Introverts Network AsiaRedefining Introversion
Often confused with shyness, introversion does not imply social reticence or discomfort. Rather than being averse to social engagement, introverts become overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave a party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on. –
Laurie Helgoe, Psychologist
We are a growing, quiet group of professionals and business owners who seek to connect with other introverts. We prefer small group conversations to larger events and always enjoy the one-to-one chats with each other in this group.
We want to learn how to better relate, network and interact not only with introverts but with extroverts too. But we are not in a rush to welcome extroverts to this group. While business is important, we feel that it’s more important for us to feel comfortable in an environment that allows us to be ourselves. It’s tough enough out there.
If you are an introvert or introverted and looking for a platform to network, you are welcome here. We schedule meetings twice monthly to cater to employees as well as entrepreneurs. We will talk about work, business, family or life experiences.
Meet Our Team
As the founding city of Introverts Network Asia, it is not surprising that the INA HQ comprises of the stalwart founding members as well.
Founder (Singapore Network)
A contributing author in the New York Times best-seller Masters of Networking, Mervin is consulted by network leaders and organisers of networking events.
A Certified Behavioural and Career Consultant, he is co-author of “Turning Ideas Into Profit”, and author of “Purposeful Networking For Introverts” as well as “I Can Connect – An Introvert’s Handbook To Stress-Free Networking.”
His latest book “Because I’m Introvert, I Triumph” is co-authored with fellow members of the Introverts Network which he founded in 2013.
Mervin has started numerous networking communities and groups by himself or in collaboration with other leaders of influence, but many will agree that the most significant and much talked about community is the Introverts Network Singapore which he founded in May 2013.
He has started similar networking communities for introverts in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and the Philippines and has plans to develop these in other cities in the region under Introverts Network Asia.
As a Master Facilitator of Leadership Agility programmes for corporate executives, Mervin currently sits on the management team of a leadership development training company as its Executive Director (Regional).
Admin & Finance
Ashley is in the business of talent acquisition and she takes personal responsibility to steward the profession.
She has always been passionate about referrals marketing. Working with both agency and client side has allowed her to gained a detailed understanding of the power of referrals in shaping and influencing opinions and perceptions. She has always enjoyed the opportunity to share resources, connect people and encourage lifelong learning.
When she is not at work, she will be spending quality time with her God and her three children.
Melverick has than 20 years in the technology industry in roles ranging from ERP, marketing tech and digital transformation. His current role is in the developing and implementation of the digital transformation plan for SMEs to achieve growth & efficiency as the company adopt the tools of a digital business.
Community, Country Representative (Singapore)
Ray Oh is an Event Operation Manager, Financial Consultant, and President of a Business Networking Group.
Being a Father, Ray Oh’s goal is to help busy business owners, SME and individuals:
– start their retirement planning;
– connect with employees thru worksite benefits;
– achieve financial freedom and have the option to retire when they feel like it,
even with their Limited Budget and knowledge.
He especially loves photography, involves in charity works and Scuba diving.
You’ll find him pondering on ways to help SME review their employee’s medical benefits and also empowering individuals with the know-how in achieving retirement at their comfortable pace.
Lee Hui Fang
Events & Programme
Having gone through the challenge of rising up in the sales environment as an introvert, she fell in love with Introvert Network Asia (INA) immediately. She values the comfortable environment created for introverts to step out of their comfort zone at their comfortable pace. She sees it as her mission to protect, guard and promote this wonderful space.
Hui Fang is known for being Observant, Understanding, Caring and Helpful. Sessions she hosts or conducts are always well received by the participants, not just for INA events but also in her work in providing wellness programs on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Self Care solutions to corporates and individuals.
On top of her work and caregiving for her dad, she is also an active heritage tour guide with My Community sharing her Queenstown stories to keep the Queenstown satellite town alive. She has always believed that any places or buildings etc are just that unless you know the stories behind them.
Every introvert has a story to share. What’s yours? Share yours with Hui Fang.
Sin Kok Wai
Now he enjoys his private time with his two children while helping clients get their brand noticed online. A big contrast with the days of getting commissioned photographing for local and international publications.
A sponsor and core committee of B60 Charity Run 2017-18, Kok Wai’s goal is to support busy and ambitious business owner on their marketing work, even with their limited time and lack of marketing know-how.
He especially loves kids, playing the guitar, reading and exploring with software. You’ll find him pondering on finding effective ways to help retainer clients business grow.
Connect with him directly on Messenger
Marketing & Publicity
From being a scientist in a children’s hospital to working in media production, Rusydi has stumbled into several professions in the world of biochemical genetics, video marketing, and recently more into content strategy and copywriting.
A lot of these experiences were helpful (in a way) as an introvert, as most of them were behind the scenes. (Hooray to quiet time and introversion!)
