Mind Transformations

James Leong

Associate Trainer

James is the founder and master trainer of VisionsOne Consulting Pte Ltd. He brings to his clients and participants 20 years of financial, management and international training experience. Prior to becoming a professional training consultant, he managed the finance, administration and human resources functions in Asia Pacific for a US MNC as regional financial controller. James received his professional training with a Big Four international accounting firm. He also practised as a certified financial planner with a major financial services institution. As a chartered accountant, James achieved distinction for achieving the top 5% of results in his professional accounting examinations in Australia. His extensive professional qualifications, training and experience enable him to provide quality advice for his consulting clients and an enriching learning environment for his training participants.

James' teaching experience includes being an adjunct faculty member with National University of Singapore. He has facilitated in the Certified Financial PlannerCM professional certification programme and also the CA programme for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. His academic teaching experience allows him to provide a structured learning experience for his participants.

In his customised training programmes, James consults for clients including US Fortune 100 companies such as, Becton Dickinson, Chevron Texaco, GE Life, Honeywell, Lion Capital, Merck, Philips Electronics, Prudential, SingTel, NCS, Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS), Wildlife Reserves of S'pore, UOB, OCBC, DBS Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corp. He has conducted numerous talks for organisations including Shell LiveWIRE, Central Provident Fund Board, Toastmasters International, schools and Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). James also develops and conducts public programmes for government ministries and statutory boards through Civil Service College. He facilitates workshops for international participants including senior management from Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Europe, UK and USA. His extensive experience in serving a distinguished and diverse clientele from both the private and public sectors enable him to clearly understand organisational issues and participants' learning needs in an international and multi-cultural context.

A versatile training consultant, James creates seminars in financial analysis, money management and other management programmes including corporate core values, teambuilding, communication and presentation skills. His forte is in making complicated concepts simple and intuitive for learners. He can present even a normally dry and mundane subject and make it interesting. As a result, participants consistently rate his seminars fun, dynamic, learner-centred and highly effective.

James is the first invited speaker in Asia to present on InterCall's Asia Pacific webinar series with his topic on “Upsizing your financial intelligence in a financial crisis”. James' views on financial analysis and financial planning have been sought on Media NewsRadio 93.8FM. He also co-authored a book entitled “A Step Forward”, a career-planning guide published by ITE and ITE Alumni Association. He was also curriculum editor for the Certified Financial PlannerCM programme.

James represented Singapore and emerged as Humorous Speech Contest Champion of Toastmasters International (Pan South East Asia District) in Year 2000, after competing against 10 other national champions from five countries. James is also the only Singaporean and Distinguished Toastmaster ever to emcee at an international convention presided by Mrs Anson Chan, former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong SAR. His track record in international platform speaking and unique experience enable him to share with participants successful strategies that are refreshing and proven by results.

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Qualifications & Achievements

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Fellow Certified Public Accountant, Singapore
  • Chartered Accountant (Australia)
  • Chartered Accountant (Malaysia)
  • Certified Financial PlannerCM Practitioner
  • Fellow, Chartered Financial Practitioner
  • Member, SIAS Investor Education Advisory Committee
  • Member, International Association of Facilitators
  • Distinguished Toastmaster
  • Gold Medallist (Distinction) – Public Speaking (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
  • Humorous Speech Contest Champion, Toastmasters International (Pan-South East Asia District) Year 2000
  • Editorial Director, Asia Professional Speakers