Poverty stifles talents, suffocates freedom of choice and snuffs out hope.
At Garden Impact Investments, we believe that the marginalised should not let poverty rob them of their true potential to flourish. Inherent in every human being is a capacity to create and produce in a dignified manner. The key to unlock this potential lies in poverty alleviation measures that holistically address not just some, but all of the issues at play in the lives of the afflicted individuals. Enterprises have the unique ability of connecting marginalised communities to value chains and the wider market, enabling an exchange of fair compensation for quality goods and services.
“Poverty is lack of freedom, enslaved by crushing daily burden, by depression and fear of what the future will bring. “- A poor man, Georgia*
*Gathered from Voices of the Poor study. A household is monetary poor if its income or expenditure, in 2011 purchasing power parity U.S. dollars, is less than US$1.90 per person per day.
Our Shared Values
WE BELIEVE IN OPEN COMMUNICATIONS
We expect regular and expeditious communication of all news – good, bad and ugly. We like surprises but not shocks. Regular communications reduces the number of meetings.
We expect integrity in our communications, reporting, regulatory compliance and adherence to the rule of the country of operation. We do not give or accept bribes.
We expect modesty in terms of image, speech and compensation packages. We travel economy class. We do not have a company car policy. The CEO makes the coffee.
We expect loyalty which will be rewarded with loyalty. Job‐hoppers and clock‐watchers will not fit in. Neither will a “this is not my job” attitude. We have a no social website policy.
RESPECT & COURTESY
We have a color & gender blind policy. We have a no swearing/no shouting policy. We expect management to lead through example, encouragement and service.
We expect our investee companies to enjoy what they are doing. When they stop enjoying their work, it is time for them to leave. We like employing people who smile.
We are your partners and servants. We are here to love and serve our investors, investee companies, their employees, and most importantly, their beneficiaries and customers. We partner with those who feel the same way.
KEY MANAGEMENT TEAM
Dato Dr Kim Tan
Founder Chairman of SpringHill Management Ltd (UK), a fund management company in biotech and social venture capital investments.
Founder/CEO of Garden Impact Investments Pte Ltd. Mason had worked in a Big 4 public accounting firm in the US, securities and money brokering firm in Indonesia
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Prior to joining Garden Impact in July 2018, Alex served as a Managing Director and the chief executive of Bank of America Singapore Limited where he helped manage the bank’s short term interest rates trading business in Asia Pacific.
Kevin has held a variety of roles in investment and financial regulation in the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and SAFE China.
Dr Chang Ying Lock
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS
Holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Singapore and a MBA from the Nanyang Technological University. Completed his doctoral degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016.
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Clifford Eu has over 25 years senior management and operational experience in manufacturing, distribution and healthcare industries. He has experience in startups and growth businesses in Malaysia and Singapore and was formerly Group Managing Director, International at Eu Yan Sang International Ltd.
Sylvie was an ASEAN and Tanoto Foundation Scholarship recipient; she has a double degree in Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Management (majoring in Finance) from Singapore Management University.
Garden Impact Investments Pte Ltd.
140 Paya Lebar Road #10-09
AZ@ Paya Lebar | Singapore 409015
Republic of Singapore
To have a continuously sustainable world where the poor and the marginalized will be equipped and empowered to live meaningful lives through our investments.