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    Alfie Othman

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Tham Jierong

    Assistant CEO and Head, Venture Building

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    Subashini Balakrishnan

    Head, Ecosystem Development

Venture Building

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    Mohamed Fairuz

    Lead, Grant Management

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    Mark Sayer

    Specialist, Impact Investments

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    Erwin Chan

    Lead, Knowledge Management

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    Marie Garcia

    Manager, Grant Management

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    Glen Lee

    Specialist, Impact Investments

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    Ong Hui Yu

    Lead, Collaborative Financing

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    Hannah Wang

    Manager, Collaborative Financing

Ecosystem Development

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    Serene Tay

    Lead, Capability Development

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    Ho Yen Yee

    Manager, Capability Development

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    Sharon Chew

    Manager, Capability Development

Corporate Services

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    Quek Guan Khim

    Head, Finance

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    Jasmine Lim

    Manager, Finance and Human Resource

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    Mohammad Farihin

    Executive, Finance and Admin

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    Koh Wei Shan

    Manager, Strategic Communications

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    Dinah Qistina

    Executive, Strategic Communications

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.

Tham Jierong

Assistant CEO and Head, Venture Building

“Social issues are multi-faceted. It is therefore important that policy makers (I supposed that’s me) understand the issues on the ground before taking out a quill to write some fanciful paper.”

Tham Jierong oversees the Corporate Services, Venture Building, and policy & development teams in raiSE.

Prior to raiSE, he sold antique books “pillaged” from the libraries of aristocrats to help finance his university education, before spending a decade of his youth with the Ministry of Finance handling various portfolios from economic (fiscal), security, to land and infrastructure.

Subashini Balakrishnan

Head, Ecosystem Development

“It is indeed rewarding to be serving a business community with a double bottom line and I am excited about the opportunity I have been given to articulate their value.”

Subashini oversees the Ecosystem Development team that champions the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders in supporting and nurturing the social entrepreneurial community in Singapore. In raiSE’s endeavor to encourage every enterprise to be a Social Enterprise, the team is at the forefront of welcoming interested Corporates to make Social Enterprises a part of their sustainability journey.

Concurrently, she also heads the Strategic Communications unit that manages the marketing, branding, and public relations efforts to increase the awareness of and raise support for Social Enterprises in Singapore. Prior to joining raiSE in 2017, Subashini has led various teams in the areas of Enterprise Development, Marketing and Communications, and Corporate Development. She has 15 years of exposure in varied industries both in government and the private sector.

Subashini is passionate about the impact that inclusive businesses can have on our communities and takes a personal interest in the narration of their impact through integrated communications. Having managed her own fashion retail business, she has an astute understanding of the trials and tribulations of a local startup founder and is known for her sensibilities and contagious enthusiasm.

Mohamed Fairuz

Lead, Grant Management

“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 Venture Building 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 10 years. His professional background, coupled with his passion for the social sector, also prompted Fairuz to lead a number of fundraising events.

Mark Sayer

Specialist, Impact Investments

“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 also the CFO of AVPN, a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. He is a board member of various social enterprises and charitable organisations, including Halogen Foundation, a Singaporean IPC charity.

Erwin Chan

Lead, Knowledge Management

"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.

Marie Garcia

Manager, Grant Management

“Economic, environmental and social issues are all man-made. A social enterprise is a brilliant paradigm of a good compromise.”

 

Marie supports the Venture Building team and finds excitement in engaging with social enterprise founders and facilitating their fundraising to strengthen their double bottom line. Amazed and inspired by founders and businesses who aspire to do good in society, Marie strongly believes that intentional, collaborative, and committed efforts across the board can alleviate any socio-economic disparity and environmental issues.

In her free time, Marie is an active youth volunteer at the Office for Young People, and on a constant hunt for good dessert places that she rates in 2 decimal places. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Accountancy and a second major in Strategic Management from Singapore Management University.

 

 

Glen Lee

Specialist, Impact Investments

“I look forward to raising the profile of the social enterprise ecosystem and ensuring that social enterprises have the right funding and building blocks in place to scale up.”

Glen has spent some years in the private equity industry and is familiar with the full investment cycle: (i) initial screening, (ii) due diligence and execution, (iii) post-investment portfolio management, and (iv) exit. He hopes to use his skills and knowledge as a force for good to ensure that social enterprises can scale to tackle diverse social and environmental challenges and the sector becomes a close-knit and purpose-driven community.

Glen devotes his time on the ground by both leading and participating in local and overseas community service projects. Glen graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management degree with a finance major from Singapore Management University.

Ong Hui Yu

Lead, Collaborative Financing

“Social and environmental issues are traditionally sidelined, and for a long time society has been operating with a blinkered view of success, which needs urgent revision.”

Ong Hui Yu supports the Venture Building team and finds fulfilment in forging cross-sector collaborations to advance social innovation.

Hui Yu is hugely inspired by businesses that stay committed to their social mission even when the going gets tough. She firmly believes that impact leads to sustained profit and profit helps one make a bigger difference.

