Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2011
Mano SABNANI
BSc 1974
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rafflesia Holdings Pte Ltd

Mr Mano Sabnani is founder and chairman of Rafflesia Holdings.

He founded the company in 2008 to offer his extensive knowledge and experience in journalism, publishing and finance, given his background as a former financial journalist, newspaper editor, investment analyst and banker based in Singapore.

A lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces and a Bachelor of Science (Physics) graduate from the University of Singapore, Mr Sabnani had been interested in finance and investments from an early age.

He began his career in 1977 as Companies Editor of Business Times, Singapore's leading financial daily, and rose to become News Editor and, eventually, Editor. Subsequently, he became Managing Editor / Head, Editorial Support Unit of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), The Straits Times.

All in, Mr Sabnani worked 18 years at SPH, Singapore's biggest print media company that publishes all but one of the country's newspapers -- including The Straits Times and Business Times -- along with some 200 magazine titles.

This was followed by a short stint, from 1996 to 2000, at DBS Bank, Singapore's largest banking group which is also the largest bank in Southeast Asia (ranked by assets) and one of the larger banks in Asia.

Joining as Director of Research at DBS Securities, Mr Sabnani rose to become, at DBS Bank, Managing Director for Investments (Individual Banking) and Managing Director for Equity Capital Markets.

Upon leaving DBS, Mr Sabnani joined Corporate Brokers International, a consultancy firm dedicated to helping small and medium enterprises. There, he took on an assignment as Editorial Consultant to TODAY, the only English-language newspaper in Singapore that is not published by the SPH Group.

This led to Mr Sabnani being appointed Chief Executive Officer / Editor-in-Chief of TODAY, a role that he served for three and a half years, from April 2003 to November 2006.

Since then, Mr Sabnani has served on the board and taken on executive roles in various public-listed companies, including Novena Holdings and Multistar Holdings.

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In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Mr Mano Sabnani with the 2011 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award