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Hashstacs Pte Ltd, Isabelle Sumarli
Isabelle manages business development and partnerships in a Fintech firm, Hashstacs Pte Ltd. Hashstacs is a blockchain firm for the financial industry which is involved in Central Bank MAS’ blockchain initiative, Project Ubin. Isabelle is experienced in the banking and funds industry, formerly from a Private Equity and Hedge Fund Administrator, BNP Paribas Wealth Management and Gibraltar Stock Exchange Group. Her prior experiences included overseeing a portfolio of alternative funds of USD 2.6 Billion AUM and providing business requirements with 200+ hours in cost-savings. She is a Finance graduate, Institute of Banking and Finance (IB) Qualified, Honour Roll International Compliance Association (ICA) Member.
Ian Maxwell
Originally from the UK, Ian has lived and worked in Asia since 2001. With a successful career in the automotive industry, ranging from dealer service and retail to design engineering and business management, Ian has experience from workshop floor through to senior management positions in Bentley Motors and Group Lotus.
Ian currently runs his own business consultancy based in Singapore where he is also indulging his passion as a private chef, offering home dining experiences and private cookery classes. Ian also recently embarked on delivering a weight management and wellness program and now considers himself to be an emerging Entrepreneur.
Married with a Singaporean wife, Ian is a Singapore PR with four grown up children, two dogs and interests in photography, music and home improvements.
Independent, Cheng Ming Hui
“Nourish to Flourish”
Driven by a strong personal desire to see individuals flourish and with equipped with extensive (~20years) corporate experience in business management, regional supply chain, finance, HR and the oil & gas industry, I help clients harness their internal strengths and potentials with leadership trainings and mindfulness-based coaching, empowering individuals to be the person they can be.

Leadership, Team and Individual Effectiveness programs I deliver cover mindfulness and resilience at work, effective mentoring, leadership with emotional intelligence and team performance elevation.
Irene Teh
Mentored and coached/nurtured youth, young adults and adults in the past twenty years in educational institution, workplace, and voluntary settings on career matters, self-discovery, self-help guidance, and motivational context. I invite you to visit my LinkedIn Profile.
Izwan & Partners, Izwan Zakaria
Izwan Zakaria is a corporate/commercial and technology lawyer focusing on advising technology companies and early stage startups. He is the managing partner of Izwan & Partners, a corporate and technology law firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

An avid debater during his law school days, Izwan has been involved in a wide variety of technologies businesses. has direct experience ranges from the formation of new startup companies through venture capital financings and acquisitions. Izwan also represents venture capital funds and investee companies in investment transactions.

His portfolio of corporate work also encompasses advising on corporate governance, regulatory compliance and corporate and commercial matters.

Izwan is a member of the Fintech Association of Malaysia and a committee member of the Universiti Teknologi MARA Law Alumni Society for 2019/2020 team.

In addition, Izwan also acts as a mentor at ScaleUp Malaysia (an accelerator for Malaysian companies looking to scale and grow), Closing The Gap (a nonprofit seeking to improve access to higher education for young people), legal counsel and mentor of Founders Institute (a pre-seed start-up accelerator with a presence in over 180 cities worldwide) and Mentor For Hope, a Singapore based mentoring programme targeted for companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis in South East Asia.
Just Cause Pte Ltd, Eddy Chong
My experience in mentoring started in early 2000 when i was involved with the Yellow Ribbon Project in SIngapore Prisons. Specifically my job was to interview bursary applications by current and former inmates. I also worked with university and polytechnic students with the Youth For Cause program, the Youth Expedition Project and recently, the Halogen Foundation with their youth entrepreneurship program. With my experience, i hope to be of some value and worth in helping someone be better.
Kent Choi
Kent is a finance professional in the wealth management space. After progressing through various roles in banking, he presently leads a team of diverse and high performing bankers. Trained as an engineer, he started his career in the semiconductor industry and is thankful for the exposure, experiences and perspectives that his professional journey has afforded him. He believes in the importance of gaining greater self-awareness and to have a growth mindset. He finds purpose to help others to have a more considered, purpose-led and fulfilled life.

