Thomas Wai

1.    What and when have you studied at HSG?
Master of Arts in Strategy and International Management, 2007

2.    What do you do in your life today? Work, charity, etc.?
I run one of the leading talent management firms in Asia as their Asia Pacific Director. We are recognized as the best place to work for consecutive three years by Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work Institute; our consultants are making an impact in people’s live every day.
I am glad to serve in a couple boards. One example is to involve in the Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support Ltd where we are the only not-for-profit organization in Singapore to support pregnant teenagers.

3.    What did you want to become as a child?
A business leader who can make a difference in the community.

4.    What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at HSG?
The importance of team work and clear communication.  
5.    What did you NOT learn at HSG?
Business Leaders’ perspectives and their own personal stories – “how did they do it?”

6.    Can you tell us a short story from your time as a student?
Climbing the slope to reach the University each day during winter is both interesting and physically challenging. I think I had probably lost a couple pounds during the journey. 

7.    Please name a country, a book and a game that fit you well:
Country: Singapore – I simply love staying here as the people here are very talented and come from a diverse background.
Book – A great book by Leslie Braksick and James Hillgren, “Preparing CEOs for Success: What I wish I knew”. It’s a book based on actual interviews with some of the best CEOs in America
Game – American Football – it’s about discipline, teamwork, goal setting and perseverance. Every role needs different talents and when talented people get together, they are able to do might work!   

8. What noun describes you best?
Driven, conceptual, people-oriented and great ability to response to crisis.

9. Is there anyone you’d like to meet and why?
Jerome Lambert – CEO of Montblanc. He has created an amazing brand globally – if I have a chance to interview him and understand more about his thinking patterns and decode his DNAs, I would be able to use the knowledge to help other aspiring leaders to become better leaders for the future.