What would a uniquely Singapore musical instrument looked like? We’re not sure, but Clarence Chan, founder of music media company and website Bandwagon, has ambitions to create it. At The Peak’s 35th anniversary gala held at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore on Thursday, the 33-year-old entrepreneur shared: “Music is our identity and our culture. For example, when you think of Berlin, you’d think of dance music. I’d like to help create a Singaporean music identity, and an instrument that’s Singaporean.”
Chan is one of 20 individuals spotlighted in The Peak’s special, limited edition themed The Future Shapers. Hailing from a variety of sectors including lifestyle, technology and finance, they are leading the way and making an impact in their respective fields.
The young individuals featured include Kahchun Wong, the first Singaporean to lead the New York Philharmonic; Rameez Ansar of young digital telecom operator Circles.Life; Vicky Hwang, managing director of Parkview Group and Chyau Fwu Development Singapore, and granddaughter of the late property tycoon CS Hwang; and John Cheng of Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, who is taking his traditional family-owned rock-sugar business into the future.
In today’s borderless, dynamic world, these wide-ranging fields can meet more often than not: While chatting over champagne, Zac Toh, founder of urban greenery specialist GWS Living Art, and Louis Liu, CEO of mobile payments solutions provider Fomo Pay, shared their experiences about extending their respective services to Jewel Changi Airport. GWS Living Art created Jewel’s verdant green walls, while Fomo Pay provides its merchants with e-payment services.
Indeed, technology informs much of Toh’s work as well. For example, he is working on creating software that incorporates artificial intelligence to produce systems for various green and agricultural applications. He shared: “I want to use technology to create green designs that are sustainable. Many people in this industry tend to focus on the growing of plants itself – so there are plenty of opportunities.”
As The Peak editor Jennifer Chen noted: “We gauged these personalities on the difference they make on how we interact with and experience the world around us. Their work not only gives us more efficient, inclusive systems and but also joy, beauty and entertainment. In their own ways, they shape how we experience the future and tonight we give them due recognition.”
More than 300 guests from Singapore’s elite business community were in attendance at the dinner event. The gala dinner at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore was held in collaboration with Bentley, Blancpain, Indosuez, HP, Martell, Montblanc, OCBC Voyage and Opus by Prudential. Prominent home-grown local singer Aisyah Aziz wowed the audience with her soulful rendition of popular hits.
As the evening drew to a close, Bernise Ang – one of the individuals on The Peak’s list of Future Shapers, and co-founder of systems-innovation consultancy Zeroth Labs – shared her thoughts on what would continue to propel Singapore successfully into the future: “We need to embrace the colour and diversity that’s out there in the world. Many people tend to follow a set path, but there’s so much more colour out there.”