Chief Executive Officer
Japhet came from an average, run of the mill family and even at a very young age he realized the importance of wealth. He would save up on whatever little pocket money he had and use it to buy items which he had always wanted. This attitude towards wealth saw him through all the way to junior college where he realized he needed to diversify his sources of income.
He saw trading as a way to do that, his path was fraught with difficulties as he struggled to find a way to profit consistently from forex trading. However, he did not enjoy initial success and to make matters worse, his desire to trade was seen as a downward spiral into what would eventually be gambling by his parents and friends.
His father even attempted to go down on his knees to beg him to stop trading. Things finally took a turn for the better when he joined Forex100 Academy and served as their academy director and introductory speaker. It was there that he found his passion in speaking and it was there that he knew that what he wanted in an academy was different from what the founder of Forex100 Academy wanted. Hence, with much anticipation, he left the company and founded Rubiks Academy alongside key partners. Since then, Rubiks Academy has entered many tertiary institutions in Singapore to give talks and has received numerous accolades for its exceptional curriculum and training delivery.
Many have lauded the academy for its ability to train in both mandarin and English on financial technicalities and this has gained Rubiks Academy an edge over other academies. By having an Ace Trainer like Japhet, who is effectively bilingual, Rubiks Academy is in a position to propel itself to be one of the largest academies in Asia. Besides heading Rubiks Academy, Japhet has now also taken on the mantle of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sainmaco and will certainly lead the organization to greater heights alongside the management team.
Senior Advisor, Banking and Capital Markets Solutions
Mr Melvin Tan is the senior advisor for Sainmaco and prior to this, heads the global development of strategic partnerships, social media for the next generation of financial products and global expansion strategy for New Era Capital, a Singaporean boutique consultancy firm focusing on China and ASEAN, which he founded. A strong believer of China and ASEAN, he is immensely passionate about many initiatives, including the One Belt One Road Strategy, AIIB, ASEAN Economic Community, the ASEAN Exchanges, among others. He believes that China and ASEAN's time is here and is particularly keen in connecting ASEAN to East Asia, especially China.
Prior to his current role, Melvin was Vice President, Partnerships & Programs for Regional Retail Equities in Maybank Kim Eng Group and before that Vice President, Segment Management for Retail Equities in CIMB Group. Till date, he has assisted in more than 50 capital market projects and listings across Asia.
Melvin is also Chairman of the Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) Youth Chapter and a Member of INSPIRIT Community of Young Leaders under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). He was also Vice Chairman of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) Singapore until 2015.
Melvin is passionate in business development, entrepreneurship, strategic management, social media and digital/mobile marketing especially in the spaces of financial services and technology. He strongly believes that technology companies will start to take over the roles of traditional banking and financial service providers. In 2006, he received the IT Youth Award from the Singapore Computer Society for outstanding contributions in IT and entrepreneurship. He was named The Straits Times 25 under 25 the same year and has been featured in numerous media channels like The Straits Times, The Business Times, Lian He Zao Bao, Today Newspaper and Channel News Asia.