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Ivan Lim

Senior Partner

Ivan Lim is a Senior Partner with Kingsley Gate.

He has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and life sciences. As a medical scientist, Ivan began his career in pharmaceutical R&D and advanced to senior management roles with global Fortune 100 companies. He has 13 years of extensive industry experience in business turnover, driving innovation and culture change with highly matrixed, fast-paced international companies in healthcare and life sciences. After having worked across continents and lived in many locations in Asia as well as the US and UK, Ivan’s instinct is to look at business and talents needs from a global perspective.

Ivan is a go-to consultant for C-suite and senior executive searches. This includes CEO, Executive Vice President, Country Head and various functional leadership roles in medical & regulatory affairs, spanning medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare IT. Ivan has significant track record supporting European-headquartered biotech companies expanding their business footprint into Asia, and vice versa. He also known as a key talent advisor to both start-ups and multinational medtech companies helping them to build their regional leadership teams in China and Singapore. His deep industry knowledge and close collaboration with clients has led to many successful placements.

Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Ivan was the Partner and Asia-Pacific Leader, Healthcare & Life Sciences at another leading executive search firm.

Ivan holds a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology & Bacteriology from Osaka University Faculty of Medicine, Japan. He has also completed his Executive Leadership programme from University of Oxford. He is a certified executive coach and motivational leader.

He is based in our London office, working with clients globally.

A decision that had a huge impact on your life
The decision of taking up the scholarship for my Master’s degree without knowing anything about Japan was life changing. Those years in Japan has firmly built the positive and open mind of me. This attitude has greatly transformed my life and my career trajectory! What got us here today, will not necessarily get us to where we want to be without taking a small step out of our comfort zone.