Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Jose Raymond is a Master of Public Administration graduate from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
A multiple award-winning former journalist with the Straits Times and Mediacorp, he is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer of strategy, communications and content marketing agencies SPIN Worldwide Pte Ltd and SPIN Worldwide Sdn Bhd.
Prior to setting up SW Singapore and Malaysia, he also spent two years in total at global pulp and paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper in a regional role and at the Singapore Sports Hub in a senior role.
His previous appointments include helming the Singapore Environment Council as its Chief Executive Officer and Press Secretary to Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
Jose was also the Deputy Director of Media Relations and Social Media at the Singapore Sports Council (now Sport Singapore) from 2007 to 2011. During his time at SSC, he was appointed the Head of Communications and IT of the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009. He was credited for formulating the media and broadcast strategy for the inaugural Games, and also co-wrote the theme song for the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009.
Other roles he undertook while at the SSC was Press Secretary to Youth Olympic Games Village Mayor Teo Ser Luck during the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and was Media Attache to Singapore National Olympic Council President Teo Chee Hean at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.
Prior to public service, Jose was a senior correspondent with the Straits Times and Mediacorp. He was honoured as Mediacorp’s Journalist of the Year in 2006 and also picked up the TODAY Story of the Year in 2007. In 2005, he was the Singapore S-League’s Story of the Year winner.
Research & Insights
Saravanan is an experienced public policy consultant, with a focus on economic index building, soft power as well as development policies across ASEAN.
He has also served as a Digital Strategist, with a ten-year background in providing strategic counsel for an array of prominent multi-national corporations as well government clients across America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to his appointment at SW, Saravanan was a Senior Consultant at Portland, overseeing the global data management of the Soft Power 30 index as well as being the Research Lead for the Singapore and APAC division of the firm. During his tenure with Portland, he advised on US-China trade developments for the US Embassy and developed a digital communications network for the Singapore inter-faith scene to deploy during peace and crisis scenarios.
Saravanan has completed his second Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Li Ka-Shing Scholar) majoring in Economic Policy Analysis. While completing his MPP, Saravanan built and led consultancy teams to study ASEAN smart city initiatives with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) while also developing a bespoke public expenditure framework for the Mayor’s Office within the City of Ulaanbaatar.
He was also invited to present his research papers at Columbia SIPA (GPPN 2018) in New York and at the Second Asia-Pacific Research Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (2017) in Sri Lanka. Saravanan was also awarded the prestigious Raffles Fellowship at the Raffles Dialogue in 2017.
Saravanan has completed an MA in International Journalism at City University London and has also received a Post-Graduate Diploma in European Politics (GEJI scholarship) from Denmark as well as a BA in Journalism and Communications from Monash University (Australia).
As part of his professional development, Saravanan has tenured with Al Jazeera, Royal United Services Institute, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation and The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Environment, Social, Governance
A former Education Ministry scholar, See Hao Jun is equipped with experience in government as well in consultancy work. His fundamental approach is to engage deeply with an issue first before synthesising ideas from different domains to produce context-specific solutions.
In today’s context, this means tackling problems starting from a community-centric tech-based perspective.
Hao Jun is currently completing his Master in Public Policy (MPP) with a specialization in Economics and Development at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
He was part of a consultancy team that developed policy recommendations for the Mayor of Surabaya on how to deliver public services better by the integrative use of technology and behavioural nudges while drafting pre-emptive legislation for data protection laws. He is currently also serving as the MPP Senior class president.
Hao Jun was awarded the Ministry of Education (MOE) Overseas Teaching Scholarship to read Chemistry at the Imperial College London. He spent ten years as an educator – first as a Chemistry teacher in a junior college before being appointed as an officer at the Gifted Education Branch, MOE.
In school, he served as the Chairperson for the Staff Well-Being Committee and was the Local Service-Learning Coordinator. He also led a team that attained the MOE Innergy (Schools) Award for its pioneering use of student-centric pedagogies for the teaching of chemistry.
At the Gifted Education Branch, Hao Jun was responsible for the expansion of the national science enrichment programme and advised school management and primary school science heads of department on its implementation in their schools.
Prior to his appointment at SW Strategies, Hao Jun was Project Director at EdImpact Pte Ltd, an education consultancy where he oversaw the company’s digital transformation and guided its strategic planning.
Abdul Malik Juraimi
Abdul Malik Juraimi is a producer who has more than 20 years of experience in producing movies, documentaries and commercials. He has been based out of Kuala Lumpur for the most of his career but still calls Singapore his home.
Eugene Png spent most of his life as a swimming coach until he was struck by a neurological disorder which put him in a wheelchair sometime in 2014. These days, he is back in the swimming pool as a para-swimmer and has represented Singapore. He also dabbles in content creation for some of our clients and comes up with some really neat stuff.
Shyue Lam speaks very little but when he does, everyone tunes in. He is meticulous and is able to multi-task for multiple accounts all at the same times. He is an expert administrator and someone whom any company will never be able to do without.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Board of Advisors
Founder and CEO, Shekhinah PR
Christopher Raj is one of Malaysia’s most prominent public relations gurus. He is also an executive council member of the Football Association of Malaysia.
Executive Chairman of Indo-Trans Corporation
Zulkifli Baharudin is currently Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has also served as Nominated Member of Parliament from October 1997 to September 2001 and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2005 and Public Service Star Medal in 2011.
Founder & MD of FightZone
Sasidharan Unnithan has been involved in the fitness, sports and health industry for over 22-years. He has been engaged by some of the most leading and reputable organizations in the international market such as – California Fitness, Fight Zone, and MUSE Fitness just to name a few.