Walter de Oude is the Founder of Chocolate Finance. Chocolate was built on the belief that people are looking for better returns on ther cash, which in turn makes them happier people. Forget fixed deposits. Chocolate Finance is the future. Prior to founding Chocolate, Walter founded of Singapore Life in 2014 and grew that business both organically and inorganically to a value of S$3.2bn by 2020. Following his exit from Singlife, Walter has also established Chocolate Ventures, an early stage VC through which Walter invites investors to co-invest with him on opportunities where he feels he can add value. Chocolate Finance is a key investment in the Chocolate Ventures portfolio.
Eugene Seah is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) focusing on mindset transformation through the power of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming). Since starting his coaching and speaking career in 2014, he has spoken in several cities across the world, including Dubai, Sydney, Seattle, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Moscow and even Pyongyang! Eugene has a very inspirational personal story and has frequently been interviewed by various media including TV, radio and the newspapers. He is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, and has spoken at many major corporations across various industries, including Google, Facebook, GSK, HP, PwC, Citibank, Oracle, Sony, BHP Billiton, Mizuho, Continental, SGX and many others. Before embarking on his speaking business, Eugene acquired 15 years of leadership experience in the financial industry, leveraging on his communication, branding and marketing strategies to win clients and increase market share. He feels privileged to have lived and worked in Asia’s two main financial hubs – Singapore and Hong Kong – and managed cross-cultural teams covering Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, and India. During this time, he was a guest speaker at investment conferences offering advice on communication best practices, and also received the prestigious Gold Award in Investor Relations from The Business Times. Eugene is an active volunteer in community service, and served three years as the Programming Chair at the Asia Professional Speakers (Singapore), and six years as the Head of Membership of the non-profit SG100 Foundation to mentor the next generation of leaders for Singapore.
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