Prior to joining Edelman, Chin worked at WeR1 Consultants, a leading Asian investor relations consultancy. Chin graduated from Singapore Management University (SMU) with a Bachelor of Business Management degree in Finance and Corporate Communication.
Chin came to Singapore under a full scholarship by the Ministry of Education in Singapore and has won awards for international writing competitions.
As Group Marketing Lead, Vanessa spearheads all marketing and branding initiatives to create meaningful experiences for our stakeholders and uncovers business opportunities for the Group.
Prior to joining Golden Equator, Vanessa spent five years with OCBC Bank starting as a Management Associate and was most recently Marketing AVP for Lifestyle Financing. At OCBC Bank, she sharpened her skills as a marketing professional with an extensive portfolio covering strategy, content, digital, and insight-driven marketing to achieve business targets. Her achievements include organising top-notch industry events while enhancing brand affinity, curating customer engagement events, and developing go-to-market strategies for credit cards.
Vanessa began her career writing and producing corporate and broadcast content for clients such as the Singapore Tourism Board, Merrill Lynch, and Channel NewsAsia.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences majoring in Sociology and graduated with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore.
Jacob started his career as a management consultant at Softbank. He worked for various government and commercial banks in Korea as a corporate strategy and acquisition specialist before joining Korea Investment Holdings, the largest non-banking financial holdings company in Korea. During his 10-year tenure at KIH, he served as CEO of KIARA Advisors Pte. Ltd., the alternative investment arm of KIH based in Singapore, managing multiple hedge funds and a private equity fund covering Asian market.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and a M.B.A. from Booth Business School, University of Chicago. He is a CFA charter holder.
Raymond began his career as an Analyst at Deutsche Bank in Japan, and spent time at notable financial institutions including ING Barings Securities, Standard & Poor’s, and Barclays Capital. He was most recently with Nomura Group, working with various investment and asset management divisions across Japan and Korea on real estate and infrastructure deals.
Raymond likes soccer and was a heavy player of winning eleven and soccer TOTO. After having kids, he couldn’t spend much time. Instead, he is now waiting to play together with his kids in the near future. Raymond is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.
As the International CEO of SPECTRUM, Chris spearheads the technology and business club’s expansion plans in Singapore and internationally. Bringing more than 25 years of regional leadership and management experience, he helps strengthen the company’s overall operations, resources, and financial management, while helping achieve SPECTRUM’s vision of building a globally connected ecosystem of individuals and businesses to collaborate on an unprecedented scale.
Chris joined SPECTRUM with a successful track record in leading high-growth technology startups to regional companies as well as business transformation, expansion, and change management. He also has deep knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and strong experience in the business IT and Telecommunications space.
Prior to joining SPECTRUM, Chris was Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Japan at Condeco. He has also worked with organisations of different sizes and growth stages from startups to MNCs and listed companies that include Intel, Raritan Asia Pacific, LenovoEMC (previously Iomega), just to name a few.
Some of his notable achievements in his career include growing the revenue of a company by 250% with a year-on-year growth averaging 30%, instrumental in expanding their presence in China. He also helped turn around a 10-year loss-making division into a profitable one in two years.
A Commercial Pilots License holder from the Civil Air Training Academy in Newcastle, Australia, Chris first moved from Sydney to Singapore in 1999. He began his career here as head of the Asia Pacific region for Xircom where he successfully managed the integration of all aspects of Xircom’s business with Intel in the region after the acquisition.
As a travel enthusiast, Chris has travelled throughout the region. He also enjoys running and has been an avid participant in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon with participation since early 2000s. He also enjoys road biking in his free time.
Chris graduated from the University of Western Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and has an Executive MBA from Stanford Executive Institute.
另在1997年至2000年间担任新加坡国立大学工程学院的兼职教授。 并在2003年至2013年间为新加坡国立大学主办的商业计划书大赛[email protected]担任评委之一。 2010/2011年度的Executive Global Network会员，并曾主持EGN Young Leaders Network小组。 在Make-A-Wish基金会（援助绝症儿童的慈善机构）担任董事会成员至今，同时担任基督教青年会董事会成员（并曾在该机构主持2010年至2013年的基督教青年会高尔夫慈善赛，以及联合主持2013年至今的教育委员会）。
Olivier Crespin is a Portfolio Mentor at the Golden Equator Group. He is a digital professional with decades of varied business and operational positions in the financial industry across Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America.
Mr. Crespin is the recently appointed CEO of a new fully digital universal bank being established in the UAE by a strong group of shareholders.
From 2014 to mid-2017, Mr. Crespin was the Group Head of Digital Bank at DBS, where he set the strategy for and implemented DBS’s digital banking program. During his tenure in the role, DBS was awarded the World’s Best Digital Bank by finance magazine Euromoney at its annual awards for excellence – this was the first time an Asian Bank won a global award in any of the Euromoney existing categories.
In April 2016, under Mr. Crespin’s leadership, DBS launched Digibank in India, which has since grown its customer base from zero to over 2 million in less than two years.
In the years immediately prior to taking on the Group Head of Digital Bank role at DBS, Mr. Crespin was the Bank’s Chief Data Officer and COO for the Retail and Wealth businesses at DBS, while taking charge of the organisation as Group Head, he also managed the launch of DBS’s Singapore retail and wealth digital platforms.
Mr. Crespin is also the outgoing Chief Fintech Officer at CIMB Bank, which he joined in June 2017, reporting to the CEO, with the remit to build CIMB’s digital banking strategy and capabilities, as well as lead the bank’s fintech engagement and partnerships.
Outside of Mr. Crespin’s day jobs, he has also partnered in a number of entrepreneurial endeavours, including launching in his own capacity of a financial education site (asia.finance), which reached over 30,000 daily viewers within days after its launch.
Prior to joining DBS, Mr. Crespin was Citigroup’s Global Head of Operations for Private Banking. Concurrently, in that global role, he was International Head of Smith Barney’s Operations. During his career, Mr. Crespin has held different business and operational positions across Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America with Citigroup.
Mr. Crespin is well versed in English, French and Spanish and has wide international exposure. He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) in 2016. Mr. Crespin is also on the list of Asian Banker Leading Practitioners.
Mr. Crespin has a Master’s Degree in Law from University of Metz (France).
Barney Ong is a Portfolio Mentor to the Golden Equator Group. A Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council, Barney has more than 40 years of global experience in the Oil & Gas industry, working with major energy companies such as Shell, Schlumberger, TransCanada Pipelines and Qatargas (former RasGas legacy).
Mr. Ong’s in-depth experience revolves around business development, opportunity capture and realisation as well as engineering in the Oil & Gas industry, particularly across the Middle East region.
One of the earliest employees of RasGas in 1997, then a newly established Qatar-based LNG manufacturing company, Mr. Ong played a pivotal role in the setting up of the company, which has since grown to become amongst the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and helium suppliers in the world.
During his time at RasGas, Mr. Ong was instrumental in the design as well as successful commissioning and start-up of the firm’s facilities. These included seven LNG as well as two gas-processing and helium manufacturing plants. The recent LNG Trains are amongst the largest and most modern LNG plants in the world.
Mr. Ong’s illustrious career has seen him successfully lead major contract negotiations and the development of various mega-value projects that have since materialised into highly profitable businesses. He has also been selected to lead or partake in multiple independent project reviews for mega investments in the Middle East region, which involved various investors across varying disciplines.
Until recently, Mr. Ong was responsible for a multi-discipline engineering team covering engineering design support, commissioning and start-up for new facilities that include two large gas-processing plants, a helium manufacturing plant and a waste water purification plant.