Patrick Tsang interviews Dylan Jones OBE, English Journalist and Author, and Editor of British GQ Magazine since 1999. Learn how Dylan got his passion and start in journalism and arts. From his impressive career working in several publications, including i-D magazine, Dylan made his way to GQ. He speaks about pop and cultural influences and how they drove changes in GQ. Throughout his time at GQ, Dylan has elevated the magazine to what it is today. This includes introducing London Fashion Week Men's, GQ Annual Awards, and bringing in renowned writers. With his successful career as an author, Dylan speaks about his new book coming out soon and more upcoming books. Being a leader and having won many awards for GQ, Dylan shares advice for those starting in the publishing or fashion, and leaders. Additionally, Dylan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the publishing and British fashion industries.
Patrick Tsang interviews Sue Pickford Cheung, an award-winning author and illustrator of books for children and young adults, including her award-winning book “Chinglish.” In this interview, Sue shares lessons and insights learned from her childhood. Growing up in a Chinese family in Nottingham, England, Sue experienced bullying and Asian discrimination which reflected negativity on her life. From her parents emigrating over from Hong Kong in the 1960s and owning a Chinese takeout restaurant in Nottingham, Sue speaks about resentment for her culture as a child and how writing “Chinglish” years later as an adult became an outlet to grow and own her culture. Sue provides an overview of how her interest in writing is rooted in her love of art, and her perseverance to get her first published book. In her career, Sue has written many children’s books, including Rob and Bob. When Angus met Alvin, and Far from Home. She speaks about her new children’s book coming out soon, titled “Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life” and potentially working on the Blue Peter program. With focussing on a young adult audience for “Chinglish” to tell a moving and honest story, Sue explains the writing process. Sue has won multiple awards for “Chinglish” including, The Guardian Best Book 2019, Winner Diverse Book Award 2020, and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2021. With today’s current social climate, Sue shares her advice and opinions for young people regarding mental health and Asian hate. Additionally, Sue is a qualified meditation guide and advocate to bring mindfulness to children of all ages, as an EmpathyLab trained author.
Patrick Tsang interviews Asil Attar, CEO of Lead Associates, experienced with over 28 years in fashion and retail business strategy within global markets. Asil shares how her upbringing as an Iraqi in Britain has influenced her decisions and values and book and movie cultural moments, which have structured her perspectives. Asil has been the CEO of several multi-million-dollar businesses throughout her career and transforms the industry with her drive and innovative strategies. Asil speaks about her role to empower women as the first female CEO for leading groups in the Middle East and the importance of business leaders diversifying their workforce. Additionally, Asil explains the importance of ensuring a positive social impact through her businesses. From her successful and innovative strategies, Asil has earned recognition and been awarded many achievements including, Forbes ME putting her as the top 100 most Influential Arab Women, 2018, and Top 200 most powerful Arab Women, 2014. In addition, Arabian business awarded her Top Female CEO Kuwait, 2018, and top 100 powerful women, 2012.
Patrick Tsang interviews Adam Cheyer, founding member of Apple's Siri, Change.org, Viv Labs, and Sentient. From growing up in Massachusetts, graduating from UCLA's School of Engineering with a master's degree, to successfully founding multiple startups, Adam has gained many lessons and remarkable experiences to share. As an award-winning magician, Adam speaks about the connection between his love for magic, entrepreneurship, and inventing. Before selling Siri to Apple, Adam was the Chief Architect of CALO/PAL, the U.S. government's largest funded AI project. From there, Adam created and co-founded Siri, the virtual assistant that revolutionized and differentiated Apple. He shares how Siri started as its own app and, through persuasion from Steve Jobs to sell, became today's phenomenon. During his work with Apple, Adam reminiscences over memories he had working with Steve Jobs and the impact. Moreover, he talks about founding Change.org, the world's largest petition platform, and how the process was carried out. Additionally, Adam explains developing Viv Labs, a personal assistant software, sold to Samsung. In addition, Adam has authored more than 60 publications and 38 patents.
