David Leong
Executive Director

David started his entrepreneurial ventures early, soon after he graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He has founded various companies since graduation and his businesses span across diverse fields such as corporate finance, business consultancy, design consultancy, human resources (HR), publication and technology.

In 1999, David founded iProperty, a portal that provided proprietary software for the property sector. The company grew rapidly and obtained in principle approval to list on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) on October 2000.

In 2001, he set up ManpowerCorp International as an employment agency. He founded PeopleWorldwide Consulting Private Limited in 2004 which is a HR and manpower consultancy. The group’s international footprint now covers China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan.

In 2008, he incorporated CapitalCorp Partners, a boutique corporate finance firm specialising in corporate mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and corporate advisory work.

In 2012, he founded Manpowerku Private Limited in Singapore and China. The company successfully launched a portal and mobile application known as mKU that allows professionals to share trade, career and business opportunities. In 2016, he founded Genytek Private Limited which developed smart and innovative HR technology solutions. Genytek developed the first of its kind mobile house tracking for foreign workers and subsequently developed a mobile application called PeopleGo providing mobile solutions to the foreign workers population in Singapore in partnership with Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower.

In 2015, Straits Trades Incorporated was formed to amalgamate corporate finance deals such as fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, deals originations and syndications. The company focuses in the property, education and technology sectors.

David is widely-regarded as an expert resource and a leader in the business field. His views are often sought by local media such as The Straits Times, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao on economics, politics and HR issues.