Judges & Speakers

The Judges

Elim Chew, Founder, FastFast & 77th Street

Elim Chew is the Founder and President of 77th Street, a streetwear fashion and accessories retail brand in Singapore, with 16 stores at its peak. She retired from retail in 2016, and ventured into the food & beverage industry, and her family currently own three restaurants – I’m Kim Korean BBQ, I’m Kim Junior and GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet. As the co-founder for social impact business – FastFast, an app providing fast and instant on-demand delivery services to consumers, Elim hopes to provide an additional source of income for people who need it. In addition, Elim has a YouTube Channel “elimchewtv”, which features people from all walks of life who have made a positive impact in the society, and she seeks to raise a generation of changemakers. Elim is humbled by awards such as Montblanc Businesswoman of the Year 2002, Young Woman Achiever 2003 by Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Promising Brand Award 2004. She is honoured as a Forbes Asia Hero of Philanthropy in 2010 and won the Outstanding Young Singaporean Award 2011 – Commendation. In the same year, she also became the recipient of the Singapore Public Service Medal (PBM) 2011.

Elim sits on more than 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organizations in Singapore, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experiences. As a mentor and friend to many youths and aspiring entrepreneurs/ social entrepreneurs, Elim inspires and encourages all to be changemakers in their own fields.

Vinnie Lauria, Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Vinnie is entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 30 investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.

Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience with more than 10,000 members.

Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering.
Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems. He joined his first startup while still in high school.

Brandon Courban, Executive Director, Olympus Capital Asia

Brandon Courban joined Olympus Capital in 2016 and is a member of the team behind Asia Environmental Partners, a dedicated fund for sustainability. He is based in Olympus Capital’s Singapore office focusing on the development of ASEAN pipeline opportunities. Brandon has 14 years of commercial experience, first in the oil and gas sector, and since 2007 in sustainable resources and renewable energy. He was most recently a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Group in Singapore and Indonesia. Previously, he held senior roles with Armstrong Asset Management (Singapore), Sindicatum Sustainable Resources (London and Singapore), and Mott MacDonald (London).

Mr Courban holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from University of Hertfordshire, U.K. and is a Chartered Engineer.

Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Assaad is Group Chief Executive of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources. At Sindicatum, Assaad is responsible for overall strategy, stakeholder relationships and the project investments managed by Sindicatum’s business units.

Under Assaad’s leadership, Sindicatum has developed a global portfolio of projects on a principal basis and established and grown business units in Bangkok, Beijing, Jakarta, Manila, New Delhi, Singapore, Taiyuan (Shanxi Province, China) and Washington D.C. Through its local business units, Sindicatum has to date committed more than $400m to greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability projects, 90% of which are in Asia and has won multiple awards testifying to its excellence in sustainability and renewable energy.
Assaad is a Board member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, establishing CMIA’s Asia Chapter. Assaad is also a Board member of ASrIA, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investing in Asia; and a commentator on climate change, natural capital and clean energy. His Op-Eds have been published by, among others, London’s The Independent, Singapore’s Eco-Business, the Ecologist and others.
From 1993 to 2002, Assaad was an investment banker at Nomura International plc in London, where he was last Deputy Head of Global Corporate Finance. At Nomura International, he advised on several billion dollars of equity and debt capital raisings and invested several hundred million dollars of Nomura’s capital in private equity and principal finance investments in the emerging markets, each investment resulting in a profitable exit for Nomura.

From 1988 to 1993, Assaad was at Price Waterhouse in New York City where his last position was as Manager, International Capital Markets. At Price Waterhouse, he advised the Government of Indonesia on the privatization of state-owned enterprises from 1991 to 1993, with an emphasis on the transportation sector, and specialized in advising Fortune 500 corporations in cross-border structured lease financings.
Assaad’s outside interests include founding South East Asia’s first Middle Eastern contemporary art gallery, Sana Gallery. He is a graduate of Syracuse University (Summa Cum Laude) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Mr Lim Hock Chuan is the Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation Ecosperity, which was founded in October 2016. Under his leadership, the Foundation has established itself as a key player in the liveability and sustainability space in Singapore and beyond, fulfilling the often unmet need to help innovators bring their ideas from laboratories to the marketplace. The Foundation conducts two open grant calls every year as well as presents The Liveability Challenge from 2018. It has provided funding support to 18 projects that address priority areas in liveability and sustainability.

He was a respected senior leader in the public sector. He has extensive experience in various areas of public administration including security, media, finance, human resource management, international negotiation and healthcare. In recognition for his contribution to the civil service, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the President of Singapore.

