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Akila Leverages Data and Technology to Improve Companies’ ESG Efforts

Akila Leverages Data and Technology to Improve Companies’ ESG Efforts

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Akila is a digital twin platform built to revolutionise sustainability, performance and human-centricity in the built environment, while also streamlining ESG reporting for C-suites.

By Joseph Low

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Akila Philippe Obry, Akila Co-Founder. Image: Akila

Akila is a real-estate data and management platform founded in 2021 that uses digital twin and AI technologies to empower data-driven decision making and ESG for large and multinational portfolios. How was the concept of Akila nurtured?

Akila started with a group of people from different fields related to the built environment: 3D design and simulation, system engineering, energy, construction, IoT and smart buildings, and facility management. What united us was a recognition that buildings contribute a massive share of all carbon emissions, approximately 40 per cent in fact, and that the sector still ranks bottom three for digitalisation. This simply must change. So, we were resolved to create a platform capable of driving a sustainability transformation in the built environment. This is a transformation oriented around data, digitalisation, improved performance and ESG. It very much includes the luxury industry and its built assets — mining operations, factories, warehouses, retail spaces, yachts and more.

There were many steps to get us where we are today. We took a lot of inspiration from the example of our strategic partners, Dassault Systèmes. From the 1980s onwards, they completely transformed manufacturing in the aerospace and automotive industries, using digital twin and 3D simulation to move from an analogue and paper-based system to one that was fully digital and model-based, leveraging the concept of a single source of truth from design through production and operation.

Now we want to do the same thing for the built environment, helping businesses and portfolio holders achieve massive decarbonisation across their holdings. We can achieve this because the Akila platform is an enabling technology capable of optimising across the value chain from design and construction to operations, all the way until decommissioning. In Akila, we are confident we have built a unique digital twin platform, carefully designed for the age of ESG.

Tell us about the close relationship between Akila and Aden Group?

Aden Group was the incubator of Akila and remains one of its three main strategic partners, alongside Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft. From Aden Group, we have been able to draw on 25 years of hands-on expertise managing complex operations at large facilities — factories, industrial parks, commercial space, retail space, etc. That experience has greatly informed the development of Akila because, alongside ESG and performance dashboards for high-level decision-makers, Akila is also designed as a solution for operational teams at sites. So, the functionalities of Akila have been very deeply informed by Aden’s decades of experience understanding client needs, resolving their pain points and making their buildings into high-performing, high-comfort, human-centric spaces.

Another exciting thing is that our partnership with Aden Group opens up opportunities to collaborate on net-zero carbon projects with other entities under the Aden Group umbrella. I am thinking especially of Tera Energies, the clean-energy JV it co-founded Total-Eren, and NXpark, a series of turn-key Industry 4.0 industrial parks that it is developing in China right now. Simply put, we are stronger together, and able to make an even stronger push for decarbonization and optimisation.

How instrumental has Dassault Systèmes been in the definition of the data to be collected and overall process of these?

Akila, Digital Twin with sensors Building Digital Twin with sensors. Image: Akila

As I mentioned earlier, Dassault Systèmes are truly pioneers in the field of 3D design and simulation. Over the past 40 years, they have become global leaders in software for advanced simulation and 3D modelling. Having Dassault Systèmes as one of our three main strategic partners has greatly expanded our capabilities in two areas especially.

First, Dassault Systèmes is central when creating and maintaining what we call the “digital thread” of a site in the built environment. This ensures that a single source of truth is preserved for a project through design, construction, commissioning, and then the Akila integration makes sure that this digital thread is maintained through operations. Only by having accurate data inputs can you have accurate outputs — otherwise, as the saying goes: garbage-in, garbage-out. Dassault Systèmes ensures the integrity of all structural data that goes into our platform.

Secondly, Dassault Systèmes software enables advanced simulation of an enormous range of scenarios for a building or asset without limitation. This includes things like energy simulation, thermal comfort simulation, carbon footprint calculation and more. In effect, we are able to merge the virtual and physical world for a continuous loop of optimisation and “see into the future” in ways that facilitate smarter and more sustainable building design for greenfield projects. Then, during the operational phase of a building, this simulation capability enables critical carbon-reducing features like predictive maintenance — this means we can target potential issues before they impact operations and cause unnecessary environmental impact.

Who are the key members of the Akila team?

Honestly, too many to name. Since our founding, we have grown from a team of five to 80, and we’ll see that number continue to rise. Our founding team is multicultural and multinational, bringing together high-level tech, business and sustainability experts from across a range of global tech, consulting and industrial groups. Our backgrounds cover ESG, energy, engineering, construction, PropTech and LEED. We started in China, but we’ve been expanding fast in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, with two main divisions: SaaS as well as an Architecture & Engineering Technologies division.

Akila’s Energy Savings Tracker: a smarter, simpler way to measure impact. What specific solutions is Akila providing?

Akila Asset Management Akila asset management. Image: Akila

Many companies are already undertaking energy-savings projects but lack the tools to successfully conduct and measure optimisation at scale. For instance, some companies don’t have a clear picture of how much energy they are consuming and where the inefficiencies lay — they can only compare energy bills side-by-side, for the crudest measurement of energy consumption. Or, they have undertaken energy optimisation projects, but they are still working off massive Excel sheets, dependent upon manual input and management. This limits how often measurement can take place, brings the risk of human error, and proves enormously difficult to coordinate across sites and borders.

These are the problems Akila Energy Savings Tracker addresses. The platform uses IoT to create a transparent energy-consumption baseline for each site, down to the level of individual pieces of equipment. Then, it tracks all subsequent energy consumption in real time, in the same digital space, using the same metrics. That means that at any point you can measure in exact terms how much energy has been saved for any equipment, facility, or portfolio over any period of time, and also calculate the change in carbon emissions that has been produced.

Real-time data and analytics in a user-friendly dashboard — is that the key message delivered to decision makers?

