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, Regional Director SEA
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.
Manjit Kaur, Business Manager
Part of the team who set up Real Life Sciences in Singapore back in 2012, Manjit has since grown the team and earned a name for herself in the life sciences market. Internally, she is also an empowering female leader in the business who has shown great resilience and portrays strong business acumen.
Tahmid Bin Zafar, Contracts Manager
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.
Insung Cho, Principal Recruitment Consultant
Along with Manjit, 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. He's also very well connected in the life sciences community in South Korea. Do reach out to him if you want to know more.
Alexandra Scattergood-Johnsen, Principal Recruitment Consultant
Previously from our German team, Alex has moved out to Singapore in 2019 to support the growth of commercial roles within medical devices in Asia, in particular sales functions. She is a star in networking events and has tremendous knowledge about the market.
Dinah Yazid, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
Dinah specialises in marketing roles within medical devices in Asia and is well connected to individuals both inside and outside of the life sciences scene. As such, she was able to value-add by helping many of her clients source some of the best talent in the market.
Vanessa Tan, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
A specialist within regulatory affairs recruitment, Vanessa has great working relationships with her clients and is always getting referrals from both her clients and candidates. She is great at meeting new people and is great at handling difficult situations.
Sharlyn Soh, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
Sharlyn specialises in supply chain recruitment within life sciences and is famous for her affable personality. She is extremely good in business development and has helped the team to build multiple new accounts. She is also an advocate for Women in Pharma.
Naavin Kumar, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
A mechanical engineering grad who chose to use his expertise to become a specialist in APAC’s engineering market, Naavin consistently strives for excellence and won Top Contract Rookie when he first started. He is also a sports enthusiast who likes playing soccer, tennis and badminton.
Born and bred in Singapore, Xuan Bin started his recruitment journey with us and never looked back. 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 scuba diving enthusiast, and spends his free time in the waters off Southeast Asia.