Making $en$e of Productivity
Increasing productivity has always been a priority for organisations, whether it is business output or employee productivity. But what does productivity mean to business owners, and does it always translate into dollars and cents? How do businesses break out of the productivity “mold” to transform into a sustainable organisation?
Frank ChenFounder & Managing Director, BR Metals Pte Ltd
Frank Chen is a strategic, result-oriented and highly-driven business leader & Sustainability Evangelist possessing multifaceted experience and capability to develop and drive strategic initiatives, capture emerging business opportunities and forge lucrative relationships with key stakeholders, vendors and clients. He has a proven track record in creating remarkable business outcomes and delivering outstanding revenue by organising investments, operational structures and core executive teams.
Lionel Wong (Session Chair)First Vice President, United Overseas Bank (UOB)
Lionel started off as an SME Banker during which he worked closely with SMEs seeking to grow their revenue whilst ensuring the business remains cost efficient. With an ability to connect new ideas to business needs, he spent the past 5 years harnessing opportunities arising from Bank-Fintech engagement models and driving a seamless integration model between SME’s traditional operational needs with payments, collections and reconciliation services.
Manik BhandariCEO & Founder, Vulcan AI Pte Ltd
Manik Bhandari is the CEO and Founder of Vulcan AI, an AI company that focuses on building safety and productivity solutions for Industry 4.0. He believes in the use of AI to not replace human work, but to enrich human jobs, and create a safer, working world. He is a proponent of ethical use of AI and is one of the contributing authors of Singapore’s first AI Ethics Body of Knowledge. Previously, Manik was a Senior Partner at EY where he set up and ran the Analytics business for ASEAN and delivered AI powered productivity projects across the Government, Agriculture and Transport and Logistics sectors. Prior to joining EY, he was a Managing Director with Accenture where he was one of the founding members of the Analytics Leadership team. He set up and ran the Accenture Analytics Innovation Center and the Data Science COE in Singapore. Manik is committed to the development of analytics capabilities in Singapore and is an active speaker and contributor to analytics events and communities. He is the President of the Business Analytics Chapter of the Singapore Computer Society.
Roger LooExecutive Director, BDO LLP, Singapore
With more than 20 years of experience in business intelligence and management consulting, Roger Loo has a proven track record in areas that include market intelligence and brand research, feasibility studies, strategy consulting, internationalisation, family businesses and performance management. His global expertise in management consulting includes countries such as Brazil, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, India, Australia, USA, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Middle East and North Africa region.
Travin SinghFounder & Group CEO, CRUST Group
Travin Singh is the Founder & Group CEO of CRUST Group, a food-tech startup at the forefront of food loss management. Travin shares his journey as an entrepreneur in a nascent, emerging field. From his childhood to his first customers, interactions with various people have shaped his mindset towards the business – and it’s still changing. He stresses the importance of this constant adaptability in a startup environment; understanding, analysing and absorbing feedback is what transformed his vision for the company. Travin believes that the answer to the global issue of food wastage lies in collaboration with producers, consumers and everyone in between. He narrates the experiences that led him to this conclusion, the lessons learnt along the way and the ideas he has for the future to achieve his dream – reducing global food waste by 1% by 2030.