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I am a final year Anthropology undergraduate at University College London, working on a dissertation on robotics. Primarily interested in design research, strategy and insights, and organisation design, I aspire to make a sociocultural and educational impact through a human-centred approach to technology. Apart from my current position as Managing Director of a growing independent magazine, and previous internships at an advertising agency, design agency and bank, I have a wide range of other experiences. Having founded, planned and facilitated two conferences in Singapore and Timor Leste, I learnt that I enjoy event planning and management, and have strengths in organisation and being detail-oriented. In the realm of photography, I have been featured in a few magazines, exhibited in group and solo showcases internationally, and was part of a prestigious Singapore-based photography mentorship program. I am earnestly looking for a part-time internship in 2018, involving project/event management, marketing, organisational design, user/customer experience, strategy-making, design research, or research & development. On a personal front, I am working on an online platform which will be launched in the first quarter of 2018. The platform will feature interviews with entrepreneurs and creatives; a few topics of interest include technology, sustainability, and user experience/design. I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and learn, and am always on the lookout for opportunities to grow and contribute to companies whose ethos I admire and believe in.Locked Pro Plan feature
STAPLE Magazine is a sociocultural magazine for the curious. The magazine is currently stocked in bookshops and magazine shops in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. As the Managing Director, my responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: - business: secured a $4,000 grant from National Arts Council, Singapore; overseeing finances, securing crucial funding - communications: public relations, writing press releases; featured on AIGA, Format, Stack, MagCulture - editorial: comprehensive research on creatives and conducting interviews; editing and writing - marketing: spearheaded a marketing campaign: utilised street marketing tactic (pasted posters at targeted locations around Singapore’s art district) to increase awareness about second issue’s pre-order, which generated hundreds of ‘impressions’ on Instagram and resulted in a 750% increase in pre-order sales - project management: published second annual issue themed Objects of Delight in December 2017 - operation: effectively organising Google drive and developing finance sheets, taking meeting minutes We participated in five book fairs in 2017: Singapore Art Book Fair DIY Cultures, London Offprint London Indiecon, Hamburg Taipei Art Book Fair, Taiwan Currently working on two magazine launches in Singapore and London respectively. www.staplemagazine.com www.instagram.com/staplemagazine
Organisation, Service– in-charge of registration handling at the registration desk for Battle of Ideas, an open forum covering vast topics including politics, fashion, technology, law, economics, ethics; held at the Barbican Centre, London.
GOVT is a creative agency in Singapore, with local and regional accounts. Over the span of my internship, I had the privilege to work with the account services department and social team, and carried out a planning project. Skills acquired include: Account Management, Event Management, Social Media Campaign Monitoring, Influencer Management, Brand Competitor Analysis, Research (on/offline) Accounts worked on: - OCBC Bank: ran two Apple Pay print ads: client management, timeline management, creative briefs, finance (drafted cost estimates, tabulated profit and loss), liaised with media companies & printer - Netflix (Social): Club Netflix (SG) event management, social media analysis, influencer management - Chang Beer (Social): competitive analysis, researched on & communicated with Thai personalities for social pitch Planning Project: worked on a brief about millennials’ attitudes towards ambition & money, conducted one-on-one interviews, online survey, presented results & application to the Head of Planning www.thegovt.org
Foreign Policy Design Group is a design bureau and think tank in Singapore. - business development, project management, strategy: wrote up and applied for a Singapore Tourism Board grant, managed project timeline, identified key insights and trends in the hospitality industry - design research: extensive research done for an upcoming venture, presented findings in concise manner - human resource: copywriter for job descriptions, proactive sourcing of appropriate job portals, assessed applications and coordinated interviews for shortlisted applicants www.foreignpolicy.design
For "Homesick", adapted from playwright Alfian Sa'at, staged at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
I joined the regional bank as a Human Resource intern in their Learning and Talent Development Department. - user-interface: conceptualised and designed new interface for digital lobby signage - event/project management: coordinated an International Women's Day company event; did copywriting for the event merchandise - marketing, copywriting: wrote the copy for mailers and door gift for the IWD event - research: for relevant grants for external staff training, report write-up - operations: human resource, administrative duties
Event photographer for the major Earth Hour event at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, Singapore.
Three months before my Grade 11 term commenced at United World College, I had a strong urge to experience how it is like to start and manage a business and decided to start an online clothing shop. I had a go at learning skills like marketing, handling customer experience, sales, accounting, supply chain. In the process, I also learnt to develop creative direction and do basic website design, and honed my organisational skills. It was an invaluable learning experience, taking on creative and administrative tasks, such as taking photographs for the shop, writing copy, managing customer relations, acquiring wholesale stocks and handling numbers. At the end of three months, I decided to close the profitable shop to focus on school. In all, I learnt the value of being a self-starter and putting goal into action.
Final year Anthropology undergraduate. Current: Advanced Topics in Digital Culture, Social Construction of Landscapes, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Anthropological Perspectives on Techniques and Technology, Humans, Ecosystems & Conservation, Individual Studies in Anthropology Past: Mass Consumption and Design, Digital Infrastructure: Materiality, Information, & Politics, Anthropology of the Body, Human Brain, Cognition & Language, Anthropology of India, Anthropologies of Islam, Being Human, Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology & Material Culture, Researching the Social World, etc.
Took a short course online about Design Thinking for Innovation, as I am interested in design thinking and wanted to learn the thinking process formally. Five-week course on Coursera, covering topics such as What is Design Thinking?, Prepare Your Mind for Innovation, and Idea Generation.
UWCSEA Merit Scholar.