One ACS Speaker Series

ONE ACS Speaker Series

ONE ACS Speaker Series

On March 23, 2023, the ACS OBA organised The ONE ACS Speaker Series, featuring a virtual Fire Side Chat on Entrepreneurship with two successful entrepreneurs, Frederick Yap and Karl Mak.

Frederick Yap, a serial entrepreneur with experience in fashion, retail, and food & beverage, is currently manufacturing textiles and apparel for leading fashion brands across Asia. Karl Mak is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hepmil Media Group, a Digital Media startup that owns and operates brands such as SGAG, MGAG, PGAG, Hepmil Creators’ Network, Hepmil Indonesia & Bent Pixels Asia.

The event was attended by ACSians, including aspiring entrepreneurs and those interested in learning about the experiences of these successful entrepreneurs. The discussion was moderated by Old Boys Andrew Kam and Ryan Jacob, who asked thought-provoking questions that prompted Yap and Mak to share their experiences and insights on entrepreneurship.

During the discussion, Yap and Mak shared their experiences and highlighted the challenges they faced along the way, including the personal and emotional toll of entrepreneurship. They also emphasised the importance of personal growth, resilience, team building, customer focus, adaptability, and staying up-to-date with emerging technologies.

Yap and Mak stressed the significance of having a clear purpose and vision for the business, building a strong culture and values, and being willing to pivot and adapt to changing market conditions. They also discussed the role of scalability and funding in evaluating new business ideas and the need to plan for succession in the long term.

Overall, the ACS OBA Fire Side Chat on Entrepreneurship was a great success, providing valuable insights and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. The ACS OBA looks forward to organising more of these sessions in the future.

Previous sessions

An ACSian doctor’s perspective – ageing, pandemics and disruptions in a tumultuous time of change

Thursday 26 August 2021

6:30pm to 8:15pm
Come join us for a Q&A session with the Chairman of the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V), Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, former Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, and current Senior Advisor to the Director of Medical Services, MOH, and Senior Vice-President (Health Education and Resources), NUS.

Thursday 27th May 2021


Growing Your Legacy

Protect yourself and your family’s best interests with foresight and astute decision-making. Join Lee Chiwi (ACS ’77/ ACJC ’79) CEO, Precepts Groups International Pte Ltd and Lai Yew Fei (ACS ’88), Partner, Rajah and Tann Singapore LLP to learn about estate and succession planning solutions for wealth distribution, wealth succession, estate administration for families and businesses. wealth succession, estate administration for families and businesses.

1) ONE ACS Speaker Series session: “Thinking Outside the Box but Looking Inside the Screen- A Virtual Presentation Skills Seminar”

Do catch Colin Goh (ACS ‘86; ACJC ‘88) sharing about his latest virtual offering – DIM SUM WARRIORS (, and Serene Chen (ACJC ‘92) and bi-lingual presenter Jacqueline Chow (ACJC ‘97) ( share tips on how to communicate effectively in this virtual space.

You can view the video on the ACSOBA Youtube channel:

Thursday 14th January 2021

6:00pm To 8:00pm

Attracting Capital & Investors: This seminar will introduce you to different options for businesses seeking capital for growth, and how to decide the option best suited for your business. A great resource for business owners! Learn more about these alternatives from the capital markets, private equity firms and banks from:

Chew Sutat (ACS ’88), Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Sales and Origination, SGX
Dr Ho Choon Hou (ACS ’88; ACJC ’90), Managing Director, Southern Capital Group, and
Shee Tse Koon (ACS ’86; ACJC ’88), Group Executive and Country Head, DBS Singapore

For those who missed the seminar, you can catch the recording at this link.

Thursday 18th March 2021

6:30pm To 8:00pm

Discuss trends and changes in organisational growth, leadership strategy and business expansion in a global pandemic. How can companies innovate towards impacting social change and improvement? What impact has Covid-19 had on how leaders think about their vision and management styles?

Tanu Chellam (ACS (I) 2009) Managing Director, Rosetta Digital, Sarah Kim (ACJC 2008) Co-Founder,

Culture n Strategy,
Olivia Siong (ACJC 2006) Beijing Correspondent, Channel News Asia