star-advisors

Star Advisors

Serial entrepreneurs, investors, even second generation business owners, we honour the achievements and impact these individuals have in their respective industries. As DBS BusinessClass members, you have exclusive access to their insights and advice through networking sessions or get in touch with us here if you need specific advice or support from any of our Industry Influencers!

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  • Derek Ariss

    Head of Innovation Education at Lightbulb Capital

    Derek is Head of Innovation Education at Lightbulb Capital and is responsible for building the education practice, focusing on creativity, design thinking, technology, culture, and mindset conducive to innovation in finance.

  • Arrif Ziaudeen

    Founder and CEO, Chope

    True blue Singaporean entrepreneur driven by a passion to empower diners to make reservations whenever and wherever. A maverick who believes in harnessing technology to transform the oft-traditional F&B scene.

  • Long Yin

    Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud

    Dr. Long Yin joined Alibaba Group in 2018 where she started to embrace Alibaba Cloud platform and to apply big data and AI solutions on this platform for industry digital transformation. Prior to Alibaba Group, she has taken senior data scientist role at IBM.

  • Parminder Singh

    Chief Commercial & Digital Officer, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

    Seasoned business leader with top management experience in Twitter, Google, Apple and IBM is now Chief Commericial and Digital Officer of Mediacorp Pte Ltd.

  • Caroline Seow

    Head of Sustainability, Family Business Network International

    Connector in Chief and Catalyst for Business with Purpose. Lead and Co-creator of Polaris – A Global movement of Family Businesses as a Force for Long-Term Good.

  • Prashant Dadlani

    Founder, blu

    As a forefront innovator, Prashant transforms the local retail logistics scene through his brainchild, blu. Using best-in-class technology, blu empowers businesses with a full suite of solutions, from warehousing and fulfilment to last mile delivery to returns management, making retail logistics seamless. blu also makes fuss-free parcel services accessible for all through the blu app and bluPort, one of the largest parcel locker networks in Singapore.

  • Adrian Koh

    GM (APAC) at FundedByMe

    Tech Evangelist, Adventurer and Change Agent. General Manager, APAC at FundedByMe, a Stockholm-based crowdfunding platform that has since taken the world by storm.

  • Alex Lin

    Head of Infocomm Investments

    Investor. Mentor. Head of Infocomm Investments

  • Andy Zain

    VC at Mountain Ventures

    Tech startup investor and a hero of the emerging markets. Leading ideabox, a telco backed startup accelerator in Indonesia & MD of Mountain SEA Ventures, a JV with Zurich-based Mountain Partners.

  • Bona Li​

    Chief Empathy and Product Officer, Carigos

    Holding the unique title of Chief Empathy and Product Officer, Bona places strong emphasis on understanding the customer’s needs and frustrations.

  • Brian Koh

    Director of NUS Enterprise

    Champions start-up entrepreneurship initiatives.

  • Callum Laing

    CEO of Key Persons of Influence

    Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and A Key Person of Influence

  • Casey Lau

    Founder at Chinaaccelerator

    Co-founder of StartupHK, Senior Community Development Manager, APAC at Softlayer Catalyst, Mentor at Chinaccelerator, PaperclipHK and Blueprint specialising in investor relations, growth hacking and social media marketing strategies.

  • Darius Cheung

    Founder of 99.co

    Two-time founder, tech startup hero and the man with a plan.

  • Darshana Ubl

    Entrepreneur, Investor, CEO of Entrevo UK

    Woman in business, investor & champion of the Key Person of Influence Programme. Spokesperson for small businesses on BBC Radio and TV. Exited a deal site available in 42 cities in 2013.

  • Dawn Soo

    Chief Wellness Officer at CXA

    Entrepreneur, Physician and Adrenaline-seeking junkie. Co-founder of DoctorPage, a doctor reservation platform that makes medical scheduling a breeze.

