Issue 48

Blueleaf Energy

Harness the Sun, Transform the Future Sol Proops, CEO at Blueleaf Energy, discusses the potential for exponential growth in Asia’s renewable sector and discusses his organisation’s sustainable approach   Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Nicholas Kernan  “Renewable energy is one of the global megatrends and Asia is a huge growth area for population, modernisation and electrification,” starts Sol Proops, CEO at Blueleaf Energy.Today, Asia is a region with opportunity. It’s a place which offers potential for establishing energy networks across Asia and actively avoiding the growth of new fossil fuel generation.Proops has witnessed first-hand the dramatic change in approach over the past few years. “We’re seeing that in developed countries the governments are turning towards making Net Zero targets law and this trend will further fuel the expansion of the sector,” he tells us. Blueleaf has a mission to develop, deliver and operate safe, high quality, ethical onshore renewable energy projects, delivering a greener energy mix and lower power bills. Blueleaf is a portfolio firm that is owned by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and operates on a standalone basis. It specialises in the development, finance, construction, and operation of both commercial and industrial (C&I) and utility scale solar systems across the Asia Pacific region.    Recently, Blueleaf completed work on its first corporate PPA rooftop solar power plant in Penang, Malaysia, providing renewable energy to the automotive electronics plant for Bosch.  “This marks our first corporate power purchase agreement as we commence supply of power from a rooftop solar system,” says Proops.  “We are excited to contribute to Malaysia’s green energy transition

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UFS Dispensaries Ltd : Caring for Australia

A business that believes in giving back, UFS Dispensaries Ltd has been contributing to the Australian healthcare sector for 200 years.  

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Bangkok Air Catering

Navigating DisruptionKhun Linus A.E. Knobel, Managing Director of Bangkok Air Catering, discusses the importance of an agile approach following COVID-19 travel disruptions Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Donovan Smith  Regarded as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, Thailand is renowned for its unique culture, offering exotic food, beautiful landscapes and rich culture to those that visit. Approximately 25 million people a year visit Thailand and it experiences one of the highest tourism rates from US citizens when visiting Asia.  Bangkok Air Catering (BAC) is considered one of the highest quality airline caterers in Thailand. Its guiding principle is to offer exclusive products and services through the values of reliability, dedication, compliance, never-ending care, and with pride. BAC is committed to sustaining its position as the leading food provider in Thailand.  Over the years, the organisation has successfully established Gourmet House Culinary Care, a provider of premium catering services for private hospitals, Gourmet Primo, a production plant of customised meal solutions that enjoys strong representation in the airport lounge, HORECA and event sectors, and Gourmet House Group of Restaurants, authentic cuisines with a modern flair.  And overseeing operations is Khun Linus A.E. Knobel, Managing Director at Bangkok Air Catering Group. Having been with the company since its inception in 2004, his passion for the food and beverage industry is evident. “I see it as much, much more than a profession or a trade,” he explains. “And it could never be a mere hobby for me. Whatever the occasion, it is nothing less than an art form. I have pursued

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TNI King Coffee

Building a Global Coffee EmpireThe story behind the rise of TNI King Coffee, a Vietnamese coffee brand and café franchise with ambitious plans at home and abroad     Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Donovan Smith    Part 1 – A Personal Story “Coffee has always brought me endless joy, creativity and passion,” gleams Le Hoang Diep Thao, Vietnamese entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Trung Nguyen, the company which owns her latest venture – TNI King Coffee. It took two decades of building up her first enterprise before the decision was made to launch a second startup, the lesson very much being the need to master the fundamentals of business, and coffee. “With Trung Nguyen, everything starts from the most basic things,” Mrs Thao says. “You learn about coffee beans, grasp seasonal prices, learn how to process and package finished products, self-manage with the first employees in the small coffee factory. Then, you gradually reach further, find ways to open stores and develop a distribution system according to international standards.  “As for King Coffee, since I have accumulated more than 20 years of experience, when starting a business, I chose to immediately set up a standards system from the beginning – a modern factory with international certifications, systematic distribution regularity, and diverse products to satisfy all the demands of enjoying coffee in modern society. However, you cannot forget to still pay attention to the smallest details towards perfection.” Mrs Thao’s journey to this point has not been without its challenges.  The entrepreneur admits that there have been ups and downs along the way,

