Learning & Development,
Far East Hospitality,
Alesxis believes that a holistic approach to meet business objectives starts from leadership and co-creation with both customers and employees.
A well-rounded professional with over 20 years of experience, Alesxis honed her people skills from her experience with hospitality brands including Banyan Tree, Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton, and her time in consultancy where she helped businesses design and deliver customer experience.
Alesxis is also an ICF-certified Professional Executive Coach. She is passionate about helping people to be equipped with skills so that they can be empowered and scale greater heights.
She is able to exercise this motivation in her current role as Head, Learning & People Development with Far East Hospitality where her key focus includes developing future talents and creating a future-ready workforce through upskilling and developing employees to support desired business outcomes.
Agape Connecting People,
During his incarceration, Anil had the opportunity to work in a call centre. Equipped with this job knowledge, he started the call centre business for inmates and ex offenders when he was released . Setting up Agape Connecting People in 2012 was Anil’s way of honouring his family, an act of redemption to earn back his family’s trust.Register
Ang Yong Guan Psychiatry,
Dr Ang Yong Guan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Singapore in 1979. He went on to receive the Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in the UK in 1986 as well as the Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (FAMS) in Singapore.
Dr Ang is currently practicing as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Paragon Medical. He is active in teaching and is a visiting lecturer at National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Polytechnic and the Executive Counselling and Training Academy (ECTA) in Singapore.
Dr Ang was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1995 and the Public Administration Medal in 1996 for his community work and his contribution to the Singapore Armed Forces.
Centre for Fathering,
Bryan is a passionate family life coach and chief advocate for the national Dads for Life movement in Singapore. He is happily married to Adriana, and is a full-time father to their three children, whilst also serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Fathering, Singapore. He has more than 24 years of leadership, management and training development experience in the armed forces, public service and non-profit sector. He consults and coaches companies and individuals on leadership, strategy, training development, family life and human performance improvement.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Production), Masters of Science (Instructional Systems), and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity. He is a certified Reiss Profile Master of IDS Publishing Corporation, the publisher of Reiss Motivation Profile, and a Human Performance Technologist (Florida State University). He is also a lifetime member of the International Society of Performance Improvement.
Bryan is gripped by the issue of fatherlessness, and is dedicating his leadership and administration skills to serve and support Fathers to become better leaders in their family, workplace and community. Through the Fathering programs and initiatives in the Centre for Fathering and the nation-wide Dads for Life movement, he hopes to turn the hearts of the children towards their fathers, and bring about reconciliation in families. He envisions all fathers being restored in their identity as sons, husbands and fathers, and taking an active role in fortifying their marriages and building resilient families.Register
Mr Cai Yinzhou is a young leader whose vision is to bridge the gap between the disadvantaged communities and formal structures to encourage a sustainable environment for self-organized groups. A personal encounter with a group of migrant workers in 2013 led to the forming of #backalleybarbers, where he offered free haircuts to migrant workers on the streets of Geylang.
He is now the founder of a social enterprise – Geylang Adventures (2014), he has designed and executed educational programmes that aims to create awareness of the social ecosystem in the red-light district of Singapore, an often misunderstood place. Bringing over 3000 people through Geylang – including students, academic and policy makers over the past three years.
He also founded Dakota Adventures, an organization working in a community of low-income residents, mostly seniors- through a heritage trail designed to generate awareness of a historically before relocating. This led to the development of a conservation report, subsequent retainment of 6/15 blocks, a multimedia documentation website of the estate and the formation of “Cassia Resettlement Team”- a volunteer group to assist with the resettlement of the elderly.
The vision is to build an experimental model of community care from the ground up. Eventually developing systems transferrable to other community partners and geographical neighbourhoods.
Through his experience in working with these communities, Yinzhou readily shares his expertise and knowledge with many, inspiring both the young and old alike, bridging generations and bringing hope.
Backalleybarbers has expanded to 20 barbers, offering free haircuts to injured migrant worker shelters and nursing homes.
In 2017, he was awarded the Singapore Youth Award, the nation’s highest youth accolade which honours exceptional young people who enrich the hearts and souls of the community and bring distinction to the nation. In the 2018 National Day Parade, the founding story of #backalleybarbers was featured during the parade show segment.Register
Pastor Dr. Chew Weng Chee is the Senior Pastor of Sidang Injil Bornoe (SIBKL), a rapidly growing English congregationof over 3500 strong in Kuala Lumpur.
He was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist before he gave up his medical career to serve the Lord full time in 1999.. Formerly a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology from Regent College Bible School, Vancouver, Canada.
He was the President of Sidang Injil Borneo (West Malaysia), overseeing 31 Bahasa Malaysia SIB Churches in West Malaysia until 2007.
Pastor Dr. Chew has ministered extensively in Conferences and Church Camps both locally and overseas and he has written a book entitled, “Is Life Worth Living?” a study on the Book of Ecclesiastes.
He is married to Pastor Dr. Lew Lee Choo who is the Deputy Senior Pastor of SIBKL and both of them has 2 sons, Jonathan & Christopher.
Dr Daniel Ho served for ten years as the founding General Secretary of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship, the umbrella body representing all evangelical churches in Malaysia.
He led Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya since her founding in 1980. He is now the Founding Senior Pastor of DUMC having retired as Senior Pastor in 2016.
He also serves as adviser to many organizations such as:
His passion is in evangelism, desiring to see revival and the Church impacting society and the nations for God and His glory.
He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from England, an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and the Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, USA.
Church of Our Savior,
Pastor Daniel Wee is the Senior Pastor of Church of Our Saviour, a parish with a congregation of over 3,500 within the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.
Prior to this appointment, he was the Vicar of Light of Christ Church (Woodlands) and was the Youth Pastor at St John’s-St Margaret’s where he received his ordination. He also led a Korean Church in the early years of ministry as well as volunteered on board Logos Hope under OM Ships International.
