Chicago, London, Sydney, and Singapore. John has extensive knowledge trading fiat currencies, and variety of commodities. Strong experience in risk management, swaps, and hedging. Prior to joining Tijarah, John served as Senior Director at N.M. Rothschild & Sons, in trading and risk management.


Chief Technology Officer

Dato Dr. Shamshudeen Yunus, PhD.

Dr. Sham holds a PhD in Finance. Dr. Sham has in-depth knowledge and 40 years of experience in the field of Banking, Corporate Finance & international trade.

He kicked off his impressive career as the youngest EDP. Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange at the age of 22. By 1986, he received South East Asia’s young Entrepreneur Award. He then went on to found one of the first Banks in Myanmar in 1993. Throughout his career he has successfully listed companies & debt securities in Bursa Malaysia, Australian Stock Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Vienna Stock Exchange as well as on NASDAQ. He took on many big clients from the South East Asian Region through his own corporate finance consulting company, Bolt Advisory Inc.

Dr. Sham has in the last 4 years been making a name for himself in the DeFi Space, acting as a blockchain consultant, smart contract development apart from leading revolutionary blockchain projects in education, cryptocurrencies & stable coins. He has an expert understanding of technologies such as; blockchain, fintech & smart contract algorithms. He is highly experienced in strategy, development, and operations regarding new blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies for emerging markets.

He is a well respected Entrepreneur and has his finger on the pulse of the ever evolving capital markets. He is a strong believer of “We Deliver What We Promise”.


Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Dimitri Rizzi

Dimitri Rizzi is a highly accomplished professional with a distinguished educational background in  Law and holds an MBA. With over a decade of business experience in finance, he has steered a diverse portfolio of businesses towards success, including several startups across a range of industries such as oil & gas, commodities, trading, and capital markets. Dimitri's track record of accomplishments includes his successful listing of asset-backed bonds on the prestigious Vienna Stock Exchange, highlighting his expertise in capital markets. His sharp business acumen and his out-of-the-box thinking, make him a valuable asset to Tijarah Holding Ltd, where he currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. 


Business Development Director

Ms Farah Dinie Shamsudeen Yunus

Farah Dinie studied Graphic Design and has an MBA. Prior to joining Tijarah Holding Ltd. Farah worked in business development with responsibility for delivering financial technology innovation at United Capital Management. Her experience includes supporting startup business within various B2B and B2C fintech sectors including UniEBS Pte. Ltd.

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Compliance - Independent Director

Mr. Ong Kong Lai

Ong Kong Lai is a Chartered Accountant and has over 40 years of professional and management experience. He began his career in auditing and investigations with several international accounting firms. Over the years, he has covered roles as advisor, liquidator or receiver and manager across a few industries, including property, development and construction, manufacturing, information technology, plantation, timber, retail and shipping. He is a founding partner of Messrs Ong & Wong Chartered Accountants and holds two Bachelor Degrees in Industrial Management and Commerce. Apart from that, he is a pioneer member of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia.

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