An Introduction to International Schools in Singapore

If you’re considering relocating to Singapore for your next expat post, the following guide is full of information and advice on international schools, including case studies of four schools, and interviews with others who’ve moved from Hong Kong to Singapore.

Building a New Paw-ffice in New York City

It takes more than just guts to expand a start-up to New York City, but with much resilience  planning, Pawjourr founders Sijun and Jane share how they managed to bring their business to the Big Apple.

Why you should join the tech industry in Southeast Asia

With demand for talent far outstripping supply, tech companies in Southeast Asia are both widening their hiring pool and paying top dollar to attract talent. Recruitment veteran Tan Jin Han, APAC Vice President (Technology) at Selby Jennings, shares insights into how mid-careerists can navigate offers and even switch tracks to join the tech industry.

How “Regulated DeFi” Will Ensure Financial Inclusion

Access to high quality investment products (like listed securities or private equity assets) has always been restricted to accredited or institutional investors. InterOpera’s founder Will Lee and CEO Michael Chin explain how they are designing an infrastructure to ensure safe and equitable access to such investments for all.

Fighting Food Waste One Crust at a Time

Meet Travin Singh, the Singaporean who founded Crust Group to upcycle surplus bread and fruit peels into beers and sodas. He describes how, within just three years, a side hustle has grown into a seed-funded startup that is fast expanding into Japan, Taiwan and beyond.

A Singaporean Chef’s Recipe for Success

With a spoonful of drive, a dollop of hard work, a splash of opportunity and a bucketful of determination, Mathew Leong may well be on his way to his dream of opening a Michelin starred restaurant. Find out how a 13-year-old’s brush with a simple salmon dish fuelled him to the head chef position at Norway’s RE-NAA today.

Why international tech startup Parcel Perform chose Singapore to raise funds and grow its business

Singapore is a vibrant location for tech start-ups looking for funding, but it never hurts to have some practical guidance on how to shortlist the right partners for your company. Learn from Dr Arne Jeroschewski as he shares how Parcel Perform found its strategic investors in Singapore and what other startup founders should keep in mind as they engage the multitude of investors in the tech node.

5Qs with Nicholas Tang, Private Chef

Our 5Qs series is a chance for the SGN members to know more about folks in the community, where we pose 5 questions to exciting individuals to find out more about what they do.

Making motorcycle rides safer in Singapore and beyond through AI

After a near miss on his motorcycle, Yoav Elgrichi – an Israeli entrepreneur living in Singapore – realised that riding assistance technology to protect motorcyclists was woefully underdeveloped. He is determined to change this through his latest startup, Rider Dome, which raised US$1 million last year in pre-seed funding.

From flipping sneakers to minting women-led NFTs: Two-time 7-figure entrepreneur Lily Wu charts her startup journey

Sydney-born Lily Wu bootstrapped her first business at 16 and her second when she was barely out of her teens. Currently based in Singapore, the Southeast Asia Startup Partner Lead at Stripe is also a co-founder of WOW Pixies – the first NFT club to invest in women- and diversity-led projects – which sold out within three days of launching.

Why The World Needs More Software Engineers

Software engineering has the power to revolutionise every industry – yet there is a massive global talent shortfall. Stanford graduate Neo Kai Yuan founded Rocket Academy to address this gap by building the Stanford of coding bootcamps.

Women to Watch

This #IWD2022, we round up a list of women across various industries who achieved commendable and meaningful impact in their field and communities. Here’s to all the inspirational women we know!

Searching for my Shanghai Soul Sisters

Who runs the world? GIRLS! This month, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Eve shares her story of how she found her tribe of sisters in a Shanghai and grew a supportive community of women from just 4 people in 2009 to the extensive Thursday Tai Tai (TTT) family it is today.

3 things I learned from working on Ghostlore, a game that celebrates Singapore’s culture

As a Singaporean game developer based in USA, Sarah has never seen Singapore’s culture represented in games. Ghostlore, a Diablo inspired Action Role Playing Game (ARPG) based on Southeast Asian folklore, is an attempt to change that. Planned for an Early Access release on Steam in April 2022, she takes us behind the scenes to share some interesting facts about the game!

Inside the life of an Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic World VFX artist in Singapore

Despite the demanding hours of his work – creating visual effects for some of the biggest and most influential productions in Hollywood – Ben Tillmann takes time out for artistic and athletic pursuits such as photography and representing Singapore in international dragon boat competitions. He talks to us about his enduring love for his job and how he’s enjoyed life in Singapore over the past ten years.

