James Walton

Lead Partner – Sports, Travel, Hospitality & Services (SE Asia)

James has over 22 years of professional services experience with Deloitte, during which he has worked in over 50 countries. He started in Deloitte’s Tax practice in London and Prague before becoming the Clients & Markets Director of Deloitte Central Europe in 2005. James has been in Singapore since 2010 and was made a partner in 2015. He oversees all marketing, communications and business development activities of Deloitte across the ASEAN region.

James is also the Sports Business Leader for Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia, overseeing all of Deloitte’s services for clients in the sports and leisure industry. He sits on Sport Singapore’s spexBusiness Advisory Panel that looks at how corporates can support athletes and was the only private sector representative on the Singapore Committee for Disability Sports. James led Deloitte’s staff and community activation programs for the 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015 and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events.

He also oversees the Deloitte Ignite athlete employment program which has provided employment and internships to over 110 Team Singapore athletes, and was the driving force behind Deloitte’s partnership with Netball Singapore to provide internship and scholarship opportunities to elite netball players.

He is regularly quoted as a subject matter expert in the Singapore and international press on topics including the economic impact of sports, building sustainable sports businesses and corporate/government support to athletes.

In addition, he is the Travel, Hospitality and Services Sector Leader for Deloitte Singapore which includes the leisure, gaming, travel and tourism sectors.


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