We are an investment holding group focusing on portfolio investments and real estate operations.
Our Portfolio Investment Division invests in public equities, private equity funds, performing and distressed debt funds, semiconductor equipment leasing, and others, evaluating potential based on business fundamentals and prioritising diversification in terms of assets.
Our Real Estate Division focuses on the operations, development, investment and management of residential and commercial real estate properties.
Kimen is blessed with an abundance of experience in investing, engineering, architecture, real estate development and asset management.
Build on the rock, remain in the vine.
The Group was founded by the late Mr Aw Kim Chen in 1971 borne out of his desire to diversify into real-estate investment and development from his then rubber business.
Upon the strong foundation laid by Mr Aw, the Kimen Group has seen a threefold growth in various asset classes and in real estate investment, development and operations since Chye Huat and Arthur, both followers of Christ, took over the reins in 2010.
The Kimen Group continues to embrace Mr Aw's values of trustworthiness, prudence and diligence in our business endeavours. As he was also passionately involved in various grassroots organisations, clan associations, business associations, education and medical institutions, we will continue his charitable spirit of giving.
The key principles guiding our investment decisions are an attractive risk-return profile and diversification of our portfolio. Our investment professionals believe in focusing on the fundamentals of businesses and the risk-return factors of deals. We place a premium on the valuation, growth potential, and the personnel involved.
We selectively invest directly in private deals when the risk-return profile is attractive. We also opportunistically look for majority stakes in businesses that generate attractive cash flow.
Our trusted market intelligence and sound working relationships with our reliable local partners enable us to achieve substantial differentiation from our competitors in our real estate portfolio.
Adopting a highly bespoke strategy, all our developments are customised to the needs of our esteemed customers and investors.
Taking a mid-to-long-term view, we integrate sustainability into the design of every asset, fusing innovation with practicality, and spatial experience with functionality.
To bring added value to our shareholders, we seek to diversify into mature foreign markets by leveraging on our network of trusted local partners. Our combined strengths and expertise position us well to access overseas opportunities.
Our portfolio in investment and real estate spans the US, the UK, China, Europe and Singapore.
SEED OF FAITH
On the real estate front, SEEDoE Ventures is our launchpad and incubator for establishing platforms for future growth beyond the shores of Singapore. We aim to form partnerships with renowned talents and local experts in various developed markets. For our first such venture, we have set up SEEDoE London to expand our real estate development footprint.
We have partnered with London's award-winning Serie Architects to develop residential projects of premium quality. Over the past decade, we have built a vast network and deep understanding of the London market, and working closely with our partners, these seeds of opportunities will flourish. With commitment and in faith, these seeds will allow us to scale up our in-house capabilities built over the decades and deploy capital and resources to areas of greatest needs.
Seed of Faith, experience the transformation
PARTNERS OF SEEDOE VENTURES
Serie Architects. Serie is an international practice specialising in architecture, urban design and research. It is known for its spatial intelligence, formal elegance and contextual engagement and has gained a reputation for designing distinctive buildings.
Serie’s many accolades include clinching the award at the international design competition for the 1,200sqm BMW London 2012 Olympic Pavilion in 2011 and winning the international open design competition for the Singapore State Courts Complex in 2012.
Its other notable works include Oasis Terraces, NUS School of Design & Environment 4, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, and The Tote, Mumbai, as well as the premium residential projects of One Pearl Bank in Singapore and Park Regent @ Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur.
Reach Living LLP. Reach Living is a professional property development company with a geographical focus on London and its surroundings. From concept to completion, its core activities range from land acquisition, planning enhancement through to construction and exit for residential-led mixed use developments.
The founders of Reach Living gained invaluable experience as project leads in significant regeneration schemes within the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor, notably the central masterplan sites that include a 650-unit mixed use scheme in central Bletchley and a 129-unit residential tower in Bedford. A desire to focus on quality over quantity has led the founders to pivot to its current strategic aim of sourcing and developing quality boutique schemes in the capital.
We are a dynamic boutique firm that focuses on quality, value, drive and passion. Every staff member is a team player in a dynamic and closely knit family. We aim to be innovative, meticulous, bold, adventurous and forward looking. We believe in celebrating as a team in success, picking ourselves up in failure, and preparing ourselves while waiting for opportunities. In differences, we listen with patience and empathy, and in the midst of unknowns, we remain confident in our faith.
