Hyper Island — a business school with a consultancy side specialising in real-world industry training using digital technology — has appointed Otto Ruijs as the new Managing Director for its Singapore operations.
He replaces Christina Andersson, who will be taking up a global role in the company's office in Sweden.
Ruijs will leverage his 15 years of experience in innovation consulting to shape Hyper Island as a digital catalyst for companies and individuals as they prepare to navigate the digital age. He said: "Dealing with the digital change around us requires not only the acquisition of skillsets, but more importantly, a shift in mindset towards how we think about the world. The successful companies of today - such as AirBnb, Uber, Alibaba and Tencent -were built with a different DNA from the ground up. They get that the digital age ushers in a completely new way of working, living and being, and more importantly, know how to leverage that from both a customer and employee perspective."
Since establishing its footprint in Asia in 2012, Hyper Island has helped individuals and organisations adapt to a changing digital world by transforming thinking and skillsets. There are about 3,000 Hyper Island alumni across Asia who have been impacted through the institution's open courses, the Part-Time Masters' programme and executive education courses.
Hyper Island has also collaborated with companies from diverse industries, such as the Singapore Press Holdings, Unilever, and DBS Bank, to impart its "action based learning" methodology which allows for immediate yet customised application of learnt material into the fast-paced workplaces of today.
Before joining Hyper Island, Ruijs was with ?What If! Innovation Partners, where he started and ran the Singapore office for three and a half years. Prior to that, he worked for Clear (part of M&C Saatchi), a boutique brand & innovation agency, as Head of Strategy in Hong Kong, where he led multi-country, insight-based projects.
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