Mr Mark Yong is the Chairman of Design Development and SingaPlural (anchor event of Singapore Design Week), and Vice President of the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), the official representative body of Singapore’s furniture industry.
Established in 1981, it currently represents 95% of established furniture manufacturers in Singapore, of whom 65% have subsidiary manufacturing plants in the region including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Its primary role is to promote the interests of its members and the Singapore furniture industry.
Guan started his career with West Coast LA agency Kresser/Craig after he graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He returned to his native Singapore and worked with several global companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey Worldwide.
Guan devotes the same passion and energy that goes into his work into mentoring young talents in Asia. He was instrumental in setting up the Singapore Crowbar Awards, AdFest’s Young Lotus, and the Award School Asia, which fosters the nurturing of budding talents in this region.
After over three decades in the corporate world in the Middle East, UK and Asia, in 2008, Kok Chin decided to focus on social entrepreneurship. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Global SEnSE, whose aim is to be an effective catalyst for sustained social entrepreneurship via innovative programmes for youth leadership.
Concurrently, he provides consulting and advisory services on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aligned to corporate strategies. He is an Adjunct lecturer for Social Entrepreneurship at Temasek Polytechnic.
Rajesh is the founder of CSRWorks International, Singapore’s leading sustainability consulting firm. His sustainability strategies have helped clients to win global rankings and awards. His expertise lies in sustainability strategies for competitive advantage.
Rajesh has authored and co-authored three books on sustainability and has published more than a hundred articles in various magazines on global corporate responsibility issues. He is currently a member of UK-based sustainability magazine Ethical Corporation’s editorial advisory board.
Mr William Lau is the founder and Principal of AADI Architects & Planners, Managing Director of Pacific Prince International (PPI), and the current Immediate Past President of SIP. William graduated with Dual Master of Architecture (Distinction) & Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan and BSc (Arch), University of Dundee.
Appointed by Minister of National Development (MND), William is the Planning Appeal Inspector (PAI). He serves as Advisory Committee member of Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Program; Professional Consultative Committee (PCC) & adjunct lecturer of School of Architecture, NUS; Professional Examination Advisor, Board of Architects, and regularly trains Senior Government Officials, Civil Service College International (CSCI).
With 16 years of professional experience in the creative scene, Wee Yen currently helms a local aspiring creative boutique, Three60° Consulting as the Managing Director; ensuring the operational success of the agency for a good twelve years, and counting. She works hard and smart to define and build the four factors of an agency; services, employees, business model and values. Three60° Consulting specializes in online and offline creative strategies for campaigns branding and design works; for just about anything you see printed or on the web.
Earning her Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication while setting up her agency concurrently, Wee Yen believes in living life to the fullest and takes pride in maintaining meaningful relationships as that is what life is all about.