With synergies abound, Diplomatic Network (Asia)’s latest networking lunch on Tuesday saw Singapore’s foreign diplomatic community and local business leaders sharing stories and contact details. 

DNA’s second lunch event took place at 665F on Andaz Singapore. 

This time, the guests of honour included the heads of mission from Costa Rica, Indonesia and South Africa, all accredited in Singapore. 

The topics discussed were as diverse as they were interesting. 

His Excellency Victor Rojas, the Costa Rican ambassador, spoke about the relevance of his country as an important biodiversity destination for world travellers. 

Indonesian ambassador, HE Suryo Pratomo, highlighted the fact that Indonesia is currently one of the strongest democracies and economies in the region, as well as a close trading partner to Singapore. 

The South African high commissioner, HE Charlotte Lobe, shared details of the recent visit made by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the African country.  

The Spouses of Heads of Mission Association was represented by Maria del Carmen Ortega de Rojas, who talked about possible avenues of collaboration between her organisation and DNA.  

From the private sector, among the attendees was Freddie Yeo, the chief operating officer of Singaporean film company Infinite Studios. 

Infinite Studios co-produced internationally acclaimed “Crazy Rich Asians” and runs the biggest film studio facilities in the region. 

Also attending were Tan Toi Chia, the Chief of People, Organisation & Communication of Singaporean multinational telecommunications conglomerate Starhub; as well as Steward’s Solution Director Michael Lian.  

Steward’s Solution is a logistics and equipment rental company, among other things. The company also manages an entertainment space, called Southside, on Sentosa Island and is a service provider for Formula 1 in Singapore. 

The beautifully elegant wines were sponsored by South African Wine Cellar, represented at the event by its director, Misizwe Mtshali. 

Left to right: Steward’s Solution Director Michael Lian; Starhub Chief of People, Organisation & Communication Tan Toi Chia; South Africa High Commissioner in Singapore Charlotte Lobe; DNA’s Rodrigo Chiari; Indonesian ambassador, HE Suryo Pratomo; Costa Rican ambassador, HE Victor Rojas; Spouses of Heads of Mission Association representative Maria del Carmen Ortega de Rojas; Infinite Studios COO Freddie Yeo; and South African Wine Cellar Director Misizwe Mtshali. Image: Koh Zhisheng / DNA.