Our Team

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Shih Lene Kee

Co-Founder

I love watching people and observing trends.

 

Over 2 decades, through a very steep learning curve, I helped established the second largest retail watch chain outlet in Malaysia, City Chain, culminating in over 100 retail outlets located in the top shopping malls in Malaysia. But this adventure into retail, had humble beginnings at a little kiosk in Bukit Bintang Plaza in the centre of Kuala Lumpur where I first started wholesaling an Italian watch brand which brought me all over Malaysia, including the border towns in the Northern part of Malaysia, which were truly an eye-opener. Following that stint, I served as a consultant for the optical chain Optical 88 in Malaysia. Then I jumped on a very unique opportunity to work in the founding team at CITTA Mall, designing from scratch the concept of CITTA Mall to its eventual opening, operation and subsequent sale to a regional REIT. Over that period of almost 1 decade, sitting on the same side as the mall owner (as opposed to my previous role as a retailer), I came to appreciate the many moving parts that business owners have to take on and the enormous risks they assume whilst providing much-needed jobs for the economy. Currently, I serve at our family office, KeeGroup Sdn Bhd and our group are in the midst of introducing Smart Farming at our Asahan Estate.  

 

However, the world of the non-profit was never far, having worked on a dozen or so fundraisers including, Straits Chinese Porcelain an award-winning coffee table book, Wushu Federation Malaysia as well as serving as a Ladies golf committee member at the Royal Selangor Golf Club. All this led to joining Elene on our social enterprise journey at Abundant Ventures Sdn Bhd wherein 2019 I helped in the fundraiser for Project Monyet

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Elene Kee

Co-Founder

Lawyer turned social entrepreneur, based mainly in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

 

My journey as a social entrepreneur, really started over the pandemic. Farmers in Malaysia had to throw their fresh produce away due to the multiple lockdowns, yet at the same time, many had lost their jobs and were struggling to put food on the table. This triggered the rebirth of Abundant Ventures, as a social enterprise, whose purpose it is to Grow Livelihoods, sustainably.

I have worked in key management positions across industries in education - PRIME College, property, retail - City Chain, shopping mall development - CITTA Mall, as well as a corporate lawyer.

 I now serve as an independent director on the board of Can- One Berhad one of South East Asia’s largest packaging manufacturers, and also served on its subsidiary board Kian Joo Can Factory Berhad.

 

Currently, I serve as Advisor to Roots & Shoots Malaysia, the NGO founded by the iconic Dame Dr Jane Goodall. I am especially proud of 2 nationwide programs that are ongoing, namely Roots & Shoots Malaysia Award and Project EcoWira.

I read law at the University of Nottingham, UK and had a short stint at INSEAD Singapore, Executive Finance Program. Meanwhile, the “Kee Prize” is awarded annually at Marlborough College, UK, where I attended. On a national level, I swam for Malaysia.