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Lionel Lee

Lionel Lee is the Committee Chair at The Better Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation to make the world a better place, and the Chairman of Platinum Circle, a leading business group involving corporations with annual revenues exceeding USD100 million
Lionel Lee
Nationality
Singaporean
Residence
Singapore
Occupation
Business and marketing executive, board member, investor, and philanthropist, advisor, nonprofit leader
Organisations
Known for
Leadership roles (Amitie, Sans Frontieres, The Habibie Center, UNIFEM), Commitee Chair (The Better Foundation), Chairman (Platinum Circle)
Accolades
Honorary Secretary and Membership Chariman (Marketing Institute of Singapore), Young Ambassador (Opportunity International USA), Young Asian Leader (World Economic Forum, 2002), New Asian Leader (Committees for poverty, education and 2020 East Asian blueprint), Grassroots Leader and New Media Champion (People’s Association, Singapore)
Education
MBA (Strategic Marketing, University of Hull), Postgraduate Diploma (Marketing, The Chartered Institute of Marketing), Certificate (Advanced Management Skills, Singapore Institute of Management)
Social Media
Summary

Lionel Lee is an experienced executive, board member, investor and philanthropist in international business, advisory roles, and nonprofit leadership. He currently holds two major roles: as the Chairman of Platinum Circle, a leading business group involving corporations with annual revenues exceeding USD100 million; and as the Committee Chair at The Better Foundation, a private foundation and endowment established in 2020 with a mission to improve the world through philanthropy and by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Additionally, Lionel Lee currently sits on the board of over 13 companies and nonprofits, and is a trusted advisor to several UHNW families and single family offices across the globe. As an asset owner, he continues to hold and grow an international portfolio of real estate, public equities and fixed income that delivers perpetual wealth.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Lee has managed business portfolios totaling over USD500 million and USD3 billion AUM. He has also successfully contributed to more than 50 multinational corporations and small enterprises across 16 industries and 22 markets.

Beyond his corporate endeavours, Lionel Lee has dedicated himself to supporting and contributing to numerous nonprofit organisations, NGOs, social enterprises,and grassroots initiatives in Asia, Europe and the US. By providing leadership, governance, resources, and support, he has made a meaningful impact on more than 10 organisations in the nonprofit sector. His commitment to social causes underscores his passion for creating positive change and uplifting communities. He is a recipient of awards and honours including World Economic Forum Young Asian Leader, Young Ambassador for Opportunity International USA, New Media Champion for People's Association Singapore and partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Lionel Lee has delivered over 300 presentations on various business and private wealth topics. His insights were featured at global economic summits, industry conferences, business roundtables, corporate seminars, and workshops.

Biography

Lionel Lee is a highly accomplished professional with extensive experience in international business, advisory roles, and nonprofit leadership. Currently serving as the Committee Chair at The Better Foundation, he has made significant contributions to various industries and sectors across multiple markets.

Lionel Lee is the Chairman of Platinum Circle, a leading global business group of corporations, each having annual revenue exceeding USD 100 million, governments and intergovernmental organisations. He developed the group from a handful of enterprises in 2003 to an international community of corporations whose combined annual revenues exceeded USD1 trillion, government and intergovernmental organisations.

Platinum Circle offers a distinctively rare quality and quantity of access to senior executives of global multinationals, large national companies and government bodies. It is also known for its own brand of closed-door forums including the Asian Leadership Dialogues, Enterprise Roundtables, Society Parties and the Future Global 100.Together with a board of outstanding leaders from world-class corporations, large listed enterprises and governments, Lionel is addressing a global agenda and growing the Community to more than 5,000 global multinationals, local corporations and governments in Asia, Middle East, Africa Europe, America and Latin America in the foreseeable future. Lionel was a candidate for the Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore in 2009. Lionel is an experienced executive, board member, investor and social capitalist. In addition to chairing Platinum Circle, Lionel served on the boards and advised 28 small to listed companies in 13 industries and 16 markets.

