• Alfie-Othman Our Team

    Alfie Othman

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Chloe-Huang Our Team

    Chloe Huang

    Deputy Director

  • Seow-Hui-Hong Our Team

    Seow Hui Hong

    Head, Programmes & Partnership

  • Casper-Ng Our Team

    Casper Ng

    Head, Social Finance

  • David Our Team

    David Woo

    Assistant Head, Finance

  • Serene-Tay Our Team

    Serene Tay

    Community & Advisory

  • Jasmine-Paul Our Team

    Jasmine Paul

    Marketing and Communication

  • Amy-Lim Our Team

    Amy Lim

    Public & Sector Engagement

  • Mark-Sayer Our Team

    Mark Sayer

    Social Finance

  • Nicole-Pauh Our Team

    Nicole Pauh

    Social Finance

  • Mohamed-Fairuz Our Team

    Mohamed Fairuz

    Social Finance

  • erwin Our Team

    Erwin Chan

    Capacity Building

  • farrell Our Team

    Farrell Tan

    Social Finance

  • Chrystal-Yeong Our Team

    Chrystal Yeong

    Special Projects – Heartgifts

  • Timothy-Tay Our Team

    Timothy Tay

    Social Finance

  • Pauline-Tan Our Team

    Pauline Tan

    Research

  • Mohamad-Saddiqi Our Team

    Mohamad Saddiqi

    Community & Advisory

  • Ho-Yen-Yee Our Team

    Ho Yen Yee

    Capacity Building

  • Nuratiqah-Halim Our Team

    Nuratiqah Halim

    Public & Sector Engagement

  • Banupriya Our Team

    Banupriya

    Finance & HR

  • falihah Our Team

    Falihah Anisah

    Strategy & Research and Special Projects

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Alfie Othman

Chief Executive Officer

“Social entrepreneurs are mavericks. But nothing great is achieved without a touch of madness.”

Alfie Othman heads the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE.

Alfie has had a successful banking career of over twelve years in the banking sector. Alongside his private sector work, Alfie has devoted significant time to the public sector and civil society. He founded his own social enterprise and has served as advisor and mentor to many social enterprises in Singapore and in the region.

Before raiSE, Alfie was the Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Association.

Alfie is recognised as a Social Enterprise practitioner within Singapore. Since 2016, Alfie has been appointed as a Fellow at SUSS, providing advice on the emerging Fin Tech phenomenon.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/alfie-othman-36b1a06

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Chloe Huang

Deputy Director

“I believe in the power of business to do good. Social entrepreneurs have what it takes to change our world for the better, for our next generation.”

Chloe Huang oversees corporate functions and strategy development at raiSE, contributing towards broad-level planning of the organisation’s work so as to develop raiSE and its initiatives to develop social enterprises.

Chloe spent a large part of her career with government agencies – MSF and EDB, being involved in developing disability and elderly policies and programmes, working with international non-profit organisations as well as local social enterprises and non-profits. She was also involved in spearheading the growth of philanthropy in Singapore, developing the silver-haired industry and structuring early intervention programmes and subsidies for children with special needs. Her work and volunteer experiences allow her to better appreciate the challenges and issues faced in the social sector as well as by businesses.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-huang-yuanqin/

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Seow Hui Hong

Head, Programmes & Partnership

“I believe the spirit of social enterprise is the future of enterprises. I am excited to work towards this vision for a purpose driven economy with people who inspire me every day!”

Seow Hui Hong currently oversees Programmes & Partnerships at raiSE, with a keen focus on capacity building and talent development for the social enterprise sector.

Hui Hong’s avid passion for innovation and social impact had led her to a variety of work experiences across sectors. Prior to joining the public service, Hui Hong was actively involved in youth community initiatives and digital media related start-ups. Following her work in reviewing and developing disability policy initiatives in the Ministry of Social and Family Development, she was part of the pioneering team in setting up SG Enable as an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities and their families. In SG Enable, she had led the strategic innovation in developing cross-sector initiatives and new programmes, working with a variety of stakeholders including charities, corporations, research institutions, social enterprises and individual innovators.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/seow-hui-hong-719a7b111

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Casper Ng

Head, Social Finance

“I am opportunistic about turning possibilities into realities, and the SE ecosystem presents exactly the platform to make this happen.”

