Board of Advisors

The Validus Board of Advisors comprises of recognised industry leaders in the business and finance sectors in Singapore. These leaders offer diverse insights and industry outlook in their area of expertise, providing strategic and ensuring Validus’ continued growth and success.
Richard Hoon
Chairman of the Board of Advisors

CEO of I Search Worldwide, an international C-Suite executive search organization, Richard is also the chairman of the Centre for Fathering – Dads for Life, a charity in Singapore. He is the incoming Chairman of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Gold. Previously, he served as Chairman of YPO in S E Asia & YPO Singapore and was a member of the international board. He was the past President of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization, Singapore where he was also a co-founder.

Hein Swinkels
Board Of Advisors

An expert in Southeast Asia’s consumer goods industry, Hein consults on mergers and acquisitions, strategy and execution to both local and multinational companies in Myanmar. Hein is also FMO (Dutch Development Bank)’s designated Board representative to Early Dawn Microfinance Company in Myanmar since 2015.

Hein previously served as CFO for Unilever Thailand and Unilever Netherlands, and prior to that was CFO of Robin Hood NV in 1999. For five years, Hein served on the Board of the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce, and was also actively involved with a number of NGOs and foundations, including NairoBits and Muscles for Muscles.

Leow Tze Wen
Board Of Advisors

Group Managing Director of Citystate Group Pte Ltd, Tze Wen also serves as the Group COO of Citystate Capital Asia Pte Ltd, an investment company formed in 2009 with the sole purpose of developing a pan-Asian Insurance Group of Companies. Prior to his current stint, he carved his career in investment banking and has worked for OCBC, Merrill Lynch and Guy Carpenter.

Michael Drake
Board Of Advisors

Asia CEO of Cognita Schools Group, one of the world’s leading private schools groups with over 45,000 students in their care. Prior to Michael’s current role, he headed one of the 3 global divisions at TNT Express where he provided leadership to multiple businesses with operations in over 100 countries throughout Asia, Middle East and Africa. He was also a member of the global TNT Management Board.

Dr. Richard Charles Helfer
Board Of Advisors

Chairman of RCH International Pte Ltd and CREO Lifestyle International Pte Ltd, Dr Helfer provides strategic advising to corporations, high net worth family offices and governments. With over 4 decades of professional experience in hospitality and tourism, Dr Helfer is the founding Chairman / CEO of Raffles International and President / CEO of Raffles Holdings, where he grew and public-listed a five star international hotel company, from a single 103-all suite hotel in Singapore to being an international luxury hotel / resort brand, with properties on 5 continents. Dr Helfer, through his companies, is involved in the conceptualisation, strategic /master planning, design, brand development and operations of hotels & resorts / mixed use developments, including implementation of over 160 signature F&B concepts. Dr Helfer is Chairman / Board Director of selected companies, including helming several sustainable social enterprises in education, arts & culture and Giant Panda conservation.