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Review of Gaston Luga Backpack – A Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

With Valentine’s day coming up in 2 weeks’ time, many of you will be pondering over what you can get for your significant other. How about something both practical and stylish at the same time? You will be hard-pressed to find a better gift option than one of the lovely backpacks from Gaston Luga.

 

Gaston Luga’s bags scream minimalist chic. The founder, Carl Sundqvist, had the vision to make a line of bags with Scandinavian minimalism (shout out to all IKEA fans!) and elegance to suit all different occasions. This vision is definitely realised in each and every product that Gaston Luga offers.

Poisonvine and her Classy Backpack

For those with “wanderlust gene”, you will be pleased to know that Gaston Luga have a variety of tags to match with how you feel and showcase who you are. But the most outstanding feature that really resonates with us is their passport and travel ticket pocket. Important travel documents should be easily accessible and at the same time safely kept. So Gaston Luga designed a special pocket with a beautiful leather detail on the back. This means that the important stuff are kept close to the body and becomes impossible to be pickpocketed, and yet you can easily access them when passing through various checkpoints while travelling. Honestly, this should become a standard for all backpacks to follow.

 

We believe the pictures will speak for themselves. It is hard for us to imagine someone not liking the design of these bags.

This is how you keep your passport in Gaston Luga Backpack!

The Clässic range has a capacity of 15L and an inner compartment which can fit a 13-15” laptop. The Pråper range (not pictured) has a capacity of 18L and also an inner compartment which can fit a 13-15” laptop. The Clässy range (which is a slimmer Pråper) has a capacity of 13L and the inner compartment can fit a 13” laptop.

 

All the bags are made with thick and strong cotton for durability. It is also noteworthy that the bags use vegan leather, so you can rest easy knowing your purchase is cruelty-free.

Some people still prefer the classic looks.

A little extra perk for you: when you order from outside the EU, the Swedish VAT will be deducted from the listed price (i.e 20% tax rebate on the listed price) so you are paying less than what you see on the website. There is free shipping globally by DHL express so you can definitely get the bags in time for that special occasion. Furthermore, you can get another 15% discount on the VAT-free price with our quote “NEODIMENSION”. (Effectively, this blog is giving you more than 30% discount!)

p.s. You may want to watch our unboxing on Youtube here.

PwC’s 2017 Report: REITs and Business Trusts Drives Singapore’s IPOs; SGX’s Delisting Woes Remains

Singapore, 3 January 2018 –The year 2017 ended with a good showing for the Singapore Exchange (SGX), with total funds raised through Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) being the highest in the past four years. In 2017, a total of S$4.7 billion raised, double that of 2016 at approximately S$2.3 million.

The SGX saw a total of 20 IPOs with seven listings on the Mainboard and 13 listings on the Catalist Board in 2017. In terms of amount raised, REITS and BT made up of approx 88% of Singapore’s IPOs in 2017. See below Fig 1.

Figure 1. IPO fund raised by sectors in 2017 (S$ million, % of market share)

Source: PwC Singapore

Looking forward

The report states that REITs and BTs will likely continue to be the niche for SGX. The exchange has welcomed the listings of eight REITs and BTs since 2015, which combined raised a total of S$6.6 billion in gross proceeds, contributing to 85% of the total IPO funds raised over the past three years.

Despite the overall stellar IPO performance in 2017, the report also found that the delisting trend continued with 24 companies delisted in 2017. Pessimism in the market may have been in part due to the declining trading volume and muted confidence in the local equities market. Furthermore, the low valuation of certain listed companies have created merger and acquisition opportunities to buyout these companies which led to their delisting from the exchange.

Lastly, SGX is expected to face more intense competition from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) with a key pull factor being the perception that the HKEx offers higher valuations and liquidity. With this, the number of Singapore-based companies listed on the HKEx has more than doubled in the past year, from six companies in 2016 to 13 in 2017, and PwC foresees that in 2018 local companies will continue listing on HKEx.