Akila Workspace Energy Metrics 

Akila workspace energy matrix. Image: Akila

Yes, it is one of the key messages. Akila is designed to facilitate faster, better decision-making among C-level leadership. We believe that centralising key information relating to ESG and building performance into a customisable “portfolio performance cockpit” is one of the best ways to achieve this. Importantly, this is not just a static report, but a dynamically updated one, so that leadership can be updated immediately if there are any irregularities at a particular site and ensure that they are followed up on in the fastest manner possible.

Is the Akila team acting as an adviser — can the team support clients in high ESG risk industries to develop their climate transition strategies?

In these cases, Akila is the enabler and we work with specialists to produce a detailed report. Those specialists can be either the company’s in-house experts or can be drawn from one of the consultancy firms in our own network. Either way, when this groundwork is done, Akila parametrises its solutions to meet the specific recommendations and needs of the company. We are then able to greatly simplify the execution of tour clients’ climate transition by automating the collection of data covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Which clients have started implementing the various Akila solutions?

We are working with American, Japanese and European multinationals, many of whom are currently running pilots in China and Southeast Asia as a first step towards a global deployment. One of our biggest contracts for ESG and decarbonisation is in the retail sector (expect a public announcement about this very soon), but to date the largest share of our client base has been in industry and manufacturing, including automotive, construction equipment, electronics, and petrochemicals.

The beauty of the platform, though, is that any building or asset in any sector produces data, and Akila can help harness and scale this data collection, no matter what type of building or sector. We also have used Akila to help clients link and optimise multisite portfolios covering commercial buildings, warehouses, even hospitals and international schools.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just recognised Akila as a fast rising player in the ESG space. The highly selective award recognises annually the top 100 early- to growth-stage worldwide that are shaping the future by advancing technologies. How such an award impacts on the whole team at Akila?

Yes, we were selected as one of 100 global startups to join the WEF’s 2022 Technology Pioneers cohort. Needless to say, this was a big milestone and will really help us connect with high-level audiences and partners in our mission of decarbonisation. To us, it is an indication that the things driving Akila — the climate crisis, the rise of ESG, digitalisation as the key to decarbonisation — are also resonating with a wider audience and people at the highest levels of business, technology and government.

As members of the Technology Pioneers cohort, we are able to connect directly with the WEF through working groups (we have just joined the Digital Twin Cities Advisory committee in Beijing, for example), as well as WEF events and networking in a group whose alumni include Google, Airbnb, Spotify, Wikimedia and many other massive tech companies.

Do you see growing number of companies integrating ESG into their investment process?

Akila, Multi-site dashboard in China Akila multi-site dashboard in China. Image: Akila

Absolutely. And this makes good sense because ESG has always been structured from an investor point of view — making it easier and more reliable for investors to assess different companies on sustainability and best practice metrics. Looking at the luxury industry today, different companies are in different places on the journey, but the trend towards ESG is clear and lasting. It’s safe to say that in the coming years, sustainability — based on transparent, quantitative ESG data — will be one of the key markers of a premium brand, right alongside traditional measures like the grade of materials, craftsmanship and design, etc.

What is driving this is a real convergence in different sectors. On one hand, there is a wave of tougher government and industry regulation, but just as important is the market pressure coming from consumers themselves. This makes the robustness of a company’s ESG and sustainability policies a major strategic concern. Buyers today think about sustainability and carbon impact more than ever before and have been empowered by a new wave of apps and other tools to do their own research on a company’s impact. And, they are spending accordingly. In the past, companies have been able to pay lip service to sustainability and just greenwash, but ESG really takes an axe to that. The new reality is that companies which proactively adopt ESG policies will win, while greenwashers will pay. There will be nowhere to hide.

Overall, what should a company do to make sure its social and governance-focused targets are credible and ambitious?

They must put a premium on the transparency of their data. How do you achieve this? It requires digital transformation, carried out systemically across whole portfolios and across the property lifecycle — concept to operations all the way to operations and decommissioning. For credibility, companies also need third-party auditing of their data. Akila enables the needed traceability, and is designed to ensure a coherent structure of ESG data, making this process transparent and smooth.

As for ensuring that targets are ambitious enough, that needs to be taken on a case-by-case, looking at the clients’ specifics and taking into account industry benchmarking. It’s also important to remember that ESG is not something you start today and finish tomorrow — it is a process, and continuous improvement is the name of the game. Akila is the tool that lets companies document this trajectory in great detail. And by working with organisations like SBTi (of which Akila is a partner), targets can be set in both an ambitious and scientific way.

Where do you see Akila in five years?

Akila AR Image: Akila

Well, by 2027, we won’t need to explain what a digital twin or ESG are anymore, because both will have become so prevalent in business and life. Our ambition by that point is to have become one of the defining digital tools of this ESG era, and to have accelerated a substantial change in the carbon emissions of buildings and cities.

How do we get there? Our Asia-first strategy and the fact that we are operational inside and outside of China will be very important. Asia will remain the world’s most dynamic economic zone. Then as now, it will be the place where MNCs have the freedom to pilot new technologies ahead of their global rollout. We have already begun this process with many major global clients, and we see this as a path we’ll continue on over the next five years: in short, we’ll be taking Akila from Asia to the world.

The other aspect we will see developing more is Akila’s open Ecosystem — a space we can conceptualise as a kind of app store for buildings and assets in the ESG era. Akila is designed as an open platform, so that partners with strong vertical specialisations can offer integrations inside the Akila platform. We have already begun this process by working with partners in industries like AR (augmented reality), but in five years we should see this really coming to fruition.

To learn more about Akila and its services, click here or email at: solutions@akila3d.com

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The Ultimate Maldives Island Experience For Those In Search of True Balance of Mind, Body and Soul

The Ultimate Maldives Island Experience For Those In Search of True Balance of Mind, Body and Soul

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ElE|NA Launches “Wellness Your Way” at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI.

