Conversations with Dale Preston

Our world is driven by data, and the industry of client insights seeks to distil this data into key digestible, actionable points to drive growth. Dale Preston, a veteran in the field of data analytics and client insights, knows precisely how to identify the desires of consumers, and translate these insights into real growth. Currently Head of Client Insights at Standard Chartered, Dale takes us on a journey to explore the discovery of his passion for research, tips on building successful corporate and personal relationships, and the process behind building meaningful insights…

Insights on Food Security

On 20 September 2022, Advisory hosted Discover+: Food Security, the 63rd edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included:

• Rohit Behl (Moderator), Director of Strategic Partnerships, Umami Meats
• Gary Loh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DiMuto
• Brandon Chong, Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Bloom8
• Peter Barber, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer, ComCrop

Attendees included students at various levels of education with a desire to know the different career paths in Food Security, and how to best position themselves for such roles. Below are some key points shared during the session…

Conversations with Alicia Teng

With a passionate mind to serve the community better and constantly looking out for opportunities to build her portfolio, let’s take a closer look into the work of Ms Alicia Teng, an accomplished Arts Administrator who has been active in the field of philanthropy and community development for the past 10 years. This article gives meaningful insights into her evolving career journey and how she seeks and forges strategic partnerships to enhance meaningful and sustainable collaborations…

Insights on Education

Discover+ is a series of online industry panels which give students the chance to interact with working professionals and learn about the careers they aspire to enter. These panels provide youths and working professionals with the opportunity to better understand industry trends, hear first-hand perspectives from industry professionals, and gain valuable advice on entering or navigating these industries.

On 20 December 2022, Advisory hosted Discover+: Education, the 66th edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included:

Bhargav Sriganesh (Moderator), First Secretary (Political), High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore
Tan Ching Ching, Director, The Sandbox, Innovation & Entrepreneurship office, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Tracy Lee, Director, Industry Development Division 2, SkillsFuture Singapore
Professor Nicholas Hon, Vice Dean of External Relations and Student Life, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Attendees included students at various levels of education, who were interested to learn about the diverse career paths in the education sector, and how to best position themselves for such roles.

Conversations with Lim Wei Ri

Lim Wei Ri is currently the Head of Compliance at Komainu’s Singapore Office and has more than ten years of working experience in audit, compliance, and risk management. In his free time, he is also an adjunct trainer at a boutique management consulting firm. In his previous roles, he had been an internal audit manager at a global bank and a senior manager at one of the “Big Four” audit firms in Singapore…

Conversations with Woo Wee Meng

As Deputy Director for the Commercial Arrangements team in the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Policy and Planning Group, Woo Wee Meng is a dedicated civil servant who has played different roles in the Ministry of National Development (MND) and LTA. Inspired by his peers during his Master in Public Policy at Oxford University, Wee Meng sheds light on his motivations and shares advice for youths looking to join the public sector…

Conversations with Andy Soh

When large companies face problems, they employ a ‘fixer’ – someone who can step in and solve their problems. Oftentimes, this fixer comes in the form of a consultant, just like Mr. Andy Soh. Andy is a consultant at Accenture, a leading giant in the consulting space. Working specifically in the technology and management consulting space, his role involves making sense of confusing data and innovating real-world solutions alongside his clients…

Insights on New Opportunities in Maritime’s Transformation

On 22 August 2022, Advisory, in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Foundation, hosted SMF: Riding the Digital Wave. The 90-minute panel discussion-styled session provided attendees with insights into the workings and culture of the maritime industry, and how it has transformed through digitalisation and technology advancements. The panellists, who represent a wide range of perspectives in the industry, comprised:

David Lee (moderator), Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Development and Maritime Singapore Connect Office, Singapore Maritime Foundation
Christopher Saunders, Chief Product Officer, Rightship
Siddarth Ravinder, Head of Continuous Improvement, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, A.P. Møller-Mærsk
Ken Wong, Assistant Vice President (Group Platform Solutions & Marketing), PSA International Pte Ltd

Reflections with Diana Chong

Most locals should be familiar with the funny content starring Michelle Chong, Singapore’s darling comedic genius. Her talents span personable characters including Ah Lian, Sonia and Chiang Ying Wen, and have brought laughter to Singaporeans for many years. Working just as hard behind the scenes as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Left Profile and Michelle Chong Productions is Diana Chong, a seasoned businesswoman who is no doubt the brains behind many successful campaigns delivered to media consumers today. On top of primarily specialising in the field of media and advertising, she also juggles the job of managing Singapore’s top artistes, Michelle Chong, Lee Teng, and Pornsak. Diana possesses a laser-sharp clarity on her goals for the company, and her reassuring sense of leadership pervades the interview. A deeply introspective person, she shares more in this interview about her life lessons and musings…