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Cheng Liang Kai
Executive, Risk Management
Liang Kai graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate (Honours) at National University of Singapore (NUS).
The Risk Management department conducts both quantitative and qualitative risk evaluations. On the quantitative aspect, we monitor the value-at-risk and risk limits for both Mapletree and its REITs via quarterly reporting. In addition to that, we also perform risk reviews on potential real estate investments through financial analysis and stress-testing.
For qualitative assessment, on the other hand, the team implements a control self-assessment framework throughout the company to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, thereby fostering risk awareness and ownership among employees.
How I got my job
I began my Mapletree journey through the Mapletree Associate Programme (MAP) where fresh graduates join the department they are interested in. One of the most interesting part during the selection process for the Risk Management department was the final round, where candidates had to submit a 10-page report based on a hypothetical case – comprising of risk evaluation, financial analysis, and real estate valuation.
The highs and lows
Starting my career in Mapletree's Risk Management department has allowed me to gain a wide array of knowledge and exposure to the real estate markets across various countries. Coupled with the steep learning curve and the dynamic job scope, these factors have definitely made my career an exciting and fulfilling journey. Nonetheless, my job can also be quite challenging as it involves working with very tight deadlines and handling multiple projects concurrently.
My happiest moment at work
I derive job satisfaction from the shared achievements and glory that the team has achieved together – often during the submissions of quarterly risk reports. Personally, the most memorable project that I have completed was a stress test that we had to perform on a large property portfolio against economic and political backdrop, factoring in fluctuations in oil prices, US interest rates, and China's economy slowdown. This project was unprecedented and the broad scope of possible analyses posed a great challenge.
It is good to always keep an open mind in learning and assimilating new knowledge. Also, do not be afraid to attempt and always be willing to learn from mistakes. Instead of hoping that the environment will change for you, aim to be adaptable and versatile so that you can initiate the change instead.