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.
October 12, 2018

China Conference 2018: Human Ingenuity, Not Capital, Will Drive Value Creation

The two-day China Conference: Building Co-operation, Managing Complexities wrapped up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week after an impressive line-up of South East Asia’s thousand most influential leaders in business and Government came together – with tech, tariffs and taxes being the talk of the town.
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.
October 1, 2018

Sentient Cities! O Snap!

Sentient Cities have arrived. Problems are noted, intelligent solutions are proposed and the outcome is better quality of life for people living in urban environments…and yes, capital outlay is huge, but it is O! So worth it.
September 25, 2018

Uzbekistan Economy Thrives Under New Leadership

According to global rating agencies, Uzbekistan’s economy is set to bloom in Central Asia which may be partly attributed to President Shavkat Mirziyoev’s nation building policies since his appointment in 2016.

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October 12, 2018

China Conference 2018: Human Ingenuity, Not Capital, Will Drive Value Creation

The two-day China Conference: Building Co-operation, Managing Complexities wrapped up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week after an impressive line-up of South East Asia’s thousand most influential leaders in business and Government came together – with tech, tariffs and taxes being the talk of the town.

October 1, 2018

Sentient Cities! O Snap!

Sentient Cities have arrived. Problems are noted, intelligent solutions are proposed and the outcome is better quality of life for people living in urban environments…and yes, capital outlay is huge, but it is O! So worth it.

September 25, 2018

Uzbekistan Economy Thrives Under New Leadership

According to global rating agencies, Uzbekistan’s economy is set to bloom in Central Asia which may be partly attributed to President Shavkat Mirziyoev’s nation building policies since his appointment in 2016.

September 17, 2018

Rwanda Rises as Central Africa’s Leading Growth Engine

Rwanda has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in less than two decades; an extraordinary feat since its genocide in the 1990s where an estimated two million people died in the civil war against Tutsi refugees.

September 10, 2018

Africa Looks East and West for Foreign Direct Investment

As Africa strives to pull itself out of extreme poverty – 28 of the poorest countries in the world are in Africa – the continent is opening its doors to foreign direct investment across major industries.

August 27, 2018

Electric Vehicles Now Last the Distance

Thanks to improving technology and more cost effective battery production, manufacturers are improving the long-distance capabilities for electric vehicles – making EV more attractive and affordable, for both commercial and private use.

August 21, 2018

Blockchain Goes Legit with Masters’ Degree Programs on Offer Worldwide

Leading universities globally are stepping up efforts to cater for the growing demand to professionalise blockchain certification through standard Masters’ Programs.

August 8, 2018

FY2018 Market Wrap: Solid Returns but a Year of Two Halves

We were fortunate enough to have one of Australia’s most qualified financial adviser’s CEO of Supersolve Financial Services Nick Sheather, share his FY2018 market wrap of Australian and Global Share Markets. According to Sheather, the global market offered another year of double digit returns despite being a year of two halves. With the Reserve Bank of Australia Cash Rate staying at a record low of 1.5 percent, this continued to impact returns from interest bearing investments…

August 7, 2018

Telematics Revolutionises The Transport Sector

Transport industries are witnessing unprecedented interest by investors, particularly with organisations adopting Telematics world-wide.

August 1, 2018

BRICS Summit Rallies Against Protectionism; Calls for Deepening Trade with Emerging Economies

Chinese President Xi Jinping rallied BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to forge a deeper economic and strategic partnership in the areas of trade, investment, finance and interconnectivity, which set an unprecedented tone for the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg South Africa in July 2018.

July 25, 2018

Fervour for Sports Infrastructure and Merchandise Takes Grip on Asia

Asia is becoming a hotbed of sports’ investments with companies making lucrative plays due to growing consumer participation and consumption of team sports in the region.

