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Board of Directors

Douglas Foo (Chairman)

As Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings Ltd., Mr Douglas Foo has led the growth and development of the Group. He continues to spearhead the overall strategic direction and management of the Group’s global strategic plans, and its philanthropic initiatives.

Mr Foo is a recipient of numerous illustrious accolades and awards, which are testament of his outstanding management and entrepreneurial efforts.

He also serves as director on numerous boards for Corporate, Governmental and Non-profit organizations, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Lilian Foo (Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director)

Ms. Lilian Foo was appointed as our  Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2014, and has been our  Executive Director since 2 May 2002. With over a decade of F&B experience , Ms Foo helps to drive Strategic Planning,  Overall Management, and spearheads Business Development, as well as the Management of Overseas Strategic Development and Business Expansion. With her combined background in F&B, IT and Operations, Ms Foo aims to continue propelling the business towards Sakae's vision of becoming a Global Brand. Ms. Foo  holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. She also earned herself a Bachelor Degree in Science (Information Systems & Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore, and is a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.

Loh Chee Peng
(Lead Independent Director)

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Mr Loh Chee Peng was appointed as an Independent Director on 28 January 2019. Mr Loh holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (2nd Class Upper Honours) and a Master of Science (Financial Engineering), both from the National University of Singapore. He started his career in Keppel Bank Ltd as a Management Trainee and moved on to Industrial Commercial Bank (part of the UOB Group) as a Relationship Manager in the Corporate Banking Department. From 2000 to 2005, Mr Loh was with SPRING Singapore. He was the Head in the Incentive Management Department and helped to strategise, implement and oversee the government’s financial assistance initiatives to assist SMEs in their growth. Mr Loh was with Standard Chartered Bank for a short stint as a Product Specialist for SME government assistance schemes. From 2006 to date, he is with United Overseas Bank Ltd. He has undertaken many different roles and responsibilities in Global Business Development Department, Credit Analyst Department and Product Sales Department. Currently, he is an Executive Director in the Commercial Banking Division of the Bank.

Ngoh York Chao Nicholas
(Independent Director)

Mr Ngoh York Chao Nicholas was appointed as an Independent Director on 18 October 2019.  A lawyer by training, Mr Ngoh’s expertise extends to the fields of corporate advisory services and in corporate governance.  He was formerly the Principal Legal Counsel at the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and its Director of Corporate and Council Affairs.  Mr Ngoh also sat on the National Environment Agency's Waste Management Sectoral Tripartite Committee and the Workplace Safety & Health Council's Engagement & Outreach Committee.  Prior to joining the SMF, Mr Ngoh was formerly with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Singapore Legal Service Commission for about 10 years. During his time with the Commission, Mr Ngoh was appointed a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel, and was also attached to MOM and ACRA, primarily dealing with matters such as law reform, criminal prosecution, public awareness training and disciplinary proceedings against Public Accountants.  Additionally, Mr Ngoh was part of the secretariat of the Corporate Governance Council which successfully implemented substantial changes to the Code of Corporate Governance in 2018. He was also on the editorial team of the inaugural series of Corporate Governance Guidebooks produced by the Singapore Institute of Directors.

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David Pang Kam Wei

(Independent Director)


Mr David Pang was appointed Independent Director on 6 July 2020 and is currently a Senior Business Advisor.


With more than 2 decades of professional experience, Mr Pang has held executive and senior leadership positions as Chief Transformation Officer of a leading news media company, Chief of Staff at a global beauty travel retail company and Commercial/ Consulting Leader at global management consulting firms.


Mr Pang has also advised Fortune 500 companies operating in the beauty, consumer retail, financial services and energy sectors on business transformation, operating model design, organization strategy and change management. 


Mr Pang graduated from Nanyang Business School  (NTU) with a degree in Applied Economics and attended the Senior Leadership Program at IESE Business School sponsored by Shiseido. As a thought leader, he was featured by BBC News on “digital agility”, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) for commentaries on “attracting millennial talent” and “learning agility”, and South China Morning Post (SCMP) on “What Industry 4.0  means to Singapore and why its workers must upskill and lose their sense of entitlement”.

Ali Ijaz Ahmad
(Independent Director)

Mr Ali Ijaz Ahmad was appointed as an Independent Director on 25 July 2023. He brings 25 years of experience in global asset management, private equity and cross-border deal structuring. He actively advises boards of leading institutions and governments on economic policy, intellectual property initiatives, financial markets and sustainable development, among others. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Singapore-based Makara Capital. Additionally, he serves as Global Advisor to Alaska-based PT Capital, supervisory board of the Austrian Anadi Bank in Vienna and a member of the Government of Singapore Sub-Committee on the Future Economy.

Other prior roles at The Carlyle Group, Morgan Stanley, The World Bank and Goldman Sachs and was on the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

Ali holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Physics from Bowdoin College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Douglas Foo
Lilian Foo
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