Q3 2023

sustainability development goals including alleviating poverty, zero hunger, responsible consumption and production, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, decent work and economic growth, and public-private partnerships. This project not only provides sustainable agricultural practice but also helps to disrupt the vicious poverty cycle, as well as ensures continued food supply with zero hunger to the region. Differentiated Advantage of Global Catalyst Advisory The CEO of Global Catalyst Advisory, Victor Tay, was a scholarship recipient at the University of Oxford Executive MBA programme. Victor emphasizes that Global Catalyst Advisory, like Oxford and Oxfam, aims to “resolve the world’s problems”, while offering client solutions on a strategic long-term basis. He explains that the firm only picks projects which will fulfil the triple bottom-line of people, planet, and profit. He states, “We are different from other advisory firms, as we believe the solutions derived should transform an inefficient and unproductive business model. Many businesses are disrupted as they overly emphasize on financial gain that it ceases to provide value. We believe that all successful and sustainable businesses must fulfil the equilibrium of preserving the planet, fulfilling people’s expectations while generating profit as a collective outcome.” Victor elaborates in a philosophical manner, “I have learnt where God uses the most unlikely everyday hero like David, a shepherd, to defeat the monstrosity and towering problems like Goliath. On a daily basis, I reminded myself to search for small prints left by God as solutions to ready challenges. In the United Nations, I have learnt symbiotic natural pairing by housing retired villages together with a childcare center that provides the symbiotic effect of a senior citizen’s love, attention, and care with the yearning children. And, also in Farmlands, I learnt that farm discharge and waste can be treated as closed-loop resources to resolve water, fertilizer issues, and energy issues. It is usually when nature is abused that it results in environmental abuse and resource wastage.” Clients respond with the following feedback: “Victor is able to analyse incisively from a strategic viewpoint, especially the key issues impacting the industries. The levers he recommended as a solution usually create a significant change to transform the industries.” “Victor articulates his view strategically and clearly. Most of the time, able to project the long-term impact which helps and guides people to move in the same direction.” “Victor is not only a strategist but a doer, especially when a task required his expertise.” Macroeconomic Advisory and Nurturing Enterprise-friendly Policies Victor is well plugged into the government and policy making platforms as he is also a member of the Governing Council with China-ASEAN Business Alliance which focuses on trade and business ties between Southeast Asian nations and China. Concurrently, he had chaired numerous policy fora at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore. The National University of Singapore was ranked by Times Education as eighth in the world, while the School of Public Policy Studies is named after the Singapore founding Prime Minister. The issues being debated and discussed range from sandboxes for new industries, future trends and digitalization of industries, and innovation catalyst for small-medium enterprises (SMEs). He was also Executive Fellow at the Advanced Center (ACE) for Executives at the National University of Singapore. Figure 2: Victor Tay addressing MBA students at 600 year old Divinity College at University of Oxford Figure 3: Lecturing doctorate candidates on Digitalization at the Chartered Institute of Digital Economy