Sector Expertise – Innovation, Future Trends
Charlie Ang is an entrepreneur, speaker, and consultant in the area of futures thinking, innovation and disruptive technologies.
He is the Founding President of The Innovators Institute (www.t-i-i.co), a professional development center, global expert resource and peer support network for innovation leaders, managers and learners. Charlie is the Co-Founder of The Innovators Network (www.t-i-n.co), an open platform in Singapore that inspires, energizes, and connects innovators across industries, professions and organisations. He is also the CEO and Principal Trainer of FutureCraft (futurecraft.sg), a strategic futures consulting and training firm. Previously, Charlie was the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) at First Media Group, a regional communications, design and educational group based in Singapore. At First Media, Charlie developed an innovative culture and experimented with breakthrough innovations in education, media, and marketing sectors.
As an entrepreneur, Charlie co-founded several start-ups, including a high tech venture that raised $ 5 million capital and grew to 80 staff. He has had a rewarding corporate stint; as the CINO of First Media Group and regional Vice President of one of the largest environmental companies in Asia.
Charlie was previously a trade diplomat with the Singapore government. He headed the Trade & Commercial Department of the Singapore embassies in Indonesia and Philippines while concurrently serving as the Centre Director of International Enterprise Singapore in these countries. During his 5-year stint in the government, he was recognized with several accolades at the civil service, ministry and agency levels, including the Star Service Award, GEMS Prize (Top IES Winner), and Service Excellence Award (Top Winner).
He received his MBA from the NUS Business School and BSc (First Class) Honours in Computer Science from University of Manchester, UK. Charlie completed futures and innovation executive programmes at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Stanford University.
Charlie was an elected Vice President of the IE Singapore Society (which represents former management and professional staff of Trade Development Board and IE Singapore). He is an Advisor to Start-Up@ Singapore, a world-class business plan competition and entrepreneurship resource hub in Singapore and a Mentor at Kairos Society, an international nonprofit organization of entrepreneurs and innovators from the top universities around the world.
His professional agenda is to help executives, engineers and entrepreneurs in Singapore adopt an Innovator mindset and win in the Innovation Economy. He writes and speaks regularly on strategic futures and innovation. He has been featured in The Business Times, Singapore Business Review, The Straits Times, TODAY Paper, 938 LIVE FM, e27 and Yahoo! Singapore.