Julian Artopé, Founder + CEO of Zenyum
German expat Julian founded Zenyum in 2018 and has already turned it into a leader in “smile cosmetics” by launching its invisible braces, retainers, medical-grade whitening and more. Zenyum’s smart tech solutions mean you need fewer visits to the dentist.
Bill Cain, Founder of Hat of Cain
A long-time SG resident, this Canadian expat runs the only hat shop in town dedicated to Panama hats. Now that you can peruse and purchase Hat of Cain’s many styles on its site, you don’t have to visit the Joo Chiat outpost for a fitting with Bill – but you may still want to!
Hamish Betts, Director of Inspired Arts
Through his kid-centric arts education business including year-round holiday camps, this Kiwi strives to create a space for expression, encourage diversity and cultivate a sense of confidence. With two brick-and-mortar locations, Inspired Arts also offers free YouTube tutorials to enjoy at home.
Stephanie Chai, CEO + Founder of The Luxe Nomad
Stephanie holds a Malaysian passport, is a permanent resident of New Zealand yet calls Singapore home – which may partly explain how she’s become such a purveyor of wanderlust. The Luxe Nomad aims to be the leading travel brand for private luxury villas, making the process of booking your dream lodgings a breeze.
Tanja Faessler-Moro, Director + Founder of counsellingconnectz
Winner of our Most Innovative Award for Product + Services, this Swiss-Italian expat’s business offers specialized coaching and counselling in fertility from a highly experienced, diverse team. Tanja looks to bring the first VR counselling tool for adults and children to Singapore soon!
Rebecca Forwood, Founder + Director of The Fishwives
When Aussie Rebecca started The Fishwives in 2001, it was the first business of its kind here – importing its now famously fresh salmon, produce and other “clean” foods directly from farmers and suppliers, while also focusing on sustainability. And the best part? Everything sold in the store is offered online!
Kendall Hamill, Founder + Creative Director of Temple Candles
Sold on the Temple Candles site as well as at stockists around the island, these Singapore-inspired home fragrance items feature chic “black and white” architecture-style packaging and a Peranakan-esque logo. From Australia, Kendall strives to create a truly “made in Singapore” product.
Sumedha Khoche, CEO of KinderPass
Winner of this year’s Most Innovative Award for Business Transformation, Indian expat Sumedha launched KinderPass in 2016. Throughout Covid, its engaging blended learning curriculum for ages 0 to 6 via an app, physical products and online learning modules has become even more essential.
Samina Malik, CEO + Founder of Sceptr Cosmetics
From the U.K., Samina carefully curates long-wearing products that are vegan and cruelty-, gluten- and paraben-free. The 2020 Pay-it-Forward Award winner has worked for more than a decade to boost the well-being of women by increasing their self confidence. During Covid, she has donated 10 percent of Sceptrhood sales to charities working to fight the spread of the virus.
Dr. Elizabeth Biggs + Victoria McKellar, Co-founders of Akesi Wellness
Kiwi Victoria and Aussie Elizabeth – formerly, a practicing medical doctor – co-created Akesi Wellness’s range of actually yummy gut health products. With all-natural, sugar free, vegan and dairy-free options, the tonics and mix-ins can be easily incorporated into the whole family’s routine.
Tiffany Okumu, Owner + Founder of RAPH&REMY
Happy 1st birthday to RAPH&REMY! Australian Tiffany registered the premium bamboo baby essentials brand – named after her two sons – in July 2019, and has grown it dramatically since then, despite the challenging business environment. She is our Expatpreneur of the Year 2020.
Emma Pike, Owner of Farmer’s Market
Launched last year, e-butcher Farmer’s Market lets customers know exactly where their meat is coming from, and offers affordable home delivery six days a week. Best Newcomer Award winner Emma, another Aussie, takes much pride in her communication with and service to customers.
Dr. Andrea Rajnakova, Founder + Director of Andrea’s Digestive, Colon, Liver and Gallbladder Clinic
This Slovakian expat believes in helping patients improve the overall quality of their lives. With an international clientele, she considers the cultural backgrounds of patients to tailor recommendation for them. During COVID-19, Dr. Andrea has begun offering still-popular video consultations.
Chantal Travers, Owner of Emperor’s Attic; Owner + Founder of Willow Mattress
Artisanal store Emperor’s Attic only purchases antiques from northern China. Brit Chantal acquired it from a departing expat in 2016, before founding Willow Mattress in 2018. The latter brings fully customisable, eco-friendly 100-percent natural latex mattresses to SG at surprisingly low prices.
Vicky Lee Ward, Director + Founder of All That Jazz Dance Academy
Vicky, who has both Canadian and Malaysian ties, ensures that every student at any of her four All That Jazz Dance Academies can pursue dance and participate in exams to the highest level. Most importantly, they serve as safe, nurturing environments, for serious and recreational students alike.
Annabelle Lee Bo Young + Eon Lee, Co-owners of Kko Kko Na Ra + The Go Gi Jip
Annabelle and her aunt Eon set their Korean fare apart from competitors by using better quality ingredients and focusing on healthier choice options, as well as by creating a savvy online ordering portal. Having Eon function as head chef means their food remains the same quality over the years.
Ifeoma Ubby, Founder + Designer of OliveAnkara
Holding both Nigerian and Italian passports, Ifeoma’s OliveAnkara brand is a unique offering in SG: modern African-inspired clothing influenced by Italian heritage. All of the pieces – including stylish Covid masks – are produced in a conscious manner. Hence this expat’s Sustainability Award win.