Area Key Team Members

YBhg Dato' George Stewart LaBrooy,

Dato’ Stewart is an engineer by training and a member of the Institute of Engineers, Malaysia. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in 1973 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in 1974 from the University of Sheffield. Dato’ Stewart is the Chief Executive Office of AXIS REIT, the first Shariah compliant industry REIT in the world and one of the first REITs to be listed on Bursa Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association and a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association. He has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, operations management, property development and REIT management. He is a prominent speaker on the subject of real estate investment and has presented numerous papers at conferences globally.

Rajesh Kumar Tharmalingam
Chief Executive Officer

Rajesh graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of New South Wales, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He started his career in Arthur Andersen and has since accumulated over 20 years of work experience in real estate finance, research, corporate advisory and investment banking across the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. He was a key advisor to one of the largest mining companies in the world, making a multi-billion dollar land acquisition and investment in Malaysia. He has also been actively involved in the Malaysian property sector, having worked in the property consultancy firm of Hall Chadwick Asia. Before becoming the CEO of AREA, he was the Head of Special Projects at Axis Real Estate Investment Trust.

Chan Wai Leo
Chief Operating Officer

Fellow Member of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He served as Head of Originations and Investments of Axis REIT Managers Berhad. His role includes asset acquisitions, capital raising and investor relations for the Fund. Prior to holding his position with Axis, he was the Group Accountant for Pacific Star Group. From 1997 to 2002, he worked with Arthur Andersen, handling statutory audits and profit forecasts in the Assurance Division.