Hopes, Wishes & Aspirations For 2013


It’s the end of the year and we hear from some of the people who have graced our episodes on what they’d like to see for 2013, their hopes and goals.

Business Circle talks to Michael Hawkins, a Shopper Marketing & Customer Intelligence Expert. Michael has 17 years experience within the FMCG industry working in Shopper & Retail insights both in the UK and in Malaysia. Michael currently holds consultancy positions with SAS where he heads the Customer Intelligence practice and engage where he consults clients on Shopper Marketing strategy.

Benjamin Yong of the B.I.G. group also tells us what he’d hope from customers. In 2004, together with his mother Helen and her good friend Abby, Benjamin Yong started a fledgling tearoom called Delicious at the back of the Ms Read store in 1-Utama.

2011 saw and unveiling of multiple unique brands under the all-new BIG Group, ranging from edgy coffee bar to family café, intimate speakeasy to South American inspired dining room. In the span of a year, the company continued to unfold brand after brand, culminating with Ben’s Independent Grocer at Publika, Solaris Dutamas.

Fadzli Anuar, is the Managing Director of New Era Strategic Thinking (NEST) whose company recently started Voucheres, a web app for finding nearby discounts in Malaysia.

Kung Suan Ai is the Director of Marketing for the award-winning Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s premier retail mall. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategic marketing, communications and branding in the shopping centre industry.

Business Circle also hears from Norliza Kamaruddin, the Country Head of Corporate Affairs at Standard Chartered Malaysia on the Standard Chartered Park in Kuala Lumpur.

Iqbal Ameer is the Business Development Director at Livescape Asia. Livescape is a new events management and event creation agency that prides itself in being resolutely from Malaysia. Livescape has put on events such as the Rockaway Festival & Future Music Festival Asia.

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