Board of Directors
Michael has been based in amazing Singapore for just over three years with his wife Catherine and twin six-year olds. Adrianna and Nathaniel are encouraging their dad to get going with the AAS 4th of July event because it is the “best day ever!” No pressure! Michael’s day-job is as Regional VP of APAC/ANZ for Arpin International, a US-HQ household goods (HHG) moving & storage company with offices and operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He has over a two decades of developing businesses in Asia, most recently growing Arpin’s presence in Mainland China and throughout Asia-Pac. With over 17 years on the ground in China previously, Michael was also a co-founder and vice-president at Dash Brands, which is the master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza in China. A former US Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Michael is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds an MBA from ESCP Europe in Paris.
Michael moved to Singapore from Connecticut with his wife and twin daughters in the summer of 2018. Originally from Indiana, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Michael brings over 25 years of product development and commercialization experience from beverage-alcohol, cosmetics, luxury and automotive industries. He has helped lead the successful start-up of many global brands and create and renovate countless operational processes. As a 15-year member of the Purdue Industrial Advisory Council, Michael helps to shape the curriculum of young Engineers, keeping them relevant to today’s industrial needs. He enjoys fitness, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, golfing and staying active.
Brooke Balfrey a logistics professional previously living and working in the United States before relocating to Singapore. A California native, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration/Economics. Currently working in APAC market logistics for foodpanda here in Singapore, her previous positions have seen her in market planning and development for consumer goods. Since moving to Singapore she has been busy immersing herself in the local culture and connecting with the community. Passionate about giving back and getting involved, she is so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of the AAS! Brooke’s excited to utilize her professional skills and enthusiasm to help the organization continue to evolve and grow.
Two ‘Covid short’ years ago, M and his family moved to Singapore and are thrilled to live in South Asia. 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.
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, AmCham CEO
Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 6,000 members representing over 550 companies. Hsien is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Advisory Board, member of the Singapore Institute of Directors MNC Committee, co-lead of the WorkWell Leaders SME Action Sub-Group, and on the organizing committee of the Precision Public Health Asia Conference.
Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centers in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien has extensive experience in scientific affairs, corporate and healthcare communications, advertising, public relations and government affairs. Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds a BA (with honors) in Human Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was the recipient of a US National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Grant. Her doctoral thesis explored the genetic epidemiology of end-stage renal disease and type 2 diabetes. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at National Taiwan University Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Linda Schindler, AWA President
Jeff Majestic, SACAC Chairman
Kyle Aldous, SAS
Neetu Mirchandani, The American Club
Non-Voting Board Members
Brian Himmelsteib, US Embassy
Brian Himmelsteib currently serves as Counselor for Management Affairs (Chief Administrative Officer) for the US Embassy in Singapore since August 2020. A career member of the Foreign Service, in his seventeen year career he’s also served in Indonesia, Japan, Laos, as well as in Washington. His Washington DC tours include two stints in the Operations Center, the Department’s 24/7 crisis response and communications office, as well as the Office of Korean Affairs. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Brian is joined in Singapore by his wife and two children, both of whom attend Singapore American School.
Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, US Navy COMLOG WESTPAC