Blog Entries and Commentaries

Obama and the march of western civilization

I followed the recent US elections at an intellectual as well as at an emotional level.
At the intellectual level, I surveyed the full range of positions that both the candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, represented. I have friends on … Continue reading…

Dick Kovacevich came to Asia

In the month of April 2012, I had the opportunity to host Dick Kovacevich, the highly regarded chairman emeritus and former CEO of Wells Fargo, and his wife, Mary Jo on a three week tour of Asia. It was something … Continue reading…

On Emilio Botin and entrepreneurs in family-run banks

I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Emilio Botin, the chairman of the Spanish Grupo Santander, at his beautiful campus outside Madrid late last year. The meeting and my knowledge of his accomplishments helped me pen some of my … Continue reading…

Traveller’s Tales: A great airline lounge it is not

Because I travel so much, I do think sometimes on the travel experience, and to the efforts of the people whose job it is to keep innovating in this industry. On the topic of airline lounges, I have always found … Continue reading…

On “diversity” in a “post-meritocratic” world

[9600 words. Best printed out or read in sections]
In the past year, a dear friend of mine, not a Singaporean, but deeply involved in a movement to see more women in corporate boards in Singapore, tried to enlist my involvement … Continue reading…

Trade finance, transaction banking prospects in Asia – speech notes from ICC Summit

The following are notes from my speech given at the “Business Outlook for Trade in Asia: Rise and Rise?” session of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Summit held in Beijing on 28 October 2011.
1.            Implications on the rise of … Continue reading…


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