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dpa lighting consultants

Light in DesignWe spoke to Richard Bolt, Partner at dpa lighting consultants, about the company at the centre of the lighting design industry  Writer: Marcus Kääpä  |  Project Manager: Ryan GrayIt is accurate to say that for many global industries the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a period of uncertainty, instability, and necessary adaptation.  The lighting industry, like several others, has experienced this past year as one of turbulence and challenges, and businesses within the sector have had to evolve and develop new methods of working to sustain their trading positions. But several companies are optimistic. “The industry is resilient and will continue to seek and explore new and exciting opportunities to maintain the progressive momentum that has built up over many years,” says Richard Bolt, Partner at dpa lighting consultants. “The medium of ‘light’ both natural and manufactured is so tangible and exciting to work, that it keeps us inspired and drives us forward.” Bolt has been with the company for over 24 years and joined after gaining an Urban Design Diploma from Oxford Brookes University in 1996. That year the firm had advertised for a Junior Lighting Designer with architectural experience, and Bolt, fresh out of higher education with a willingness to learn and excel, took the opportunity that presented itself.  “It sounded like an interesting position, so I researched the industry, not knowing anything about it, and found an instant attraction,” he tells us. “My architectural degree tutor had previously advised me to try and find a specialist design discipline within construction, and I quickly realised through the good fortune

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Stars Microelectronics

Innovation in ThailandMr. Prompong Chaikul, Chairman of the Executive Committee at Stars Microelectronics, talks tackling new technologies, streamlining supply chain management and making a mark on Thailand’s flourishing electronics manufacturing market  Writer: Phoebe Harper  |  Project Manager: Vivek Valmiki  The future looks bright in the Land of Smiles. Since the mid-1980s, electronic products have been at the forefront of Thailand’s manufacturing industries and are a key component in the country’s exports. Bolstered by private investments and the transfer of production from other Asian countries, it is unsurprising that Thailand has become one of Southeast Asia’s largest economies, second only to Indonesia. Using its own healthy economy as an anchor to its neighbouring developing countries, including Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, Thailand enjoys a well-earned reputation as the hub of Southeast Asia when it comes to electronics manufacturing.  Thanks to the Thai government’s acknowledgement of the contribution made by electrics and electronics industries to Thailand’s economic development, investment incentives remain an attractive prospect to major global players. The country’s well-diversified manufacturing sector accounts for 33.4 percent of the GDP. It is calculated that various industries, primarily steel and electronics manufacturers, generated employment for 22.5 percent of Thailand’s active population in 2020 (World Bank).  At the centre of it all sits Stars Microelectronics, a well-established contract manufacturer of electronic goods based in Ayutthaya. Providing Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Outsourced Assembly and Test (OSAT) customers, Stars also specialise in Microelectronics Module Assembly (MMA) and Integrated Circuit Packaging (IC). We spoke with Chairman of the Executive Committee, Mr. Prompong Chaikul, who is

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Digitising CambodiaIan Watson, CEO of Cellcard, discusses how his organisation is setting the standard for a digital revolution in Cambodia  Writer: Sean Galea-Pace | Project Manager: Donovan Smith   All eyes are on 5G. And with 5G there will come opportunities like never before for Cellcard and all of its customers across Cambodia. Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson a self-described 5G evangelist and innovation leader sits at the forefront of this technological evolution. Having worked in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years, Watson has witnessed first-hand how the industry has transformed during the past few years as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes hold.  But that doesn’t perturb Watson - far from it. It’s clear that Watson thrives in the face of pressure and he is tasked with driving Cambodia’s digital transformation journey and overseeing the launch of the country’s first 5G network. He’s aiming high.  “We’re excited about 5G. We’re not just here to digitise a company - we’re here to digitise a country,” he explains.   “That’s our mantra, and we believe that 5G is the way to really digitise this country and drive Industry 4.0 after COVID. We believe we will have one of the best 5G infrastructures across Southeast Asia.” Cellcard is fully-Cambodian-owned and is committed to connecting Cambodians wherever they may be. Watson is adamant that his organisation is at the forefront of the latest technological innovation and is well-placed to be a trailblazer within Cambodia.  “We’ve invested a substantial amount,” he informs us.   “All our 5G roll-out plans are ready, we’ve identified all the sites and place orders with

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Sri Lanka Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products (SLAMERP)

