I’ve always been interested in politics and history, and I use my specialist knowledge in this area to provide a different perspective to colleagues. It’s easy to get trapped in trying to find the same solutions to different problems. As a team, we look beyond what’s been done before, and focus on finding creative and viable ways to address challenges.
You could say I take the same approach with my personal interest in protecting the environment. In the Bank, every employee is on the front line of risk management. I think it’s the same for the environment. All of us play a part – whether for good or for bad – through the daily choices we make.
Together with a group of colleagues we set up the Green Team here in Singapore. We hope to motivate people to think about how their behaviour impacts the environment. One of the activities the Green Team organises are clean-ups of Singapore’s coastline and beaches. Seeing first-hand the waste caused by single-use plastics helps you understand the size of the problem. It’s shocking to think about the damage we have already done to the environment, and the impact it will have on future generations. For me, that’s one risk too far.