Apart from dedicating his life to God, he has extensive interest in electronics, robotics and programming. He was awarded the Top Ten Young Entrepreneur Award for his pioneering work in the Palm Pilot and GPS devices. He also speaks 9 languages including Hebrew, Greek, Tagalog, Korean and Japanese.
He is married to Aileen Foo, a Teacher at Rainbow Centre and they have a 26 year old daughter, Bethany, who currently works and resides in Tokyo, Japan.Register
Founder & CEO,
Daryl is a co-founder of Handshakes, a corporate data analytics platform which he started in 2011. Over the years, Daryl has helped Handshakes grow from a small Singapore start-up into a multinational small-medium enterprise (“Multinational SME”) with presence in 5 Asian countries. In 2015, Handshakes did its first round of fund-raising with Singapore Press Holdings (“SPH”), which invested in a 20% stake.
Daryl worked at the Singapore Exchange Ltd (“SGX”) from 2009 to 2011. He was a regulator in the Issuer Regulation department of the SGX, where he reviewed the IPO applications and post-listing compliance of Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas companies on the Mainboard.
Daryl graduated from the Nanyang Business School (NTU) in 2009 with Banking & Finance). He was a president of Business Solutions, NTU’s Business Case Club, and led the first Asian team to win a prestigious case competition in North America.
David Tjokrorahardjo believes that to become a world- class leader, one must discover and develop his strengths, live an integrated lifestyle and contribute to local communities.
At a young age, he had already established a few business operations such as Bengkel Cakra and Global Mandarin Centerindo that was sold in 2005.
Today, he is the Managing Partner of Know Your Strengths, a technological company that provides recruitment, retention, and team-building solutions. He serves as the Managing Partner of SIP Institute, a curriculum enabler and train-the-trainers company.
He is also the Managing Principal of Sovereign’s Capital, a US-based private equity that invests globally.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Dylan was born to a poor family in England. At the age of 20, he was granted an interest-free loan of £2,500 by the Prince’s Trust and started Gameplay, a business selling computer games. After five years, he had built Europe’s largest direct selling computer games business.
When Dylan was 25, Gameplay was listed on the London Stock Exchange, the first .com business on the LSE, making him the youngest director of a public company in the UK at that time and the 9th richest man in the UK under the age of 30 (according to The Guardian newspaper). He bought himself a Ferrari, a Porsche, several BMWs and travelled to work by helicopter. But despite his high flying life, he wasn’t happy.
Dylan decided to seek something more meaningful and so he traveled the world in search of adventure and purpose. It was a Filipino friend who finally led him to what he was searching for. After hearing about Gawad Kalinga, a slum redevelopment program, he flew to the Philippines in January 2003 for a closer look and was astonished by what he saw.
In April 2003, Dylan returned to the Philippines planning to stay for 6 weeks, yet he is still there. He spent 5 years coordinating Gawad Kalinga’s international partnership efforts, then in November 2008, he started Human Nature, a social enterprise, with his wife Anna and sister-in-law Camille Meloto.
Human Nature produces natural, Philippine-made personal care products and aims to provide livelihood for 100’s of poor communities. Human Nature has 34 branches in the Philippines, over 500 employees, as well as distribution in the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE and has sold more than 16 million products in the last nine years.
Edric Sng is the Editor of Saltandlight.sg and Thir.st, faith-based websites for digital discipleship and outreach to a digital generation. He previously built and ran the digital newsrooms at Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and the TODAY newspaper. He was also the editor of a scuba diving magazine. Edric is a father to four, and a husband to one.Register
Deputy President of Innovation and Enterprise,
National University of Singapore,
Deputy President of Innovation and Enterprise,
National University of Singapore,
Professor Freddy Boey is Deputy President (Innovation & Enterprise) and oversees the University’s initiatives and activities in innovation, entrepreneurship and research translation, as well as all Graduate studies.
An alumnus of NUS, Prof Boey was Deputy President and Provost at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from January 2011 to September 2017. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Chair of NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), during which it became known as one of the world’s foremost and largest MSE schools.
A keen inventor, Prof Boey pioneered the use of functional biomaterials for medical devices in Singapore. He has filed 118 patents, and founded several spin-offs. His customisable hernia mesh has received US and China FDA approvals, with US-China funding. His fully biodegradable heart stent company, Amaranth, which is funded by a Silicon Valley VC, has received buy-in from the US-based Boston Scientific for wide-ranging US FDA clinical trials. His recent spin-off, Peregrine, which uses a nano drug delivery system for glaucoma, won the 2014 Singapore President’s Technology Award. Prof Boey’s research has been published in over 361 top journals with 18,000 citations. He has an H-Index of 72.
Prof Boey was conferred Singapore’s highest scientific award, the President’s Science & Technology Medal, in 2013 for his contributions to the country’s science and engineering landscape. He was awarded Singapore’s Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2016 for his contributions to the development of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and the Imperial College London Fellowship in the Faculty of Medicine in 2012. He received an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from Monash University that same year. Prof Boey holds honorary professorships from the University of Indonesia, the Nanjing Postal and Telecommunication University and the Nanjing Technological University.
He previously served as director on the boards of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and Defense Science Organisation. He remains a Director for the Health Sciences Authority, Prof Boey also contributes on many boards of nationally-funded research centres. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (UK) and the Institution of Engineers Singapore, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore, and had been a member of the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory and Singapore Rail Academy Board.Register
Group CEO & Founder,
Eng Food Holdings Pte Ltd
Mr George Ang, aged 47, is the Group CEO and Founder of Eng Food Pte Ltd, a holding company that owns some of the popular fast food chain & casual dining restaurants in Malaysia & Singapore; A&W, The Barn, Gelare, The Manhattan FISH MARKET, Chachako and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. George holds the overall responsibility of managing the operations of all the restaurants and charting the strategic directions of the Group. Today, the Group operates more than 100 restaurants in the region.
His first taste in the F&B industry started when he joined Pizza Hut as a motorbike delivery boy when he was 17 years old. From there, he gained his passion in the F&B industry and while studying in Australia, he worked at several established restaurants in order to supplement his education costs. He has worked as a cook, kitchen hand, waiter and even dishwasher and up to today, if you happen to visit one of the restaurants under his care, you may just be lucky enough to have George serving you!