By LUXUO

 

The Maldives, with its famously crystal clear waters is a dream destination for travellers from all around the world. The number one destination for anyone seeking peace and tranquillity. Launching into this market sees global leading wellness brand ElE|NA partnered with the award-winning luxury resort OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, a part of THE OZEN COLLECTION, this unique sophisticated wellness brand is rewriting the rule book named “Wellness Your Way” available to all.

 

Guests get to be immersed fully in the island through its ultimate holistic journey of wellness, healing, and relaxation within the cocoon of exceptional surroundings of OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI. This journey will invite the guests to feel rejuvenated and refreshed through lasting, transformative experiences characterised by the curation of the very finest local, healing traditions and international spa treatments. Using naturally energising natural products, the experience is designed to help you rediscover your inner balance and an enduring sensation of tranquil energy.

 

ElE|NA wellness rejuvenation journey is bespoke to each guest, with each journey designed by our resident Ayurvedic doctors according to fully researched healing programmes that also include exclusively curated plant-based nutrition meal plans, therapies, and specially designed activities, all of which are geared towards enhancing your island experience and health.

For the journey towards ultimate zen, each guest’s residence is transformed into a personalised private paradise, designed to offer pure relaxation at every opportunity. Through the customised programmes, guests will be more in-tuned with Mother Nature and reap its benefits with this reconnection. At night, the ambience is made to be conducive for a good sleep, an essential part of any rejuvenating experience.

 

ELE|NA is talilored to all and caters to diverse journey options including chronic pain management; anti-anxiety/stress programme; gut health and detox; sleep therapy; age-defying; wellness for cancer and weight loss. With its suite of exceptional choices, beauty, and spa experiences, dovetail seamlessly with the many benefits and attributes of a world-class retreat to ensure a perfectly balanced stay replete with all the fun, adventure, and indulgence of a blissful tropical holiday experience.

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Cirrus Aircraft is Every Aviator’s Dream

Cirrus Aircraft is Every Aviator’s Dream

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The SR Series not only provides comfort when flying, but its safety features also ensure peace of mind.

By Joseph Low

Jan Ralph and his wife.

Humans have made great leaps in aviation since the Wright brothers first took flight. From the first personal aircraft to commercial jetliners, aircraft have become essential to regional and long-distance commutes. For business or personal travel needs, journeying through the sky confers a sense of exhilaration unfound in conventional forms of transport like taking a train, driving or sailing on a ship. The idea of freedom commonly associated with air travel draws people to explore the blue skies.

To help aviation enthusiasts with their quest to conquer the sky, companies like Cirrus Aircraft have created the best-selling personal aircraft and robust training programs to teach people how to fly.  Starting with the VK-30 in 1984, Cirrus Aircraft has since grown to focus on manufacturing the SR Series piston aircraft and the SF-50 Vision Jet the world’s first Personal Jet™. The SR Series comes in three models, each being a single-engine, piston composite aircraft – touted to be a game-changer in the personal aviation industry. This year marks the delivery of the 9,000th SR Series aircraft. Worldwide flight time on Cirrus Aircraft has passed 15 million hours, and 240 people have returned home safely because of advanced safety systems such as the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).

2022 G6 SR Aircraft, Cirrus Aircraft
 

With nearly 40 years of experience in the personal aviation industry, Cirrus Aircraft has consistently ranked at the top for customer satisfaction. Jan Ralph is a Cirrus Aircraft customer who owns a 2018 G6 SR22 aircraft with a Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, Garmin’s Perspective+ and is fully air-conditioned. Jan is the father of two children and has been interested in aviation since he was young. He started with Airfix models and then onto remote control aircraft.

Visiting the Biggin Hill airshow in the UK was an annual pilgrimage for Jan when he was a child. At 11 years old, his father paid for a trial flying lesson that eventually paved the way for him to obtain a Private Pilot License in 2018 and a subsequent Instrument Rating in 2019.

Jan selected the Cirrus SR22 for its unique and advanced flying qualities.

“It’s a real ‘get there’ aircraft with long-distance capabilities and amazing avionics, which helps lessen the workload for the types of flying we do in Asia,” shares Jan. “The CAPS also provides great comfort in flying with my family over the jungles and palm plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia, serving as an additional safety feature. Additionally, the comfort of the cabin is really the best choice for my missions.”

 

Jan further adds that regionally, in Southeast Asia, the Cirrus SR22 is best suited for private travel. Its superb range makes flying across the region a breeze and a comfortable ride. Experiencing all of this first-hand was Jan, who had since flown to many nearby places like Langkawi, Tioman Islands and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The trip was done during the tail-end of Covid-19 restrictions in Singapore and vaccinated travel was the only way out of the country.

“Toward the end of Covid when borders were opening a little, and vaccinated travel lanes were very expensive and hard to secure, we were able to fly direct to Langkawi and other parts of Malaysia while many others were not. I was the first international flight into Tioman Island at the beginning of April and have been there 17 times since borders opened up,” said Jan. “Getting from Singapore to Tioman would usually take over seven hours via driving and ferry, but with the Cirrus SR22 we can reach the amazing island of Tioman in 37 mins.”

Most recently, Ralph had just completed his trip from Singapore to Australia and clocked over 54 flying hours while covering over 10,000 miles.

“Our mission was to fly and collect another Cirrus aircraft which had its annual maintenance check at Air Gold Coast but was stranded due to Covid-19,” said Jan. “I flew with a friend/Chief Flight Instructor and two-time earth rounder to collect the G3 SR22 and then flew back in convoy.”

 

Along the way, Jan stopped at several stunning places like Karumba and Shute Harbour. As with all journeys, there will be times when skills are tested and that happened to be over the long water crossings from Timor to Darwin and across Indonesia.

