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Nicholas graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He joined Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in 2010. He is currently director, security and global affairs, at the institute, which has been ranked top local think tank, and among the best in Asia and the Pacific in the past six years.
Nicholas started his working life as a journalist, and spent nine years at Singapore’s national daily newspaper, The Straits Times. There he reported on financial and sports news, and also wrote lifestyle columns and special reports on a diverse range of topics, rising to the post of Senior Correspondent.
He then spent two years as business desk editor at national broadcaster Mediacorp’s regional news channel - Channel NewsAsia. During this time, he oversaw local and business news coverage, and also presented various key bulletins, including the 2009 Singapore Budget Special. He was most recently deputy chief editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp.
He was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament in February 2012, and served a two-and-a-half-year term where he focused on issues pertaining to international affairs, media, defense and security, and sports. He previously sat on the boards of Singapore humanitarian non-government organisation Mercy Relief, and non-profit social innovation organisation Social Innovation Park, as well as the advisory committee of national youth volunteerism institution Youth Corps Singapore. He also chairs the Ministry of Defense expert panel for strategic communications
A former national athlete, Nicholas has represented Singapore in fencing and triathlon. He hosted the International Olympic Committee meeting in Singapore in 2005, and was Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 South-east Asian Games hosted in Singapore. He founded Black Dot Pte Ltd, a strategic communications consultancy, and Black Dot Research, which is a market research consultancy which also offers fact-checking services."
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|10:15 am||11:45 am||SESSION I – GEOPOLITICAL AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK – A GROWING SOUTHEAST ASIA DESPITE GLOBAL HEADWINDS||
- Impact of the US and China trade conflict in Southeast Asia