February 14, 2019

Digitization Brings Order to Philanthropy

Digitization in Philanthropy does away with silos among NGOs as technology bridges the gap between donors, beneficiaries and competitors. While the benefits are substantial, the challenges tech adoption brings to protecting donors’ data security remains to be seen.
February 11, 2019

Indian Telco Sector Bleeds Amid Price Wars

It appears to be trying times for the Indian Telco sector. With a debt over USD 98 billion, the industry is looking at muted growth in 2019.
February 8, 2019

China Pledges Over USD 60 Billion in Africa to 2021

Chinese investment in Africa are shaping a new economic and political order in the continent. With funding by China pouring into all sectors and many countries within Africa, we take a snapshot of some of the major infrastructure developments that are underway.
February 5, 2019

In Management Theory Better the Pride You Know

We unpack some of the latest research from management theory that explores the positive (authentic) and negative (hubristic) symptoms of pride in workplace performance and culture and how understanding the difference can make for healthy and happier workplace relations.
February 4, 2019

Green Financing Set for Aggressive Growth Globally in 2019

The increasing demand by investors for environmentally-friendly investments is driving aggressive growth in green financing world-wide. Banking giant DBS claims that future projects in ASEAN alone will require up to USD 3 trillion in green investment till 2030.
January 28, 2019

Asian Grocery Market Set for Double-Digit Growth

The global grocery market is on a new high catapulted by the cart power of the Asian grocery market. Despite some stagnated growth in North America and Western Europe, total global grocery sales are set to reach US 10 trillion by 2023, with nearly half of additional sales originating in Asia.

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February 11, 2019

Indian Telco Sector Bleeds Amid Price Wars

It appears to be trying times for the Indian Telco sector. With a debt over USD 98 billion, the industry is looking at muted growth in 2019.

February 8, 2019

China Pledges Over USD 60 Billion in Africa to 2021

Chinese investment in Africa are shaping a new economic and political order in the continent. With funding by China pouring into all sectors and many countries within Africa, we take a snapshot of some of the major infrastructure developments that are underway.

February 4, 2019

Green Financing Set for Aggressive Growth Globally in 2019

The increasing demand by investors for environmentally-friendly investments is driving aggressive growth in green financing world-wide. Banking giant DBS claims that future projects in ASEAN alone will require up to USD 3 trillion in green investment till 2030.

January 28, 2019

Asian Grocery Market Set for Double-Digit Growth

The global grocery market is on a new high catapulted by the cart power of the Asian grocery market. Despite some stagnated growth in North America and Western Europe, total global grocery sales are set to reach US 10 trillion by 2023, with nearly half of additional sales originating in Asia.

January 24, 2019

Ethiopia Infrastructure a Major Benefactor in Chinese Investment

Africa’s second most populous country, which was ranked the third-poorest in the world in 2000, has seen a meteoric rise through state spending on roads, giant dams and industrial parks. Ethiopia’s services sector has also contributed significantly towards rapid growth. With an annual GDP per capita of USD 80 billion, it is miraculous that Ethiopia has seen poverty rates fall to 31% in less than a decade, making it among the top three fastest growing economies of the world.

January 23, 2019

Digitization Drives Indian Economy

According to a recent survey by Dell Technologies, India leads the global average of learning on the job using digital technologies. If the current trend continues, India is on track to be the third largest economy in the world by 2030.

January 15, 2019

Ease of Business Surges High in the East

Asian economies continue their stride towards a congenial business environment with Malaysia and India witnessing the biggest surge among all, jumping by nine places to 15th and surging by 23 places to 77th globally in the 2019 Annual Rankings Ease of Business Report released by the World Bank.

January 11, 2019

Cold Coffee Consumption is Hot Competition

Cold coffee is turning out to be the beverage du jour, with a number of acquisitions and mergers taking place globally last year. Thanks to increasing demand by millennials, this popular beverage is expected to see M&A deals valued over USD 1 billion in 2019.

December 14, 2018

Ericsson’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends Report 2019 Highlights Potential Drop in Critical Thinking

Ericsson releases its 10 Hot Consumer Trends report 2019 this week, highlighting hardcore early adopters’ perceptions of new technologies. What has emerged are some interesting philosophical and practical considerations, most interestingly, the notion of mental obesity; with 34% of respondents expecting critical thinking to disappear due to the overuse of virtual assistants.

December 12, 2018

World’s First High-School Accelerator Young Founders Summit Held in Singapore

Singapore-based Smarter Me and Los Angeles-based Founders Bootcamp held the Finals of the Young Founders Summit @ South East Asia, the world’s first high school accelerator, at Stamford American International School, with the winning startup Cure Band wowing the crowd with a wearable heart health sensor device.

December 11, 2018

Mumpreneurs Make it Work on Their Own Terms

With the digital revolution making entry into traditional and non-traditional markets more accessible than ever for SMBs to compete against more established, larger brands, we reached out to Singapore-based Author of Mother Industrialist Kenneth Choo and CEO of Enfoundery Siddika Jaffer on helping mumpreneurs turn their passion and purpose into profit.

