Authors profile
  Sumit Agarwal, yoga fanatic and economics wiz, can untangle complex economics problems as adeptly as he can do most mindboggling yoga poses including head stands. Who would have thought that this former Vice-Dean of Research at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is as enthusiastic about financial economics as he is about fitness.

His research philosophy has always been to do research that will benefit the people and the nation. So when Sumit had to take frequent taxi trips for his various meetings but could never find a taxi when he needed one, which piqued his interest and the genesis of his research stream on Singapore.

Well known for his research relating to financial institutions, household finance, behavioural finance, and real estate and capital markets, Sumit brings a wealth of experience beyond intellectual rigour. He was a senior financial economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a senior vice president at the Bank of America. With the ability to speak to the man on the street, Sumit is often quoted or featured in BBC, CNA and CNBC on issues relating to finance, banking, and real estate markets. His research is widely cited in the leading media like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist and The Straits Times.

  Ang Swee Hoon lives and breathes marketing. As an Associate Professor of Marketing at NUS Business School, her students are often enthused by her passion in marketing. It comes as no surprise that Swee Hoon has been recognised on three consecutive occasions as an outstanding educator with the university’s Teaching Excellence Award, putting her on the honour roll.

Her marketing mojo is evident in the leading textbooks Marketing Management: An Asian Perspective and Principles of Marketing: An Asian Perspective now in their 7th and 4th edition, respectively, that she co-authors with Philip Kotler, as well as in commentaries and media interviews. Swee Hoon also lends her expertise as advisor to several government boards.

Since obtaining her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of British Columbia, Swee Hoon enjoys eclectic research including consumer happiness, counterfeiting, superstitions and advertising creativity. Her diverse research interests got her into reading on research outside marketing. This passion for acquiring new knowledge connected her with Sumit and Tien Foo, resulting in this book, Kiasunomics©.

  Sing Tien Foo is the trivia king on all things related to Singapore real estate. As a Dean’s Chair Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Admin & Finance) at the NUS Department of Real Estate, and a Director at the Institute of Real Estate Studies, Tien Foo is likely to have no problem answering any questions on Singapore’s property market.

His keen interest in real estate has seen him work on topics relating to options, real estate finance and securitisation, REITs, and housing price dynamics. One of the highs in Tien Foo’s illustrious career is when his pet project on Singapore’s NUS–REDAS real estate sentiment index received wide media coverage. He also serves in various capacities at government agencies including the Land Appeal Board, Ministry of Law, and the Council for Estate Agencies, Ministry of National Development.

An outstanding scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Tien Foo’s expertise in real estate goes beyond Singapore’s shores. He lends his knowledge and expertise by serving on the boards of the Asian Real Estate Society and the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress. He has also been invited as an expert witness in the review of land prices in Greater Taipei metropolitan area.

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