Managing Director - Expara, Expara IDM Ventures, Expara Ventures III
Douglas Abrams is the founder and CEO of Expara and Expara IDM Ventures, Singapore’s leading incubator fund. He has launched two seed stage (Expara IDM Ventures I and II) and one early-stage venture fund (Extream Ventures) in Singapore since 2007. Douglas is a Managing Director of Expara Ventures Thailand and Expara Malaysia. He was a founding partner of Parallax Capital Management, a funds management company, focused on real estate private equity investment and early-stage venture capital. Prior to coming to Singapore in 2000, Mr. Abrams managed information technology at JPMorgan for 14 years. From 1997 to 1999, he was Global Markets Head of Internet Marketing, and from 1991 to 1997, he was VP and Manager of Investment Banking Technology.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School, where he has lectured on New Venture Creation for undergraduates and Technopreneurship for graduate students since 2001. He has been a Visiting Professor in Venture Capital for the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok since 2007. Mr. Abrams is Chairman of the Business Angel Network of South East Asia (BANSEA), was previously Deputy Co-Chairman and has been a Director since 2002. He served on the board of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) from 2009-2010.
Mr. Abrams graduated from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications and received an MBA from The Wharton School.