Casper Ng oversees the evaluation of grants and investments that support the growth of sustainable social enterprises addressing social gaps in Singapore.

Prior to joining raiSE, he was Senior Assistant Director at the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), where he pioneered Pumpkin Lab and led a team in design-led Innovation to bring about human-centred, viable, sustainable and scalable solutions to the social service sector.

Casper’s professional experience spans across the public, private and, more recently, the people sectors. In the Ministry of Transport, Casper’s key roles were in policy, international relations and organisational excellence. Before joining the social sector, he was the Executive Director in THR 454 Investment Pte Ltd where he managed a number of portfolios, ranging from start-ups, mature companies and properties.

In his personal capacity, Casper serves as the Honorary Treasurer on the Board of a charity/society.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/casperng

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David Woo

Assistant Head, Finance

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” - Eleanor Roosevelt.”

David Woo was seconded from MSF to oversee the finance and budget functions of the company. Prior to joining raiSE, David has been working with MSF over 8 years starting his career with the Resource Management Team where he was responsible in ensuring the timely reporting of the Ministry’s Financial Reports to the Accountant General’s Department as well as overseeing the management of several donated funds received by MSF.

He was also the key member of the Financial Operations Team where he has been managing various financial operations conscientiously, ensuring that they are timely and properly performed so that the Ministry functions effectively every day. David has also played an important role in helping to roll out the imprest fund for the Interim Assistance Fund to help the needy.

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Serene Tay

Community & Advisory

“Harnessing the best of humanity by creating opportunities for growth, innovation, collaboration to achieve greater good while building sustainable businesses.”

Serene Tay leads the Community and Advisory team, overseeing business advisory, community development, peer learning and collaboration.

Prior to joining raiSE, Serene spent ten years working with businesses to achieve profitable growth, create social value, and build their capabilities by providing strategic consultation on strategy and organisation transformation, corporate planning and development, strategic marketing, regional development, operational improvement and capacity development. Serene is familiar with social issues through her volunteering work with vulnerable women, children and youths, with a focus on learning and skills development.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/serenetay

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Jasmine Paul

Marketing and Communication

“The SE conversation is growing and getting more exciting every day. I am glad to be a part of it.”

Jasmine Paul manages the Media and Communications for raiSE.

Before joining raiSE, Jasmine had over four years of experience in leading and managing the PR, communications and marketing for national public education campaigns and programmes at MSF. She has planned and implemented long-running family education initiatives and policies such as the successful Dads for Life movement, the National Family Celebrations and Family Matters.

Jasmine takes a keen interest in the role of media and communications in shaping the acceptance and retention of public messaging.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/jasmine-paul-8557ab10b

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Amy Lim

Public & Sector Engagement

“I believe that when people start working together towards a common vision, great results can be achieved."

Amy Lim currently oversees public and sector engagement at raiSE, including raiSE’s public education campaign and stakeholder engagement efforts.

Amy was part of the pioneering team to join the Social Enterprise Association in 2009, with a vision to contribute to the social enterprise sector in a meaningful and useful way. Amy established SEA’s membership program and recruited more than 500 members since its establishment.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/amy-lim-63236440

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Mark Sayer

Social Finance

“Facilitating the growth of raiSE’s investment portfolio enables inspiring social entrepreneurs to achieve their social missions in a financially sustainable manner.”

Mark Sayer draws from his extensive experience and background in the social sector to help manage and grow raiSE’s investment portfolio.

Mark has over two decades of international investment banking and private equity experience. In recent years, he has provided advisory and investment services to many social entrepreneurs as well as managing a family office’s social enterprise direct investment portfolio. His understanding of both the social and economic drivers of social enterprises enables him to appreciate their challenges and work with them within the raiSE portfolio management structure to assist in their growth.

Mark is a board member of various social enterprises and charitable organisations, including Halogen Foundation, a Singaporean IPC charity. Mark is also an active member of Toniic, a global community of impact investors.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/mark-sayer-59902228

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Nicole Pauh

Social Finance

“I hope to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit locally through encouraging creative, sustainable business ideas.”

Nicole Puah leverages on her business acumen and understanding of legal and governance frameworks to manage grant cases at raiSE, supporting their long-term development and sustainability.