See full press release here

 

Review of Huawei Mate 10 Pro – QnA with Singapore Blogger – Chester Tan

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have been appearing in the news frequently and they are certainly one of the most sought-after phones in 2017.

Before we round up this year, The Neo Dimension would like to do a review for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. If you have been following our blog closely, it has been a while since we have done a review on smartphone. This time, we are doing a little different from usual.  We manage to interview a prominent blogger in Singapore, Mr Chester Tan (CT) to share with us more about how he feels about Huawei’s latest Mate 10 Pro.

Q1:  What’s your impression when you first touch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: It feels solid, does not have the sleek feminine curves like the P10 series.

Q2:  What did you use the phone for? What’s the best feature of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: Throughout the 10 days, I use it as a primary phone, transferring all data from my current phone and installing my apps. The best feature that makes Mate 10 Pro stands out has got to be the EMUI Desktop. The camera is superb but is an incremental upgrade from the P10 series.

Q3: Everybody is talking good stuff about the camera? Is it really that good? Tell me more on your photography experience with the phone

CT: The camera captures images quickly without lag, the exposure is well compensated so there is little post-adjustments. I rarely use the monochrome mode because I prefer to shoot in colour then process in black-white. The best mode to shoot is the wide aperture mode, as it achieves the unique shallow depth of field which can be easily adjusted post-shooting. What I like is that adjustment is really fast and not cumbersome, something that other brands fail to achieve.

 

Q4: Personally, I have yet to hear bad reviews on the phone. Is there any specific area that you think Huawei could have done better?

 

CT: I think Huawei needs to continue to reach out to the consumers to give them a chance to experience the phone, to convince them that it is an excellent product. Unlike bloggers, these consumers do not have the luxury of testing the phones at lengths. Among their peers, someone must be using a Huawei phone who will spread the good word about the phone, then others will give it a go.

 

Q5: Out of 5, what score will you give to Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: I give 4.5.

 

 

About Chester Tan

Chester Tan is a freelance blogger with a healthy appetite for technology and social media. If he’s not shooting photos or composing music, he’s likely to be spending time with family while tinkering with mobile devices, headphones or other gadgets. His passion for consumer technology lifestyle shines through on his blog, where he shares insight, reviews and opinions on some of the newest gadgets and apps in a non-techie perspective. Through this blog, he hopes to reach out to readers who need opinions to products they are looking out for. To know more about him, visit his blog at http://musicphotolife.com/ or you could follow his instagram at http://instagram.com/musicdiary

 

 

 

 

2017 Wrap-Up! Top 10 Jobs Of The Future?

Are Robot stealing our jobs? Is A.I going to dominate the human’s economy? Are we ready for that kind of future? These are some of the many questions that our worried workforce constantly thinks about.

As we wrap up 2017, Cognizant (stock quote: CTSH) releases its 21 Jobs of The Future Report which highlights new opportunity in the job market in the next 10 years.

To make this easier for the readers, I have made reference to the report and list down their top 10 jobs of the future.

No. Role Description Skills needed
1 Artificial Intelligence Business Development Manager

 

Artificial Intelligence Business Development Manager will define, develop and deploy effective and targeted programs to accelerate broad-based sales and business development activities. This role will require both business development experience, on top of experience with AI/machine-learning software platforms

 

2 AI-Assisted Healthcare Technician AI-assisted healthcare technician will ideally be excellent at building close, trusting relationships with patients and efficient in making optimal use of digital diagnosis tools and remote doctors at their disposal. The technician will have at least three years’ experience in nursing or a related field, and be comfortable and competent dealing with software packages and digital testing equipment.
3 Cyber City Analyst Cyber city analysts will ensure interoperable data flow to keep cities safe, secure and operational. Analysts require data engineering qualifications in Agile, DevOps and continuous integration, as well as circuitry skills, understanding of design thinking, and startup methodologies

 

4 Quantum Machine Learning Analyst

 

Quantum computing will be at the intersection of quantum information processing and machine learning to create technology functionalities that never existed before. Quantum Machine Learning Analysts are well-versed with quantum information processing devices, quantum data and machine learning techniques to develop well-capitalized, revenue-generating industry-specific solutions for the future.

