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​Forbes 30 under 30: Joolin Chuah

Published on: 03-Jul-2019

Nanyang MBA alumna, Joolin Chuah has been named one of the Forbes 30 under 30. She is an associate at Insignia Ventures Partners, and was a key player in 10 investments for the firm in 2018. 

Joolin shares with us about the recognition as well as her experiences in NBS.

Q: Congrats! How do you feel – being featured in Forbes 30 under 30?

I am flattered and honoured at the same time to be featured by one of the top magazines in the world. I am also truly grateful to be recognised alongside with many outstanding entrepreneurs and venture investors in the Asia-Pacific region. 

I hope I can continue to contribute to the community by encouraging and empowering more younger generation to join the technology startups in Southeast Asia.

Q:  Can you share more about your job?
As a venture investor, empathising and value adding to the founders are part of our day-to-day job. Unlike the equity market, VC is an industry where security gets to choose the buyers, and not the other way round. Therefore, we have to be a hustler, with analytical and persuasion skills. 

One of the biggest challenges that I faced is talent shortage. I have to continuously tap into our network including the NBS alumni circle, and influence and convince them to join the community. 

Q: Why did you choose Nanyang Business School’s MBA programme? Share with us some of your experiences during the programme.

Nanyang Business School (NBS) is one of the top MBA schools in Southeast Asia and located in the heart of the region too. The class has students of over 20 nationalities. NBS is unique as the programme provides a SPAN module where students can get the opportunity to gain industry experience in Singapore. 

The best part was the marketing module taught by Prof Lewis Lim for sure – where my team won the first place in a class project sponsored by Coca-Cola. Subsequently, I worked on my SPAN project which was sponsored by Marina Bay Sands. A big thank you to Coca-Cola and MBS for the sponsorships!

Q: How do you think the programme has impacted you both in personal and professional growth?

There is no cookbook or textbook answers in building a billion dollar company. The programme allows me to take both part-time and full-time internships to explore my next career opportunities in Singapore. I have also met many good friends in my MBA journey and now I have friends in venture capital in China too.

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