Meet the team
Real Life Sciences delivers a world-class recruitment service that adapts to your changing needs. With the strength and agility of a global staffing company, we are able to work across both permanent and contractual roles in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia to ensure all of our clients and candidates get a tailored approach that achieves the best outcome for them.
Alena Salakhova, Managing Director Asia (excl. Japan)
With over a decade of experience within recruitment across the world, Alena has developed a good understanding of various markets, specialisms and the art of headhunting. She has proficient understanding of the markets in APAC and is a key leader in our business.
Kelvin Pang, Business Leader Asia (excl. Japan)
Originally from Hong Kong, Kelvin joins the team with 8 years of experience within the Healthcare sector in Singapore. He brings along his strong connections in Hong Kong and Thailand, where he has personally built and led teams in the region. He specialises within the Medical Devices sector so reach out if you want to know more.
Tahmid Bin Zafar, Head of Contracts Division
Tahmid started the Contracts business for Real Life Sciences Singapore and has since hit multiple milestones in his career. He is a well-respected manager in the business, an amazing mentor and a great advocate for customer experience which wins him both new and repeat businesses.
Kate Silaeva, Head of Permanent Division
With 15 years of recruitment experience across Asia and Europe and relocating to Singapore 7 years ago, Kate has held multiple leadership roles and have established a solid reputation in talent solutions across Asia. She successfully scaled various practices for recruitment companies, have set up new lines of businesses and is highly valued for her commercial acumen.
Insung Cho, Team Manager
Insung is one of the pioneers in starting Real Life Sciences in 2012. A Korean native, he has since helped to expand our offerings into South Korea since 2017 and has received great success. He has now built a network within the life sciences community in South Korea. Do reach out to him if you want to know more.
Catherine Tseng, Team Manager
Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge in Food Science and Nutrition industry. She currently heads the Operations team for the Food, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry in Real. She is inspired to partner with world-renown manufacturers to recruit for top Manufacturing, Operations, Supply Chain, Procurement, Engineering and R&D talent. She is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Alexandra Scattergood-Johnsen, Team Manager
Alex (as her friends would call her) was born and raised in Luxembourg and is mixed German-Norwegian. She always had a keen interest for sales and people-oriented business. And this was accompanied with her passion to work with companies that could change lives. She moved to Singapore and stayed with Real with her passion for the medical devices industry.
Xuan Bin See, Team Manager
Born and bred in Singapore, Xuan Bin started his recruitment journey with us and never looked back. As one of the top performers in the team, he is now in charge of the Pharmaceutical contractual market, and is often lauded for his commitment and responsibility towards his clients and candidates. Xuan Bin is also a rock climbing and scuba diving enthusiast, and often spends his free time in the waters off Southeast Asia.
Indra Ismail, Senior Consultant
Indra brings with him more than 7 years of experience within business development across E-commerce, Oil & Gas as well as the Tech sector. He has proven to be extremely versatile and adaptable which is a great addition to our life science team. He specialises within Engineering and is a true believer that contract recruitment is the new normal. Outside of recruitment, he also volunteers and provides assistance to special needs children.
Alexis Lim, Senior Consultant
Alexis specialises in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Scientific Affairs within Medical Devices in Life Sciences. Her friendly and approachable personality alongside a high quality of professionalism has allowed her to connect and built great relationships with her clients and candidates. Feel free to reach out if you work within this space.
Sarah Myers, Senior Consultant
With 10+ years of international experience across the APAC region and a background in healthcare, Sarah possesses a strong desire to leave a positive impact in communities that involve health professionals treating patient side effects, as well as developing partnership with leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Covering the Clinical market, please reach out to her if you require support.
Adrian Leong, Senior Consultant
Adrian specialises within commercial roles for Medical Devices & Biotechnology and has a wealth of experience working with HRs. He also recently worked with tech talent before returning to Real. Outside of recruitment, Adrian loves playing a game of basketball.
Vy Lam, Specialist Consultant
Vy comes with 4 years working experience in recruitment, specialising in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices in Vietnam. She had the privilege to work alongside top multinational companies, and is very well-equipped in developing trust with her customers with her niche service delivery.
Ong Yan Qi, Specialist Consultant
Yan Qi brings 7 years of recruitment experience specialising in Medical & Sciences. Working alongside restructured hospitals, private medical groups, and solution providers, she aims to build exceptional relationship between with her clients and top talents across long- and short-term contingency plans tailored to their needs.
Manish Sadhwani, Senior Consultant
Manish specialises in Procurement & Supply Chain roles for the Pharma, Medical Device, Consumer and Chemical industries. With his diverse experience in the industry and high level of professionalism, he believes in conducting a quality-driven approach that can allow him to enhance long term partnerships with his clients and candidates.
Nicholas Robert Mackay, Principal Consultant
With over 7 years of experience specialising in healthcare and medical operations in different global geographies, Nicholas worked with hospitals, clinics and practices, and healthcare organisations across Singapore and the APAC region assisting them to find the top level talent they need to drive their services forward in the provision of world leading care. He believes that recruitment is less science and more art - the art of connecting the dots between clients and candidates.
Kay Dhupar, Senior Consultant
With over 10 years of experience in sales, Kay has always been a people’s person and this personality trait served her well when building meaningful long-term relations with various businesses and individuals. With expertise in medical affairs, she aims to bridge the gap between people and organisations with effective communication to help them achieve their goals and build successful partnerships.
Eve Ng, Specialist Consultant
Eve's goal is to be the expert in the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RA/QA) space across the Pharmaceutical industry to support my customers. Outside of work, she teaches HIIT classes and do quite a bit of workouts. In her free time she also does voluntary work to help our migrant workers community.
Chua Wen Zhe, Specialist Consultant
Prior to recruitment, Wen Zhe has been involved in upholding workers’ rights and interests for 3 years as an Industrial Relations Officer. He aspires to create positive impact in people’s lives by helping candidates achieve their ideal careers. His hobbies include board games, singing and reading webtoons.
Niharika Shrivastava, Senior Contract Management Consultant
Niharika has over 8 years of experience in the Singapore contracting environment, within the IT space. She is well-versed with the full life cycle of contractor management from onboarding to exit, and prides herself to be an approachable and solution-oriented person.
Melissa Khoo, Candidate Consultant
Majoring in Psychology, and being in the service line for 4 years, Melissa enjoys conversing with people and learning more about them. This is what attracted her to join recruitment where she am able to have fruitful conversations whilst supporting people reach their next goal in life.
Shareen Grace, Candidate Consultant
With over 15 years of experience in customer service and sales. In her role here, she supports the Food Science and Nutrition, Pharmaceutical and Contract Research Organisation, and Medical Devices and Biotechnology industries. Shareen possesses a very creative mind and enjoys creating art outside of work which includes baking and doing professional make-up.
Rachel Ho, Candidate Consultant
Rachel pursued business studies specialising in HR and dabbled in short stints in talent acquisition and L&D. She is currently interested to expand her knowledge of the pharma scene, build a strong network and hone her technical skills. Outside of work she loves anything sports-related from floorball, gym, hiking and running. In her free time she likes listening to podcasts too.