Introduction to Padang & Co

“Padang” in Malay means “open field”. It is also the name of an important historical landmark in the heart of the civic quarter of Singapore.

Padang & Co provides our private, public and people sector partners the space to adopt a range of open innovation practices to solve problems and develop new opportunities.

We bring together talented members of our diverse community, including the UP Singapore civic innovation and DEXTRA data innovation communities, to consider challenges and collaborate on ideas.

Through our Startup Matching, Hackathons or coLABs, and cloud-enabled Challenges, we provide a stimulating environment and the conditions to develop meaningful, impactful outcomes for business and society in general. That’s what we do. We create the conditions for creativity and innovation to emerge and grow.

Padang & Co is a subsidiary of Newton Circus, a technology company that invents communities and services designed to make cities more liveable, competitive and sustainable.


Meet the team


Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman

Drawing on his 20 years of corporate expertise Adam moved into consulting and training, firstly in Australia and over the last 12 years in Asia, living in Taiwan and now Singapore.  He has worked on change management programmes for a range of MNCs, such as Unilever, Holcim, HSBC and Conoco Philips.  In recent years he has been applying traditional change management and employee engagement principles to assist companies embed sustainable business practices.

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Derrick Chiang, CEO

Derrick has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications and has helped blue-chip companies across Asia-Pacific transform how they interact with their customers and reach new markets through digital and innovation.  Prior to Padang & Co, he spent seven years with Profero in Shanghai and played a key role in building a successful full-service digital agency business.

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Nick Markham, Senior Programme Manager

Originally from Kenya, and having spend the last ten years in Australia, Nick joins Padang to help boost our open innovation capabilities. With a background in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, he has worked across fields from management consulting, digital health and venture capital, and brings a passionate understanding of how technology ecosystems form and flourish. When not on the golf course, you can find him diving head first into the startup ecosystem in Singapore, or discovering off the grid coffee shops that keep Singapore moving and shaking.

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Fariha Imran, Researcher and Writer

Fariha joined Padang & Co as an intern in early 2014 and has stayed on ever since, taking on the team’s research and writing activities. Originally from Bangladesh, she has lived in 5 different countries while growing up, making her immune to culture shock. She has a background in economics and political science, and is passionate about issues that involve access to education and gender. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and exploring new places to eat.

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Malay Gala, Community Manager

Malay wants to live in a world where emails are short, books come bundled with chocolate bars, and it’s never too late for breakfast. Born and raised in Mumbai, he is a corporate communication graduate and loves everything to do with languages. When he’s not crafting messages or creating outreach lists, he can be found having conversations with characters from his stories, looking up cricket scores, or making the world’s best lemongrass chai.

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Paul Harris, Production Executive

Paul’s primary function is as resident geek at Padang. He helps with videography and photography at events, and has trouble parting with hard drives once they’ve been filled. When he’s not hunched over a screen you can find him frolicking across meadows or telling people how great Motown was.

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Christina Oh, Designer

“Make the magic happen”, is what Christina is told on a bi-monthly basis. Left with no choice, she usually uses the pen tool in illustrator as her only aid. She tries her best to make short films while travelling to no avail. Besides her knowledge in social media, web design as well as precisely enlarging logos (a skill she has yet to hone), her interest in Instagram (or should I say photography) is her only form of cardio during the weekends.

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Jerviel Lim, Senior Project Manager

Jerviel spent his working years advocating social integration for low-wage workers and persons with disabilities. He has initiated and delivered many impactful community and corporate projects to achieve building a more inclusive society. Once he is out of office, Jerviel goes back to his world of gaming, collectible toys, and reading Monocle magazine.

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Ganesan Soma, Events Manager

A chemistry graduate with experience organising financial conferences and theatre productions, Ganesan relishes the challenge of venturing into the unknown. Never one to back away from taking risks, Ganesan is always on the lookout for new adventures that will push him beyond his limit. When not planning for the next mountain climbing trip, he can be found with a book in his hands or proclaiming his allegiance to the one-and-only Manchester United.

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