Jeremy Ong is the co-founder and Head of People Experience Management in Golden Equator Consulting, a digitally focused business consulting firm which helps companies with strategy, transformation and growth. He has been with the company since January 2014.
With strong expertise in the operational and risk management aspects of various industries, Jeremy provides businesses with insights and guidance on building a strong foundation to support growth and expansion plans. He was transferred to Golden Equator Group to reflect the Group-wide scope of his management oversight and responsibilities in line the Group’s commitment and efforts towards scaling for growth.
His current role focuses on group level activities which includes Talent Management, championing the company culture and acting as a Human Resource Strategic Business Partner to the various businesses under Golden Equator Group.
Jeremy started his career at Standard Chartered Bank, later moving on to Merrill Lynch International Bank and Barclays Capital.
Jeremy also sits on the Board of Campore Group. He was responsible for setting up a local team which operates a retail and distribution business in Cambodia. The company owns exclusive distributorship to brands like Victorinox, The North Face, Lojel and Tactical 5.11 and distributes these products in key retail locations all over Phnom Penh and Siam Reap.
Gary Tiernan is Managing Partner at Golden Equator Wealth, where he heads the multi-family office’s team of experienced wealth managers as well as drives its expansion and the growth of its different initiatives.
A seasoned international private wealth leader, he joined Golden Equator Wealth with more than 30 years of experience in investments, private banking, and independent asset management across London, Geneva, and Singapore. He has also held multiple senior management roles in financial institutions throughout his career and has an extensive leadership track record in building regional and global teams.
Mostly recently, Gary was Head of Investments at Crossinvest Asia where he led investment asset allocation and security selection recommendations for the independent asset manager’s client portfolios. Before that, he was part of the Global Management and Global Investment Committee at Standard Chartered Private Bank where he established and delivered first-tier private banking capabilities for investment advisory, wealth structuring, and sales management, leading global teams in the bank’s major financial centres across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Gary moved to Singapore from Geneva, Switzerland in 2004 with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, where he was Regional Head for Global Investments and Sales for the Asian region, responsible for the end-to-end strategy for investment and wealth planning products across Asia with teams in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Accounting and Financial Management from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, and is a graduate of the IMD Business School’s Program for Executive Development in Switzerland.
Hailing from Ireland, Gary is fluent in both English and French. He delights in cooking for his family and friends, and is an avid sportsman and fitness enthusiast who enjoys playing golf, Pilates, skiing, and hiking.
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.
Managing Partner, Golden Equator Consulting; The Simple Sum
Managing Partner, Golden Equator Consulting; The Simple Sum
Meredith is Managing Partner at Golden Equator Consulting. Heading a team of strategists, analysts and creators, Meredith is responsible for driving the growth of the digitally-focused consulting business.
For more than 20 years, Meredith has worked with industry leaders, cross-market, and cross-disciplinary teams to design and facilitate digital programmes. Prior to joining Golden Equator, Meredith was based in the United Arab Emirates, where she spent 12 years advising global brands throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as Europe and North America. Meredith was previously Co-Founder and Director of Strategy at Bravo Romeo by AJ, an integrated marketing and communications strategy firm focused on smart government, ICT and media sectors as well as consulting start-ups.
Meredith's known to set the agenda within her industry, advance global best practices, and create frameworks which harmonise working processes and break down silos. She is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge of the Webby Awards, and her work has been recognised by the Worldwide Media Cristals, M&M Global Awards, as well as regional Effie and Lynx Awards, amongst others.
Meredith also heads The Simple Sum, a financial literacy and education platform, a business under the Golden Equator Group. In her role, she also leads content-related initiatives across other businesses under the Group including The Legacy Artefact by Golden Equator Wealth.
Meredith is a self-confessed aviation geek. She also loves to explore nature, enjoys dancing, and is your go-to person for podcast recommendations.
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.
Soon Hong brings with him over 20 years of executive and senior management roles under his belt. As a committed lifelong learner and relentless optimist, he believes that the hunger to learn while important, must be complemented with opportunities for individuals and organisations to flourish. As Managing Partner for Learning initiatives across Golden Equator's businesses, he continues to live by this belief to build the Group's learning capabilities while inspiring others to learn alongside him.
Prior to this role, Soon Hong's passion in technology saw him as COO and co-founder of the nugget, a fintech ecosystem that empowers individuals through knowledge and personal financial management tools. Before that, he was co-founder at Kando Group, and General Manager at First Advantage, where he built transformative growth plans and innovated business models that delivered market expansion plans and productivity gains.
Collin currently leads the Group\'s IT capabilities and special projects involving proprietary technology products across the Group from conceptualisation to launch.
Over the past 10 years, the roles he held has equipped him with the experience and skills necessary to lead digital technology focused teams and businesses. He is adept and experienced in the areas of business and team management, digital strategy, technology, experience design, product management, and client and services management.
Before this role, Collin worked closely with the teams in Golden Equator Consulting to deliver consulting projects for regional clients in the areas of digital transformation, regional digital strategy, market expansion, product design, and business data tracking and analytics. Prior to joining the Group, Collin held the position of Project Director at Clickr Media, where he was heading the web technology department.
