Sin­ga­pore’s promis­ing ac­coun­tants aged 40 and un­der

Singapore Business Review - - ACCOUNTING SURVEY -

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.

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