At the Kimen Group, passion, purpose and perseverance are the drivers in our strive for excellence. It takes passion to always be meticulous in what we do, a determined purpose to be accountable for everything that is entrusted to us, and a steely perseverance that delivers results. These are the values we hold dear as a family.
We are determined, driven and dedicated
We are mature, united and responsible
AW Chye Huat
Before joining Kimen Group, Chye Huat was an Executive Director at UOB Venture Management, where he was a member of the management and investment committees. Before that, he was a Strategic Investment Manager at Intel Capital responsible for Intel Capital’s investments in the ASEAN countries. Prior to working in venture capital, he started his career as an IC design engineer, and was the marketing manager at Hewlett-Packard, responsible for the worldwide product marketing of infrared data communication components.
Chye Huat graduated from Stanford University, USA, with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore.
Chye Huat is a member of the investment committee of the Asia Impact Investment Funds, a joint venture fund series between UOB Venture Management and Credit Suisse; he was also a member of Republic Polytechnic's Advisory Committee to the School of Management and Communication, a member of the National University of Singapore Venture Support Fund Steering Committee, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center.
Chye Huat’s experience ranges from research and development, marketing, venture capital, to portfolio investment and management.
Trained as an architect, Arthur has more than 29 years of real estate experience in both the private and public sectors.
Before joining Kimen, he was CapitaLand’s Group’s Deputy Chief Real Estate Officer, Chief Development Planning Officer, and founder of the new flexible workplace business unit Bridge+. He led the product design and planning strategy of projects such as Ascent of Science Park I and 79 Robinson Road in Singapore, as well as the 10sqkm Chengdu mixed-use science city in China.
Prior to that, he was the Director of Land Planning at JTC, overseeing the development strategy, master planning, urban design, land use policies and land resource management of industrial land and buildings in Singapore, including projects such as the One-North development and the Seletar Aerospace Park.
Arthur also serves as a Senior International Advisor to Fundacion Metropoli in Madrid, Spain, a non-profit organisation that focuses on the innovation and development of cities and regions. He was also the Adjunct Expert for Centre of Liveable Cities, Singapore, and the Academic Director for Nanyang Technological University's Business School Executive Program for Urban Developments.
Arthur graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture with an American Institute of Architects Medal and obtained a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
POON Siew Loong
Associate Director (Real Estate Investment)
- More than 25 years of investment experience.
- Successfully raised multiple real estate investment funds.
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
LAI Chien Chou
Real Estate Manager
- Has more than 20 years of experience with one of the best commercial airlines in the world, renowned for its stellar service, both in-flight and airport customer services. Played pivotal role in various overseas joint ventures.
- Worked as a R&D engineer in a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation.
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.
Real Estate Executive
- More than 10 years of investment experience in Real Estate and Public Equity.
- Developed a data-driven investment model via Python programming.
- Graduated with a Master of Engineering degree from the Imperial College London.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
- Performs bottom-up research on investments and assessing new opportunities.
- Oversees a diversified equity portfolio.
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) from Singapore Management University.
- Chartered Accountant (CA) with over 20 years of experience.
- Manages all aspects of accounting and finance.
- Processes transactions and analyses financial data to help achieve the financial objective of the organisation.
LEOW Aik Kian
- A multi-disciplinary design consultant with over 20 years of experience.
- Practice spans various design disciplines from interior architecture to visual communication.
- An active design educator who delivers degree, diploma, and adult certificate programmes.
- Seasoned editor, copywriter and researcher with over 30 years of experience in publishing, content creation and graphic design.
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from National University of Singapore and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Design) from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.
COLLABORATION @ KIMEN
At the Kimen Group, we welcome entrepreneurs, consultants, freelance artists and talents to join our collaborative space. We hope to create an ecosystem of professionals that will generate a community that thrives on collaborations and connections.
GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
To encourage and empower our people to give back to the community, we work closely with like-minded organisations to develop programmes that will support our beneficiaries' development of their skills and confidence.
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QiEn Children Tuition Centre at Lashio Myanmar
These are exciting times as the world grapples with new technologies, new norms, new frontiers and new investment and real estate opportunities. With our core values firmly established amidst an inclusive, collaborative and collegial work environment, we are well-positioned to face the future. Come journey with us and realise your full potential!
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