StoneBench

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StoneBench have consistently delivered good quality on projects ranging from data organisation to design. Their work contributed to the success of the reports and I can wholeheartedly recommend them for similar projects.

Michael Prahl, former Executive Director, Global Private Equity Initiative, INSEAD
I have enjoyed working with Siddharth since he began his career as a private equity journalist. He has always responded quickly as an editor, and has shown a willingness to provide honest feedback.

Motoya Kitamura, Managing Partner, AB Value Capital Partners
The StoneBench team’s nuanced approach towards both research and writing is valuable. The team is knowledgeable and has a keen eye for detail—providing a client with just what is needed.

Pushpanathan Sundram, Executive Chairman of the China-ASEAN Business Association, and Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Economic Community (2009-2011)
I have been using StoneBench research, writing and editing services for over a year now and have just recently rehired them for a different project. They invest the time upfront to really understand your needs, do high-quality work quickly, have initiative when required, check in regularly and take feedback really well. In sum, I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a job well done!

Horacio Falcao, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences, INSEAD
Working with StoneBench has been very easy—the team is attentive and has always delivered, often at short notice. Its deep knowledge of Asia allows the team to bring unique perspectives to the table, creating thought-provoking content.

Wolfram Hedrich, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Risk Center, Marsh & McLennan Companies
I have worked with StoneBench on a number of projects - everything from research to editing. They work at a very high level in all regards, and invariably add a great deal of value. It is no exaggeration that I would have missed several key deadlines without StoneBench, and that they meet or exceed my expectations in every case.

John Donaldson, Associate Professor, Political Science, Singapore Management University
Siddharth and Shivaji are consummate professionals. They take a pride of ownership in their work product that is unmatched. They are relentless in their research, untiring in their pursuit of excellence and always deliver on their deadlines. From the smallest assignment to the biggest challenge, each job is handled with an expertise not often found in today's workforce. As a team their skills complement and enhance each other to deliver top-notch performance all-around.

Brock Meeks, Executive Editor, Atlantic Media Strategies

What we do

StoneBench provides research, writing and editorial services. We are equipped to provide output across different subjects and in varied formats for a diverse range of organisations. We don’t merely implement what clients demand. Rather, we use our experience to propose what we think will add value and we provide content that is tailored to your needs and is clear, succinct and impactful.

Research

We specialise in research focused on finance, the economy, industry and business trends, international trade and development, globalisation, and public policy. Using our journalistic experience, this entails the meticulous collection of material both through primary research sources such as interviews, and secondary research.

Writing and Editing

  • Research-driven reports
  • Thought leadership
  • Magazine features
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces
  • Academic case study writing
  • Copywriting
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Fact-checking
  • Primary and secondary research
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What is StoneBench
StoneBench is where confusion gives way to clarity; thoughts evolve into dialogue; and ideas develop into opinions.
It is where the foundation for this company was laid.

Portfolio

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BRINK Asia

Two members of our team are the editors of BRINK Asia, a digital platform focused on issues of global risk. We set the editorial agenda and direction, seek high-quality contributors and edit and publish the content.


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Asia Pacific Risk Center

We provide copy-editing and proofreading services to the Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia Pacific Risk Center, for research reports and articles published by it.

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Economist Intelligence Unit

We work with the custom research division of the EIU, providing proofreading and fact-checking services for reports spanning diverse subjects; we have also provided back-end research services to the EIU on an ad-hoc basis.

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Asian Institute of Finance

Case study written on the evolution of a small bank and its journey into a regional heavyweight, focusing specifically on its expansion strategies and the challenges it faced.

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HSBC

Our editorial team crafted a set of research-based journalistic-style feature articles focused on specific sectors in key ASEAN markets for the HSBC website as part of a thought leadership exercise.

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INSEAD

A variety of research and writing projects including a whitepaper for INSEAD’s Emerging Markets Institute, and case studies for professors across the areas of finance, business strategy and mergers & acquisitions.

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Allianz

Research, copywriting, copyediting and proofreading services for a position paper to make the content concise and reader friendly for the target audience. Proofreading and checking the document before final publication.

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DBS

Writing event panel summaries for the bank’s internal use, supplemented with additional secondary research to prepare complete articles.

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RSiS

Copyediting of publications including policy briefs, policy reports, event reports, working papers, newsletters and monographs according to the think tank’s house style guide.

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EuroCham Singapore

Writing an interview-and research-driven position paper on the healthcare industry in Singapore, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, medical devices, insurance, and health technology and services sectors.

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IE Singapore

We wrote a 10,000-word research- and interview-based report on Singapore’s evolution into a smart city. Our editorial team has also covered roundtables and events and written-post-event commentaries for IE Singapore.

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SINGAPORE

Copy-editing and refining of language used in Singapore’s teaching guides and academic material used at the secondary and high school levels.

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Nikkei Asian Review

A team member is a contributing writer with the Nikkei Asian Review, a publication focused on business, finance, economic and political news and analysis, published by Nikkei Inc.