As a marketing and content strategist, Rusydi’s work involves promoting several players in the personal development field, namely – Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, and T. Harv Eker’s signature Millionaire Mind Intensive Programme to Singapore.
So look for him if you need your marketing or copywriting stuff sorted out.
(Disclaimer: He’s not some mega-marketing GURU but he’ll do what he can to help)
Country Representative (Indonesia)
Ety works as a Procurement in the export-import industry. She is 35 years old and has previously worked as an English Teacher. She is a hardcore tea drinker, enjoys listening to music, culinary and travel. She is open-minded and loves learning new things.
Country Representative (Malaysia)
For over 35 years, Christine has been working mainly in IT Hardware and Software Sales. She has been an Entrepreneur, Motivator, and Encourager with more than 15 years of experience.
She runs her own business previously in New Zealand and currently in Malaysia. She loves to share her life experiences with campus students and young adults.
Currently, she is enthusiastically learning in forex investments where she believes she can realise her dream to sponsor a couple of missionaries who are overseas as well as to help people to have a good side income.
Country Representative (Philippines)
Wan Tung Han
My background in finance and IT has given me many opportunities to learn and relate to all kinds of people. I have gone from employee to business owner to entrepreneur.
In recent years, I have been in the property investment industry locally and abroad. I’ve been with INA since it started as Networking Just For Introverts in 2013.
I’m an introvert by nature but because of nurture and training in business networking, I am able to switch on my people-relating skills when the need arises.
My interest in football (soccer) led me to be certified as a referee 7 years ago. I started a football club 4 years ago and have been managing it ever since.
M Haidar Hanif
An Educator, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Consultant with more than 10 years of experience, Haidar has been developing various kinds of websites and applications in multiple ventures.
He taught people in classes and events in the technology and software industry. Experienced in founding a coding school (“Impact Byte”) which helps graduates get a job or even start their own ventures, he organized a global community (“High Skill Masters”) in order to connect highly skilled professional in real life around the world, while living as a digital nomad.
His latest venture (“Azobu” or “あそぶ”) is a playful online platform to develop more people to be modern professionals with high-income skills and better life skills, worldwide.
Joy Hou is a Registered Psychologist who takes a special interest in the mental and emotional well-being of individuals. Her work experience includes providing counselling services for individuals who seek emotional and psychological support.
Joy also currently conducts mental health-related talks and workshops in schools, and corporate and community organizations. Her strength as a counsellor and facilitator is in her ability to quickly build rapport with individuals with her warmth and enthusiasm.
Joy loves animals, especially doggies. When not at work, she enjoys exploring food places with her husband. Spending time at cafes, reading a good book also rejuvenates her.
KEO, Director, Esniche Real Estate Consultants Pte Ltd
An accomplished professional trainer and coach and WDA certified, he has been a hands-on practitioner in the real estate industry for over 30 years. Proficient in English and a linguist in Mandarin, his life and mindset changing training subjects include presentation skills, motivational sales and marketing, event and project communications, interpersonal and team building as well as organisational empowerment strategies.
Many participants who have benefited from his training and programmes consider him as a down-to- earth reality trainer and coach, highly talented and inspiring in impacting heart & mind change to do better in the market and work places. He specialises in small group facilitation and follow-through programmes designed to ensure success in the process of unlearning, learning and relearning in one’s life journey.
Andrew is the founder of Wasabi Consulting and The Anxious Executive initiative. Andrew is an Australian national who has worked with multi-national companies in Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. After a 25 year career in the corporate world, he started his own consulting business in 2018. He works with clients on sales and marketing transformation and training programs, coaching programs, Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and
Andrew is also a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) trainer. He has lived in Australia, Europe and Asia and has proudly called Singapore home for over 6 years.
Andrew describes himself as the ‘Chief Introvert’ of a program that works with Introverts in business to embrace their introversion (The Anxious Executive). Andrew is energised and rejuvenated by scuba diving, travel (including being alone in big cities), music and learning to embrace his own introversion.
Master of Development (Training Development)
Hazriq Idrus is Asia’s dynamic speaker on Applied Creativity and Communication. He is known for his ability to connect with an international audience. Hazriq uses interactive theatre improvisation approaches in his delivery that creates high-energy and unique presentations; delivered to your audience in a way they will never forget.
In his keynote address, Hazriq not only explains to audiences how they can meet their desired objectives but also demonstrates the techniques they need to do so. He also has his audiences practice with the hilarious power of theatre improvisation activities. This makes his session fun and accelerates learning.
If your organisation, association or industry struggles with any of the following issues, then using Hazriq as a keynote speaker for your next event may be what you need.
Introverts unite!: Community coaxes solitary souls out of shells
Time to talk: Participants of Introverts Network Asia take part in a discussion about various topics, including their experiences navigating life as introverts, in Jakarta on Saturday. (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)
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