 

5 Augmented Reality Journey Builder Augmented Reality (AR) Journey Builders are the successors of composers, bricklayers and playwrights, serving as pioneers in the “experience economy”. They will design, write, create, calibrate, gamify, build and personalise the next generation of mind-blowing stories and in-the-moment vignettes for viewers’ trips in AR
6 Master of Edge Computing

 

Masters of Edge Computing define the IoT roadmap, carefully evaluate the technical requirements and assess the feasibility for establishing the edge processing unit. This role requires experience in working on IoT hardware and software platform, on top of a PhD in computer science, electronics, telecommunications, electrical engineering, etc.

 

7 Man-Machine Teaming Manager

 

The man-machine teaming manager is a seasoned professional who will help shape the future of work and workplace within the company. The manager will design flexible experiences that meet workers’ expectations, while providing a simple and intuitive interaction with machine

 

Ideal managers will be passionate about advancing human-to-bot cooperation strategies in a dynamic business environment. Qualifications needed are graduate degrees in experimental psych, human neuroscience techniques, robotics, excellent leadership, communication and collaboration skills.
8 Chief Trust Officer

 

Ideal Chief Trust officers demonstrate the ability to build trust by enforcing and encouraging transparent and responsible financial trading of cryptocurrencies with all organisational stakeholders

 

Successful chief trust officers have experience in cryptocurrency trading and speculation, blockchain, traditional currency trading and PR/marketing.
9 Personal Data Broker A personal data broker is part of the newly mandated banking sector to administer personal data assets of citizens and consumers. He ensures consumers receive revenue from their data. The ideal candidate will hold professional qualifications needed to trade on the world’s newly established data exchanges. He has a high degree of curiosity for discovering alternative forms of data commercialization through third-party APIs to other insight services, and a drive to determine data value and submit and price offers into data exchanges for trade.
10 Bring your own IT Facilitator The Bring Your own IT Facilitator (BYOIT_ enables the entire workforce to work better and smarter at a known level of acceptable risk by creating a system for uninterrupted visibility into on-and-off-premises environments. Skills required include a master’s degree in either IT, computer science, natural science, engineering or businesss admin, as well as exposure to IT demand management, business management, among others.

If you are too lazy to read through the report, watch the video instead.

My personal takeway from this. Technology is a double-edge swords. It obsoletes old jobs but creates new one. The so-called “jobs” have no meaning to machines and robots. They don’t have emotional attachment towards their jobs and the reason is simple- there is no way they could spend the money they earned from their “job”. They are just simply doing it for us, the human.

Anyway, there are always some skills that machines could not replace the human. Skills that requires human touch. I kind of like the way Cognizant categorize “human-touch” skills namely – Coaching, Caring, and Connecting. 

  1. Coaching

Coaches can reshape work by making it more engaging, humane and purposeful. Those who have a flair for mentoring and helping people to improve at things (managing their finances, managing their weight) should hone those skills.

2. Caring

Forward-thinking organizations will focus on making the best of people, and not just the best of technology. Workers with social intelligence and the ability to make sense of complex processes will be in high demand to improve people’s health and wellness.

3. Connecting 

Workers with a collaborative mindset will be key to helping connect the dots in a technology-led workplace. New roles identified in the report require workers to be good at building bridges between man and machine, traditional and shadow IT, the physical and the virtual world, and commerce and ethics.

Do you agree or disagree to their report? Tell us in the below comment. We would love to hear more from you.

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Grand Final Result

The Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Grand Final result is going to take place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this Thurs 14 Dec, and it’s promising to be the most thrilling night of the year. The winner for this season is based on the Fans’ vote and if you have not casted your support, hurry up! The voting will close at 13 Dec 2359 (SGT time).

