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Who we are.

We’re a team of fresh-thinking bears and cubs from all over Asia and Europe. Our headquarters are located in a beautiful, renovated shophouse in China town in Singapore, within walking distance of the CBD and several MRT stations. Check out Careers or come by for coffee if you are interested to join our team. We are always on the lookout for like-minded individuals.


The Team
Andre Hesselink
CEO
Amelia Lim
HEAD OF MARKETING (MALAYSIA)
Amanda Song
SEO Manager
Andre Hesselink
Big Bear
Andre is a global nomad, having lived in the Netherlands, Spain, the US, Germany and now Singapore. He chases the entrepreneurial thrill of creating new businesses in all these countries and enjoys transforming traditional offline companies into heavyweight customer-focused online presences. Outside work, he chases a different kind of thrill, such as paragliding, snowboarding, race biking and long-distance running.
Amelia Lim
Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Malaysian-born Amelia once took an 18-hour train ride from Yangon to Bagan without proper toilets and drove from KL to Penang barely hours after getting her driving license. Naturally, after 18 years of marketing for banks, government linked and pro-creation companies, she decided to be own boss and set up a PR agency that was bought at a handsome sum after two years. Coming to GoBear is not a return to the corporate world according to Amelia, it’s going to be another hell of a ride for this gung-ho marketer.
Amanda Song
The Chinese native who lives and breathes SEO has worked with big tech boys like Microsoft and HP in the last seven years. She struts around the office like a living Google Adword glossary and whips the content writers into shape when they get too ‘emotional’ in their writing.
Art (Chakrit Senkhao)
CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER (THAILAND)
Brave (Polamin Wuthithanakul)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (THAILAND)
Deanson Yeo
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Art (Chakrit Senkhao)
Brave (Polamin Wuthithanakul)
GoBear Thailand
Deanson Yeo
Frank Stevenaar
SENIOR VP FINANCE
Gary (Yuttana Saisangkagomon)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Hian Liang Kong
PRODUCT OWNER
Frank Stevenaar
PAWFIT AND LOSS I/C
Sometimes, Frank knows when to go with the flow. Like when he’s white water rafting down the River Ganges or riding his bike in a peloton. At other times, he knows when to fight the current. Like when he helped launch GoBear (he says it’s one of his career highlights!). He believes his efforts with the great GoBear team will be able to disrupt the financial industry.
Gary (Yuttana Saisangkagomon)
GoBear Thailand
Gary enjoys delving into the depths of the oceans and swimming among the world’s most beautiful corals. His delight in the beauty of nature and the people within it, is what had provided a soul to great many digital platforms. Today, Gary is a key driver of the machinery which forms the heartbeart of GoBear Thailand.
Hian Liang Kong
Voice of value-add
Kong embodies the spirit of life being a journey and not a destination. Like when he threw away the roadmap and took an unplanned roadtrip across Malaysia. Or when he decided to move to Singapore at the age of 19 to study before joining a web-based development company as an account and project manager. He loves to take offline consumer and experiences online and hopes his journey with GoBear means learning from the experiences of the team.
Hakim Rahim
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Ian Shoon
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (MALAYSIA)
Ivonne Bojoh
SENIOR VP IT & DEVELOPMENT
Hakim Rahim
Our design whizz who is savvy with online and offline productions, hails from the travel industry before joining GoBear. Hakim’s wanderlust has taken him to Switzerland, where he zip-lined from the top of Jungfraujoch and parasailed across the Greek ocean. You would catch him daydreaming about décor ideas for his future New York home when he’s not decorating our website.
Ian Shoon
GoBear Malaysia
Ivonne Bojoh
BEAR-END DEVELOPER
Ivonne worked on international start-ups since 1996 before spending the last four years heading up a leading mobile full-service agency. GoBear is her 5th start-up and she compares joining GoBear to her experience skydiving with her 73 year-old mother: an adrenaline rush, super exciting, something she could ‘jump’ right into, and a natural high with absolutely zero room for error.
