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Tuning In with Oasis

Tuning In with Oasis

By Oasis, by KrASIA
Tuning In is a new series where we interview and chat intimately with thought leaders who are breaking the mold, pushing the frontiers of innovation, and are trailblazing figures in their space.

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Tuning In with Oasis

Foodpanda COO Pedram Assadi on his journey and the firm's social impact initiatives
Assadi's business journey has been influenced by his roots in both Germany and Iran. 
March 15, 2021
Joshua Agusta on the future transformation of Indonesian fintech
Agusta is the director of Venture Funds at Mandiri Capital Indonesia, a corporate VC  from one of the largest banks in the country.
March 11, 2021
Dr. Paul Wood on how studying in prison changed his life and mindset
Author of 'How to Escape from Prison, Dr. Paul Wood talks about studying and education in prison, and his life after. 
March 8, 2021
Founders of Connecting Myanmar on empowering Myanmar youth
Edward Tsoi and Rose Tsui set up Connecting Myanmar in 2012 to connect students in Myanmar and Hong Kong and provide educational opportunities for Myanmar youth. 
March 5, 2021
Breaking free: How teenage girls are fighting gender-based violence in Albania with technology
The team had won a grand prize for GjejZâ in 2019, a mobile application to stop gender-based violence in Albania, as well as empower women to be financially independent. 
March 1, 2021
Judith Julia Justin on providing unique rehabilitative therapy services for children with disabilities
Inspired by her son Jake, Judith is working hard to provide more physical therapy options in Singapore.
February 23, 2021
It is never too early to bring up tough conversations with children, says co-founders of Maro Parents
The co-founders believe that preventive education can actually help to mitigate many of the public health crises that we’re currently facing in today’s world.
February 22, 2021
Elias Willemse on tackling urban waste by shifting gears from academia to AI innovation
Dr. Elias Willemse is the co-founder and CTO at Waste Labs, a deep tech startup that uses AI to modernise waste management and recycling. He was previously a research fellow at SUTD and a lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he grew up exposed to the repercussions of the poor delivery of municipal services. Motivated to make a difference, he made the leap from academia to entrepreneurship by joining Entrepreneur First in Singapore. He met his co-founder and together, they created Waste Labs to solve the problem of poor waste management in cities. Elias holds the belief that more scientists and researchers should take the same plunge as he did and become entrepreneurs to solve problems that they are passionate about.
February 19, 2021
Tanul Mishra gives her lens on the startup ecosystem in India
Mishra is the founder and CEO of Afthonia, an incubator for fintech startups. 
February 17, 2021
Nicole Ooi wants migrant workers to feel at home in Singapore
Nicole Ooi is the leader of Welcome In My Backyard (WIMBY), a migrant worker initiative that aims to challenge existing prejudices against migrant workers and create a safe space for them within their neighborhoods. Nicole has a background in Psychology, and shares a strong passion for mental health and the arts. She hopes to create a welcoming and genuine society for all people living in Singapore.
February 15, 2021
Tamanna Dhamija reflects on how growing a community of two million led her to found her own company
Convosight started after Tamanna’s own journey of organically building India’s largest parenting community, Baby Destination, with 2 million mothers across 28 communities. In 2020, she decided to productize her learnings and founded Convosight, which is a global community management and monetization platform. It is now being used by more than 40,000 communities. In Asia alone, she has helped 700 communities to monetize. Tamanna strongly believes that communities can change lives and realized a huge opportunity and potential to help community admins and brands come together.
February 10, 2021
My Holland on the development of EQ and why it's important in leadership
My Holland’s interests in well-being, positive change, and a purposeful life have led her to her current role as certified assessor, coach, keynote speaker, and consultant in happiness at work, resilience, and emotional intelligence (EQ). My has a multicultural worldview. She was born in France of Vietnamese parents, studied in France and the US, and lived and worked in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, and New Zealand. Watch her TEDx talk.
February 8, 2021
Autistic people have empathy too, says Kristen Hovet of The Other Autism
The Other Autism is an online platform to speak about autism in women and the positive sides of being autistic. 
February 8, 2021
Sonal Singh on running one of India’s largest digital fitness platforms
Sonal Singh is the co-founder of Fittr, one of India's fastest growing online fitness platforms.  A London School of Economics postgraduate, Singh has been included in the list of Business Today's Most Powerful Women 2020, after being crowned Miss Asia Universe in 2016. Previously, Singh served as a strategy and operation consultant for Deloitte based in London.
January 25, 2021
Patti Chu wants to help startups make a positive social impact in Asia
She shares her views on raising awareness about the environment.
January 20, 2021
Prize-winning Myanmarese activist Paul Sein Twa on a park for peace
“We need to show to the world that we can manage and take care of our territories” says Paul Sein Twa. 
January 15, 2021
Maria Li of Tech in Asia on strategic career transitions, from consulting to media
'I believe in the transformational power of local enterprises, and building up a local economy' says Li. Maria Li is the chief operating officer (COO) at Tech in Asia (TIA), one of the leading digital media publications covering Asia’s tech and startup scene.