Patrick Tsang interviews Nick Watson, founder of Team AngelWolf, a non profit foundation in Dubai created to encourage inclusion of people with disabilities and for society to embrace their own health. Nick speaks about his upbringing in sports and doing races, and how this influenced his work. With a passion to help people, Nick has worked in sports therapy and personal training. The journey to Team AngelWolf began when Nick and his wife had their son, Rio. At 6 months old, Rio had seizures and after a few years, he was diagnosed with a rare chromosome condition which makes simple movements a challenge. Additionally, Nick shares how a health scare he had motivated him to do an Ironman triathlon. After this experience, Nick discovered the impact of inclusive racing and did a race with his son, Rio, and they have participated in hundreds of races since with the entire family joining, as well. This led to Nick and his wife starting Team AngelWolf in 2016. As a father of 2 children, Nick speaks about the importance and influence his family has on the business. He provides lessons he learned from his work and advice to parents and leaders. In addition to his work in Team AngelWolf and as a father, Nick is an ex-Royal Marine and an inspirational speaker.
Patrick Tsang interviews Marcus Smith, entrepreneur, extreme athlete & coach, and motivational speaker. Marcus shares lessons gained from his childhood experiences of going to boarding school and navigating differences in cultures. When growing up, Marcus was in an active environment and was surrounded by sports. This led to his work in the sporting goods industry in Adidas and Nike prior to starting his own business in Dubai, Innerfight, a health and performance company founded in 2008. Marcus speaks about how his passion of “making people better at life” and inspiration from attending a sales training event pushed him to be an entrepreneur. Marcus expands on Innerfight’s slogan “Show no weakness” and the inspirational meaning behind it. From facing a life-changing and near-death experience in 2018, Marcus used this event to help him in coaching at Innerfight. As a believer in mental and physical challenges, Marcus has completed numerous challenges and marathons. In addition, Marcus is a former professional rugby player.
Patrick Tsang interviews Caleb Carr, President and CEO of Vita Inclinata Technologies, a company that works to develop new technology for Rescue Helicopters and Construction Cranes. His achievements in Vita Inclinata Technologies include being in Forbes 30 under 30 for the Manufacturing and Industry category, Titan 100 CEO winner, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Desert Mountain Region, and opening the bell at NASDAQ. In this interview, Caleb shares his life-changing events as a search and rescue tech and how they inspired the start of Vita Inclinata Technologies. Caleb attended law school while starting Vita Inclinata, which has challenged work-life balance and Caleb shares his advice to young entrepreneurs. Caleb is a Litigator in The Unemployment Law Project, which provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged. Caleb is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate level business courses in innovation, start-up development, business law and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman Of The Board Of Directors for The Ideation Foundation and is responsible for all activities such as fundraising, programming, international and national relations, media relations, and donor support. In addition to his work, Caleb is a Volunteer Firefighter for the Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue.
Patrick Tsang interviews Dr. Sarra Lajnef, the first Tunisian Female Swimmer to qualify for the Olympics, rower, triathlete, and entrepreneur. As a 2012 Tunisian Olympic Swimmer, Sarra fell in love with swimming at a very young age. At 15, she left her family to train professionally in France. She has won multiple championships ranging from French Junior, Arab, Mediterranean, American, and African. Between 2016 to 2018, Sarra started rowing for a UAE local club, Al Hamriya Sports and cultural club. She won the Tunisian coastal rowing championships two years in a row, UAE National champion in all categories, single, double, quad, mix double and mix quad for two seasons in a row, and qualified for the coastal rowing world championships in 2017. At the end of 2018, Sarra decided to try triathlons and won multiple titles, medals, and trophies in the UAE and outside. In addition to her athletic success, Sarra holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Sciences from the University of Florida, a Master's degree in International Business from the University of Wollongong, and a Doctorate in Sports Management from the European International University Paris. During her years as an international relations officer at the UAE Swimming Federation, in 2014, she helped build and WIN the bidding file for the UAE to host the 2020 Swimming World Championships in Abu Dhabi and was among the team that presented it to the International Swimming Federation FINA. In June 2019, her company, SL Sports Services, was born, offering consultancy to further develop the MEA sports industry by introducing western knowledge, expertise, and products.
