Sea is an internet platform company. We focus on Greater Southeast Asia, a region that includes Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

Founded in 2009, Sea’s mission is to better the lives of the consumers and small businesses of our region with technology.

We have selected the name ‘Sea’ for three reasons: It is inspired by our roots in Greater Southeast Asia, which is home to over 585 million people. Our name evokes our region’s geography of islands and shorelines and reflects our mission of ‘connecting the dots’ for our users. Finally, a simple, short, and humble name like Sea perfectly captures our core values, including our passion to explore new territories and embrace new challenges.

We operate three industry-leading platforms across digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services.

  • Our Garena digital entertainment platform is the largest online game ecosystem in our region by revenues and operates in all seven markets. It offers consumers and global game developers a unique combination of localized game operations, payments, eSports events, video streaming, content sharing, user chat, and online forums.

  • Shopee is one of our region’s fastest growing e-commerce marketplaces, with operations across all seven markets and a mobile-centric approach. It empowers small businesses and buyers by offering a safe and trusted shopping environment, supported by integrated payment and third-party logistics capabilities. Shopee has achieved over US$ 3.0 billion of annualized GMV achieved less than two years after launching in 2015.

  • AirPay, our digital financial services platform, provides e-wallet services to consumers via the AirPay mobile App and to small businesses through the AirPay counter application. This has scaled to become one of the largest e-wallet service providers in our region by gross transaction volume, bringing about greater convenience for customers, efficiency for merchants, and broad financial inclusion for a large number of historically unbanked consumers.

Our three platforms share substantial common capabilities across talent, technology development, marketing, and infrastructure, creating a true multi-platform company, Sea.

Sea has a global group of investors from over 10 countries, including several of our region’s most respected sovereign funds and business families and a distinguished group of international partners from Asia, North America, and Europe.

Our Core Values

Sea is a deeply values-driven organization. Our home market of Greater Southeast Asia is a highly diverse region, with different cultures and languages. What unifies us is a consistent set of organizational beliefs and how we put those beliefs into practice in our daily actions. Here is that organizational covenant, which we call the ‘Sea Manifesto’:

We Believe

Our people define us
Sea shall be a place where talented people thrive at scale, enjoy freedom of ideas and achieve the unimaginable. It shall be a magnet for the smartest, the most creative and the most driven.

Our products and services differentiate us
We aspire to better every life we touch and make the world an ever more connected community through innovative products and services.

Our institution will outlast us
We strive to build an institution that will last for generations and evolve with time and that is founded upon our core values.

Our core values are the foundation of it all

  • We serve
    Our customers are the sole arbiter of the value of our products and services. We strive to meet unmet needs and serve the underserved.
  • We adapt
    Rapid change is the only constant in the digital age of ours. We embrace change, celebrate it and always strive to be a thought leader that influences it.
  • We run
    We are in a constant race to success while grappling with rapidly shifting forces. We move faster, better and with more urgency every day.
  • We commit
    Our work is our commitment. We commit to our values, institution, customers and partners. We commit to each other. Above all, we commit to doing the best we can and being the best we are.
  • We stay humble
    We have travelled a long way from our humble beginning and yet, we never lose our humility in our continual quest for greater heights.


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Forrest Li Founder, Chairman and Group CEO

Forrest founded Sea in May 2009 and has been the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Forrest aspires to make people’s daily life better through technology, and has devoted most of his career to pursuing that goal.

Under his leadership, Sea has grown into a leading consumer internet platform across digital entertainment, ecommerce and digital financial services, in Southeast Asia.

In 2015, Forrest was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for Internet and Mobile in Singapore.

He holds an M.B.A.degree from Stanford University in the United States and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. Prior to founding Sea, Forrest held positions in multinational corporations such as Viacom Media Networks, Corning Inc. and Motorola.

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Nick Nash Group President

Nick joined Sea in December 2014 after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of GA’s Southeast Asia business.

Nick is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO), and a member of the global Kauffman Society. He is a former board member of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

Prior to GA, Nick was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and co-led the MBA exchange program with Tsinghua University in Beijing. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.