Speakers

KURT WEE

President, ASME

Mr Kurt Wee was co-opted into ASME’s Executive Council in 2003 and was elected in the following term. In 2009, he was elected to serve as Vice President (Corporate Communications). He has also served as Vice President (Awards & Projects), overseeing ASME’s two flagship awards – The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Singapore Prestige Brand Award. Mr Wee was President of the 23rd Executive Council from 2013 to 2015 and was consecutively re-elected as President for the following three terms – 24th Executive Council in 2015, 25th Executive Council in 2017 and 26th Executive Council in 2019.

His involvement in ASME over the past 18 years in various capabilities has given him substantial insights into the local and regional SME business scene. During this time, he has spoken on pertinent issues concerning SMEs and businesses, and championed the interests of SME tenants regarding fair tenancy. He also chairs the SME Committee at the Singapore Business Federation.

It is his firm belief that if SMEs band together, they can scale greater heights. He hopes to continue his service to the Association and be part of the team that leads ASME and its members forward.

The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1986 for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. With wide-ranging services and programmes, ASME strives to equip member SMEs with the business knowledge and market opportunities to help them grow their businesses.

ASME, as the champion of a pro-enterprise Singapore, bridges the public and the private sectors to promote a more conducive business environment which facilitates the start-up, growth and development of a larger pool of SMEs. The two ASME flagship awards — The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award are in recognition of SMEs’ successes.

ASME will continue to roll out new SME-relevant programmes to enhance its position as THE business association For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs.

EILEEN CHUA

Managing Director, SAP Singapore

Eileen Chua is the Managing Director for SAP Singapore and a member of the Senior Executive Team for SAP Southeast Asia (SEA). Building on the 30-year establishment of SAP in Singapore, she is responsible for all activities spanning sales and operations, as well as SAP’s expansion and growth in Singapore. Eileen has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry across software, cloud and professional services. With her highly passionate about technology, she takes an active role in advancing the local technology sector. She is currently sitting on the SG Tech Smart Nation Chapter Exco and the Advisory Council of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce to foster knowledge transfers and cross-industry collaborations between organisations, as well as drive long-term strategic planning for digital roadmaps

SAP in Asia: Empowering our Sustainable Future

As digital transformation has become mission-critical to most businesses, more companies are choosing to run enterprise computing in the cloud. While many small and midsize enterprises have already taken this step, it’s a journey for large enterprises running ERP systems and a wide range of additional enterprise applications. RISE with SAP is our approach to pave your way to run as an intelligent enterprise with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, connectivity to SAP Business Network, and a selection of industry cloud solutions for any organization’s core business. The benefits organizations can expect include significantly lower total cost of ownership, more innovation, more speed and agility, and seamless collaboration with suppliers, customers, and service providers. Ultimately, our goal is to help organizations across the globe become intelligent enterprises by connecting with a community of networks and run a sustainable business.

LESLIE KOH

Executive Director of Sustainability in Global Commercial Banking, OCBC

Leslie is the Executive Director of Sustainability in Global Commercial Banking in OCBC where he has responsibility for the development and implementation of Sustainable strategies and solutions for SMEs. Prior to his OCBC role, Leslie held senior Sustainability linked positions with the non-profit organisation, Singapore Environment Council (SEC) as well as a consumer goods manufacturing company where he has more than 18 years’ experience managing manufacturing operations across 15 manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Jordan. Leslie also had a short stint as an entrepreneur; he founded an IT consulting firm before it was eventually acquired.

Some of his success include conversion of recycled PET bottles to polyester garments for the Premier League and Olympics, creating a closed loop system for recycled industrial wastewater in textile mills and establishing Science Based targets to reduce carbon footprint across production processes. In recognition of Leslie’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials, he was appointed by a Fortune 100 company to sit on their Sustainability Council to address and mitigate suppliers’ challenges on attracting and retaining workforce of the future. Together with his classmates in Cambridge University, Leslie had recently published a chapter in a research journal on “barriers to implementing sustainability experienced by middle managers in the fast-moving consumer goods and retail sector”.

OCBC Bank is the longest established Singapore bank, formed in 1932 from the merger of three local banks, the oldest of which was founded in 1912. It is now the second largest financial services group in Southeast Asia by assets and one of the world’s most highly-rated banks, with Aa1 by Moody’s and AA- by both Fitch and S&P. Recognised for its financial strength and stability, OCBC Bank is consistently ranked among the World’s Top 50 Safest Banks by Global Finance and has been named Best Managed Bank in Singapore by The Asian Banker.

