Where are you from?
I am a Singaporean. I was very fortunate to have had the chance to further my tertiary education in Australia as well as the opportunity to work in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. I spent nearly a decade overseas prior to the commencement of my PhD in Singapore.
What sparked your interest in public policy?
Having worked in the private sector followed by tertiary level work (as a tutor/instructor/researcher), I began to appreciate the existence of a growing divergence between the goals of public policy and those of the private sector. This appreciation has motivated my interest in developing public policies that would foster a convergence between public and private interests.
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD at LKYSPP?
Since commencing research work at the school, my intellectual curiosity has grown significantly and I have come to enjoy research and thinking about important issues of public policy. Being an economics tutor at the School, and the ability to also research on wider issues of economics has added to the cause.
What do you enjoy the most about your studies or research work at LKYSPP?
It's definitely the people – the privilege to meet people from all parts of the world, exchanging ideas and appreciating the culture diversity.
Want to share any highlights such as awards, special events, professional presentation of your work?
I was awarded the National Golden Key Honour Society, Australia at The University of Sydney in 1999 for outstanding academic results.
In my previous role at Air New Zealand (based in Auckland, New Zealand), I spearheaded an advertising campaign, which generated revenue of NZD6.23 million. This campaign won the Silver Communications Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ) EFFIE Award 2005 for Small Budget Category.
What are your career goals?
I am seeking a career that would help me resolve public policy issues by bridging the gaps between theory and practice as well as public and private interests. This could be in either the Civil Service or the Tertiary Level Education Sector – or even the Private Sector.