She graduated from LSE and spent some years in the foreign service before joining raiSE.

Hannah Wang

Manager, Collaborative Financing

“The solutions proposed to address social gaps are often innovative and exciting, but we need all hands on deck to ensure the sustainability of these solutions and make long-lasting social impacts.“

Hannah supports the Venture Building team at raiSE.

As an advocate of “working for a purpose”, Hannah is deeply inspired by entrepreneurs’ dedication to their social cause. She believes that Social Enterprises play a pivotal role in filling the gaps left in the provision of social services and is motivated to play her part in building up this emerging sector.

Hannah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Economics and Psychology.

 

 

Serene Tay

Lead, Capability Development

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

Serene Tay plays a dual role in Capability Development and SE engagement. She focuses on developing SEs' leadership and enterprise capabilities, implementing initiatives to build a vibrant community and providing advisory to entrepreneurs, C-suite level of corporations and industry partners.

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.

Ho Yen Yee

Manager, Capability Development

“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 curates and facilitates programmes for raiSE and our ecosystem partners to share insights and experiences in the areas of business and social impact, thereby developing capabilities in social enterprises, SMEs, corporates and social service agencies looking to create social impact in a sustainable manner.

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 volunteering experience with various non-profit organisations also gave her a good understanding of the social issues in Singapore and the developing countries, strengthening her desire to help the less privileged.

Prior to joining raiSE, Yen Yee was part of the founding teams of three media and digital solutions start-ups. With her experience in start-ups and the social sector, she wants to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in creating sustainable solutions to address social needs.

Sharon Chew

Manager, Capability Development

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. ― Robby Novak I am excited to be part of the team to empower the aspiring social entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and social missions.”

Sharon builds and enhances the capability development of the social enterprise sector by working closely with the internal stakeholders and external partners through trainings and programmes. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University and has been working in the outreach and engagement sector with a diverse range of partners for the past 7 years.

Being inspired by the passion and persistence of the social entrepreneurs as well as the rising social needs, Sharon hopes to use her knowledge and skills to bring like-minded people together to create sustainable solutions towards a caring and inclusive society.

 

Quek Guan Khim

Head, Finance

“You have to really believe in what you are doing, be passionate enough about it so that you will put in the hard work that it takes to actually succeed, and then you will be successful.”

Guan Khim was seconded from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to oversee the finance and budget functions of raiSE. His professional experience in both the private and public sectors has built him a sound foundation in managing his finance duties conscientiously. His never-say-die attitude and 'look at big picture' mindset have enabled him to take in his stride the various and often, challenging, financial portfolios that he has handled.

With Guan Khim’s strong accounting knowledge and problem-solving skills, his key roles in MSF included managing and maximizing the utilisation of budget while working closely with policy and operation departments to provide value-adding insights on the financial feasibility of their projects.

 

 

Jasmine Lim

Manager, Finance and Human Resource

‘Being in this sector has further deepened my belief that with a strong passion and a positive attitude, every individual of different backgrounds, skillsets and experiences can partner together to build a common purpose.’

Jasmine supports the Finance and Human Resource function at the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE.

Having graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy and a second major in Finance from Singapore Management University, she started her career journey as an external auditor and further decided to venture into the Social Enterprise Sector at raiSE.

She firmly believes in giving back to society and believes in the mindset that for-profit organisations can also incorporate clear social goals to address social gaps and needs to benefit the community.

Mohammad Farihin

Executive, Finance and Admin

‘Working for a raiSE makes me feel good about myself because I understand that I am directly or indirectly contributing to benefit others in a socially responsible way.’

Mohd Farihin supports the Finance and Admin team at raiSE.

Prior to raiSE, he has more than 10 years of experience within the service industry; from handling a fitness club’s operations as a front-of-house manager to ensuring that the needs of premium class passengers as met as a Passenger Relations Officer with SATS. Most importantly, he is passionate to give back to society and is involved in charity events organised by a recreation club he joined in his free time.  

Koh Wei Shan

Manager, Strategic Communications

“Social Enterprises find profitable and sustainable solutions to social problems. That’s exactly what excites me to be part of the sector!”

Koh Wei Shan supports the digital marketing and public relations work at raiSE.

Wei Shan began her journey with raiSE as a volunteer consultant from Ogilvy Singapore, guiding Social Enterprises with her digital marketing expertise at the raiSE MarComms Clinics. As a strong advocate of purpose-driven businesses, she joined the raiSE team to contribute to the sector in a more sustainable and meaningful manner.

Wei Shan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management degree majoring in Marketing and Strategic Management from Singapore Management University.

 

Dinah Qistina

Executive, Strategic Communications

“Social Entrepreneurship has sparked a new sense of belief in which profit alone does not equate to success."

Dinah supports the digital marketing and public relations work at raiSE.

Upon graduating with a Diploma in Social Enterprise Management, she embarks on her career journey with raiSE to fully utilise her digital marketing skills. Dinah hopes to further develop her passion for social impact creation so that she can build a brighter future for the betterment of society.