Interview with Asia’s Got Talents 2017 Judges. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Here are the nine grand finalists of this high-octane season:

 

  • Indonesian singer and harpist Angela July (#AGTVote2) impressed the judges so much that she received the first judges’ pick of the season. With her angelic harp and powerful vocals, Angela is this season’s singing sensation.“Tonight, you were the very best version of yourself.”
    – David Foster.

 

  • Philippines’ beatboxer Neil Rey Garcia Llanes (#AGTVote6) returned this season determined to make it to the Grand Final. His awe-inspiring vocal percussion ability has made him a social phenomenon on Facebook and YouTube.“I was very much impressed by you from the first season, but then you came back and stepped it up…I’m really hoping that you go very, very far.” – Anggun
  • It takes a lot of work to sync his dancing with his visual art, but the hosts’ Golden Buzzer pick, Canion Shijirbat (#AGTVote8) from Mongolia delivered a truly unique performance in both of his auditions. Will he be able to take his performance to the next level in the Grand Final?“I love unique…I love your brain and what you’ve created. Bravo!” – David Foster.
  • Jay Park’s Golden Buzzer, Kyrgyzstan’s  ADEM Dance Crew’s (#AGTVote9) delivered yet again with a strong ‘Night in the Museum’ inspired performance that received a standing ovation from the audience. But facing strong competitors like DM-X, can ADEM emerge victorious?“I got to give you props for how much you’ve sacrificed and go through for your craft, I got to give you props.”
    – Jay Park  

 

  • If there’s one act that truly represented this season of Asia’s Got Talent unpredictability, it would have to be Indonesian viral sensation The Sacred Riana (#AGTVote11). Her Asia’s Got Talent performance clips have been viewed over 70 million times on YouTube and Facebook globally, making her a hot favourite.“I think I peed in my pants a little. Very unique. It was scary but was still entertaining at the same time. Great overall.” -Jay Park

 

  • Hailing from The Philippines, DM-X Comvalenoz (#AGTVote16) knows how to put on a show!  In the midst of rocking it out, they pulled a 180 to show us the feminine side of their group, performing a dance that was a perfect blend of sexy, glamour and class.“As far as the dance performance go, I think you guys have it all. You have the full package, you have everything. So good job!” – Jay Park.

 

  • Taiwanese child prodigy Feng E (#AGTVote19) received David Foster’s Golden Buzzer AND judges’ pick, making him a double threat. His talent is unparalleled in this competition but he faces a tough opponent in another judges’ pick, Angela July. It will be an epic battle for sure!

“If I could push the Golden Buzzer again, I would do it. There might not even be another person that could play the ukulele like you.” – David Foster

  • Representing Malaysia, illusionist Sobhi Shaker (#AGTVote23) has been declared the best magician that David Foster has ever seen. This Syrian refugee’s inspiring story and reason to win Asia’s Got Talent makes him one of the most compelling act to watch this season.

 

That performance was flawless, that was the best performance of the night. I have never experienced goosebumps during a magic performance. Thank you.” – Anggun

  • Flyers from the south, Philippines’ Urban Crew (#AGTVote24) gave 110% of their hearts and souls with an adrenaline pumping ninja-style dance, complete with inhuman jumps, flips and spins, straight out of an anime! The passionate crew is dancing for a cause, to help kids stay off the streets.

“The stunts and moves are definitely the most difficult I have ever seen. You guys are world-class in my eyes.” – Jay Park

 

Just for the reminder;  all nine acts will be up for public voting and only one act can win Asia’s Got Talent and the grand prize of US$100,000.  Voting opens till 13 December, 11:59pm, and fans can vote via Facebook Hashtag, Facebook Messenger and Google Search. For more information on voting, visit www.AXN-Asia.com/AGTVote.

 

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 will culminate thisThursday, 14  Dec at 8:30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN with the Results Show. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

Fanfare joins Alibaba Influencer Network

7 September 2017, Hong Kong – Fanfare is excited to announce that it has joined the Alibaba Influencer Network through a signed partnership with VideoUP, a global video analytics platform.