Patrick Tsang interviews Diana Hamade, founder of Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law, a boutique law firm awarded the law firm of 2020 by LexisNexis. In this interview, Diana shares her story of a young child moving from Lebanon to the UAE, her decision to pursue law, her advocacy through the law, and representing career women in the UAE. Diana also has a love for fashion and has been featured in Vogue Arabia, and Harpers Bazaar Arabia. As the Founder and Managing Partner of her boutique law firm, Diana Hamade is ranked in Band 1 of Chambers HNW Private Wealth Law in the United Arab Emirates. As a family lawyer and succession planning practitioner with expertise in Sharia she has become a recognized and well-reputed practitioner, especially concerning Family Business succession planning and Governance in the region. Diana is a member of the International Bar Association and the Vice-Chair of the Arab Regional Forum of the IBA. She is also a member of STEP Arabia and is on the board of the Special Interest Group of International HNW clients of STEP. She is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Emirates Lawyers Association in the UAE.
Patrick Tsang interviews Daniel Van Dooren, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at Surf House Dubai. The Surf House Dubai was born in October 2005 and is now home to over 3000 members of like-minded people with respect for the ocean and love for the sport. The Surf House continues to be the pioneers in everything surfing and stand-up paddle in the region. Raised in the middle east, Daniel grew up on the beach, enjoying water sports with his siblings. He lives off the positive energy of the ocean, and going for a swim every morning is part of his daily rituals. He wants to share this energy with other people and believes anyone can be out on the water, regardless of age.
Patrick Tsang interviews Wolfgang Hohmann, better known as Wolfi, the owner & CEO of Wolfi’s Bike Shop in the UAE. Wolfi speaks about his upbringing in southwest Germany, in the Black Forest, and taking a chance to start a new business in Dubai against all odds, which then helped push the trend of cycling in Dubai and the UAE. His drive to grow cycling in all its forms is paralleled by the city he has chosen to call home in the Middle East, located on the renowned Sheikh Zayed Road and with a showroom space of 3500 square feet. The Dubai shop was established in 2002, though the company has been in the bike business since 1989. The first Wolfi’s Bike Shop is located in Heitersheim, close to Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.
Patrick Tsang interviews the co-founders of CTZN Cosmetics, three sisters Aleena, Aleezeh and Naseeha Khan. CTZN Cosmetics is a new-age makeup brand founded by the Khan sisters identifying themselves as third-culture kids, with their diverse backgrounds of being born in the U.S. raised in the U.A.E. with Pakistani ethnicity. Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha are currently based between London and Dubai. The CTZN story came to fruition when founders Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha went shopping for cosmetics at a major beauty retailer and realized that not a single model in mainstream beauty campaigns looked like, better yet, represented them. Models with ‘middle brown’ skin tones were hardly ever Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern. Beauty campaigns aside, the same issues were prevalent in beauty brands' product formulations, where certain skin tones and undertones are often not considered. The CTZN founders soon realized that many of their friends of color felt the same way about their demographics being underrepresented in industries such as beauty and fashion. The conversation then evolved when Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha noticed that the beauty industry's lack of diversity spans way beyond skin tones and gender. The male demographic is often unacknowledged in the cosmetics industry despite being a significant percentage. The mission became clear to the founders: to truly be an inclusive makeup brand, CTZN Cosmetics needed to be genderless, catering to all skin tones. CTZN Cosmetics is also proudly 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and talc-free.
