Illustration of Mandai Eco Resort. Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings. Noting that former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has essentially created a hegemonic Singapore national identity for us, SR Nathan Fellow Mr Ho Kwon Ping said that Mr Lee’s recent passing serves as a poignant reminder about how it is now time to forge our own identity based on a collective of diverse identities and histories. Main photo: Former SMU Chancellor Mr Yong Pung (2nd from left) standing next to his official portrait which will be hung in the SMU Boardroom, together with (left to right) SMU Chairman Mr Ho Kwon Ping, SMU Chancellor Mr J Y Pillay and SMU President Prof Arnoud De Meyer. Senior Advisor : Mr. Ho Kwon Ping. But my point would be: if you can’t take the heat, don’t be in the kitchen. Mr Ho: I was recently asked at a talk what I would say would be the worst thing that could happen to the young generation today, and my reply was that it’s not that they will be invaded or become poor, it’s that all of them as a cohort will sleepwalk through life: comfortable, not really aware of what’s really happening, not passionate about anything, then one day, they wake up and say, “What did I really do? I don’t buy that. And I did get charged, by the way. Look at all the dramas being put on by arts groups. That if I did this I would be jailed. ASSOCIATED SITES. Ironically, I ask that question ‘Why do I study?’ with the same simplicity as a three-year-old, but with much greater depth in my answer. Regret technically means you feel bad about something you’ve done even though you can do nothing about it. While you are out there, the waves keep coming towards you and you have to find a way to get on the waves and ride it. We have more youth-oriented brands and funkier brands too. Associate Development. Discover hundreds of talks from the world's creative community at … Mr Yong Pung How, SMU Chancellor 2011–15. We work with these two beautiful properties on two coasts. Ho Kwon Ping 2014 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore 12 November 2014 Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS . Mr Ho Kwon Ping, SMU Chairman, at the launch of the SMU School of Law building on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Guest of Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon; Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; A very good morning to all of you. It’s a spirit and an approach – a methodology. About the alumnus: Mr Ho Kwon Ping is currently the Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and the Chairman of the Singapore Management University. I didn’t even mention this in my book, but there in National Service, I also got into trouble and went to the Detention Barracks for it. On the other hand, Mexico actually has a lot of features that we are very familiar with. Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company, is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from HICAP. If it is responsible and something serious and you’re saying it seriously and you’ve thought it through and asked why and can defend it, then by all means, say it and do it. For businesses in the post-COVID world, they have to find out what are the differences that can set you apart from other people. These are things that I created and therefore I hope to leave a legacy behind through these. Crafting the Banyan Tree Narrative. But I thought that instead of building 300 rooms, let’s just build a few villas which would be much cheaper. Mr. Ho will be presented with the award at the 30th annual HICAP scheduled for 23-25 October 2019 at the Kerry Hotel Hong Kong. We are looking at projects in Central America. Mr Richard Eu Mr Richard Eu. “The Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Lecture Series serves as a unique platform for accomplished leaders within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region to come together and pave the way for a better future. What was the inspiration behind the founding of Banyan Tree? I became very clear in my own mind that I wasn’t going to go and spend 25 years in jail, which you can and there have been people who have: Chia Thye Poh and Poh Soo Kai. I wish I knew all those things – but you never do. I clearly wasn’t going to be that, so I was pretty quickly honest with myself and saying, ‘You just get out and start life over again’. Free events like this one are hosted every month in dozens of cities. Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company, Mr Ho Kwon Ping was conferred the prestigious HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent 30 th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) held in Hong Kong. One should just be practical. In NUS, I was asking why not about NUS itself because I was a mature student so I didn’t really study very hard because I was repeating my course as they wouldn’t accept my credits from Stanford. We are only part of this multi-billion-dollar project, in the sense that we manage the resort. The Millennial Perspective. You’re given nothing. Mr Ho Kwon Ping, founding Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an international hospitality business, founding Chairman of Singapore Management University, former journalist at the Far Eastern Economic Review, has worn many hats over the course of his long and illustrious career. Executive Chairman Banyan Tree Holdings. You can never really plan your business completely. That might require some skill, but a lot also hinges on luck where he has caught the right timing, the perfect wave and then he rides it all the way to shore. Banyan Tree Group’s hotels are not showy or flashy hotels. In a commentary, SMU Chairman and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings Mr Ho Kwon Ping discussed the need to rethink business models and operational procedures due to Covid-19, and highlighted the need for companies to shift from an adrenaline-fuelled crisis response mindset to a more strategic, methodical, purpose … All content published on this website is the sole and exclusive property of, and belongs to, Advisory, the originator of the content unless stated otherwise, and cannot be reproduced, in part or whole, on any other platform, and in any language or medium, without the express consent of Advisory issued prior in written correspondence. Leisure 13 Jul 20. Business and Leisure. You have to move on in life. It’s not hardly their fault. Sign up to have the latest lifestyle news I think the general spirit of inquiry should not be reduced with age; if anything at all, it should become more penetrating and more acute, because you’ve got a whole wealth of experience with age, so that when you ask why, you’re actually asking the really penetrating ‘why’s. It is not against our values if we were to do a resort with a vineyard in Mexico or California. banyantree.com. I’ve found that in my trade as a journalist, I learn what I call the art of asking questions, because in journalism – particularly, serious journalism – you have to ask pretty penetrating questions even though you don’t have a lot of time, and you have to make conclusions because you’ve got to write an article about something. Mr Ho: In terms of the questions I asked, they were completely different – a different set of questions but with the same origins. But you still accept that your answers are within a certain boundary of practical answers. In Cuba, for example, we got two properties open, and two properties under construction. Also, my father, who was a businessman with a number of businesses in his portfolio, suffered a stroke and I came back to take over the businesses. Banyan Tree was the first hospitality brand to do all-pool villas. I’ve always told people: “Learn from your lessons but don’t regret because it’s useless to feel regret”. PHOTO: Getty Images. Did I waste my life?” I don’t want to accuse them, because it’s completely unfair to them as young people who’ve grown up in affluent Singapore. He is the executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, a Singapore-based leisure business group, which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels, resorts, spas, residential homes, retail galleries and other lifestyle activities in the region. So, I knew that that was not viable in the longer term. 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