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Elaine Kim is a medical doctor and entrepreneur
She practises medicine in palliative care, caring for terminally ill patients.
Elaine is also the co-founder and CEO of CRIB, a social enterprise that empowers women to become successful entrepreneurs through: (1) CRIB Society’s business network, (2) CRIB Match which provides start-ups access to human resource and funding, eg through CRIB Angels Club (a network of investors), and (3) CRIB EQUIP which provides access to training and mentorship.
A passionate advocate for involved parenthood alongside career success, Elaine co-founded Trehaus Co-work, Singapore’s first co-working space which combines a vibrant, conducive co-working environment with an adjacent creche that provides full child-minding, nursery playschool programmes and enrichment classes, and is launching an early education programme.
An experienced entrepreneur and angel investor, her other businesses included Trinity Bridal in Hong Kong and Trinity Gallery in Singapore, which carry exclusive retail distributorships for leading luxury gown designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera .
A freelance travel journalist, she contributes to magazines including Tatler and Robb Report.
Actively involved in philanthropy, she has led awareness-building and fund-raising initiatives for charities such as BMDP, Dover Park Hospice and RiverKids, raising over $1 million for causes that support patients with cancer, the terminally ill and and victims of trafficking. She was an ambassador for UN Women’s SNOW (Say “No” to the Oppression of Women”). She also launched CRIB’s philanthropic arm CRIB Gives Back, which helps raise funds for charities, supports social enterprises and engages the philanthropic community.
She is a member of the Milken Young Leaders Circle and was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She is married to venture capitalist John Kim, managing partner of Amasia VC. They have 3 young sons.