Nicole has a wide range of experience from managing product launches to successfully winning, managing and renewing client accounts. Nicole’s previous roles include business commercial analysis, legal and governance compliance in the corporate sector, experiences which she leverages upon when evaluating a social enterprise’s business viability.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/nicole-pauh-bee-teng-56a92478

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Mohamed Fairuz

Social Finance

“I am excited to be part of the team developing an emerging sector by supporting the growth of sustainable social enterprises to maximise social outcomes.”

Mohamed Fairuz is part of the Social Finance team at raiSE, to evaluate and support grant cases.

Fairuz has 11 years of accounting and finance experience in the local social service sector. He has worked closely with local Volunteer Welfare Organisations as well as directly with beneficiaries for various social enterprise projects, focussing on youths at risk and ex-offenders. In his previous position, he helped lead his organisation from an accumulated surplus of $2mil to $10mil in just 10 years. His professional background, coupled with his passion for the social sector, also prompted Fairuz to lead a number of fundraising events.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/fairuz-fadiah-4a3b93116

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Erwin Chan

Capacity Building

"What makes an Entrepreneur rich? Risk taking, Innovation, Can-Do Attitude and always asking themselves - How do I add value to society?"

Erwin Chan designs innovation and entrepreneurial capacity building programmes at raiSE that activates the Social Entrepreneur’s Head, Heart & Hands for transformation.

>Erwin has a PhD in biomedical research and is interested in seeing systemic transformations in healthcare. During his post-graduate days, Erwin led medical and dental teams to Cambodia and facilitated social innovation projects in Indonesia and Australia. In 2012, Erwin co-founded a medical device startup that focused on developing solutions for chronic pain management. After failing, he became interested in understanding how the entrepreneurial experience can enrich the personal leadership journey. Erwin was part of the team that won first place at the MITx Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in 2016. He is a Certified Instructor for “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” for new venture creation. Erwin has taught in universities & polytechnics including Bioentrepreneurship at NTU. He also volunteers as a mentor in developing children & youths holistically.

Linkedin Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/erwinchan

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Farrell Tan

Social Finance

“Being part of such a dynamic team and sector is indeed exciting!”

Farrell Tan is part of the investments team which looks at providing impact financing to social enterprises.

He has spent some years learning the ropes in investments in the public and private sector, by evaluating growth-stage companies across a wide range of sectors for investment, conducting due diligence, deal structuring and execution, and was also involved in post-investment management activities to accelerate the growth of investees. He now spends his time at raiSE evaluating, structuring and executing investments into social enterprises, in ways that would allow them to grow financially and contribute to social impact in an ever increasing manner.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/farrell-tan-29376448/

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Chrystal Yeong

Special Projects – Heartgifts

“I believe in the power of the social enterprise movement – not just within the sector – but one that anyone and everyone can be a part of.”

Chrystal Yeong leads Heartgifts, a self-sustaining social enterprise initiative within raiSE. Heartgifts aims to showcase the talents of disadvantaged beneficiaries by designing, packaging and marketing their products for sale to organisations and the public.

In her previous role, Chrystal managed Media and Communications for raiSE.

Chrystal started her career in the fine arts industry before moving to an international management consultancy firm where she specialised in brand consultancy. Her diverse interest and exposure in a broad spectrum of disciplines – from research to brand strategy, copywriting to graphic design, gives her a unique perspective and has helped many clients transform their brands.

 LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/chrystalyeong

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Timothy Tay

Social Finance

“I hope to help cultivate a society of entrepreneurs that possess the tenacity to achieve social impact through a sustainable business enterprise.”

Timothy Tay taps into his past experiences, working in both the financial services and social services, to evaluate and manage grant cases at raiSE.

Timothy’s previous experience in the financial services sector helps him assess social enterprises on their business viability and sustainability. His experience working in a Voluntary Welfare Organisation that helps to reach out to the marginalised both within Singapore and the ASEAN region, also provides him the ability to relate to various social causes.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-tay-1a679797

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Pauline Tan

Research

“I hope to create positive impact for the society with a team of similarly passionate people.”

