Mr Joel Lou
Young Professional of the Year, 2012
In 2006, he took on the leadership of JCSS, re-energizing the company and bringing it back to profitability. From a team of three, JCSS grew into a multicultural company of 80 dedicated employees strategically based across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Joel insists that the accomplishments of JCSS would have been impossible to achieve without its key asset - its people - who value the notion of working together as a family.
Through common shared values such as integrity, one family and one community, Joel leads a team that succeeds at finding creative and appropriate solutions for the biggest commodities players in the industry. Through his thought leadership, JCSS has won numerous awards, including Singapore's Enterprise 50, and Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 in Asia Pacific for two consecutive years. Most notably, Joel was conferred "Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year" by APEA in 2011.
Today, Joel not only oversees the overall corporate strategy of JCSS but also heads the sales and consultancy segments. He sets out to accomplish his vision to innovate, empower and transform the commodity trading industry by constantly questioning the company's processes in an era where new technology comes into play ever more frequently.
Ultimately, Joel aims at extending JCSS' values to an international community of traders and intermediaries, giving them new opportunities to trade with each other on an innovative global platform. He aims to achieve this through strategic investments in the continued development of cutting edge technologies for the JCSS platform.
His passion lies not only with his business, Joel loves to play golf and is an avid wine collector.