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Chilli Crab Night Where: More details available from NBAS When: 4 September 2015 Norwegian Business Association (Singapore) and The Norwegian Embassy are repeating last year’s success! Each autumn the NBAS and the Royal Norwegian Embassy bring together Norwegian newcomers and veterans for a night of mingling and fun. Like last year, we want you all to join us for a uniquely Singaporean feast. We promise amazing chilli crab and other local delights, including non-seafood, at the charismatic Hua Yu Wee Restaurant at East Coast Road.

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Waterloo Street - a microcosm of street life where the locals come to shop, play, eat and worship. Witness the multiracial and multireligious character of Singapore where different places of wor ship are situated along this colourful street - Buddhist and Hindu Temples, Jewish Synagogue and Churches. Where is the Mall of ‘Feng Shui’?

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Finnish music in Singapore Where: SOTA School Of The Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive When: July 19, 2015, 19:30 The Finnish female choir Philomela will be performing in Singapore on 19 July and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will play Sibelius on 31 July. The Philomela Choir will be taking par t in the Singapore International Choral Festival. In addition, they will have a feature concer t on 19th of July. The concer t will be held at the School of the Ar ts Concer t Hall. You can order tickets by emailing to: info@sourcewerkz.com. Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ ssoe310715

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News Brief

Ambassador meets students ahead of Denmark trip

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n Friday 29 May, 2015 the Danish ambassador Berit Basse participated in a “Fireside discussion” about Denmark for a batch of young ambitious students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic who were preparing themselves for a study trip to Copenhagen Business School. The Embassy of Denmark, Singapore wished all the best for their trip and looked forward to hearing about the experiences and impressions they will obtain in Denmark.

Danish Ambassador Berit Basse with all the excited young students preparing themselves for their trip to Denmark.

Singapore signs another Danish MOU - with VCS Denmark

Gerda Had, Deputy CEO of VCS Denmark is positive that VCS can contribute positively to the services offered by PUB.

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ollowing the signing of an earlier MOU (memorandum of understanding) between Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, and the Danish Ministry of Environment during the Singapore International Water Week 2014, another MOU waa signed in June 2015. VCS Denmark, Denmark’s third largest water and wastewater utility, and PUB, the water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water treatment in an integrated way, are the par ties in this

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second MOU, marking a major milestone in the cooperation between Singapore and Denmark in water solutions. Both leading water utilities recognize the benefit of accelerating the sharing and creation of solutions by tapping on each other’s strengths in areas such as wastewater technology and operations, energy reduction, and climate adaptation. “Through this agreement to cooperate in a wide spectrum of technical and institutional areas with PUB, VCS anticipates many benefits that

will allow us to improve in the ways we serve our customers, while continuing our efforts to contribute positively to the advancement of the water industry around the world”, said Ms Gerda Hald, VCS Denmark’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the signing ceremony. VCS - VandCenter Syd - is an interesting know how partner for Singapore. A wastewater treatment plant at Ejby Molle in Odense, Denmark, which is based on their concept produces more energy than it consumes and therefor creates a profit for the owners.


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News Brief

New President for DABS

Jakaob Bergholdt, CEO of Norden Shipping Singapore, will be the new DABS President but only for the rest of departing president Lars Kyvsgaard’s term, he says.

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he President of DABS, Lars Kyvsgaard, has announced that he is resigning since he is moving back to Denmark. Jakob Bergholdt, CEO of Norden, will be the temporary president but a permanent replacement won’t be elected until early 2016. Lars Kyvsgaard, Nordea, is moving back to Denmark since he has received a new assignment for Nordea Bank. “I have had the pleasure to be part of the DABS committee work for the last two years and I have really enjoyed the journey together with