OCBC Bank and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of commercial banking, specialist financial and wealth management services, ranging from consumer, corporate, investment, private and transaction banking to treasury, insurance, asset management and stockbroking services.

OCBC Bank’s key markets are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Greater China. It has more than 460 branches and representative offices in 19 countries and regions. These include over 220 branches and offices in Indonesia under subsidiary Bank OCBC NISP, and over 70 branches and offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR under OCBC Wing Hang. OCBC Bank’s private banking services are provided by its wholly-owned subsidiary Bank of Singapore, which operates on a unique open-architecture product platform to source for the best-in-class products to meet its clients’ goals.

OCBC Bank's private banking services are provided by its wholly-owned subsidiary Bank of Singapore, which operates on a unique open-architecture product platform to source for the best-in-class products to meet its clients’ goals.

OCBC Bank's insurance subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings, is the oldest and most established life insurance group in Singapore and Malaysia. Its asset management subsidiary, Lion Global Investors, is one of the largest private sector asset management companies in Southeast Asia.

For more information, please visit www.ocbc.com.

ANG YUIT

Vice President, Strategies, Development and Digitalisation, ASMEChairman, SME Centre@ASME

Mr Ang Yuit joined the Executive Council as a council member in 2009. Currently serving as Vice President (Strategies, Development & Digitalisation), Mr Ang spearheads a number of initiatives and activities, chiefly focused on the Association’s strategies, development and digitalisation, as well as representing ASME at various events and meetings. He is also the Chairman of the Global Ready Talent Programme and SME Centre@ASME, the latter set up by Enterprise Singapore to provide more holistic and comprehensive business advisory services and assistance to local SMEs.

Mr Ang spearheaded ASME’s shared services digitalisation initiative, SMECEN – an initiative that offers a range of functional processes. Ranging from accounting to human resource administration and payroll, the initiative will benefit SMEs in streamlining their work processes.

The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1986 for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. With wide-ranging services and programmes, ASME strives to equip member SMEs with the business knowledge and market opportunities to help them grow their businesses.

ASME, as the champion of a pro-enterprise Singapore, bridges the public and the private sectors to promote a more conducive business environment which facilitates the start-up, growth and development of a larger pool of SMEs. The two ASME flagship awards — The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award are in recognition of SMEs’ successes.

ASME will continue to roll out new SME-relevant programmes to enhance its position as THE business association For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs.

SARA SZE

Founder, An Order of Bling Pte Ltd

Sara Sze, is a Singapore Jewellery Designer and Founder of An Order of Bling. She is known to wear her heart on her sleeve and her private clients will attest that interactions with her usually invo lve many warm conversations.

Elusive and almost secretive, this self-taught, GIA certified designer emerges to the public in bursts, winning the Design Competition in the Singapore International Jewellery Exhibition July 2019, on the IIJS virtual panel discussion next to Fabergé & VAK during COVID and then most recently in 2021, with photos of her creations in Robb Report’s Centennial Edition on Pink diamonds and in a Vogue Singapore’s, March edition.

She loves to immortalize words by writing with diamonds and is also a self-confessed gem whisperer, believing the gems lead her into the designs that have a personality all their own.

Founded in 2016, An Order of Bling is a jewellery company that works to give a form to love, memory, happiness and everything in between by starting conversations. Meticulously crafted and easily appreciated, fine jewellery from An Order of Bling are celebrated for generations and is nothing less and everything more.

JEFFERY TAN

Founder & CEO, AOX Pte Ltd

A creative and pragmatic entrepreneur who believes in Blue Ocean's strategy. 12 years ago, he went against the tides of Japanese and Korean Alkaline Ionizers to develop AOX, a local brand of natural antioxidant alkaline water dispenser. AOX is now a brand chosen by Istana, the PM's Office, 4 hospitals, 5 cancer societies, thousands of homes and offices.

Under Jeffrey’s leadership, the company has won numerous prestigious awards; Singapore Prestige Brand Award, Spirit of Enterprise, Emerging Award of the Year, 4x Top Brand Award, 4x Singapore Good Design Award.

