|Sat Nov 7 2015, 1:00pm–2:30pm|
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In 1971, John Lennon sang: “You may say I’m a dreamer/ But I’m not the only one/I hope some day you’ll join us/ And the world will be as one.”
Imagine Singapore in 2050, 35 years later. What kind of society would you want to live in? Are Singaporeans still pursuing the 5Cs: Career, condominium, country clubs, cash and credit cards? Or are they going for a whole new set of 5Cs? Three speakers delve into their personal experiences which shape them today, and their aspirations for tomorrow.
HO KWON PING (SINGAPORE)
Mr. Ho Kwon Ping is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, a Singapore-based premium hospitality brand with global business interests. Born in 1952, he worked as a broadcast and financial journalist before joining his family business in 1981. In 1994, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and a non-executive Director of Diageo Plc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Laguna Resorts and Thai Wah Food Products.
Mr. Ho has received numerous academic, corporate, and travel industry leadership awards, and was awarded from the Singapore Government, the Meritorious Service Medal for his role in the founding of SMU. He studied at Tunghai University, Stanford University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Singapore. Mr. Ho is married to Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited. They have three children – two sons and a daughter and welcomed their first grandson in 2015.
BERTHA HENSON (SINGAPORE)
Bertha Henson is a former journalist with the Singapore Press Holdings stable of newspapers. She is now Journalist-in-Residence at Tembusu College, the National University of Singapore. She blogs at Bertha Harian and has her own media consultancy, Newsmakers. She recently published Troublemaker, a compilation of her columns.
POOJA NANSI (SINGAPORE)
Pooja Nansi has published two collections of poetry, Stiletto Scars (2007) and Love is An Empty Barstool (2013). She is the co-editor of an anthology of Singaporean Poetry, SingPoWriMo 2014, and has co-authored a teacher’s resource for Singaporean poetry. She curates a monthly spoken word and poetry event called Speakeasy, which has showcased poets from places as diverse as Burma and Botswana. She also runs the Singapore chapter of Burn After Reading which is a collective for young emerging poets. She is an NTU-NAC Writer in Residence for 2015–2016.
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