Mr Maniam talks about the power and influence of names, and the effects the effect that names can have on everyone. After working at the Singapore Embassy in America, Mr Aaron Maniam was posted to the Strategic Policy Office to work on scenario planning and analysing long-term trends relevant to Singapore. In 2010, he was appointed the first Head of the Singapore Government’s Centre for Strategic Futures.

In July 2011, Mr Maniam was appointed Director of the Institute of Policy Development at the Civil Service College(CSC),which provides training to the top 1% of the public sector workforce. Currently, Mr Maniam is the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Beyond civil service, however, Mr Maniam is also an incredibly talented poet. In addition to Winning the Golden Point Award for English poetry in 2013 and being shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2007, his work has also featured in multiple online journals and compendiums.

In 2009, he was one of 50 poets featured in Fifty on 50, a collection to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary of self-government. He is also the Founder and Editor of the Birthday Collective, a movement that aims to become a “Brain, Heart and Hand Trust” of Singapore, by inspiring the next generation of young Singaporean Leaders. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at