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Mohamed Rudi

Mohamed Rudi

Manager

With more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Rudi joined The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore in 2010 as an assistant manager for Greenhouse restaurant. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to helm Chihuly Lounge and worked closely with the bar team to achieve the accolade of 2019 50 Best Discovery. He counts Republic's impressive debut on Asia's 50 Best Bars 2022 as another feather in his cap.

A true hotelier at heart, Rudi prides himself in delivering warm, genuine and personalised care for his guests, and derives his service philosophy from the desire to create guests for life.

Rudi is thrilled to be welcoming guests to the Republic and looks forward to leading the team in reaching new heights.

Dharam Raj

Dharam Raj

Sous Chef
Dharam Raj

Dharam Raj

Sous Chef

Chef Raj started his culinary career with The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore in 2008 as a line cook. Within his first five years of service, Raj was made Demi Chef and in 2014, he earned a promotion to Chef de Partie, responsible for large-scale weddings and banquet events, as well as external catering services for citywide events such as the Singapore Airshow and the Singapore Grand Prix.  

While he specialises in Malay and Peranakan cuisines, Raj is also adept in executing Western and Asian dishes. As Sous Chef, he now helms the culinary operations in Republic and plays an integral part in conceptualising and elevating the food menu.

Dunstan Chen

Dunstan Chen

Junior Sommelier
Dunstan Chen

Dunstan Chen

Junior Sommelier

From his earliest days working in Chihuly Lounge, Dunstan knew hospitality was his calling. This extroverted Sarawak native has nurtured not only an undying passion for wines, but for service as well. His beaming smile and welcoming demeanour has delighted guests over the years, creating lasting memories.


He has been with The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore since 2019 and has gone from strength to strength, most recently joining the opening team for the rebranding of Republic. His commitment to excellence and finding the perfect bottle of wine is simple - to delight guests and impart knowledge.


When he's not embarking on wine journeys with our guests, Dunstan can be found brushing up on his table tennis skills, or perhaps performing a hip hop dance or two (of which he's a varsity champion). From sizzling dance moves to smiley sommelier, we hope you get to meet Dunstan on your next visit to Republic. 

Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee

Assistant Manager
Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee

Assistant Manager

A South Korean native, Olivia was previously a Supervisor at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore's Colony restaurant for four years before joining the Republic team in April 2022.

Olivia graduated with a Degree in Hotel Management from Jeonju University in South Korea, and chose to work in the hospitality industry in Singapore as she was drawn to the city's vibrancy and cosmopolitan cultures.

Armed with an interest in bartending, and a natural flair for engaging with guests, Olivia looks forward to showcasing her creativity and Korean heritage through her cocktail creations.

A caffeine lover, coffee cocktails are Olivia's favourite alcoholic beverage, and she spends her free time exploring new cafes.

Lawrence Foo

Lawrence Foo

Captain

Lawrence embarked on his bartending career in 1988 as a trainee in Miramar Hotel Singapore for two years, before working on various cruise liners in the early 1990s.

After returning from his offshore stints, Lawrence worked for the bar at Regent Hotel Singapore, as well as China Club and Laguna Country Club; both members-only clubs.

In 2003, he joined The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and derives immense satisfaction from engaging with guests and sharing with them stories from his 30-year career in bartending.

Born in the 1960s, the same decade that has inspired Republic's beverage concept, Lawrence is aptly the ambassador for Republic's vintage spirits collection. He loves being able to concoct a drink that encapsulates that era in glass for our guests to savour.

Cassandra Sim

Cassandra Sim

Senior Bartender
Cassandra Sim

Cassandra Sim

Senior Bartender

Hailing from a biomedical engineering background, Cassandra was drawn to the hospitality industry as she enjoys engaging with people. New to bartending, Cassandra hopes to bring fresh ideas to the Republic experience by joining the team.

Cassandra believes that one's choice of drink can tell a lot about their personality. She endeavours to be able to connect with guests from behind the bar in order to create bespoke cocktails that would most suit their preferences.

Outside of work, Cassandra is passionate about online gaming and putting computers together

Francis Tidoy

Francis Tidoy

Bartender
Francis Tidoy

Francis Tidoy

Bartender

Francis started out as a restaurant service staff in W Doha, and embarked on a personal challenge to expand his skillset. He cross-trained as a bartender and was given the opportunity to transition to a full-time role within the same property.

Hailing from the Philippines, Francis' career has taken him from the Crystal Lounge in W Doha, to Astor Bar in St. Regis Macao and now, Republic at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.  

Francis enjoys the art of mixology; understanding the complexity of spirits, flavour profiles that go well together, and the right amount of ice - an often overlooked element of a good cocktail.  

Beyond the bar, Francis relishes in cooking Filippino cuisine. His specialty is sinigang, a flavourful stew. Otherwise, you will find him outdoors playing basketball, swimming or fishing!  

Karina Coleen Lugtu

Karina Coleen Lugtu

Bartender
Karina Coleen Lugtu

Karina Coleen Lugtu

Bartender

Due to her upbringing in a conservative household, Karina developed a curiosity for the vibrant nightlife industry. While working on her degree in Hospitality Management, she joined the flairtending club, immersing herself in the art and honing her skills with like-minded individuals. She was also invited to share her expertise with fellow students enrolled in Bar modules and took on the role of bartender during various school events. 

Her dream of bartending came to fruition when she secured an internship at The Curator Coffee & Cocktails in the Philippines, one of Asia's 50 Best Bars. She later transitioned to a full-time position and dedicated over five years there before joining Republic. 

A movie buff, Karina actively participated in theatre during college. Showmanship runs in her blood and is evident from behind the bar, as she effortlessly captivates guests while shaking up their drinks.

Josiah Israel Agunat (JI)

Josiah Israel Agunat (JI)

Bartender
Josiah Israel Agunat (JI)

Josiah Israel Agunat (JI)

Bartender

JI discovered his passion for bartending after attending a Flair Bartending workshop held by his university in 2012. Thereafter, he immersed himself in the industry as a barback for events, attending mixology seminars and taking part in bartending competitions, while working his way up to a full-fledged bartender.  

Prior to joining Republic, JI worked at OTO in Makati, as well as at Philipppines' first arcade bar, Versus Barcade. No stranger to bartending competitions, JI was crowned Champion in the 2019 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition Philippines, and represented his country in the Southeast Asia Finals. He dreams of being the best in his craft someday, and is delighted to be working in Singapore - which he deems as the mecca of cocktail bars in Asia. 

On his off days, JI likes to café hop in search of the best coffee. He is also passionate about music and is currently learning how to play the drums. If you see him behind the bar, do ask how it is coming along!