(STELLAR Category Promising Entrepreneur)

“A critical ingredient of success is always be able to look forward to the future, and never rest on your laurels. This journey is all about continuous learning and evolution.”

Ask Nerissa Low what LIHT is and she would tell you it’s “about beauty from the inside out.” The name is an acronym for Living in Her Time — apart from being about quality products, it aims to create a brand that will empower women to radiate their inner light and shine with their greatest potential. And while the company’s line of organic cosmetics enhance the users’ physical beauty, the 36-year-old proprietor believes that beauty should also radiate from within.

Once plagued with a severe acne condition, Nerissa had to go to a dermatologist every month and was prescribed long-term medication that potentially had adverse side effects on her organ health; she even had to go for a blood test every three months just to ensure the organs were functioning well. The episode spurred her to take matters into her own hands — she started to find for a solution and eventually arrived at organic, chemical-free skincare products, but yet there wasn’t any organic makeup that was effective or fit her criteria of safety. LIHT was therefore born to fill the market gap.

Tell us a little more about LIHT’s line of products.

We want to be known globally as the leading organic makeup brand, and our products go against the grain and challenge the norm. Where traditional cosmetics are known to have harmful effects on your skin and body, we create something that looks good, feels good, and is in fact good for you. We are very stringent in our criteria in terms of safety, performance, and functionality. We also use FDA-approved ingredients so our customers have no fear about ingesting our makeup!

For a relatively young company, LIHT has managed to secure strong investor funding. How was this achieved?

We have a strong brand story with products that have low competition in an industry with a huge market potential. These numbers coupled with great opportunities that we already have on hand gives investors confidence that the company will soar to greater heights within a short period of time. My initial investors are also my friends who have known me for a long time, they have seen my work ethic, networking ability, and determination over the years, and have always associated me with success and being able to make things happen. They trust that I have their best interests at heart and I would never offer a proposition that I wasn’t confident about. That is how I managed to raise one million dollars at pre-revenue stage, and we are currently raising another USD3m to fund a new market entry opportunity that is already on

the table.

To what would you attribute your success? What mindset do you adopt?

Resilience and passion. Without these, it would be easy to burn out and give up in this journey. I see adversity as lessons I have to learn in order to move ahead, and I always take a step back to see how these challenges are necessary for me to learn the right lessons that build strength, unwavering integrity, and determination so I am more prepared for what lies ahead.

What motivates you?

My dream to build/ fund foundations for animal conservation. I love animals and it pains me to see the suffering they go through for our mistakes

What are your expansion plans for the business?

We have plans for a major launch in the Middle East, China and Hong Kong. We also have partnership opportunities popping up regularly, and part of the challenge is navigating which ones are aligned with our brand, which to put on the back burner, and which are perfect for where we are at the moment in order to ensure that we don’t expand too fast without the proper foundations.

What is your key to building a strong business foundation?

By ensuring that as the founder and CEO, I have a solid foundation myself. I am clear of who I am and what I want to achieve, and I surround myself with mentors to guide me and friends who ground me and keep me on a firm compass. This forms a strong guiding force in decision-making, and will translate into our company culture as we start to expand.

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BG (NS) Chan Wing Kai


Seed Global Investment

BG (NS) Chan Wing Kai spent 29 years in the Singapore Armed Forces as a military officer. He rose up to the Army’s top leadership and held numerous key appointments.

The years in the Armed Forces provided him a strong foundation in leadership, human capital management, operational planning, training development and critical diplomatic skills.

He retired from active military service in 2016 and is currently a Director with SEED Global Investment, a real estate investment firm. He oversees the company’s portfolio and business development in the US and UK. He holds a MSc in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University, and is no stranger to corporate finance, portfolio management, equities, bonds and derivatives.



Member of Parliament

Business China

Ms Tin Pei Ling is the Chief Executive Officer of Business China, a non-profit organisation that harnesses the support of the public sector & private enterprises to strengthen the ties between Singapore and China. Prior to joining Business China, Pei Ling was the Group Director of Corporate Strategy for Jing King Group.

Pei Ling is an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore since 2011 and currently serves on the Public Accounts Committee. She also serves on the Government Parliamentary Committee for Communications & Information (from 2018, Dy Chairperson) and Health (2011 – present) and previously for Law/Home Affairs (2011-2015) and Social & Family Development (2015 – 2018, Dy Chairperson).



Managing Director

Mr Ryan Chioh joined in 1998 as Executive Director of Far East Flora Holdings Pte Ltd.