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Global Trade Review

Research- and interview-based feature articles focused on trade finance, the petrochemicals sector and transport logistics for the Global Trade Review magazine.

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PEI Media

A series of in-depth research- and interview-based online and magazine articles focused on different facets of the alternative investment market in Asia-Pacific, including private equity investing, venture capital, infrastructure investing and private debt.

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THE HIMALAYAN TIMES

A team member wrote an Asia-focused political economy column weekly for The Himalayan Times, one of Nepal’s two leading English dailies.

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GLOBAL PRIVATE EQUITY INITIATIVE
INSEAD

We do research for, write, design and publish the Private Equity Navigator, a bi-annual collaboration between INSEAD and Pevara, offering a unique combination of independent academic analysis of the global private equity market based on a distinct, proprietary dataset.

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THE EIU:
GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN ASSET MANAGEMENT

This is a report written on the back of two webinars and rigorous secondary research. Sponsored by Malaysia’s Islamic Finance Marketplace, this report focused on local currency debt markets and investment strategies in emerging markets.

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ADB:
FROM LANDLOCKED TO LOCKED-IN

Research, conceptualisation and copywriting a report focused on the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation programme, and the economic and social benefits it brings to member states.

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IE SINGAPORE:
GLOBAL COMPANY PARTNERSHIP

StoneBench prepared the content for the Global Company Partnership (GCP) and Market Readiness Assistance brochures for IE Singapore, a Singapore government agency. We worked closely with IE to understand its requirements to deliver engaging content.

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INFRASTRUCTURE IN ASEAN:
AN INTELLIGENCE REPORT

A 2013 market intelligence handbook published by Infrastructure Investor, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. A StoneBench writer worked for this publication, conducted research and wrote a total of seven reports for this handbook.

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EAS STRATEGIES:
THE HALAL FOOD MARKET IN ASEAN

This guide looks at the market for Halal food in Southeast Asia, and provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory landscape. We conducted interviews and research, wrote the report, and designed and published it.

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Nanyang Technological
University

Our editorial team wrote the introductory chapter to a book focused on the history of material science in Singapore.

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Asian Development Bank

We have completed a range of writing, copy-editing and proofreading projects for the Asian Development Bank, including country Development Effectiveness Reviews and country briefs.

Team
Siddharth Poddar

Siddharth Poddar

Siddharth is a writer-editor and research specialist with a decade of experience in various publishing platforms including web and print. He specialises in international political economy, global finance (particularly alternatives), various aspects of globalisation and its implications for development, and infrastructure development.

He is presently a Senior Contributing Editor for BRINK Asia, a digital content platform convening the perspectives of leaders on emerging global risks. He is also associated with the Economist Intelligence Unit as a contributor and with INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative as a Research Associate.

Siddharth was formerly the Associate Editor of PEI Asia, a monthly publication focused on private equity in the Asia Pacific. His articles and columns have been published in the Nikkei Asian Review, The Himalayan Times, The Straits Times, Private Equity International, Infrastructure Investor, Agriculture Investor and Global Trade Review.

Siddharth obtained an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has dual bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from the Singapore Management University. He went to school at St. Paul’s, Darjeeling.

Shivaji Bagchi

Shivaji Bagchi

Shivaji is a communications professional with a decade of expertise in copywriting, client servicing, content creation and development, and public/ investor relations. Shivaji leads the copywriting and design efforts at StoneBench and manages our contributors, and he is currently a Senior Contributing Editor for BRINK Asia, a digital content platform convening the perspectives of leaders on emerging global risks.

Prior to forming StoneBench with Siddharth, Shivaji worked on projects with some of the leading Indian corporates and large regional companies and organisations. In his roles as a research analyst and public/ investor relations executive in Kolkata and Mumbai, he devised media and communications strategies across all media forms for clients such as Tata Steel, Lafarge, Usha Martin, Ambuja, Goal India and Sikkim Tourism among others.

Shivaji has a BA in Economics from Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai. He went to school at St. Paul’s, Darjeeling.



Zabir Rahman

Zabir Rahman

Zabir is a research writer, driving research and writing on various projects at StoneBench. He has formerly worked with the company on writing projects in an independent capacity. His primary work interests lie in the automotive industry and the transport and infrastructure sector.

He has been in the auto sector for about five years, and also manages an independent auto workshop he co-founded.

Zabir is a graduate of Automotive Manufacturing and Automotive Business from the Canadian Automotive Institute, ON, Canada. He went to school at St. Paul’s, Darjeeling.

Zabir Rahman

ANDREW HUNG

Andrew manages New Business Development at StoneBench and is a new addition to the team. Prior to StoneBench, Andrew has held several roles such as managing the IBM Africa account, business development of emerging technologies and also worked as a MICE Manager.

Andrew holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (Hons) from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, India.

He is also currently on a self-learning path to become a Data Scientist and an AI Specialist.