Sri Lanka’s Rubber Manufacturing and Export Industry Insight into Sri Lanka’s longstanding rubber industry and government-backed plans for expansionWriter: Phoebe Harper  |  Project Manager: Krisha Canlas  The Pearl of the Indian Ocean has long enjoyed the benefits of its strategic location as the centre for East West trade across foreign waters.  Ever since 1876, when 1,919 rubber seedlings were planted in the Henarathgoda Botanical Garden in Gampaha, prompting the birth of a lucrative supply chain that is yet to cease, Sri Lanka’s (then Ceylon’s) rubber industry has flourished.  70 percent of this natural rubber production is used by rubber manufacturing industries and their organizations, offering a wide portfolio of rubber-based products that are distributed globally. The most popular products include off-road and solid and pneumatic tyres and industrial/household rubber gloves.  This stable industry has become a mainstay of Sri Lanka’s economic growth as the third largest export sector, with the United States, Germany and Belgium amongst Sri Lanka’s top rubber export markets. The Sri Lankan Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products, or ‘SLAMERP’ was born out of a need to organize and protect those trading in the country’s rubber manufacturing industry.   For Chairman of the Association, Mr. Ravi Dadlani, Sri Lanka’s advancement within the global supply of rubber is a source of great pride.  “The country has not only gained recognition as a sourcing destination for quality rubber products, but it has also over the decades transformed into a niche rubber manufacturing destination that has won the confidence of global brands and investors from around the world.”Our Story With the explicit vision

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Singapore Manufacturing Federation

Manufacturing in SingaporeSingapore has one of the world’s most innovative and advanced manufacturing industries, moving full throttle towards Industry 4.0  Writer: Dani Redd  |  Project Manager: Matt Cole-Wilkin  Singapore has one of the world’s most stable economies.  According to Bloomberg’s 2020 Innovation Index, it is the third most innovative economy in the world too, scoring high on tertiary efficiency and higher education enrolment. The country’s largest industry is manufacturing, which contributes around 20 of GDP every year. Key industries within the sector include electronics, chemicals and biomedical engineering – it is also the fourth largest exporter of high tech products in the world.Rapid growth Singapore’s manufacturing industry is growing rapidly, and appears to be bouncing back after lockdown. In September 2020 it jumped 24.2 percent year on year, which was far above economists’ projections of a 2.5 percent rise. While precision engineering and general manufacturing subsectors shrank, there was a huge rise in biomedical manufacturing, specifically pharmaceuticals (113.6 percent). The electronics subsector also rose by 45.3 percent. These are strong figures, which are even more remarkable bearing in mind the global pandemic. So what explains the strength of the manufacturing sector in Singapore?One reason is the country’s commitment to innovation and technology. When Singapore became an independent republic in 1965 it had a small, low productivity manufacturing industry, and quickly began working towards industrialisation. It quickly moved towards high-skilled and technology-intensive economic activity, introducing high-paid positions and easing out labour-intensive, low-paid positions through automated production and industrial robots. By the 1980s computers and electronics soon began to constitute the largest

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Plus Solar Systems

Driving Sustainability in MalaysiaKo Chuan Zhen, co-founder and CEO of Plus Solar Systems, discusses his organisation’s journey and details how it became a major force in clean energy solutions   Writer: Sean Galea-Pace |  Project Manager: Nicholas Kernan  “In Malaysia, clean energy has increased in terms of adoption and awareness among the public, especially business owners.” Ko Chuan Zhen is a CEO and co-founder at Plus Solar Systems. Today, Plus Solar believes in the Energy Trilogy - Energy Generation, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Storage which showcases its passion towards providing clean energy solutions for a better future. Having initially been founded as Leaf Energy in 2011, the organisation became the first solar energy consulting firm in Malaysia. The three co-founders Ko Chuan Zhen, Poh Tyng Huei, and Ryan Oh Zhi Kang had a vision.  The trio wanted to drive the world towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. In 2012, Leaf Energy became Plus Solar and was created with the mission statement of reshaping the way energy is generated and consumed one community at a time through providing turnkey solutions.  However, Plus Solar’s journey hasn’t been straightforward.  “When we started, we installed solar on the roofs ourselves, under the rain and shine, whilst our friends were in corporate roles,” says Ko, co-founder and CEO.  “The working environment wasn’t very friendly, and I wondered if I should be sitting comfortably behind the desk as my friends in the corporate world were. I realised that some people enjoy being on-site and sitting at a desk, and at that point, that was who I was.” Indeed, like