Upon graduation, he joined OCBC Bank Bhd in 1994 as an officer in the Corporate Banking Division. In 1996, he was headhunted to join an offshore European investment bank. He was recognised for his hardwork and ability to see through structured deals and was subsequently posted to the regional office in Singapore where he was made the Vice President in the Corporate Banking Division. The Singapore regional office oversees the bank’s businesses and clients in the South East Asia and India regions.
He returned to Malaysia and was full of enthusiasm to find his niche in the F&B industry. Together with 2 close friends, The Manhattan FISH MARKET brand was conceived with the first outlet established in 2002 in MidValley Megamall. Within a span of 16 years, the Group has grown to its current size.
In 2005, the company was nominated for the Golden Bull Award as one of the emerging SMEs. In 2008, George was named The Young Entrepreneur of The Year at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards. In 2009, under the leadership of George, The Manhattan FISH MARKET won the Franchisor of The Year and International Franchisor of The Year at the FLA Awards Night, the first time a brand in Singapore won both awards.
A great meal is not only about the food, wine and service. A great meal is a journey. And the journey begins here at The Barn, started by none other than George Ang, together with a few of his friends. Established in 2014 with only one outlet in 1 Mont Kiara, The Barn has grown into a household name when it comes to wine and has 6 outlets across Malaysia as of 2018. In Oct 2018, George bought over A&W Malaysia at RM34 mil with 40 outlets. His vision is to make A&W the top 3 fast food chains in Malaysia.
To George, the most important asset in his company is the people. The strong people-culture in Eng Food Pte Ltd ensures that they can select and retain a strong group of energetic and passionate leaders who will be responsible for charting the growth of the Group.
Women, Family & Community Development,
Hannah Yeoh is Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development.
She is also the current Member of Parliament for P117 Segambut, a parliamentary constituency in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur which she contested for in the historic General Elections of 2018 as a Pakatan Harapan candidate. She was the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly from 2013-2018, making her the first woman Speaker and the youngest of any legislative body in Malaysia.
Prior to her election into Parliament, she served two terms in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly as the State Assemblyman for the constituency of N31 Subang Jaya (2008-2018).
She was a practising lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before venturing into politics. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls.
Ian Toh serves as the Senior Pastor of 3:16 Church since 2013. Pastor Ian’s heart burns fiercely for the destiny of Singapore and her next generation. He loves doing life with young kingdom leaders and the top people on that list are his four children, Roslina, Elias, Jan
Pastor Ian is also the director of Director of The Love-Aid Project, a community outreach initiative that aims to bring love, dignity and hope to at-risk youth & low-income families in Singapore.
Basel Christian Church of Malaysia,
Rev Dr James Wong is a practical and passionate church leader with over 24 years of experience serving in pastoral ministries across Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia churches.
He is currently the
To prepare the church for the future, he has seen the limitations and damages of welfare approach in mission and has instituted programs of leadership and economic empowerment among the poor to sustain the mission of the church and to raise up native leadership to lead the church and also the nation into the future. He believes that every Malaysian Church must address this wider question; in whose hands is the future of the church and what can be done now?
He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Trinity Theological College, Singapore, Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry from Millennium International University, USA.
Jeff is the President of Tribal Worldwide Asia, an award-winning digital marketing agency with over 550 talents in the region. He is also responsible for the 120-strong operation in the Singapore hub office.
Together with his management team, the agency has been named ‘Creative agency of the year’ at 2017 Hall of Fame Award for an unprecedented 9th year in a row. Jeff was also named ‘Agency Head of the Year’ at the 2016 Hall of Fame awards.
In 2016, he established Equator, DDB Group’s global centre of excellence for technology in Singapore with the support of EDB. Equator operates as an in-campus satellite office in Temasek Polytechnic drawing final year students from various faculties to learn, co-create with DDB / Tribal’s regional offices. Equator has now expanded to Hong Kong PolyU.
Jeff is known for bringing to life the vernacular info-drama series for elders 《吃饱没？》; driving national agenda like Fighting Diabetes with the successful Kung-fu flick; launching health policies like Pioneer Generation Package and MediShield Life; creating a new iconic brand for Jewel Changi Airport; large-scaled activation and crowdsourcing like The Future of Us and Singapore Memory Project.
He created ‘Singaporean of the Day’ a self-funded social documentary that gives day-to-day Singaporeans a voice to tell their stories. www.singaporeanoftheday.com
Jennifer tells her inspiring story of healing and transformation in the book “Walking Out of Secret Shame”. She’s a passionate advocate of building a culture of life in Singapore, and is currently the Director of Safe Place, an initiative to empower women with unsupported pregnancies to make life-giving choices. In 2015, she was named one of “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World – Singapore” and “Most Inspiring Woman – Great Women of Our Time”. She’s married with one daughter, loves spicy food and dreams of travelling to Antarctica one day.Register
Chief Passionary Officer,
Dr John Ng is the Chief Passionary Officer of Meta Consulting. He leads radical transformational projects with top corporations. John obtained his PhD in Interpersonal Communication from Northwestern University. He is the Honorary Chair of both Eagles Communications Board of Governance, as well as the Eagles Leadership institute.
John’s expertise includes leadership coaching, team effectiveness and change management. He has more than 25 years of management consultancy and training experience with corporations, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. A leader and trainer, John is well versed in the art of motivation and management, and is a highly sought after speaker.
Additionally, John is the author of the best-selling Dim Sum Leadership series and Smiling Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a pioneering work in managing conflicts from an Asian perspective. He is the Founder of Eagles Mediation and Counseling Centre, a non-profit organization that serves communities in the region. He also sits on the panel of Principal Mediators with the Singapore Mediation Center.
