TaFF Council 2020/2022

Office-Bearers

Wilson Teo

Wilson Teo

Executive Director, Teo Garments Corporation Pte Ltd
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TaFF President

Executive director of TEO Holdings Pte Ltd, a privately-owned investments holding company based in Singapore. Its group of companies are in the business of real estate, apparel manufacturing, trading and outsourcing as well as brand development for wholesale, retail and distribution in the baby products industry. The group’s investments are focused in Asia Pacific, with presence in Australia, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, India and Vietnam.

 

John Lee

John Lee

CEO, Lee Yin Knitting Factory Pte Ltd
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TaFF Vice-President 

John is the CEO of the Lee Yin Group of Companies. Lee Yin was founded in 1974 and he joined the company in 1988 as an Engineer. Currently, the group operates several factories in Indonesia and manufacture and export a range of apparels for leading brands around the world.

With engineering and marketing training, John has taken on technical, production, business development roles over the years and has a keen interest in Industry 4.0 development. He is actively involved in industrial engineering projects to elevate the group’s ODM capabilities to excel in the industry.

Lee Yin also operates a retail chain in the region by the name of COLDWEAR specializing in travel wear and accessories and John successfully spearheaded the expansion into Indonesia. COLDWEAR operates 10+ outlets in Singapore and Indonesia in major shopping malls.

Carolyn Kan

Carolyn Kan

CEO, The Good Life Club Pte Ltd
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Hon Secretary

Carolyn Kan is the founder and designer of artisan jewellery brand Carrie K. Besides Carrie K., Carolyn is also involved in programmes with Lasalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is also the co-founder of Keepers, a collective of Singaporean independent designers, artists and craftsmen who come together to showcase their craft in rotational thematic installations. 

Roger Yuen

Roger Yuen

Chief Executive, Clozette Pte Ltd
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Hon Treasurer  

Roger is the CEO & founder of Clozette, an omni-channel platform that enables brands to engage with the new consumer through a full suite of content-centric digital marketing solutions powered by a network of creators and influencers that spans over 700 million combined followers in South East Asia.He is also the chairman & co-founder of Visenze, an AI company that powers visual commerce at scale for retailers and publishers; and the co-founder of 6Estates that provides AI-driven real-time, actionable intelligence focused on the finance industry. 

Ordinary Council Members

Nelson Yap

Nelson Yap

​Chief Executive, Benjamin Barker Aust Pte Ltd
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Council Member

Nelson Yap, is the founder and Chief Executive of Benjamin Barker. The brand has 10 retail outlets in Singapore and retails in Overseas countries like Australia and Cambodia. He studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Creative arts, Cinematography and Film/Video Production.

Felicia Gan

Felicia Gan

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ghim Li Group Pte Ltd
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Council Member

Ms Gan began her career at GLG as a Legal Officer where she was assigned the task of leading the legal compliance office. She is now responsible for the overall management of the Sales & Marketing Teams and the Product, Development and Design department. 

She builds, direct and drives the annual strategic sales and marketing plan to achieve results in sales, market penetration, day to day operations, customer relationships and order fulfilment. In addition, Ms Gan plans and implements marketing strategies to identify and develop new customers and business opportunities on a global scale. 

Nicole van der Elst Desai

Nicole van der Elst Desai

Founder / Consultant, VDE Consultancy
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Council Member

Nicole van der Elst Desai’s 20 years of experience in the textile and apparel Industry come from working for brands and retailers as well as for their manufacturing partners. She is a valued expert in the field of textile technology innovation and sustainability.

VDE Consultancy is also the implementation partner for Circular Leap Asia (CLA), a programme by Forum for the Future. CLA empowers apparel manufacturers across Asia to fast-track solutions towards a circular economy.

Associate Council Members

Dro Tan, PhD​

Dro Tan, PhD

Executive Director​, Matex Int Ltd
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Associate Council Member

Dro Tan is Matex’s Executive Director since 2010. He is responsible for the group’s business, branding projects, and product innovation and development. He is also actively involved in the group’s diversification projects, to complement core businesses. Prior to Matex, Dro was with architectural firms in Seoul, Korea and Singapore. As Vice President of International Affairs at the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TAFF) and an Academic and Examination Board Member of the Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc), he works closely with respective stakeholders to help develop and grow the Singapore textile and fashion Industry and its members globally. Dro graduated with a Masters in Architecture and Minor in Technopreneurship from the National University of Singapore, focusing on the global study and development of sustainable suburban communities.

Sonja Prokopec, PhD

Sonja Prokopec, PhD

LVMH Chaired Professor, Department of Marketing, ESSEC Business School​
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Associate Council Member

Prof. Sonja Prokopec was named one of the Top 40 under 40 Business School Professors worldwide in 2015 (Poets&Quants ranking). Her research explores consumer judgment and decision-making. She is also interested in understanding the factors that affect brand perceptions of luxury brands. 

Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and International Journal of Research in Marketing among others, as well as a variety of media including the Huffington Post, the Business of Fashion and the Business Times Singapore. 

Outside of teaching and research, she actively advises companies from the luxury and automotive industry in regard to consumer behaviour trends, consumer research and marketing and brand management issues. 

Prof. Prokopec received her PhD in Marketing from University of Houston in 2007.

 

Wu Ying Fang

Wu Ying Fang

Founder and Director​, Fu Yuan International Holdings Pte Limited​

Associate Council Member

Wu Ying Fang is the Founder and Director of Fu Yuan International Holdings Pte Limited.  In 2014-2015, she set up an International trade hub and consolidation center  namely: Missy Fashion, T& , Snow Coase, Natural Textile, Brother fortune these 5 companies to cater to different market segment and demands.

Esther Huang ​

Esther Huang ​

Head, Digital Experience Design, ​ National Gallery Singapore

Associate Council Member

Esther is currently Head of Digital and Experience design for National Gallery Singapore. An experienced professional with over a decade’s experience, she has driven numerous first-to-market and high-impact strategic projects in key markets such as China, Singapore and Australia. 

Some of her significant achievements include end-to-end transformation projects in complex retail ecosystems, often including multiple disciplines such as digital innovation, marketing, design and real estate. 

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