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Asia Cleantech Capital Announces Lavin as Senior Advisor

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2010-09-29 15:30
Former Under Secretary for International Trade and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore to help innovative cleantech companies in the region

SINGAPORE, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Asia Cleantech Capital, an investment firm that focuses on clean technology (“cleantech”) startups, today announced that Franklin L. Lavin has joined the firm as Senior Advisor. Former Under Secretary for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce and United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, Lavin will promote energy and environmental issues and global relationships to help Asia Cleantech’s growing portfolio of renewable energy and clean transportation companies in the region. Founded in 2006, Asia Cleantech is a pioneer in Asia’s developing cleantech markets and is focused on rolling out proven technologies in the renewable energy (solar, wind, bioenergy, and small-hydro) and clean transportation (electric vehicles, sustainable biofuels) sectors.

Lavin currently serves as Chairman, Public Affairs, for Edelman Asia Pacific, the world’s largest independent public relations firm. From 2005 until 2007, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both mainland China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin also served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001 until 2005, where his duties included helping negotiate the landmark U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, Bank of America, and Citibank.

Earlier in his career, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House 1987-89.

“With the staggering growth in demand for energy and urgent environmental issues in the Asia Pacific, cleantech is one of the most critical areas of development in the region. I look forward to helping in furthering solutions with Asia Cleantech,” said Lavin.

About Asia Cleantech Capital

Based in Singapore, Asia Cleantech Capital is an investment management firm formed in 2006 to focus on clean technology projects in the Asia Pacific region. Specifically, Asia Cleantech develops and participates in regional projects that will become industry leaders in the creation, management, and distribution of renewable energy and sustainable resource use. The principals of Asia Cleantech have overseen the investment of over US$8.0 billion in venture capital and private equity in special situations, corporate, technology, and property related transactions.

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SOURCE Asia Cleantech Capital

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September 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Posted in Environment

Omnicom Group Agencies Top Spikes Asia Advertising Festival 2010

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2010-09-27 17:00
DDB and BBDO Win Agency of the Year Awards

SINGAPORE, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) agencies garnered top honors at the Spikes Asia Advertising Festival in Singapore, winning all Agency of the Year titles, four out of seven Grand Prix and the most Gold awards.

DDB was crowned Network of the Year, with BBDO finishing in the third spot. Agency of the Year top honors went to DDB New Zealand Auckland, followed by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Colenso BBDO Auckland. Colenso BBDO Auckland was named Media Agency of the Year, with BBDO India Gurgaon finishing third.

BBDO agencies scooped four Grand Prix and more Gold awards than any other network at the festival. Clemenger BBDO Melbourne won the Grand Prix in the TV/Cinema category for the Fosters Slow Mo for Carlton Draught and the Grand Prix in Radio for Mars Petcare’s Chum dog food. Colenso BBDO Auckland clinched the Grand Prix in the Outdoor category for the launch of The Pacific TV Show and the Grand Prix in Media for Yellow Pages.

TBWA won accolades with TBWA\Hakuhodo, picking up four Silver and four Bronze awards in seven out of 11 categories. Creative Juice Bangkok snagged a Gold for its outdoor campaign for 3M’s Cushion Wraps. TBWA\Tequila Singapore received a Bronze in Direct and Sales Promotion and a Silver in TV/Cinema for Africa for Standard Chartered Bank.

Tim Love, CEO, Omnicom, APIMA (Asia Pacific, India, Middle East and Africa), said, “The results signify the collective strengths of our agencies’ inspired creativity and innovation on behalf of our clients in the region.”

DDB Asia Pacific walked away with the most awards in the show, with winning entries from DDB Group agencies across the region, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Rapp and Tribal DDB.

John Zeigler, Chairman & CEO, DDB Group Asia Pacific, Japan and India, said, “Spikes Asia is a creativity festival, the leading award show on this side of the world. It celebrates the work. It’s been quite a journey and a reflection of the quality of our DDB talent to get to the top.”

The Spikes Asia Advertising Festival is Asia-Pacific’s industry-defining festival for advertising and creativity. The festival, a collaboration of Cannes Lions and Haymarket, is one of the most authoritative and influential advertising awards presentations in creative excellence across different advertising and marketing platforms in the region.