many great people from the DABS community,” Lars Kyvsgaard writes in a DABS newsletter. The new interim President of DABS is Jakob Bergholdt, who is CEO of NORDEN Shipping Singapore and ver y known to the DABS community since he has been Honorary Treasurer for the last seven years. A position he is keen on withholding. But, as it is right now, Jakob Bergholdt is not going to be the new permanent President of DABS. “As a committee and organization, we will be spending the time until next Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2016 to find the new permanent president. I have made it clear to the committee that I won’t be running for the presidency at the AGM,” Jakob Bergholdt states in an email to ScandAsia. Jakob Bergholdt has agreed to carry on the torch temporarily because he is an experienced man in the committee. “Since we’re right now looking in to our DABS value proposition and trying to increase the memberships, I agreed to temporarily take charge and lead these drives through the rest of 2015 so we won’t loose momentum,” he adds. The committee expects to elect a new permanent President of DABS right after the Annual General Meeting in early 2016.

New President for NBAS

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rik Borgen has elected to step down as President of NBAS after over 10 years of outstanding service for the Norwegian community in Singapore. He will be going back to Norway by the end of the year but will be staying on the NBAS Board as a Board member until then. “It has been ver y exciting to have had the opportunity to lead the Board for such a competent and interesting organisation as NBAS is, for the last 10 years or so,” says Erik Borgen in a press release to the members. “Over these years, we have seen both increasing as well as diverse Norwegian business presence and activity in Singapore, cementing its position as the major hub for Norwegian business in Asia. The activity and quality level of NBAS has over these years definitely followed suit! Keep up the good work NBAS, I will definitely be missing NBAS in the future.” In the same statement, NBAS announces that Hilde Merete Nafstad will take on the exciting role as the new NBAS President. Hilde is the President of Statoil Asia Pacific and moved to Singapore in August 2014. She has 27 years of experience from the oil and gas industry in Norway and the United States, including positions in oil companies, government and the service industry. Before moving to Singapore, she served four years as Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Investor Relations, following three years as President of Statoil Natural Gas LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. She has held various

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Erik Borgen with incoming NBAS President Hilde Meret Hafstad. leadership positions in Norsk Hydro and Saga Petroleum, mainly within natural gas and business development. She has also worked seven years for the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. “I am very happy to take on the role as NBAS President, and look forward to further cooperation with the competent and experienced NBAS board and administration and all the great members of the NABS community,” says Hilde Merete Nafstad “In particular, I am excited about the fact that NBAS has been elected to organize the Norway Asia Business Summit 2016, which will take place in Singapore next April. I would also like to take this opportunity to again thank Erik Borgen for his excellent work during many years and wish him all the best in the future.”

Danish veteran journalist leaves Asia

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jarne Wildau Nielsen, a veteran Danish journalist in Asia, celebrated on Saturday 13 June 2015 his 25 year anniversary as an Asia reporter. A week later, the 70 year old reporter packed three bags and broke up from Cambodia, where he has lived for the past six years, and flew to Bulgaria where he will start a new chapter in his adventurous life. When Bjarne Wildau first arrived in Asia, his first stop was Bangkok, where he had a long list of articles that his clients had requested him to write. From there he moved to Indonesia, where he married an Indonesian English teacher. Always open for a new adventure, Bjarne suggested that they should go to Denmark - by bicycle. A stopover in Bangkok on the way became longer than planned and eventually, the trip ended there. After more than a year in Thailand, Bjarne moved back to Indonesia, but eventually his marriage fell apart and Bjarne left his wife and their two daughters in Jakar ta and moved to Thailand - only to move back to Indonesia again with his new love. Tragically, she died shor tly after they had returned to Indonesia, and Bjarne moved to Cambodia, where he settled down and worked for the past six years. Bjarne Wildau is moving to Bulgaria to be within the EU.That means his Danish pension will no longer be reduced by living outside the EU and at the same time hospitalization, should he one day need that, will be a public service and not a private business as is the case in Cambodia. “The trip that should have lasted no more than a year became a new life. Now it is time to start a new life altogether again - this time in Bulgaria under somewhat safer conditions,” he writes on his personal blog. Bjarne Wildau has written several thousand articles for media back in Denmark through the years. He has been a regular contributor to ScandAsia both when the magazine was only a paper product and later, when it beecame a news portal he was for a period News Editor on ScandAsia.com. It is a testimony to Bjarne Wildau’s extreme productivity that to this very day, Bjarne Wildau remains the most productive writer on ScandAsia - ever.


