United Cacao Limited SEZC is the first publicly listed pure-play cacao producer globally and the first publicly listed tropical plantation company in Latin America. It is registered and trades on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol CHOC.
Mr. Melka was the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Asian Plantations Limited, a plantation company quoted on AIM. Asian Plantations Limited was admitted to AIM in November 2009 at 75 pence per share and was subsequently purchased by a strategic acquirer for 220 pence per share in October 2014; during this time period, the market capitalization grew from £22 million (at Admission) to £110 million at the time of acquisition. Since 2006, Mr. Melka has co-founded and launched companies in agriculture, consumer finance, hotels and mobile telecommunications. Mr. Melka started his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in 1995 where he remained until 2005 during which time he was based in New York, London, Prague, Singapore and Bangkok. Mr. Melka graduated magna cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is a Czech citizen and resident in the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.