As I take over the baton from Lee Siang, the Immediate Past President of DBCS, I am thankful for the excellent foundation that he has put in place for the Chamber. True to his calling as an architect, Lee Siang has put in place strong pillars in the form of programmes & awards to ensure the sustainability of the Chamber. As we move ahead, I see my role as one to increase the profile and reach of DBCS by creating partnerships and advancing the work that we are doing. Against the backdrop of a weak economic growth, design-led innovation is integral to the survival and sustained growth of businesses. I truly believe that the extensive pool of talents we have in our design industry has much to offer. DBCS need to be that unifying platform between the design & business community.
As I shared in my speech at the AGM on 27 April, it is important that we “Think Big, Start Small and Build Deep”. For a relatively young industry association like DBCS, it is imperative that we expand our reach through strategic partnerships. Therefore, our immediate mission is to continue our efforts in forging partnership opportunities that bring the business and design ecosystems together. At the same time, we will continue to seek to expand DBCS’ influence beyond Singapore by building a network of partners and alliances regionally and internationally. DBCS is also committed to investing in the young talents in our midst. The Students’ Chapter with Institutes of Higher Learning is created so we can equip, enable and empower the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs.
Indeed, these are exciting times but there is also much to do. I am blessed with the opportunity to work alongside remarkable individuals with a wealth of experience across the fields of design and business in the newly elected Executive Committee, as well as a capable secretariat. Together with them, we look forward to your support as we continue the work of championing design-led innovation as a key driver for sustained growth for businesses.
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