Heart to Heart is John’s latest masterpiece that examines the struggles of Asia’s top leaders. A deeply insightful and intriguing book, it is a must read!Register
Healthway Medical Corporation Limited,
Mr Jordan is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Healthway Medical Corporation Limited. Mr Jordan is responsible for supporting the Healthway Group’s operation and oversees the following corporate support functions, namely, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing. He is also part of the Chairman’s Office, OUE Limited, where he has been involved in various projects for the Group, including OUE Twin Peaks, OUE Downtown and US Bank Tower. Prior to this, Mr Jordan served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, where he covered political developments in the ASEAN and South Asia Directorates.
Mr Jordan holds a double bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne, masters in political science from the University of Oxford and an executive master of business administration from Peking University and University of Pelita Harapan.Register
Agape Connecting People,
Joseph joined Agape Connecting People as CEO in March 2018 after having experienced working with Agape as its commercial customer, identifying with its values, and sharing in Anil’s passion and mission. Being greatly blessed with good mentors in his corporate life, he felt called to serve to impact the marginalised as a way of giving back. Prior to joining Agape, Joseph was in the contact centre industry for over 20 years, performing customer experience leadership roles across the banking and telecommunication sectors.Register
Salt & Light,
Juleen Shaw is the managing editor of saltandlight.sg, a faith-based website for digital discipleship of Christians in the marketplace. She was a group editor at MediaCorp Publishing, launching new titles and managing a stable of family magazines, the editor of Young Parents magazine, as well as sub-editor and reporter at The Straits Times. She also taught at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and was a content specialist at IBM Singapore. Her main job, however, is being a wife and mother of two.Register
Kingdom Business Community,
Mr Julian Foe is the Managing Partner of QQ (Qando Qoaching), a premier ‘culture-building’ consulting firm, focusing on nurturing value-driven leader and organization. With his unique business coaching expertise, he has developed business mentoring community with over than 8,000 members over the past 10 years in 7 cities and help them to build winning organization culture.
Julian Foe has a unique characteristic as a coach and trainer with high motivation , sharp intuition in developing leader’s potential. He has been acknowledged as inspirational speaker both nation-wide and as well internationally, speak on leadership topic, human relation, service culture and people development. Regularly he has been invited as resource person and distinguished speaker in USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and Brazil. He also serves on the Board of Advisor in Human Capital area in several large national and multinational companies.
St Luke's ElderCare,
Dr Kenny Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s ElderCare in August 2016.
Established in both clinical and healthcare management, his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare, had brought the community hospital and eldercare centres through capacity growth in infrastructure and services.
His approach in putting the patient and client first continues to make an impact on the service culture and care delivery. As a performance driver, he was instrumental in bringing about an increase in services, programmes and innovation projects.
In his personal time, Dr Tan provides counseling to caregivers and has been participating in humanitarian work overseas since 1997. He received the prestigious Healthcare Humanity Awards in 2016 for his work.Register
House of Hope,
Khoo Cheng See had a vision to help the urban poor and, together with her friends, founded the House of Hope eight years ago to reach out to residents in one of the first low-cost housing schemes in Penang, Malaysia. She continues to serve as one of its Directors, overseeing its daily operations to provide assistance to the over a thousand underprivileged and disadvantaged families who are not able to receive any other forms of aid.Register
Mandai Park Development,
Lawrence served the Singapore Armed Forces for 30 years. He was Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command and the Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations before retiring as a Brigadier General. He joined the Singapore Tourism Board as the Project Director for the world’s inaugural Formula One Night race. He currently heads the project team to rejuvenate the Mandai nature and wildlife precinct. Lawrence is an active volunteer in social work and serves as a trainer for the Eagles Emerging Leaders Development Programme.Register
Institutional Banking Group of DBS Bank (China) Ltd,
Institutional Banking Group of DBS Bank (China) Ltd,
|Lim Chu Chong was appointed as Head of Institutional Banking Group of DBS Bank (China) Ltd in February 2016 and he is responsible for the coverage of Chinese large & mid-cap corporates, foreign incorporated companies, SMEs and financial institutions in China. He is also a member of |
Prior to this appointment, Chu Chong was the Group Head of SME Banking where he oversaw DBS’ SME business in Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Taiwan. Chu Chong was responsible for developing and implementing a consistent SME business model across the region with a high degree of focus on cash and deposit business. His team had created both award-winning digital platforms for SMEs in Singapore to facilitate both account and loan origination; to consult and connect with industry experts, investors and fellow entrepreneurs under DBS Business Class.
Chu Chong is also a Director of DBS Foundation, which was set up in 2014 to focus on building a more inclusive Asia by championing social entrepreneurship and encouraging the development of businesses for good. Through small grants and regular stipends, DBS Foundation has supported over 100 social enterprises and continue to do so through our partners in our focus markets. Chu Chong is passionate about social entrepreneurship and was instrumental in establishing DBS’ name in this space through his and his SME team’s early involvement in the Singapore social enterprise scene since 2007.
Peacehaven Nursing Home,
Mdm Low Mui Lang is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home, situated in Changi with 398 beds of which 32 beds are for short term stay (rehabilitation or respite care).
She piloted several projects at Peacehaven to help with the
The dementia specific facility won the Ministry of Health’s ExCEL Award 2010 Best Innovative Project 2nd Prize and the 2014 Ageing Asia Investment Forum’s 2nd Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Award for Best Dementia Care Programme. The rehabilitation programme won the 2015 Ageing Asia Innovation Forum’s 3rd Eldercare Innovation Award for Best Rehabilitation Operator.
Mdm Low holds a Master in Health Care Management and is a Rehabilitation Nursing Clinician. She is on healthcare committees workgroups and engaged as speaker in conferences. She was invited to speak in Hongkong Hospital Authority Conference in May 2017.
She was also awarded The President’s Nurses Award in 2010 for the highest accolade for a nurse.
She was instrumental in the partnership with The Salvation Army Palu Academy, Indonesia whereby Indonesian nurses are hired to form part of the pool of care staff in Peacehaven and in 4 other Nursing Home. She also started a micro-credit system by implementing a 6-months Caregiver course for girls from low income family. The girls are trained and given an opportunity to work in healthcare setting in Singapore. As such it alleviated the girls from poverty.
