The founding team


Sandhya Sriram, PhD
Group Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Dr. Sandhya Sriram is the Group CEO and Co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd., Singapore, the first cell-based seafood & meat company in Southeast Asia and the first cell-based Crustacean company globally. Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd. also owns SEA’s first cell-based red meat company, Gaia Foods.

A stem cell biologist and scientist by training and education, a former business development professional, a serial entrepreneur, and a thought leader – all in one – Sandhya is a Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and was featured as one of Forbes Women in Tech for building ventures rooted in purpose, impact and innovation.

Prior to Shiok Meats, Sandhya co-founded two ventures – Biotech in Asia, a Singapore-based Biotech and Healthcare Information Hub in 2014, and SciGlo, an EdTech event management company in 2016. She is also an advisor and investor to trailblazing Food Tech start-ups and has spoken at leading industry conferences worldwide.

A proud mother to an 8-year-old, a ‘conscious lifestyle’ blogger, and an avid traveller, Sandhya likes to call herself a ‘productive juggler’.

Ka Yi Ling, PhD
Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder

Dr. Ling Ka Yi is a developmental and stem cell biologist with over 10 years expertise in tracing and studying stem cells during development. Ka Yi received the prestigious A*STAR’s National Science Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked closely with stem cell and developmental biology experts like James Thomson, Davor Solter and Barbara Knowles. Following graduation, Ka Yi did her postdoc at IMCB, A*STAR in Singapore.

She is an active science communicator since her days in Madison; and frequently takes part in science outreach and speaks at food sustainability and career management events. She also did a podcast called “Science Now” and “Life after PhD” with fellow colleague/scholar. Ka Yi is passionate about marrying her experience in biotech research and her love for food to produce sustainable food products. In August 2018, she co-founded a cell-based crustaceans startup called Shiok Meats, along with Dr Sandhya Sriram.

She is currently an advisor to North Mountain Consulting, Cell Ag Australia and other cell-based initiatives, and a new angel investor to sustainable ventures. She was recognized as one of the MIT Tech Review’s “Innovators under 35 in Asia” 2020, the “Women and the Ocean: Changemakers” challenge 2020”, the Great Women Of Our Times 2020 by Women Weekly, and Gen T list 2020.