January 15, 2021
Nang Ei Ei Mon on helping mothers in Myanmar feel empowered
Nang is an entrepreneur with a passion for women's economic empowerment.  Nang founded How She Did It that upskill and reskill Myanmar women and connects them to economic opportunities in the Digital Economy.  
January 13, 2021
King Leung about 'humanizing' fintech in Hong Kong
As Head of Fintech at InvestHK, the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment, King’s mission is to foster a more vibrant fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area (GBA) where King has the privilege to work closely with major fintech stakeholders worldwide.
January 11, 2021
Immersing yourself in nature has long term health benefits, says Dr. Miina
Dr. Miina explains her research on the healing power of natural environments for people who suffer from the stressors of hectic urban lifestyle.
January 7, 2021
Singapore plays a role as the backbone of the music industry in Southeast Asia, says Jon Chua
Chua, founder of Zendyll Records, is working to unleash the potential of Singapore's music scene. 
January 6, 2021
Fig is a digitalised platform empowering women to manage reproductive health
We chat with Maria, Co-founder of Fig, on her own personal journey with fertility and how it's led her to create a digitalised platform for women. Fig offers simple and discreet reproductive health screening and support so all women can be proactive about their health.
January 6, 2021
e27’s Mohan Belani on why now’s the time to try crazy ideas and more
Mohan Belani, co-founder and CEO of e27, talks about the learnings and lessons for tech media during a pandemic in Southeast Asia.
January 4, 2021
Eric Olander on the complexity of China’s relationship with Africa
While China’s engagement with Africa increases, the One Belt One Road policy diversifies China’s trade partners and reduces demand for African raw materials.
December 30, 2020
Underbanked to Unstoppable - Debbie Watkins is bridging financial divides for women
Lucy is a financial platform that works with female micro-entrepreneurs via banking, skills-building workshops and networking sessions, pushing them toward success.
December 22, 2020
Fall & Rise: Tom Lokenvitz on learning from a startup failure
Tom Lokenvitz is the founder and former CEO of Singapore-based car-sharing service Smove. The firm was founded in 2011, driven by a desire to develop an efficient and sustainable transport option for Singaporeans. Tom played a pivotal role in the expansion of Smove from a fleet size of 15 cars to 450 vehicles in just two years. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Smove had, however, to close down in mid-2020.
December 18, 2020
Jo Tyndall on Singapore and New Zealand being friends in need during health crisis
Jo Tyndall is the New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore, a position she has held since 2019. She was most recently New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador.
December 18, 2020
Rama Sridhar from Mastercard on promoting financial inclusion and women in leadership
Rama Sridhar discusses financial inclusion, collaboration across the digital payment infrastructure, and her hopes for the future. 
December 14, 2020
Feng-Yuan Liu on AI governance: don’t view innovation and governance as oppositions
Feng-Yuan highlights the repercussions of innovating without a policy in mind.
December 14, 2020
Haoting Chow on his 80/20 entrepreneurial mindset, animal ethics, and personal growth
Haoting Chow discusses his journey to becoming a vet, and the importance of long term planning to personal growth.
December 9, 2020
Roger Shakes says failure should not be overly shamed or glamourized
Roger looks back on the year, his career, and shares his insights from New Zealand.
December 8, 2020
Shilpa Jain on leaving corporate law and building a digitalised counselling platform
Shilpa talks the benefits of digitalized counseling: affordability, convenience, and transparency.
December 7, 2020
Anthony Sar of Finnovasia on creating and changing the norm
Anthony Sar shares his journey of starting Finnovasia and helping grow the Hong Kong fintech space to what it is today.
December 4, 2020
Reggie Koh on bringing financial literacy to Singapore
Reggie recalls his days of unknowingly being involved in a major scam, and his journey into creating Singapore’s number one personal finance podcast. 
December 3, 2020
With a tap on the phone, rare collectibles can be authenticated, says Jackson Aw
Jackson reflects back on his entrepreneurial journey, and how his technology is changing the way we authenticate collectibles. 
December 1, 2020
Travel blogger Su Wai Phyo on how travel has transformed her life
Su Wai Phyo unpacks the meaning of being a travel blogger and how she shatters the blogger stigma. 
November 26, 2020
Carman Chan on quitting her PhD program in pursuit of entrepreneurship
Now the founder of a successful venture capital firm, Carman Chan revisits her days as a tech columnist and entrepreneur for insights.
November 23, 2020
Physicist Yangyang Cheng on the pursuit of pureness in science
The young physicist shares her opinion on what it takes to be a scientific researcher.
November 23, 2020
Michael Raimondo of Green Renaissance shares about inspiring changes through filming
Telling stories of ordinary people from all walks of life through film has always been their dream, and they managed to turn it into a reality.
November 20, 2020
My Holland on happiness at work: a workplace environment should nurture and make us feel like we are alive
My Holland believes purpose is imperative, and it is the driver for a strong sense of belonging and happiness at work.
November 11, 2020
Carmen Low, founder of Afterglow, reflects on how working in China has changed her Singaporean mindset entirely
The lessons learnt in China has grown her desire to share these experiences with the Singaporean youths and encourage them to venture out into China. 
