In March last year, surgeon Ling Zhipei was at home in China’s southernmost province of Hainan, a tropical island famous for white sand beaches and coral reefs.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw laid the groundwork for Indian biotech from her garage in the late 1970s, extracting enzymes from papaya for the food industry. She transformed her company Biocon into a billion dollar enterprise that expanded into generic drugs and today develops antibody treatments for cancer.
Deep in rural China, an “agricultural brain” deploys AI voice recognition to interpret the grunts and squeals of piglets, allowing farmers to tend to their individual needs and pamper them into adulthood.
As Hong Kong’s annus horribilis comes to an end, last New Year’s celebratory mood over its emergence as the world’s top IPO market may seem a distant memory.
At the edge of the Gobi Desert, in Inner Mongolia, ferocious sandstorms whipped up by deforestation and global warming turn April into a monumental challenge for herders and farmers every year.
Vu Van grew up in rural central Vietnam where her parents ran small businesses. Following their path of hard work and ambition, she built a career in international business before winning a place at Stanford Business School.
If Beijing is China’s centre of power and Shanghai the business and financial giant, where is the nation’s capital of cool? A growing consensus of opinion leaders, including fashion bible Vogue, points to Xiamen, a little-known city of 3.5 million people on China’s southern coast.
Singapore’s Anthony Tan and Indonesia’s Nadiem Makarim have much in common. Both in their mid-30s, they secured Harvard MBAs before going on to stunning success as founders of Southeast Asian ride-hailing apps. Tan’s Grab and Makarim’s Go-Jek are the region’s first, and so far only, decacorns – startups valued at more than $10 billion. The
Deep in Odisha, India’s second-poorest state, vans deliver washing machines to village homes located by directions such as “around the corner from the temple”.
China rang in the year with the announcement of a modern technological wonder: an ultra-high voltage power line stretching more than 2,000 miles from remote Xinjiang in the northwest to the doorstep of Shanghai in the east.
Tropical storms are a daily fact of life in Singapore, as any visitor to the city-state soon discovers. It’s why Singapore has created a rain machine to recreate the showers in a mini town for testing self-driving vehicles.
A host of second-tier urban centres house the creative energy of millions who will continue to set the global pace in innovation and technology for decades.