Farhan Shah

Walking Tall with Charles & Keith

By Farhan Shah

The world of fashion is extremely fickle with trends fleetingly changing from one season to the next. But through it all, Charles & Keith has weathered the storm to emerge as one of the synonymous names for women’s footwear, bags and accessories in Singapore.

Not contented to rest on their laurels, the company decided to explore overseas franchising opportunities to expand their reach. Today, Charles & Keith has more than 190 stores across 27 countries, including China, United Arab Emirates and even Estonia.

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Harnessing The Sun To Heal The World

With the rapid depletion of the world’s fossil-based energy resources and increased attention on global warming, the hunt is on for reliable sources of clean energy. This industry is set to boom within the next few years and Singapore is aiming to ride on this wave with the largest ever number of NRF (Clean Energy) scholars awarded.

By Farhan Shah

2010 is set to be the warmest year in Earth’s history with average world temperatures setting new precedents in the record books. The next generation promises to be even warmer with scientists predicting that the world’s average temperature will rise between 1.0°C to 3.5°C within the next century.

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Giving Hope To Patients, Giving Life To Staff

With a management that promotes work-life balance and a CEO that meets informally with people under her over coffee, the NKF is an organisation that stands out for its family-friendly policies.

By Farhan Shah

In the fast-paced society of Singapore, poverty and sickness is normally seen as an oddity that disappears when you close your eyes. Yet, in this concrete jungle of modernity, there exists people who live on the fringes, forgotten by most.

But not everyone disregards their existence. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is one organisation that helps these people. It provides subsidised dialysis services to poor kidney patients who could not otherwise afford it.

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Making It Happen At Makino

Climbing to the top is easy. Staying there is harder. Makino has been able to remain the leader of advanced machine tools manufacturing with the brilliant engineering talents it has at its disposal.

By Farhan Shah

Engineering is a field strongly dominated by men but that did not deter Charlene Kwan Yee Ling from pursuing her passion in engineering. After receiving a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from NUS in 2003, Charlene scored a position with Makino Asia the following year and slowly carved out a niche for herself in the company’s R&D department.

However, it was not an easy journey for Charlene. She had to battle both internal and external pressures when she first joined.

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A Goliath with the Personal Touch

Deloitte may be one of the biggest accountancy and professional services firms in the world, but it still believes in investing in people.

By Farhan Shah

The name Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (more commonly known as Deloitte) is famously part of the ‘Big Four,’ a collective of four accounting organisations that handles the vast majority of audits for companies all across the globe. Deloitte Southeast Asia (SEA), a cluster of member firms, is a Goliath in the region it is operating in. Comprising over 200 partners and 5,000 professionals scattered across 20 offices, the organisation provides an unmatched quality of service to their clients with their superior knowledge of the local markets.

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More Than Meets The Eye

Some people think Certis CISCO’s only business is to provide armed guards for banks and retailers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

By Farhan Shah

Eric Koh Chee Hui’s mercurial ascent to his current position at Certis CISCO is the stuff dreams are made of. Eric joined the company in 1999 as an officer in charge of cash transits. Now, he is the Deputy Managing Director for Business Development, a far cry from transporting bags of dollar bills. “I was very ambitious back then,” he recalls with a laugh.

Ambition is a gross understatement to describe Eric. After graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, Eric went through several jobs before finally making his way to Certis CISCO.

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Working Towards a Safe and Secure Singapore

One of the luxuries of living in Singapore is to be able to take a leisurely stroll at night without fearing for one’s safety. The SPF aims to keep it that way.

By Farhan Shah

Studying abroad left a huge impression on Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Chan Hee Keong. Every night, the local news bombarded him with stories of injustice and graphics of soaring crime rates. It opened his eyes to the harsh reality of the world and made him thankful for the safe haven that was Singapore.

DSP Chan’s experiences in a foreign country, coupled with his zeal to be part of a uniformed occupation, brought him to the position he holds today; a Commanding Officer (CO) in Security Command, a highly respected unit in the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

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A Home Away From Home

Serviced hospitality provider Park Avenue is often lauded for its top-notch service. Meet one of the team members who work tirelessly to create its success story.

By Farhan Shah

The devil is in the details and the details are what Park Avenue, the hospitality arm of United Engineers Limited (UEL), excels in. This acute attention to the finer points that most people usually overlook have propelled the organisation’s serviced apartments to the top of the pile.

With subtle touches like a welcome letter addressed to each individual guest and a complimentary personalised food basket, Park Avenue has raised the bar in the hospitality industry and has garnered a host of accolades like the Singapore Prestige Brand Award and the Excellent Service Award.

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A Different Life With NTUC Income

By Farhan Shah

In the cutthroat world of business where the bottom line dominates the direction a company takes, NTUC Income is a peculiar anomaly. “We are social in purpose, commercial in approach. Our philosophy is to put people before profits,” Percy Chong shares.

Percy should know what he is talking about. After all, as Training Manager of Income Academy, Percy has helped an astounding number of people fulfil their hidden potential. “We value your human potential. You are not just a statistic in NTUC Income,” the 38-year-old stresses.

This credo is diligently followed in the organisation. All fresh recruits receive at least 95 days of training to prepare them for the rigours of their new career. Recognising the challenges of starting out fresh, NTUC Income has a host of schemes designed to help newbies tide through the first six months, such as educational allowance and the transition funding initiative.

Individualised Planning
NTUC Income employees are also given the freedom to pursue their own interests in the industry. “You can individualise your plan, develop your own set of directions on how you want to operate,” Percy muses. “Essentially, your career is a blank piece of paper for you to write on.”

This flexibility and independence afforded to the financial consultants allow them “an opportunity to lead the life they want.” In a world that is slowly embracing the benefits of work-life balance, NTUC Income has grabbed the initiative, to allow you to pursue your aspirations.

“For example, if you aspire to do mission work in Cambodia and still want a respectable income, this career gives you the chance to do just that,” Percy encourages. It is this corporate philosophy that has enabled NTUC Income to retain almost 80 percent of its workforce in an industry where the average turnover rate is an astonishingly high 50 percent.

“It’s not a dog-eat-dog world in here. The colleagues are the kind of warm and genuine people you will find in your own home.”

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