Charlie Ang
Charlie AngFounding President

“The past is owned by those who know. The present is controlled by those who think. The future belongs to those who can imagine.”

Charlie Ang is a venture investor, business futurist and innovation evangelist who is deeply passionate about future trends, strategic innovation and disruptive technologies. 

He is the Founding President of The Innovators Institute, Co-founder of The Innovators Network, Co-founder of The IdeasCollider!, and Partner and Head for Singapore at KIATT (a deep technology and commercial science global venture capital firm). Charlie is also serving as the Partnership Director of SingularityU Global (Singapore Chapter), which is the worldwide alumni network of Singularity University.

He was formerly the Chief Innovation Officer at First Media Group, a regional communications, design and educational group based in Singapore. As an entrepreneur, Charlie co-founded several start-ups, including a high tech venture that raised $ 5 million capital and grew to 80 staff. He has had a rewarding corporate stint; as the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) of First Media Group and former regional Vice President of one of the largest environmental companies in Asia. Charlie was previously a trade and commercial diplomat with the Singapore government, having diplomatic stints in Indonesia and the Philippines.

He received his MBA from the NUS Business School and BSc (First Class) Honours in Computer Science from University of Manchester, UK. Charlie completed futures and innovation executive programmes at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Stanford University.

His professional agenda is to help executives, engineers and entrepreneurs in Singapore adopt an Innovator mindset and win in the Innovation Economy. He writes and speaks regularly on strategic futures and innovation. He has been featured in The Straits Times, The Business Times, Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorp Channel 5, Financial Times, Singapore Business Review, TODAY Paper, 938 LIVE FM, The SME Magazine, e27, Yahoo! Singapore, and WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education).

Ong Gin Keat
Ong Gin KeatExecutive Director

“The worst effects of climate change can be averted. But first, we need large scale innovations in clean technologies, global governance, national economies, supply chains and consumer behaviours. There is no greater challenge and more noble endeavour for humanity today than to ensure we do not cross the point of no return.”

Ong Gin Keat is an accomplished  innovator and pioneer in the green economy. He was formerly the General Manager of two SGX mainboard-listed companies.

His innovation track records span various environmental sectors, including climate change, renewable energy, resource recycling, water treatment, and waste management. His firsts include: registering and implementing Singapore’s first UNFCCC-approved CDM project and sale of carbon credits (ERPA), setting up Singapore’s first aerobic thermophilic composting plant and pioneering vertical wind mills in South East Asia.

Gin Keat is highly motivated to nurture the next generation of innovators who can invent new solutions to alleviate the effects of climate change.