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Mark Perry Edward

Profile :

Before joining the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore as Commercial Advisor I was heading BD & Sales in Aquaporin Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based CleanTech company.

 

Prior to my role as VP BD & Sales, I worked as a Membrane Developer, Project Manager, and Business Developer for Aquaporin A/S in Denmark. I hold a Master’s Degree in Physics and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the Southern University of Denmark and an Executive MBA from DTU Business.

 

I have more than 9 years of experience in forward osmosis membrane development & commercialization and over the last 7 years I have been building the independent ForwardOsmosisTech Portal in my spare time with the aim of further promoting FO commercialization through the facilitation of open innovation, collaborations, partnerships and co-developments.

 

I consider myself an experienced and skilled General Management Executive with competencies spanning technology & product development, technology commercialization, strategic partnering, marketing, branding, operations, and organization development.

Superpower: 
I know how to build websites & knowledge portals (e.g. www.liiloodesigns.com, www.greendkinsea.com & www.forwardosmosistech.com),I am skilled in identifying and addressing market opportunities,I am dedicated and persistent

Deep Knowledge:
Water treatment, Waste Management, Energy, EfficiencyRenewable, EnergyMaritime

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ABC

Profile :

Before joining the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore as Commercial Advisor I was heading BD & Sales in Aquaporin Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based CleanTech company.

 

Prior to my role as VP BD & Sales, I worked as a Membrane Developer, Project Manager, and Business Developer for Aquaporin A/S in Denmark. I hold a Master’s Degree in Physics and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the Southern University of Denmark and an Executive MBA from DTU Business.

 

I have more than 9 years of experience in forward osmosis membrane development & commercialization and over the last 7 years I have been building the independent ForwardOsmosisTech Portal in my spare time with the aim of further promoting FO commercialization through the facilitation of open innovation, collaborations, partnerships and co-developments.

 

I consider myself an experienced and skilled General Management Executive with competencies spanning technology & product development, technology commercialization, strategic partnering, marketing, branding, operations, and organization development.

Superpower: 
I know how to build websites & knowledge portals (e.g. www.liiloodesigns.com, www.greendkinsea.com & www.forwardosmosistech.com),I am skilled in identifying and addressing market opportunities,I am dedicated and persistent

Deep Knowledge:
Water treatment, Waste Management, Energy, EfficiencyRenewable, EnergyMaritime

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Fred Then

Profile :

Before joining the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore as Commercial Advisor I was heading BD & Sales in Aquaporin Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based CleanTech company.

 

Prior to my role as VP BD & Sales, I worked as a Membrane Developer, Project Manager, and Business Developer for Aquaporin A/S in Denmark. I hold a Master’s Degree in Physics and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the Southern University of Denmark and an Executive MBA from DTU Business.

 

I have more than 9 years of experience in forward osmosis membrane development & commercialization and over the last 7 years I have been building the independent ForwardOsmosisTech Portal in my spare time with the aim of further promoting FO commercialization through the facilitation of open innovation, collaborations, partnerships and co-developments.

 

I consider myself an experienced and skilled General Management Executive with competencies spanning technology & product development, technology commercialization, strategic partnering, marketing, branding, operations, and organization development.

Superpower: 
I know how to build websites & knowledge portals (e.g. www.liiloodesigns.com, www.greendkinsea.com & www.forwardosmosistech.com),I am skilled in identifying and addressing market opportunities,I am dedicated and persistent

Deep Knowledge:
Water treatment, Waste Management, Energy, EfficiencyRenewable, EnergyMaritime

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Ethan Tan Eng Sek

Ethan is the Principal Counsultant for The 8th Pinnacle Pte Ltd. In his role, he leads business transformation projects with clients from the private and public sectors across Asia-Pacific. He is the Practice Lead for Change Mangement, Leadership Development, Sales and Business Development Technology with clients.

He also invest his time on many social venture accelerators and is also an active participant in ASME, SSPA and SHRI. He served as Interim Executive Director of Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) from 2015 to 2017.

Pooi-San Kok

Pooi-San Kok is currently the Head of Innovation for Beer, Ready-to-Drink and Mainstream Spirit in Diageo Plc, one of world’s largest producers of alcoholic beverage where she creates new products as an intrapreneur. ​

With unique combination of local (Malaysia, China, Vietnam), regional (Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa) and global leadership experiences gained within blue-chip multinational companies with notable global brands such as Heineken, Pizza Hut, Guinness, Smirnoff, Carlsberg, Somersby, her notable track records of success includes new products creation, profitable joint-venture & franchise partnerships management, formation of collaborative regional/global marketing communities and grooming & building of multicultural team of young professionals to become future leaders.​

As a seasoned innovator and marketer with extensive multi-market experience, her interest area will be helping start-ups transform their dreams into real world solutions anchored on scalable revenue models with potential to travel and grow beyond Singapore.​

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooisankok/​

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Fred Then

Fred Then coaches winning coaches. He over 25 years of business experience and 9 start-ups (and counting). He has won "The Best Mentor" award twice at The FinLab (Fintech Accelerator) and voted "Best Speaker" at the 4th International HR Conference in Barcelona.

