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Sanjeev Shanker, Emergency Physician — The Man Focused On Saving One Life At A Time.
When and why did you start pursuing your passion? After I completed junior college, I wanted to be in a profession that allowed me to really change the lives of people, and medicine was the ideal choice. How does it feel knowing your profession can impact others’ lives? My job has a direct impact on my patient’s lives; I’m happy knowing that my decisions and actions can make them feel much better, reassured or in less pain. What were your aspirations when you started this career? I started out wanting to save the world, but now I feel happy with saving one life at a time. How do you empower others to make an impact in the lives of others? Teaching, I’m involved in teaching medical students and young doctors to improve themselves, so that they can save others. What is a positive impact you create with your job? Knowing that every small action, though it may seem insignificant to me, means the world to the patients and their family. Define “maximum impact”. It is not so much about what I do or say to people. Ultimately, it is the feeling they get when they interact with me.
Fahmy Ishak, Craftsman & Founder — The Man Promoting Sustainability In Fashion By Giving New Life To Old Garments.
When and why did you start pursuing your passion? It started in 2012; I’ve always been a hands-on guy – either repairing or making stuff prior – but working with clothes stemmed from my childhood when buying new pieces was a stretch for me. I would figure out ways to prolong the life of my clothes. How does it feel knowing your profession can impact the lives of others? It’s very meaningful to give new life to objects, especially those with sentimental value. For instance, turning a grandfather’s old jacket into a tote bag, and it becomes an heirloom. What were your aspirations when you started this career? It was to get out of the rat race initially, but it has since evolved into an environmental cause. We can’t impact globally, but we are able to impact our communities around us. How do you empower others to make an impact in the lives of others? We educate and provide new perspectives to people about waste reduction and upcycling. We also teach skills such as sewing, so that people can do it in their own capacity as well. What is a positive impact you create with your job? Knowing that whatever action we take has an impact in the world, no matter how small it may seem. There is no Planet B for us; we have to try our best no matter what. Define “maximum Impact”. Putting action to words – it is about identifying issues that need to be addressed now and taking immediate and necessary actions no matter how uncomfortable it will be. It starts with us; we can’t rely on others.
Arthur Chin, Brand Director & Founding Partner — The Man Bettering the World Through Effective Design Solutions.
When and why did you start pursuing your passion? Foreign Policy Design Group was founded in March 2007; we wanted to use design and design-thinking to help businesses solve problems. How does it feel knowing your profession can impact the lives of others? It’s important because working for only money or material wealth is difficult. It’s the reason we started Gallery & Co., a museum store we are proud of, which is also a form of national service to our country. What were your aspirations when you started this career? To build a design and branding studio of a solid calibre. The name Foreign Policy stems from our desire to be outward-looking, and we want to benchmark ourselves globally. How do you empower others to make an impact in the lives of others? We have a concept in the studio known as Elevate – we challenge our peers to come up with better and more effective solutions with the greatest impact for businesses to elevate their original objectives. What is a positive impact you create with your job? There wasn’t an agenda; it was a calling I feel. We were at a stage in our career where we felt we were able to contribute more. Define “maximum impact”. It is about the multiplier effect, having a belief, and being steadfast. It also has to come from a position of strength and working with people who share the same vision.
Photography Cher Him
Styling Manfred Lu
Photography Assistant Zhan Hong
Grooming & Hair Priscelia Wong using NARS and Kevin Murphy
Outfit for Sanjeev Sandro Leather jacket, COS Cotton shirt; cotton pants
Outfit for Fahmy FIN Crafted Goods Co. Cotton-blend patchwork shirt, cotton pants; Fahmy’s own Wool hat
Outfit for Arthur COS Cotton turtleneck sweater; Sandro cotton pants
This story first appeared in the February ’20 issue of Men’s Folio Singapore.