Board of Directors
Ashok is a Principal with Baker McKenzie, an international law firm, and is Head of the International Capital Markets Practice in Asia Pacific and the Global India Practice for the Firm.
Ashok and his wife, Garima, have been based in Singapore for almost 20 years. Ashok grew up in East Lansing, Michigan where he attended Michigan State University for his BA and MBA. He briefly worked as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen and obtained a CPA before joining University of Notre Dame for law school. He has two kids, both of whom attended Singapore American School (one from K-12) and are now working in Chicago. He is active in the community and has served on the Board of the Singapore American School and the General Committee of the American Club.
MKULIMA "M" BRITT
A self-diagnosed foodie and home chef, M also enjoys ‘hobby’ winemaking with his friends. M is passionate about sharing his knowledge of entrepreneurship, CPG manufacturing, and sustainability.Soon after moving to Singapore, M joined TurtleTree Labs, Inc. as a Financial Advisor. TurtleTree Labs is a big-vision, food technology venture boldly addressing a multi-billion dollar global dairy market and infant nutrition industry. M also participates in the burgeoning Singapore startup ecosystem with Big Idea Ventures, a hybrid venture fund that invests in alternative protein companies, and Entrepreneurs First, an international incubator that enables the world’s most ambitious people to build the most important companies.
Prior to Singapore, Mkulima was an executive in the US dairy industry for more than 20 years at Clover Sonoma, Inc. M remains a third generation owner of Clover and during his tenure, led the company in various roles including CFO, and VP of Operations. M is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He is thrilled to become a member of the American Association of Singapore's Executive Committee
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Naureen moved to New York at the age of 16. She relocated to Singapore with her husband and two dogs in March 2020 to oversee Marsh’s Asia Commercial Segment. In her role, she encourages her small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients to rethink their insurance priorities, motivates her internal and external partners to explore “outside the box” ways of insuring and distributing product solutions, and creates customized digital end-to-end user experiences. Naureen has more than 18 years of insurance industry experience across New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, and is currently a member of Marsh Asia’s Executive Council. She is passionate about her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, American football, kickboxing, lounging in the sun with a great non-fiction book and a glass of wine, as well as exploring different cultures and cuisines.
Jennifer is an American who has been living in Singapore since 2011. She is the owner of White Glove Pte. Ltd., an employment agency in Singapore. She formerly served as the Chair for USAGSO Singapore (Girl Scouts) for three years. Jennifer is an attorney and member of the California Bar Association. Prior to becoming an attorney and living overseas, she worked as a course developer and instructor for financial services and software companies in New York City and Silicon Valley. Jennifer is passionate about helping girls and women become strong and independent. Her top priority is raising two independent daughters to follow their dreams and passions.
Ed came to Singapore in 2011 with a sports marketing data firm called Repucom, working with the largest sports teams, leagues, brands and agencies in the United States. Serving as the company's CFO, Ed raised money from a private equity firm and completed acquisitions of other companies in the space, growing the company to 13 offices in Asia. After the company sold in 2016, Ed started his own consultancy working with smaller sports and entertainment businesses in Singapore and Asia. He then started a US sports bar called SOS in the Singapore CBD which has now expanded into Miss Fitz, Roxy and Bayside Drinks & Eats. Ed also opened a business to import wine from Australia and New Zealand called Bevvies, now expanding to French and California wine along with seltzer and wine/party punch bags in 2023. Ed was instrumental in getting AAS' softball team back up and running.
Aaron Kim is co-founder and Managing Partner of Valparaiso Capital Partners, an Asia-focused private equity firm regionally based in Singapore.
Prior to Valparaiso, he was Executive Director and head of operations at AXA Japan when it acquired Nippon Group Life in 2000 for $2 billion, where he was responsible for IT and operations, as well as business restructuring activities. In 1997-1999, he advised the Brunei Investment & Commercial Bank, which is wholly-owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, the nation’s sovereign wealth fund. From 1990 -1997, he was Vice President at Citibank in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore in corporate finance, advisory and strategic planning roles.
Mr. Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Master’s in Economics from Boston University. He has working fluency in Japanese and Korean, and he is an American national, originally from Menlo Park, California.
Daniel Moss is columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. Now based in Singapore, Moss returned to Asia in 2019 after almost two decades in London, Washington and New York. Prior to joining the commentary team, he held a number of leadership roles at Bloomberg spanning economics, politics and markets. He ran economics news during the global financial crisis, has testified to Congress and is a contributor to Bloomberg Television. Dan’s first foray into Asia was as bureau chief in Kuala Lumpur from 1996 to 1998, spanning the last year of the boom and the first year of the crisis that followed. He is a graduate of the Australian National University.
Michelle has extensive experience in non-profit association event planning and administration. She served on the PTA of the Canadian International School from 2013 to 2018, working as part of the executive team in three positions: President, Treasurer and Secretary. In those roles, Michelle collaborated with a team of parents to plan and fundraise for fun school events for families, such as the Halloween Carnival and the International Food Festival. At Girl Scouts Singapore, Michelle volunteered as a Troop Leader and contributed to our association as Overnight Camp Director and as a twice-serving Treasurer and Secretary as well as the Registrar. Michelle is also a long-time member of the American Women’s Association and she now serves as AWA's Secretary.
Priyesh is a respected and trusted Alliances & Partnerships and Customer Success expert achieving exceptional business outcomes by delivering cutting-edge solutions. With a proven track record across the technology sector, Priyesh's career comprises expertise in strategic partnerships and team building, business development, operations, and account management functions, as well as long-term business strategy and digital transformations. Above all, he specializes in cutting-edge customer success, leveraging complex analytics and emerging technology to drive outstanding results for diverse customers, from SMB and cutting-edge start-ups to large enterprise companies. Priyesh is a proven, customer-centric approach to all endeavors. An excellent communicator, he thrives amid opportunities to collaborate with all stakeholders in order to identify avenues of growth and propel innovation.
Immediate Past President
Blair Hall has been AAS President since April 2020. He has been an AAS member since 2013 and joined its Executive Committee in 2017.
Blair first came to Singapore as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy. In the course of a diplomatic career that spanned nearly four decades, he also served as a US Foreign Service Officer in Tokyo (three times), Okinawa, London, New Delhi, Copenhagen and in Washington, DC on a variety of political, economic and national security assignments. After retiring from public service in 2016, Blair returned to Singapore as a strategic advisor to several private equity funds and investment banks. He currently is an external consultant to Tesla Inc. Blair received MA (International Relations) and JD (Law) degrees from the George Washington University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
He and his wife, Valerie Brandt, who also is an enthusiastic AAS member, enjoy the rich and diverse experiences offered by life in Singapore and cherish the friendships made here. Blair enjoys tennis, biking, reading and political discourse, and both love adventure travel.
Blair and Valerie happily reside in Singapore, but call Idaho home. Their two daughters, one a Singapore American School graduate, are now young professionals living in the United States.
Board of Directors
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei,: AmCham CEO
Julia Tan: AWA President
Jeff Majestic: SACAC Chairman
Kyle Aldous: Singapore American School
Adam Ridicic: The American Club
Rear Admiral Mark Melson: Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC)
Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF 73)
Kelly Woolfe: Community Liaison Officer, US Embassy Singapore
Melinda Murphy: American Association of Singapore (non-voting)