Kent graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also has Masters degrees in Applied Finance and Wealth Management from the Singapore Management University. Kent is also a trained coach. If he weren’t a banker he would have been a photographer with National Geographic.
Keystone Business Consulting, Isabel Scherer
Currently accountable for operations management at Keystone Business Consulting. I am holding the responsibility for interfacing with executive leaders and clients across multiple Countries, departments to build consensus and initiate productive change.
My highest educational degree is an MBA from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Back in Switzerland I have as well Marketing and Sales Director degree from the European Marketing Association.
I am an accredited PCC (professional Coach) ICF Coach and I went through the AIM Mentor program.
In addition to that living and working over 10 years in Singapore in Sales, Marketing, Project/Program Management, HR and Operational Management.
Having many years’ experience in retail and wholesale including business development back in Switzerland and Germany (Shell Switzerland, Schiesser, AEB, TDK etc.)

A few highlights of my qualifications include the following:
• More than 10 years of diversified hands-on experience leading, training and mentoring teams (Processes, Hardware & Software) to achieve their fullest potential.
• Years of diversified hands-on experience in Sales & Marketing.
• Very strong organizational and negotiating skills.
• Problem solver and out of the box thinker.
• Leading, training, coaching and mentoring teams (Processes, Hardware & Software) to achieve their fullest potential.
• An aptitude for maintaining poise and composure in fast-paced, deadline driven environments.
• Substantial experience overseeing the implementation of the best practices by connecting and align Sales, Marketing, Recruiting and Talent retention strategies.
• Proven track as Entrepreneur, Coach as well as Program and Project Manager in APAC.
• Fluent in German and English
Kit Lim
I am a pro-active and commercially-driven business development professional who has spent the last decade consulting senior lawyers in AmLaw 100 law firms, developing strategies to achieve their business objectives.

Passionate about helping individuals channel their inner positive best, I enjoy coaching people to help them find solutions to their problem and leveraging the power of an inclusive culture to enhance capability, engagement and performance for the organisation.

I am also passionate about personal well-being and mindfulness at the workplace and have been actively involved in these causes.
LifeWorks Associates, Darren Tan
"I have been involved in Coaching, Training and Conference Speaking for the last 30 years. I speak on overcoming challenges, transformational leadership, personal mastery, enriching relationships and innovative change. I am passionate about helping the individual achieve an integrated life, with their work and life in synergy, mutually reinforcing each other to achieve optimal fulfillment. My training is in Social Work, which also includes special programs in Quality in the Workplace and also Youth Work. In addition, I am also trained in counseling, family therapy and human resource management. I am a Master Practitioner of NLP and an Action Learning Coach. I am also certified in the Emergenetics and Extended DISC Profiling Tools.
I am a certified Family Coach with Focus on the Family, Singapore. I am a certified facilitator for the “Love Notes” Marriage Preparation Workshop and am a licensed marriage solemnizer with the Ministry of Social and Family Development. I have helped couples through marriage preparation and marriage counseling for 20 years. I am a Family Life Ambassador with the Ministry of Social and Family Development since 2006.
I am an active NSman, having served for the last 30 years. I hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was the Commanding Officer of a NS Infantry Battalion of 800 men. I was awarded the SAF NSman of the Year in 2016 and the Pingat Perhargaan (Tentera) or the Commendation Medal on National Day 2017 by the President of Singapore. "
Marcus Tan
Business Builder and Leader with extensive experience in delivering strategically significant end to end solutions in industries relating to Digital Marketing Strategy and Partnerships, Advertising Programmatic Ad Ecosystems, Social Media and Social Network Platform strategy, Digital Analytic with Deep Machine Learning Methodology and Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence sectors. Diverse experience in international settings across Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, USA, Europe including Germany, Britain, Spain & Russia.
Excellent Business and Commercial Acumen with an outstanding record in achieving or out-performing revenue targets and notable successes in Sales Management Systems, Business Development & Marketing Strategies. Proven ability to manage and work with large, cross-functional & multicultural teams in the delivery of multiple concurrent projects.
A persuasive communicator with excellent presentation skills and ability to build high-performance teams that have served as a growth catalyst and infuse productive energy into the working environment. Excellent ability in engaging clients, corporate partners, internal and external stakeholders at all levels to bring business growth and achieve organizational KPIs.
Meero, Sumit Jasoria
I head the India business of Meero, the AI photography company. Prior to this I was working with Rocket Internet in building an e-commerce platform in South East Asia which was acquired by Alibaba in 2018.
METROPOLITAN TRUST PTE LTD, TAN BAKCHAI
BakChai Tan grew up in Malaysia and has worked and live internationally - in the US, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia - in industries such as building and air-conditioning services, equipment design and integration and electronic manufacturing services.

