StoneBench

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I have been working with StoneBench for the past nearly one decade, relying on them for research and editorial support. I have found them to be professional and effective, exceeding my expectations every time. They have been willing to work with me on projects both large and small, and found them to be flexible and accommodating, while never compromising on quality and professionalism.

John A. Donaldson, Associate Professor, Political Science and Senior Research Fellow, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
My association with StoneBench goes back to its very early days of founding. The team have worked with me since 2013. Their understanding of the assignment, and their honesty about their abilities makes our work that much easier. Over the years, they saved me countless hours and exceeded my expectations with the final product. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for clear, succinct and impactful language delivery.

Pushpanathan Sundram, Former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat
StoneBench has worked on a number of RSIS’ publications, from shorter pieces of 3,000 words to longer pieces at 10,000 words. In addition to the structure and overall flow, StoneBench has skilfully enhanced the readability of our publications. Their expertise in copyediting shows through their work. RSIS used to copyedit our own publications, but we found ourselves unable to cope with the sheer number we publish each month. We found StoneBench and they have delivered satisfactory results right from the start. They were quick to adopt our house style and made sure all our publications are churned out professionally within a short time.

Mervin Kok, Corporate Communications Manager, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
During the four years that I’ve worked with Siddharth and Shivaji, they have turned out to be two of the most dedicated and relentless editors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Having grown up together, their teamwork enjoys a maturity that few others can match. Their commitment to assignments is unequalled and their dogged determination to meet deadlines is unparalleled. Both are equally skilled researchers, writers and editors. I have trusted them with my most complex assignments in the past and they have never failed to deliver a quality product.

Brock Meeks, Former Executive Editor, Atlantic 57
I have worked with the StoneBench team for over two years now and continue to work with them. Their command over the English language is impeccable and what sets them apart is their ability to present the most complex of things in the simplest manner. The team have been transparent with their work, open to feedback, and adherent to our pre-agreed timelines. It has been a pleasure working with them.

Horacio Falcao, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences, INSEAD
StoneBench worked more with us – than for us. The teams’ attention to detail, commitment to timelines, and tenacity to incorporate feedback has been remarkable. Their ability to execute projects smoothly, and be consistently approachable is added benefits for the assignment itself. We will continue working with StoneBench on content related assignments for all they bring to the table.

Jaya Kohli, Director, Strategy, Policy Development & Research, Asian Institute of Finance, Malaysia
The Chamber first got to know StoneBench Asia via a recommendation, and throughout our project, Siddharth and his team has shown a great level of professionalism, exceeding expectations in the project delivery. Their work was not easy to begin with but the team quickly grasped the complex issues of the healthcare landscape in Singapore and provided excellent research and writing with well-balanced nuances. The team was very responsive and meticulous, having to work with numerous partners and ensuring that all viewpoints were addressed and weaved into the project in a succinct and effective manner, while also taking feedback readily. I can wholeheartedly recommend StoneBench Asia as a team of professionals with deep and varied industry experience whom you can trust for your writing and research needs.

Elgin Seah, Corporate Affairs Manager, European Chamber of Commerce, Singapore
Having worked with both Sidd and Shivaji for almost three years, I am happy to act as a reference to the high levels of professionalism and the quality of the output that they are capable of. In the time that I have worked with them they have served as co-editors of BRINK Asia, regularly copy-edited publications for Marsh & McLennan Insights and acted as trusted advisors in how best to grow the BRINK platform. They are fully trusted to act as representatives of Marsh & McLennan Companies (through BRINK Asia) when dealing with senior officials from both the public and private sectors. Sidd and Shivaji are great colleagues to have, they always deliver on promises and are flexible when we need to bring forward or push back our own timelines. I am happy to vouch for their credibility and capability based on my interactions with them.

Blair Chalmers, Director, Innovations in Infrastructure, Marsh & McLennan Insights
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, Marsh & McLennan Insights
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

What we do

Editorial
Services

We specialise in editing content to make it clear, succinct and impactful. Our core strength is simplifying language, and we bring that to the broad range of documents we edit, across a variety of topics. This includes substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading and fact-checking.

Organisational
Editorial
Strategy

We cut out the jargon and keep things simple and clutter-free. We help drive organisations’ consistency with content from scratch – right from developing house style-guides that are easy to understand to setting out an organisation’s editorial strategy that fits with its overarching organisational goals.

