Stories

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” From heartfelt stories and insights from our global network to the insider scoop on life in Singapore – join us on our journey as we explore topics close to heart.


Business

Inside the Fast-Moving, High-Pressure Life at UK’s Biggest Fintech

From the cryptocurrency boom to the rise of buy-now-pay-later, the fintech industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Eric Chin, 28, shares about the rapid rise of his career at Revolut, a startup whose value has grown to a whopping US$33 billion.

From Army Captain to Recruitment MD: Andrew McNeilis Shares Expert Job Search Tips

Why do some candidates get selected over others? Andrew McNeilis, MD of Phaidon International APAC, pulls back the curtain and sheds light on what companies are looking out for, talent trends in Southeast Asia, and how you can gain an edge over the competition.

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.

Meet Daniel Riegler, the Karana Co-founder Creating Asia’s First Plant-based Meat Alternative Using Jackfruit

American Daniel Riegler, co-founder of Singapore-based Karana, tells us how they differentiate themselves by producing plant-based “pork” made of sustainably sourced jackfruit, why he chose to set up shop in Singapore, and how plant-based alternative meat stands to revolutionise the way we eat.

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Culture

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.

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.

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Lifestyle

5Qs with Dr Li Wei, CEO of Transfong Ventures

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!

5Qs with the Monetary Authority of Singapore New York Representative Office

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.

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.

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People

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.

Discovery. 发现. Découverte.

Born and raised in Singapore, Juliette explores the world with curiosity and wonder, values instilled in her from growing up immersed in the multiplicities of the city-state she calls home.

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.

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Tech

‘It’s lonely being a woman in tech’ – How This Startup Founder Hopes to Inspire More Female Leaders

Building upon the success of her startup UI-licious, Tai Shi Ling, 30, wants to normalise the idea of a woman in tech and empower more women to start businesses and pursue STEM careers.

Shopee’s Philip Cheng carves out his career in Data Science and Engineering after returning to Singapore

Have you wondered what it takes to lead an Engineering team in one of the leading tech companies in Singapore and the region? Philip, an Engineering Lead at Shopee, shares his experience building his expertise in the dynamic e-commerce industry, and how he seeks to make a difference with technology.

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.

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