Our Team

Development Partners

Karen Cheah

Founder and CEO

Karen Cheah is a former senior media executive with over 20 years of experience working with the world’s largest entertainment companies including start-ups. Her areas of expertise are in business development, marketing and communications. She has received over 60 international awards for her creative work including the John Hendricks Innovation Award twice for CSR initiatives in conservation. Karen started AlterPacks after completing her MSc at SMU, was on the Dean’s List and a Leadership Scholar. She is one of the 100 entrepreneurs featured in SMU’s 20th Anniversary book “Imagine Better” highlighting Alumni who have made a positive impact through their work.

Steven Tan Boon Heng

Chief Operating Officer

Steven Tan brings his global expertise of over 30 years in both the private and public sectors, having worked on smart cities development, big data analytics, spearheaded innovation development and operations. Prior to joining Alterpacks, Steven was the General Manager (Special Duties) at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Company (China). He was in the Republic of Singapore Navy as the Defence Attache in Beijing, chaired a working group at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, commanded a surface ship and a submarine, and held the appointment of Head Naval Research. He holds an MBA (UK, Distinction), MSc in Strategic Studies (China, Summa Cum Laude), and a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering (Japan, First Class Honours). Steven speaks and writes fluently in English, Chinese and Japanese.

Dr Mok Hon Yong

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer at Alterpacks, Dr. Mok Hon Yong brings over two decades of global expertise in the fields of semi-conductors and finance to the team. With an unwavering passion for sustainability, Dr. Mok is at the forefront of driving innovative solutions in eco-packaging. 

He draws on his experience as CSO at Onn Wah Tech Pte Ltd (OWT), where he manages the Finance and Project department while spearheading OWT’s innovation endeavors.

Dr. Mok’s academic journey includes a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Business Administration (Global MBA) from Alliance Manchester Business School, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019. Leveraging his expertise and established connections within pivotal markets, Dr. Mok is set to be a strategic cornerstone in Alterpacks’ journey towards a sustainable future.

Dr Liu Wu

Chief Technology Officer

Dr Liu Wu, heads up the only provincial engineering center for pulp molding in China, and brings his 30 years of experience in R&D and commercial application of plant fibers and natural polymer compounds to the Alterpacks team.  His work has received international awards and he is recognized as a leader in the commercial production of fully degradable plant fiber products that are also florine-free.  He is the doctoral supervisor of Hunan University of Technology and Nanhua University School of Packaging Materials. 

Nur Aina Farhana Mat Nasir

Research Engineer, Malaysia