Conversations with Dorcas Chng

Dorcas Chng is the Director for Human Capital Management for PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road. She oversees PARKROYAL’s Human Resource functions, focusing on talent management as well as the resourcing and hiring processes. In this interview, she shares her diverse career experiences, from her background in hospitals to her current role in the hospitality and tourism industry. Dorcas also shares insightful and tangible advice and anecdotes for youths trying to find their paths amidst the many choices in today’s world…

Conversations with Matthew Zhao

Dr. Matthew Zhao is currently a Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures with prior experience as a Food Technologist at the Food Innovation Resource Centre in Singapore Polytechnic. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Food Technology, and went on to complete a PhD in the same field. In this article, he shares his experience working at Big Idea Ventures and gives insights on the Food Science and Technology sector…

Insights on Food Security

The Discover+ Panel on Food Security, held on 15 September 2020, was Advisory’s 18th online panel of the Discovery+ Series. It was helmed by Faridah Mohd Saad, Deputy Director (AgriTech) at Enterprise Singapore (Moderator), Dr. Dalal AlGhawas, Program Director at Big Idea Ventures, Dr. Joanna Khoo, Director Planning & Organisation Division, Singapore Food Agency, Dr. Vinayaka Srinivas, CEO & Co-Founder at Gaia Foods, XinYi Lim, Executive Director, Sustainability and Agricultural Impact at Pinduoduo…

Insights on Travel

The Discover+ Panel on Travel, held on 10 June 2020, was graced by Shyn Yee Ho-Strangas (Moderator), Director, Global Product Management at Expedia Group; Chester Chua, Vice-President of Global Development at Marina Bay Sands; Joyce Yang, Chief Content Officer at The Smart Local Media Group; and Matt Gebbie, Director, Asia Pacific at Horwath HTL. Attendees included students at various levels of education with a common interest in pursuing a career in the travel and hospitality industry…

Conversations with Daniel Teh

Daniel Teh is the Executive Director of Pope Jai Private Limited, a social enterprise in the food and beverage industry which provides employment and training opportunities to various groups of beneficiaries. He shares key learning points from his experience in this line of work…

Conversations with Sophia Kang

Sophia Kang is the Head Bartender at Manhattan, a bar at Regent Singapore that has been ranked #1 on ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ and #3 on ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’. In this article, Sophia talks about how she developed her skills, as well as her plans going forward. She shares valuable insights about her journey from serving tables to leading a world-class bar in her current role, allowing us to understand her role better and inspiring those who may also wish to be bartenders…

Reflections with Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson first joined Marina Bay Sands in 2013 as the integrated resort’s Senior Vice President for Hotel Operations, successfully managing Singapore’s largest hotel (2,561 rooms and suites), as well as the iconic Sands SkyPark and Pool, Transportation, Call Centre, and Food and Beverage Operations. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Non-gaming operations in January 2018, and assumed leadership responsibility to areas including its Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Facilities, Sustainability, Security and Cyber Security, as well as Sales….

Reflections with Ho Kwon Ping

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, having left Stanford after his run-in with the authorities. In all these occasions, Mr Ho’s conviction to speak truth to power prevailed…