Markus Flamman

Mr. Markus Flamman, who is a Procurement Professional and Partner in Portfolio, is currently with the CIPS Singapore Branch as a Permanent Committee Member. He is also an Advisor at Vu Marcoms, a Public Relations and Marketing consultancy, and Vu Marcoms start-up suite-Olive and Latte ABS, Engagevu and Elab Perspectives Collab. “Markus Flamman, with his previous years of experience within the banking, Oil & Gas and hospitality industries, brings extensive Media, Digital and Procurement expertise for us to grow our start up together with his consultative advice and approach in the digital economy,” says Sharon Vu, Director at Vu Marcoms. Markus is a strategic Procurement Head with 14 years of Procurement, Project, Real-Estate & Facility management expertise in Europe and Asia, and with experience in various industries from Banking and Finance, Oil and Gas, Government trade and relations, and Travel Solutions and Hospitality. Markus has been with companies such as Caltex, RBC and ABN Amro and most recently HRS. Markus graduated with double degrees both in Law & Organizational behaviour. He is focused on Team development, Optimizing cost and competitive strategies, raising efficiency, Process Re-engineering Design & Implementing continuous improvement Initiatives, Governance and Risk Reduction. His expertise includes managing and reducing commercial risk & cost in established as well as (semi-) greenfield environments. Markus has managed teams in various sizes both locally & regionally with a focus on talent management. Being a passionate thought leader, he preaches and trains on modern Procurement concepts, and has been the speaker at several forums and master classes, including but not limited to APAC CPO forum, ACTE, CTF, EGF Asia and ProcureCon.

Joseph Ong

Founder and Managing Director 1-Group, Author of the book r-Entrepreneurship

Joseph Ong, is a graduate of Nanyang Technological University (B. Acc.) and University of Manchester (MBA, First Class Distinction). Before his foray into the world of lifestyle and F&B, Ong began his career in finance 21 years ago in Ernst and Young, KPMG and Arthur Andersen. This culminated in his tenure at Symantec from 2004, where he became the youngest Vice President in 2013 responsible for the company’s Channels and Business Development in Asia Pacific and Japan. It was while he was still in Symantec that he completed his MBA, envisioned and put into action his MBA project – One Rochester Group – an F&B enterprise based on the genesis of his groundbreaking concept “remote-Entrepreneurship.” On completion of his MBA, he obtained a rare overall distinction for his course. He began writing his book, remote-Entrepreneurship in September 2014, to showcase the new and ground-breaking entrepreneurial outlook that developed as his company grew. “Through my own experience of setting up the One Rochester Group, I wanted to demonstrate that a person like me, with no real working knowledge or background of the industry, could achieve success in the business through proper management and planning,” said Ong. “To begin with, my passion was never about food, it was all about people and strategy. The One Rochester Group is a living case study of why r-entrepreneurship and c-leadership works.” Today, the One Rochester Group is one of Singapore’s largest lifestyle dining groups, with many international awards and accolades for its concept, food, service and ambience. It is also renowned for its creative renewal of hackneyed land and buildings, as well as revolutionising the F&B and wedding businesses through its various concept brands: 1-Host, 1-Altitude, 1-Altimate, Stellar and UNA. With his concept of r-Entrepreneurship and c-Leadership firmly in place, Ong continues to run the One Rochester Group, now known as 1-Group, which in turn, continues to evolve in Singapore’s dynamic business landscape. When he manages to take time off work, he is spending quality time with his wife Wendy and their son Jerome.

Tan Chin Kar

Tan Chin Kar is Publisher of Write Editions® and Managing Partner of JMatrix Consulting Pte Ltd, a publishing and communications consultancy incorporated in Singapore. Write Editions® is a registered trademark and an imprint of JMatrix Consulting Private Limited. Prior to his current appointment, Chin Kar has garnered wide ranging experiences in a rich array of communications and management disciplines, spanning over 20 years in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors. From corporate communications, public relations and brand management to community relations, newspaper/magazine and book publishing, he has invariably set new benchmarks and pioneered new works. His multidisciplinary exposure has given him the privilege of working with top government officers, corporate leaders, educationalists, social entrepreneurs and activists, youths and the needy. He has published more than 60 major book titles since the establishment of Write Editions®, covering diverse genres such as economics/business/management, society, health/medical, art, education and autobiographies. His authors include eminent professionals such as leading corporate strategist Dr. Wilson Chew, public figures such as Mr. Chua Chin Kiat and Madam Chua Foo Yong, psychiatrists Professor Kua Ee Heok, Professor Rathi Mahendran and Associate Professor Leslie Lim, gerontologists Dr. Kalyani K. Mehta and Dr. Helen Ko, and award-winning authors Emily Lim and Theresa Tan. He has also published for the Singapore Institute of Directors a major book series – Corporate Governance Guides for Boards in Singapore – and many organisations, including Sport Singapore, Singapore Prison Service, Thye Hua Kwan, the Ministry of Social and Family Development, etc. Chin Kar’s multi-faceted roles have enabled him to work with leading MNCs, government ministries and people from different parts for the world. Separately, as part of his belief in corporate social responsibility (CSR), he sits on on the Advisory Board of the prestigious Wheelock College-Singapore BSc Program in Early Childhood Education Studies and Leadership, and volunteers with nonprofit organisations, providing them with strategic communications advisory. A keen observer of social-economic developments and one with interest in information economics, Chin Kar holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Strathclyde Business School (University of Strathclyde, UK).

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Celeste Tan

Celeste Tan started TrinksSG in 2016, as an online gift store specially for children. Since then, TrinksSG has morphed into a children book store - because Celeste truly believes that books make the best gifts foryoung children. Books are vetted for great content and age appropriateness,"parents-approved", before listing; operations are kept lean, and savings, passed on to fellowparents. Celeste is also passionate about e-Commerce and helping businesses go online.

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