Iskandar Ezzahuddin
COUNTRY DIRECTOR (MALAYSIA)
Jacob Yan
UI EXPERIENCE DESIGNER
Jann Tee
FINANCE DIRECTOR
Iskandar Ezzahuddin
GoBear Malaysia
Born in Edinburgh, raised in Kuala Lumpur and educated in Dublin, Iskandar has traversed the FMCG and banking industries for the last 16 years before his current foray into Fintech. He always has Frave solutions. Locked out in the freezing cold without your hotel entrance keys? Not a problem: simply climb fences, break windows and saunter through the hallway with bloodied hands in true James Bond fashion. We think this Frave streak can be traced back to his youth when he traded a chartered accountant internship for musicianship. Wrong move he says. But we’re impressed.
Jacob Yan
When Jacob moved to Singapore 10 years ago, little did he know he would have be making waves of difference to the liquorice-noshing team at GoBear. He’s since creamed the dailies at the pool table in the recent GoBear Pool championship, all whilst developing a new application which has improved business results & internal efficiencies. Jacob is planning his next adventure in the terrains of parachuting & bungee jumping.
Jann Tee
NO MONEY NO HONEY / KEEPER OF COINS
Jann has work experience managing finances and accounting for the APAC region in an international firm. She's fiercely independent, and ranks backpacking alone as one of the best experiences of her life. She feels that this independence and adventurous spirit will enable her to really contribute to the GoBear vision of making insurance easier for everyone.
Janis Tse
SENIOR VP MARKETING
Janice Lim
PRODUCT OWNER
Kim van Vliet
PRODUCT MANAGER
Janis Tse
Tenacity has to be Janis’ middle name. Robbed of her last coin overseas? Just carry on travelling. This marketing whiz from Hong Kong also has a thing for wild-animal cage wrestling: The former regional marketing expert of Tiger Airways now redefines user engagement and consumer behaviour at GoBear. Go Janis!
Janice Lim
Janice claims her transformation from a traditional ad-man role into a tech product manager is the scariest thing she’s ever done. But we think her decision to ink five tattoos in a year was far more daunting! This cool chick who can mouth Mille-feuille fluently and faster than she can take a bite has a penchant for culturally disruptive work.
Kim van Vliet
From gymnastic champion, optometrist, corporate banker, insurance broker to product developer at GoBear, the mother of one seems to be a natural at everything she does (also best at planking in the office). While she humbly attributes her success to hard work, we don’t get why this arachnophobic would overwork her nerves by trekking through a jungle full of spiders. Clearly, everybody defines hard work very differently.
Kristine Esperacion
CONTENT & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (PHILIPPINES)
Lim Liu Teng
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
Levi Cantor
PRODUCT SPECIALIST (PHILIPPINES)
Kristine Esperacion
GoBear Philippines
Kristine lives up to the #yolo generation, having snuck off from class to join the auditions for Miss Saigon when she was 14. While she remains ashamed of the story behind that, this girl is unapologetic about bringing kids off the streets through campus journalism and women empowerment talks back in her hometown. Kristine is currently rummaging insurance policies at GoBear to simplify the confusing. Don't forget to check the blogs!
Lim Liu Teng
Liu Teng treks discovery by losing herself in the wonders of it all. Her fearless attitude is possibly why she has yet to experience what scary means. This is an obvious testimony to her game-on attitude when it comes to new adventures. Indeed Liu Teng has taken her work through various countries accounts Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Korea and Philippines. She now adds Malaysia and Thailand under her belt with the expansion of GoBear into these countries.
Levi Cantor
GoBear Philippines
If Levi was in the dictionary, he would probably mean insurance master. He knows the ups and downs and the smallest crevices about the industry given 22 years in the National Reinsurance Corporation in the Philippines. At GoBear, Levi envisions to increase the insurance penetration rate in the country. According to him, marriage is the ultimate and fravest adventure he stepped into. Way to go, Levi!
Mack Ferguson
Product Specialist
Marine Lacourie
QA Manager
Marnix Zwart
SENIOR VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Mack Ferguson
After treading 5,000km from Salta to Lima, frolicking with dolphins, piranhas and alligators in the Amazon, and spending six months in China making like a true Pai Mei disciple, Mack is finally ready for some real challenges. At Gobear, he succeeded at launching our credit card comparison tool. Now, he is tasked with the launch of our loans comparison tools.
Marine Lacourie
When she’s not busy assessing the quality of GoBear’s products in the digital realm, Marine, as true to her name, prefers to live in the deep ocean. The bona fide scuba diver, who’s relatively new to the Singapore climate, joins us to further enhance and improve GoBear’s products across all international markets.