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Omni Tech

Trade in TechnologyHaving built his business from the ground up, we spoke to Alex Chang, Managing Director of OmniTech, about the growing technology and retail sphere in New Zealand   Writer: Marcus Kääpä  |  Project Manager: Josh Hyland  Your customers are your best advocates.” In a small country building a reputation is everything - especially within New Zealand’s highly competitive retail sector. For Alex Chang, Managing Director of OmniTech Limited and iterator of the opening statement, cultivating and maintaining a good reputation is the key to the company’s past and continued success in the nation’s market.  OmniTech is one of New Zealand’s largest retailers of mobile phone accessories and repair services and has 28 stores kept in successful operation by 85 employees, covering various regions of the nation. The company offers its customers high-quality products at competitive prices, as well as operating as a reseller for well-known global brands such as Apple, Huawei, Motorola, and Samsung. OmniTech has managed to carve a niche as a provider of quality products and services at reasonable prices, placing customer service and experience at the fore of its business. It also designs and markets its own branded products, such as mobile phone cases and screen protectors, to best serve its customer base.  “People are always looking for great value for money. We are thankful that we have served many thousands of customers who continue to tell their friends about us. The most significant business challenge is hiring suitably qualified and experienced staff,” Chang begins.  “However, I am fortunate to have started this business in New Zealand as, overall,

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Nexans Olex

Responsible Manufacturing With sustainability a core part of Nexans Olex’s strategy, the company’s CEO Greg Stack discusses its place in the manufacturing industry today   Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Thomas Turnbull     Today, leveraging a greener approach to operations is more than just optional.    Being more sustainable goes further than just helping the environment. It provides greater efficiency, improves brand reputation and even helps companies to achieve better growth.   And in the case of Nexans Olex, it goes beyond that.   “I see it as my responsibility to contribute to protecting the planet,” says Greg Stack, CEO at Nexans Olex. “Cable manufacturing (especially ours with processes starting at rod breakdown and fine wire drawing) has traditionally been big consumers of energy and water, contributing to CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions as well as producing hazardous waste as a bi-product.”   Nexans is Australia’s leading cable manufacturer and possesses over 80 years of success in delivering innovative solutions for Australian businesses. Having already outlined its intention to be carbon neutral by 2030, it is seeking greener alternatives wherever it can.   “Our environmental management strategy is designed to address this, deploying initiatives to reduce consumption and waste whilst also investing in renewable energy on both sides of the meter,” adds Stack.    “We have initiatives already underway, ranging from LED replacement to photovoltaic energy generation. Energy performance criteria has become a large a component of any purchasing decision for new equipment as is price.”   Stack has been the CEO at Nexans Olex

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Indonesia’s Critical ConnectorMichael McPhail, CTO of Moratelindo, discusses the path to growth following a challenging year   Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Vivek Valmiki  Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are seeking to recover from what has been the most challenging year ever. However, in the case of Moratelindo, expansion is on the horizon. The Indonesian tech specialist has laid more than 40,000 kilometres of cable over the past few years and has plans to scale that figure to 100,000 within the next three to four years. “It’s been a strange year,” admits Michael McPhail, CTO of the company. “We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t been disrupted as badly as other industries. 2021 for us is about major expansion and I’m looking forward to the future.” Indeed, Moratelindo is considered one of the largest network access providers in Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, the company is a domestic telecommunications service network operator that runs its business in the field of broadband ecosystems, specifically the internet, data centres, interconnection network leases, domestic and international. And the firm is in safe hands. With over 20 years of telecoms experience to McPhail’s name, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen since moving into the industry two decades ago. But, his move to Asia happened by chance and so began a chain of events which would eventually lead him to Moratelindo, which he joined in January 2016. “I felt there was scope for so much growth at Moratelindo,” explains McPhail. “The company was in a unique position because it’s privately owned and has collaboration with

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Kramer Ausenco

Commited to Asia-PacificAdam Kramer, Director and Project Manager at Kramer Ausenco, discusses the organisation’s journey after more than four decades of success  Writer: Sean-Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Ryan Gray  Considering the right career to pursue can be a task that takes many years. But for Adam Kramer, Director and Project Manager at Kramer Ausenco, his mind was made up from an early age.  “For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be in the engineering and construction industry,” recalls Kramer. Engineering and construction runs in his blood and Kramer believes he was always destined to end up in the industry and follow in his family’s footsteps. “I am the third generation that is in the engineering and construction industry, primarily out of the Pacific and Oceania region.” Indeed, the story of how his company Kramer Ausenco was born is an interesting one.  Kramer’s grandfather, Henry Kramer (Senior), was a shipbuilder for his entire life on Catholic Mission in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea, and Adam’s father, Frank Kramer, was the  first Papua New Guinean Civil Engineer with international qualifications, after graduating from a scholarship to Guelph University in Canada. “My dad returned home to Papua New Guinea not long after attaining his qualifications and started working in civil engineering and road construction,” he explains. “He later started his own company which became the foundation of what Kramer Ausenco is today. I am now fortunate enough to manage our business with my twin brother – we are both civil engineers of course.”   Having graduated from the University of Queensland with