She conducted a job re-design in direct care resulting in the recruitment of Senior Care Associates to close the language barrier between foreign talent and the residents / clients.
She is also the Lead Consultant Advisor to Woodland Integrated Campus and AIC Consultant for residential Dementia Care.
Speaker invited for lectures / workshop / consultation sessions on:-
Singtel Mobile and MediaCorp,
Lucas worked with Hewlett Packard for 20 years before he assumed his various chief executive positions in SingTel Mobile, MediaCorp and Far East Orchard.
He retired from the Far East Group in Sept 2014. He served as Chairman of Health Promotion Board, Vice Chairman of Yellow Ribbon Fund and he was a member of the Board of Trustee at National University of Singapore. Lucas was a recipient of the National Day Public Service Medal in 2015.
Mark Tovell serves as the Director of Strategic Leadership at BME Services, which manages Telunas Resorts, a resort brand in Southeast Asia that provides unforgettable experiences for guests and a transformative presence in its local community.
Mark is passionate about seeing business leaders look beyond solely chasing profit to embracing their businesses’ potential as a force for good in the world. He is also committed to raising up leaders in challenging places, who are marked by servant leadership and the empowerment of their teams.
Before joining BME Services & Telunas Resorts, Mark launched and led a leadership consulting firm focused on developing leaders, building high performing teams, and growing engaged organizational cultures. He has more than 750 hours of executive coaching with senior leaders from a number of business sectors, including manufacturing, tech, consumer products, banking, pharmaceutical, mining, and hospitality.
Mark is from Canada and has lived in Asia for more than 15 years. His wife, Maria, is from Indonesia. Together they have two creative and fun boys.
The 21st century is a critical time in human history. If we are to ensure the flourishing of all life, we need radically relationships and new ways of imagining learning and schooling. To respond adequately to the challenges of our times, Meixi explores the intersections and connections within home and school and how schools can be partners in strengthening families, their knowledge systems, languages, and lifeways. Her work is primarily situated in México and Thailand where she is part of movements with teachers, students, and families to enact radically new social relations within learning and learning through a practice called Tutoría. Expanded from México, Tutoría seeks to restore the collective humanities of those involved in the network of teaching and learning, based on mutually humanizing relationships of trust, reflection, communion, and solidarity. She does this work as the Founder and Director of Research at FiftyFold, a member of Redes de Tutoría, and is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development in the University of Washington.Register
Bye Bye Plastic Bags,
Melati founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags 2013 at the age of 12 with her younger sister Isabel and has been leading the movement driven by youth since. She has also started the people movement One Island One Voice in 2015 and the social enterprise empowering women in the mountains of Bali, Mountain Mamas in 2017.
Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED, the EU parliament in Brussels and the UN in NYC.
She has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country in 2017. Melati and her younger sister were awarded CNN HEROES Young Wonders 2018 in Dec in NYC and are named amongst the Top 25 Most Influential Teenagers of 2018 by TIME`s
Melati graduated from Green School in Bali in July 2017, one year early, and has become a full-time change-maker since. Being very passionate to protect the ocean, she is also an alumni member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council.
Her most recent project is focussed on Youth empowerment: empowering youth through education and providing them with the tools they need to be or become change-makers
Michael Tan has been with the organization since 1968 as one of its Founding Members. He has served full time since 1979. He is presently overseeing the various programs of the organization and charting directions for its future. Michael is on the faculty of Eagles Leadership Institute (ELI) and has spoken at leadership conferences and retreats in Singapore, West and East Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China.Register
Canon Professor of Business,
Nanyang Technological University,
Professor Neo Boon Siong is the CANON Endowed Chair Professor of Business and twice served as Dean of the Nanyang Business School at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He serves as Director on the Boards of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd, and OUE REIT/Trust Management Pte Ltd.
He was previously the Chairman of k1 Ventures Ltd and served as non-executive Director on the Boards of OCBC Bank, Great Eastern Life Insurance, Great Eastern Holdings Ltd, Overseas Assurance Corp Ltd, Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd, GRP Ltd, Informatics Holding Ltd, National Computer Systems Pte Ltd, Keppel’s K1 eBiz Pte Ltd, J Lauritzen Singapore, Public Accountants Board, Securities Industry Council, Income Tax Review Board, Goods and Services Tax Review Board, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, and the Nanyang Technological University Council.
Prof Neo taught at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore from 2006 to 2010, and is a Fellow of the Civil Service College, the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Healthcare Leadership College. He was the founder Director of the Information Management Research Centre in NTU, and the Asia Competitiveness Institute in NUS. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Singapore) and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
He received a Public Administration Medal (Silver) from the President of the Republic of Singapore in the 1999 National Day Honours Awards. He is the lead author of the best-selling book on Dynamic Governance: Embedding Culture, Capabilities and Change that was launched by Singapore’s President SR Nathan in July 2007. He co-authored a new book on Reconstructing Indonesia, published in March 2015. He is an excellent instructor and facilitator and has won Best Teacher Awards and the Nanyang Education Award in NTU.
Prof Neo has 38 years of professional experience in accounting and finance, information systems, strategy, research, business consulting, management education, and corporate governance. He is a leading expert in public sector governance, business strategy, process management and organizational change. He has advised many major government institutions and business corporations, facilitated strategy workshops, and led management development programs for government leaders and global enterprises. He is a widely sought-after speaker and panellist in many international forums and workshops.
