Douglas Abrams is the founder and CEO of Expara and Expara IDM Ventures, a business accelerator for interactive and digital media companies. He is a founding partner and managing director of Extream Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund backed by the Singapore Government’s National Research Association (NRF). He was a founding partner of Parallax Capital Management, a funds management company. All four companies are based in Singapore. Prior to coming to Singapore, Mr. Abrams managed information technology at J.P.Morgan 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. Before working on Wall Street, he began his career in 1980 on the editorial side of Crown Publishers, where he was an acquisitions editor until 1986.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School, where he has taught since 2001 and is a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has served on the organizing committees for the Start-Up@Singapore, Global Start-Up@Singapore, Start-Up Asia and Stanford Global Entrepreneurship Challenge business plan competitions. He has served as the academic supervisor for the NUS in Bio-Valley Program, as a judge, guest speaker and mentor in the Start-Up@Singapore business plan competition and was a judge in the Lee Kuan Yew Global business plan competition, the Wharton business plan competition, Asia Moot Corp, INSEAD Business Venture Competition, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Life Science Product Business Plan Competition, and at Nanyang Polytechnic School of Business Management's Best Business Plan Competition. Mr. Abrams is a director and former co-deputy chairman of the South East Asia Business Angel Investor Network. He was previously a member of the steering committees for the NUS Venture Support Fund (VSF) and the NUS FUSE Fund for student businesses. He has also served as an External Examiner, School of Business & Accountancy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
He is a lecturer on New Venture Creation for undergraduates and Technopreneurship for graduate students at NUS and has been a guest speaker and presenter for numerous public and private organizations in Singapore. He has developed and conducted both public and private workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation, including the highly successful From Idea to Investment workshop series.
Mr. Abrams has served on the board of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and is a member of Media & Communications Manpower, Skills & Training Council of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. He also serves as an advisor to many start-up companies, including those started by his former students.
Mr. Abrams graduated from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications and received an MBA from The Wharton School.