5Qs with Josh Lee, Co-founder of LawTech.Asia

Know any International lawyers who are also accomplished dancers? Meet Josh, a Masters of Law student at UC Berkeley, co-founder of LawTech.Asia, and one of Singapore’s most prominent street dancers.

Meet Rebecca, a Singaporean actor and voiceover artist in London

As a teenage performer in school plays, Rebecca Yeo never imagined that she would one day be clinching roles in film and television or recording radio dramas, audiobooks and video games. She explains the drastic ups and downs of an actor’s life, and how living overseas has strengthened her Singaporean identity!

5Qs with Pudding Ibrahim, Hypnotherapist

Our 5Qs series is a chance for you to get to know about folks in the Singapore Global Network community, where we pose 5 questions to exciting individuals to find out more about what they do!

Cook up a feast this Roar-some Year of the Tiger

The Lunar New Year is all about family, friends, and of course the all-important FOOD! This festive season, we rounded up two delectable recipes just to usher in the year of the Tiger. Betty Shoga, Singaporean and owner of Ginger Modern Asian Bistro in Shanghai shares with us the tips behind a very refreshing yusheng salad and lotus chicken wrapped in parchment paper - definitely one to wow your guests! Watch our step-by-step instructional video to cook up a feast for this coming New Year!

The Great Zodiac Race – Singapore Edition

Many are familiar with the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle, in which each year is represented by one of 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, chicken, dog and pig. This story has its roots in Chinese mythology, where the Jade Emperor – the ruler of all gods – hosted a big race to choose his twelve gate guards. But do you remember how each animal got their spot? We’ve decided to put a fun, Singaporean twist to this folk tale! Round up your younger family members and friends to hear the story of how the Chinese Zodiac – as we know it – came to be.

Coming full circle: Singapore-born Simone Heng finally finds a sense of belonging

Simone Heng has grown up in Australia, studied in Switzerland, and worked in Dubai, but her life journey has circled right back to her country of origin – Singapore. She explains the sheer joy of earning her Singaporean permanent residency (PR), how it granted her a sense of belonging, and why human connection is so precious in the post-pandemic age.

5Qs with Ethel Koh, Pastry Chef

Foodies in San Francisco will be no stranger to Michelin Guide - Japanese restaurant, Gozu. But did you know that the pastry chef is Singaporean? Find out more about Ethel’s culinary journey in the U.S. and the inspiration behind her delectable treats!

Beyond nostalgia – Studio Juju ponders the future of Singaporean design

In a little over a decade, husband-and-wife duo Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui have garnered awards and international recognition for their progressive design thinking. Timo looks back on the highlights of their journey thus far and contemplates the possibility of Singaporean designers developing a collective identity.

Finding Hyper-success in Silicon Valley

Daniel Chin, the founder of Sanho Corporation and its Hyper brand of tech accessories, traces his journey of evolution and survival – from the uncertain days of venturing out solo in Silicon Valley, to overcoming the 2008 financial crisis, to getting acquired by Targus, where he now oversees a wide range of products as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Technology.

A founder at 19, he is breaking barriers to opportunity and inclusion for migrant workers

Like most people, Sazzad Hossain initially thought giving back to society was something he would do after completing university and making a decent living. But personal interactions with migrant workers in Singapore highlighted their urgent needs and inspired him to found SDI (Social Development Initiative) Academy, a social enterprise that empowers lives through education.

Home is Where the Heart is

From India to Singapore, Vandana fondly traces her journey of the last 27 years as a mother, teacher, writer, archivist, and a history buff that played a part in helping her integrate in Singapore.

Meet Colin & Yen Yen, a creative power couple promoting language learning through comics

Following the birth of their daughter, Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen created Dim Sum Warriors as a playful and entertaining way to learn languages through comics. The Singaporean couple discuss raising their child in New York and Taipei, all the while helping her stay rooted in her cultural identity and develop a fearless curiosity towards other cultures.

Acquire customers for your tech product through inclusive design

Have you wondered why some tech products are able to acquire customers in Southeast Asia much faster than others? Lead designer and prolific speaker Jay Demetillo shares his experiences in this op-ed on designing tech to truly serve the needs of the users in the region. Learn how you can increase chances for your tech product’s market fit by following the steps in this article!