Prof Neo has conducted well-received executive programs, facilitated strategy workshops, and advised senior managers of many corporations, including DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, United Overseas Bank, Great Eastern Life Insurance, Keppel Bank, Keppel TatLee Finance, Keppel Insurance, Heller Asia Capital, Lim and Tan Securities, Citibank, UBS, AXA, MayBank, China Construction Bank, Chengdu Commercial Bank, Bank Mandiri, Jateng Bank (Indonesian Regional Development Bank), Malaysia Institute for Leadership in Finance,the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IBM, Microsoft, Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Infineon, Siemens, Sony, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Comptel (Finland), Compaq, National Computer Systems, and Singapore Network Services. Modus Media, British Telecoms, Mobile One, British Petroleum, BOC Gases, Praxair Asia, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company, PGN (Indonesia), Dupont, Roche Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals, Schering AG, BHP,KL Kepong, SASOL (S. Africa), Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airport Terminals Services, Abacus Distribution, DHL Air Express, Korean Airlines, Hanjin Group (Korea), KPMG, Linkage Asia, Daya Lima, Capitaland, Keppel Land, UIC Corporation, SingLand, Banyan Tree Resorts, Shangri-la Hotels, Oakwood Hotels, Singapore Press Holdings, PSA Corporation, Keppel Corporation, Keppel Shipyards, Haw Par International, Yamaha Music Asia, Charles & Keith, and Temasek Holdings
His clients in the Singapore public sector included National Research Foundation, Government Technology Agency, National Healthcare Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Jurong Town Corporation, Maritime and Port Authority, Immigration Department, National Computer Board, Economic Development Board, Trade Development Board, SPRING, Infocomm Development Authority, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Media Development Authority, MUIS, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Public Utilities Board, National Environment Agency, and the Ministries of Defence, Finance, Health, Home Affairs, Communications and Information, Foreign Affairs, Manpower, and National Development.
He has taught senior public sector officials of many countries, including Africa, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tatarstan, Thailand, UAE, and Vietnam.
He has served on EDB’s Enterprise Development Council, Productivity and Quality Council, Singapore Institute of Management, National Community Leadership Institute, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, and Singapore Higher Education Accreditation Council, Singapore College of Insurance, and Systems and Computer Organisation of the Ministry of Defence, IT Advisory Panel of the International Federation of Accountants, IT Policy Advisory Panel of the NCB, and the 1994/1996 National IT Awards Selection Committees. He has also served on many government committees reviewing policies and recommending changes relating to economic development, education, human capital, international trade and technology development.
His business strategy and IT management research have been published in many international journals. His paper on Business Process Innovation won the Best Overall Paper Award in the 1993 IT Works conference. His book on Exploiting IT for Business Competitiveness (published by Addison-Wesley) was a recipient of the Highly Commended Award in the 1996 Singapore Book Awards. His joint paper on IT Infrastructure won the Best Paper Award at the 17th International Conference on Information Systems in 1996 in the USA. He has written many business management case studies, which have been published by the Harvard Business School and best-seller international textbooks like Management Information Systems (Laudon & Laudon) and Corporate Information Systems Management (McFarlan et al.).
Technology Entrepreneur &
Faculty of Executive Education,
Technology Entrepreneur &
Faculty of Executive Education,
Neo Kok Beng is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and a venture catalyst specializes in the technology commercialization of research and inventions from universities and research institutes into high-growth and highly scalable companies. His innovative “global-oriented ventures” have harnessed numerous international and local awards; including the President’s Design Award (2014), NUS Promising Startups (2013) and the US Government for Innovation Initiative (2012). He is currently an adjunct associate professor at NUS and is faculty for innovations at Harvard, Stanford and Tsinghua universities. He has successfully licensed its product to international companies, and have achieved more than USD100 million valuations for his portfolio. Has a build up a portfolio of highly-scalable and global companies with deep-science in the areas of Biomedical, Financial and Space technologies – through its unique acceleration program that is “GlobalBusiness & World-Class” in approach.Register
Pamela Dua has more than 15 years in Talent Management and Learning & Development. As HR Director of Singapore and South Asia, Pamela is responsible for all people matters such as talent & leadership development, performance management and learning & development. Pamela is also the Programme Director for Pico Group’s annual Leadership Training for young high-potential employees in Singapore and in China.Register
OUE Retail, Marketing and Leasing,
Patrina has more than 20 years of experience in the retail, marketing and leasing industry. Currently the Senior Vice President of Retail, Marketing & Leasing, Patrina is responsible for the conceptualization and operations of OUE’s retail portfolio including Mandarin Gallery and the upcoming Downtown Gallery, among other retail projects. Under her wing, Mandarin Gallery is home to heavy-weights such as the first Michael Kors and Victoria Secret Flagship stores in Singapore.
She is set to revolutionize the retail experience with initiatives such as The Gallery Experience series of pop-up lifestyle concepts and activities in Mandarin Gallery.
In her previous role, Patrina was the Deputy General Manager at Orchard 290 Ltd, a retail property management company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited which was appointed to manage Paragon. From 2001 to 2008, Patrina was in charge of handling the day-to-day operations and management of Paragon and the Paragon extension.
Patrina is also a mother to 4 children, 3 boys and a girl, aged between 14 to 27. She enjoys annual family holidays that are mostly like culinary adventures.
From having a fixed exercise routine from Monday to Sunday, Patrina recently discovered a newfound love for cycling. While she initially picked up the sport to better understand the community, she is now proud to call herself a cycling fanatic. Together with her partner – also new to the sport, Patrina now cycles two to three times a week, enjoying each ride thoroughly.
Patrina is a self-professed “reversed snob”, preferring a variety of trendy affordable fashion over designer items. She maintains order in every aspect of her life, cleaning out and refreshing her enviable walk-in wardrobe every 6 months for a new supply.
Peter Chao founded Eagles Communications in 1968 and served as its President till 2014. He remains on the staff and the Board of Governance of the organization, travelling internationally to speak and consult with business and non-profit organizations.
Peter did his academic work at University of London, UK; School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, USA.Register
Founder & Chairman,
Dato’ Peter T. S. Ng is the Founder and CEO of UCSI Group – a conglomerate that operates in education, consultancy, healthcare, hotels, property and technology. The Group began with education as its niche when Ng founded UCSI University in 1986. Originally a computer training institute, the UCSI brand swiftly attained national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Steady status elevations followed and the institute was accorded full-fledged university status in 2008. Today, UCSI University is regarded as one of Malaysia’s foremost education providers.
