Guides to Professional Success (GPS)

Guides to Professional Success (GPS) is a platform for Yale-NUS students to connect with industry experts and established professionals to accelerate their career growth.

Overview

This platform was established to provide an opportunity for Yale-NUS students to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of our external mentors (also known as GPSers) who are industry experts and established professionals.

Students are expected to engage with all GPSers in a polite and professional manner.

Here are some tips to help students as they approach a GPSer:
– keep your communications concise
– offer to meet at a time and place that’s convenient for them
– propose a short meeting/coffee chat (e.g. 30 minutes long)
– complete any preparatory work suggested by the mentor

If you have questions about how to conduct informational interviews or would like an introduction to a GPSer, please contact Jessica Lim.

Contact
Programme Manager : Jessica Lim
Email: jessica.lim@yale-nus.edu.sg.


Mentors/GPSers

Alex HOPE

Alex has worked throughout Asia Pacific over the past 21 years. She has had both professional success as a business leader within the technology sector and as an entrepreneur where in 2005 she established The ImaginAsia Group. Since 2008, she has worked as a Leadership Facilitator and Coach both within the private sector, the Singapore Civil Service and global business schools.Where appropriate, Alex brings a diversity of life experiences into her work, which enriches the engagement with her clients. These experiences include her philanthropy work with Bali Bridges, a foundation that feeds, educates, provides essential infrastructure for 500 children in Bali and Caring for the Caregivers, an initiative aimed at providing valuable skills to the careers at orphanages in Indonesia. Her experiences on the board of not for profit organizations’ includes Young Presidents Organization, Singapore Council of Women’s Organization and Primetime.Alex holds a Masters in Management degree from Macquarie University and an Executive Masters in Organisational Psychology and Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD.

Andrew JONES

Andrew is a passionate developer and leader of people, with 25 years of global leadership experience based in Asia. Today, Andrew is an Exceutive Coach at Accadence, a company that he founded and coaches professionals at all levels.After graduating with a History degree from Aberystwyth University, Andrew started in career in the Information Systems department of Exxon Chemical’s UK Head Office. In 1992, Andrew moved to Kuwait to support clients based in the Middle East and joined Kuwait Airways to lead the reconstruction of their Human Resources operation. Andrew moved to Singapore in 1998 to join the Deutsche Bank as the Managing Director in Human Resources where he was also the COO of Human Resources in Asia-Pacific. Additionally, Andrew led efforts to build a service centre in Bangalore and head global HR operations outside of Germany.Andrew is trained in Coaching at Ashridge Business School and an Executive Masters in Organisational Psychology and Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD. Passionate for entrepreneurship, having started and invested in businesses in Kuwait and Singapore, Andrew is also a Coach in Residence at Impact Hub, Singapore and a mentor at SMU’s start-up incubator.

Bill ANG

Bill is a passionate storyteller with 30 years of experience in brand communications, education, and the arts in North and Southeast Asia.He started his career with the Ogilvy PR Group in 1988 and rose through the ranks in their Singapore, Hong Kong, and China offices. Bill was also director of global brand management at the Singapore Tourism Board where his team garnered the “Best Tourism Branding” award at the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards in 2007. In the late 1990s, he was a pioneering member of the master planning and marketing team at Bintan Resort Management in Indonesia with the Singapore Economic Development Board.As an entrepreneur, Bill successfully built a group of companies (Generator and RCG) in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta that provided high-end creative and multi-media production services to clients such as Malaysia Telekom, Singtel, Motorola, and Singapore Airlines. Bill also currently sits on the board of directors at Singapore’s leading theatre company, Wild Rice.
Bill graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Clement ONG

Clement is a certified coach and has over 14 years of experience specialising in career and executive coaching. He connects people with critical aspects of their work and helps enhance their self-awareness and clarity about life’s purpose and goals. He was the Deputy Managing Director of NeXT Career Consulting Group Asia, providing career management/transition and executive coaching programs to MNCs from a wide range of industries and with varying levels of clients locally and in the region.Clement started his career with Price Waterhouse where he was responsible for a wide range of consulting services to MNCs from various industries, locally and in the region. In his subsequent role with the world’s leading metals and minerals group, Rio Tinto, he headed the Finance and IT functions and provided regional specialist support to nine country offices in the Asian region, including managing the full spectrum of HR functions.He sits on the board of the Counselling and Care Centre, Singapore, and holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. A father of two teenagers, he is an associate of the Centre of Fathering.

Emi EU

Emi Eu has been an important member of Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) from 2001. Since becoming Director in 2009, she has led the organization towards global expansion, introducing exciting collaborations with renowned artists both within Asia and from the West.Under her directorship, STPI became the first gallery from Singapore to participate in the prestigious art fair, Art Basel Basel, in 2013. She is on the Selection Committee of Art Basel Hong Kong.Since 2007, she has been the Programme Director of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès Third-Floor, a non-commercial art space that champions contemporary young artists by commissioning, producing and presenting works within its space in Singapore.Emi Eu is the Vice President of the Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS) since 2012, extending her expertise to help raise public awareness of galleries in Singapore. Eu’s passion for arts education goes beyond STPI; she has been an adjunct faculty lecturer for ‘Art History and Appreciation’ at Singapore Management University since 2001.