His experience ranges over a number of areas of operational leadership including training, application and coaching in the elements of inspirational leadership and skill development. He partners Senior Executives as they navigate the growing complexity of today's business environment and balance the paradoxical demands that affect leaders.

BakChai has many years of operational leadership experience at the executive level and the nature of his assignments have included turnaround for underperforming teams with coaching-style leadership, coaching and grooming senior individuals around business skills and preparing them to assume their next leadership roles, interpersonal skills and the full spectrum covered by leadership and management competency.

BakChai’s inter-cultural and wide-ranging background adds diversity and depth to his executive coaching practice. His approach is designed to support the growth of leaders in building and sustaining their organisation’s value creation capacity. BakChai focuses on developing executives to ensure their growth is aligned with the Vision, Values, and Strategy of the organisation in which they work. He helps executives leverage their strengths while developing new leadership behaviours that support the organisation. His work delivers long-term, positive results. He has helped his clients make better decisions, form stronger alliances, develop more coherent strategies, crystallise their intent, clarify their thinking, and motivated them to be their best.
BakChai’s management experience includes the position of Marketing Manager for the Asia Pacific region for a US-based multinational company and General Manager, managing multiple manufacturing sites in China.
Metta School for special needs studentd, Pritam Kaur
I am teaching students with special needs for the past 16 years. I had worked fews years at Mnistry of Defence and as a Teacher Aide at British International school (Tanglin Trust). I stayed in Canada for a few years.
Mindful Coaching Academy, Thy-Diep Ta
Yip is entrepreneur, executive coach, certified mindfulness trainer and former Management Consultant in project lead role at McKinsey & Co. She holds an MBA from INSEAD business school and is the author of the book "Beautiful Brains change tomorrow... today". Her expertise is in supporting fellow humans become better listeners (to themselves, and to others) through mindful coaching.
MINDGEN PTE LTD, Divya Nagarajan

I am a passionate, driven , entrepreneurial leader enabling agile innovation through real-time consumer insights. I have worked both in the B2B and B2C sectors leading teams with diversity in organisations like Givaudan, Starcom, Lotte confectionery and in Henkel. I have a wide range of experience in marketing, consumer insights, business development, impacting product design & business. I believe in empowering people to reach their aspirations & goals. My motto is "Carpe Diem - Seize the day".
Natalia Tuson
Have been living and working in Singapore for almost 10 years and prior to this lived and worked in London also for 10 years. Am Russian by origin, grew up in Algeria and Ukraine. Have international outlook. Am well travelled - visited 87 countries. Interested in culture, history, heritage. Would like to offer to be mentor and to help and inspire mentee to view the world and problems from different perspective and to help mentee to find solution to make the situation better.
Neste , Christina Lu Maxwell
Christina is a strategic HR leader with extensive experience in culture transformation & organisation development in start-ups, new businesses, merger & acquisition and joint ventures. She is respected for coaching senior leaders, spotting talents and delivering business results through successful human capital strategies.
none, Karen Tok
Karen is an Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader on A New Way to Win, and Founder of award-winning biotechnology recruitment firm, ScienTec Consulting Pte Ltd. A highly dynamic individual and forward-thinking business leader, Karen was nominated for the Great Woman of Our Times Award 2018 by Woman’s Weekly Magazine and a recipient of the merit award for Shell LiveWire Young Business Start-up Award 2005.

Karen is a visionary self-starter who attained outstanding entrepreneurial success despite being written off as an academic no-hoper with a learning disability. With a seed capital of S$10,000, she built a thriving business valued at S$10 million dollars at the time of trade sales some 12 years later. Under her helm, ScienTec won over 20 prestigious industry awards and expanded its Biotech and Pharmaceutical headhunting services to other verticals and related services.

A pioneer in the biotechnology recruitment industry, Karen quickly became a much sought-after opinion leader for the industry and was often quoted in Singapore’s mainstream media on the pulse of the industry. Her entrepreneurial success story was featured in many media outlets including The Straits Times, Her World, Forward – Shell LiveWire’s book on entrepreneurship, 938Live! Money FM 89.3, to name a few. Her thought leadership articles have also been extensively published in The Sunday Times, and industry publications such as Human Resource, HRM and BioSpectrum.