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Integrated Facility Solutions (IFS)

Facilitating ThailandBangkok based facility solutions firm ‘IFS’ on expansion and adapting to customer demand during the pandemic   Writer: Phoebe Harper  |  Project Manager: Donovan Smith  With 30,000 employees and a healthy appetite for expansion, Integrated Facility Solutions’ (IFS) journey to becoming a global leader in facilities management (FM), seems guaranteed.  In its previous incarnation as ISS, a member of the Danish ISS group founded in 1901, IFS established a successful history of over 25 years as a leading provider of single services, including cleaning and security operations.  Since integrating its model and entering the FM market in 2012, adopting its new moniker just last year, Thailand-based IFS has worked with an impressive roster of clients. These include the country’s principal airport, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International, and Thailand’s largest duty-free mall.  Following a career in property management, Worapong Padungkirtsakul now serves as the CEO of IFS.  “Effective facility management can help businesses enhance their productivity and achieve their goals by streamlining operating costs and, just as importantly, allowing businesses to effectively allocate resources where they are most needed,” Padungkirtsakul says.  The company now offers a full gamut of facility services, spanning from security and cleaning, to technical and support services, all of which are provided through the IFS’s self-delivery model. By operating with a multi-faceted approach, where all services are integrated, IFS strengthens its ability to manage the services that they offer, eliminating the uncertainty and potential compromise in quality that can come from relying on third-party subcontractors. This approach also enables IFS to be highly cost-effective.  Since 1985, IFS has undergone various stages of

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Gold Fields Australia

Core and Community Gold Fields Australia showcases the potential of employee, environment, and community-centric business, we spoke to Stuart Mathews, Executive Vice President: Australasia, to learn more      Writer: Marcus Kääpä  |  Project Manager: Joshua Mann     With 140 years to its name, Gold Fields continues to be a key player in the international gold mining industry.   The firm places innovation and local communities at the fore and drives the promotion of environmental wellbeing through impactful investments in sustainability practices – developments that place it above and apart from its industry competition.   In a positively unorthodox way, and despite being one of the largest gold producers in the world, Gold Fields places its core values above all others and incorporates each of these into every aspect of its business. The firm focuses on becoming the best, rather than the biggest, gold mining firm on the globe.   A change to the revenue-focused aims of the gold mining industry, the company aims to align its key values alongside that of profit so that it benefits all aspects involved with the production process: the growth of business, the inclusion of community, and the preservation and promotion of the environment.   Its head office is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and oversees four regions of the business crossing multiple continents, including South Africa, the Americas (Chile and Peru), West Africa (Ghana), and Australasia - the latter region being the third largest gold producer in the nation.    “The firm’s Australian region embraces the vision and

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Timeless and Elegant DesignJeffrey Wilkes, founder of DESIGNWILKES, discusses his organisation’s drive to always put the customer at the forefront of decision-making  Writer: Sean Galea-Pace  |  Project Manager: Ryan Gray  A passion for quality. It’s something that Jeffrey Wilkes, founder of DESIGNWILKES has in abundance.Wilkes has always been passionate about architecture and questioned why things looked the way they do. He puts that down to his parents’ influence and credits them for being the key factors in setting him on the path he is on today.  “Hanging out with my Dad in the workshop he had at home helped along with a creative mother. They were very home proud,” he explains. “But it certainly rubbed off and they also let me contribute. They never put down my ideas.” This laid the foundations for Wilkes who then went to fine arts and design school before designing high-end condominium projects in Toronto, Canada. This subsequently led to hotel designs which is a true mix of a variety of aspects of interior design, where in 1994, Wilkes moved to Malaysia to open a branch of a renowned design firm.  16 years later, Wilkes decided to open his own business. And today, DESIGNWILKES possesses an established group of repeat clients such as Mandarin Oriental, The Leela Hotels India, The Oberoi Group, and ITC Hotels, while employing 35 full-time members of staff, the majority having been with the firm since launch. “We like to think that we excel at meeting our clients’ needs before our own,” explains Wilkes.   “Service is key as well as timeless and elegant