“This trip really tested my pilot skills, and I got to know how capable the aircraft is. I plan to make this a yearly trip now to Australia and next year. I am also looking to fly from Singapore to the UK.”

Leonardo da Vinci said, “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

For those fortunate to experience flying, the desire to return to the skies will only grow stronger as is the case for Jan. Cirrus Aircraft’s range of models, flight training programme and emphasis on safety makes it one of the industry-leading companies for aviation enthusiasts.

Learn how to fly a Cirrus by contacting, Wings Over Asia at (+65) 6659 6225. 

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Ring in Chinese New Year with These Alcohol Picks

Ring in Chinese New Year with These Alcohol Picks

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A great year starts with a good toast, and here are 5 to pick from this Chinese New Year.

By Joseph Low

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For Chinese all over the world, the upcoming Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is a massive affair that will see one of the largest human migrations and the highest consumption of food and drinks. Undoubtedly, alcohol ranks near the top of the list and comprises spirits like whisky, gin and cognac. From the Macallan to Glenfiddich and Royal Salute, say “Cheers!” to the new year with these exquisite drinks.

The Macallan: A Night On Earth in Scotland

Inspired by Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration, this limited-edition whisky makes a great gift this Lunar New Year as it parallels the universal optimism and joyfulness that binds both festivities together. Packaged in red, a symbol of great fortune, the whisky’s natural warm amber hue also complements the rich colour of its presentation box.

Crafted from a selection of The Macallan’s sherry seasoned American and European oak casks and ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky exudes notes of sweet vanilla, baked apples and baking biscuits on the nose. Taking a sip, the liquid’s soft velvety mouthfeel coats the palate and brings to mind shortbread along with toasted marshmallows, dried oranges, figs and cinnamon. The finish is medium with a lingering sweetness of butterscotch and freshly baked biscuits.

Royal Salute Lunar New Year Special Edition

A main staple at any celebrations, Royal Salute was created in 1953 to rejoice in momentous occasions like the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Continuing this long history, the distiller presents the Royal Salute Lunar New Year Special Edition to “Ignite the New Year”. Featuring a myriad of symbolic motifs like drums, lanterns, and celebratory streamers, the hand-crafted ruby flagon is believed to bring you and your family fortune and prosperity in the year ahead.

The bottle contains Royal Salute’s iconic 21-Year-Old Signature Blend with fruity and floral notes and a hint of sherry spice. The whisky’s sophisticated and opulent character complements flawlessly with its gift box’s design, which was inspired by traditional Chinese painting, literature and historical culture by renowned illustrator and visual designer Trajan Jia.

Rémy Martin Limited Edition Gift Collection

Be it for a night of celebration or as a token of appreciation, Rémy Martin’s limited-edition cognacs are a great way to give a toast to a prosperous new year. Coming in three different iterations: Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Harmonia Limited Edition, Rémy Martin XO Harmonia Limited Edition and Rémy Martin VSOP Harmonia Limited Edition, these exceptional liquids are best tasted in a cocktail. Rémy Martin even has a cocktail shaker to complete the special occasion.

Housed in a red coffret or shimmering gold gift box, the cognacs certainly add to the festivities of the widely celebrated Lunar New Year.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Lunar New Year Limited Edition Design

For the Year of the Rabbit, Johnnie Walker collaborates with Shanghai-based designer Angel Chen to design its presentation box and the bottle itself. Featuring the animated rabbit, which represents mercy, elegance and beauty, the animal also signifies longevity in most Asian cultures and is illustrated by the prancing rabbits along different mountainous peaks.

For this limited-edition collection, Chen drew inspiration from the crafts Jonnie Walker Master Blender Emma Walker and her team bring to the distillery. “My work is often inspired by different generations, different genders and cultures coming together to create something fresh and new. These ideals echo the craft of Johnnie Walker, taking different types of whisky from different distilleries, with differing ages of maturation and blending them together perfectly to create a masterpiece – that is something I can relate to.”

Glenfiddich Chinese New Year Gift Packs

Celebrate Chinese New Year and usher in the Year of the Rabbit with Glenfiddich as the whisky maker has unveiled its annual limited edition gift packs. This year’s edition of the iconic Glenfiddich Stag has been designed by Shanghai-based illustrator Yixin Zeng, who is known for his “vibrant, expressive detailed style of painting”. These special gift packs make a good gifting option to commemorate the occasion.

Each pack comes with a single malt Scotch whisky crafted by Malt Master Brian Kinsman, the Reserva Rum Cask 21-Year-Old. The exceptional spirit is finished in Caribbean rum-soaked casks, which gives the whisky a spicy warm and indulgent vanilla and toffee sweetness. Other variants in 12-, 15- and 18-Year-Old are also available in its corresponding design colour and housed in a beautiful gift box

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H. Moser & Cie Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

H. Moser & Cie Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

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Today, H. Moser & Cie employs close to 100 people in offices all around the world, from Switzerland to the Middle East and Hong Kong.

By Ashok Soman

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At this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), H. Moser & Cie picked up the Tourbillon Watch Prize for the Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton, adding to its tally of wins at the prestigious watch industry awards. These include the double wins in 2020 for the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser & Cie x MB&F (Audacity Prize), and the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic (Chronograph Watch Prize). And these are just the most recent achievements for the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker, which was established in 1828, 40 years before its neighbour, IWC started up. In fact, H. Moser & Cie was making watches some 11 years before the brand that would become Patek Philippe was founded, and close to 50 years before Audemars Piguet got its start. Despite this, it may surprise you to learn that in 2012, the firm was staring down the barrel of bankruptcy.

Many storied names in watchmaking have faced this fate, despite more than a hundred years of know-how and capacity. H. Moser & Cie seemed to have it all in 2012. It boasted a fully integrated manufacture that could not only draw upon its close to 200 years of creating fine timepieces, but also something few others could do: the ability to produce its own regulating organs and balance springs, via its sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Such assets are indeed very rare, but the firm was nevertheless in bad shape, and had no obvious saviour.

