Conversations with Oomar Paurobally

Oomar Paurobally is the Director of Restaurant and Bars Operations at IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) in Southeast Asia and Korea. In this article, he sheds light on his career and educational journey, shares his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, and provides some invaluable advice for students looking to kick-start their careers, both within and outside the hospitality industry.

Insights on MedTech

On 15 March 2022, Advisory hosted Discover+: MedTech, the 54th edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included: Viveka Kalidasan (Technology Development and Commercialisation Lead, Translational Biophotonics Lab, Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging, Agency for Science, Technology and Research – A*STAR) – Moderator; Feras Mahdi (Head of MedTech, Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters and Southeast Asia, IQVIA); Lee Chen-Ee (Group Director, Innovation and Transformation, SingHealth); Rachel Ann Coxon (Head of Asia Pacific – Digital Surgery, Medtronic).

Below are some key points shared during the session…

Insights on Grab

On 5 January 2022, Advisory hosted Experience+: Grab, where participants benefited from panel discussions, small-group networking with Grab professionals, as well as an exclusive introduction to analytics at Grab and the gig economy. During the visit, we were privileged to have experienced professionals from Grab, including:
● Chong You Zhen – Lead Economist
● Jung Kim – Lead Behavioural Scientist
● Jamie Ko – Director, Regional Public Affairs
● Lara Yim – Senior Product Analytics Manager
● Leslie Liang – Manager, Corporate Strategy
● Neil Yang – Manager, Regional Campus Programs
● Panos Mavrokonstantis – Lead Data Scientist

Our selected participants included students from various education levels and institutions with a common curiosity in Grab and the tech industry, and how to best position themselves for roles in the company and in the industry. Below are some key points shared during the session…

Conversations with Matthias Chew

Matthias Chew, Assistant Director (Immigration & Registration) at the Policy Development Division (PDD), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) formulates immigration policies relating to permanent residency and citizenship matters. As a civilian officer on the Generalist track, he has the opportunity to take on roles across different divisions at MHA. Prior to his current posting, he was in the Joint Operations Group (JOG), where he worked on investigation and enforcement policies, as well as the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA). In this article, Matthias shares about his experiences at MHA, the projects he has been involved in, and his advice to youths who aspire to join the Home Team…

Insights on Futures Thinking

On 21 December 2021, Advisory hosted Discover+: Futures Thinking, the 48th edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included:

Cheryl Chung (Moderator), Programme Director, Executive Education Singapore Futures, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Adrian Kuah, Director, Futures Office, National University of Singapore…