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Challenge Mentors

Your mentors for the challenge.

Here you to guide you every step of the way.

Jagjit is an experienced business leader with strong strategic skills, expertise in a wide range of industries, and deep knowledge of the Asia Pacific region. He started his post-MBA career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney and The Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic advice to clients across a wide range of Industrial sectors. Post consulting, Jagjit worked at Moog Inc, a motion control engineering firm, where he had multiple roles including Marketing and Business Development. From 2011 to 2014, Jagjit was based in Shanghai, where he was the General Manager and responsible for all of Moog’s business in China.  Jagjit has been a mentor at NTUitive since 2014.

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Jagjit Singh

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Experienced Multicultural Business Leader

An investment banker, he was the Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division for Southeast Asia, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura.  At Nomura, he was part of the transaction team for the buyout of 50% stake in the Hyflux Water Trust to Mitsui Corporation, Japan.  He was Managing Director heading the planning function of DBS Group, directing acquisitions, JVs in the Financial Institutions space, and developing organic growth initiatives with commercial, consumer banking, asset management, treasury business units across the key markets. 

In 2014, Mr Wong joined forces with Professor Darren Sun, Distinguished Shimizu Professor at Stanford (USA) & CEE, NTU (Singapore) to found a high tech company with the view of building a strong company in Clean Technology.

 

For 5 years, the company raised nearly $10 million from large MNC and private capital. After A-round funding, he has established a growing presence in Singapore, Indonesia and China by deploying the 3D-printing membranes.  The most recent projects involved a 20 MLD plant in municipal application, and a 2800 m3/day industrial wastewater treatment plant. Moving towards larger-scale production capability required engineering design, testing, prototyping. Nanosun will launch into Series B to accelerate product and development and market deployment.

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Wong Ann Chai

Managing Director, 

Elie Vevey Capital Ltd

Fred Then CPCC ACC has worked in 9 start-ups and is a full certified business coach. He developed the Effective Persuasion Method which has helped teams win at local and international business competitions. He works with individuals and teams to uncover subconscious blocks and to quickly remove them.

 

Fred was the 1st Director of Entrepreneurship Training at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore Ventures (NTUV). He co-developed the successful Nanyang Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshops (NIEW) which was supported by NTU and SPRING Singapore.

 

His experience ranges from personal development, media & design, mobile technologies, e-commerce, retail, fintech to F&B.

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Fred Then

Chief Thinker and Coach

Think Solutions LLP

Patrick helps people get unstuck from their professional situations that vex their hearts through active dialogues and strategic thinking. Pat has been focusing on executive coaching and retained executive appointments across Asia since 2003, serving entrepreneurial companies, especially those that are venture or family-controlled, across diverse industries, including Financial Services, Medical Devices, Shipping, Manufacturing, Digital Media, Agri Commodities and Real Estate.

Patrick had worked previously for HSBC Singapore, Regional Office for ABN Amro, Strategy Consulting for PwC Consulting East Asia & Singapore’s Ministry of Finance’s Accountant-General Department. He started his career with EY. He had performed market entry studies, facilitated strategy discussions, conducted M&A due diligence & merger-integration exercises, developed new products, managed operations, raised funding and led major value-for-money reviews across major government agencies.

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Patrick Kay

Executive Coach, 

Pacific Pillars

Yew Hoong has been helping stakeholders and customers to manage and leverage on changes throughout his career. He is the co-founder of Melioris Private Limited, providing business outsourcing and management services in the region. He has also worked in Big 4 audit , Singapore Listed Company and Government Linked Company.

Some of his works include:

  • Raised more than US$60m from angels, VCs and strategic companies.

  • Developing and maintaining long term relationship with MNC and Brand Names like Johnson and Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Essilor, Shake Shack and Burger King. And many homegrown ones.

  • Incubating startup companies from zero to one in the technology sectors.

  • Building team and capabilities to futureproof.

  • Participated in technology since Internet1.0, working in Singapore’s first Internet company, Silk route Ventures.

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Yue Yew Hoong

Director

Melioris Private Limited

Chee Yong is currently serving as Vice President for Digital Ecosystem Partnerships and Portfolio Management. In his role, he collaborates with digital partners (such as Platforms, Fintech, and E-commerce) to reimagine banking and deliver innovative banking propositions for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He also conducts customer analytics to devise data-driven strategies and realise opportunities for customer acquisition, development and retention.