Pauline Tan manages raiSE’s research objectives, assessing and evaluating market trends as well as identifying areas for improvement and programme interventions to develop the social enterprise ecosystem.

Pauline’s wealth of experience as a researcher with Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy, National University of Singapore as well as her own experiences being a social entrepreneur and working with charities have provided her both macro-level and first-hand experiences with the SE ecosystem in Singapore. Pauline has published numerous papers on social enterprises and philanthropy and is a founder of Soristic, a consultancy for social changes. In her previous career in finance, Pauline was a specialist for the emerging and frontier markets for seven years where she was involved in developing the top down asset allocation model.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/pauline-tan-38793049

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Mohamad Saddiqi

Community & Advisory

“Social Enterprises offer an inspiring future – a more socially-responsible economy. I am excited to make this dream a reality!”

Mohamad Saddiqi engages with social enterprises across diverse industries and social impact areas, helping them to navigate the dynamic social enterprise landscape. He is part of the Community & Advisory Team, providing advice to SEs in their business model and help towards creating meaningful social impact.

His career experience spans across a variety of areas such as corporate communications, media relations, stakeholder engagement, managing a youth grant fund, membership administration and events management – all of which prove invaluable in his current role of assisting SEs step up to their myriad of challenges.

Saddiqi also serves as a grassroots leader and is a toastmaster member, where he has taken on mentoring roles and spearheaded initiatives aimed at uplifting the community.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/mohamad-saddiqi-80911955

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Ho Yen Yee

Capacity Building

“Having received much support during my social entrepreneurship journey from many dedicated and inspiring people, I hope to do the same for aspiring social entrepreneurs.”

Ho Yen Yee manages Capacity Building programmes in raiSE to develop capabilities in aspiring social entrepreneurs and build the talent pipeline for the social enterprise sector through engagement with youths.

Yen Yee was a winner of the Singapore International Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneurs programme in 2012. She co-founded a social enterprise - IMPad - to provide low-cost and biodegradable sanitary pads for women in rural India. Her previous internship at the World Toilet Organization and voluntary work with various non-profit organisations over the past 10 years gave her a good understanding of the social issues in Singapore and developing countries, and also strengthened her desire to help the less privileged.

Prior to joining raiSE, Yen Yee was part of the business development team of a start-up in the digital marketing field. She also worked as a Producer in the media and broadcasting industry, where she was exposed to diverse business industries, people and cultures. With her experience in startups and the social sector, she wants to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in creating sustainable solutions to address social needs.

Linkedin Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/hoyenyee

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Nuratiqah Halim

Public & Sector Engagement

“With my passion for the sector, raiSE brings out a burning desire to do good and support the sector in any way I can.”

Nuratiqah Halim supports the Public & Sector Engagement team. She also does outreach activities to raise awareness for the social enterprise sector.

After being immersed the social sector during her five-year stint at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Atiqah understands the challenges of beneficiaries, from looking for employment to being accepted by the community. Her belief that social entrepreneurs can address these issues in a sustainable manner through their business models spur her on in her projects at raiSE.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nuratiqah-halim-351579a8

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Banupriya

Finance & HR

“What I love about this sector is the unique combination of thinking like an entrepreneur, with the passions of a social change maker!”

Banupriya supports the Finance and HR team at Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), through the management of raiSE’s budget and ensuring adherence to best practices and protocols.

Having worked in a Human Resources Team for four years, Priya brings with her the experience and knowledge in empowering individuals to effectively contribute to an organisation. Priya was an active participant in CSR efforts in her previous organisation and hopes to continue contributing towards positive social outcomes through her work at raiSE.

LinkedIn Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/banu-priya

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Falihah Anisah

Strategy & Research and Special Projects

“Addressing social needs deserves a significant amount of inventiveness and resources."

Falihah Anisah is part of the Strategy and Research team. She also supports Special Projects and is personal assistant to the CEO of raiSE.

Prior to raiSE, Falihah worked on social and environmental research with NGOs and public education institutions. She geared towards impact investing after her research project with World Wildlife Fund developed the groundwork for Singapore Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil. She has also done applied research to support impact enterprises in Singapore and around Southeast Asia through impact assessments and SROI. She takes a keen interest in developing and internationalising social enterprises across Southeast Asia.

Linkedin Profile: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/falihah-anisah