Koichiro Toyama 遠山光一郎
Kelvin Emmanuel Ng 吴家永
Toyama studied Economics in the National University of Singapore (NUS) through a scholarship from the Okinawa Prefectural Government. He also obtained a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS and published two books.
Armed with several years’ of working experience with big companies like Mitsui & Co and Mizuho Corporate Bank, he set up Asia Creative Works to promote tourism, educational, retail and F&B projects. As the Singapore Representative for the Okinawa Prefectural Government, he is involved in many major projects between Okinawa and Asia.
He was recently appointed as the Director of a public-listed Japanese Company (Singapore branch) where he manages the Chijmes Hall, one of the national monuments of Singapore. He also conducts seminars to universities and business groups in the region and travels around Asia to explore business opportunities.
Ever the enthusiastic proponent of branding, Kelvin has spoken in seminars across Europe and Asia. Kelvin’s entrepreneurial spirit was first kindled at Yamakawa (a Kikkoman company), where he spearheaded the company’s first Japanese confectionery retail store. Later at Addison Design Consultants (a WPP agency), he continued to push boundaries through his participation in all aspects of branding.
He later co-founder of Acacia Design Consultants, and has successfully provided integrated branding for a broad range of clients from MNCs and SMEs worldwide.
Kelvin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with Merit at National University of Singapore and graduated top of his cohort in Visual Communication at Raffles Design Institute. The result – a rare talent with a most uncanny ability to deliver creative solutions from a marketing perspective.