That’s why he decided not to be a doctor and became a corporate head honcho instead
Over a two-hour chat with Koh Boon Hwee, one learns three key things about the corporate titan.
One, he does not like to give up on what he has started.
Two, he does not look back.
Three, he believes education is the key to changing one’s life.
These attributes have helped him navigate through life more than just niftily.
Just look at his curriculum vitae. A respected investor who co-founded private equity firm Credence Partners, the 63-year-old has chaired some of the country’s biggest and most successful organisations including SingTel, Singapore Airlines and DBS Bank.
He serves on the board of several public and private companies, both locally and in the United States and Hong Kong. He also chairs the board of trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and is credited for overseeing its growth into an internationally recognised research university.
“I’m just lucky,” he says, trying to downplay his achievements. Several good mentors and some astute decisions at critical junctures, he suggests, are responsible for who, what and where he is.
Breaking out into a hearty laugh, he adds: “You know, being lucky is better than being smart.”
Perhaps so but Mr Koh – who has a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School – also has one heck of a brain.
Almost sheepishly, the eldest of three children of a trader and a homemaker says: “Studies came very easily to me.” He breezed through his years at St Andrew’s and was Singapore’s top boy in the O-level and A-level examinations.
I carry the weight of you in my heavy heart
And the wind is so icy, I am numb
I carry the weight of you heading back to start
With the thousand eyes on me, I stumble on
I am tired, I’m growing older
I’m getting weaker everyday, yeah
I carry the weight of you
I carry the weight of you
Lay down here
Beside me in the shallow water
Beside me where the sun is shining on us still
Lay down here
Beside me in the hallowed water
Beside me where the silver lining stays until
The sirens’ calling
We follow the sun down low till we hit the night
And you hold me so tightly
It’s hard to breathe
“Sirens” is a song by British singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd. It premiered on 14 March 2014. “Sirens” was lauded by music critics, with many praising the song’s mature sound, Lloyd’s vocals, and also noting the change in direction from Lloyd’s previous work.
The music video for “Sirens” premiered on Lloyd’s Vevo account on 29th April 2014. In the video, Lloyd plays a woman whose husband has become involved in drugs, showing the effect that drug use can have on a family. While Lloyd’s character is seen caring for the couple’s young daughter, Police raid the house, arresting her partner. Lloyd then carries the evidence through the house and burns it in a barrel in the garden, soon returning to the house where she is greeted by her young daughter as they sit together on the floor. In the “Behind the Scenes” footage, Lloyd reveals that the story of the video is inspired by a similar event from her childhood, and that the young daughter in the video represents Lloyd herself at a younger age. In an interview after the premiere, Lloyd revealed that the story behind the video retells an event from her childhood in which her father was arrested when she was five years old.
“Pressure” is a song by Nadia Ali, Starkillers and Alex Kenji. It was released on February 15, 2011 by Spinnin’ Records. The song reached No. 16 on the Ultratip Chart in Wallonia, Belgium.
Ali described “Pressure” as ‘a fun song venting about the frustrations and expectations which come with being successful’. The song was left untouched until March 2010, when at the Winter Music Conference Ali introduced Terranova to Bacci, who was subsequently asked to collaborate with the two and co-produce the track creating the final version.
The Alesso remix of “Pressure” became a club and festival anthem during summer 2011 and was included in their sets by prominent DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Kaskade, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia. The song was described by Kaskade as the “Tune of 2011”. The remix was also nominated for the Best Progressive Track at the 27th International Dance Music Awards at the Winter Music Conference.[