Meylan familyThe Meylan Family.

Fortunately, MELB Holding, the independent Swiss family group owned by the Meylan family knew a winner when it saw one. This is likely to be because the family itself was steeped in the watchmaking trade — the Meylans are distantly related to watchmaking legend Charles-Henri Meylan, who was active in Le Brassus at the same time as Jules Audemars and Edouard Piguet. At the helm of MELB, Georges-Henri Meylan was famous in his own right, as the retired CEO of Audemars Piguet, where he built many lasting relationships in the watchmaking trade, including in Asia, which we will come back to.

After doing what the company calls “emergency due diligence,” MELB Holding agreed to rescue H. Moser & Cie, becoming its majority shareholder in 2012. What followed was not simply a change in direction, rather something altogether more subtle yet engaging. George-Henri’s son Edouard took the reins of H. Moser & Cie as CEO, supported by his brother Bertrand, and leaned into innovation and disruption to create a future for the independent watchmaking firm. Crucially, the new leadership was not interested in radically changing the watches, by embracing the emerging sports watch trend, or really by jumping on any sort of bandwagon.

“The idea was to draw on what had already been done well — and there were lots of good things — and to further improve this by adding a bit of our own personality, i.e. by respecting the past but incorporating a contemporary and occasionally irreverent edge,” Edouard noted in the press release announcing the 10th anniversary of the Meylan family’s rejuvenation of H. Moser & Cie.

Instead of being trendy, H. Moser & Cie actually gained traction for starting trends, being by turns loudly caustic (the Swiss Mad Watch and the Moser Nature Watch) and quietly revolutionary (by removing the brand name, and indeed all the markers, from the dial). A favourite of ours is the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black in 2019, where even the hands are dispensed with, although there is a tourbillon at 6 o’clock; the brand makes a habit of releasing at least one such concept piece that speaks to who H. Moser & Cie is every year, since 2016. Perhaps the most significant watch that signalled what H. Moser & Cie would become was the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue, with its startling gradient electric blue dial. If nothing else, H. Moser & Cie was renowned for its perpetual calendars, so this 2015 watch combined something everyone already knew about the brand, but now with a twist. The watch also had a raw leather strap, foreshadowing the Swiss Mad Watch and other irreverent concept timepieces.

As wild and polarising as some of those moves and watches were, they had the intended effect of getting H. Moser & Cie some much needed attention. The brand finally had a presence befitting its fine watchmaking skills, and collectors took notice. In the last 10 years, H. Moser & Cie has reported a fivefold increase in production, accompanied by an even more impressive eightfold increase in turnover. Today, its profitability is significantly higher than the average in the Swiss watchmaking sector, and it is riding the second wave of interest in independent watchmaking. Arguably, H. Moser & Cie was at least partially responsible for creating the wave.

These waves of interest in independent watchmaking had long been crashing into Singapore’s shores, where collectors are always on the lookout for rare gems. Although H. Moser & Cie only began its relationship with regional distributor Pacific Time Pte Ltd in 2019, the watches were already known in Singapore. The Meylan family, on the other hand, had a much longer relationship with the distributor, or rather the family behind it. In his days at Audemars Piguet, George-Henri Meylan had established a relationship with Anthony Lim, the man who started what would become Cortina Holdings in Singapore, as Edouard told collectors and press at H. Moser & Cie events in Singapore and KL, Malaysia. Pacific Time is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cortina Holdings Group, which also owns Cortina Watch and now Sincere Watch.

From the left: Bertrand Meylan, Sharon Lim, Jeremy Lim and Edouard Meylan.

Watchmaking is all about connections, and relationships that last generations. This is as true of the watches as it is of the people behind the watches, and behind the scenes. Today, H. Moser & Cie employs close to 100 people in offices all around the world, from Switzerland to the Middle East and Hong Kong. Its core watchmaking competencies remain as strong as ever, and it tends to partner with the best in the trade to deliver superlative watches to collectors. The brand is thus set to continue on its audaciously classical journey, with a dash of acerbic wit. No doubt you will encounter H. Moser & Cie in the metaverse before too long…

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Whisky Journey 2022 Attended by Over 2,000 People

Whisky Journey 2022 Attended by Over 2,000 People

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Close to 3,000 10ml of tasters were sold at the two-day event at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre

By Joseph Low

Held on 2 and 3 December 2022 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Whisky Journey welcomed over 2,400 participants. Besides local whisky lovers, overseas visitors from the UK, US, Vietnam and Malaysia also attended the two-day event. In total, a revenue of more than S$180,000 was earned from the 3,974 transactions that took place during the whisky showcase. Additionally, close to 3,000 10ml of tasters were sold.

Some of the highlights include a showcase of the oldest Japanese whisky, masterclasses hosted by owners and representatives of the distilleries, the launch of exclusive whisky expressions from various brands and more than 100 different expressions served to participants.

A gathering point for whisky connoisseurs and those just starting out on their own whisky journey, the exhibition-style event was a fun, educational, inclusive and affordable way to deepen one’s knowledge of various whiskies and their origins. Also, for distilleries, this was an opportunity to connect with the growing local whisky scene, foster new bonds and create sales.

Andrew Law, head of sales and marketing at Remy Cointreau shares: “Remy Cointreau’s thrilled to have partnered with Whisky Journey as an exceptional partner to bring alive the experience of our single malt scotch whisky portfolio brands: Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte, and Octomore, to engage our clientele and trade partners. We look forward to furthering successes in showcasing our single malt scotch whisky’s brand philosophy and craftsmanship in collaboration with Whisky Journey!”

Many of the participants also shared that the event “provides one of the best ways to taste all the whiskies”. Of course, they all had a great time at the event where they got to learn more about the different expressions that are available to those residing in Singapore as well as lesser known brands.

