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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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    Gladys Hong

    Manager, Grant Management

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    Glen Lee

    Specialist, Impact Investments

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    Ong Hui Yu

    Lead, 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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    Chan Sze Min

    Lead, Sector Growth

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    Chelsea Kang

    Manager, Sector Growth

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    Sonia Chong

    Manager, Sector Growth

Corporate Services

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    Apple Hay

    Head, Finance

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    Jasmine Lim

    Manager, Finance and Human Resources

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    Koh Wei Shan

    Manager, 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.

Gladys Hong

Manager, Grant Management

“Doing good should come as second nature; the end goal (for me at least) would be when doing good becomes just doing.”

Gladys Hong supports the Venture Building team at raiSE in its evaluation and management of grant cases.

A fervent believer of doing good, Gladys draws from her experience in the youth entrepreneurship scene to help elevate social start-ups that disrupt the traditional idea of a profit-driven business. Deeply passionate about being part of the change she wants to see, Gladys hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the team through her involvement in youth organisations. Key causes she is invested in are the migrant community, mental health and the arts.

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.

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.

Chan Sze Min

Lead, Sector Growth

“Where else can you work that fills your heart and your stomach? Doing good shouldn’t be an afterthought, it should be embedded in your daily life and therefore I chose to work in this sector.”

Chan Sze Min leverages on her business acumen and understanding of social issues to consult and advise social entrepreneurs, corporates and industry partners in their journey to create a sustainable social enterprise eco-system.

Sze Min started her career in the social sector with Community Foundation of Singapore. She helped to set up and manage more than 100 charitable funds and gave out approximately S$ 10million in grants each year. She then joined National Council of Social Service to work closer with the social organisations to bring about human-centric and sustainable solutions. Before joining this sector, Sze Min spent couple of years in the education industry and even started a business in China.  

Chelsea Kang

Manager, Sector Growth

"Social enterprises offer an interesting perspective in advocating for and addressing social needs. Being in this sector, I am excited for the opportunities to empower and enable the growth of social entrepreneurs."

Chelsea Kang supports the Ecosystem Development Team at Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise.

Having a keen interest in addressing unmet social needs in society, Chelsea brings with her a nuanced understanding of social issues through her expertise in the social sciences. She strongly believes in the potential of social enterprises in championing for and alleviating social problems. Chelsea is passionate and dreams big for this sector in its capacity to offer more sustainable solutions in addressing social needs.

Sonia Chong

Manager, Sector Growth

"It's a no-brainer for me to buy from a brand with the most compelling social story. And now, I'm thrilled to be in the heart of the action supporting and proliferating these purpose-driven businesses and making these options more available to everyone."

Sonia Chong supports the Ecosystem Development and Growth Sector at Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise.

Sonia believes that 'we are stronger together than alone', especially when it comes to driving collective actions with like-minded partners. She is in the business of forging strategic partnerships and alliances that draws on the full set of people and organisational strengths to unleash a broader societal impact for the sector.

Sonia spent a good part of her life travelling and observing how other communities initiate and promote equitable and sustainable living, as well as trends in their social enterprises. She believes that our Social Enterprise model will become the leading standard in Asia and beyond. She is passionate about inclusive hiring, ethical consumerism, and the environment.

Apple Hay

Head, Finance

“Yes, listening is more important than speaking. But the key is to listen with understanding and empathy, especially in the social sector.”

Apple Hay was seconded from MSF to oversee the finance and budget functions of raiSE. Her professional experience in external audit coupled with a decade in the Public Sector had built her an excellent foundation in managing financial operations conscientiously. Her fun-loving personality and approachable demeanour allowed her to develop good working relationships in her management of various finance portfolios over the years.

With Apple’s strong accounting knowledge and problem-solving skills, her key roles in MSF included managing and maximising the utility of budget and performing deep-dive analysis into the financials. She also ensured timely reporting of management accounts and worked closely with policy and operation departments by providing insights on financial feasibility of projects.

Jasmine Lim

Manager, Finance and Human Resources

“Working in this sector is indeed rewarding. It’s a sector where you get to work with people of different backgrounds with different life stories coming together for a common value, to impact the society.”

Jasmine Lim supports the Finance and HR team at Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) 

Prior to raiSE, Jasmine took up contract jobs in different industries during the school holidays to finance her tertiary education. Upon graduation, she worked as an external auditor.

Jasmine has a heart for the community and holds a strong belief in giving back to society.  

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.