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The Artisan Project

Directory of Artisans

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. 

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.

Study Trips

Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop

Event Date: 26 February 2020

Pitching is a valuable skill that entrepreneurs need to learn. Not only if we pitch our ideas will people understand our product, project or idea. It is very important to sell the vision for your company, capabilities and the potential return on investment because the success or failure of your business can rest on your ability to bring in much needed money you intend to sell. Attendees learned to build their pitching skills in 30 minutes and get immediate feedback from our panel of mentors.

Speakers: Michael Blakey – Managing Partner at Cocoon Capital

Mentors: Alan Hellawell – Partner at Alpha JWC Ventures, Pamela Puja Kirpalani – Founder of Inner High Living and NLP Corporate Communications Trainer & Consultant, Daniel Huang – CFA, Startup Lead at FundedHere, Ian Gan – Founder and Owner of Seed Ventures, Helen Chen – Business Planning & Operations, Manager at Facebook and Investment committee member and investor at BANSEA, Mazen Kurdy – Founder and CEO at StyleMyle

Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop

Event Date: 26 February 2020

Pitching is a valuable skill that entrepreneurs need to learn. Not only if we pitch our ideas will people understand our product, project or idea. It is very important to sell the vision for your company, capabilities and the potential return on investment because the success or failure of your business can rest on your ability to bring in much needed money you intend to sell. Attendees learned to build their pitching skills in 30 minutes and get immediate feedback from our panel of mentors.

Speakers: Michael Blakey – Managing Partner at Cocoon Capital

Mentors: Alan Hellawell – Partner at Alpha JWC Ventures, Pamela Puja Kirpalani – Founder of Inner High Living and NLP Corporate Communications Trainer & Consultant, Daniel Huang – CFA, Startup Lead at FundedHere, Ian Gan – Founder and Owner of Seed Ventures, Helen Chen – Business Planning & Operations, Manager at Facebook and Investment committee member and investor at BANSEA, Mazen Kurdy – Founder and CEO at StyleMyle

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