After relinquishing the vice-chancellor role in 2010, Ng focused on the overarching growth strategy for UCSI Group. Steady growth was achieved despite significant economic headwinds and more than 20 subsidiaries are now parked under the UCSI umbrella. The Group’s ventures are anchored on a commitment to touch and improve everyday life and virtually every endeavour places a premium on value innovation and consumer understanding.
The Group was entrusted by the Malaysian Government to play an active role in its bid to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020. UCSI University is currently leading a consortium of higher education providers in an effort to reshape the tourism and hospitality industry while the Group is developing an integrated education and healthcare township in Springhill, Negeri Sembilan. Both initiatives are Entry Point Projects under Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme. The Springhill project, in particular, is pertinent as Ng is seeking to improve the livelihood of an entire community.
In addition to the Group’s activities, Ng also works closely with Prof W. Chan Kim – the world-renowned business strategist – in establishing Blue Ocean Strategy Consulting. Actively engaged by multinational companies and government agencies, the company serves as a Blue Ocean Strategy leader for many countries including Malaysia, Australia, Canada China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and several nations in the Middle East. Ng also serves as an advisor to the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, a non-profit organisation established by the Malaysian government. Widely regarded as an acclaimed speaker, Ng is something of a regular at international and domestic conferences on education and management.
Ever passionate about learning, Ng believes that leaders must be faithful, available and teachable. Committed to groom tomorrow’s leaders, Ng makes time in his hectic schedule to hone the calibre of high potentials. Mentoring sessions are frequently held and these are not limited to UCSI Group employees. Ng’s own qualities are constantly recognised and he has won top entrepreneurial awards in recent years. Despite the many accolades, Ng retains his down to earth persona by delighting in the simpler pleasures of life – often a game of basketball that he indulges each week – with people from all walks of life. Never one to forget his roots and the struggles of his early life, Ng frequently contributes to charitable causes. He returns to his hometown whenever he can.
Ng resides in Kuala Lumpur with Datin Lily, his wife of 28 years. They are the proud parents of four children, Christopher, Shamaine, Natasha and Nathaniel.
Peter is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chairman of Axeia Development Corporation, one of the pioneer and leading mass housing and subdivision developers in the country. He is involved in other businesses, such as construction, residential and commercial real estate development, poultry, education, and technology.
Peter is also Founder and Senior Pastor of Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF). CCF is a church planting movement that began in 1984 as an evangelistic home Bible Study. Its mission is to make Christ-committed followers who will make Christ-committed follower. Today, CCF has grown to over 60,000 members in the Philippines alone. CCF has satellite churches and small groups in other parts of the world including the Middle East, and the United States. CCF has helped form over 600 small groups in East Asia and over 5,300 house churches and 3,000 small groups in South Asia.
He likewise founded The Master’s Academy, the first homeschool program accredited by the Department of Education in the Philippines and recognized in the United States. Just recently, he founded the CCF Life Academy a global innovative learning institution that partners with families in developing Christ-like influencers.
Peter is passionate about the importance of discipleship at home and in the workplace. He regularly conducts seminars in different parts of the world on marriage, parenting, leadership at work and growing healthy churches.
Joyfully married to Deonna for 43 years, they have been blessed with five children who are all happily married and serving the Lord. As of the latest count, they have sixteen charming grandchildren.
Thinker, Author & Climber,
For Philip Yancey, writing is his way of pondering. He has authored over 25 books, each the result of candidly exploring painful or perplexing situations. Along the way he has wrestled with God, with the Church, and with fellow believers.
As Philip probes the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, he invites his millions of readers to join the spiritual journey. He dispels the deceit and disappointment of his own childhood, revealing the beauty of grace and truth, and ultimately pointing to the Creator of such beauty. Yancey’s skillful blend of journalistic excellence and poetic expression fosters the longevity of his award-winning books, which have sold over 15 million copies in English, and have been translated into over 40 languages worldwide.
Philip’s bestselling titles include What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew; his most recent book is Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World; and his next book, Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image, will be released this August.
Philip Yancey and his wife lived in downtown Chicago before moving to the foothills of Colorado, where they enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and many other delights of the Rocky Mountains. Philip is quite grateful to be able to make a career of writing (and speaking) about the issues of faith that intrigue him.
Png Bee Hin is Chief Executive Officer of LDR Technology, a leading and award-winning company specializing in transforming learning, performance and experience using location-based technologies and rapid authoring tool. His brainchild, Pocket Trips™ allows anybody without programming knowledge to be able to create and publish their own mobile apps with content that could be triggered by a wide range of location-based technologies on users mobile devices. The platform won the SITF Gold Award as the most innovative platform (Enterprise) 2015 & Asia Pacific ICT (Merit) Award 2016 and 2017 and has impacted more than 310,000 participants across the training, education, community and tourism space.Register
Deputy Director of Corporate Giving,
National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre,
Deputy Director of Corporate Giving,
National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre,
Shiyun joined the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) Corporate Giving Team after graduating with a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and Tsinghua University. Prior to this, she was involved in promoting social entrepreneurship at the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), as well as running the headquarter activities for the Tanoto Foundation. Her other work experiences also include helping to strengthen bilateral ties between Singapore and Latin America, and advocating for free trade for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region when she was with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). She completed her Bachelor of Accountancy from the Singapore Management University.Register
Mr Samuel Lam is President and CEO of Linkage Asia, a global firm specializing in leadership and organization development. He has served as executive coach and advisor to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
He was formerly Managing Consultant of Towers Perrin, and prior to that, Director at the HayGroup in Singapore. Sam graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from the National University of Singapore.