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Fairness Through TechnologyThis technology unicorn is motivated by a noble goal: to help grow the digital economy in Indonesia and make it fair for all  Writer: Dani Redd  |  Project Manager:Vivek Valmiki  Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, with a population of 270 million people. It has the 15th largest economy by nominal GDP, and thanks to a burgeoning middle class and a skilled workforce, this looks set to rapidly increase.  The country seems like the perfect place for a technology company to set up shop. However, Indonesia is a country with low technology literacy and internet penetration. Meanwhile, ecommerce penetration in Indonesia is estimated to be between five to seven percent. “This challenge is also an opportunity for us as a tech company to engage in disruptive actions that could also help boost the digital economy. All in all, I think there is huge potential that is yet to be realised by most people in Indonesia,” explains RachmatKaimuddin. Kaimuddin is the CEO of Bukalapak, a ‘technology unicorn’ – a term used to refer to a tech startup company valued at over a billion US dollars – which was founded in 2010. It is a position he is passionate about holding, having long had an interest in technology. This was first fostered by a degree at MIT studying electrical engineering at the time when the internet was beginning to blow up, and Silicon Valley was beginning to be established as a “tech mecca”. “Now I am right at the centre of it,” he exclaims.Helping digitally uplift the Indonesian

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Bombardier Australia (Alstom)

Bombardier develops sustainable rail transport across the globe, fuelling innovative new safety solutions in the face of COVID-19. 

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Securing Cyberspace

Securing CyberspaceWith the digital world expanding and cybercrime an ever-growing issue, we spoke to the CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia to discover the latest in online protection and prevention Written by: Marcus Kääpä  The increase of worldwide digital activity has given rise to a tremendous number of possibilities.  Companies across the globe have made use of digital platforms and services to retreat from the manual face-to-face methods of working and continue to evolve and strengthen their online presence.  Alongside this, the workplace has shifted. 2020 saw the huge rise in the number of online-centric businesses due to COVID-19 and the resulting necessity of digital accessibility. The increased shift from office-based to online working has provided people with a variety of options as to how, when, and where to work.  But as with every expanding frontier, the digital realm comes with its own problems and challenges. More than ever, especially due to the mass-use of online communication, services, and workplaces in light of the current pandemic, online threats rise with it. It is from this broad and varied digital danger that cybersecurity plays an important role in keeping our online lives risk-free and protected. For CyberSecurity Malaysia, making the Asian digital realm a more secure place to roam is critical. We spoke to Dato’ Ts Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, the firm’s CEO, about the state of the industry and the necessity of the company in the Asian cyber space. “CyberSecurity Malaysia is a technical agency under the view of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia of Malaysia, so we provide a broad range of

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Combatting COVID in Asia

Axel Roesner and Marco Bovolini discuss their organisation’s response to COVID-19 and commitment to the Asian continent.

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Mobile Innovation

Mobile InnovationLG’s new design blurs the lines between mobile and tablet, merging the two devices into one seamless body​Writer: Marcus KääpäTechnology is rapidly evolving. Over the past two years in particular, we have seen the dramatic leap in tech development across the board. From online connection, to work-related software, video call apps, and new games consoles, technology has become central to our lives.With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic rocking industries across the globe throughout 2020 and into the present, the best and latest in technological developments has become more than ever a driving force behind our work, and a necessity in our lives today. Consistent high-performance internet connection has become more desirable as well as required due to the many government-imposed lockdowns across the world, and with this demand in quality digital services the value of tech companies, their products, and services has skyrocketed. This trend in the increased need for digital services rises alongside the global demand for the latest tech products in the market. Laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones with greater processing power, smoother user interaction, and higher resolution screens have been in the cross hairs of a growing customer base. This demand is fuelled by many aspects of lockdown-related life, one of the most important being the smooth internet connection for digital interaction. As the workplace for many has shifted to a home-based digital environment, having access to a new mobile phone with the latest apps and software has become a paramount importance to a substantial number of people. The latest craze in the mobile

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Supply chain decentralisation: prevent world trade ‘strangulation’

China’s role as origin of many supply chains means that any major disruption within the country has a knock on effect on global supply chains all over the world.

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