Singapore – there and back
Hans Christian Drost, Cand.polit, International Banking, Singapore Exchange.
When Hans Christian's family was told that he wanted to study Economics at the University they asked him: “So Hans Christian, what can you use that education for?”. “Well” he answered, “I can always become a banker!“. "From the time I started University, I knew I wanted to do something with banking in an international setting. But the comment about becoming a banker was a joke, and I’ve been reminded about this many times since”, Hans Christian says.
" From the time I started University, I knew I wanted to do something with banking in an international setting
Hans Christian Drost
Hans Christian got his first student-job at Copenhagen’s Merchant Bank at Holmens Kanal. At first, he was helping in the library but gradually he was given tasks that were more relevant to his studies and which carried an international profile. Meanwhile, he worked as a real-estate agent in his spare-time. But it was never a secret that Hans Christian wanted to work abroad and he often mentioned this to his manager.
All of this leads him to a job in the foreign department. As a result of this, Hans Christian's next job is at an American bank with a stronger international focus, and here he learns International Banking and is ready to use his knowledge at the Co-operative bank where his next challenge will be foreign finance.
First time Hans Christian arrives in Singapore is in Spring 1988. Here he is to explore the possibilities for banking in East Asia: “When I arrived, I lost my heart to Singapore. The heat, the palms, and Singapores multicultural society – it was all very exotic and exiting. Even though my stay in Singapore only lasted for a week, I knew I had to come back”, Hans Christian admits. And it wasn’t long after this that he was appointed as Branch Manager in Singapore.
" “When I arrived, I lost my heart to Singapore. The heat, the palms, and Singapores multicultural society – it was all very exotic and exiting. Even though my stay in Singapore only lasted for a week, I knew I had to come back.”
Hans Christian Drost
In Singapore, Hans Christian also meets his wife. After having lived in Singapore for a few years, the couple leaves to Frankfurt, Germany with the bank. Here he becomes responsible for the banks activity rate. Hans Christian isn’t really looking for a job during this period, but is soon head-hunted to be Bank Manager at The Frankfurter Bodenkreditbank. In 2002 his contract expires and the financial sector in Germany is under high pressure. He and his family therefore decide that it's time for new challenges after 10 years in Germany.
Back in Singapore the atmosphere is quite different from when Hans Christian left. Now everyone is talking about SARS and panic is moving swiftly through the real estate market. But it’s also a rewarding time to settle down in Singapore. Hans Christian and his family decide to move back and have lived there ever since. He takes care of the family business and has for a period been a member of the stock exchange in Singapore– but during the past years they have focused more on his wife’s career.
Hans Christian’s family is best described as very multinational. His wife is from Singapore, his oldest daughter has attended an American school in Singapore and has lived in China for a couple of years and his youngest daughter is born in Germany and speaks fluent German. At home she speaks the family’s main language which is English - but Danish with her father. She is currently doing an international baccalaureate, and wants to continue her studies at The University of Copenhagen. And what is she going to major in? “Yes, she is considering”- Hans Christian says with a smile “…to do a Master in Economics at the University of Copenhagen.”