Rachel Teo

Rachel  Teo

Singaporian

Centre Director at Singapore Economic Development Board

MiM, MFE specialization, Class of 2009. Previously at University of Wisconsin


Always put yourself in a place where you are slightly uncomfortable and out of your element, as it is in those tight corners that you will grow the most

I am from Singapore and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to HEC. Coming from an entirely Anglophone background, I chose HEC as I wanted to challenge myself both in acquiring a fluency in the French language along with developing some depth in the field of business. I was not disappointed!

In my opinion, the strengths of this program lie within the international nature of the cohort – it really is all about the networks that one forms while at school. I will always remember the friendships that I made and the initiatives that I worked on – from pioneering The Double – European Business School competition, to organizing and participating in the Extravadanse event; they probably rank at the top of my 2-year experiences.

Now I work at the Singapore Economic Development Board, a statutory board under the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, which is responsible for sustainable job creation and GDP growth through attracting foreign direct investment into Singapore. As an account manager in the Biomedical Sciences group, I engage with pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the British, French and Japanese areas.

In addition, we are responsible for planning the industrial development strategy for Singapore in this sector, through engagement of the multiple Singaporean stakeholders – both public and private. My job definitely has an international perspective. Our clients are from all over the world and are certainly looking for international expansion as the next phase of their growth; the whole world is our playing field.

My advice to prospective students would be to always put yourself in a place where you are slightly uncomfortable and out of your element, as it is in those tight corners that you will grow the most.