TaFF Council 2022/2024
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 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 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 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
Rajul Mehta is an established International Artist who has been recognized for her unique art styles used in all of her renowned artworks. Her works can be seen in many art exhibitions and galleries all over the world.
Rajul is also the creative mind and founder of the Queenmark brand. In 2013, while visiting Mongolia, Rajul saw the amazing quality and beauty of cashmere that was being produced there which gave her much inspiration in transferring her artistic styles onto a gorgeous cashmere shawl. Her creative ideas hence brought forth the start of the Queenmark story.
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’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.
CEO, Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd, a privately-owned enterprise, across a diverse range of business interests worldwide. The Group’s key business interests include Industries, Investments and Real Estate, and was awarded the EY-Standard Chartered Family Business Award of Excellence in 2018.
In recognition for his entrepreneur spirit, Mr. Lee was awarded “Most Outstanding Entrepreneur” during the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2010 in Singapore. He is also the winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year (Manufacturing) 2015. In 2016, Mr Lee was also one of 30 members of the Committee for Future Economy (CFE) setup by Prime Minister in 2016 to position Singapore well for the future.
Honorary Legal Counsel
P Balachandran began professional practice as a litigator in 1978 mainly in company, banking, contract, construction and engineering disputes. He broadened his experience by working for an English magic circle firm in London and Hong Kong. His main areas of work are litigation & arbitration, giving advice and drafting agreements for cross-border transactions, construction & engineering projects, infocomm technology transactions, commercial transactions and advising foreign companies operating in the ASEAN region. His arbitration experience is both as counsel and arbitrator. As Counsel, he has represented foreign companies in arbitrations involving construction and engineering projects, mining and commercial matters in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Taiwan.
Honorary Digitalisation Officer
Khoong Hock Yun, a Harvard Business School alumnus, is Managing Partner (Block Chain Fund 1 and 2) at Tembusu Partners, and a Founding Board Member of the Klaytn Foundation.
He was the Chief Digital Evangelist and Assistant Chief Executive Officer heading the Development portfolio at the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore. He helped Singapore grow its ICT industrial revenue from S$20B in 2000 to $70B in 2015.
Mr Khoong is a Senior Member as well as member of the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) of the Institution of Engineers (Singapore), and a Fellow as well as member of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS).