The ACTS Work Team

The ACTS Work Team:  first row from left –  Tina, Cheryl, Tanny, Rachel
Second row from left – Jean, Emmanuel, Melinda, Eric, Eugene, Pene

Our Story

The idea to build a marketplace for social enterprises came to Cheryl while she was selling pressed flower calendars to raise funds for a social project to help liberate child slaves. A few customers commented that they had previously bought calendars like this and really liked them, but did not know where to buy them again until she came along. A light bulb went on. Here was a major distribution issue, for which there were few solutions. That insight was the impetus for ACTSmarket – an endeavour to use e-commerce to enable social enterprises to sell crafts made by the needy that they serve.

Cheryl and three co-founders worked hard to define the brand and business strategy. ACTS Market Pte Ltd was incorporated on 24 Nov 2015 after a period of incubation at The Furnace, an incubator of the NUS School of Computing. In April 2016, the founders assembled a pioneer team of interns, volunteers and business mentors to build the e-commerce platform www.actsmarket.com. The Gen-X founders were joined by Gen-Y Eric and Rachel, who came on board as co-founders, ready to run this vision for change together. Cheryl and her veteran team hope to mentor a Gen-Y team to take on this business eventually.

The ACTS team is currently building a community by sharing their vision and values for effecting social change through a simple act of kindness – the act of shopping.

Our Founders

  • Cheryl Lee
    Cheryl Lee Founder & CEO

    A serial entrepreneur, certified executive coach and behavioural consultant, Cheryl is the visionary and chief architect of ACTS. Over three decades, she has acquired a breadth of experience in tourism, card marketing, FMCG, insurance, telecommuni-cations, publishing and financial services sectors, as well as functional expertise in entrepreneurship, operational consulting, marketing, PR and sales. She drives her team hard – but herself even harder.

  • Chiang Kwok Shong
    Chiang Kwok Shong Co-Founder, Fundraising

    Shong is Executive Director at TAP Private Equity, where he oversees a $50M fund with a South-East Asian mandate, investing in the domestic consumption space. He has deep experience gleaned over three decades of work in banking, fundraising, credit risk management and debt syndication; currently coaches four C-level executives; and is connected like you wouldn’t believe.

  • Desmond Phua
    Desmond Phua Co-Founder, Digital Strategy & Customer Experience

    Desmond is a proven digital marketer with over 20 years’ experience in travel, e-commerce and consulting, building func-tional expertise in corporate strategy, mar-keting, product and business development. Previously the head of customer experience and direct channels at travel portal Zuji, Desmond is an entrepreneur who obsesses over every nitty-gritty detail of the customer experience.

  • David Shaw
    David Shaw Co-Founder, Brand Strategy & Communications

    David has carved a career in three phases: First as an advertising copywriter and creative director, then as a marketer and communications leader, before putting it together as a brand and marketing consultant. He’s lived and worked in two continents, held roles with an Asia-Pacific remit, been a conference speaker in five countries, and chalked up experience in start-ups to MNCs. This is his latest act.

  • Rachel Lin
    Rachel Lin Co-Founder, Marketing & Business Development

    Rachel founded and ran a social enterprise e-commerce platform for a year before joining ACTS.  Identifying with the ACTS vision and values, she brought her expertise and skills to the team as a valued co-founder.  Her passion for helping the under-privileged has seen her volunteering in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. Beyond her social entrepreneur-ship, Rachel has experience in business research and development.

  • Eric Li
    Eric Li Co-Founder, Design & Technology

    Eric is trained in integrated media design with broad skills in design, photography and digital communications. An introspective thinker, he takes delight in developing fresh ideas and is passionate about producing interactive design. His productivity is enhanced by his proficiency in the installation, operation and maintenance of computer network systems.  Eric was our first intern who helped us incubate ACTS, and is now a co-founder.

Meet The First ACTS Community

A blend of diverse individuals unified by a heart to
empower the poor and needy through e-commerce

The pioneer ACTS community of founders, interns, volunteers and NUS business mentors.
Absent are representatives of our pioneer and social enterprise partners and volunteers who 
couldnt take time off work.

The ACTS community is a global network of people groups and organizations who share one thing in common: to use commerce as a catalyst to transform lives and communities by empowering the disadvantaged, disabled, oppressed, poor and needy.