With such a successful run this year, participants are already looking forward to the next one in 2023.

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We take a look at the big winners of the two-day event

The Winners of the 2022 Asian Academy Creative Awards

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With our nation sweeping up eight awards at the 2022 Asian Academy Creative Awards — it ranges from “Changi Airport: Battling The Pandemic” which won Best Branded Programme or Series to Mark Lee winning Best Comedy Performance for “It’s All Your Fault!” — here, the complete winners list across both nights.

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Night One

Best Adaptation of an Existing Format — Malaysia
“Star Vs Food Malaysia”  by Creative Stew/Discovery/Astro

 

Best Animated Programme or Series (2D or 3D) — Japan
“Bubble” by Story Inc/WIT Studio/Netflix

Best Branded Programme or Series — Singapore
“Changi Airport: Battling The Pandemic” by The Walt Disney Company SEA, National Geographic

Best Children’s Programme (One-Off/Series) — Taiwan
“Hello, My Name Is Dong-Ping” by Hakka TV

Best Current Affairs Programme or Series — India
“Ganga River From The Skies” by National Geographic India

Best Direction (Non-Fiction) — Singapore
Ziqing/Eve – “Inside Maximum Security – Road To Freedom” by CNA, Mediacorp

Best Documentary Programme (One-Off) — Australia
“Osher Günsberg: A Matter Of Life And Death” by Lune Media/SBS Australia

Best Documentary Series — Singapore
“Open Secrets – The Untouchable Chaebols Of South Korea”  by Vice Media Asia Pacific

Best Editing — Singapore
Melanie Foo Campbell – “Supermodelme: Revolution” S6 by Refinery Media

Best Factual Presenter — India
Esha Paul – “Inside The Opioid Crisis Gripping This Himalayan State” by Vice Media Asia Pacific, Vice World News

Best Infotainment Programme — India
“My Daughter Joined A Cult” by Discovery Communications India

Best Lifestyle Programme — India
“Say Yes To The Dress India” by Discovery Communications India

Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme — Japan
“Iriomote – The Fabric Of Life” by NHK / Doclights Gmbh / NDR

Best News Programme — Singapore
“Newsday” by BBC World News

Best News or Current Affairs Presenter/Anchor — Singapore
Lin Xueling – “In Conversation, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong” by CNA, Mediacorp

Best Original Programme by a Streamer/OTT — Korea
“Yumi’s Cells” (S1 & S2) by Studio Dragon, MerryCow, Studio N

Best Preschool Programme — Australia
“Bluey” – Rain, Fairytale , by Ludo Production, BBC/ABC Kids

Best Promo or Trailer — Indonesia
Disney+ Hotstar Indonesia: “Together As One” by The Walt Disney Company SEA

Best Short Form Content — Malaysia
Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia: “Stories That Bring Us Together” by The Walt Disney Company SEA

Best Single News Story/Report — Australia
“Unfinished Symphony” by 7PM Company, The Project, Network 10

Best Sound — Singapore
“This Land Is Mine” by Weiyu Films, Mediacorp, Suite Sound

Best Voice Artist — Japan
Yukiko Fujimura – Nameraka by Bilingual Voice Japan 

Night Two

Best Actor in a Leading Role — Korea
Jung Hae-in – “D.P.”  by  Climax Studio, Netflix

Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Taiwan
Wu Kang-Ren – “Light The Night” by Bossdom by Netflix

Best Actress in a Leading Role — Philippines
Jodi Chrissie Sta. Maria – “The Broken Marriage Vow”  by ABS-CBN

Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Taiwan
Liou Yiin-Shang – “Still Me”  by Tzu Chi Culture And Communication Foundation

Best Cinematography — India
Shreya Dube – “Thar” by Anil Kapoor Film Company/Netflix

Best Comedy Performance — Singapore
Mark Lee – “It’s All Your Fault!” by Wawa Pictures/Ministry Of Communications & Information (Singapore)

Best Comedy Program —New Zealand
“Kid Sister” by Greenstone TV, TVNZ, NZ On Air

Best Direction (Fiction) — India
Basil Joseph – “Minnal Murali” by Weekend Blockbusters, Netflix

Best Drama Series — Korea
“Twenty Five Twenty One”  by Studio Dragon, Hwa&Dam Pictures, CJ ENM

Best Entertainment Host — Hong Kong SAR
Johnson Lee – “Family Feud” by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB)

Best Feature Film — Japan
“Asakusa Kid” by  Nikkatsu & Django Film, Netflix

Best General Entertainment, Game or Quiz Program — Korea
“My Boyfriend Is Better” by CJ ENM

Best Music or Dance Program – Australia
“Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2022” by Blink TV Production, SBS Australia, and Tourism & Events Queensland

Best Non Scripted Entertainment — Australia
“Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2022”  by Blink TV Production, SBS Australia, and Tourism & Events Queensland

Best Screenplay — Korea
Noh Hee-Kyung – “Our Blues”  by Studio Dragon, GTIST, & CJ ENM

Best Single Drama/Telemovie/Anthology Episode — India
“Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam” (“Ode to Femme Fatales”) by  Zee Zindagi, Zee5, & Zee Entertainment

Best Theme Song/Title Theme — Thailand
“Who Am I” By Bright, Win, Dew, Nani For F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers by GMMTV

Best Visual/Special FX in TV / Feature Films — Australia
“Elvis” , Method Studios, Warner Bros.

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Marcelo Martin Burgos: Sculpture of the Golden Age

Marcelo Martin Burgos: Sculpture of the Golden Age

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“My aim is to elicit images and feelings that will take those who observe my art back to the most creative, awe-inspiring, and frightening time of their lives: the golden age of childhood.”

