ConnectOne is an executive search and training platform that partners high growth technology and innovative companies by developing management teams to fuel their expansion. We curate a regional community of highly-motivated and self-driven professionals who are both passively or actively looking for their next opportunity. We engage them in career conversations so that they are able to discover what motivates them, what they are passionate about, and what they can work on to unlock their full potential.

Meet Our Team

Communicating is easy, Connecting is the difference.
— Adapted from an original quote by John Maxwell, Leadership Coach
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Elena Chow

Partner

With more than a decade of experience in P&G, a “promote from within” organization, Elena always had a flair for identifying talent and grooming leaders. Inspired by talented individuals that she meets while curating the community - leaders who exhibit a blend of courage, resilience and daring-to-dream – she plays a critical role in helping employers see the great potential of these individuals. 

 

Fiona Hee

Partner

An experienced Technology Marketing & PR professional with over 15 years in Tech & Media MNCs, helping high-growth tech companies look for talent comes naturally for Fiona. She was one of the pioneer hires of Citrix Systems in Asia, a startup company that has became a technology powerhouse. Understanding the needs of fledging companies with huge potential is something that she has personal experience and interest in. Apart from meeting interesting and talented people everyday, Fiona tries to find the time to do some yoga.

 

Pamela Tan

Senior Talent Consultant

Pamela has over 7 years of experience in P&G, where hosting career talks and hiring was almost a daily affair during her days as business lead in SK-II. She was also involved in the recruitment and capability development of talents. Upon her return from a career break living in China, she jumped on this opportunity to work in the talent space. It brings her great joy to match talents to their dream jobs, and when companies are empowered to take their business to the next level with the right candidates.

 

Joanna Yeoh

Senior Talent Consultant

Joanna is a Strategic HR and Talent Management practitioner with over 20 years of consulting and corporate HR experience. She thrives on the adrenaline rush that comes from partnering business leaders to build high-performing teams in organisations experiencing hyper-growth and transformation. These organisations include Singapore Post, Shell, Advanced Micro Devices and Resorts World. 

Her clients and colleagues value her strong understanding of complex business environments, and ability to hire exceptional talent while always continuing to develop and nurture existing team members. Always accompanied with lots of energy and a healthy dash of humour. 

Ayla Kremb

Talent Advisor and Career Coach

A true people lover, Ayla is passionate about helping talented professionals find their dream career. As a Certified NLP coach with 7 years of experience in the Singapore startup ecosystem she knows how to guide the next generation of leaders to join companies where they can make the business impact they seek. Her experience across industries, from luxury retail to high tech robotics, taught her how to match a candidate's unique strengths to the right opportunity in verticals they may not have considered. Dedicated to building a strong community of business leaders in Singapore, she has her finger on the startup pulse with a deep network in the regional tech space. With her belief in relentless follow through to make anything possible, Ayla always has an open door for those who are ready to level up.

 

Gene Soo

Talent Consultant (Hong Kong)

Gene is the cofounder of StartupsHK, a pioneer startup ecosystem builder in Hong Kong that started in 2010. He has been instrumental in taking Hong Kong's startup ecosystem to where it is today and have helped many startup founders in the process. As a serial entrepreneur having launched businesses in tech and fashion space and also having worked in startups involved in mobile gaming, social media and smart city, Gene understands the importance of empathy and the struggles faced by startups in hiring. He enjoys working with individuals in the startup space and those looking to get involved in it. Gene believes in finding passion and challenge in every day work while enjoying the startup process.

 

Therese Wales

Principal Consultant (Organization Development)

Therese worked for Procter & Gamble for 24 years in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA & UK, where most of her time was spent in Human Resources, focusing on Recruiting, Training and Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Talent Planning. She has Diploma in Coaching and NLP, as well as a Diploma in Counselling. Therese enjoys working one-on-one with people or teams, and helping them grow and develop to take on roles that challenge them to do better and be stronger as individuals and leaders. She sees everyone she meets and work with as an inspiration, always acknowledging their passion to learn and be better at what they do, no matter how hard it is for them to make changes.

 

Pratiwi Ng

Marketing and Talent Community Manager

Tiwi is a curious digital marketer who is passionate about anything that makes business works. At ConnectOne, she takes care of everything Marketing and manages the Talent Community. Being an avid advocate of constant learning, she always pushes herself to catch up with the digital waves. Other than being the Marketing muscle behind ConnectOne, Tiwi enjoys doing various roles to assist the team whenever needed. She believes that's what startup is all about. Getting your hands dirty and ready to roll. During her free time, she enjoys trekking and doing outdoor activities. 

Hear From Our Community

The best people I have hired are those who reached out directly with a desire to work with us - that passion is priceless!
— Jonathan Lui, founder SohoApp and Airtasker
The Go-to person for start up executive search! Engaged Joanna for Viet team leadership search for Ninjavan. Detailed, structured and excellent on the follow up. Understood our requirements well and provided quality candidates for an extremely tough market like VN. Appreciate the fact that she understands very well how start up functions and adapts her working style to suit our needs and schedule. She’s a pleasure to work with!
— Ronald Wong, Country Head Vietnam, Ninja Van
Elena was very patient and thorough throughout the entire process. She became an ally in the market and made me feel like I truly had someone fighting for me. She opened doors for me that I didn’t realize even existed.
— Bounthay Khammanywong, Thailand Country Manager, Honestbee
I am thankful to Pamela for recommending an exciting role to me and being sincere, supportive, and professional during the whole recruitment process. I was impressed by her deep understanding of the employer’s needs and her questioning techniques in uncovering the candidate’s attributes. The guidance that she and her team provided in pre-interview preparations was definitely helpful for matching the right people with the right company.
— Carrie Leung, COO (SG) & Group Head of Marketing Strategy, DirectAsia Insurance
Elena has been a caring, patient and hard working recruiter not just pre but also post recruitment. She & her team helped us recruit our Head of Marketing in Hong Kong with not just the right skills and experience but more importantly, the right attitude and spirit which we were looking for. We wanted someone bright, results driven and entrepreneurial while being a team player with the right cultural fit. Elena has a special interest in startups and helping them scale. I would highly recommend her to startups, SMEs or MNCS looking for a partner to work with to find their right candidate.
— Pauline Png, CMO, Honestbee
ConnectOne recommended our first hire in Asia and brings a very personable, diligent and effective approach to the recruitment process.
— Jeremy Basset, Head of Unilever Foundry
ConnectOne’s help was critical to the setup of our new IoT lab in Singapore, and proves their strong network and understanding of the tech space.
— Jason Tang, Director Asia Pacific/ Air Purification/ Industrial Air, MANN+HUMMEL
The better you hire, the better you sleep.
— Joel Sng, CEO & Founder, Honestbee
Elena has been really helpful and we were able to find the right person to lead our expansion in SEA in a very short period of time.

— Akiko Naka, CEO & Founder, Wantedly