These Expatpreneur Awards was started in 2017 by The Finder to celebrate and honour hardworking, successful, and community-minded expatriate business owners in Singapore.
And most importantly, these businesses must have helped people live well in Singapore and are catered towards the global citizens of our generation — like The Finder!
This year, as the world inches back towards normalcy and recovery, these businesses have continued displaying their resilience as they continue to work towards their visions. The brands we are celebrating this year — and the amazing people behind them — have adapted swiftly to the changing times without losing focus of their value proposition and mission.
Read on about this year’s thoroughly impressive winners!
And after you do, go and vote for your favourite inspiring Expatpreneur in the People’s Favourite Award! Lucky voters also stand a chance to win amazing prizes from our dedicated supporters (psst… think dining vouchers, cocktail masterclasses and much more!). VOTE NOW!
Expatpreneur of The Year: Nathalie Ribette
Founder + Artistic and Executive Director of Sing’theatre
In honour of her close friend who she lost to cancer, Nathalie decided to take her music and performances to Singhealth hospitals. Her theatre company, which specialises in musical theatre production and education in Singapore, continues to bring comfort and hope to hospital patients and her audiences, whether virtual or live.
Read more about Nathalie.
Innovation Award for Products + Services: Anne Swain + Susan Soulard
Co-Founders of The Whole Kitchen
Aiming to prove that “healthy doesn’t mean tasteless”, fellow Aussies Anne Swain and Susan Soulard came up with The Whole Kitchen. This inclusive bakery exudes the passion of the duo, and serves healthy, great-tasting, gluten-free foods that continues to reignite people’s love for food.
Read more about Anne and Susan.
Innovation Award for Business Transformation: Andrew Yap
Founder + Managing Partner, The Old Man Singapore
With a career spanning over 20 years, Andrew Yap established The Old Man Singapore in 2018, brining the original Hong Kong Bar — ranked #1 on Asia’s Best Bars list 2019 — to the sunny shores of Singapore. While many were cooped up at home, Andrew and his team offered takeaway cocktail services, and launched featured drinks from acclaimed bars from around to world to satisfy patrons’ longing to travel.
Read more about Andrew.
Sustainability Award: Carolin Barr
Founder of susGain
Carolin recounts how many of her friends and family were struggling to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle in Singapore. With her dedication towards sustainability, she launched the reward app susGain, which incentivises users to adopt eco-friendly habits, make donations and even accumulate enough points to plant trees!
Read more about Carolin.
Small-But-Mighty Award: Louise Hill
Owner of Louise Hill Design
“I like to think conceptually, work methodically without cutting corners, and enjoy problem-solving,” shares Louise Hill, our deserving Small-But-Mighty Award winner. With her team of contributors (but zero full-time staff), she has continued to produce her limited-edition prints which incorporates hundreds of photos to her customers’ delight!
Read more about Louise.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Aaron Foeste
Founder of Arthur Zaaro Design
When American expat Aaron Foeste founded Arthur Zaaro Design in 2014, he pledged that all the products he sold would be sustainably sourced from urban hardwood trees planted in Singapore. He has lived up to that commitment, and his furniture brand has thrived. His charming and functional designs make his products well loved by locals and expats alike.
Read more about Aaron.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Andrew Walsh
Owner + Chef of Cure, Butcher Boy, Bao Boy and Catfish
At the age of only 24, Andrew Walsh was the head chef of the London-based Pollen Street Social, which earned its Michelin star six months after his arrival. He has since launched his own restaurants — three, to be exact — plus pop-up concept Bao Boy. To him, “complacency, particularly in the restaurant industry, can be a major obstacle.”
Read more about Andrew.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Anisa Sia Johnny
Co-Founder of Style Nomads
Anisa Johnny’s flare for business started when she was just four years old — repackaging her mum’s cake decorations and selling them as candy. Today, she is one of the Co-Founders of Style Nomads, a social enterprise which empowers single mums and marginalised women to make jewellery to sell online. To date, Style Nomads has helped and trained more than 50 women.
Read more about Anisa.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Astou Montfort
Founder & Owner + CEO of AS’FALL
After spending more than 18 years as a global nomad — discovering other cultures, languages and customs — Astou Montfort moved to Singapore in 2017. Here, she used her lifetime of experience as well as her degree in accounting to register her luxe-yet-ethical fashion brand AS’FALL. Her clothing line has gotten high marks from the Expatpreneur Award judges.