Copywriting

We specialise in research and writing focused on macroeconomics, global finance and international trade, the digital economy, public policy, regulatory frameworks impacting business, industry and business trends, and infrastructure

Whitepapers
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Reports

Our expertise in secondary research and our experience in conducting interviews has allowed us to create niche industry- and subject-focused reports for clients ranging from educational institutes to thinktanks, and from government agencies to companies. These take the form of whitepapers, position papers, points-of-view and exclusive economic, trends- and issues-based reports.

Thought
Leadership

With our foundations strongly rooted in Asia, we have extensive networks here, providing us the ability to reach out to industry specialists and experts to canvas their views, to curate a highly thought-provoking knowledge platform catered to specific kinds of audiences. From setting the editorial agenda, to bringing out stories that are important to your organisation, and recommending what topics are driving debates and interest across the region – we can provide the entire suite of offerings that create a credible thought leadership platform.

Brand
Journalism

Every brand needs to present itself in a fresh way to keep up with changing times. As seasoned journalists, we understand the nuances that go into bringing a fresh narrative consistently from a brand perspective. We craft content that resonates with your audience, and brings out the values of your organisation and product or service in the most impactful way. This can take the form of marketing brochures, pitch documents, proposals or bids, to name a few.

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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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Two members of our team were editors of BRINK Asia, a digital news platform focused on issues of risk and resilience across Asia. We set the editorial agenda and direction, procured high-quality contributors, edited and published the content. The articles covered a range of business concerns, including the global economy, the impact of geo-politics, societal shifts, new and emerging technologies, and sustainability. BRINK is the digital news service of Marsh & McLennan Insights, managed by Atlantic 57, the digital consultancy of The Atlantic.

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We provide writing services for opinion pieces, points-of-view and commentaries on topics centered on the workforce, with a focus on health, wealth and career business for Mercer's Asian offices. These pieces are written on the back of secondary research and interviews with Mercer executives.

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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.

We write thought leadership pieces and feature articles on various topics spanning tourism spending, the spending behaviours of aspirational millennials in Asia, and growth in digital payments in the Asia-Pacific, to name a few.

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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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We edit and proofread reports and points-of-view, in keeping with the house style, for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East teams.

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

Conceptualising and developing editorial content focused on economic issues to create greater awareness and understanding among key external stakeholders.

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We provide copy-editing and proofreading services to the Marsh & McLennan Insights, for research reports and articles published by it.

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We write articles and thought leadership pieces on the fintech industry in Southeast Asia, with a focus on financial inclusion and alternative lending platforms.

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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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StoneBench provides research and writing services to DOCOMO Digital. This includes two research reports on the evolution of the digital economies of Latin America and the Middle East, with a focus on digital payments and mobile money.

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We provide copyediting services to Energy Aspects for their reports and forecasts, ensuring all documents are free of error, consistent in style, and in keeping with their house style.

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We provide proofreading services for Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) Singapore publications, including newsletters, annual reports and brochures.

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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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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.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Team
Siddharth Poddar

Siddharth Poddar

Siddharth co-founded StoneBench in 2012 after five years as a financial journalist in Asia, and as a features editor across print and digital platforms. He has over a decade of experience as an editor covering business and industry in Asia. A few of his areas of specialisation include finance and the macroeconomy, globalisation and international trade, and public policy. At StoneBench, he is responsible for leading editorial projects, conceptualising and managing them.

Siddharth has an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from the Singapore Management University.

Shivaji Bagchi

Shivaji Bagchi

Shivaji co-founded StoneBench in 2012 after five years in public/ investor relations in India. He has over a decade of experience in working closely with clients for copywriting, content creation and development, and public/ investor relations.

Some of his areas of specialisation include consumer industries, technology and the digital economy, fintech, demographics and the macroeconomy. At StoneBench, Shivaji works closely with clients to help us create the type of content they want.



Zabir Rahman

Zabir Rahman

Zabir is a research writer with five years of experience. He drives research and writing on various projects at StoneBench. His primary work interests lie in all things tech – and specifically in fintech, automation and new energy; and in the transport and infrastructure sectors.

Zabir Rahman

ANDREW HUNG

Andrew assists with and manages research on projects at StoneBench. Prior to joining StoneBench, Andrew worked in the information technology sector, managing different geographic area accounts for a global IT major; and helped in the business development of emerging technologies.