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.

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Imran Hajimusa, GM & Head of payments platform at Silicon Valley Bank

Pushing the envelope of innovation: Reshaping the future of fintech and payments

The adoption of fintech has accelerated in the past few months and will continue to do so in a post-pandemic landscape. We speak with Imran Hajimusa, GM & Head of payments platform at Silicon Valley Bank, on what the future of payments will hold and where Singapore stands. Married with three daughters, Imran’s fondest Singapore memories include enjoying seafood at East Coast Park with family and friends.

Women In Tech - Data

Women in Tech: Driving business with data

In this edition of our Women in Tech series, we speak to two tech leaders – Dr Megan Yao, head of advanced analytics at NTUC FairPrice, and Shaowen Ang, regional lead of seller operations and listings at Shopee – who are both leading teams to capitalise on data for organisational success.

Julien Labruyere

A winning recipe: my Sleek entrepreneurial journey

Julien Labruyere is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sleek, a fast-growing Singapore-based business incorporation and management startup. Find out how he built a business in Singapore and expanded his company to the region.

Taking the highway to Singapore’s runways

Taking the highway to Singapore’s runways

Behind the glam of fashion’s runways, pressing social issues are an ongoing stem from fast fashion. Brands are taking the highway into being more conscious and are committing to sustainable, green practices and actively championing for living wages for those in the production lines. We chat with local brands August Society, Purnama Outreach, Source Collections and Woonhung on their views of pushing for the greater good in fashion, and how Singapore has been a core part of that journey.

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Culture

chicken rice

Lockdown Cooking: A Taste of Home

In the last of our three-part series on Lockdown Cooking, Lim Monica Devi, a Singaporean in Belgium seeks out the Singaporean community around the world to share a common love – food! This month, as we celebrate National Day, many countries are still practising some form of quarantine. With safe distancing in mind, Monica takes a virtual peek into their larders (which often has a second refrigerator) and gardens to uncover how Singaporeans living overseas dish out a plateful of home while away from the island.

How you can save Singaporean books from the pandemic.

Singaporean author Gwen Lee shares about her experience growing up in Singapore, and how she wondered why there were no HDBs in storybooks. Now based in the USA and as a writer of childrens’ books with a local twist, Gwen shares her favourite Singaporean e-books for kids as young as 3, to adults.

Lockdown Cooking: Beyond Borders

In the second of our three-part series on Lockdown Cooking, Monica Devi Lim, a Singaporean in Belgium seeks out the Singaporean community around the world to share a common love – food! She will be speaking to them about their journeys and joys during the global lockdown, including their favourite dishes to make and memories of the Little Red Dot. Get your forks ready as she dishes out this month’s flavours: international recipes from Italy, Greece, and India. And if you wish, of course you can adapt the recipes to suit your taste – just go easy on the chilli (or not)!

Joanna

5Qs with Joanna Lau

5Qs with Joanna Lau – Joanna came to the U.S. to attend New York University 13 years ago. As the Founder & CEO of JEMMA, a fashion e-commerce handbag brand, Joanna shuttles regularly between Singapore and New York, where the brand is based.

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Lifestyle

Sharmista with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee

Remaining rooted to Singapore: “Where are you really from?”

Sharmishta is only 26 years old, but in this short amount of time, she has lived in nine countries, across 3 continents. She shares her rootedness to Singapore even though she has spent a majority of her life away from this island, her insights as a third culture kid moving around the world, and how being a global nomad steered her passion for international affairs and global governance.

Lockdown Cooking: For both circuit bakers and circuit eaters

In the very first of our three-part series on Lockdown Cooking, Lim Monica Devi, a Singaporean in Belgium seeks out the Singaporean community around the world to share a common love – food! Over the next few months, she will be speaking to them about their journeys and joys during the global lockdown, including their favourite dishes to make and memories of the Little Red Dot. Dig in as she rolls out this month’s flavours: baking recipes. Start with the truly simple one-pan, rise to a cake made without an oven, then crank up the heat with a slightly more complicated braided beauty. The recipes here will entice both circuit bakers and circuit eaters!

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People

trang-chu-minh

Racism coloured my childhood and I still fight against stereotypes today

Following a childhood in Hungary, and studies in the UK and Australia, moving to Singapore is when Trang finally felt like she belonged. The Vietnamese-Hungarian, who has made Singapore her home for close to a decade now, shares her struggles with racism growing up, and how she fights for greater diversity and inclusion today.

Harshika

What If.

2020 is an unprecedented year for all of us. Some of us may be fearful, some optimistic. Some could be very anxious, and perhaps some excited. But no doubt 2020 is a year of learning, of survival, of trials and of successes. Hear from Harshika, as she shares snippets of her thoughts through the past couple months.

Going green from the red dot: How a smartphone app is empowering social change

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.

Stories from a photographer’s lens: Makiyo Lio

They say you don’t shoot what it looks like, but what it feels like. Hear from Makiyo Lio, a Singaporean girl who followed her dreams and took a different career path from the usual conservative route. After buying her first camera at the age of 17, I guess you could say the rest is history. She shares her journey through the years, and some tips for young aspiring photographers!

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Tech

Giving back from the US to Singapore – Tech for Public Good

When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this year, an extraordinary volunteering movement started. From 10,000 miles away, SGN’s community in the US stepped up in many ways to help Singapore battle the COVID-19 crisis. For Part 1 of this two-part series, we shine our spotlight on how the tech community leveraged innovation, creativity, user experience, and teamwork to address COVID-19.

Carolyn Ng

Investing in the future – Carolyn Ng on how global biotech and diversity will change our world

As Managing Director of Vertex Ventures HC located in the Bay Area, Carolyn Ng leads an investment team to fund healthcare-focused opportunities globally. Passionate about biotech innovation, diversity, and gender equality, the former oncology scientist shares how her Singaporean roots and cross-border expertise add valuable perspective to her work with companies and investors.

TraceTogether to #StaySafe Together: How a Smart Nation Tackles a Pandemic

Technology is transforming the way Singapore is combatting COVID-19. The outcome will prove to be pivotal in showing how a Smart Nation harnesses tech to minimise the effects of a pandemic.


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