AOX has a range of products, designed by Jeffrey, which won the Singapore Good Design Award: A movable tabletop faucet that does not require drilling (2015), A space saving Compac Alkaline Water Dispenser for countertops, under the sink or wall mounted (2018), The world’s first Alkaline Water Dispenser with inbuilt Active Oxygen Sterilizer, a project funded by Enterprise Singapore (2021) and Ozonated olive oil, *dermatologically-tested, specially created to target eczema, menopause, stress, smelling masks, aging, itching and pain (2021).

AOX Pte Ltd is a leading Singapore company that specializes in designing and supplying antioxidant alkaline water dispensers and other health related products. The company was founded with the vision to help people improve their health. To date, AOX has provided natural antioxidant alkaline water dispensers to thousands of households, offices, hospitals and clinics in Singapore. AOX has been voted the number 1 brand for alkaline water in Singapore for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The company has also won a series of awards such as Singapore Good Design Award (2015 & 2018), Singapore Prestige Brand, Super Health Brand and many others.

LUCAS LIN

Co-Founder, Mr Coconut

Lucas is one of the co-founders of Mr. Coconut, is responsible for marketing, business development and business strategy planning. Luas also manages day-day operation including raw materials supply, collaboration, business administration matters and business expansion projects.

Mr. Coconut started in start in year 2016, is a home-grown Singapore retail leading brand that specialise on coconut- based food and beverages products.

As Singapore is a typical tropical climate county, yet there are no offering of fresh-made coconut shakes locally back then, the founders spotted this opportunity to set up a coconut-based theme beverages and food retail store. Vivian, whose hometown is from Malacca, where coconut shake is also popular there. She and Andrew started the journey of creating the coconut shake that would suit Singaporean taste, took nearly a year of R&D for the final product., offering a natural nutrient rich, and fresh product to Singaporean even it this city state.

By end Sept 2021, Mr. Coconut will be looking at 28 outlets island wide locally.

LOW BOON SEONG

Founder & MD, Align Group

BoonSeong is the Founder and MD of Align Group. He is a Practising Management Consultant (PMC) specialising in HR for SMEs growth which define Align Group’s thought leadership in the market. He is a regular speaker in Singapore and the region, being featured in Channel NewsAsia, Capital 95.8FM, International Well-Being Symposium, Bosses Network Learning Cruise, and many regional conferences. He is also a mentor for the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs’ Network.

Align Group is the trusted HR business consultancy and partner to growing enterprises, transforming traditional HR that focuses primarily on administration to one that impacts the purpose, people, and profits of companies.We help to hire, reward, motivate, and develop their people using technology

We serve as their extended HR departments to position them for business growth. We are appointed as programme partners for Enterprise Singapore, SkillsFuture Singapore, SBF and SNEF, having received numerous accolades from the business community.

Our unique business partnership and future-focused model have repositioned many enterprises for higher growth and productivity. Align Group is also one of Singapore’s Fastest Growing Companies 2016-2018 (The Straits Times & Statista 2020 & 2021).

TONY LUGG

Digital Transformation Lead, TT Innovation and Technology Pte Ltd

Enthusiastic Operations & Supply Chain Management Executive with diverse experience shaping vast arrays of business and operational strategies including focuses on procurement, supply chain digitalization, outsourcing, operations consolidations, organizational development, budget/cost clean sheet management, manufacturing, engineering, control tower, customer service and supply chain shared services.

Confirmed success in the execution of sourcing, development, failure analysis, problem solving and strategic planning. Award-winning pioneer & leader, who fosters collaboration and innovation. Track record of leadership, growth, restructuring, integration, and solutions in dynamic and evolving environments with strong backgrounds in Asia and Europe. Experience in acquisitions as a leading shareholder of a services UK company merging several companies to a successful acquisition by Tyco.

Founding Member of the Supply Chain Innovation Network, Emeritus Council of Advisors for Supply Chain Asia, the former Chairman of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) AP, current Board Member of International Supply Chain Protection Organisation (ISCPO) & Advisor to Board of International Crisis Room 360 (ICR360).

Since 2014, TT Innovation and Technology Pte Ltd (TTIT) has specialised in Homeland Security and Security Systems Integration.

In recent years, TTIT has become one of the market leaders in the sale of Access Control, Artificial Intelligence, Body Worn Camera, Digital Evidence Solutions, Control Room Monitoring and Screening Services in Singapore and across ASEAN region.

With our team of entrepreneurs, we have transformed our team into forward thinking innovators and problem solvers of the future. TTIT, leaders in technology transformation that can help you to transform your business to meet the challenges of tomorrow and help you on that transformation journey.