Marnix Zwart
COMMERCE COMMANDER
Marnix might have braved nocturnal walks with crocodiles, lions and hyenas in Kenya with nothing but a stick for protection, but one of his bravest encounters with a large animal has to be with a bear. After founding Kroodle.nl in the Netherlands and spearheading online projects with Aegon and ING, he moved to Singapore to tackle the toughest animal yet: GoBear.com. He strongly believes in the strength of GoBear and can’t wait for it to bear fruit.
Nicola Thomas
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Nur Faezah Binte Hamzah
OFFICE MANAGER
Pam Chuang
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Nicola Thomas
BEAR DRIVER
Mountain biking down a downhill track with baboons on either side and owning a small farm in South Africa, is just a glimpse of Nicola’s breadth of life experiences. She attributes project successes to an energised and motivated team and is looking to taking the bull by the horns… or bear by the ears as she sees lots of Asia with GoBear.
Nur Faezah Binte Hamzah
DEN DIRECTOR
Having worked in the hospitality, airline and recruitment industries, Eza has developed a knack for adaptability. A trait that stands her in good stead in a fast-growing start-up that requires all hands on deck, no matter your job scope or how tough a task is. Eza's already tried her hands at adapting to different environments, such as navigating a jungle on an ATV and jumping into a 3 metre pool as part of her airline training without knowing how to swim.
Pam Chuang
BUSINESS CLAWS
Pam seems to have a love for animals. She moved from launching dog and cat insurance to launching a Bear! Being among the pioneers of a disruptive digital start-up thrills her. She really enjoys the fun and brave energy of Gobear and the speed at which GoBear works to design and deploy great user-friendly features. Off work, Pam loves art and design, and appreciates smartness in people and things.
Pooja Khemlani
PRODUCT SPECIALIST
Reetabrata Har
DATA SCIENTIST
Rommel Torres
Country Director (Philippines)
Pooja Khemlani
The youngest cub in the team started out as an intern in GoBear and was quickly given a full time role as a product specialist. This is Pooja’s first job and she’s determined to make it a career highlight by taking GoBear to pole position in the financial comparison industry.
Reetabrata Har
Reeto, as we all call him, is a man of few words except when it comes to carparks, because the ones in India are huge and deserving of much praise. Other times, we can hardly track him down as he burrows himself in the company’s books and looks up now and then with a data verdict. The figures have been good so far, so we look forward to hearing from him.
Rommel Torres
GoBear Philippines
There are two sides of Rommel Torres. One side is an advocate of the farm to table lifestyle while the other half of him can't get enough of the startup culture. GoBear isn't his first fintech startup and he reckons this one will rock the nation's financial industry. Rommel envisions that his future kid will live to see GoBear become an institution in the Philippines. If he's not in the office, he's probably swimming with whale sharks or free-falling from the edge of a 90-foot cliff.
Shu Zhou (Suzy)
SCRUM MASTER
Synn Navamananda
COUNTRY DIRECTOR (THAILAND)
Wongkot Tohsaeng
PRODUCT OWNER
Shu Zhou (Suzy)
An afternoon at MacRitchie Reservoir was no walk in the park for Suzy, who found herself lost for hours. But toss this petite dynamo into the murky depths of the Internet and she can navigate through it like a fish under water. After working in cities from Shanghai to Singapore, she now breathes GoBear’s mission – to compare financial products through a simple platform – and can’t wait to take it global.
Synn Navamananda
GOBEAR THAILAND
Synn’s alias has got to be ‘Contagious Joy’. His effervescent personality has left its imprint in the banking industry across Asia & the Middle East; at GoBear, Synn continues to inflect the same motivation in his teams as he takes each project to greater heights. And that’s only the beginning of his glossary of the word “altitude”. When he is not getting on a plane with his mates from Bangkok to register the Harlem Shake in parts of Asia, Synn can be seen freerunning, jumping across 18 storey buildings.
Wongkot Tohsaeng
Thai native Wongkot was looking for adventure and walked right in. He’s had nearly a decade of experience building IT infrastructure across the business, travel, energy, and financial worlds. That’s when the free spirit is not getting in trouble with mum for crashing her car, or trying to impress the cutest girl in town (he was all of 13). At GoBear, he impressed us with how he wants to change the way everyone buys insurance.
Ung (Ungsana Nanarnon)
Marketing Manager (Thailand)


Ung (Ungsana Nanarnon)
GoBear Thailand
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