Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad is an MCKK-, Cambridge- and Harvard-educated writer, public intellectual and the founding Chairman of Institut Kajian Politik dan Ekonomi (IKAPE). He was Special Envoy to the United Nations (UN) between 1996 and 2000, and Editor-in-Chief of the New Straits Times for several years.
<p><strong>Abhi Krish </strong>is the founder of Nool Monsters, a bilingual platform that brings together contemporary stories, songs and approaches for children to learn Tamil while having fun. Through laughter, music and utter silliness, Abhi is raising a generation of wee magical guardians who will protect and usher their mother tongue into the future.</p>
Adam Khoo is an award winning entrepreneur, bestselling author of I am Gifted, So Are You! and peak performance trainer. A self-made millionaire at the age of 26, Adam owns and manages several businesses, including Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd.
Adrian Choo is a headhunter with CTPartners handling the Asia-Pacific Industrial Practice from Singapore. He has over a decade of executive search experience, placing top leaders for his global clients in the region. Adrian graduated from NUS with an Honours degree in Business Administration and started his career in Shell Eastern Petroleum. He started his own dotcom in the early 2000s and joined a GE Plastics subsidiary before venturing into headhunting. He is also a Board Member of the Singapore Cancer Society, a not-for-profit organisation. He is married with two children. Visit www.career-strategy.com to find out more!
Alan Chong holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Nanyang Technological University and is currently pursuing Masters of Arts (Research). His research interest is in Feng Shui, Yi-Jing and Chinese Philosophy applications in art history in academic writings. Growing up and living in a Buddhist temple has exposed him to Chinese cultures and sparked off an intimate curiosity which made him pursue this subject and learn about its culture and practices. He aims to create a new way of presenting this ancient Chinese tradition and practice in a contemporary setting through this new artistic direction.
Alan John was born in 1953 and educated at St John’s Institution and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur before starting as a reporter at The New Straits Times in 1976. He moved to Singapore in 1980 to join The Straits Times and was a copyeditor when the Toa Payoh child murders happened. He spent 35 years at The Straits Times, heading various sections before becoming deputy editor, the position he held when he left in 2015.
<p>Aleksandar Duric, a native Bosnian turned Singaporean citizen, has lived a whirlwind life that led him to become a legend of Singaporean sport. He holds the record for most goals ever scored in Singapore’s top division, the S-League, and made more than 50 appearances for the Singapore national football team despite only making his international debut at the age of 37. </p><p><em>Beyond Borders </em>was co-written with Glenn Wray, a Northern Irishman who works in the publishing industry in Singapore.</p>
Alex Josey (1910 - 1986) was a British journalist, political writer and commentator, and biographer, best known for his biographies on Singapore’s former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. <br />He wrote over twenty political novels and many political articles on Singapore and Malaysia for various Singapore and international newspapers and journals. He was the first foreign correspondent to be kicked out of Singapore (then part of Malaysia) by the Malaysian government, but returned to Singapore after its independence from Malaysia and became Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's Press Secretary for ten years. <br />His published books include Lee Kuan Yew: The Crucial Years (1959-1970), Lee Kuan Yew: The Critical Years (1971-1978), The David Marshall Trials, Bloodlust and Cold-Blooded Murders.
Now based in Sydney, Australia, Filipino Alfredo Roces is an award-winning veteran journalist who has worked in newspapers, magazines and also authored several books on the Philippines and its art. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame in the USA.
<p><strong>Ali Shandi Ramadan</strong> lives in Surabaya, Indonesia. His designs and illustrations are inspired by manga, anime and his two beautiful children. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, plays football, and loves running around randomly in the yard.</p>
Allan Albert Teoh is a self-taught baker whose hobby of weekend baking flourished into a popular culinary enterprise, AllanBakes. Well known for his delicious cheesecakes, Allan was crowned one of the four Cheesecake Heavenly Kings in a countrywide contest organised by Lianhe Wanbao. Allan’s wonderful treats have also been recognised further afield at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2011 in Paris, where his first book, AllanBakes Really Good Cakes, clinched the Best Desserts Cookbook Award for Singapore. His second and third books, AllanBakes Really Good Treats and AllanBakes Really Good Cheesecakes, were published in 2013. Allan is also the author of the AllanBakes Really Good No-nonsense series published in 2018. Since 2012, Allan has sought to share his passion for baking by imparting his skills and knowledge to others. That year, he mentored the winner and runner-up of the Junior MasterChef Australia (Season 2) when they visited Singapore to do a cooking demonstration at the Singapore Expo. Subsequently, Allan became a full-time culinary coach and consultant. In 2017, Allan joined Chef’s Secrets Cooking & Baking Resource Centre as a partner. Allan continues to share his recipes and love for baking through the culinary workshops that he conducts at private cooking schools and community centres.
Alvin Chia is the Innovation Program Lead of DBS Bank, and a seasoned hacker. His tenure in DBS saw him conducting more than fifty hackathons and workshops across the region solving business challenges such as digitization and new product development. Prior to DBS, Alvin consulted for the largest independent innovation consulting company, serving top-tier clients such as InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Unilever. Outside of work, Alvin lectures actively as an Adjunct Faculty and writes for the business and leadership verticals of The Huffington Post.