Bring it On

We shine the spot­light on Sin­ga­pore’s young vi­sion­ar­ies

Singapore Tatler - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

T wo years ago, sin­ga­pore marked its Golden Ju­bilee with SG50, a year-long ex­er­cise in look­ing back at our his­tory. Two years later, we are clos­ing in on Na­tional Day af­ter an ex­traor­di­nar­ily tu­mul­tuous pe­riod of pub­lic de­bate about 38 Ox­ley Road. The present seems murky, but that doesn’t mean the fu­ture can­not be bright. This month, we un­veil our 2017 co­hort of Gen­er­a­tion T disrupters, and se­lected five of them to spot­light in our cover story. Th­ese five bright sparks work in very dif­fer­ent fields, but what they all share is an in­spir­ing vi­sion of a fu­ture where Sin­ga­pore drives in­no­va­tion that can change the world. If their am­bi­tions bear fruit, we can all look for­ward to a world that is more con­nected, more so­cially aware and more hu­mane. Cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert Benjamin Mah, who is on the cover this month, is learn­ing from one of the world’s most ex­cit­ing e-com­merce play­ers and work­ing on plug­ging Sin­ga­pore into the grow­ing mo­bile pay­ment net­work. Elder­care en­tre­pre­neur Gil­lian Tee is star­ing down the tra­di­tional fears of age­ing in her quest to help se­nior cit­i­zens feel in con­trol. Ar­chi­tect Tan Szue Hann wants to build a greener Gar­den City, data an­a­lyt­ics guru Daryl Neo wants to in­crease cor­po­rate trans­parency to boost cross-bor­der trade, and Jig­ger & Pony’s Gan Guoyi wants to trans­form the hos­pi­tal­ity scene by giv­ing her staff a stronger sense of own­er­ship. The pas­sion they feel for their work is strik­ing and very im­pres­sive. As we gear up for Sin­ga­pore’s 52nd Na­tional Day this month, here’s hop­ing their tal­ent, imag­i­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion will in­spire you as well. We shot this month’s cover in tan­dem with the photo shoots for close to 40 of the 2017 Gen­er­a­tion T lis­ters, and with a steady stream of th­ese young guns ar­riv­ing at the stu­dio over sev­eral days, th­ese shoots were also a great chance for them to catch up with old friends and make new con­nec­tions. We en­joyed see­ing their ca­ma­raderie, and can’t wait to see how their bright ideas will light up our lit­tle red dot.

THE ART OF ACCESSORISING An ar­ray of Cartier watches and jew­ellery added just the right touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion

IT’S A DRAW Ar­chi­tect Tan Szue Hann sketched his vi­sion of a fu­tur­is­tic Sin­ga­pore just for Sin­ga­pore Tatler

THAT’S THE SPIRIT Glen­fid­dich whiskies were on hand at the shoot for those who wanted a tip­ple

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