  • Dennis Goh

    Entrepreneur

    Digital entrepreneur and innovator. Founder of Hungrygowhere.com (acquired by SingTel for $12 Million) and still starving to see more innovation in the market.

  • Dr. Anton Ravindran

    CEO & Founder of Rapidstart

    Serial Technopreneur, Technologist and Mentor. President of the Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF).

  • Dr John Ng

    Principal Consultant of Meta Singapore

    Illuminating Passionary, a Leader and a Peace-Maker.

  • Eddy Lee

    Principal at Fenox Venture Capital

    Leads investments in health technology and IT startups. Consulting Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, where he guides the development and commercialisation of projects in biotechnology.

  • Ernestine Fu

    Senior Associate at Alsop Louie Partners

    Silicon Valley's Youngest Venture Capitalist. Entrepreneur who exited her two-month-old startup for a seven figure sum. Author. Activist.

  • Frank Levinson

    Founder and MD of Small World Group

    Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur and Investor. Co-founder of Finisar, a global corporation with an excess of $1 Billion in annual revenue. Partner, Phoenix Venture Partners.

  • Gerald Chiu

    Partner at Dymon Asia Private Equity

    Investor and Private Equity veteran. Partner at Dymon Asia Private Equity and eager to help SMEs needing less than $50 million for growth capital / a buyout take the next big leap forward.

  • Hian Goh

    Founding Partner of NSI Ventures

    An early stage Venture Capital fund focused on technology and digital media investments in Singapore and South East Asia. Former Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asian Food Channel, a 24-hour food and lifestyle channel that was acquired in 2013 for US$ 66 million.

  • Keith Timimi

    Chairman of VML Southeast Asia & India

    Digital pioneer leading Singapore’s digital scene at the industry body, agency and start-up levels. Champions digital transformation and innovation, having driven world-class product development and services for leading brands.

  • Kell Jay Lim

    General Manager at GrabTaxi

    Believes that business and social value can be achieved in parallel. On a mission to revolutionise the way people commute by leveraging smartphone technology and Big Data.

  • James Tan

    Founder of QuestVC, 55Tuan

    Co-founder of 55tuan.com, Managing Partner at QuestVC and COO of Jetbay.

  • Jeff Paine

    Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

    Investor, Teacher and Father to over 60 companies in Asia.

  • Lim Kuo-Yi

    Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures

    VC, mentor, techie and business guy

  • Lim Soon Hock

    Founder and MD of PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd

    Entrepreneur Ambassador, Public Service Stalwart, Technopreneur and Private Investor. Former VP and MD of Compaq Asia-Pacific, who took the company to US$1 billion from under US$30m in 7 years.

  • Melvin Yuan

    Founder of Omnifluence

    Story-teller, Technologist and Productivity Freak. Founded YFind (acquired by Silicon Valley's Ruckus Wireless).

  • Mohan Belani

    CEO of e27

    Advocate of the technology ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Co-founder & CEO, e27.

  • Rosaline Chow Koo

    Founder of CXA

    Serial entrepreneur, corporate turnaround veteran and tough as nails.

  • Sunil Rai

    Partner at Rodyk & Davidson LLP

    Corporate lawyer (M&A, VC/PE) - assisted several prominent high-growth companies. Enjoys sharing the vibrant energy of SMEs and start-ups and being part of their growth efforts.

  • Tan Choon Seng

    Angel Investor at Link 2 Ventures

    Investor, Venture Capitalist and a Man who can help you shorten your learning curve to avoid mistakes that are common among start ups.

  • Turochas Fuad

    Founder of travelmob

    CEO and co-founder of travelmob.com, sharing economy champion and making it easier for globe-trotters to experience Asia like a local.

  • Volker Heistermann

    Founder of Yushan Ventures, Swell

    Taiwan-based Angel Investor, Entrepreneur and tech startup champion.

  • Zechariah Chan

    Partner of Lee & Lee

    Legal Advisor. Intellectual Property Whiz. Partner at Lee & Lee.