Karen Seah

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Karen Seah is an established serial entrepreneur in Southeast Asia and also a Founding Partner at Sygnum. Karen founded Refinery Concepts and developed an award-winning portfolio of businesses across Singapore and Australia. Further, she founded Refinery Media. Karen has expertise in creative concepts, marketing, branding and social media strategies, and in setting up new businesses, trouble-shooting operations and turning around businesses. Karen holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Boston University.

Professional History

2018 – present


  • Founding Partner, Singapore

2009 – present

Refinery Media

  • CEO and Executive Producer, Singapore

2014 – 2017

Refinery Concepts

  • CEO, Singapore

2011 – 2014

The Big Idea

  • Executive Director, Singapore

2003 – 2005

ZOUK Kuala Lumpur

  • Executive Director of Operations, Kuala Lumpur

2002 – 2004


  • Managing Director and Owner, Kuala Lumpur

1999 – 2003

SALT Nightclub

  • Managing Director and Owner, Melbourne



Boston University, USA, Master of Science in Psychology


Boston University, USA, Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism