CELEBRATING THE INDIVIDUAL

The Arts Must Go On

Perhaps never before has the world truly appreciated the arts as it has right now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the number of confirmed cases grow — currently 2 million and counting — people are staying at home to curb the spread and the arts have been a comfort to many. Despite the tough times, CEO of…

The Playful World of Upcycling

de Virieu: Hermès makes useful objects that put a smile on your face In 2010, Pascale Mussard, the sixth generation of the Hermès family, founded a workshop where discarded materials from the French luxury house’s métiers are saved and turned into new objects. In 2018, she passed the baton to Godefroy de Virieu, who is the current artistic director of…

The Queen of Green

Esther An the Chief Sustainability Officer for City Developments Limited wants women to be more active when it comes to climate action and sustainable development. While we were all busy preparing for this cover story shoot, Esther An walks in, on time and unnoticed. That’s the way she was five years ago, when this writer first met her, and that’s…

Real Estate Changemaker

Yen Chong, deputy general manager at Qingjian Realty, has a razor-sharp focus in mind. She wants to change the real estate landscape by embracing innovation and technology, and incorporating smart living into real estate. It is no secret that the incorporation of the Internet of Things (IoT) into homes in Singapore is soon to be the new normal. From smart…

The Practical Artist

It’s a stereotype that artists tend to be creative, flighty and unconcerned with the nitty gritty of a business. Not so for Chia Yee Hui, CEO of Idea Ink, an illustration studio specialising in graphic recording that has gained a lot of buzz and some seriously high-profile clients in the three and a half years they’ve been around. Chia Yee…

Healthcare Warrior

Serena Wee, CEO of ICON Cancer Centre (ASEAN and Hong Kong), has been in the healthcare industry her whole life. Both her parents worked in hospitals, so growing up watching her parents provide care and service has spurred her to do the same, and she’s taking it to the next level.  There is no question that Serena Wee, CEO of…

The Beauty of Women

Nadia Chan is a passionate advocate of women’s leadership and empowerment causes. Through her company, she intends to inspire other women to pursue their dreams. Sisters Sophia and Nadia Chan took a leap of faith in 2017 when they started Maiko, the Singapore distributor for Australian skincare brand Canvas. The reason? They fell in love with the formula of aromatherapy…

Courageous Warrior for Good

When Lesli Berggren, founder of charitable organisation LOVE, NILS, was told that her then-12 year old son, Nils, had a rare form of aggressive cancer, she remembers her entire world being turned upside down.  “One day you’re running your own business, and you’ve got two kids in school who are happy, playing soccer and doing well. Your son catches a…

Food for the Soul

Jocelyn Chng takes inspiration from God and her family to tide through the rough moments. You can tell by the way she talks about food, she is very passionate about it. Jocelyn Chng, founder and CEO of JR Group says that she even day dreams about new innovative ways to make her food tastier and more nutritious.  JR Group is…

Venture Capital for Good

By Pauline Wong When we meet Rina Neoh, co-founder of Ficus VC, she is dressed down in a denim jacket and a cotton sundress, greeting us warmly and with genuine openness. From the start, it’s clear to see how this smart and savvy former ‘techie’ has worked her way up from humble beginnings to being an angel investor, venture capitalist,…