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In Conversation With: Viaano Spruyt, founder and CEO of Huddlehumans

In an increasingly digitalised society, almost every aspect of your personal life is publicly broadcasted online and under the scrutiny of others. The fact that this had personally traumatised Mr Viaano Spruyt that he, then a 19 year-old intern waiting to be called up for National Service, created a virtual space for youths to huddle…
11 Jul 2022 6 mins read

In Conversation With: Harold Koh, CEO and founder of Nextevo

From working with cars in the Philippines to overseeing pineapple farms in Indonesia, 58-year-old Harold Koh now finds himself coming full circle. He is back in his hometown Singapore, building his fabric manufacturing company that is centred around one key word – sustainability. Today, Mr Koh is the CEO and founder of Nextevo, a fabric…
27 Jun 2022 6 mins read

In Conversation With: Ler Jie Wei, 5th generation of Hunchback Bak Chor Mee

There’s an overwhelming sense of pride when 36-year-old Ler Jie Wei talks about the running of his family business that is over a hundred years old.  It was his great-great grandfather who started selling bowls of noodles with soup in the 1920s.  Chen Liang Fu, a Teochew immigrant from China’s Chao Zhou city, sold bowls…
13 Jun 2022 6 mins read

In Conversation With: Anna Razak, Malaysian Taxidermist and Artist

When you think of taxidermy outside of the museum, perhaps the image that surfaces in your mind is that of a gruff-looking hunter in a bloodstained apron, standing next to hulking deer and bear heads mounted on an antique wall. Or you might picture a goth woman adorned with trinkets made from the bones of…
30 May 2022 6 mins read

In Conversation With: A Sankar, Founder of Herpetological Society Singapore

From The Jungle Book’s Kaa to Harry Potter’s Nagini, snakes have not enjoyed the best image in human literature and media. But Sankar Ananthanarayanan is seeking to repeal their undeserved bad name in Singapore — which, in fact, is home to an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians.  “Herpetology is the study of reptiles and…
31 Mar 2022 4 mins read

In Conversation With: Malcolm Ong, founder of The Fish Farmer

While venturing into the world of aquaculture might seem like taking a leap of faith into the unknown to most people, it was a homecoming for Mr Malcolm Ong. Having grown up just two minutes away from the beach, it is no wonder Mr Ong, 58, has such a deep love for the open sea.…
24 Mar 2022 5 mins read

In Conversation With: Simarna Singh, UN Youth Ambassador and Founder of Coco Veda

Ms Simarna Singh was only 18 in 2017 when she became a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador. Despite being a Singaporean, she represented the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at global sustainability conferences such as the 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) and then moved on to work as a sustainability consultant, as well as keynote…
24 Feb 2022 6 mins read

In Conversation With: Cassandra Yip, Founder of Earth School Singapore

For a long time, environmentalists worldwide have been pushing for environmental education to be integrated into the mainstream public school education system.  While there has been no shortage of outreach programmes conducted by organisations like the Jane Goodall Institute or Conservation International, there remains a pressing need to have mainstream environmental education in a highly…
27 Jan 2022 4 mins read

In Conversation With: Historian and Curator of Hell’s Museum Eisen Teo

If there is one thing that unites humanity, it is our shared mortality. Everyone lives and dies eventually, no matter who he or she is or what he or she believes in. Yet there is that fascination among all about the afterlife. Many movies, across different genres and cultures, have had their depictions of Hell,…
6 Jan 2022 6 mins read

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