Jonathan KWAN

Having lived and worked in three continents, Jon is passionate about helping companies & organizations discover and develop young top global talent, as well as helping individuals uncover opportunities that will make them excel. Being embedded in the faculty and a trusted advisor to some of the top universities and business schools (Cambridge, INSEAD, IE) keeps him in touch with the next generation’s hopes, dreams & fears.Currently, Jon is fascinated by the idea of applying Design Thinking principles to individuals in their careers. This human-centric approach helps individuals to further their empathy, and forces them to not just sit back and research options, but to get out there and take action.Outside of work, Jon sits on the Board of the CUTC Foundation, an organization focused on technology awareness that he founded almost 20 years ago, and more recently founded “Audacity: Stories from the Road Less Travelled”, a movement to help encourage people to not be afraid to think beyond conventional careers. Unfortunately, audacity is a dirty word. We want to change that.

Karthik KARKAL

Karthik is a city planning and design expert who has shaped the future of many developments around the world. His deep insights into the development process converts into value addition to the projects giving them a competitive edge in the market and ensuring financial and environmental resilience.An urban designer by training, Karthik brings with him more than 15 years of experience working on projects that have been critical in enhancing the public realm of the city. His design solutions have aided in establishing a coherent setting for developments in key investment areas of the city, there by adding value to the city’s economic base. He has exposure to projects in various urban settings in the west and in Asia with projects that have ranged in scale from neighbourhood to mile long waterfronts.Karthik is currently the Senior Vice President at CPG Corporations, Singapore.

LAU Yin Cheng

Living in the intersection of Technology, Human Resources, and Organisation Development, YC helps organisations and leaders be “Future Ready”. YC has 20 years of MNC and Government HR & OD leadership experience in Hi-Tech, Telecommunications, Hospitality, Start-Up, and Supply Chain Management sectors across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. He advises C-level executives, start-ups, and boards in tackling complex people challenges, connects them with relevant partners in his network, and encourages them to realize their full potential in a digital future of possibilities.YC is currently with SingTel as Head of HR for Group Digital Life. The global role covers US, Europe, & Asia Pacific and provides strategic HR & OD support to a portfolio of digital businesses in SingTel: Amobee – AdTech, Hooq – Premium Video, Datasparks – Advance Analytics, Innov8 – Corporate Venture, and emerging Digital businesses that are synergistic with Singtel Group & its over 685 million mobile customers around the world.YC was previously Chief of HR & OD at Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore where he built an award-winning HR & OD team and elevated IDA’s employer brand to be among Google & Facebook. Together with key IDA leaders, he developed a digital team, which resulted in the creation of Government Digital Services that is behind key digital services under Smart Nation. He also helped establish BASH (“Build Amazing Start-ups Here”) that aggressively transformed the Singapore start-up ecosystem.

Nick WOOD

Nick Wood is currently a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment of FTI Consulting and is based in Singapore. Specialising in the energy and natural resources practice, he has 30 years of global communications experience in reputation management, government and regulatory affairs, crisis and issues management, and sustainability program development and execution.An experienced senior strategic adviser and leader, Mr. Wood joined FTI Consulting in 2014 following more than 20 years at Royal Dutch Shell where he was last heading communications and social performance for the Company’s global exploration and production business. In this role, he was leading about 200 communications professionals in cross-business teams across Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Russia. During this time, he was closely involved in managing strategic communications for the Shell Group and managing reputational issues in the course of sensitive and difficult projects and operations across the world.Mr. Wood has worked as senior adviser for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global non- profit organisation, helping businesses build sustainable approaches to managing social issues in challenging countries.

Shawn RUNACRES

Shawn Runacres is an experienced entrepreneur and business advisor. She has worked across four continents, as both an independent business creator/advisor and a corporate executive.Shawn now lives in Singapore full-time and recently opened a branch of her company, SQN Partners in the city to serve the APAC region. Her current clients range from building new business lines forMCI Asia Pacific, the world’s largest provider of strategic engagement, through to mentoring small social enterprises and working with medium size local companies on their brand strategies.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Shawn lived in New Delhi, India from 2002 – 2015. A native Californian and UC Berkeley graduate, she lived and worked in Europe and the US before moving to India. Shawn spent 9 years with the Walt Disney Company starting in Paris as part of the Grand Opening Task Force, which launched Disneyland Paris, and then in London, establishing the Walt Disney Special Events Office (WDSEG) covering events across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Shawn has built two successful businesses (www.sqnpartners.com and www.domesteq.com), represents and advises companies in Singapore and India and sits on the advisory board of various organizations.

Vijay DESAI

Vijay is a global citizen of the US, Canada, and India. He founded Desai Management Consulting, a successful Vermont-based professional services business serving customers in all industry sectors throughout North America and is currently serving as its Principal Consultant and Managing Partner.Vijay is also a philanthropist who has experience at starting and guiding Technology for Tomorrow (www.tech4tomorrow.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit providing affordable technology education to under-served communities.Armed with several qualifications including BS and MS (Mechanical Engineering), MBA, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certificates, Vijay has over 25 years of professional experience in promoting effective and efficient problem solving, with a focus on success from planning through implementation. An educator at heart, Vijay also conducts college-level instruction in Project Management.

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