Founder, First Media Group
Mark Phooi is undoubtedly one of Singapore’s most accomplished design entrepreneurs who has worked his way up from a one-man operation in 1989, to CEO of First Media Group.
FM Group was one of Singapore’s largest locally owned communications group with over 15 design studios spread across seven Asian markets. It was awarded the Enterprise 50 Start-Up Award in 2005.
In 2006, Mark is also the only designer in Singapore to win the Top Entrepreneurs of the Year Award organised by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) and the Rotary Club of Singapore.
In the same year, he founded First Media Design School, which advocates teaching of design management and designpreneurship using his ‘tried and tested’ teaching methodology. Over the past decades, he has personally groomed more than 50 designpreneurs.
FMDS is headquartered in Singapore, and has operations in Jakarta, Surabaya, Manila, Davao, Cebu and Ho Chi Min City.
In March 2013, Mark published his biography titled ‘Think like a Sage, Work like a Fool, Act like a Criminal.’
Mark also holds a Master’s degree in design from University of New South Wales, Australia.