Third time’s the charm: Reflections by igloocompany’s Anthony Chow on his startup journey from Singapore to the U.S.

Most entrepreneurs agree that the best part about starting their own business is being able to contribute to something bigger than themselves. Anthony Chow, CEO and co-founder of igloocompany, reflects on his journey scaling igloocompany to over 100 countries and shares his advice for other tech startups who aspire to expand beyond Singapore’s borders.

5Qs with Cheryl K, Singer-Songwriter and Actress

If you watched “Crazy Rich Asians”, you would have heard Singaporean Cheryl K singing at the opening title and ending credits! Find out more about her journey in the music industry in the U.S. and how she’s living the American dream.

Meet Nethra Murali: a Singaporean advancing workplace diversity in the US and beyond

Since she started working in the U.S. seven years ago, Nethra Murali has helped to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for thousands of her colleagues in the technology and aviation industries. Having grown up in the Tampines heartlands, as well as in five different countries, she credits how her multi-cultural background – as well as Singapore’s National Pledge and sambal stingray – have influenced her passion for building inclusive employee communities.

My Tidying Epiphany

It has been a long 2021, and while the new normal is setting in, it has certainly been a tiring journey and happiness seems just a little harder to come by. For overseas Singaporean Eve, her journey through the past year has been full of twists and turns, from getting stuck in Singapore and now back to Shanghai. She shares about how she Marie Kondo-ed a life that is meaningful, and most importantly - sparked joy.

Meet the Singaporean Furniture Mavericks Making a Statement on Contemporary Living

It’s not just about cutting-edge design, it’s a way of living. Joshua Koh, Julian Koh and Gan Shee Wen, CEO, CDO and CMO of Commune, Saurabh Mangla, Founder of ipse ipsa ipsum, and Nathan Yong, Founder of Folks Furniture and Grafunkt, tells us how they built an industry presence, their design philosophy, and how they have integrated retail and online experiences as Made With Passion brands.

Meet Vanessa Tan, the Tech in Asia Journalist turned Xiaomi Marketing Maestro

When Vanessa Tan joined the founding team at Tech in Asia as a journalist, she never expected she would one day be running her own team at Xiaomi. Vanessa shares how she pivoted from being a journalist at Tech in Asia to marketing director at Xiaomi, and her experience navigating cross-cultural teams in China and Indonesia.

Going Green from the Red Dot: How Vikas Garg is Empowering Sustainable Consumption with abillion

Singapore is a gastronomical city-state where enjoying good food is a shared culture but vegans may find it a challenge to find options that work for their lifestyle. Vikas Garg, founder of smartphone app, abillionveg that boasts a global community of vegans, shares his plans to change that and rally for more to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

The Struggles of Two Generations in Singapore

Caught between his parents’ traditional expectations and new opportunities offered to him as a young adult, Thomas Lim took the latter path, living around the world over the past 20 years. Now he’s back to honor his late father and early years in Singapore with a new film “The Fourth Sister” that examines the struggles between two generations of Singaporeans amidst heart wrenching family tensions and spectacular dance performances.

5Qs with Zhang Jingna, Fashion and Fine Art Photographer

From air rifle gold medalist to Forbes 30 Under 30 fashion photographer, Zhang Jingna has travelled the world to pursue passion and creativity. Acknowledged by the likes of Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar China, and even master director Guillermo del Toro, she shares her inspiration, journey, and things she loves.

Lights, Camera, Advice: Filmmaker Thomas Lim on Success in Showbiz and Life

Singaporean director Thomas Lim, Head of Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles, recounts his experiences as a filmmaker and shares how cheetah cubs in the zoo inspired him to realise his potential on the biggest stage in the world — Hollywood. Growing up in Tampines and having lived overseas for the past 20 years, Thomas says Singapore is still home no matter where he is.

Memories of Singapore @ Home

This National Day, we brought the world together to experience a slice of Singapore through Singapore @ Home. Find out what happened during the exciting show, and catch snippets of what you might have missed! Also, find out how to catch the NDP Live this Saturday!

Singapore Repping with Nigel Stanislaus

What is your childhood dream? Are you living it now? Nigel has been living his dream in various cities around the world – Melbourne, Sydney, then New York, and finally now making Melbourne home. Being a judge on Asia’s Next Top Model, working with faces like Bella Hadid and Adriana Lima are just some highlights of his career thus far! Read all about his exciting journey.

