Jewellery Retail & CAD Instructor
Alex has 25 years of experience with the operational issues associated with jewellery retail in a variety of environments from small-scale designers developing custom labels to commercial retail in department store, independent retail, consignment and internet models. With a passion for retail systems and management and and interest in sales psychology he enjoys observing how Singapore's successful (and failing) retailers operate and adapt. He is responsible for the success and efficiency of the operational aspects of the JDMIS as well as training in Business courses and Computer Aided Design. Alex graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Marketing and Management and has a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship from INSEAD in France, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
Before returning to Singapore to help develop family businesses in jewellery and later, the growth plans for the JDMIS. Alex worked as an IT consultant and project manager in the field of combinatorics and configuration technology to major automotive industry manufacturers in the USA, UK and France. He has also learned much from his various internet and brick & mortar entrepreneurial ventures during this time. Alex also is the founder of a small management consulting firm in Singapore called Sigma Sapiens Consulting.
Other Expert Intructors
Tanja is an award winning jewellery designer & gemmologist with more than 4 decades of experience educating the jewellery industry across 4 continents. Dean and founder of JDMIS, Tanja works with aspiring artisans as well as top jewellery brand team members to help them achieve brilliance in their careers.
Alex has been training designers and business owners from the region in 3D jewellery design and manufacturing since 2008: building the CAD/CAM skills of over 400 jewellery professionals. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors'degree in Computer Science, Marketing and Management and from INSEAD with a Masters' Degree in Business Administration.
Rob Schilling is an expert global trainer, professional coach, jewellery designer, and a JDMIS graduate. Rob has passionate interest and decades of experience working in both jewellery industry and corporate training for C-suite professionals.
A former corporate trainer and speaker, Wahab is also a passionate jewellery artist specializing in wire sculpting and fabrication using powdered metals. Wahab is an accredited jewellery professional with GIA and brings over 15 years of experience in these specialities to the JDMIS Precious Metal Arts and Fashion Jewellery Arts programmes. Many of his most unique design styles are self taught and he shares these with his Thread and Wire and Metal Clay students on a part-time basis.
Sujata Rai Chowdhury
Sujata is an experienced teacher and fashion jewellery artist specializing in thread and wire jewellery fabrication techniques. Moving to Singapore, she used the opportunity to enrolled into JDMIS and after graduation, she soon became a recognized jewellery artist with her own brand name, Mila
A marine engineer of 24 years, Tameem rekindled his passion for product design in 2004 and graduated from JDMIS' Metal Clay Arts and Digital Jewellery Design programmes. He went on to start his own jewellery and production label, creating hundreds of designs for his customers before eventually joining JDMIS as an instructor to impart his practical knowledge to the next generation of jewellery designers.
From a microbiologist, Michelle ventured into jewellery crafting as a hobby but eventually wanted to turn it into a full-time career. Michelle is passionate and highly experienced in Precious Metal Arts and Fashion Jewellery Making.