Mr. Vinay Joseph

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Vinay is a fourth-year Economics major with an interest in econometrics and financial economy. From an early age, Vinay has been passionate about the economics of the developing world. Vinay recently returned from a year in New York City working at fintech startup, now interested in how technology can improve financial health among the underbanked and underserved.

Vinay has a bunch of other passions. Music - he plays guitar and piano in a band called Mt. Spencer and used to be active in the Arts Council and organized an excessive number of concerts in 2017. Coffee - he runs a startup called Cafehand, which makes coffee-related products. Exercise - anyone who knows him probably knows he likely to raise the word tCali in any given sentence.

In Tembusu, Vinay is continually fascinated, and inspired, by the depth of thought and insight he derives from the people of the College and hopes to continue to learn more from them. Inclusivity and integration is a big deal - Vinay is always happy to make people feel more welcome in the college and encourages anyone to reach him if they need a listening ear, or perhaps in need of a spirited conversation about Kanye.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.