Just before joining Keppel Land, I was based in Shanghai working with China’s second largest state-owned real estate developer focusing on business development and joint ventures with foreign funds.
I was attracted to join Keppel Land because it is one of the few real estate developers from Singapore that has built up a solid reputation in China with a strong local operating team. We have many successful projects which are household names in their respective cities such as One Park Avenue and 8 Park Avenue in Shanghai, The Waterfront in Chengdu and The Seasons in Beijing.
My experiences at Keppel Land have prepared me to take on leadership roles within the company. In the course of my work I often have to concurrently oversee projects that are in different phases of development which means that at any one time I will be involved in aspects as diverse as construction, marketing and property management. In addition, these projects could range from villas to luxury apartments. The varied exposure to different product classes and functions has expanded my capabilities and allowed me to assume larger responsibilities in a relatively short period of time. Hence my scope has expanded manifold since I joined the company – from managing business development activities in Shanghai to holding P&L responsibility for our entire business in China.
In Keppel Land, we are encouraged to act entrepreneurially. I believe this can also be applied to career management. Only by embracing challenges will we be able to advance beyond the goals we set for ourselves.
Ben holds a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Western Sydney. He also has a Bachelor of Science (Building), with honours, from the National University of Singapore.