Prior to joining Temasek in 2016, he was the Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s Eldercare (2013-2016), the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (2009-2013) and the Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs (2004-2009).He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, a Master of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is married with four children.

 

The Speakers

Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business

Jessica Cheam is the Managing Editor of Eco-Business, an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, director, producer and a social entrepreneur. She has more than a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and was formerly the political and environment correspondent for The Straits Times. She is an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities, a Singapore think tank focused on creating and sharing knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities.

She presented an episode, Confronting Climate Change, in the Challenge Tomorrow series by Channel NewsAsia, a Singapore-headquartered English language Asian TV news channel which aired in March 2017. She also leads Eco-Business’s multimedia unit in directing and producing short documentaries on sustainability issues. She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues. Under her leadership, Eco-Business beat other media giants to clinch the Lee Foundation Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) 2013. In 2015, she was given the AEJA’s Sustained Environmental Reporting by a Journalist Award for her efforts in contributing to environmental journalism over the last decade.

In 2017, she won an award that took her to the ClimateForce 2018 expedition in Antarctica in Feb-Mar 2018, where she will be making another documentary with Channel News Asia on this journey. In March 2018, she was announced the winner of the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards for the media and communications category.

Jason Godfrey, TV Host and Actor

Jason Godfrey is a television host, actor and model.

Besides gracing runways and magazine covers worldwide, Jason is also a certified diver and proficient rock climber. From traipsing to the top of volcanoes, to flipping a fully loaded canoe in level three rapids, to gulping sea water while cage diving with Great Whites, there’s little outdoors he won’t do.
Jason’s foray into hosting saw him land his first job with FOX’s live broadcast of the Oscars on Star Movies. Since then he has shot with Escapades for AXN, signed on as a host for a lifestyle channel, and is joining Star VIP Access.

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Daniel Lin, Executive Director of FundedHere

Daniel is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Funded Here Pte Ltd. He aims to build a robust crowd-funding ecosystem consisting of start-ups, professional investors, mentors and a MAS-regulated debt and equity crowd-funding platform. Daniel is also an Executive Director of Singapore-listed company Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd. He is the Managing Director of Viking’s wholly-owned subsidiary Viking Asset Management that acquires and charters offshore and onshore assets. His work includes acquiring a 1,500 hp train-type land rig that is in a long-term charter with a Pakistani conglomerate, operating in Morocco, Africa. Daniel is also the Managing Director of another wholly-owned subsidiary Promoter Hydraulics that designs, builds, tests and delivers bespoke winches and power packs. Under his leadership, Promoter has delivered more than $20 million worth of products to international shipyards and ship and rig owners.

Prior to Blue Ocean, Daniel was the Special Assistant to the CEO in Singapore-listed company Advance SCT Limited. His work included corporate finance, helping the Company raise S$50.0 million in a
secondary placement exercise. He was also involved in institutional fund-raising, having travelled to the US and Europe to meet with institutional investors. He also helped the Company start and operate a new joint venture partnership in Monterrey, Mexico. Daniel sat on the board of Singapore-listed company Nico Steel Holdings Ltd from 2009 to 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Singapore-listed company Ann Aik Ltd from 2012 to 2016. Daniel was also a member of the Finance Committee with the Singapore Institute of Directors from 2010 to 2012. He graduated with an honours degree in law in 2007 from Bristol University, United Kingdom.

En Lee, Partner and Head of Asia Pacific at LGT Impact

En Lee is a partner and head of Asia Pacific at LGT Impact, the impact investment arm of LGT, the world’s largest family-owned private banking and asset management group with over USD 200bn in assets under management. Established in 2007, LGT Impact has an international team of investment professionals across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and has supported over 60 portfolio organizations globally in areas of healthcare, education, agriculture, renewable energy, financial inclusion, and ICT. En is a member of the Partner Group responsible for the firm’s global leadership, strategy, and investment activities. He leads the Asia team and manages the regional investment portfolio across Southeast Asia and China. Previously, En was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong advising investment funds and before that, he was a Corporate Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London specializing in private equity, M&A, and capital market transactions.

Pioneering sustainable finance and impact investing across Asia, En serves as a member of the LGT Sustainability Board, SIIA Sustainable Finance Initiative, China Green Finance Committee, and the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change. He is also an Advisory Committee Member of Triple P Financial Inclusion Fund, a Steering Committee Member of the Harvard Business School Impact Investing Group, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at INSEAD, and an Adviser to B Corporation. En is active in various leadership networks including the World Economic Forum, Young Presidents’ Organization, Milken Institute, Global Impact Investing Network, and The Owners Forum. He holds a Bachelors of Law degree (First Class Honours), a CAIA designation, and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. En is an Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.