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#22: The Polymath Civil Servant Who Writes Poetry and Innovates, Aaron Maniam

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Release Date: 05/14/2017

Aaron Maniam is the Director (Industry Division) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore.

He has received numerous awards including (but not limited to), Asia Society’s “Asia 21 Young Leaders’ (2006), Singapore Youth Award (2012), and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013).

Aaron's poems have won many awards including the National Arts Council’s Golden Point Award  (2003). His poems have been featured in online journals such as Stylus and Softblow and in print publications such as Fifty on 50, From Walden to Woodlands, La Traductiere, Journal des Poètes, and Becoming Poets.

He is also the author of Morning at Memory's Border - one of the three books shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2007.

In 1995, Aaron was Singapore's top student in the Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination.

Aaron holds a Master of Arts in International & Development Economics from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Strengths of a Polymath
  • How can introverts develop the skills of an extrovert?
  • Tools for a 21st-century innovator
  • and a whole more!