Insights on International Organisations

The Discover+ Panel on International Organisations, held on 12 May 2020, was graced by Janine Civitate, Deputy Director at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Centre on Tech, Innovation and Sustainability; Mock Yuan Bing, Legal Consultant at the World Bank Group; and Tan Bao Jia, former Investment Officer at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was moderated by Alan Wu, Senior Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific) at the Open Government Partnership and Board Member at Oxfam Australia…

Conversations with Genie Gan

Genie Gan is the Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations (APAC), Kaspersky. Genie’s story is one of diverse professional experiences, which brought her to become an entrepreneur and also work in professional services (in accounting and law), showbiz, the public sector, non-profit, and now government relations and public affairs in the private sector…

Conversations with Tham Jun Han

Mr. Tham Jun Han (more commonly known as ‘Tham’ among his friends and colleagues) is a Senior Executive at the Learning Futures Group, Civil Service College. He works on innovation in adult learning programmes and experiences for public servants, including the design of serious games for adult learning and policymaking. In this article, Tham shares about his work, how his experiences in tertiary education led him to his career, and his community work in a ground-up initiative called Friendzone…

Conversations with Jared Poon

Jared Poon is Assistant Director of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. After attaining his PhD from University of California, he worked as a Senior and Lead Strategist in the Centre for Strategic Futures. Currently, he works at building capabilities in engagement for officers across the Public Service. How do you spend your typical working day? It varies. Some days are very much about doing independent work at my desk. Most days, however, involve more interaction with other people – I might be in a meeting brainstorming with another agency, discussing the merits and challenges of a new programme with colleagues, or running a workshop. I’m not sure there’s ever a “typical” day…

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 needs. More recently, he led a team working with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Advisory Panel to introduce a slew of CPF reforms at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s…