“We are extremely delighted with this new venture, as it builds upon Fanfare’s video-sharing and social commerce platform, while opening new doors for our Fanfare Ambassadors”, says Benny Phang, Fanfare’s Rainmaker.

To-date, Fanfare has an ecosystem of 90 Fanfare Ambassadors from 24 countries, ranging from micro-influencers to social media personalities, with a combined reach of 13 million followers worldwide. This exclusive entry into Alibaba’s Influencer Network will allow eligible Fanfare Ambassadors direct access to a galaxy of brands and merchants available on the Alibaba and Lazada marketplace, with monetary rewards when they create brand-related review videos.

“The world has become a more social place. It is no longer just about concocting your own secret sauces or conceiving elaborate strategies. It’s about connection, collaboration and co-creation. This is the power of fan-generated content, the future of brand amplification and the crucible for social commerce”, adds Benny Phang.

About Fanfare 

Fanfare is a mobile APP that rewards Fans for creating interesting video content about the Brands they love.

It serves as an omni-channel missing link between fans and their favorite brands. Through community-created video content, viral campaigns, gaming elements, exclusive prizes, as well as e-Commerce – all on a single mobile platform – Fanfare aims to empower consumers or fans around the world to have more personalized engagements and meaningful moments with their favorite Brands, while getting rewarded at the same time.

Fifteen Prominent Singaporean Entrepreneurs Recognised at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017, (APEA)

Singapore, 18th August 2017: The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2017 honoured fifteen prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders from Singapore in a grand gala dinner at Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore.

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, better known as APEA, is a regional recognition program organized by Enterprise Asia, the region’s foremost association and think-tank for entrepreneurship. The Awards are presented to a handful of entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific each year, with award ceremonies held in thirteen countries every year.

The Awards is often compared to the Olympics for the stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. The nomination is by-invitation only with each nominee subjected to a rigorous judging process, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and mandatory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a confidential balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s committee. This year, the award received close to eighty nominees from Singapore and fifteen winners across ten industry categories were selected.

RECIPIENT LIST OF ASIA PACIFIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS 2017 SINGAPORE

 

Special Category – Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Mr Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Group

 

 

Entrepreneur of The Year

 

for Electrical & Electronics Industry

 

Mr Albert Phuay, Founder & Chairman of Excelpoint Technology Ltd

 

 

for Trading & Wholesaling Industry

 

Mr Cheam Hing Lee, CEO of Rhodium Resources Pte Ltd

 

 

APEA Winners 2017 Singapore

 

Mr Scott D Smith, CEO of Beyonics International Pte Ltd

Dr Terence O’Çonnor, Group CEO of Courts Asia Ltd

Mr Ronald Goh Wee Huat, Managing Director of Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd

Ms Danielle Warner, Founder & CEO of Expat Insurance Pte Ltd

Mr Ori Leshem, CEO of Genesis Retail Pte Ltd

Mr Adam Simkins, Director of Getz Bros. & CO. (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Mr David Kim, Managing Director SEA -ANZ of Tmax Singapore Pte Ltd

Ms Chin Wei Jia, Group CEO of Health Management International Ltd

Mr Low Cheong Kee, Managing Director & Founder of Home-Fix D.I.Y Pte Ltd

Mr Suneet Goenka, Founder &  Group Managing Director of Red Apple Travel (S) Pvt. Ltd

Mr Tan Poo Seng, Founder & Managing Director of TopZone E&C Pte. Ltd

Ms Doris Wee Hui Cheen, Director of Wendell Trading Company

REA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW ASIA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

REA Group (Stock Quote – ASX:REA) today announced a new Asian community partnership program through a three-year commitment with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer

As part of the partnership, REA Group will provide financial and in-kind support to regional projects and local Red Cross/Red Crescent societies. REA Group which owns and operates the iProperty Group will support the Singapore Red Cross, in the form of matched employee donations and volunteering.

 

Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer, said the business is incredibly proud to be partnering with the ICRC to support the organisation’s efforts around ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for people in need.