Read more about Astou.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Clara Diez
Founder + CEO of Binibeca Fashion and Clara Diez Heels
Clara Diez’s shoe company Binibeca Fashion was born out of her love for the Spanish culture, and a desire to share that culture with people in Singapore. Her company also carries a wide variety of collections including Ria Menorca, GIOSEPPO and her personal name brand — Clara Diez Heels. Binibeca Fashion has grown significantly over the years, having eight stores in Singapore as of 2020.
Read more about Clara.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Karin Rysgaard
Founder + Creative Director of Cocoon Styling and Island Living by Cocoon
After successfully overseeing and heading the renovation project for her landlord, word of mouth spread and clients started contacting Karin for outdoor and interior design work. With her background in horticulture and garden design, Karin Rysgaard formalised Cocoon Styling — creating spaces for clients to achieve the fullest versions of themselves in.
Read more about Karin.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Keith Power
Founder + CEO of Jermyn Street
If you’re looking for someone who knows the ins-and-outs of high-end men’s grooming, you won’t find anyone more qualified in Singapore than Keith Power. As the CEO of Jermyn Street in Singapore — the only overseas member of the prestigious London-based Jermyn Street Association — Keith continues to replicate and preserve the quintessential British experience for gentlemen.
Read more about Keith.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Lynda Williams
Founder + Managing Director of Vim & Vigour PR, and Co-Founder + Editor-in-Chief of The Soothe
With a degree in hotel management, British expat Lynda Williams developed a strong pedigree in public relations, communications and marketing — before she decided to set out on her own in 2012 with Vim & Vigour PR. Nowadays, she also contributes towards The Soothe, which focuses on content that supports people in their wellness journey.
Read more about Lynda.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Payal Thakurani
Founder + Culinary Director of Commune Kitchen
Payal studied to be mathematician or a physicist, joined an interior design and landscaping school, but ultimately found her real passion in the culinary arts. Today, Payal Thakurani heads Commune Kitchen, and makes cooking accessible to all with her inclusive approach towards her customers and guests.
Read more about Payal.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Preet Singh
Director + Physiotherapist of Embrace Physiotherapy
Preet Singh’s Embrace Physiotherapy Clinic assists with women’s conditions that many regular physiotherapists are not able to treat. When she is not supporting other women towards recovery at her brick-and-mortar store along Joo Chiat Road,, she can be found along East Coast having a quiet coffee.
Read more about Preet.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Terry Jacobson
Founder + CEO of AllSense, Oo La Lab, TopMiddlebase and nena
“Being an entrepreneur can be an all-in thing,” says Terry Jacobson, whose business track record supports this statement. His four Singapore-based companies all focus on scents, and has won over clients such as ION Orchard and Changi Airport Singapore — you’ll be able to smell his carefully curated scents here.
Read more about Terry.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Tiffany Maughan
Founder & Owner + CEO + Designer of Shopping at Tiffany’s
Tiffany Maughan is no stranger to the fashion industry — she studied business management and fashion design in Australia, worked as a store manager for Aussie fashion brand Sportsgirl, and even landed a job as an in-house model. Today, she brings her brand, Shopping at Tiffany’s (which was original established in Tokyo) to Singapore, delighting customers here with dresses, tops and jumpsuits fit for the tropical climate.
Read more about Tiffany.
Expatpreneur Award Winner: Vincent Yang
Founder of abComo eCommerce and anyStarr
After completing his graduate studies in Singapore, Vincent Yang launched his Expatpreneur-winning businesses abComo and anyStarr in 2020. anyStarr is the world’s leading one-stop influencer platform that helps connect brands creators and communities around the globe. Even though the business was incorporated during the circuit breaker, and the team had to be built remotely, Vincent has overcome these challenges successfully with his cofounder.
Read more about Vincent.
About the Expatpreneur Awards
Started in 2017 by The Finder, the Expatpreneur Awards are intended to honour hard-working, successful, community-minded foreign-born business owners in Singapore. All winners must exhibit how their businesses help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s own mission. This year, marks the fifth annual awards. Find out more here.
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