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Meet The Business Team
Martina manages the Australian branch of GOSME, a digital gateway that is supported by Vanilla Resource. As a Business Strategist, Martina is passionate about working with Australian SMEs to assist them in growing their businesses and enabling their expansion via the facilitation of trade into Singapore and the rest of Asia.
For the past five years, Martina worked as a paralegal for a small family law firm in Sydney, Australia and brings a sound legal knowledge to her role with Vanilla Resource. Martina holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Laws postgraduate degree.
Martina has first-hand experience with the intricacies of operating an SME as she ran a successful events and promotions company in Australia for seven years before resuming her law degree studies. She also founded Executive and Legal Support Services, which provides legal administrative support services to law firms and barristers via university students seeking experience in the legal profession.
Martina is highly organised, systems-driven, creative and self-motivated.
“Successful business people are always strategising and looking for ways to improve their systems to expand and grow. It takes a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work. I believe that in business, sometimes you need to think outside the box. What you need to grow might not necessarily be obvious to you at first, but with careful planning and a good mentor, the world is your oyster – so back yourself and go for it!”
Gerald spearheads the business strategy arm at Vanilla Resource and lives and breathes his passion for growing and transforming SMEs into sustainable businesses every single day.
While studying economics in university, Gerald developed a keen interest in entrepreneurship. This led him to undertake study trips to Israel and the United States of America to learn about their entrepreneurial ecosystems and culture.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Singapore Management University, Gerald went on to serve as a scholar with SPRING Singapore where he spent more than five years consulting and supporting the founders and the directors of SMEs from across a myriad of industries.
Outside of work, you will find him at the squash courts or deep in the pages of a fantasy or science fiction novel.
“I firmly believe that all of us have the capacity to achieve, but it is not always easy if we allow society or others to set our goal posts for us. I think it is very important that we define our goals and take ownership of them.”
Vivienne oversees all the operations at Vanilla Resource as well as sister company, VanillaLaw LLC. She graduated from the University of Buckingham with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree. She has helmed the legal department of an American entertainment, food and beverage group of companies, taking charge of investor relations and their agreement, as well as oversaw the operational management of a legal department.
With more than 20 years of legal and business administration under her belt, she has become a domain expert when it comes to establishing and maintaining, good business administrative practices for her clients. Vivienne’s expert knowledge keeps her clients’ businesses running smoothly – from basic bookkeeping to effective legal protection of assets.
Having lived overseas for more than six years, she is fluent in English and always integrates well into both the local and Japanese communities in the host country. This allows her to interface and act as a bridge between the local and Japanese communities in whichever country she resides in.
Outside of work, Vivienne aspires to be a true citizen of the world, which is expressed through her love of travelling. Ever-ready for new experiences and challenges, she believes that travelling is a condensed crash course in discovering how the rest of the world lives.
“I believe everyone can achieve his or her aspirations, It is all about having courage and perseverance.”
As Chief Information Officer at Vanilla Resource, Raj is an invaluable asset to both the team and his clients. Raj graduated from Edith Cowen University with his Bachelors in Information Technology and during that time, he concurrently underwent training with Microsoft to better equip himself for the IT industry and became a certified Microsoft Engineer.
Raj has worked for NCS and SingTel, as well as done many projects for both MNCs and SMEs. At Vanilla Resource, he currently consults and advises the team as well as clients on how to setup and optimise their IT needs for their businesses.
Raj has a very public love of cars and a very secret love of going on long car rides.
“I believe everyone can succeed if they have a positive attitude towards life. If a person is positive he can expect happiness, health and success, and overcome any obstacle and difficulty faced at work or at home.”
Xing Jian is the resident communications specialist at Vanilla Resource. With a degree in linguistics from the National University of Singapore, he has worked in Singapore Press Holdings before moving on to public relations.
Combining both his linguistic abilities and an innate talent for drawing out the hidden essence of a brand or business, Xing Jian helps his clients craft meaningful messages that truly represent their vision.
Outside of work, Xing Jian is also an internationally certified life coach with the International Coach Federation and enjoys video games and cooking.
“Self-awareness unlocks your hidden potential which in turns leads to a deliberate and meaningful life. I believe that same principle can be applied to business and that it is essential for success.”
In love with words and storytelling her whole life, Chih Lin jumped into the publishing industry while armed with a Linguistics degree from the National University of Singapore in 2008. She has a decade-long track record of successfully finding new ways to tell stories across different platforms, from print magazines like ELLE Singapore to videos, websites and social media.
Her great passion is creating the right message that reaches the right audience via the right channel, at the right time. Nothing inspires Chih Lin more than crafting creative solutions for your business problems.
In her free time, you can find her head buried in a book or clouds in the mountains.