Aun Koh

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Ate Group, Singapore

Aun Koh is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Ate Group. Originally founded in Singapore in 2006 as a boutique consultancy providing lifestyle companies with innovative solutions for their communications and marketing needs, Ate has since grown into one of Singapore’s most dynamic and creative organizations. Today, Ate consists of 3 different private limited companies. Ate Integrated Communications; Ate Digital provides digital; and Ate Ideas.

Aun has worked for some of the world’s most well-reputed media properties, including the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek, and has also launched several impressive publications, including EAST magazine, an Asian regional lifestyle publication, and Shopping!, which won a Gold Medal for Best in Design at Publish Asia 2002. East, which was distributed across 13 countries, was called “Asia’s hippest magazine” by Asiaweek and “an Asian Vanity Fair” by Fortune.

Between 2004 and 2006, Aun ran the visual arts and literary arts divisions for the National Arts Council Singapore. Some of the projects that he oversaw include the Singapore pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Singapore Biennale, and the Singapore Writers Festival.

Aun has covered the hospitality and F&B industries throughout his career. In 2005 and 2006, he researched and wrote all of the essays on hotel trends for Institutional Investor’s annual hardback World’s Best Hotels. In 2006, he helped write SingaporeChic. Aun has written three cookbooks, two for acclaimed and award-winning hotels or hotel groups (Six Senses and Chiva-Som). He also runs one of Southeast Asia’s most popular food blogs, Chubby Hubby (www.chubbyhubby.net), which at its peak got over 3 million hits a month from over 90,000 unique visitors. 

 

 


Aun Koh's Contributions
  • A rose by any other name... is still a rose. And so's the skin cream you've just spent a fortune on.

    Judging by what I've been reading online, BB creams, an all-in-one treatment/moisturizer/makeup/sunscreen mashup that first gained popularity among Korean actresses and starlets and is now used by almost every...

  • Science Suggests That We All Have Asian Origins, Not African

    Myanmar has been pretty prominent in headlines around the world this past week for two reasons. The first is the recent trip to Thailand made by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi--her first overseas trip in 24...

  • The New Global Audience for the Asian Artisan

    Growing up in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, "made in Asia" always held a less than positive connotation. Back then, most people believed--mostly because of poorly-made electronics, cheap toys, cars...

  • Will Gay Marriage Ever be Legalized in Asia?

    Two weeks ago, the happiest place on earth got a whole lot happier. Tokyo Disneyland, in a move that surprised and delighted thousands across Asia, announced their support of gay marriages. While gay marriage is...

  • Soft Power through a Rock'em Sock'em Action Flick

    I'm always fascinated by pop culture products that become cultural catalysts. More specifically, I'm particularly interested in foreign exports that are so interesting, exciting, addictive or just plain weird that...

  • Can You Name Asia's Best Chefs?

    This past week, Restaurant Magazine, a British F&B trade publication, unveiled its latest list of the world's best restaurants. This annual ranking--properly known as the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best...

  • America, Wake Up! The Brits Are Already Beating You, and You Don't Even Know it!

    Not too long ago, over dinner, a few friends were discussing an impending visit by Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The occasion would be to commemorate the launch of a new Asian campus of their alma...

  • A China Strategy for Small Luxury Labels

    The second annual Men's Fashion Week, an SGD$8 million gathering of global designers and Asian pop stars, is currently underway in here in Singapore. I was very happy that one of my friends, a British tailor...

  • Skinny-Fat People

    Whenever American friends visit me in Singapore, they often comment on how slim the majority of people in Singapore--as well as in other major cities in Asia--seem. My male friends in particular love coming here...

  • Why do your kids speak Korean?

    When I was in high school in the USA in the late 1980s, the big Asian language that many of my peers wanted to learn was Japanese. A half-decade later, the number one choice was Mandarin. Today, however, more and...

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