Hi there, I'm Kai!
Storyteller, Journalist, Researcher
I am a junior business reporter at Insider (formerly known as Business Insider), working out of Insider's Singapore bureau. I cover global business news, with a focus on tech, digital culture, and the future of work.
To give a sense of my reporting, I developed a range of stories on topics including: the impact of ChatGPT on classrooms, TikTok personal finance trends, digital legacy platforms, video game culture, AI-driven lay-offs, and international relations.
Always open to opportunities and collaborations relating to tech and sustainability. I can be reached at teokaixiang [at] protonmail [dot] com.
Journalism and Research
I currently report on business and tech for Insider.
Beyond my journalism, my research interests focus on the social implications of data, and how it influences how we think about fairness, marginalisation and sustainability.
I graduated at the top of my cohort from the University of Cambridge, with a MPhil in Sociology of Media and Culture, as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust Scholar.
My dissertation focused on data governance and civic engagement in Singapore, and was awarded the Hart-Marshall Arts and Humanities Prize.
Skills and competencies: quantitative and qualitative research, policy analysis, security studies, economics, interviews, ethnography, computational social science
I was previously an associate consultant at LITMUS, a leading boutique PR agency in Singapore for B2B tech clients.
Prior to that, I was the Communications Officer of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), one of Europe's leading security think tanks, where I led the organisation's public engagement and digital strategy.
Skills and competencies: content development, communication strategies, media relations, SEO and SEM, newsletters, podcasts, thought leadership, multimedia design
Data Analysis and Storytelling
Working with data analytics and visualisation has been a core component of my past work. Excel, SPSS and Tableau have been my primary tools, and I am well-versed in working with large datasets and data communication.
Beyond effective data analysis, I love finding creative and innovative ways to use data in storytelling (see highlights).
I was a 2022 fellow of the European Summer School on Internet Governance and part of the Fall 2021 cohort of the Atlantic Council's Digital Sherlocks open-source intelligence programme.
Skills and competencies: Excel, SPSS, Tableau, Python, open-source intelligence (OSINT), data visualisation, data journalism, web analytics, infographics, game design, experience design
Public Speaking and Public Affairs
I have done conference presentations for the Oxford Internet Institute, Institute of Policy Studies, SOAS University of London, and the European Summer School of Internet Governance.
I have also facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, including public speaking, debate, and personal branding. As a competitive debater, I won numerous awards while representing Singapore Polytechnic and Leiden University.
Skills and competencies: event management, conference presentations, workshop facilitation, panel discussions, stakeholder management, networking, personal branding