The team


Jay Banghar

Managing Director

Telecommunications, System Integration, IOT & M2M, Cloud Hosting and Data Center, Big Data & Analytics

Jay started his journey within the technology recruitment industry for a London based blue-chip company in 2004. He focused on placing specialist technology contractors across Software, Automation and BA/PM. In 2009, Jay accepted the opportunity to move to Singapore to work in the emerging Asian market to start up and grow a technology recruitment business. In 2011, Jay founded SearchElect to cater for the rapidly expanding and transforming technology market across Asia from Singapore.

To date, Jay has over 15 years of specialist technology recruitment experience across both European and Asian markets helping SME and MNC clients across a large range of business sectors. What makes Jay unique is his 15 years of recruitment experience across the entire technology stack and his continual passion to keep up with the steep curve of technology and human advancements. Today, Jay's team in SearchElect is built around an agile, scalable and knowledge driven business model. SearchElect help clients to navigate a complex human and techno landscape further complicated by, generational, political and socioeconomics. As a business owner, Jay knows first-hand that we are in a major disruptive workplace where skills, experience, systems and a clear strategy are essential ingredients to win the battle for good talent.

Role expertise: CTO/CIO, Mid to Senior Management, Architecture, Engineering, PMO

Clients can ask me about: UK and Asian market insight • Salary and compensation • Employer branding • Job Description evaluation • Retention • Retained searches • Culture • Employee welfare • Workplace modernisation • Workplace generation integration • Performance • KPI’s

Job seekers can ask me about: Career switch • Career coaching • Conflict resolution • Salary and compensation • Resume • Interview techniques • Job market conditions • Employer culture


Danica Pagsisihan

Recruitment Team Leader

Telecommunications, System Integration, IOT & M2M

Danica has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and over 9 years of recruitment experience, with 7 years spent in Singapore. She initially worked as an internal recruiter for an MNC outsourcing firm and then moved to SearchElect, recruiting purely within the technology space. She has worked with and placed candidates in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.

She has a strong footprint in recruiting mid to senior level positions within the Telco, System Integration and Principal Vendor companies in the Network, Communications, Cloud and Security space. The functions she has placed are a mixture of Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Presales, Solution Architecture, Delivery, Program Management, Operations, Commercial & Bid Management, and Product Management. Several candidates and clients continue to trust her ability to represent the best interests of all parties in order to achieve a mutually beneficial result. In a time where recruitment has become transactional, Danica maintains an altruistic approach to maintain her differentiation from the market.

Role expertise: General Management, Practice Head, Mid to senior level roles on Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Presales, Solution Architecture, Delivery, Program Management, Operations, Commercial& Bid Management, and Product Management

Clients can ask me about: Salary levels • Talent attraction/retention • Talent market insights • Job market insights • Skills gap in the market • Confidential searches • Candidate search and recruitment process

Job seekers can ask me about: Job market trends • Career consulting • Resume writing • Interview tips • Job search • Hot and fading jobs


Hariz Chan

Business Development Manager

Telecommunications, System Integration, IOT & M2M, Security, Big Data & Analytics

Hariz is Singaporean and grew up in England. After completing his education in the UK, he started his career with a major blue-chip company in Europe. He was promoted twice in his first year and was the youngest manager to cover one of the most important regions. Hariz expanded the business by managing corporate and SME accounts across the retail estate; he led teams of sales executives in both retail and field sales. He was then headhunted to move back to Singapore in 2012 to join a retainer firm as an Executive Search Consultant specialising in C-Level placement, where he was also heading the commodities division.

Hariz had his calling to move back to the tech space 4 years ago, where he joined a technology recruitment firm as a Business Development Manager to generate new leads for new business and prospects. With his experience in C-Level placements, Hariz was also instrumental in placing senior commercial candidates for software vendors. Since then, he joined SearchElect as a Business Development Manager responsible for our existing client base and also tasked to open new businesses in the emerging technologies. He advises foreign tech companies on the Asian market and niche hirings in Singapore.

Role expertise: CXO, Mid to Senior Management and Commercial

Clients can ask me about: Asian market • Executive hiring • Retained and contingency search processes • Talent hunting • Business relocation • Business setup • Business insights

Job seekers can ask me about: Career switch • Career coaching • Conflict resolution • Salary and compensation • Resume • Interview techniques • Job market conditions • Employer culture


Alyssa Leong

Recruitment Executive


Alyssa is a recruitment executive specialising in cybersecurity. She started her recruitment career in the contracting space before moving to SearchElect to focus on permanent placements within the tech industry. She is committed to providing a standard of excellence which includes the complete approach of recruitment by increasing her knowledge base through continuous research and growing her network in the cybersecurity space.

Alyssa is tenacious in aiding her clients and candidates to obtain the best possible ‘fit’. Being able to meet new people and learn from them, makes her career a rewarding experience.

Role expertise: Security Consultant, SOC Analyst, SOC Manager, SIEM, IAM, Red Team, Blue Team, Purple Team, Threat Intelligence, Threat Hunter, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessment, Security Research, Reverse Engineering, OSCP, CREST

Clients can ask me about: Cybersecurity salary survey • Cybersecurity hot skills demand • Employer branding

Job seekers can ask me about: Interview tips • Resume writing • Salary negotiations


Alvin Riar

Business Operations Administrator

Alvin is a Singaporean with a vast variety of experience in finance, operations and marketing. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Accountancy. Starting off as a financial consultant, he eventually decided to pursue his passion for sports by joining a well established sports event company. He established himself very successfully and helped to build up his current skill set by engaging in a variety of roles with the company. Now with SearchElect, Alvin looks to use his experience and drive to help take SearchElect to the next level with operations efficiency and smoothness. Alvin oversees the operations, marketing, HR and accounting aspect of the business for the team.


Dante Aboga

Business Support

Big Data & Analytics

Dante has more than 7 years of experience working as a web/online researcher. He started as a Content Researcher for an executive search firm, after which he upskilled his expertise in Boolean Searching techniques at his next company. Dante is a guru in conducting deep web-based research for different recruiting firms across a variety of industries. He has effectively coordinated and provided support to Senior Recruiters in Philippines, the US and now here at SearchElect.