New Year Special: A Throwback to 8 LadyBosses

2017 is coming to an end as we welcome 2018, here are 8 LadyBosses that you might have missed this year!

From entertainment, fashion, luxury travel, real estate and many more…

Who?  Khun Moo, Co-Owner and Managing Director of The Slate Hotel

As the daughter of legendary hotelier Wichit na Ranong, who is known as Phuket’s ‘Father of Tourism’, Khun Moo was born into a family of discerning hospitality professionals. As a result, she developed a passion for the industry at a young age, which inspired her to study hotel management at École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. She then furthered her experience in luxury hospitality with a stint at the InterContinental hotel in Paris and Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok, before forming a partnership with her father to run The Slate in Phuket.

Khun Moo shared more about her experience in hospitality, travel and style as well as her personal tips for juggling business and family with LadyBoss.

I truly believe that you can never be complacent in the hospitality industry. As much as you may love your product and brand, you need to always believe you can be doing better to enhance the guest experience.

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Who? Khai Lun Chua, Co-Founder & CFO of Fundnel

Started out her career in banking and private investments with firms such as J.P. Morgan, Citibank, and CIMB-GK Securities, Khai Lin Chua saw the opportunity to tackle private investments in Singapore and she aims to push for change in the very rigid private investment industry.

LadyBoss spoke to Khai Lin on Fundnel and she shared some insights for to build a successful company.

At Fundnel, we actively work to engage these businesses that are often overlooked by institutional investors in the traditional listing process. Our platform matches businesses who would never otherwise raise funds from a pool of investors together with investors who would never have otherwise invested in equity.

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Who? Priya Dewan, Founder of Gig Life Asia

Meet Priya Dewan, the founder of Gig Life Asia, the third culture kid (born in Manila, and grew up in Singapore/U.S.). She represents a new generation of entrepreneurs who specialize in an untapped creative niche here in Asia!

Having worked in New York for several years at Warp Records, eventually as Label Manager for North America, with artists like Grizzly Bear, Flying Lotus, Battles, and many other prominent independent artists.

LadyBoss caught up with Priya on her vision for the music industry.

We offer information about most of the big concerts and festivals across Asia, with insider information about the best places to eat, drink, shop and visit while you are in the city for the show and to help plan you’re trip.

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Who? Jenn Low, Founder of Wanderlust + CO 

Worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, Kourney Kardashian and more, Wanderlust + Co is a jewellery label that delivers luxe, designer pieces at an affordable price point for today’s global digital girl.

Founder Jenn Low, was inspired to create Wanderlust + Co after identifying a gap in the market for mid-priced, luxe designer looking jewellery pieces.

Armed with an Accounting and Communications education background and couple of years of Australian-based fashion merchandising experience, she launched the brand in 2010 and never looked back.

Jenn leads an all-female team including design and operations from the brand’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, with a global vision and positioning in a busy fashion e-tail world.

We are currently stocked in more than 400 stores globally, with approximately 70% of the business we do, from the US.

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Who? Ifeoma Ubby, Founder of Oliveankara

Ifeoma Ubby (you can call her Ify), the founder of OliveAnkara, wasn’t born an aspiring designer. Born and raised in Italy, she grew in love with African fabric that catapulted her entrepreneurship journey. As a teenager she would almost always step out with an African skirt or a head wrap, often both.

OliveAnkara hopes to inspire you to take on the world with their bold traditional African motifs paying homage to your individuality and unique style, ultimately embracing confidence. From head wraps to jumpsuits, the pieces are designed suitable for any occasion.

Melissa Lim of LadyBoss spoke to the African-Italian scientist Ify behind OliveAnkara.

When I moved to Singapore 4 years ago I realised that there wasn’t a place where I could by African print clothes, and then I thought I should start created them

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Who? Angela Loh, Founder and CEO of Jeweluxe

As creator of the iconic Singapore JewelFest, Singapore’s most prominent and perhaps even Asia’s most luxurious jewellery exhibition, Angela has mastered the intricacies of producing a compelling multi-million dollar showcase. An Honours graduate from the National University of Singapore and a member of the Chinese Women’s Association, Angela applies precision and a strategic approach in planning and executing conceptual events of value proposition to shoppers.

LadyBoss spoke to Angela on her JeweLuxe journey and what you can expect at the upcoming event!

I am also fortunate to have met many inspiring women designers and jewellers that have motivated me in my personal journey in entrepreneurship through their passion and dedication to their craft.

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Who? Angjolie Mei, Founder and  MD of The Life Celebrant

As life celebrants, they strive to celebrate and commemorate how you lived and leave your life, by providing customised and meaningful funeral planning and preplanning services for individuals and families, and to do so with thoughtfulness, integrity and compassion.

The Life Celebrant started in 2010 and since grown to become an industry leader in providing bereavement services in Singapore. But the road to success for Angjolie was challenging, she had to learn the basics behind of the funeral industry after the passing of her father. LadyBoss caught up with Angjolie Mei of The Life Celebrant!

I had to learn everything from scratch, I will shadow the funeral team in everything they did, going to the mortuary to claim the deceased’s bodies, even in the middle of the night, observing embalming process, carrying caskets and so forth.

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Who? Rhonda Wong, Co-Founder and CEO of OhMyHome

Rhonda Wong is the co-founder of Ohmyhome and serves as the Chief Executive Officer since its founding in 2015. Rhonda’s know-how in the real estate sector brought to light the various issues home seekers face.

Responsible for the overall management of the startup, Rhonda sets the culture of Ohmyhome revolving around empowering the HDB community to take care of their housing decisions by offering an honest, easy and free platform for HDB leases and resale transaction. Hence, she believes that a love for the local community is key to being part of the Ohmyhome team.

LadyBoss spoke to Rhonda, talking about the challenges she faced and her business philosophy.

They (users) also didn’t believe that if they wanted an agent to serve them, we only charge a flat fee of $2,888. Because we are a first in our industry, it took us some time to convince and educate people that we are here to help make lives simpler

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Shikin Hamid is Staff Writer for LadyBoss and a digital marketing executive for a fast-growing training company in Singapore. She studied Psychology and Human Resource and had stints in humanitarian, marine and automotive companies. In her spare time, you can find her whipping up delicious cuisines, swimming and travelling. She aspires to reach out to communities using social media platforms.

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