July 23, 2018

FinTech Startups in Home Remittance Sector Gobble up Market Share

According to the Pew Research Centre, migrants from different parts of the world sent around USD 574 billion in remittances to their home countries in 2016. While banks and a handful of high street forex brokers dominated this sector until a couple of decades ago, the arrival of some savvy FinTech players are giving traditional operators a run for their money…

July 16, 2018

Fisheries’ Markets Make Catch of the Day

The increase of cross-cultural influence and tech, health food trends and captured fish practices in the food industry are leading to a surge in seafood consumption, with the global fisheries market estimated to be worth over USD 200 billion by 2020, according to market research firm Million Insights.

July 13, 2018

Data Harvesting and the Privacy Problematic

As the cries for greater privacy of personal data grows shrill and Governments move to capitalise on public sentiment, new tech and regulations surrounding data harvesting promises a lot but still remains light on the detail.

June 19, 2018

China Liberalises Financial Sector to Attract Foreign Investors

China is taking measures to open-up its financial markets to foreign investment. The move is in-line with its strategy to assert itself as a major power block, challenging a decades-long US hegemony in global financial markets.



TRIBES


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…

June 22, 2018

Hulia Boz – On a View from Above

One the most introspective Australian Artists to burst on the art scene in New York City with her solo exhibition, Postcard from Australia, is former Celebrity Photographer, now self-confessed ‘Fine Artist’ Hulia Boz. We spent a quiet evening unpacking Australian perspectives in art and why following one’s dream is nobody’s business but your own.

May 8, 2018

Gurminder Singh – The Green Guru

Singapore-based Earth Dollar CEO Gurminder Singh, says the word ‘currency’ means current energy. According to Singh, Fiat currency is an old energy that is no longer suited to the temper of our age. We spent an afternoon with a delightfully eccentric, yet brilliant Singh, who says their gargantuan journey to codify ethics into crypto-currency for the common good is an imperative for survival.


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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.

August 14, 2018

Content Marketing is Killing Journalism

Co-Founder and Managing Editor of INDVSTRVS Joanne Leila Smith discusses why Content Marketing is highly lucrative for digital news brands yet damaging for ethical standards in Journalism – and why we all have a stake in the fall-out.

August 13, 2018

Demand for Multi-Lingual Talent and Tightening Job Markets Make Competition Tough in SE Asia

The job market in Asia is looking stagnant in the near term with most major economies including China, Japan, India and Singapore struggling to maintain job growth in a highly competitive environment…

June 26, 2018

Men in Black Ball 2018 Winner Urges Us to Abandon the Safety of Silence

We did a deep dive with the Agency Men in Black Ball 2018 Most Inspiring Man of the Year Chief Advisor to WKUSA Michael Lloyd-White and Psychologist and Engineer Dr. Anand Pillay on the challenges faced by Fly in Fly Out FIFO miners and its impact on men’s mental health and relationships. Both gentlemen offer some really interesting insights into pack male behaviour – and the awful power of exclusion and loneliness.

June 11, 2018

BRAC Schools the Rest on Corporate Social Responsibility

We salute the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) which has effectively scaled to alleviate poverty and empower millions of people to establish businesses to support their families in impoverished regions. Through a multi-faceted approach combining education, healthcare and initiatives that encourage self-determination, BRAC has managed to achieve the status of the largest, fastest-growing non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the world.

June 7, 2018

Desirable Spaces is No Longer Defined by Nation, but Resilient Cities

With over 70 per cent of the world’s population predicted to live in city centres by 2050, we chat with 100 Resilient Cities Regional Director of Asia Pacific Lauren Sorkin and other urban planning leaders in Australia on how CBD hubs globally can better manage challenges that arise from over-development and over-population.

May 3, 2018

Overcoming Barriers to Kindness in Business and Politics

Chief Advisor to WKUSA Michael Lloyd-White talks with leaders in business and politics on why budgetary constraints and self-interest should not usurp our instincts to show kindness in our everyday interactions.