Conversations with Shawn Loh

Conversations with Shawn Loh

Shawn Loh is the Deputy Director for Population Policy and Planning, at the Strategy Group of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). He got married at 24, had his first kid at 26, his second at 28, and his third at 31 this year. That is his explanation for why he is now leading the team working on population policies at PMO-Strategy Group.Shawn’s academic background is in financial economics. He started his life in public service at the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Planning Division, where he worked to refine internal strategic planning capabilities and improve education policies for children with special...
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Reflections with Ho Kwon Ping

Reflections with Ho Kwon Ping

By Brendan Loon Mr Ho Kwon Ping, founding Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an international hospitality business, founding Chairman of Singapore Management University, former journalist at the Far Eastern Economic Review, has worn many hats over the course of his long and illustrious career. It was, though, not always so smooth and successful a ride. Mr Ho has had many run-ins with the authorities: first at Stanford University in America while he was an undergraduate, then during his National Service and later under the Internal Security Act while studying at the National University of Singapore as an undergraduate again,...
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Conversations with Lee Jin

Conversations with Lee Jin

By Ryan Tan and Denzel Chen Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a buzzword in many industries. It promises to enact lasting change on processes and exponentially increase productivity. Taiger is one Singapore-based company at the forefront of providing AI solutions as an Information Technology (I.T.) consultant; it boasts a track record of working with clients to provide cost and manpower reductions of about 80%. We talked to Lee Jin, a Project Manager at Taiger, to find out more about the rewards and challenges of working with cutting-edge technologies. Tell us more about yourself and the kind of work that you...
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Insights on Community Leadership from the Singapore Youth Awards

Insights on Community Leadership from the Singapore Youth Awards

From right to left: Ms Inch Chua; Ms Jean Loo; Ms Amanda Chong; Dr Hamid Rahmatullah Bin Abd Razak; Mr Jason Chee; and Mr Daniel Teh Advisory was given exclusive access to cover the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) Presentation Ceremony 2018. As noted by this year’s SYA Panel Chairperson Dr Sudha Nair, the SYA has, since 1975, served as the nation’s pinnacle youth award, recognising the excellence of young Singaporeans who have the tenacity to pursue their passions; dedication to serve others around them; and embody the best of the values of resilience, courage, service, leadership and inspiration – individuals...
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Reflections with Jan Seow

Reflections with Jan Seow

By Ng Wan Jee Ms Jan Seow is currently Director of the Strategic Planning Department in the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). As the lead of this department, she oversees medium- to long-term land planning in Singapore, making use of geospatial analytics, research and various studies to improve urban planning outcomes. Ms Seow has also previously worked in other departments under URA, including the Development Control Group, and the Corporate Development Group. She enjoys spending time with her children outside of work, and believes that family and health should always be prioritized first. As the Director of the Strategic Planning Department,...
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