University of Bath

Get Connected Singapore

For the first time, our popular Get Connected networking and careers advice series is coming to Singapore.

28 Mar 20197.00pm
28 Mar 20199.30pm

For the first time, our popular Get Connected networking and careers advice series is coming to Singapore.

We are pleased to invite you to join Gavin Maggs, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, and a panel of senior University of Bath alumni on Thursday 28 March from 7.00pm, for a discussion about taking the next step in your career.

Our discussion will be followed by an opportunity to pose your own career questions to our panelists and network with your fellow alumni over drinks.

We are delighted to welcome the following senior alumni to our panel: 

Hugh Mason – (BSc Physics 1989) - CEO at JFDI.Asia and Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore Hugh is an entrepreneur with 30 years success leading ventures and building innovation communities around startups and corporations. He is currently CEO at JFDI.Asiaand Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore. Since 2012 Hugh has co-founded, mentored or invested in more than 70 startup companies, achieving 48% IRR.

Hugh's Physics degree from Bath was sponsored by GEC-Marconi Research, where he worked on digital radar, radio propagation and home automation. This technical background gave him the opportunity to train as a TV producer-director with the BBC's Tomorrow's World, a live primetime science show watched by up to 8 million viewers each week.

Building on his experience managing creative people and IP, in 2001, Hugh co-founded Pembridge Partners. This London-based investment and advisory firm raised over USD50m working with 300+ technology media and marketing firms. Hugh captured the insights he gained in his first book Brainfruit, co-authored with Mark Chong, and published by McGraw-Hill. In 2009 Hugh and his wife chose to raise their son in Singapore, where Hugh co-founded JFDI.Asia. As the first business accelerator in SE Asia, JFDI proved pivotal in kick-starting Singapore's entrepreneurial ecosystem, deploying approximately USD3m into a portfolio of 70 international startups. JFDI has also supported thousands of start-up founders through its outreach programs. The second book that Hugh co-edited, Facing Down Failure, captures eight Singapore startup stories.

Outside work, Hugh co-founded UAS, a UK education charity, with Simon Singh MBE. UAS has enabled hundreds of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) undergraduates to explore a career in teaching and it now forms part of more than 25% of UK STEM undergraduate courses

Wilf Blackburn - (MBA Full Time 2000) - Chief Executive Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

Wilf joined Prudential Corporation Asia in Hong Kong 2012 and initially led new market initiatives. This role included overseeing the launch of Prudential's business operations in Cambodia and the establishment of Prudential’s representative office in Myanmar and Laos. In July 2014, Wilf was appointed as CEO of Prudential Vietnam, and subsequently as Vietnam Country Head, also overseeing the asset management and consumer finance business.

Alex Burke - (BSc Business Adminstration 1998) - Group CEO Tigerspike

A passionate storyteller, Alex has built a reputation in his 20 year career for driving technical excellence and innovation in the industry. He is currently working as Group CEO of Tigerspike. Tigerspike is a digital services company, that combines digital consulting, product design and engineering capabilities. Tigerspike works with many of the largest and high profile companies in the world such as Emirates and the United Nations. The business has 350+ employees across 10 global offices. In 2017 Alex led the sale of the company to a $20bn US public listed business Synnex (NYSE: SNX).

Miranda Lee - (MBA Full Time 1999) - Director at KPMG Advisory

Miranda is a Director from KPMG Singapore. She heads up the Organisation Transformation Practice in the Management Consulting Group. She has been advising government, private and non-profit sector clients for over 20 years and has an impressive track record of consulting on strategy, business process reengineering, strategic workforce planning, job redesign, human resource transformation, organisational design and change. She works across Asia Pacific specifically for government agencies from other countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bahrain on their transformation initiatives.

Francesa McKee - (BSc Economics & International Development 2010) - Economic & Financial Adviser - British High Commission

Francesca is the economic and financial policy lead at the British High Commission in Singapore. This diverse role includes building links between the UK and Singapore’s FinTech ecosystems; working with the Singapore Government on shared interests including cyber security and sustainable finance; and advising UK companies on the economic opportunities of SE Asia.

Prior to joining the British High Commission, Francesca worked at an events company in Singapore, taught English in Hong Kong, and did her placement year at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.