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.
Asiyah is People Manager, under the People Experience Management team for Golden Equator Group. She brings with her almost three decades of professional experience in Human Resource Management and Administration across various industries.
As a Human Resource Generalist for the Group, she manages Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, and staff welfare activities to optimise the employee experience across all touchpoints. Her passion is in building and strengthening relationships as well as integrating various philosophies of human resource and human capital management in her work.
Whilst at Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific, she was responsible for overseeing the HR and Admin departments including employee compensation and benefits, Training and Development and recruitment in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. She has worked in MNCs such as Transocean Sedco Forex, F&N Dairies and RKJI Engineering Construction. Her multi-industry experience includes Public Relations, Manufacturing, Events Management, Oil and Gas, Construction, Finance, and Food and Beverage.
Karen works closely with the CEO to support and assist her in aligning overall organisation goals, and consults with Golden Equator Capital’s portfolio companies on marketing and sales initiatives. With more than a decade in the media industry, she is adept at advising clients on the successful and effective implementation of sponsorships and marketing partnerships.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys her yoga sessions and indulging in an episode or two of the latest adventure or fantasy series on netflix.
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).
Suguna Madhavan is a respected global business and brand architect with a successful track record for charting new enterprise across diverse industries. She has over 25 years of strategic new product concept, market development and commercial operational experience spanning early stage start-ups to full commercial businesses.
Suguna is Founder/Director of Firesong Initiatives Pte Ltd, a specialised business and management consultancy she founded in 2005, with a focus on innovation and startup development from incubation to commercial launch and strategic growth. Through Firesong Initiatives and via highly selective mentorship and advisory board roles, Suguna works symbiotically with both individuals/founders as well as companies and has been strategically involved in a number of exceptional new concepts and businesses across different market segments spanning luxury, audio, mobile technology, and the digital space.
Since 2012, Suguna has collaborated with her long-time associate Frank Nuovo of DesignStudioNuovo (DSN), Los Angeles, in the strategic commercial development of a suite of cutting-edge new concepts, including the development of DatZing a mobile locational discovery application. She is currently engaged as Global Strategy Advisor to DSN, a design & concept incubator.
Between 2007 to December 2011, seconded as President, APAC & Middle East and dual-hatting as Global Chief Marketing Officer, Suguna played an instrumental role from inception in Steinway Lyngdorf, an innovative audio start-up which launched the world’s first fully digital luxury sound system. In parallel, in 2009, she was Asian Ambassador and Global Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed company Faberge Services Ltd, which expanded the revered Faberge heritage into exquisite contemporary jewelry for connoisseurs.
In 1999, as a key member of the global founding team of Vertu, the world’s first luxury mobile phone, she led the initial global brand development towards funding and played a strategic role in the global commercial development. She also spearheaded Vertu’s business operations across the Asia Pacific region from incubation through to full commercial operations until 2003 when she embarked on a sabbatical.
As Regional Director, Communications for Nokia Asia Pacific, she spearheaded the development of teams, processes and programmes across 12 markets from 1996 to 2000, and was credited for being part of the core team that contributed to the development of Nokia into the World’s number one cellular brand in terms of brand equity and market share. Prior to 1996, Suguna held several roles in strategic marketing and business consulting, sales, and the academic sector.
In the last decade, Suguna has been actively involved in charitable initiatives including the support of the arts and community services. She served as Board Director for Singapore Repertory Theatre, a leading English Theatre company, over 2 terms from 2010 to February 2016, has worked with Beautiful People, a volunteer community group that mentors young girls on probation through life-transitions and helps re-integrate them into society. Always one to support a good cause, her fundraising efforts include serving as a committee member for British Theater Playhouse’s 2016 Art for Charity fundraiser, benefiting the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Along the way, she picked up a Bachelor of Arts (National University of Singapore), a post Graduate Diploma in Teaching, a Master of Science, International Marketing (University of Strathclyde, UK), and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Mr Christopher Wilson is Portfolio Mentor and Philanthropy Ambassador at Golden Equator.
As a social entrepreneur, philanthropy advocate, and finance professional with more than 30 years of experience in banking, consulting, asset management, and technology, Mr Wilson is highly
regarded as a thought leader by his industry peers. He has been named one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy and has been honoured with The Peak Magazine Game Changers Philanthropy Award and Tatler’s Annual Philanthropy Award.
Mr Wilson co-founded Water and Healthcare Foundation in 2008, an NGO to improve the lives and conditions of rural communities in Cambodia with a focus on the well-being of women and children. In collaboration with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Mount Alvernia Hospital, the foundation delivers clean water to schools and runs medical training programmes.
Mr Wilson balances his time between running Water and Healthcare Foundation, a technology advisory business (Kai Capital Partners), and an advisory role with Virtuosos (Virtuózok), a Hungary-developed talent programme for children.
Hailing from England, Mr Wilson started the first decade of his career with the British Army serving in Germany, the UK, Belfast, and the Sultanate of Oman. Today a Singapore national, Mr Wilson
has held senior roles in fund management and private banking in Singapore and Hong Kong.