Charlie is a venture investor, business futurist and innovation evangelist who is deeply passionate about future trends, strategic innovation and disruptive technologies.
He is the Founding President of The Innovators Institute, Co-founder of The Innovators Network, Co-founder of The IdeasCollider!, and Partner and Head for Singapore at KIATT (a deep technology and commercial science global venture capital firm). Charlie is also serving as the Partnership Director of SU Global (Singapore Chapter), which is the worldwide alumni network of Singularity University.
As an entrepreneur, Charlie co-founded several start-ups, including a high tech venture that raised $ 5 million capital and grew to 80 staff and made one successful exit to a HR group. He is currently advising a portfolio of exciting technology start-ups, including MoolahSense (Singapore’s first peer-to-peer crowdlending platform), CloudBuy plc (World’s leading B2B cloud marketplace platform).
Charlie was previously a trade diplomat with the Singapore government. He headed the Trade & Commercial Department of the Singapore embassies in Indonesia and Philippines while concurrently serving as the Centre Director of International Enterprise Singapore in these countries. During his five-year stint in the government, he was recognized with several accolades at the civil service, ministry and agency levels, including the Star Service Award, GEMS Prize (Top IES Winner), and Service Excellence Award (Top Winner).
He received his MBA from the NUS Business School and BSc (First Class) Honours in Computer Science from University of Manchester, UK. Charlie completed strategic futures and innovation executive programmes at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Stanford University.
His professional agenda is to help executives, engineers and entrepreneurs in Singapore adopt an Innovator mindset and win in the Innovation Economy. He writes and speaks regularly on strategic futures and innovation.