56 Reasons To Love Singapore

As we celebrate our sunny island turning 56, here are a list of 56 things that our SGN community loves and miss the most about our little red dot! Whether you are an overseas Singaporean missing home, an expat living in our sunny island, or just a fellow patriotic Singapore, thank you for sharing with us all the reasons why you love SG!

What is a home, truly?

As our nation turns 56 this year, we shine the spotlight on the exciting journeys of fellow Singaporeans chasing their dreams. Krithi Roy has come a long way since she left Singapore back in 2011.She pens her thought about being Johannesburg, South Africa and her exciting plans for the year ahead.

Together, as an overseas Singaporean

As our nation turns 56 this year, we shine the spotlight on the exciting journeys of fellow Singaporeans chasing overseas dreams. Suzanne has been living in Hong Kong for more than 10 years, and given the proximity of the 2 cities, has always been close to home. However, with the pandemic in place, the National Day holidays took a turn. Find out how she remains close to home, even from miles away. She also has a special NDP song to encourage Singaporeans during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Things to do this National Day!

Celebrate Singapore this National Day no matter where you may be! So, wherever you are in the world, join fellow Singaporeans in celebrating Singapore’s 56th birthday. We have complied a to-do list of what you can do to soak up the National Day vibes and also find out how to catch the NDP 2021!

Cultivating Meats with Science: How Shiok Meats’ Founder Ka Yi Ling Grows Sustainable Seafood with Cell Technology

When we think of seafood, we think of shrimps, crabs, and lobsters freshly caught from the ocean. At Shiok Meats, chief technical officer and co-founder Ka Yi Ling leads a team of scientists to grow sustainable and environmentally-friendly crustacean meats by cultivating stem cells in a lab tucked away in Singapore.

From Singapore to Space: How NASA Research Scientist Gang Kai Poh Landed His Dream Job

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do important work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. That’s what Singaporean scientific researcher Poh Gang Kai discovered when he was hired by NASA to work at the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. His role is studying the space environment on Mars so that humans can, as one famous television show proclaimed, boldly go where no one has gone before.

Banking on Accessible Art: How Aleksandar Abu Samra Co-Founded the World’s Largest Network of Everyday Art Galleries

Making art accessible in urban cities like Singapore is all about maximising accessibility to art, ArtWallStreet is a newly founded start-up that works with real estate partners to connect art creators and collectors. Co-founder Aleksandar Abu Samra is the urban technologist who runs the start-up with his partner from the real estate industry.

The way to a Singaporean’s heart

… is through their stomachs! For Jolene (also known as Miss Crumbs A Lot), a SAHM from Texas, she whips up delicious local yummies every time she misses home. This National Day, we find out what she misses most about Singapore! She also shares a few of her favourite recipes below – Satay, Chwee Kueh, Chicken Rice, and even the nostalgic gem biscuits snack – need we say more?

Sailor, Architect, 7-time Serial Entrepreneur: Meet Co-Founder and CEO of German Entrepreneurship Asia Claus J. Karthe

What does it take to propel your start-up from a local operation to a global one? Meet Co-founder and CEO of German Entrepreneurship Asia, Claus J. Karthe who accelerates cross-border start-ups between Germany and Asia. Claus shares his take on the unique characteristics of Southeast Asia’s start-up scene, the sectors and markets to watch, and how his unabashed passion for sailing has taken him around the world.

Tech Entrepreneur Angela Conroy: on Mid-Career switches and Empowering Minorities

The desire to improve traditional and cumbersome processes inspired Angela Conroy, Co-founder and CEO at Notarum, an API led enterprise SaaS solution, to create a business tool that automates due diligence workflow and make a breakthrough as a woman leader in the tech sector. In this edition of Women in Tech series, we chat with Angela on her mid-career switch in becoming a tech entrepreneur and her unyielding commitment to pay it forward by championing others.

From Clementi to Carnegie: Violinist Siow Lee-Chin on Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians for Success

Siow Lee-Chin has performed in leading concert halls across the world with acclaimed orchestras and maestros. Beyond the technicalities of being a musician, Lee-Chin believes that the reason behind her success is a holistic combination of the heart, mind, and fingers. A violin professor at the College of Charleston for the past 20 years, Lee-Chin is currently visiting home in Singapore. She will be one of the judges for the Singapore Raffles International Music Festival in August 2021. We talk to Lee-Chin about her journey in classical music, including the numerous adversities she faced along the way, and how her pedagogical approach was inspired by her late father’s teachings.