LinkedIn has unveiled its first annual “Top Voices” list for Singapore, which sees a collection of 16 LinkedIn users driving today’s professional conversation. According to the social media platform, these users fostered meaningful conversation and community, especially in today’s changing work environment.
To compile the list, LinkedIn used a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures. These include engagement, posting cadence, and follower growth. For engagement, it looked at indicators such as reactions, comments and shares across each user’s content. Additionally, LinkedIn also looked at how insightful, conversational, and timely the contributions are.
All sharing activity measured took place over a 12-month period, from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. The list excluded current LinkedIn and Microsoft employees from consideration, as well as any users who are being or have been paid by LinkedIn to participate in brand campaigns or courses.
Here is the list of Top Voices in Singapore:
Simon Khan, CMO, Asia Pacific, Google
Besides writing about Google initiatives, Kahn commented on the marketing industry, digital transformation, and how Asia is influencing global trends. He also shared his take on major news surrounding topics such as climate change and diversity, as well as personal reflections on leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.
Assaad Razzouk, group CEO, Sindicatum Renewable Energy
Razzouk, whose company operates clean energy projects in Asia, used LinkedIn as a “rooftop” from which he shouts about climate change. He regularly comments on major climate news, energy projects as well as research findings. He also shares insights from his podcast, “The Angry Clean Energy Guy”.
Lee Hsien Loong, prime minister of Singapore
After ringing in 2020 with his first LinkedIn post, PM Lee used the professional network to share industry and business-related announcements, thoughts on geopolitical issues as well as clips from his interviews and dialogues. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, he also regularly posted his national broadcasts, praise for frontline workers and updates about the road ahead to economic recovery.
Li Xiao’an, composer for advertising and games
The composer showcases clips of his work for the advertising and gaming industries, offers advice for succeeding as a creative and starts conversations about the future of the music business. His content has brought him new business opportunities — but as he points out, “Creative content with no relation to business can garner a fair amount of participation from them... music connects people across all fields”.
Juliana Chan, CEO and publisher, Wildtype Media Group
In 2018, Chan gave up biomedical research to start her science media company. Often creating content while having her morning cup of coffee, LinkedIn said she shares “honestly and vulnerably”. She celebrates scientific breakthroughs in Asia and shares lessons from entrepreneurship during COVID-19. She also hosts a live video series where she asks business leaders about their views on emerging from the COVID-19 crisis.
Haslinda Amin, TV anchor and chief international correspondent for SEA, Bloomberg
When big business news break in Asia, Haslinda used the platform to provide her followers with timely updates. These include her interviews with politicians and business leaders in the region and her analysis of stock market movements and major world news. Haslinda also writes about diversity and inclusion in both media and the workplace.
Christina Teo, chief builder, She1K
Besides sharing her company's efforts, Teo interviews female founders, sparks conversations about startups and offers lessons from her own career. She said her content allows her to reach out to executives to join her angel investing platform. “I am an enabler so I like putting others on stage. I like featuring others' stories,” she said. Teo heads up a network and angel fund which encourage women in the corporate world to invest in startups.
Crystal Lim-Lange, CEO, Forest Wolf
Lim-Lange's videos cover topics such as re-skilling in Singapore and emotional intelligence during a crisis. Co-founder of a leadership training company with her husband Gregor Lim-Lange, she also writes about working with her spouse and establishing work-from-home boundaries. Conversations with her followers have shown her how to “balance my open candour and sense of humour with sensitivity and a more culture-sensitive perspective,” she said.
Eric Sim, founder, Institute of Life
Sim posts twice weekly in both English and Chinese about topics such as the future of banking jobs in Asia, personal development tips and the way forward for education. He also has a monthly newsletter on how to transform one’s career with small actions. Sim was a former managing director at UBS in Hong Kong, who now coaches young professionals in career and life skills, and lectures at universities.
Jeraldine Phneah, senior account executive, Salesforce
Tech sales professional by day and blogger about millennial issues by night, Phneah creates content to fulfil her mission of helping workers in Singapore get the “right knowledge and support to pursue their dreams”. Topics she covers range from how young workers can navigate the coronavirus-hit job market and manage their finances effectively, to policies she believes can help Singapore’s workforce.
Koo Ping Shung, practicum director, Data Science Rex
Koo, a data scientist, trainer and consultant, wants to help people build successful data science careers. Taking inspiration from his students and tech community discussions, he busts common data science myths, offers guidance for those re-skilling to join the industry and shares resources for learning. He also often shares his posts with other data science experts to get their views and insights.
Lavinia Thanapathy, founding chair, Inspiring Girls Singapore
Thanapathy, a motivational speaker and author, founded a network to connect girls in Singapore with role models. She discusses issues such as the gender pay gap and what the post-pandemic new normal will look like. She also celebrates female role models, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, and talks about the importance of empathy and coping with sadness during COVID-19.
Margie Warrell, CEO, Global Courage
The author, speaker and founder of a leadership consultancy shares her articles and speeches about workplace wellbeing and culture, leadership, and personal development. Besides interviewing leaders such as Bill Marriott and Kathy Calvin, Warrell also taps on personal topics for inspiration. These include lessons from climbing Kilimanjaro with her family, what leaders can learn from her quarantine experience, and more.
Noel Yeo, senior vice president, Parkway Hospitals Singapore
Yeo celebrates healthcare workers, documents pivotal moments in Singapore’s COVID-19 fight and shares tours of his workplace. He also starts conversations with his followers about coronavirus-related news, Singapore healthcare policies and other health issues. Yeo says that he does research before posting to make sure he has “authentic and evidence-based captions”.
Radu Palamiariu, managing director APAC, Alcott Global
Palamariu, an executive headhunter for the supply chain industry, writes about recruiting and logistics. He interviews business leaders about the supply chain industry on Live videos and posts videos about how to lead in a logistics company. He also comments on the hiring market and highlights interesting advancements in manufacturing and supply chain.
Stefanie Yuen Thio, joint managing partner, TSMP Law Corporation
Yuen Thio shares her views on being a female leader, the economic impact of COVID-19, and corporate governance in Singapore. In February, she rallied her network to join her in donating snacks and food to hospital workers amid the health crisis. She says that effort attracted contributions of S$40,000 in a few days.
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