What is the history of Solidiance’s Singapore office?
In 2006, Solidiance office in Singapore started out in-sync with our China office. At the time, staff visiting the Singapore office used to find themselves sitting at our Innovation Corner, with a raised red-hot table that was more a bar table setting than a conventional work place. We kept that table and we do our internal meetings standing up to ensure no time is wasted... January 2012 saw us move to new premises 10 floors below in the same building, yet again with a million dollar view of the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore CBD area. We now have a dozen staff working in Singapore and the office mostly serves Asean project needs.
How is Solidiance Singapore different than other consulting firms in Singapore?
At Solidiance, a key differentiator for our clients is the fact that we have local resources in the eight Asian locations Solidiance is present in. We gain leverage by investing in local human resources so that we can be more ‘grounded’ in terms of expertise. Many of our clients got their finger burned by working with consultants without any local presence. Our advantage is in the process-driven approach of our methods and a strong understanding of the Asia Pacific market, again in part thanks to our trained local human resources. Unlike other firms we do not outsource our work to freelancers and temp staff. This ensures better confidentiality, better timeframe, and better insights accuracy.
How can Solidiance Singapore help our business to grow in Singapore and Asean?
Solidiance Singapore helps multinational clients to fully comprehend and prioritize commercial opportunities across the Asian region. Singapore is often used as a testing-bed for many of our clients' corporate initiatives. As such, our office is able to identify specific market needs and growth segments in Asia Pacific to help Fortune 500 clients accelerate their growth. Our sound on-the-ground understanding of complex Asean markets and customers, uniquely positions us to properly advice clients on market entry, product portfolio, pricing issue, distribution channels and acquisition opportunities.
Who heads up the Solidiance office in Singapore?
Solidiance office in Singapore is headed by Damien Duhamel who is a co-founder and the Managing Partner at Solidiance. Damien has been a regional adviser serving clients across Asia Pacific since 1995 in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and healthcare sectors. Damien Duhamel has worked on hundreds of strategy engagements mostly across Asean. He is a recognized Innovation and Competitive Strategy expert and has been numerously interviewed on the subject by leading global publications such as WSJ, BBC, CNN, CNBC, Fast Companies, Etc. In 2006 Damien was listed in the International Who’s Who. Damien Duhamel holds a Business Bachelor Degree from the Victoria University and an MBA from The University Of Chicago Booth School of Business. Damien worked for six years in Vietnam, one year in Thailand, and 14 years in Singapore. He speaks English, French, Vietnamese and 'survival Japanese'.