News Brief

Swedish National Day celebrated in Singapore

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Swedish Embassy Singapore successfully showcases cuisine with Michelin chef Interview/text and photos: Embassy of Sweden, Singapore. Edited by: Joakim Persson

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s the most recent effor t in promoting Swedish culture, including its cuisine, the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore, in partnership with $100Gourmet, invited the Michelinstarred Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt to Singapore. $100Gourmet is a year-long series that features acclaimed international chefs who collaborate with a host restaurant in Singapore, with the concept to offer create uniquely created 6-course menus for only $100. Being one of the first two in the line-up of visiting international chefs Niklas Ekstedt, from one star restaurant Ekstedt in Stockholm, teamed up with Singaporean chef Jason Tan. Together they cooked up a storm at Jason’s restaurant, Corner House at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. They combined their culinary expertise and created a unique food tasting experience offering lunch and dinner for four full days to food hungry Singaporeans. The sold-out event series, showcased a collaborative effort in bringing together Swedish and Singaporean cuisine in a creative way, complimented by Asian flavours and ingredients.

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Cycling Without Age is coming to Singapore In 2013, the Danish entrepreneur Ole Kassow started a project called Cycling Without Age where volunteers take elderly people on bike rides. It quickly became a success in Denmark and now it’s expanding worldwide – including Singapore. By Soren Engelsbrecht 10 ScandAsia.Singapore • July 2015

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t’s Sunday, the sun is shining, there’s a light breeze and you have nothing scheduled. It’s a perfect occasion to jump on your bike and feel the wind in your hair. People of all ages know that feeling, also the ones who are no longer able to actually do it. But they should be able to, so how can we help them? That was the entrepreneur Ole Kassow’s thoughts when he started the project Cycling Without Age. On his way to work he saw this elderly man who sat on bench and one day decided to take him on a bike ride. Afterwards he started to offer rides on a borrowed rickshaw to people at a local nursing home. His personal charity soon became a bigger project and started to expand first nationally and later worldwide. Now it’s expanding to Singapore where Pernille Veder sø Bussone, who has been living in Singapore since August last year, is the local project manager. “This concept has caught attention from people worldwide the last six months and that’s how I got in touch with Pernille who wants to

give something positive back to Singapore. I found that very touching and that motivated me to help Cycling Without Age in Singapore get started,” Ole Kassow says.

Remembering the days The basic point of Cycling Without Age is that volunteers take elderly people on a ride on a bicycle that is very similar to a taxi bike. But there’s another thing to it, because the founder, Ole Kassow, soon experienced that the bike ride made the elderly people reminisce. So the project developed to also being about the volunteers listening to exciting and nostalgic stories during the ride. Pernille Vedersø Bussone now hopes to experience the same thing in Singapore. She also believes that there are elderly people in Singapore who are a bit isolated and don’t get out much. And according to her, there’s another factor that suggests that this will be a success. “About 60 years ago, bicycles quite similar to the ones we use were apparently a popular


Ole Kassow with Pernille Vedersø Bussone at Salvation Army with the first bicycle. Photo: Charles Tng thing here in Singapore, so my hope is that they will open up and talk about those days,” she says.

Won a bike The project is constantly expanding and at the moment Cycling Without Age is represented in 23 cities in 13 countries besides Denmark. In a lot of cases it is still in an early phase and not up and running yet. That includes Singapore, but on a certain point they are one step ahead of many cities; they have a usable bicycle for the purpose - or at least it is one its way at the time being. “DTU - the Danish Technical University - said that they wanted to donate a bicycle for one of the branches abroad, so there was a lottery between all the cities that are represented and Singapore won,” Pernille Vedersø Bussone says. The bicycles are designed in a way that makes it easier for the volunteer and the passengers to have a conversation while riding through the wind, and now she is able to show organisations and associations what their financial support will go to.

It can be difficult to convince people to sponsor something that is not there physically yet. Now I can show them why it is important to use this exact bicycle

“That’s very impor tant to me, because it can be difficult to convince people to sponsor something that is not there physically yet. Now I can show them why it is important to use this exact bicycle,” she explains.

The founder comes on a visit In the first weekend of July, the founder, Ole Kassow, is coming to visit Singapore and see how the project is developing. Cycling Without Age has become a busy business for him, but visiting the branches of the project worldwide is a high priority for Ole Kassow. “I love to meet dedicated people and elderlies in new countries and cities, and I hope that this visit will give me some exciting and enriching relations and friendships. I also hope to learn more about and experience Singapore and find out how they can contribute to the development of Cycling Without Age,” he says. Pernille Vedersø Bussone is excited and her hopes for a great result are high. July 2015 • ScandAsia.Singapore 11


The next

is always better The Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta is behind big and grandiose projects in mostly Europe, America and the Middle East. The next target is Asia and that’s why they have now set up an office in Singapore. By Søren Engelbrecht

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heir fir st job was a libr ar y in Alexandria, Egypt. Now 26 years later, their por tfolio of buildings, landscape and interior work has grown big and impressive. Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta is behind a 9/11 memorial museum in New York, the forthcoming reconstr uction of Times Square and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, to name a few. But among all these projects, spread on several continents, which one makes them more proud? “The next project,” he says. Thomas Fagernes, par tner in Snøhetta, doesn’t need much time to think it over. As I let the silence pass and wait for him to laugh it over and give me a serious answer, he takes a sip of his ice coffee. I realize that this is his serious answer, but feeling unfulfilled, I force out of him that they are of course very proud of the National Opera in Norway. It’s never theless obvious that Thomas Fagernes and Snøhetta are looking straight ahead and focusing on what’s next. Right now, that’s Asia.

Moving to Asia Besides Oslo, Snøhetta has two offices in America and one in Austria, since most of their projects are 12 ScandAsia.Singapore • July 2015


We’re looking at how easy it is to run a business, so it was between Singapore and Hong Kong. We ended up choosing Singapore since it has a good, central location in South East Asia. But also, it’s a nice place to live

The two top photos are by Thomas Harrysson. The smaller from outside is by Christopher Hagelund.

in Europe and the US. But the ambitions don’t know any geographical limit, so now they are heading for Asia. “We’re doing a Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Brunei, and we also have projects on-going in China, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand. So we thought it would be a good idea to establish an office here,” Thomas Fagernes explains. He is in charge of setting up the new office and Snøhetta’s chief representative in Singapore. But Singapore is not on the list of Asian countries where Snøhetta have any on-going projects, so why here? “Well, among other factors, we’re looking at how easy it is to run a business, so it was between Singapore and Hong Kong. We ended up choosing Singapore since it has a good, central location in South East Asia. But also, it’s a nice place to live,” Thomas Fagernes says with a smile and takes another sip of his ice coffee. He has been here since February with his family and he seems to enjoy the life and climate in Singapore.

The difficult start-up Even though Snøhetta’s reper toire is big in especially Europe and America, starting up in a new country is always a challenge. Establishing an office in Singapore doesn’t mean that the phone

The National Opera House in Oslo is among the buildings Snohetta is proud to have designed. is constantly ringing. It’s actually the opposite. “We are making some calls to let the industry know that we are here. And then we speak to other companies in the business to learn more about the environment here and what jobs may come up.” Thomas Fagernes underlines that they have been well received in Singapore by everyone, but he also adds that the big test is to see whether they are going to get jobs any time soon. There’s no shift in his calm attitude and smiling tone of voice. Both he himself and Snøhetta are too experienced to be concerned about the fact that they haven’t got any jobs in Singapore yet. But then again, South Korea, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand are a handful itself.