Fred also excels at creating and delivering workshops and seminars for Executives & C-Suite Leaders.

 

Fred is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), recognized as the most rigorous and respected coach training and certification in the industry. The CPCC designation by Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) is the global “gold standard” in coaching certification.

 

In Singapore, Fred has lectured and coached 2,000 individuals and start-up teams. His intense coaching has helped entrepreneurs reduce their business failures by 90%.

 

He is in demand as a keynote speaker, trainer and mentor-in-resident with startup incubators in Singapore.

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Nicole Poon
 

Nicole is a progressive HR leader who wields a strong understanding of business, people and technology. She spent the last ten years in one of Singapore's most recognized and fastest growing FinTech - MatchMove. She holds a critical and key executive role of the company, supporting the company throughout its growth and evolution from an entertainment gaming platform provider to an innovative and industry disruptive fintech. The intensive need for the company to refresh, retrains, and renews talent created in Nicole an abundance of experience, especially in people, change and succession management.

Known as MatchMove’s “Swiss-Army Knife”, Nicole is a multi-facetted individual. Her years of hands-on involvement and experience in business, marketing and partnerships make her a key member of management.

Outside of work, Nicole pursues her HR passion through active community leadership with Institute of Human Resource Professional (IHRP) and being a Singapore HR Tech taskforce member.

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Stan Kosyakov
Co-Founder & CIO at Mantheos Pte Ltd


Stan is a passionate entrepreneur with interest in Data Science and IT Communications. After graduating from TU Braunschweig (Germany) in Production & System Technologies, he pursued his biggest dream to travel the world and try out multiple start-up ideas until he settled down in Singapore in 2017.

At Mantheos he has developed market-leading data aggregation and processing technologies that support their clients in their Data-Intelligence approaches, providing market insights and help them make data-driven decisions.

 

In his free time he enjoys spending time doing sports activities and contributing to the start-up ecosystem.

linkedin.com/in/stankosy

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Kee Thian Seng

Thian Seng is an experienced ICT consultant and mentor in the mobile industry. He has been a mentor with NTU Ventures since 2011, providing valuable consultations and lectures on Lean Launchpad methodologies to aspiring start-ups and students.

 

Thian Seng has served in the MDA i-JAM Expert Panel and was responsible for setting up and maintenance of the IT and Telecom infrastructure and services for K&L Engineering.  Thian Seng was also the former Assistant Director of the Technology and Planning Group, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, where he was responsible for identifying and evangelising emerging mobile, internet and enterprise enabling technologies and platforms. 

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Patrick Ng

Bilingual ability to translate business opportunities and match them with technology. Armed with the unique ability to understand a broad spectrum of emerging technology, breaking it down into its sub-components and find ways of improving current state of the art, and matching them to enhance business competitiveness.

                 

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Poh Kuan Heng, Eric

Experienced in driving business growth through strategic marketing and business development initiatives including core competencies in brand management, product planning and directing product launches for diverse sectors.

Proven track record in developing, negotiating and closing high impact relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment. Ability to communicate and influence at an executive/management level. Strong cross-group collaboration and process orientation skills are required.

Specialties: Excellent problem resolution, judgment, budgeting, and decision making. Excellent business model development, presentation, communication and reporting skills. Experience in working within a matrix organization without having any direct reporting resources.

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Amin Nordin

Serial Entrepreneur with 11 years experience building companies from scratch to million dollar valuations.

Notable companies

●          Ethis - Build a scalable tech infrastructure for Malaysia and for submission to Bank Negara for P2P crowdfunding license.

●          qiscus - Entire tech team was build in Yogjakarta with primary enterprise customers in Indonesia. qiscus largest clients includes Halodoc, Manulife, Bluebird, Telkom Indonesia and others.

●          Vybes - Build the entire operation of influencer commerce which includes onboarding 35,000 influencers, building supply chain logistics to acquire and fulfil the orders for the influencers’ customers in Indonesia within 12 months

●          Mentor at NTUitive ideasinc competition, ideasinc.veni Venture Building Programme and Founder Institute.

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Alex Tay
 

Alex has 2 decades of commercial & government experience in various senior Business, Operations & Management roles. His wide domain expertise includes overseas channel distribution in automotive parts, new market & business development with Norwegian, German, NYSE listed companies in Technology, Upstream Oil & Gas, Satellite Communications.

