UpGrad, Indian online education company appointed Weisheng Neo as Head of Southeast Asia. In his new role, Weisheng will lead the expansion of UpGrad’s operations in Southeast Asia. He comes with extensive experience in the education and technology sector, having advised some of the region’s most prominent education companies. Weisheng holds an MBA from Wharton and was most recently with Alibaba Group.
Ronnie Screwwala & Mayank Kumar, Co-Founders of UpGrad, expressed confidence in Weisheng’s appointment. In their joint statement, they said, “With Weisheng’s experience working with key decision-makers in the education space, as well as proven leadership skills, we are sure he will steer the business to new heights and make significant contributions to fuel continued growth in Southeast Asia. We are bullish on expanding into international markets and believe that South East Asian markets have similar dynamics as India. This is just a start of our international expansion plans”.
The career landscape looks very different 20 years ago, and it will continue to evolve 20 years out. Gone are the days where a person holds one job for most of his/her working life. We estimate half the jobs you see today did not exist 20 years ago. Much of Southeast Asia will continue to see this rapid transformation, as many countries in the region does not have legacy technology burdens. Weisheng’s focus for this year will be to identify the areas where upskilling is most urgent, and launch programs that the market is hungry for.
Commenting on the appointment, