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Thomas Knudsen

Director, Rumah Group

Thomas is a Director of family office Rumah Group and its philanthropic arm, Rumah Foundation where he leads the family’s impact investment portfolio. Born in Denmark, Thomas is a naturalised Singaporean and has lived in the nation-state for more than 10 years. With a passion for marine environments and ocean adventure, he has been a long-term advocate for sustainable ocean practices and has three decades of global logistics experience, during which he has held leadership roles in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.

He joined Toll Group, a leading transport and logistics provider, in January 2018 as President of the Global Forwarding division before being appointed CEO of Toll Group in January 2020. In July 2022, Thomas took on the role of Non-Executive Chairman of Toll Group. Prior to joining Toll, Thomas spent 25 years cultivating a wealth of experience with A.P. Moller – Maersk. His last two roles were as CEO, Asia Pacific, at global logistics leader Damco, and as Asia Pacific Regional CEO for Maersk Line. Thomas is Co-Founder of Coastal Natives, which aims to increase ocean awareness and inspire new ocean lovers; and serves as a Board Director of =DREAMS Singapore, a first-of-its-kind weekday residential model that provides after-school education and holistic support to empower and inspire children.  

In his spare time, Thomas is a certified scuba diving instructor with more than two thousand dives under his belt. He holds an Executive Master of Management degree in Supply Chain from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain, and has completed various courses at institutes such as Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

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