James Ong

TPC (Tsao Pao Chee) Pan Asia Alliance Group

As Chief Strategy Officer of Tsao Pao Chee (TPC), James oversees strategy, M&A, and investments for the Group. His responsibilities include managing TPC’s real estate portfolio, which spans industrial, commercial, and hospitality assets in Asia; leading IMC Ventures, the corporate venture arm of IMC Industrial Group; and spearheading the OCTAVE Well-being Economy Fund, OCTAVE Group’s impact-focused investment arm.

Additionally, James leads the Branding and Communications teams to shape and share the organisation’s story of innovation and sustainability in the well-being era.

Prior to joining TPC, James was with YCH Group, where he helmed YCH’s joint ventures and M&As across the group. He also managed its 15 logistic assets across 7 countries. James was furthermore the Founding Partner of Supply Chain Angels, YCH’s Corporate Venture Capital vehicle which partners with SG Innovate and National Research Foundation.

James has over 23 years of experience across various fields, including private banking, private equity, and investment banking in institutions like DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, Oppenheimer Investments, and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services.

While at Oppenheimer Investments, James was the Head of Asia for 5 years and was instrumental in starting and growing the business for the group in Asia. He has successfully closed Project Finance deals in excess of USD500 million across various industries like infrastructure, consumer goods, and real estate. In addition, James also ran a family office which invested in healthcare, consumer goods, aged care, engineering, renewable energy, and childcare.

James graduated with a master’s in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Corporate Finance, from the University of Western Australia.

James is a Certified Public Accountant (Australia). He also sits on the Board of Management of SPD (formally known as Society for the Physically Disabled) and has served as an independent director of a listed entity.