The ONE ACS Speaker Series - 2023

The ONE ACS Speaker Series returns on Thursday, 21 September 2023!

Many of us who travel will often be asked by friends overseas to buy them a jar of Ya Kun kaya. Have you been asked by an overseas guest to take them to a Ya Kun outlet in Singapore? If the answer is yes, then you probably appreciate your kaya toast and kopi c as much as we do.
But what has gone into the success story of the globally famous Ya Kun brand? How does a staple food business with humble beginnings sustain itself and grow nearly 100 years later?


Speak to Jesher Loi, an ACSian, who as a third generation family business leader is charting the current and future growth of a brand that is synonymous with Singapore in many parts of the world, as he shared about his experience in "Growing a Global Singapore Brand"!

This event will take place on Thursday, 21 September 2023 from 8.00 - 9.30 pm at Ya Kun Fusionopolis (1 Fusionopolis Way, #B1-15, Singapore 138632). Free for ACSOBA members, $5 for other ACSians. Light Ya Kun refreshments will be provided during the talk. To register, click-

Space limited to 50 participants!

Previous sessions:

ONE ACS Speaker Series session on Entrepreneurship was held on Thursday, 23 March 2023. We had a fireside chat with two seasoned and successful ACSian entrepreneurs Frederick Yap and Karl Mak sharing their entrepreneurial journey with us.

Frederick Yap has amassed a wealth of experience in various sectors, starting off in fashion and retail as the entrepreneur behind fashion blogshop, Love, Bonito, before moving on to food and beverage as the lobster expert who started Pince & Pints. Today he specialises in manufacturing textiles to supply the fashion industry and is a strategic advisor to fashion label Our Second Nature.

Karl started a meme page in 2012 at the back of his uni class room with one of his best friends and has since built an entire company and career around it. Today Karl is Co-Founder and CEO at 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 ACSOBA and ORA Virtual Collaboration: Entrepreneurship- Success, Challenges and the Drive for Innovation” was concluded on 5 March 2022. For those who missed the session, you can catch the ecording here:

An ACSian Doctor's Perspective - Ageing, Pandemics and Disruptions in a tumultuous time of change
Thursday 26 August 2021, 6:30pm to 8:15pm

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.


Growing Your Legacy

Thursday 27th May 2021, 6:30pm

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.

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, January 14th, 2021, 6:00- 8pm
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, 18 March 2021, 6:30-8:00pm

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