 

“We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing our community partnership program to Asia for the first time and having the opportunity to work alongside the ICRC to improve the lives of others across the region.

“The ICRC is the largest humanitarian network in the world and we feel humbled to be able to play a role in supporting the incredibly important work they do,” Mr Ruiz said.

Arnaud De Baecque, ICRC’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific welcomed REA’s three year commitment, and commented: “Expressions of solidarity like this one from REA Group and its employees makes it possible for the ICRC to continue our work in some of the most difficult areas in support of those most affected by conflict and violence.”

 

Established in 1863, the ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and other violence. In 2016, the ICRC provided food to 14.8 million people, delivered curative medical consultations to over 3.8 million people, and helped repair, build or upgrade water-supply, sanitation and other infrastructure benefitting 28.4 million people. The ICRC also helped 910 people, mostly minors, reunited with their families.

CHARLES & KEITH increases sales conversion and enhances customer experience with CyberSource payment management services

  • CHARLES & KEITH, a global fashion brand, implements CyberSource’s full suite of global payment management solutions, including fraud management and payment tokenization
  • CyberSource’s holistic payment solutions helped CHARLES & KEITH increase online card acceptance rate by up to 17%, while reducing the rate of manual review by 65%[1]

Singapore – 18 May 2017 – CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company (NYSE: V), and one of the world’s largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced an agreement with CHARLES & KEITH, a leading fashion retailer in Asia Pacific. With more than 500 stores in over 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, this agreement enables CHARLES & KEITH to provide its customers with a secure, streamlined online payment experience. Through CyberSource’s payment and fraud management solutions, CHARLES & KEITH has managed to increase its online card acceptance rate by up to 17%, while reducing the rate of manual review by close to two-thirds1.

 

Launched in 1996, CHARLES & KEITH has established a strong presence not just in fashion capitals such as Seoul, Shanghai, and Dubai, but also online through CHARLESKEITH.COM. With an understanding of the importance of differentiating itself with a simple, secure and seamless online shopping experience, CHARLES & KEITH aims to enhance customer satisfaction by catering to each customer’s unique shopping preference.

 

CHARLES & KEITH has deployed CyberSource’s full suite of payment, fraud management and tokenization services for selected markets[1] . With CyberSource’s global payment gateway, CHARLES & KEITH is able to process a wide range of international payments from multiple card issuers, as well as select alternative payment methods across various web and mobile channels, via one connection.

 

Since 2004, CHARLESKEITH.COM has become a part of the business, providing shoppers in more than 40 countries with online shopping catalogues, exclusive products and the latest releases. Appreciating the value of a secure, seamless shopping experience, CHARLES & KEITH implemented CyberSource Payment Tokenization to help ensure that their customers’ sensitive payment information is safe and in turn, providing customers with peace of mind.

 

“Asia Pacific is one of the largest eCommerce market[2], and CHARLES & KEITH aspires to provide shoppers with the ultimate shopping experience. This requires us to continue building trust among our customers. As an established global leader in the eCommerce payment management industry, CyberSource’s holistic suite of payment and fraud management solutions enable us to optimize our entire payment process across the complete order lifecycle.  As a result, we are able to simplify and streamline the customer journey, while ensuring that payment information and personal data are kept secured,” Tse Ling Lau, Executive Director, CHARLES & KEITH commented.

Recognizing that eCommerce fraud is on the rise[3], CHARLES & KEITH utilizes the CyberSource Decision Manager to automate and streamline their fraud operations. CyberSource Decision Manager features the World’s Largest Fraud Detection Radar, compiling insights from over 68 billion transactions processed annually by Visa and CyberSource, which is supplemented by over 260 real-time global validation tests. As a result, CHARLES & KEITH has been able to minimize fraud losses with enhanced accuracy that comes from more data, proprietary scoring algorithms and custom rules, while streamlining manual review with a case management dashboard.

