Edward Chia

Edward Chia

Managing Director
placeM One Pte Ltd,
Member of Parliament

Edward Chia is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Timbre Group. As a youth he pursued his passion for arts by founding the non-profit organisation Arts For Us All (AFUA) at the age of 18, engaging youths in arts-based community work and events. Edward continued to run AFUA during his National Service.

At 21, Edward co-founded Timbre (then named the Ublues Group) while pursuing his undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Two years later he became the Managing Director of the Group. He graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Economics and Political Science.

Edward co-founded the Timbre Group with the social mission of developing the Singapore music scene through the talent cultivation of local musicians, and growing sustainable audiences for them. Today, the group has evolved into a holistic music lifestyle company with a diversified yet synergistic portfolio of businesses ranging from food and beverage, concert and festivals promotion and music education. With the opening of Timbre+ in 2016, and Yishun Park Hawker Centre in 2017. Edward has handed over executive leadership and ownership to his co-founder in June 2021.

In 2019, Edward founded placeM- an upstream to downstream place-making company that assist property owners to strategise and execute placemaking transformation. placeM current focus is in the area of re-purposing large scale sites into a living lab for sustainable living and experiences.

In 2010 Edward, together with the Group’s other Co-Founder Danny Loong, was conferred the Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year award under the Singapore Tourism Board’s Singapore Experience Awards. In 2011, he was awarded Outstanding Young Alumni by NUS. He became a recipient of the Singapore Youth Award in 2014. In the same year, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Singapore honoured Edward as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World under the Business, Economic, and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishment category. Edward also received the ASEAN Youth Award at the 21stst Youth Day Meeting in 2016.

Concurrent to his professional capacity of managing director of placeM One Pte Ltd, he is also a council member of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Since July 2020, Edward serves as a Member of Parliament and Grassroots Advisor for Holland Bukit Timah GRC.

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