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Artist Marcelo Martin Burgos

Argentinian artist Marcelo Martin Burgos now lives and works between Buenos Aires and Madrid. He has been practising sculpture for some thirty years, while also pursuing a career as a filmmaker. He finds his equilibrium through this alternation between immobility and movement, solitary work and teamwork, gesture and speech.

His artistic world is deeply rooted in childhood. The artist spent his early years in an orphanage where his father was the director and he was in contact with the children who lived there, who were also his friends. He remembers: “The place was on a hill, surrounded by trees but far from idyllic; it was eternally overcast by a heavy atmosphere of sadness. I’ve always remembered those kids with admiration. The way they would seek refuge in fantasy. The same way I found solace in art when just a few years later I lost my own father. Those children were the most resilient and brave of all the people I have met in my life.” Marcelo Martin Burgos continues to be fascinated by the imagination of children, which “helps them to make sense of the enormous, mysterious and overwhelming world they are thrown into.”

Polycephalous by Marcelo Martin Burgos. Bronze sculpture, 2017.

 

To rekindle the power of that imagination and to recapture the joy and freedom he felt in creating as a child, the artist has spent years shedding the academic baggage he received as an art student. A path which is not as easy as it seems: “it takes years to “unlearn” an education in the Fine Arts. The hand and the eyes are trained in a certain tradition, we are taught art history, we learn to imitate. Even worse, we are taught art is a struggle, and that to be a good artist means to cut an ear or drink oneself to death. I spent years trying to be a “serious” artist, I grew tired and bored. Until one day I stumbled upon some chalk drawings a kid had made on the floor of a park, and it struck me. Like a Proust’s Madelaine moment, I went back to the years I would draw just to amuse myself or to escape a reality that was too difficult to comprehend for a child. I had a voice, but for years I was trained to ignore it, to dismiss it.”

Dragoness by Marcelo Martin Burgos. Bronze sculpture, 2022.

 

His sculptures are crafted in bronze, a noble metal that he values for its versatility and above all, for its golden, mirror-like appearance once it is polished. Long before the invention of glass, the Etruscans were already using polished bronze to create mirrors. The reflective aspect of his creations is a way of inviting his viewers into his works and transforming his sculptures into sensory cues that trigger a memory. “My aim is to elicit images and feelings that will take those who observe my art back to the most creative, awe-inspiring, and frightening time of their lives: the golden age of childhood.”

Winged Demon by Marcelo Martin Burgos. Bronze sculpture, 2017.

 

This “golden age” is interpreted literally in his sculptures, which resemble statuettes in gold, a material traditionally associated with spirituality and the sacred. This dimension is particularly evident in his latest series, entitled “Monsters.” Although they evoke the spontaneity of children’s drawings, the pieces in this series are also reminiscent of the votive statues of ancient civilisations, which were meant to provide protection and comfort. The art of Marcelo Martin Burgos draws from multiple sources: manga and pop culture, dinosaurs, Toltec and African art. This power of evocation is precisely what gives his sculptures their capacity to resonate in everyone who views them: the sculptures become the means of escape into the memories, the dreams and the meanderings of our inner world.

Menschenfresser by Marcelo Martin Burgos. Bronze sculpture, 2017.

 

Marcelo Martin Burgos does not worry about the common critique expressed by viewers of contemporary art: “A kid could have done that”. “I would like them to know that that is the greatest compliment that you could ever give an artist, especially me”.

 

Marcelo Martin Burgos is represented by Artistics contemporary art gallery in Paris.

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Winners celebrate at Property Guru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

Winners celebrate at PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

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Leading lights from the region’s leading property developers assembled in Bangkok for the 17th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final.

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PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandWinners at the 17th Annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final

New World and companies from Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore were the big winners at the 17th Annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final, presented by Kohler and supported by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. Also known as the finale of the 2022 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series, the Grand Final was presented in 48 categories at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.

New World Development Company Limited garnered the award of Best Developer (Asia), representing China (Hong Kong and Macau). Along with the design practice Lead8, the company also received the Best Mega Mixed Use Development (Asia) award for 11 SKIES.

PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandNew World won Best Developer (Asia)

Representing Mainland China, Lead8 additionally won the Best Retail Architectural Design (Asia) award for Shougang Park Urban Weaving District. Benoy Limited won Best Mixed Use Architectural Design (Asia) for CRL MixC Qianhai in another regional win for Mainland China.

The Philippines garnered seven regional wins, led by the Best Industrial Developer (Asia) title for Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates and Best Lifestyle Developer (Asia) title for Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI). Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates also won the honours of Best Industrial Development (Asia) and Best Green Development (Asia) for LIMA Estate.

AppleOne Mactan, Inc. also won Best Branded Residential Development (Asia) for The Residences at Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort while Cebu Landmasters, Inc. won Best Hospitality Architectural Design (Asia) for Sofitel Cebu City. Arquitectonica was honoured with the Best Office Architectural Design (Asia) award for Mega Tower.

PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandOne Bangkok won Best Landmark Mixed Use Development (Asia)

Thailand also gained seven regional wins, including the Best Landmark Mixed Use Development (Asia) award for One Bangkok by Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (FPHT).

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited won both the Best Condo Development (Asia) and Best Health and Wellness Development (Asia) awards for The Aspen Tree at The Forestias. PMT Property Co., Ltd. earned the titles of Best Condo Interior Design (Asia) and Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design (Asia) for 125 Sathorn.

Lake Legend Bangna-Suvarnabhumi by Hongkong Land and Property Perfect PCL was named Best Waterfront Housing/Landed Development (Asia) while Jaytiya 2 Private Pool Villas Residence by Jaytiya Property Co., Ltd. won Best Housing/Landed Landscape Architectural Design (Asia).

Singapore scored six regional wins at the Grand Final. GuocoLand was named Best Luxury Developer (Asia) and Best Sustainable Developer (Asia) while UOL Group Limited was named Best Hospitality Developer (Asia). UOL Group Limited also won Best Hotel Development (Asia) for Pan Pacific Orchard.

PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandGuocoLand won Best Luxury Developer (Asia)

Park Nova by Shun Tak Holdings gained the Best Condo Architectural Design (Asia) title while Artyzen Singapore by Artyzen Hospitality Group won Best Hospitality Interior Design (Asia).

Indonesia was also represented with six regional wins that include the Best Township Development (Asia) award for Kota Baru Parahyangan by PT. Belaputera Intiland and Best Township Masterplan Design (Asia) award for PIK2 Sedayu Indo City by Agung Sedayu Group & Salim Group.

Autograph Tower at Thamrin Nine Complex by PT Putragaya Wahana, a member of Galeon Group, won Best Office Development (Asia) while LRT City Jatibening by KSO PT Adhi Commuter Properti Tbk. & PT Urban Jakarta Propertindo Tbk. won Best Connectivity Condo Development (Asia). Metland Cibitung by PT Fajarputera Dinasti, a subsidiary of PT Metropolitan Land Tbk., won Best Connectivity Housing/Landed Development (Asia) while LOGOS Cikarang Logistics Park by LOGOS Indonesia was named Best Green Industrial Development (Asia).

Australia scored five regional wins, including the Best Boutique Developer (Asia) title for Spacious Group. SPG Land won both the Best Smart Building Development (Asia) and Best Integrated Work From Home Development (Asia) titles for Paradiso Place. Dare Property Group won Best Eco Friendly Commercial Development (Asia) for Zero Gipps and Mayrin Group won Best Housing/Landed Architectural Design (Asia) for The Archwood Residences.

PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandSycamore won Best Housing/Landed Development (Asia)

Vietnam scored four regional wins, including the Best Mixed Use Developer (Asia) title for Keppel Land. Sycamore by CapitaLand Development (Vietnam) won the Best Housing/Landed Development (Asia) and Best Eco Friendly Housing/Landed Development (Asia) awards. Artisan Park by Gamuda Land was named Best Retail Development (Asia).

From Greater Niseko, Andaru Collection Niseko by Blue Waves Group clinched both Best Completed Housing/Landed Development (Asia) and Best Housing/Landed Interior Design (Asia) awards. HakuVillas by H2 Group won the Best Completed Condo Development (Asia) award.

Cambodia and Malaysia each earned two regional wins. The Best Breakthrough Developer (Asia) award went to Kambujaya Development Co., Ltd, with the Best Waterfront Condo Development (Asia) title going to Vue Aston by The Peninsula Capital Co., Ltd. KL Wellness City by KL Wellness City Sdn Bhd was named Best Mixed Use Development (Asia), with Infinity8 Reserve JBCC by Infinity Group winning Best Co-Working Space (Asia).

PropertyGuru, Asia, Property, Awards, Grand Final, Bangkok, New World, Lead8, Guocoland, Frasers, CapitalandKL Wellness City won Best Mixed Use Development (Asia)

India was also represented at the Grand Final with Embassy REIT winning Best Commercial Landscape Architectural Design (Asia) for Embassy TechVillage – Central Garden.

Candra Ciputra, CEO of Ciputra Group and president director of PT Ciputra Development Tbk, received the PropertyGuru Icon Award. Ciputra, previously named the Indonesia Real Estate Personality of the Year in 2015, received the award for a lifetime of real estate achievements covering developments in more than 40 cities across the archipelago.

The regional winners at the Grand Final were selected from the elite pool of country winners from PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards’ series of celebrations this year in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Greater Niseko (Japan), India, and Australia.

Hari V Krishnan, CEO and managing director of PropertyGuru Group, said: “The Awards remain among our widest-reaching enterprise solutions, having expanded over the years to represent some of the world’s most dynamic property markets from Southeast Asia to Australia. With these award-winning developers and designers as benchmarks, we hope to guide property seekers towards finding, financing and owning the right properties. In this, the 17th edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final, we elevate not only the region’s dream homes but also its finest, most sustainable live-work-play developments, workspaces, retail hubs, hotels, resorts, and industrial parks, among others, to an international platform. Whether you’re seeking, selling or building property, we will see you home.”

Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: “The winners of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final aptly represent the diversity, progress, and resilience of their respective property markets. With projects ranging from boutique residential developments to vast integrated districts, these award-winning developments offer an impressive snapshot of what the Best in Asia looks like. Whether celebrated onstage at our gala events, or presented to the world online, these awardees shine bright as the Gold Standard of Asian real estate, keeping true to our vision of building the region’s Property Trust Platform. To all the winners announced at our regional Grand Final—we celebrate your success. Congratulations.”

The latest edition of the Grand Final marked the full return of the black-tie gala dinner and awards presentation, following a successful virtual gala edition in 2021. The 2022 Grand Final was streamed live on AsiaPropertyAwards.com as well as the programme’s official Facebook and YouTube channels.

The list of winners at the Grand Final was selected by an independent jury consisting of head judges of participating markets in the Awards: Thien Duong, chairperson of the Grand Final and general director, Group GSA (Vietnam); Amit Khanna, managing director, Phoenix Advisers (India); Bill Barnett, founder and managing director, C9 Hotelworks (Greater Niseko); Cyndy Tan Jarabata, president of TAJARA Leisure & Hospitality Group Inc. (Philippines); Dato’ Sr. Lau Wai Seang, president, Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM): 2017-2018 (Malaysia); Kristin Thorsteins, head of partnership growth for APAC at IWG PLC (Singapore); Lui Violanti, regional manager for Western Australia, Inhabit Group (Australia); Paul Tse, president, board of directors, Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau); Sorn Seap, executive vice president, Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association (Cambodia); Suphin Mechuchep, chairperson, JLL Thailand (Thailand); and Vivin Harsanto, senior director and head of advisory, JLL Indonesia (Indonesia).

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