Speaker & Bible Aficionado,
For 20 years, Scott Lindsey has been the Executive Director of Ministry Relations for Faithlife – the makers of Logos Bible Software. Scott’s passion is to equip Christians with the best tools available for studying the Bible. The world has gone digital and Scott’s ministry is to bring your Bible study into the 21st century. Scott teaches at over 20 conferences per year. He has personally trained and is working with the ministries of Tim Keller, Ravi Zacharias, John Bevere, Randy Alcorn, Josh McDowell and many more. Scott holds a BS in Marketing, an MBA, and recently graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with his Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. Scott has been married to his sweetheart, Michelle for 25 years, has six children and is adopting the seventh from China this year.Register
DBS Bank Singapore,
Shee Tse Koon is Group Executive and Country Head, DBS Singapore. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Head of Group Strategy and Planning in DBS.
Tse Koon has 24 years of experience in the banking industry. He started his career at Standard Chartered and has held senior positions in a diverse range of roles across various front and back office functions. He has worked in several countries in Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining DBS, he was the CEO of Standard Chartered in Indonesia. Previous to that, he was Head of Governance (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Americas) and also Senior Executive Officer (Standard Chartered, Dubai International Financial Centre), based in the United Arab Emirates; as well as Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations for Standard Chartered in Singapore. He has also held the position of Regional Head of Trade, based in Singapore and also the role of the Executive Assistant to one of Standard Chartered’s Group Executive Directors, based in the UK.
Tse Koon has also served as non-executive director on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited and Standard Chartered Capital Saudi Arabia.
Tse Koon graduated from National University of Singapore with Bachelor Degree with Merit in Economics and Philosophy.Register
Award-winning Composer &
Shun Ng is an award-winning fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter, known for his unique style which infuses elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz. Shun dazzles audiences from all over the world with his flamboyant technique, soulful vocals and hypnotic groove. He stands as one of the most dynamic and innovative performers, winning accolades from legendary producer, Quincy Jones to fellow guitar virtuoso, Tuck Andress.Register
St Luke’s Hospital,
Dr Tan has a broad scope of experience that spans acute hospital care, community-based hospital care and primary care. His passion lies in the integration of care across the diverse settings that patients will traverse in the course of their care. His leadership and academic appointments include being Chief Executive Officer and Senior Consultant Physician of St Luke’s Hospital, Vice Chairman, Chapter of Family Medicine, Academy of Medicine Singapore and Adjunct Associate Professor at both National University of Singapore and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine & Duke NUS Medical School.Register
You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you. Hildegard of Bingen ~ A former President and Chief Executive Officer of a global charitable organisation, Timothy now lives with the reality of experiencing the undeniable fact that true leadership is not only exercised with skillful hands but with integrity of heart. As he walks with a limp, his scars visible, he invites you to a journey of conversation and through that journey the discovery of renewed meaning, purpose, and passion. For over a quarter of a century, Timothy has led, mentored and coached leaders from a multiplicity of vocations and positions in over a hundred countries. Residing in Singapore but with extensive cross-cultural engagement, Timothy will help you navigate the challenging yet beautiful space between using what is within you to understand what is around you. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Timothy served for over two decades (1989-2014) in various roles at Prison Fellowship International; an organisation encompassing 126 national affiliates. His responsibilities included ~ International Training Director, Director for Asia Pacific, Director of Field Operations, Executive Vice President, and Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Formation. He served 4 years (1985-1989) at the Ministry of Defense, Singapore as a Management Trainer and in the last year, as Chief Management Trainer, overseeing the strategic management development of staff at all levels of the Ministry of Defense. He has lived in Sabah, Singapore, and Washington, DC. and finds fulfillment in discovering and immersing himself in unfamiliar, marginalised, and neglected cultures and communities. Timothy has travelled to over 90 countries navigating the contrasting worlds of politics and prisons, commerce and charities, in representing Prison Fellowship International around the world.Register
Entrepreneur & Highly-Acclaimed Chef,
Walter Lee a.k.a. Chef Kani is a serial entrepreneur, celebrity chef, restauranteur, author, speaker, lecturer, and now, social worker and farmer. He moved to Thailand (after living in 5 countries) in 1989 and made this his home.
He founded his first company in 1994 (www.venturetec.co.th), marketing and distributing his own brands of food products that had become market leaders in their respective categories locally, and are sold in over 15 countries around the world.
He was also the co-founder of a franchised restaurant chain (www.exquisinethai.com) and has now 69 outlets in 20 countries.
He has been hosting his TV cooking programs for over 20 years in all the TV channels and also founded one of the leading culinary schools in Thailand (www.thevschool.com), propagating his own style and interpretation of the 21st century cooking. The V School is one of the WACS (World Association of Chef Societies)-certified culinary training centres in the world.
He writes and lectures in different columns of different periodicals and universities on food related topics and has a best-seller to his name.
He found his calling in 2006 when his 3rd son, Zy, was born with only one complete limb and started his foundation, (www.zmf-asia.org) in 2009, to bring “INDEPENDENT LIVING” to the 10 million children with movement disabilities in South-east Asia. The foundation has since grown with a branch in Malaysia and activities also in Tanzania, Japan and other South-east Asian countries.
He is now working also on his Boutique Urban Self-Sufficient Farm School (Baan Suan Chef Kani), inspired by the late King Rama IX’s self-sufficiency philosophy and will make it a learning platform to younger and future generation. It is a part of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms) in Thailand.
He is passionate about almost everything related to food and purposeful about the mission of his foundation through the mantra of “Great Foods Good Life”, whereby he shares his life-learnings by INSPIRING, EMPOWERING and ENABLING.
He speaks 8 languages and is married with 3 children.
Willy Tan is the Founder and CEO of Habibi International, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the refugees and internally displaced in Northern Iraq through healthcare and education. Born in Singapore, Willy went to the United States in the mid-eighties after serving the mandatory National Service. He graduated from Biola University and Fuller Seminary and is currently a doctoral candidate at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He also studied leadership at the Peter Drucker School of Management. Prior to full-time humanitarian work in the Middle East, Willy spent almost two decades as a portfolio manager in the wealth management industry. He is married to Christy, a Nurse Practitioner who also serves with him in Northern Iraq. They have 2 children, Amber and Hudson.Register
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