Alex then build a fast-tracked successful Tech Start-up, securing a US$1Mil service order plus Exclusive Asia Representation for a Heli-deck System as 2nd revenue  within its profitable 1st year. Garage Venture’s founder, Bill Reichert directly coached Alex on building his 3rd revenue. 

Alex was 1 of 3 mentors invited for ACE 2018’s Inaugural BAceCamp & only mentor invited for all 1st to 6th BAceCamp (end 2020) & also conducted “Art of Start” Pitching workshops.  

With NTU/NBS since 2018, Alex coaches business models under various programs, incl. MSc TIP & Renaissance Engineering Program. In NTU/Oman Govt’s Al Shabaad Program, of Top 3, the Champion & 1stRunner-up were Alex’s direct mentees.  Among 7 mentors, Alex received the “Most Outstanding Mentor Award” from HE, Oman Ambassador & Royal Court of Oman representatives. 

As a Enterprise SG accredited Business Advisor, Alex acquired insights into Construction, Clean Energy, Food manufacturing, Industrial Automation, Media & Events industries as he advised matured local & foreign businesses in Growing Profitability & Business Model Transformations.

Alex was 1 of 10 TUV SUD certified “Expert” Management Consultant in Jan 2017 (recertified 1 of <30 “Experts” CAA Jan 2021) & help Singapore SMEs access government grants. In 2018, what Alex does was featured full page in S’pore’s main newspaper.   

Aside from commercial, Alex was a senior Military officer & graduate of the prestigious Singapore Command & Staff College, where selected senior officers receives the highest formal training.  Alex was a recipient of PBS (Tentera) by the Prime Minister Office on National Day 2017.

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Lee Yixin

I'm an operator and an angel investor with special affinity for ventures that use a different business model (enabled by technology) to solve an existing industry problem in the finance, education and medical space. Am currently a Vice President & founding management team of UTU, a cross border rewards and VAT Refund fintech company operating in Europe and Asia. Prior to the startup world, I spent 5 years in management consulting and finance industry. I have working experience across all 7 continents except Antarctica and that empowers me to build ventures that can arbitrage the “continental divides”.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy learning across all verticals (classic Chinese philosophy or the latest JavaScript library) because I enjoy learning for the sake of learning and also I believe generalists will triumph in this information age. I also enjoy outdoor activities like mountaineering and long hikes in nature. I’m an active advocate of tech for good with Better.sg, a volunteer community that builds digital solutions to address societal issues in Singapore.

Anderson Tan

Anderson Tan is a serial entrepreneur, serial angel and corporate investor, as well as a Practising Management Consultant equipped with a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning, Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education and Master of Engineering. Owning and managing several SkillsFuture Singapore Registered Training Provider (“RTP”), Anderson is knowledgeable in entrepreneurialism, adult learning frameworks and is effective in analysing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating learning, employability and HRD solutions in organisations and with individuals.

Anderson’s expertise is in Business-Training Consulting. This includes the development of Enterprise-wide Training Plans, organisation accreditation for SSG RTP status, and Curriculum Development (OJT and WSQ). He is also a key driver in the internationalisation of the Singapore skills system, with interests in Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Indian and Myanmar.

Anderson has also worked on innovative IT systems to support personal branding, micro-learning, and training management.  He is currently a mentor with NTUitive and Institute for Adult Learning, supporting various start-ups in their entrepreneurship journeys.

Titan Lee
 

  • Growth Hacker

  • Digital Marketing Trainer & Mentor


Titan is a growth hacker and digital marketing professional in SEO/SEM, Social Media Strategies and Multi-Platform Management Tools. Having successes in capturing accelerated growth opportunities and turning potential into realized outcomes, his past credits have included Singapore most successful crowdfunding campaign, Pirate3D which he helped raise over US$1.4mil within 30 days.

 

In 2016, he created another massive success with the campaign of Tiny1: The World’s Smallest Astronomy Camera, raising over US$350,000 on Indiegogo. He was also the Head of Growth for Tech in Asia and is currently working as a trainer on digital marketing strategies.

Bernard Chan
 

Bernard is a veteran of the IT and consumer electronics industry, having spent more than 30 years in General Management, Marketing, Sales, Channel Management, Consulting and Education. 

 

He has managed organisations in the private and public sectors across Asia, and incubated new business startups in complex environments.  He now works in public health and teaches part-time at a university, happily focusing his time and energy nurturing others for success.​

Patrick Kay

 

Patrick specializes in executive coaching and retained executive appointments across Asia and across industry sectors since 2003, working with businesses and individuals with lofty entrepreneurial growth visions.

 

Pat's corporate experience spanned across Asia and across functions with HSBC, ABN Amro, PwC Consulting and Singapore's Ministry of Finance's Accountant-General Department. 