The categories of the illustrious Spikes Awards include Outdoor, Radio, Print, Digital, Direct and Sales Promotion, Design, Media, TV/Cinema Craft, Print Craft, Integrated and TV/Cinema. Six juries comprised of leading international and regional creative professionals form the judging panels.

For a full winner’s list, please refer to the official festival website

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and communications company ( Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries and regions.

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September 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Business & Finance

A Happy Coffin Before You Die

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Nursing home residents and designers celebrate the art of dying

SINGAPORE, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — There are some Happy Coffins ( from Singapore challenging death’s taboos. Today, designer coffins deck a nursing home where three residents fulfill their pre-departure wishes of how their final resting places should be.

Ladies without fear. (Left to right) Magdalene, Elsie and Kitty pictured here with their personalized “Happy Coffins” that will house their final repose. (Source: Lien Foundation, Singapore)

Evoking a sense of the body and soul merging with the universe, Singapore-based French artist Gilles Massot’s coffin interprets life before death for the Lien Foundation’s “Happy Coffins” initiative that seeks to break the silence and taboo of Death, and create greater consciousness of end-of-life matters. (Source: Lien Foundation, Singapore)

Without any fear, Elsie Chua said, “I am not afraid to talk about my eventual departure. It is very meaningful to be able to shape the design of my coffin and see it before I die.” She smiled and said, “I want to have a matching kebaya (Note 1) to go along.”

The art of dying
Elsie’s wish was granted through an initiative between the Lien Foundation, a Singapore philanthropic house and St Joseph’s Home and Hospice. The Happy Coffins project overturns the stigma of death and transforms the coffin from a symbol of fear, dread and grief into a positive and life-affirming expression of art. Besides Elsie, two other residents, Kitty Fogh and Magdalene Khoo, also received their own customized coffins created by FARM, a Singapore arts creative society. In addition, a multi-disciplinary artist was commissioned to render his interpretation.
The Happy Coffins initiative is part of the Foundation’s Life Before Death campaign that seeks to get people thinking and talking about death and dying, and to highlight the urgent need for better care for the dying.
Life-giving circle of hope
“The name ‘Happy Coffins’ may be like an oxymoron. But its very antithesis captures what we seek to do,” said Mr Lee Poh Wah, CEO, Lien Foundation. “We are turning the coffin from a supreme negative symbol of death into a creative canvas for reflection and inspiration, and the positive celebration of life.”
Instead of gloom and doom, Sister Geraldine Tan, Administrator, St Joseph’s Home and Hospice said, “This project, though seemingly about death and dying, is really life-giving. It has created a non-threatening platform for our residents to share their lives and talk about their pre-departure wishes and hopes.”
Mr Lee added, “By subverting the conventional notion of death, we hope to liberate mindsets and spark ‘die-logues’ that do not need to be full of woe, but are filled with joy, laughter and good memories.”
Happy Coffins around the world (
Death is no respecter of age, race or creed. To spur greater awareness about life before death, the Lien Foundation invited artists from the global creative community of Eyeka, to create the best Happy Coffins – whether for themselves, a loved one, or an inspiring person. A record 733 entries came from 37 countries for this international coffin design competition. More than 75% of the participants produced designs for their own coffins.
Mr Lee enthuses, “We have designer clothes and chocolates, so why not designer coffins that uniquely reflect our lives, personalities and dreams. The individual life story behind each personalized coffin will be a poignant talking point at funerals.”
About the Lien Foundation (
The Lien Foundation is a Singapore philanthropic house noted for its model of radical philanthropy. It seeks to enhance educational opportunities for the disadvantaged, excellence in eldercare and environmental sustainability in water and sanitation.
About Life Before Death (
The Life Before Death initiative is part of the Lien Foundation’s mission to advocate better care of the dying. It reaches out to the public through social media, art, films and photography. The Foundation also commissioned the first-ever global Quality of Death index released in July.
Note 1: A kebaya is a traditional Straits Chinese garment for women.

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September 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized