What’s your background?
I come from simple, humble beginnings; my parents were civil servants who instilled in me the value of hard work, and taught me not to take things for granted, to be grateful for what we have and not envy what we do not have. They also taught me generosity, giving from the little that we had because there are always those who are in greater need. From them, I learnt how to ‘pay it forward’. Since I was young, I’ve always been interested in applied and natural sciences, taking things apart and putting them back together, wondering how things work, how the world works. My constant questions drove the adults crazy! A science student all through school, I pivoted and studied Accountancy & Finance in university in Australia. Phillip Capital recruited me right out of university, and I spent the next 7 years with them in Singapore, before being sent to Walker Crips in London for a temporary assignment in 1998. 20 years later I am still here!
What drives you?
In a nutshell, I want my efforts to matter. Everything that I invest time and energy in, in any aspect of my life, must be meaningful. We all have a finite time on earth. The most valuable asset that we have is time. We must make every minute count, we must make our life count. Investing in ourselves is good but investing in others is greater. I want to do my part, to leave a small legacy behind, to leave the world slightly better than it was when I entered it.
What’s your favourite quote?
My personal mantra is “Carpe Diem”; our time is short, we must seize the day, and make it matter. And to ensure it matters: “There is never a right time to do the wrong thing, and never a wrong time to do the right thing.”
What do you enjoy most about your work at EnOC Technologies?
The opportunity to create systems that disrupt the established order, and the privilege of helping people by closing the technology gap. I am a gadget geek, I love tech, and I love talking to people about tech. EnOC is an extension of that obsession, the desire to help others be more effective and efficient. The opportunity to ‘pay it forward’.