Felix Gnanapragasam​
 

  • Co-founder ​

  • Expert in the semiconductor industry​


Felix is an experienced Chief Operating Officer with over 30 years of experience leading companies in the semiconductor industry. To date, he has co-founded two world-class companies in the semiconductor test-assembly space, raising private equity and institutional funding. ​

Felix grew both start-ups into international businesses and realized both public and private exits. His technical expertise lies in semiconductor assembly-test, contract manufacturing, PCB manufacturing, automated equipment design and manufacturing. ​

Felix is an experienced negotiator having been involved in multiple rounds of capital raising and contract negotiations across a wide range of investors and clients. He maintains an excellent global network of credible equipment and material suppliers to deliver technology solutions for cost optimization.​

Alfred Au Yong
 

Alfred has got over 25 years in various industries. Started his corporate life in Hewlett-Packard for 7 years, he has since been in 3rd Party Logistics for Life Sciences, Chemicals, Electronics and FMCG. As a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL), Dangerous Goods (DG) and Hazardous Material (Hazmat) Management.

Alfred Au Yong has been involved in start-ups like Axtreme Nexus, Recyclehub.com, and Bluengine. Alfred has mentored in NTU Ventures, SUTD and ACE. He has conducted operations consultancy projects in Singpost and Schenker

CHIA Chee Yong
 

  • Vice President (Digital Ecosystem & Portfolio Management), Business / SME Banking

  • Seasoned Start-up Mentor, Action Community & Entrepreneurship (ACE)

  • Master of Business Administration MBA (Distinction), University of Manchester

  • Professional Qualifications : Innovation, Change, Project & Agile Management



Chee Yong serves as Vice President in Business (Small & Medium Enterprises, SME) Banking, which offers banking services from start-ups to larger SME in Singapore. He performs dual roles in the bank:
 

•Digital Ecosystem Partnerships, where he collaborates with digital partners (e.g. Platforms, Fintech, E-commerce) to reimagine banking and deliver innovative banking propositions

•Portfolio Management, where he conducts customer analytics, devises and implements data-driven strategies to seize opportunities for customer acquisition, development and retention
 

Prior to his current role, he was in Banking Technology Management and Management Consulting.

 

Deeply passionate about start-ups and entrepreneurship and coaching, he offers start-up advisory services through ACE and received numerous positive reviews from his mentees under his tutelage.

He also participated as Business Founder /  Entrepreneur in the recent pioneering run of the Antler-NUS GRIP Deep Tech Program. His Antler start-up was successfully shortlisted into the NUS-GRIP program.

 

He is also very interested in coaching and mentoring and provides career guidance for youths at NTUC as a Career Coach (Fintech) and at NUS University Scholar Program as a Mentor for undergraduates.

Randall Sie

Randall’s passion lies in helping organizations and budding entrepreneurs translate their technology and ideas into value that reach the customer.

 

Randall now runs Persistensie Pte. Ltd. a strategy and innovation consultancy following a career as a strategy consultant, corporate innovator, and university lecturer.

Randall holds a BSc. in International Business Administration and MSc. in Strategic Management from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

He is active in the startup scene as a co-founder and mentor to digital and hardware startups. He is an Accredited Mediator and Singapore Certified Management Consultant.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/randallsie/

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Raymond Choong


Raymond has an extensive strategic and hands-on financial and operational experience working with technology companies. He has in-depth knowledge in a broad range of technologies, and his main interests are with early to middle stage high-tech companies. Raymond had close to 30 years of experience in operationsand finance. Prior to this, he was with Ooredoo Group(OG), a Qatar Investment Authority(QIA) -linked company, and also with Singapore Technologies Telemedia(STT), a Temasek-linked company.

 

At OG, Raymondwas a key member in the digital transformation at the group level and in implementation in a subsidiary. He was involved in driving the internet-economy in the Middle East, China and Southeast Asian region via partnerships and joint ventures, and initiating a technology accelerator programmeand a venture capital fund.

 

While at STT, Raymond was responsible for aligning strategy and long-term planning across the group businesses, as well as managing the company’s cross-border investments and overseeing the strategic investments for the group. Previously, Raymond has held various senior corporate development and management roles at Creative Technology, a Singapore-based global technology company; Kaga Electronics, a Japanese, Tokyo-listed company specializing in electronics and IT products distribution.

 

Raymond has been a serial mentor at various accelerator programs including UOB’s Finlab (a Fintech-focused),the Airmarker Accelerator(an Internet of Things-focused, cross-border), PSA Unboxed (a VC arm of PSA International), ICE71 (a cybersecurity entrepreneur hub)and Taiwan’s Starfab and AI x Robotics Accelerator (TAIRA) (an AI and Robotics).Raymond was also on the panel of judges for the 2016 ~ 2019Singapore Digital (SG:D) Techblazer Awards(Formerly Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF)).

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