December 10, 2018

Asian Economies Dive Amid Weakening Local Currencies

Despite China’s Central Bank’s efforts to stabilize its currency, China has witnessed a significant dent in the Yuan in the wake of the rising demand of the US dollar, which has appreciated by almost 11% against the Chinese Yuan; and China is not the only among Asian economies that is feeling the fall…

December 5, 2018

Best Coaching Apps Give Affordable Access to Mentors

SMBs and SMEs can now provide affordable regular upskilling tools to employees now that Coaching Apps are available on any device, any time – and the results are significant.

November 29, 2018

Deskera Heats Up SME Offerings in Enterprise Resource Planning

Deskera, a Singapore-based venture-backed cloud-based start-up just announced a successful fund-raising round of USD 60 million with heavy-hitters such as Cisco Investments and Susquehanna International Group throwing their names into the ring.

November 28, 2018

Chat Advertising Creates Highest Customer Conversions

Clickbait is old news as Chat Advertising surpasses even the most popular video ads – which currently make up more than half of digital ad campaign spends. Bot-based ads are closing sales faster than you can say Suri, making it the number one preference of digital marketing agencies.



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December 21, 2018

Robert Benz – The Abolitionist

With the recent passing of H.R.2200 Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 in the US Senate on December 17, we were fortunate to chat with the Co-Founder and Executive VP of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Robert Benz about how this will help impact kids’ lives in the US education system should it pass into law in 2019.

November 21, 2018

Dr Claudine Pang – Eyes for Asia

Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. To help address this, internationally recognised Ophthalmologist Dr Claudine Pang launched Singapore’s first and only eye health Asia Retina mobile App, and the great news is its free for all.

October 15, 2018

Bob Salomon – Beyond The Laces Puts Kids First

In the midst of increasing corporatization and politicization of sports in the US, declining participation in youth sports and increased bullying and violence in US schools, New-Jersey-based founder and co-author Bob Salomon is side-stepping all the noise by taking his hit children’s book Beyond the Laces’ simple but powerful message of kindness and perseverance on and off the sports field to the future’s best source of hope – the hearts of kids.

September 18, 2018

Dato’ Joel Low – Asia’s Agri-tech Hothouse

Singapore is not known for its agriculture, but Agrivo International CEO Dato’ Joel Low is about to change that, with the launch of the largest agri-tech farm in Asia and a world-first Global Agricultural Exchange in 2019.

August 23, 2018

Taimoor Iqbal – Know Your Customer

Like his namesake from the 14th Century Conqueror in Asia, Co-CEO of Route Trading Taimoor Iqbal shares a story of perseverance in the face of giants. Iqbal discusses his 12-year long journey to make the ‘Know Your Customers’ Customer’ in the Home Remittances Sector a force for high street bankers to reckon with…

July 26, 2018

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy – The Tech Existentialist

During his recent visit to Singapore, we seized the opportunity to chat with US-based founder and CEO of LATOKEN Valentin Preobrazhenskiy about his plans for growing a footprint in Asia, his philosophy club The World Model, and why he agrees with robot Sophia that the purpose of life is to increase its viability…

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February 14, 2019

Digitization Brings Order to Philanthropy

Digitization in Philanthropy does away with silos among NGOs as technology bridges the gap between donors, beneficiaries and competitors. While the benefits are substantial, the challenges tech adoption brings to protecting donors’ data security remains to be seen.

February 5, 2019

In Management Theory Better the Pride You Know

We unpack some of the latest research from management theory that explores the positive (authentic) and negative (hubristic) symptoms of pride in workplace performance and culture and how understanding the difference can make for healthy and happier workplace relations.

January 14, 2019

Fitness in your Lunch Hour Improves Work Performance

With the rise in lifestyle diseases due to sedentary work and play, global organisations are giving serious attention to the increasing indirect costs of health care services and increased absenteeism.

December 3, 2018

Circular Economy 100 Inspires Corporates to Confront Plastic Conundrum

A major sustainability initiative dubbed the Circular Economy 100 launched in 2018 by UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is mobilising corporates world-wide to re-think, re-design and re-build a future without single-use plastics.

November 26, 2018

The Role of Finance is to Drive Organisational Growth

Cloud Software Provider BlackLine’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific & Japan Terry Smagh shares his thoughts on why true automation is the only way to drive future growth in any organisation.

November 19, 2018

Best Adaptive Learning Platforms for Professional Development

For those keen on maximising their return on professional development training, check out our best Adaptive Learning software platforms for 2018 which uses AI and machine learning to enhance user outcomes.

October 8, 2018

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Brand, Baby

With the barrage of Social Media Influencers and Life Coaches all competing for eyeballs to float in their brand soup offerings, we discuss why the phrase ‘authentic brand’ will always be an oxymoron.

October 2, 2018

The Economic Cost and Opportunity of Conflict in Israel

The Right to Work, while enshrined in international human rights law, is a privilege that many in the West take for granted. We were fortunate to sit down with Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Program Fellow Ilhan Cagri based in Washington D.C. on the working and living conditions of all peoples living under the current Netanyahu Administration in Israel.

September 4, 2018

Modern Day Slavery – A Private Sector Challenge

With prosecutions on the rise, multi-national businesses can no longer cry ignorant when it comes to weak, supply chain governance. According to Hong Kong-based Mekong Club CEO Matthew Friedman, Modern Slavery is a global issue that requires a collective goal – and if the abolishers of slavery from the 1800s could mobilise to effect change, so too can big business.