Lionel Lee has amassed a wealth of experience in international assignments, executive leadership and advisory roles. Over the course of his 20 plus year career, he has managed business portfolios totaling over USD500 million and USD3 billion AUM. His expertise spans diverse areas, including setting up and leading boards and management teams, developing comprehensive plans, policies, and procedures, ensuring operational efficiencies, improving financial health, raising capital, expanding to new markets, and driving business growth. He has successfully applied his skills and knowledge to more than 50 small to listed multinational corporations operating across 16 industries and sectors in 22 different markets.

Beyond his corporate endeavors, Lionel Lee has dedicated himself to supporting and contributing to numerous nonprofit organizations, NGOs, social enterprises, and grassroots initiatives in Asia, Europe and the US. By providing leadership, governance, resources, and support, he has made a meaningful impact on more than 10 organizations in the nonprofit sector. His commitment to social causes underscores his passion for creating positive change and uplifting communities. He is a recipient of awards and honors including World Economic Forum Young Asian Leader, Young Ambassador for Opportunity International USA, New Media Champion for People's Association Singapore and partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

As a highly regarded speaker, thought leader and adjunct, Lionel Lee has delivered over 300 presentations on various business and private wealth topics. His insights were featured at global economic summits, industry conferences, business roundtables, corporate seminars, and workshops. His ability to articulate complex ideas and offer practical insights has made him a sought-after speaker in the business and nongovernmental community.

Lionel Lee's professional journey has spanned diverse markets and industries. From Australia to the United States, and from private equity to government and social enterprises, he has navigated the intricacies of 16 different industries and sectors. His industry successes include investment holdings, family offices, funds management, insurance, management consulting, software and IT, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, health and beauty, media, HR services, education, and more.
 


Vision

Lionel Lee's vision extends to fostering financial inclusion on a global scale. Recognizing the transformative power of accessible financial services through education, he aims to bridge the gap between the underserved and financial opportunities. Through his leadership, he seeks to create platforms that empower marginalized communities with tools for economic growth and stability. By harnessing his extensive experience and networks, he envisions a world where everyone, regardless of their background, can access and benefit from the financial resources they need to thrive.

He recognizes the potential of technology to uplift societies, but also acknowledges the risks of leaving individuals behind. With a commitment to digital inclusivity, he strives to provide education and resources that empower people to navigate the digital landscape confidently.

Lionel Lee's vision extends to the empowerment of refugees, recognizing their resilience and potential. He envisions a world where displaced individuals are not defined by their circumstances but are empowered to rebuild their lives. Through partnerships, advocacy, and support networks, he seeks to provide refugees with access to education, skills training, and opportunities for self-sufficiency. 


Recognition and Awards
Lionel has played leadership roles in social enterprise and humanitarian programmes with Amitie, Sans Frontieres, The Habibie Center and UNIFEM. He was the Honorary Secretary and Membership Chariman for the Marketing Institute of Singapore and a Young Ambassador for Opportunity International USA. He was also a Young Asian Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2002 and served on its New Asian Leader committees for poverty, education and 2020 East Asian blueprint. Lionel currently serves as a Grassroots Leader and New Media Champion for the People’s Association in Singapore. Lionel was a candidate for the Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore in 2009. Lionel Lee is the Chairman of Platinum Circle, a leading global business group of corporations, each having annual revenue exceeding USD100 million, governments and intergovernmental organizations.

References
Lionel Lee
Nationality
Singaporean
Residence
Singapore
Occupation
Business and marketing executive, board member, investor, and philanthropist, advisor, nonprofit leader
Organisations
Known for
Leadership roles (Amitie, Sans Frontieres, The Habibie Center, UNIFEM), Commitee Chair (The Better Foundation), Chairman (Platinum Circle)
Accolades
Honorary Secretary and Membership Chariman (Marketing Institute of Singapore), Young Ambassador (Opportunity International USA), Young Asian Leader (World Economic Forum, 2002), New Asian Leader (Committees for poverty, education and 2020 East Asian blueprint), Grassroots Leader and New Media Champion (People’s Association, Singapore)
Education
MBA (Strategic Marketing, University of Hull), Postgraduate Diploma (Marketing, The Chartered Institute of Marketing), Certificate (Advanced Management Skills, Singapore Institute of Management)
Social Media

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