Alicia is a Senior Vice President within the Finance & Accounting team of the Investment Services Private Markets (ISPVM) Department at GIC. Her team plays a critical role in supporting GIC’s private markets deal teams in carrying out their investment activities, and she is responsible for leading the Finance & Accounting Operations team.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her teenagers and travelling with them. She is also a proud sponsor of two children, one residing in Mongolia and the other in Cambodia. Alicia considers it a privilege to give back and support them with a secure living environment, necessities, and access to an education. She hopes to combine her love for travelling and meet each of her sponsored children in person someday.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
My first encounter with GIC occurred during my time as an auditor. I had the privilege of visiting the Head Office and was immediately struck by the sense of awe as I stepped into the lobby and saw the grand staircase leading up to the impressive reception area. That memory has stayed with me since.
When I learned about the job opening at GIC, I quickly recognised that the role would allow me to contribute my years of experience in supporting private markets while also gaining valuable experience through the lens of a global long-term investor.
Since joining GIC, it has been a truly rewarding and purposeful journey, with many opportunities to make a difference. I am grateful for the chance to work with such a talented and dedicated team, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to GIC’s mission of securing Singapore’s financial future.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical day starts with the routine school runs before I head into the office for an early head start to internal discussions, team catch-ups and external meetings. As a team player, I collaborate with various departments and teams on ongoing initiatives and strategic projects throughout the week. Therefore, I tend to reserve Fridays for some deep work allowing me to focus on important tasks without any distractions.
In between each day, I like to have a ready cup of coffee on hand to keep me energised and focused. This helps me stay productive and efficient throughout the day.
Overall, my days are busy and dynamic, with a mix of meetings and exciting projects. I enjoy the fast-paced nature of my work and the opportunity to collaborate with talented individuals across different teams and departments.
What do you like most about working here?
Working with a diverse group of individuals at GIC has been a truly enriching experience. The varying experiences and perspectives that my colleagues bring to the table have made the journey thus far incredibly stimulating.
I have been able to draw inspiration and wisdom from those around me, and I am constantly learning from my colleagues. Through my interactions, I have come to know my colleagues as remarkably bright and thoughtful individuals who take pride in their work and are generous in sharing their ideas and knowledge.
The culture at GIC encourages collaboration and teamwork. Together, we can tackle complex challenges and drive meaningful impact for our clients and stakeholders.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
I am continually impressed with the education resources and programmes provided by GIC School. The School ensures that fundamental curriculum is covered, but they also take a thoughtful approach in tailoring programs and resources to meet individual’s needs. The range of learning and development topics span across various disciplines, from professional development to promoting well-being.
The school’s commitment to providing high-quality educational resources and programmes is a testament to GIC’s dedication to employee growth and development. As an employee, I have benefited from the school’s offerings, and I appreciate the opportunity to continuously learn and improve my skills.
In addition to the school, daily interactions with colleagues also provide a wealth of learning opportunities. I am fortunate to work with talented and experienced individuals who are always willing to share knowledge and expertise. Through these interactions, I was able to learn by standing on the shoulders of giants.
What you should know before joining GIC
Having an open mind is crucial to discovering new professional opportunities that can take you to new heights. At GIC, there are numerous opportunities for growth and development, and it is important to remain open to these opportunities and be willing to take on new challenges.
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