Surakarta culinary finds, a blend of tradition and history

By Ruth Ninajanty. Published in The Jakarta Post, May 7, 2016. Tradition and heritage are two words that describe a visit to Surakarta, a city in Central Java known for its batik. Exploring the richness of the city’s tradition and heritage is not complete without a quest for culinary authenticity. Indeed, many of the local recipes are passed down through generations, preserving authenticity while trying to blend in with the city’s transformation. Nasi liwet, among dishes that come to … [Read more...]

Neeltje Sutandjati: Managing teachers for a better future

By Ruth Ninajanty. Published in The Jakarta Post. Childhood educator Neeltje Sutandjati puts emphasis on teacher development to improve her schools. Early childhood education is more than just teaching young children about words and numbers but also introducing them to every aspect of life. When School Director Neeltje Sutandjati started iSmile in 2007, she wanted the school to make a difference for society and the nation. '€œSetting up a school should be founded foremost on a passion … [Read more...]

Mantosh Malhotra: Driven by passion,led by innovation

By Sondang Grace Sirait. Published in The Jakarta Post. Business executive Mantosh Malhotra leads with encouragement to make a difference in the world of IT. Mantosh Malhotra has the quintessential portfolio of a telecom executive. Educated in electronics and telecommunications engineering, with an MBA from a prestigious business school, he has had a stellar career in the industry he passionately embraces. '€œI'€™ve always been in this telecom industry. This is all I know, I guess,'€ h … [Read more...]

Hans Leo: People are key to company’s growth

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Published in The Jakarta Post. Logistics company executive Hans Leo believes in the power of people engagement in growing a logistics company. Hans Leo believes that a one-man show was not an appropriate managerial style, especially when operating a large company with an expanded network, given that a CEO had limitations in terms of expertise and time. The president director and CEO of Linc Group disclosed that engaging more people with their respective expertise … [Read more...]

Prasoon Mukherjee: Leading with an ‘absolute localization’ approach

Text & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar. Published in The Jakarta Post. Businessman Prasoon Mukherjee empowers his staff with social integration to grow the business.   Prasoon Mukherjee, the founder and chairman of Universal Success Enterprises (USE) Group is enjoying the success of his corporate giant, with booming businesses spanning six countries. Headquartered in Singapore with operations in India and Southeast Asia, the group focuses on hospitality, industrial parks, townships, power … [Read more...]

Redmer Schukken: Informality stimulates creativity and innovation

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Published in The Jakarta Post. Redmer Schukken, CEO of Ice House, adopts participatory management in a fun and informal working environment. An office on the third floor of a building in Jakarta has an open-air space where people can view some of the city'€™s skyscrapers and also the traffic flow below. On certain days, people gather there to take a break from spending hours facing their respective laptop screens. '€œThis evening we are having a barbecue par … [Read more...]

Ng Chee Soon: Painting a clear picture

By Prasiddha Gustanto. Originally published in The Jakarta Post, Dec. 6, 2014. Sennheiser Asia president and managing director Ng Chee Soon is a strong believer in the values that passion can bring to leading a company, especially one as deeply involved in emotion-driven industries as Sennheiser. Every CEO of a company expects his or her employees to perform their best. How they approach their employees differs from one CEO to another, with regard to the line of business they are engaged … [Read more...]

Putting the Boot in

Words & photos: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post. Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland is forging ahead the Asia Pacific region with the opening of new stores. Stewart Whitney is pointing at a pair of yellow, eight-hole boots at the Timberland’s recently-opened Bali store. “Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original boot. The model is the epitome of timeless style.” The legendary, iconic yellow boot is synonymous with the brand, whi … [Read more...]

Legendary Leica

By: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post. In its centennial celebration, Leica is greeting photography enthusiasts with its new models and Indonesian maiden store.   It was in 1914 when German optical engineer Oskar Barnack constructed Ur-Leica, the world’s first 35mm still picture camera. His historic invention later led to the birth of 35 mm photography, and more models of Leitz Camera (Leica) have ever since brought to the table. Today, the name Lei … [Read more...]

Joycelyn Ling: Using an attentive bedside manner for everybody’€™s satisfaction

By Prasiddha Gustanto. Originally published in The Jakarta Post. Meet a healthcare executive who aims for a pain-free experience in the workplace. Joycelyn Ling, chief operating officer of Mount Elizabeth Hospital Singapore, believes the role of leaders is to make the hospital workplace conducive to maximized care for patients. For her, ensuring this means streamlining administrative processes so that both patients and employees do not have to worry about spending time on matter that … [Read more...]