No perfect projects Thomas Fagernes wasn’t much for pointing out one project that they are more proud of, so I decide to turn around the question. Are there any projects that they wish they had done better? “All of them,” he laughs. Just like his first answer, it’s both unspecific and determined. Humble and ambitious. “It’s often a little thing and everybody else will probably don’t even notice it, but there is always something you wish, as an architect, that you had done better,” Thomas Fagernes adds. The next thing is going to be better.

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Laila Stuvik

takes British helicopter by Sasinee Aoucharoenpuck (Aey)

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ayong born half-Norwegian Laila Vanessa Stuvik spent her Songkran holiday in the south of England completing her British helicopter pilots education. Having trained in the United Kingdom during her school holidays for the past year, she passed her EASA (CAA) PPLH certification on the first attempt and achieved her pilot wings on the 15th of April, 2015. Although only 17 years old she now can captain her helicopter worldwide. Miss Stuvik trained and flew several helicopters during her training, such as the new Guimbal G2 helicopter, as well as more traditional training helicopters like the Robinson R-22 and R-44. The young Thai lady were though most impressed when she flew the twin engine Bell 206 Jet Ranger, which she said had “so” much more power. Elite Helicopter School is located at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex in the south of England and also provides charter flights and VIP support for larger events, like the British Grand Prix. Having finished a grueling pilots training while also doing her first year International Baccalaureate studies at Regents International School in Cholburi, Laila Vanessa Stuvik dreams of studying international finance and business, before getting involved in Thailand aviation business. The 14 ScandAsia.Singapore • July 2015


pilots license high flying Thai girl hopes she can inspire other young Thai girls to pursue higher education and a professional career. After returning home to Rayong, Thailand Laila Vanessa Stuvik said: ”I thoroughly enjoyed flying and especially enjoy when I am high up in the air all by myself, then I know I am in total control. During my training I really liked the emergency drills, like the auto rotate that every pilot have to learn and master in order to bring the helicopter safely to the ground in case of an unlikely engine failure. That was quite a thrill. Having completed the training I hope to continue to expand my flying capabilities, but first I will focus all my energy on my business studies. Hopefully one day I can combined both my flying interest with the business studies”. Laila is the younger brother of Sandy Stuvik who is a very successful young racing driver. In a previous interview published in ScandAsia, readers were introduced to a very dedicated young man who s​ acrificed much of his social life with his friends for a rigorous training scheme. “My brother’s dedication towards driving has definitely been an inspiration to me, especially seeing his determination through the preparation and racing which can get stressful. It helped me get

through with the flying as it was very demanding and I had to give up a few of my holidays, along with having added work from school - on top of all the work I had from helicopter training.” “However I loved it so much, and just like my brother, we continued doing what we love and it is definitely worth it,” Laila adds. Now that she has achieved the immediate goal of getting the helicopter pilot license, Laila has set new goals for herself. “My foreseeable future plans would include expanding my licence by getting ratings for bigger helicopters, night flying and more qualifications,” she says. Eventually, she sees that her pilot qualifications could be offered as part of her father’s business. For instance offering off-shore companies transportation of people, like charter flights. “That would mean I would also have to become a commercial pilot and also learn emergency procedures in order to ensure the safety of my passengers. I would definitely like to become a commercial pilot as flying is something that I really enjoy and could see it become a part of my future career.” Laila understands that people are curious how the Stuvik family can afford to allow both their children to pursue quite expensive dreams

like racing and helicopter piloting. “We are able to afford both Sandy’s racing ambitions and my flying ambitions because of many contributors such as Sandy’s sponsors.They help with the costs tremendously for Sandy. As for me, my parents took out a bank loan in order to pay for lots of the flying.” July 2015 • ScandAsia.Singapore 15


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