Evolution’s culture is purpose-driven, we know what we want to achieve and why. We enjoy the experience of continual learning and have fun building something that is innovative in the market. Our culture helps us to attract quality talent.
The 4 principles of Evolution
Be a challenger
In everything we do, challenge the norms. Be brave, drive for constant innovation. Push ourselves individually and collectively to achieve more, everyday.
Create positive societal impact
We will make money, however let’s make sustainability the core of how we do it. Let’s leave a positive legacy for Evolution.
Act with integrity always
Always feel empowered to be transparent with each other, our customers, our suppliers and everyone in our ecosystem.
Enjoy the journey!
Be a driver, not a passenger. Sitting in the back of the car you may have some great views, but you aren’t in control of where we are heading.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
As co-founder and CEO, Darren’s role is to ensure Evolution Data Centres delivers on its strategic vision to become the next-generation leading pan-Asian data centre platform, delivering digital growth, reliably and sustainably, into high growth markets. Darren founded Evolution because he believed that customers deserved a greater choice of sustainable data centre infrastructure in Asia.
Darren has been in Asia for 10 years and he has worked in all aspects of the digital infrastructure ecosystem, including telco, data centre and artificial intelligence. Based in Singapore Darren was the MD for Asia for IO Data Centres (a next-generation, modular data centre operator), where he led the business to net cash flow positive and ultimately to a successful exit.
With his co-founder, and leadership team, Darren is passionate about workplace culture. He aspires for Evolution to be a company where everyone makes an active contribution and is accountable. Darren’s mantra is to enjoy the journey, rather than being obsessed with reaching the destination.
Darren has a personal commitment to improving health and sustainability. He regularly walks 10km to the office and refuses to take any shop offered plastic bags.
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Ed’s role as Chief Investment Officer is to drive Evolution’s investment program while developing and managing relationships with capital and strategic partners. Ed co-founded Evolution due to his conviction that underserved Southeast Asian markets are set to become the next frontier of data centre growth in Asia, as well as the attraction of addressing the tremendous challenge of sustainability in the industry.
Ed was previously an investment banker to the digital infrastructure and renewable power sectors in Asia. In his role as Head of Asian TMT Investment Banking at ING, he has advised several digital infrastructure businesses on fundraising, M&A and capital strategy in emerging markets, including winning Infrastructure Investor’s 2020 “Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year in Asia Pacific”. Since moving to Asia a decade ago, he has advised clients on more than 30 corporate finance transactions across Asia, including renewable power companies operating across geothermal, solar and wind.
Ed is a Civil Engineering graduate and has been fascinated throughout his career by sustainable solutions to infrastructure development challenges in growth markets. Ed’s personal sustainability pledge is to reduce his carbon footprint by going meat and dairy free three days a week.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Simon brings to life Evolution Data Centres’ vision by implementing data centres that deliver high availability, performance, sustainability and scalability to meet our customer’s requirements. Simon’s extensive career includes design, commissioning and leadership roles for general contractors, consultants and clients.
Simon has been involved with a range of projects that have enabled him to implement innovative data centre designs. His experience of control systems will enable Evolution to be able to track metrics, performance and target sustainability goals across all facilities.
Simon’s recent data experience spans leading the APAC data centre team for an international consultancy, to most recently heading the APAC colocation engineering team for Amazon Web Services.
He has been in Asia for 25 years with 20 of those being based in Singapore and has travelled extensively through the region for work and pleasure. He is committed to sustainability and cycles or walks to work at least three times a week and insists on drinking his coffee from reusable cups.
Principal – Strategy and Investment
Matt’s role as Principal – Strategy and Investment is to support the senior leadership team in delivering Evolution’s strategy, execute on growth initiatives in new markets and manage relationships with key capital providers and strategic stakeholders. Matt joined Evolution in order to be part of the solution to Asia’s technological and sustainability challenges.
Matt has been living in Asia for three years. Prior to joining Evolution, he obtained his MBA from INSEAD in Singapore and before that, Matt was a Vice President with Investcorp in Singapore and London where he led the launch of the Southeast Asia private equity team and Investcorp’s first investment in Southeast Asia.
Matt has an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from the University of St Andrews. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Matt’s personal commitment to health and sustainability is to complete a triathlon in 2022 as well as reduce his intake of beef and dairy and maximise his use of public transportation.