How WeWork got ‘bringing home the bacon’ all wrong

As WeWork prepares to shed its risky wild child image and take on a new CEO, our editor Lauren Gow reflects on where the issues began with this workplace upstart. It all started with bacon. Tiny but tasty bacon and cheese quiches to be precise. That is where WeWork’s IPO failure, and I suspect eventual business model failure, began to happen, long before a tentative tender was flashed to the investor market.

Managing major infrastructure risk

Major infrastructure projects present considerable opportunities to developers and investors, but transparency and corruption continue to threaten China’s Belt and Road Initiative, first announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a global strategy designed to connect the Asian superpower with key trading partners across Asia, Africa and Europe. The major project aims to boost economic growth and integration between China and other nations. Roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, and shipping lane

StrategicRISK - Q4 2018

After a year in the job, our editor Lauren Gow reflects on the year that was 2018 and what the year ahead might have in store for Asia-Pacific risk managers. I have now been the editor of StrategicRISK for just over a year. And in that year I have taken very seriously the immense responsibility I have to deliver not only the right content to you as risk managers, but also content that challenges you to rethink, to question and to re-examine the way you look at risk in your business.

King of the road

Transurban’s troubleshooting guru Karl Davey exudes an air of calm and flexibility that helps him navigate all of the risk’s diversions. With him at the helm, we’re all a little safer. Did you know that in your lifetime you are five times more likely to die being struck by lightning than drowning in a flooded tunnel? Those seemed like terrific odds until arriving at the Cross City Tunnel offices, home to Transurban, during what can only be described as a cataclysmic winter storm.

Bright young star

Risk managers all love a nice long risk document, right? Not so StarHub’s Nigel Tay. Meet the man bringing on-the-ground collaboration, agile process and even fun to corporate risk management. Trust us, you’ll like him. The most striking thing you note when you meet Nigel Tay is that he is fun. Really fun. Corporate risk managers are not always associated with fun. But then, Nigel Tay is not your average corporate risk manager.


The rapid migration of business and personal information into the digital stratosphere has largely taken the world by surprise. Global interconnected technology platforms have created a base not only for businesses to bound into previously untapped markets at the touch of a button, but also given criminals a new and arguably easier way to operate. The amalgamation of both has exposed the vulnerability of large companies such as Ashley Madison in the US and TalkTalk and Carphone Warehouse in the UK to costly, high-pro le cyber attacks. Experts say the challenges facing risk managers in 2016 are very different from the TJX and Heartland hacks that put data breaches on the map 10 years ago.
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