Conversations with Chua Ee Chien

No stranger to the world of fintech, investments, and start-ups, Mr Ee Chien Chua currently heads the Business Development & Partnerships arm of Endowus, a digital investment advisor and solutions provider in Singapore. Managing strategic cooperations between businesses, Ee Chien empowers employees and employers alike on financial planning and investments. With his prior experience spanning storied institutions like Goldman Sachs and unicorn start-ups such as Uber and a company, Ee Chien knows what it takes to succeed in a fast-paced and competitive environment. Apart from his career in finance, Ee Chien also runs Whimsical Inc., an F&B group that runs Jekyll and Hyde, graft and Operation Dagger…

Insights on Banking and Finance

On 4 January 2022, Advisory hosted Discover+: Banking & Finance, the 49th edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included:
Mona Carvalho (Moderator) – Managing Director, Corporate and Institution Banking Transformation, Standard Chartered Bank
Andy Tan – Head of Loan Syndicate, South Asia, Credit Suisse…

Insights on FinTech

On 2 March 2021, Advisory hosted Discover+: FinTech. Speakers on the panel included: Lim Siew Hoon (Moderator), Global Program Manager, PayPal; Jeremy Soh, Head of Singapore Development Centre, PayPal; Chia Hock Lai, Founding President of Singapore Fintech Association, Co-Chairman of Blockchain Association Singapore, Co-Founder of Global Fintech Institute; Harris Leow, Regional Merchant Solutions, Visa, Vincent Teo, Vice President of Digital & Growth / Offshore Wealth Management, OCBC Bank….

Conversations with Soh Yi Da

Soh Yi Da is the Vice President, Investor Relations at United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB), where he is responsible for engagement with the investment community on behalf of the firm. In this article, Yi Da shares the responsibilities of his role, his career journey prior to his current role, and what it takes for others who are keen to join his profession…

Insights on PayPal

On 8 July 2021, Advisory hosted Experience+: PayPal, where participants benefited from panel discussions, small-group networking with PayPal professionals, as well as an exclusive FinTech introduction led by PayPal experts. During the visit, we were privileged to have experienced professionals from PayPal, including:
Jerry Tso – Senior Director, Head of Singapore Development Center
Andrew Gregovic – Director of Software Engineering
George Chen – Senior Information Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Defence Centre;
Zhang Xuqian – Senior Software Engineer;
Kanika Jain – Software Engineer
Irena Hu – Tech Recruiter and SG University Relations Lead

Our selected participants included students from various education levels and institutions with a common curiosity in PayPal and FinTech, and how to best position themselves for roles in the company and in the industry…

Conversations with Kent Loi

Kent Loi is an Investor at Amasia, where he is involved in sourcing and executing investments and managing existing portfolio companies. In this article, Kent shares the responsibilities of his role and what it takes for others to join his profession…

Reflections with Carina Lim

As a Director in Keppel Capital, Carina Lim oversees the activities such as fund-raising acquisition, asset management and portfolio management of the Keppel Education Asset Fund. Before she heads up the education division in Keppel Capital, she led the asset management division of Alpha Investment Partners, another business unit in Keppel Capital to create and manage quality real estate to capture investor interest. As an established leader in the field of Private Equity Real Estate, Carina shares the personal challenges she faced and how she overcame them. She also offers her insights on the future of the industry and valuable advice for youths looking to take a similar path…

Insights on Accountancy

On 15 June 2021, Advisory organised a Discovery+ online panel: Discovery+: Accountancy. On our panel that evening, we were privileged to have experienced professionals from academia, government and corporations. The panel consisted of Ms Lim Kexin (Moderator), Tax Partner, Entrepreneurial Private Business, PwC Singapore; Mr Chris Loh, Director, SYNOTax Pte Ltd; Ms May-Anne Tham, Regional HR Director, SAP Asia Ltd and Mr Ng Chieh Kwong, Asia CSA Finance Leader, Gas Power, General Electric. Our registered participants comprised students from various education levels and institutions with a common curiosity in accountancy, and what they can do to better stead themselves in entering and staying relevant as a player…

Conversations with Ian Sikora

Conversations with Ian Sikora

Ian Sikora is currently the Director of OpenSpace Ventures and was previously the Head of Product at HOOQ where he recruited, hired and led 12 person engineering team and rebuilt the entire tech stack in a year. Before HOOQ, Ian was working for the startup Premise Data in San Francisco where he built the company’s marketing and sales pipeline from scratch. He also worked at Globe Telecom in the Philippines where he managed the global launch of Facebook’s Internet.org. In 6 months, the product doubled the number of internet users on the network and got 1 million people to use the internet for the first time. In this article, he shares his experience working at OpenSpace Ventures and his insights about the venture capital industry…