“Today, when more than three-quarters of Asia Pacific customers abandon their digital shopping carts[4], the importance of providing a seamless end-to-end online payment experience cannot be underestimated,” said Chew Ann Wee, Senior Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CyberSource. “Security and convenience are two key pillars, to reduce the probability that customers choose to abandon their shopping carts at the payment stage. We are excited to work with  CHARLES & KEITH to optimize their payment and fraud management services, and enable a simple and secure online payment experience for their customers.”

[1] Questionnaire from Charles & Keith, March 2017

[2] All markets except China & Japan

[3] eMarketer, AsiaPacific Is Home to Majority of World Retail Ecommerce Market, December 16, 2015

[4] Retail Dive, Experian: Ecommerce fraud attack rate up 15% over 2015, September 22, 2016

[5] eMarketer, ThreeQuarters of the World’s Shopping Carts Are Abandoned, May 17, 2016 

Khoo Teng Chye Appointed Chairman of ULI SINGAPORE

HONG KONG (April 18, 2017) – Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, has been appointed Chairman of Singapore for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an interdisciplinary research and education institute with more than 40,000 members dedicated to leadership in real estate and land use and creating thriving communities worldwide.

 

Khoo, who was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), is ULI’s first Council Chair to come from the public sector in Asia Pacific. As ULI Singapore Chairman, he will lead the Executive Committee in Singapore, which will continue to focus their efforts in providing long-term thinking and sustainable solutions for the city’s ongoing development.

 

ULI Singapore has been extremely active in the city for a number of years. The National Council has advised on a number of issues related to urban development and in 2016, ULI Singapore, together with the CLC completed a piece of research on “Creating Liveable Cities through Car-lite Urban Mobility” which proposed practical recommendations on moving cities towards a more sustainable mobility future with reference to the city-state. This is the third initiative that ULI has worked on together with CLC, with the other two being defining 10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities and producing a report on Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility. One of Khoo’s core objectives, as Chairman, is to extend this relationship between the two organisations further, and to continue to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and understanding with regards to sustainable urbanisation.

 

Khoo’s second objective is to help ULI play an active role in supporting some of the exciting new developments in Singapore, like the proposed second Central Business District at Jurong Lake. Khoo believes that many of ULI’s international members are in the unique position to advise and work with the Singapore urban planning and real estate community.

 

The World Cities Summit takes place in Singapore every two years and is a platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Khoo’s third key objective is to help ULI serve as a strategic partner to the event, as it has in the past, and work on exciting new initiatives planned for the event in 2018.

 

“I firstly became familiar of ULI’s work when I was working for the URA so it is an honour for me to be invited to be Chairman of ULI Singapore,” said Khoo. “Urbanisation is a complex process everywhere in the world and the public sector has to work with the private sector for it to be a success. ULI helps both sides come together, through providing new models of collaboration, and I look forward to helping extend ULI’s mission in Singapore.”

 

“We’re very excited that Khoo Teng Chye will be leading the national council in Singapore as he has been a great advocate of ULI in the past,” added John Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of ULI Asia Pacific. “His knowledge of the Singapore real estate industry is unparalleled and with his leadership I am confident that ULI will continue to play an important role to the development of the city.”

 

Under Khoo’s leadership, ULI Singapore Executive Committee members include Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia, Real Assets, AXA Investment Managers; Daniel Cerf, CEO, Cache Logistics Trust; Blake Olafson, Managing Partner, Asia Capital Real Estate; Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM; Bernard Phang, Managing Director, GIC; Darren Sabom, Head of Underwriting, APAC & Head of Southeast Asia Acquisition; Magdelene Chua, Partner, PwC Singapore; David Huang, Partners Group; Gaurang Khemka, Founder, URBNarc; Terence Tang, Managing Director, Colliers International; Niel Thassim, Head of Asia, Private Funds Group, Brookfield Asset Management; Choon Fah Ong, CEO, Edmund Tie & Company; Augustine Tan, Executive Director, Far East Organisation; Yu-Ning Hwang, Director (Land & Liveability), Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office; Benett Theseira, Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific, PGIM Real Estate