Singapore’s promising accountants aged 40 and under
Singapore Business Review showcases innovative and industry-leading accountants under the age of 40. They are ranked according to age.
1 Lawrence Chai, 32, 3E Accounting
Throughout his career, Lawrence Chai was progressively involved in the audits of listed and non-listed companies of various industries, as well as in business advisory work including due diligence reviews for both local and overseas companies and special investigation engagements. Lawrence has started his own accounting firm, 3E Accounting Pte. Ltd., in 2011 and 3E Accounting International Network.
2 Chua Soo Rui, 32, CA Trust PAC
Soo Rui is an audit partner at CA Trust PAC. In her 12 years in CA Trust PAC, she has gained valuable experiences and exposures to audit and assurance, taxation, and investigation engagements. She has managed IRAS tax audits and was the co-lead consultant of several Spring Singapore supported business consulting engagements. She is a graduate of Temasek Polytechnic (TP) where she mentors undergraduates by giving career guidance.
3 Charlene Chai, 36, Ardent
Charlene started her professional career 13 years ago in audit and business advisory. She joined Ardent when it was a newly set up firm . Together with the 3 like-minded co-founders, she helped to grow Ardent into a multi-disciplinary, awardwinning practice. Charlene became a partner at age 32 and manages a diversified portfolio of clients. She is a co-lead in the firm’s recruitment and takes a keen interest in the development of young professionals.
4 Serena Yong, 36, Deloitte
Serena, an Audit & Assurance partner based in the Singapore office of Deloitte Southeast Asia, believes strongly in talent development and mentorship. Specialising in servicing clients in the financial services industry, her key clients include some of the world’s largest global financial institutions that have operations in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. In 2017, she mentored two female undergraduates from the Nanyang Business School.
5 Jessica Wahjudi, 36, Hawksford
Jessica is the assistant manager of the Accounting & Tax team in Hawksford Singapore. Jessica’s role involves providing accounting and tax services to clients and providing advice relating to financial reporting and tax matters. She also manages the teams’ accounts allocation/assignments and designate relevant executives to each client.
6 Aylwin How, 37, Deloitte
Aylwin is an Audit & Assurance partner at Deloitte Singapore and Southeast
Asia, specialising in providing assurance and advisory services to financial institutions such as banks, broker and securities dealers, and commodity trading companies, operating in the Southeast Asian region. He holds part-time instructor roles at NTU’S Nanyang Business School and the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
7 Timothy Braun, 37, Grant Thornton
Timothy, an Audit partner at Grant Thornton Singapore, has worked within the Grant Thornton network for over 14 years. He joined the Singapore practice as a US Secondee in 2011 as part of a highly selective international rotation programme, and has been an integral part of building the firm. His clients include both local and multinational companies, specialising in Us-based companies with operations in Singapore and Asia Pacific.
8 Joshua Yan, 38, Deloitte
Joshua oversees all talent matters including hiring, retention and development for the Deloitte Financial Services Industry team in Singapore.
He is an Audit & Assurance partner at Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia specialising in banking and securities in the financial services industry. His key clients include top local and regional companies and financial institutions. He also serves a number of global financial institutions and MNCS with operations in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
9 Yeoh Swee Yen, 38, EY
One of the youngest women to be made a partner at EY, Swee Yen primarily provides audit, regulatory, and accounting advisory services to clients in the Wealth and Asset Management industry. She has worked with EY globally in major financial centers including Singapore,
New York, and Dublin. She also provides mentorship to a number of professional women in accounting and is an advocate for working mothers under the EY Professional Women’s Network.
10 Elis Tan, 39, RSM
Elis is director of Transfer Pricing at RSM, with a notable domestic and international track record. Her experience as the Asia-pacific head of transfer pricing at an MNC, coupled with her tenure at a Big 4 firm in China, and the tax policy division of the Ministry of Finance, allows her to consider transfer pricing issues from multiple perspectives, and give clients practical solutions to effectively manage their transfer pricing obligations in Singapore and overseas. Elis actively supports transfer pricing education, including conducting pro bono courses at the ISCA.