November 5, 2020
Virginia Tan says women are economic drivers and wants to change the dialogue around gender lens investing
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens venture capital fund for emerging Asia, targeting early stage tech companies for the She Economy.
November 5, 2020
Agnes Liew, ex-banker turned fitness entrepreneur, empowers women to age healthily and gracefully
Agnes translates her 35 years of banking experience into starting a fitness business venture.
November 5, 2020
Founder of Genashtim on working with people with disabilities, refugees, and other marginalized groups
Genashtim leverages technology and the internet to connect marginalized communities to the global economy.
November 2, 2020
From village to the globe: H.E. Djauhari Oratmangun on bridging nations and its people
Born into a humble family and growing up on a small island, H.E. Oratmangun did not keep his dreams small. Upon reading an article about life as an ambassador in a local newspaper, he immediately set his sights on the diplomatic world. He has since dedicated himself to his country—more than 30 years of bridging nations and people, promoting diversity and inclusivity at the same time.
November 2, 2020
Sean Low on taboo health conditions and how machismo shouldn’t get in the way of men feeling their best
Sean Low on taboo health conditions and how machismo shouldn’t get in the way of men feeling their best
November 2, 2020
Winnie Khoo says new entrepreneurs need to unlearn most things, and prepare to leave everything at the door
With 23 years of experience underneath her belt, Winnie shares how she uses her experience to coach new startups.
October 27, 2020
Tiffany Yu on empowering people with disabilities in the workplace
Tiffany talks about reducing bias in the hiring process and how companies can better support people with disabilities.
October 27, 2020
Lucia Lee-Kombe on finding love in Africa, interracial marriage, and what is #blasiancommunity
Lucia Lee-Kombe finds love in Africa and shares cultural differences to overcome, like the “Africa time” concept and living a hakuna matata life.
October 20, 2020
Pwint Htun, founder of Mobilising Myanmar on leveraging technology to create a more equitable society
Pwint Htun, founder of Mobilising Myanmar on leveraging technology to create a more equitable society
October 15, 2020
Coming back stronger after his startup was shut down, Benny Fajarai shares why business can't always be idealistic
Benny tells his story as a three-time startup founder and how to achieve the fine balance between practicality and idealism in the business world.
October 13, 2020
Sabrina Ooi on destigmatizing mental illness: Your brain is an organ, and it can fall sick
In a part of the world where many are uncomfortable about discussing mental illness, Sabrina starts difficult conversations to build a support system around mental health awareness.
October 6, 2020
Tsuyoshi Domoto on why nurturing creativity and normalizing mistakes is important in early childhood development
Why nurturing creativity and normalizing mistakes is important in early childhood development
October 1, 2020
Alice Besomi on accommodating cultural differences and having a "speaking up" mentality in VC
Alice Besomi looks back on her journey from analyst to VP of Jungle Ventures, sharing her personal decisions on making the jump to Singapore and navigating VC nuances.
September 21, 2020
Federico Folcia, founder of Crane, rejects taboos when curating the creative process for lifelong learning
Inspired by his own aging parents, Folcia discusses creating open communities with no generational boundaries and opportunity for skillsharing.
September 15, 2020
Gail Wong swam with sharks on Wall Street, and now brings outsiders into the mainstream with gender lens
Gail translates her valuable experiences on Wall Street into creating a better gender-lens for women entrepreneurs in Asia.
September 15, 2020
Seth Godin on the future of education and technology’s role in civil society
Seth Godin discusses the waves of change in education brought on by COVID-19, as well as the digitization of political engagement.
September 10, 2020
Jeffrey Seah, Partner at Quest Ventures, speaks on how authenticity and being value driven is crucial to market disruption
Jeffrey Seah shares his insights on values building and authenticity in the understanding of market trends. 
August 26, 2020
Nurul Hussain, Founder of Codette Project, on how to measure the success of a social enterprise
What does it take to run a social enterprise? What constitutes as a benchmark for success? The Founder of The Codette Project, Nurul Hussain, gives insights on challenges with building and sustaining a social enterprise financially.
August 20, 2020
Christine Wang, Head of Asia at Lufthansa Innovation Hub, on pushing boundaries
As a violinist, photographer, entrepreneur, and now Head of Asia at a prominent airlines innovation arm, Christine Wang wears many hats and uses her curiosity to pave the way for herself.
August 20, 2020
Elisa Chiu, founder of Anchor Taiwan, Spotlights Taiwan’s Supply Chain Ecosystem
Elisa Chiu uncovers how companies in Taiwan’s supply-chain and traditional sectors are creatively pivoting in times of disruption across global markets.
August 20, 2020
CEO of KVB.Global, Dian Noeh, talks the Changing Waves of Conventional PR
Dian established Voice of Startups in January 2012 for startup founders who want to build brands and deliver content via PR and other channels.
August 20, 2020
Tuning In With Oasis
Welcome to a brand new series with Oasis, by KrASIA, where we bring human stories to life. 
August 20, 2020