I have been quite fascinated about doing interviews with public personalities ever since I started attending press conferences where I have to get my camera on stand-by and stand along side with other photographers. And when it’s question and answer time, I would devote my full attention to the speaker and occasionally, I would scribble some notes on paper because I needed to be reminded of the words spoken during the interview which stroke a chord with me. This was also the time where you had to think on your feet and actively constructing questions and responses to get the conversation going. That’s the art of conversation.
Today, I had this special opportunity to speak to Ana Shell, the owner of the private fund of entrepreneurs-inventors known as the “Territory of Shell”. Ana, who will be turning 26 this year, is also an environmentalist, venture businesswoman, and is one of the discoverers of crystal growth technology for inexpensive electricity production. At our mid-twenties, most would be working their socks off for their bosses, but for Ana, her entrepreneur spirit has driven her to be at where she is today, spearheading companies such as NRGLab Singapore, a science-driven company based in Singapore, along with her partners.
Honestly, coming from a science background, I knew nuts about what business and economics are all about. But thankfully, this interview wasn’t all about money and investments, it was all about Science and how technological sciences could help protect our environment and at the same time, improving the lives of others. And I specially arranged this interview to be at Jamaica Blue Cafe, a modern and quaint cafe at The Star Vista. The freshly-painted white chairs,polished wooden tables along with the clear glass windows that allows large amount of sunshine to stream through, gave a cosy and comfortable ambiance. Most important of all, it was quiet which make the cafe a perfect place for quiet reading and relaxation over a cuppa coffee or tea.