Founder's Story

Many years ago, Astrans(s) Pte Ltd Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Edmund Chew was the first to be awarded the SOE Honary Award for SMEs business owners.

With his great vision and business acumen in building the enterprise, he started from a modest $2.00 and set up his company to this date. It has been a long journey and he is still keeping fit to show the next generation that Entrepreneurship is a “never give up spirit”.

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management

While the 60 plus year-old has come a long way, his job is not done yet. He always wanted to achieve more than just a logistics business. He continues delivering his exemplary service to other sectors of businesses like going overseas to venture into Food & Beverage, Property Development, Marine and Security, and even Land Reclamation business.

Mr. Chew once shared in his speech: “This company that we build belongs to all of the staff that went through thick and thin with me. The customer is the real boss. They are part of our team. That’s why I remind myself to provide my service for them.”

our team

MR. ALFONSO G. CUSI

ADVISOR

 

Alfonso G. Cusi has more than four decades of leadership experience in both private and public sectors, his most recent as the Secretary of Energy of Philippines from June 2016 to June 2022.  As a leader in the Philippine business sector, Cusi was engaged in the logistics and transportation industries.
 
He was the Chairman of the Batangas-based shipping company Starlite Ferries, Inc., which is spearheading the modernization of the domestic shipping industry with its recent acquisition of brand-new roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) commercial vessels custom built in Japan.
 
Recognized as a good corporate steward, he also served as Board Member of the mining firm Intex Resources Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of the Norway-based Intex Resources ASA.
 
Cusi started his career in the government service during the Arroyo administration, serving as General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) from February 2001 to July 2004. He was instrumental in the launch of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway that linked Luzon, Mindoro, Panay and Zamboanga del Norte in the country’s western seaboard.
 
He also served as General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from August 2004 to March 2010. He initiated the opening of the mothballed NAIA Terminal 3 in 2008.
 
As Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines from March to December 2010, he laid the groundwork for the restoration of the Category 1 status of the Philippine aviation industry.
 
Cusi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 from La Salle College in Bacolod, his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1976 from the University of the Philippines-Cebu, and his Doctorate in Business degree, honoris causa, in 2008 from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
 
He was also the Vice-Chairman of PDP-Laban prior to his appointment as a member of the cabinet.
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MR. RICHARD YAP

ADVISOR

 

Our advisor, Mr Richard Yap, has led us thus far in growing our international presence by overseeing our day-to-day administrative and operational functions of Astrans.

Richard has a wide ranging career and extensive experience in the public administration, investment management and high-tech industries. He spent the first 10 years of his career in the public sector as the Head and Director of International Operations with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

After public service, he was on the Advisory Board of a few high-tech venture companies from Europe and Asia in the areas of artificial intelligence, manufacturing solutions and technologies. In 2018, he set up a US$200 mil family office fund in Singapore with the focus to invest into high tech and disruptive technologies as well as the establishment of the Singapore office for a Japanese private equity investment firm.

Richard has Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic) from The University of Tokyo and MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.