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

Deeply passionate about developing the local start-up ecosystem, Chee Yong contributes as a start-up mentor for several entrepreneurship programmes. He has mentored numerous start-ups and empowers budding entrepreneurs by offering them his industry and market insights, professional expertise, sound advice and wide network. He also provides guidance as a career coach, specialising in Fintech, for youths and tertiary students.

Chee Yong holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS).

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Chia Chee Yong

Vice President, 

United Overseas Bank Ltd

Eric has experience 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.

 

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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Eric Poh Kuan Heng

Founder

RPAT Private Limited

Edward Tay is the Chief Executive Officer, Board Member of Sistema Asia Capital, and a member of the Investment Committee.

Established in 1993, Sistema is the largest private investment corporation in Russia with assets in excess of USD 20 Billion. Its diversified investment portfolio comprises stakes from 15 sectors of the economy, including telecoms, internet technology, utilities, retail, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, railway transportation, agriculture, finance, and mass media. Sistema Asia Capital is a MAS regulated venture capital/private equity fund that invests in innovative APAC technology companies.

Edward previously held senior roles in British Telecom, IBM, Keppel Communications, and Hewlett Packard in divisions that include AI, data centres & analytics, cloud services, IoT, smart city, 5G, satellite communication & next-generation mobility networks.

He actively engages the regulators, investors, and business community in China on entrepreneurship and sustainability issues.

Edward Tay

CEO, 

Sistema Asia Capital

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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.

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Ethan Tan Eng Sek

Principal Consultant

8th Pinnacle Private Limited

Patrick is bicultural, with the 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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Patrick Ng

Head of Research and Development, 

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Performance Pte Ltd

Raymond has over 20 years of experience in both Finance and Operations in the Telecom industry. He has specific expertise in areas such as Mobile (5G/Edge Computing applications), broadband, Satellite, Submarine cables, Value Added Services (VAS), IOT to Data Centers.

In his professional career, he has had a wealth of experience leading teams in investment, business development and sales. His keen intuition, honed by, as well as the years of experience

 

Raymond also invests in the Agritech industry, in his capacity as partner and investor at Glocalink Singapore
 

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Raymond Choong

Investor and Partner

Glocalink Singapore

Alex Tay has 26 years of experience in business & operations, both in government & commercial sectors, and held various senior Business & Management roles in SGX listed, European & American’s MNCs.

Alex’s personal management experience includes being the Managing Director, Singapore for Harris Caprock (Mkt cap US$ 8 Bil), as well as an early team member of a Norwegian start-up, RigNet that listed in Nasdaq with a 75x PE on its 10th year. In these roles, his business development & management responsibilities brought him across the whole Asia Pacific region spanning India & Bangladesh in the West, NZ & Australia in the East and all the Asia countries in between SE Asia & Greater China to secure business & partnerships.

As a popular mentor with ACE (Action Community for Entrepreneurship), Alex is regularly invited to mentor startups under different ACE programs. He was 1 of 3 mentors invited for ACE’s Inaugural BaceCamp & only mentor involved in all subsequent runs till the 6th BaceCamp (end 2020) including conducting “Art of Start” ‘s pitching workshops for ACE. 

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Business Advisor

Venture Capital Business Advisory

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Peter is a professional in the manufacturing sector covering mechanical to electronics industries. His working knowledge span from plastics moulding, switching power supply, automatic door closers and ac motors to digital motors. He is a seasoned procurement manager that understands the nuances of navigating in the Asia-Pacific regions.

 

Providing the lead has always been Peter’s attitude and approach in his working journey to expand his knowledge and connections. That has been of great asset to him as he moved from manufacturing to business development. To this end, Peter would like to use his accumulated experience to mentor and assist the next generation of innovators locally and in ASEAN.

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Peter Gwee

Business Development Manager

Omni-Plus System Pte Ltd

Dr. Haodong GU is a joint lecturer for SILC Business School, Shanghai University and UTS Business School. He received a PhD degree from UNSW Australia in 2012 and was employed as a lecturer in the same university from 2013 to 2014.

 

He joined Shanghai University from 2015 and UTS from 2016. Dr Gu specializes in the area of marketing. More specifically, his interest is behavioral modeling, aiming to bridge constructs and theories from behavioral science with managerially important outcomes to companies.

 

Dr Gu has a special interest in corporate social responsibility, with years of teaching and research experience in the area. He worked with companies and offered consultations to multiple social entrepreneurial projects initiated by students from Shanghai University and UTS.

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Dr. Gu Hao Dong

Lecturer

SILC Business School