Patrick Tsang interviews Radha Bhandari, People Connector & Strategic Relationship Expert, Founder and Managing Director of R+B Strategic Management. Radha shares her life story of a young girl living in the Bahamas to moving to New York and settling in Dubai. She shares her story of navigating new cultures, connecting with others, and starting her role as an entrepreneur with her boutique advisory. A humanitarian above all else, Radha is driven by the versatility of human connections. From this, she has developed an intuitive ability to help clients realize and recreate the perfect personal & professional environment to flourish. Her own past experiences have allowed her to connect the dots and bridge the gaps with effortless ease. Her diverse cultural backgrounds have taught her to embrace the challenges of new beginnings in her own life and seek pragmatic, peaceable solutions that benefit everyone involved. As an established fundraiser in the MENA region - with 22 years of experience working at Top Tier Investment Managers based in New York and Dubai - Radha has advised Startups and VC firms on business and marketing strategy. From 2006 to 2016, she was responsible for the fundraising and business development initiatives of Family Offices, Financial Intermediaries, and Institutions in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian sub-continent. Radha holds an M.B.A in International Business from The Zicklin School of Business (Baruch College, NY) and B.A in Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Patrick Tsang interviews Dr. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, 2020 Most Inspirational Woman in Entertainment Middle East- Female CEO of the Year. As the former CEO of Novo Cinemas and a global leader, Debbie is an advocate for leadership and mentorship. She brings over 30 years of collective experience in Tourism, Entertainment, Destination Marketing, Event Management, and Events experience gained at such companies as Regent Exhibitions – IMEX Frankfurt; she served as Vice President for Global Sales from 2001 until 2005. In 2005, Debbie joined Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre and earned Chief Executive Officer's post. Her career began as an Organising Executive for EIBTM; a MICE business tourism exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, at 21.
Patrick Tsang interviews Yagub Alserkal, the founder and CEO of YAS Investments; Yagub heads an investment and advisory firm serving regional startups and the family groups in the UAE. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Spartech Ventures. Yagub shares his life insights, the definition of success, and perseverance through his journey of becoming an entrepreneur and investing in startups. From his time in the national Army to studying in Australia, Yagub represents what it means to be a global citizen. He has over a decade of experience in private equity and investment banking across top-tier global firms. Yagub, with over ten years of industry experience, has achieved and exceeded the financial goals of every undertaking he’s been a part of. In 2018, he also founded a VAT advisory firm, Themaar Group, of which he is currently a board member.
Patrick Tsang interviews David Boehm, the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Hub Children and Youth Centre, Vice-Chairman of the Childline Thailand Foundation, Co-Founder of Shwe Ya Min Foundation, and Director of Epilepsy Action Australia. He is also CEO of Miskawaan Health Group, a holistic healthcare services organization. Listen to David talk about his childhood growing in up Australia, his first overseas working experience, his love for connecting with people, and his passion for helping underprivileged children live a better life. He has extensive experience in natural resources, property, and hospitality (all based in S.E. Asia) and the business of thoroughbred horse racing (Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australasia). He is a Certified Public Accountant (Hong Kong) and Chartered Accountant (Australia), based in Hong Kong for over 30 years.
Patrick Tsang interviews Simone Heng, a human connection speaker. Simone shares her journey as media personnel, public speaker, and growing up in Australia with immigrant parents. She shares her courageous adventure of moving to Singapore with $500 to her name in 2005 to start her career in media and her achievement of representing Virgin Radio in Dubai. Simone shares the value of human connection through her relationship with her Mother, who has a rare degenerative disease.
Patrick Tsang interviews Jaeson Ma, a media executive, artist, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder and partner of multiple companies focused on accessing the Asian market through entertainment, media, and technology. In this interview, Jaeson speaks about his childhood as a troubled youth, finding faith, being mentored by MC Hammer, and his role in bridging cultural gaps through arts and media. He also shares the story of putting together the Mike Tyson VS. Roy Jones Jr fight on Triller. Jaeson is one of the leading financiers to companies, institutions, and individuals investing in Asian media and Hollywood entertainment.
Patrick Tsang interviews Simon Squibb, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, motivational speaker, and mentor. From homeless at 15 years old to starting his first business. Simon shares his personal stories between learning the value of happiness and the definition of success.
Here is the new trailer for Season Two of Anything is Possible, which launches on Monday, 22 February 2021.
What started as an idea to interview a handful of people has now turned into a global citizen movement of authentic stories and powerful inspiration and knowledge.