Conversations with Simone Ng

By Shania Sukamto Simone Ng, the founder and creative director of Simone Jewels, is an award-winning jewellery designer and certified gemologist. Named Singapore’s Top 10 Designers for 3 consecutive years since 2015, Simone was awarded with the “Luxury Jewelry Brand” in 2016. She graduated with Honours Degree in Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Masters of Business Administration Degree from Melbourne University, Diamond Gemmological Certification from HRD Antwerp and numerous certifications for coloured gemstones and jade grading. Born into a family of jewellers, Simone’s passion for jewellery from a tender age drove her to create her own label. In 2006,
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Conversations with Andy Koh

By Brendan Loon Andy is the Associate Director for Product Marketing CAST OTT Video at SingTel. Prior to working at this major local telecommunications company, however, he was at Standard Chartered Bank, which was his first step into the working world after graduating from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialisation in Marketing. He then went on to work for another big player in the local telco industry, StarHub, before he joined SingTel. His work in SingTel has brought him all the way to Australia, to work as part of the telco Optus, a fully-owned
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Conversations with Tan Huimin

By Charis Loo and Brendan Loon Huimin is a Financial Services Manager at AIA Singapore. Prior to entering the financial services industry, however, he was part of a rather different world: Information Technology (IT) consulting. He got into this after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, and stayed in this line for 4 years before making the switch and shifting to financial services. What does your typical workday look like? HM: For young graduate coming into the industry, it will be focusing on learning the ropes and sharpening the saw. A typical workday would involve making
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Conversations with Boey Xianjie

By Brendan Loon Xianjie is currently Associate Director, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets at CLSA, an investment bank. He has been in banking for the past 10 years, having joined DBS Bank in 2008 after having obtained his BA in Economics and MPhil in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Cambridge. He spent his first 2 years with DBS as a Corporate Relationship Manager for DBS’ institutional clients which included a 6-month stint in DBS Taiwan. He later joined the Capital Markets division at DBS and put his Real Estate Finance degree to good use, handling some of the
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Conversations with Lynette Hee

By Brendan Loon Lynette Hee is a Principal Executive in the Youth Development Unit of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). She joined NTUC in 2012 during the critical period over which the national Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) was taking place, and was plunged headlong into her new job, becoming the lead for NTUC’s project series for OSC, which looked to gather different groups of workers to make up one voice to voice the concerns of the labour movement in a consolidated report to the government. The personal growth she experienced through that project has stuck with her even to this
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