Karen is an avid lifelong learner and a firm-believer in personal transformation. She believes that with the right tools, anyone can achieve their life goals. Based on the many triumphs, challenges, peaks and troughs of her business and personal experiences, Karen developed a winning formula on A New Way to Win – one that is designed to help people overcome their setbacks and fear of failure, to reinvent a life they truly desire. She is passionate about sharing this formula to positively impact as many people as possible through speaking engagements, coaching and mentoring.
OVO, Wenyou
After steering our acquisition by OVO and leading its Post-Merger Integration, I have taken on multiple hats within OVO. I started in our Financial Services where I built the foundation in our Insurance and Wealth Management SBUs. And now, I am part of OVO's executive management team where I head up fund-raising and M&A, where I execute inorganic strategies to accelerate our growth in Indonesia's fintech space. Concurrently, I am the COO of Taralite, a fintech high-growth company that we invested in while I was with the Investments team of SBI (Formerly SoftBank Investments). I started my career at the Investments team of the Singapore government where I invested in ICT start-ups and seeded a number of Southeast Asia's leading VC firms. I have spent several years in China building up an education company during my formative years. I have a MBA from INSEAD (Europe) and attended the NOC program at Fudan University (China) while I was at National University of Singapore on a Singapore government scholarship.
Pact Services Pte Ltd, Philip Briandet
25+ years of international experience, track record in profit growth under various corporate governance structures including those of a listed company, joint ventures and my own consulting company.
Thorough understanding and hands on experience of General P&L Management, Team Management and Business Development across the larger APAC region.
I started my career as a farm hand and bulldozer operator in Canada where I migrated as a teenager, whilst working on the ice-pack in Alaska, I was offered a mechanic position on an oil exploration vessel, this led to installing and commissioning US research equipment onboard Russian oil exploration vessels during the later parts of the Cold War. I arrived Singapore onboard one of these research vessels and was offered an expatriate position as technical manager for an Oil exploration company. A switch of company opened my career horizon and allowed me to develop my proficiency to the extent I was selected to lead the company business in APAC. The following years saw the region profitable growth and reach expand exponentially; culminating with the creation of a very profitable new ventures business line. Having left the company I created my own advisory and consulting company working standalone or teaming up with major consulting firms.
Having left corporate the opportunities to mentor are reduced. I have a genuine desire to contribute my insight and experience to others. In my somewhat unusual journey, I rose through the ranks in constant transition and change. As a leader all my achievements came from trusting my intuition and vision and especially empowering every individual in my team. Knowing what I did not know allowed me to accept expertise and help people grow into their own mastery. I feel that heartfelt and balanced decisions, responsible, open and resilient leadership are particularly relevant but hard to achieve in the current insecure business climate other than with mentoring.
Persolkelly Consulting, Maniyadeth Narayanan
I am an experienced Executive Coach specializing in Career Coaching, Leadership Development and business skills training. I have successfully coached 650+ C-level, senior and mid-level clients from many industries. I have also carried out 200+ training sessions in Career Transition, Leadership Development and key business skills development. Previously, I have held senior leadership positions in Fortune 500 multinational companies.
PPSEAWA SG, Maznah Binti Masop
Maznah is always keen to support causes that eliminate poverty, social upliftment and mobility as well as education and development of women and children. A social activist for more than 20 years, Maznah sits in various board and committees as a volunteer as well as works as a top executive in non-profit organisations like Club HEAL and PPIS and institutions like Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her management expertise covers strategic thinking and planning, organisational growth and development, branding and positioning, fund-raising and marketing and human capital development. Maznah has contributed immensely to the development of the organisations she served here in Singapore by setting benchmarks that provide positive impact to the beneficiaries and families.
Rajeev Kansal
Am in the space of life of business and business of life
REAPRA, Andee Chua
Andee is the Co-Founder of Kampung Collective and Investment Associate at REAPRA. He is a skilled community builder, connector and collaborator. He is a social catalyst who believes in the importance of growth in people, both personally and professionally. He loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster deeper relationships with various key communities

His dedication to the startups he meets and ability to challenge you to think out of the box really sets him apart. He has spent his time mentoring and advising early-stage startup founders and youths, helping them eye for new opportunities and how to best get their voices out on various platforms.