Always a firm advocator for technology, Ryan identified the direction for e-commerce development and saw a business opportunity to offer’s extensive range of flowers and gifts online in 2001. Ryan blended his IT savviness and prudent business sense to steer the company’s website to become the leading portal for flowers and gifts. Ryan also brought the company to another level by spearheading the development of a CRM and ERP business solution, integrating the front-end and back-end operations so that there would be easier identification of customer base.



Head, Operations System & Control


Sing Hwee is the Head, Operations System & Control of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. He is responsible for the business processes and control functions, information systems and technology as well as Internal Audit and Risk Management.  He also takes ownership of the Group’s Delegation of Authority and Procurement Policy. 

Sing Hwee has more than 20 years of experience in providing risk management, performance improvement, internal controls and business advisory services to clients in various industries, including the real estate sector.  Being a thought leader and a recognised expert in this field, he used to sit in the Ernst & Young (EY) ASEAN Partner Governance Council and led the Advisory (Risk) Internal Audit Practice in Asia Pacific, ASEAN and Singapore covering 17 countries, 30 partners and 700 professionals.  Before joining EY, he had spent many years in risk consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Andersen.



Member of Parliament

Eagle Eye Centre

Dr Lim Wee Kiak, is an elected Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC since 2015 and serves as chairman of Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth. An Ophthalmologist, Dr Lim is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Eagle Eye Centre.

Dr Lim joined the Singapore Armed Forces as a medical officer in 1994 and completed subspecialty training in Ophthalmology in 1998, with a Master’s degree in Medicine and two post-graduate specialist qualifications in Ophthalmology. During his service in SAF, he led numerous humanitarian missions to neighbouring countries. He joined Singapore National Eye Centre and was awarded the MOH HMDP fellowship in 2003, doing one year of clinical and research Fellowship at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Dr Lim had been an active grassroots leader since 1998 before joining politics in 2006. For his active community involvement, he was awarded the Young Executive of the Year in 2000 and Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2003.


Chew Mok Lee

Assistant Chief Executive
ICM & Digitalisation
Enterprise Services & New Industries

Enterprise Singapore

Ms Chew Mok Lee is the Assistant Chief Executive in charge of ICM & Digitalisation, Enterprise Services & New Industries in Enterprise Singapore, a government agency spearheading enterprise and industry development, reporting to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. Enterprise Singapore is also the national Standards body in Singapore.

Prior to Enterprise Singapore, Mok Lee was with National Productivity Board (NPB), PSB and SPRING Singapore. She graduated from National University of Singapore, majoring in Economics and Statistics. She has a double Masters and is well versed in the area of enterprise promotion, industry development and partnership building, having been involved in various aspects of capability development, support for local enterprises, enabling a viable enterprise eco-system and entrepreneurship for 29 years. She also served as Secretariat to the Action Community for Entrepreneurship and was responsible for working with the Minister in Charge of Entrepreneurship and private sector members to foster entrepreneurship and support start-ups in Singapore.



Regional Head
Corporate and Transactional Practice

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Mr Chia Kim Huat has extensive experience in capital market, public and private mergers and acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures and private equity investments, both in Singapore and the region. He travels regularly in the Asia-Pacific region advising clients on a wide range of matters, including direct investments and infrastructure projects in China, major acquisitions in Korea, joint ventures in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions. Kim Huat also advises foreign investors on their investments in Singapore, including listings on the Singapore Exchange, privatisations, secondary and dual listings.

He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in his field by International Financial Law Review 1000, Chambers Global “Leaders in their Field”, Asia Pacific Legal 500, “Eminent Practitioner” in Chambers Asia Pacific, Who’s Who Legal: Corporate – Merger & Acquisition/Capital Markets – Debt and Equity and Merger & Acquisition, ‘Leading Lawyer’ in Asialaw Profiles and Best Lawyers, 2017 Edition.



Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)
SkillsFuture Singapore

Wee Beng is the Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). He leads the Business Technology Group (Operations Planning Division, Capability Development Division, Operations & Support Division, Security & Infrastructure Division), the Training, Manpower & Infrastructure Group (Manpower & Infrastructure Planning Division, Office of Lifelong Learning, and Institute of Adult Learning which comprises Learning and Professional Development Division, Research and Innovation Division, Learning Services and Support Division ) as well as the Business Services Group (Shared Services Management, Integrated Business Services Division &, Corporate Services Division).

Prior to joining SSG, Wee Beng was an officer with the Singapore Armed Forces, leading both large and small teams. His last appointment was Chief-of-Staff, Republic of Singapore Navy, overseeing a range of staff departments and ground commands. Other key appointments held were Head Naval Operations, Commander of Maritime Security Task Force and Commander, Naval Diving Unit. Wee Beng holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Physics from Oxford University, UK, and a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.