Connecting Businesses

We believe that a single action can make a difference in the Singapore community, and that collective action can greatly impact the business world. As a non-profit organization and  through outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.

WHO WE ARE

A Distinct Identity

In an advantaged position of "Been there, Done that", we are a group of individual Singaporean professionals and business people driven by a single goal; to share our work experience in Qatar and help others who are keen to walk the same paths as we did.

Our recommendations and experience sharing sessions are hence lesser of merely theoretical studies but more supported by comprehensive practical experiences and high quality data evaluation collected over the years. 

 

Making A Difference

WHAT WE DO

NETWORKING EVENTS

Outreach Programme

Our goal is to promote business opportunities for Singapore-based
businesses looking to expand to Qatar and help Singapore businesses
in Qatar to expand their outreach. You can hear first-hand insights and gain access to the right resources and connections through us. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

CONSULTATIONS

Finding The Right Partner

As the committee members are made up of professionals in their respective fields with decades of collective experience in the market, we will be able to help you find the right partner for your business. If you already have a name in mind, we could assist in helping to evaluate the strength and reputation of your potential partner.

BUSINESS BASICS

All You Need To Start

Between the group, we have an array of trusted local companies providing supporting functions such as office rentals, law firms, administrations, business registrations, PROs, etc whom we have worked closely over the years. Feel free to check with us for contacts of service providers which you require.

 

"What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed."

Dave Thomas, 
Founder of Wendy’s

 

KEY PEOPLE

JOSEPH ABRAHAM

President

Joseph has been the Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank Qatar LLC  since July 4th 2016 and has extensive banking experience across both developed and emerging markets. Prior to that, he had held positions such as Chief Executive Officer of ANZ Indonesia (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group) based in Jakarta as well as  Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ghana / Executive Director Corporate Banking of Standard Chartered Bank.

SUSANNA TOI

Vice President

Susanna is the General Manager for both Trendz Design Co WLL and Qatar Infrastructure Co WLL, with a company strength of total more than 1800 staffs and huge inventory and equipment/ machinery assets. Concurrently, she is also the Executive Director (Business Development) of Taleb Group of Companies handling various aspects of the business. In Singapore, Susanna had held the position as Chairman for YoungBPW in Singapore Business And Professional Women’s Association (SBPWA) for two consecutive terms.

OH BENG CHIN

Vice President

Beng Chin has years of experience in managing private security services business in Singapore and UAE, and was seconded to set up a new company; M/s Group Security System Certis International – Qatar (GSS Certis) in 2012. As its Managing Director, he developed and expanded GSS Certis’ private security business. Under his leadership, the Company grew from 250 to 3128 employees between October 2012 and 31st December 2017.

ADRIAN TAN

Secretary General

Adrian is seconded to CBM Qatar LLC as the General Manager, appointed to oversee the company’s financial and operations performance and pursuing key opportunities to expand its business in Qatar. Concurrently, he is also a Vice President of CBM Singapore. Prior to joining the CBM Group, he held a diplomatic position as the Second Secretary (Infocomm) in Qatar under Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

DIREN DORAI RAJ

Treasurer

Diren is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). He is the Group CFO of Al Mana Nissan LLC in Qatar. He brings with him extensive financial experience in his prior roles as Group CFO of Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia, General Manager of Audi Singapore and collectively overseas the finance aspects of brands Nissan, Infiniti, Renaults and previously Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. His current role covers fashion brands, food & retail and real estate.

HOWIE LEE

Director for Events

Howie is the Country Director of Gulf Ourooba Trading, a technology company established to bring robotics and green technology, facility-related software applications and oil & gas technology services etc into Qatar. A serial entrepreneur, Howie is also the co-founder of an interactive events company and a technology video-games cafe in Singapore.

PHILOMENA GAN

EXCO MEMBER

Philomena is the Assistant General Manager, Institutional Operations of Commercial Bank Qatar with vast banking experience in both Retail and Wholesale Banking in Qatar and Singapore. She also launched several initiatives in Qatar including the Sadara Wealth Management and Al Wassela Funds. 

ABBY CHAN

Director for Publicity

Abby is the Vice President, Business Development for Qatar Financial Centre, the Qatari Government agency which oversees promoting investment into Qatar. In her role, she sets market strategies and assists companies from Asia Pacific with their international expansion.

LEMOUSHMI DEVI

Director for Events & Publicity

Lemoushmi is a Certified Public Accountant with Qatar National Bank with expertise in the field of restructuring and special credit workouts. Whilst in Singapore, she had led key initiatives for South East Asia largest shipping restructuring with a debt of US$2billion and one of Indonesia’s largest coal miners with debt in excess of US$1billion.

BRIAN THAM

Director for Membership and Strategic Relations

Brian is currently the Small-Medium Business Director at Ooredoo, with end-end responsibility for supporting customer success nationally across Qatar, in particular helping with their digitization strategy in this fast changing world of business.  Prior to joining Ooredoo, Brian was Head of Large Enterprise sales with Vodafone UK.

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