Following his previous stint as an international model and a community builder at a local startup and innovation community, Andee has built a good reputation in the industry & is one of the well sought-after power connector in the ecosystem.
Rika Dwi Laksanti
I am Indonesian living in Singapore and currently working for Singapore airlines for 22 years.
I have a passion to help others. Being of service to others is my purpose and gives meaning to why we are here on earth to help connect and give guidance for those in need. Life experience is something we can not get from school. It’s the experience that helps us grow and to be who we are.
All I can say about myself is I am here to help In whatever I can and the best possible way. We all need love and unite together that they don’t feel alone on this journey and someone really do understand and cares for them. I have loads of life experiences that can not be put in paper or qualifications. It all starts from the heart and I am of service to humanity is all that I can say about my short bio.
San Min
Been a man of honesty and integrity, ables me to resolve and adapt to changes to my environment quickly.
Sense of Arts, Vicki Ling
I have been working as Secretary/Personal Assistant for more the 25 years. Everyday is a learning day. I obtain the postgraduate diploma in HR and organizational psychology in 2012 and would like to put it in practice to benefit more people.
Sequoia Group, Natasha Dalmia
"Natasha Dalmia is an Author, Global Leadership Facilitator & Executive Coach, who values conscious living, creative practicing, and designing relevant practices for individuals, teams, stakeholders and organisations. She is a practitioner in the field of paradigm shifting ways on organisational unlearning/learning, contemplative leading and conscious living.

She enjoys balancing her work as a Principal Consultant from Sequoia Group, Singapore, along with her interests in coaching and mindfulness for healthy mindsets, practising Yoga and Aikido for a healthy body, and writing for healthy expressions as a practitioner and thought leader.

Natasha published her first book, 'Practice of Satsang PS: Conscious Living' in 2014 on a series of short stories of protagonists from across cultures, written as 'Letters to the Grandchildren'. As a mother in 2019, Natasha is committed to support parents in their professional pursuits of excellence, with personal well-being at the core.

She volunteers avidly, supporting causes she believes in, with her skills and contributing to international conferences and communities for emergent growth.

Natasha is from Darjeeling district in India, and believes home to be in many conscious communities across the globe. "
Siemens Pte Ltd, Chinh
Experienced HR Professional with a demonstrated working history in the tech industry - electrification, automation and digitalization, strongly skilled in Talent Management, Leadership Development, Training & Education, Strength-Based Coaching, Career Coaching, HR partnership and change management. I am passionate about people, helping others learn and develop. Value creation is my belief in my daily interaction with business and clients.
Simplified Product Consulting, Aileen Sim
Ex-startup founder and Product leader, currently the founder of Simplified Product Consulting. Worked with tech startups across Singapore, Silicon Valley, London, China the last 15 years. Passionate about helping build great teams and companies and enabling people to lead their best lives through teaching/coaching/mentoring, connecting people and ideas, as well as creation.

I love teaching/coaching/mentoring - from tutoring high school students when I was 18, to being a teaching assistant in university, coaching my teams, and mentoring other students and entrepreneurs.
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Ramesh Shahdadpuri
RAMESH SHAHDADPURI is an experienced educator, learning and development professional, and executive/life coach. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring, professional development and lifelong learning. He enjoys working with learners and professionals of all backgrounds, helping them to pursue their passions, attain their goals, and achieve professional and personal success. Ramesh has held specialist and leadership positions with corporate, public sector and non-profit organisations, having worked with government agencies, institutes of higher learning, multinational corporations, local SMEs, non-profit organisations and start-up enterprises. In his career, he has travelled extensively and lived in Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. Ramesh is a credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the ICF Singapore Chapter.
Startup-O PTE Ltd., Anuj Jain
"I am passionate about scaling ventures & enabling deserving entrepreneurs, I specialize in driving business growth across diverse markets in Asia. Over 20+ years of hands-on experience across 14 Asian countries in the 'Go-To-Market' strategy & execution domain.

At present, I am the Co-Founder & CEO of my STARTUP-O which is South East Asia’s largest platform for startup assessments, investment & venture building. The platform has also established a global participation footprint across founders, partners & experts from across 40+ countries since its inception in 2016."
Steven Ong
Steven is the MD of ForwardLeap Training Lab as well as Co-V Coworking. He had been the MD of a coworking space operator; MD of an early-stage VC; CEO of an industry association with over 2,000 active professional members and CMO of a regional corporate training and business consultancy company. Besides mentoring start-ups, Steven had been invited to judge many pitching events. He is a Start-up Mentor with Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and TRIVE Next50 initiative. Steven is a regional speaker and trainer on Youth Entrepreneurship in SDGs. Recently, he had been appointed by International Youth Society as the Country Director (Singapore), VP of Young Entrepreneurs Society (SG) and ASEAN Director/Advisor to O-YES Global Foundation. He is also a mentor with Deep Tech accelerator, AlgoStars.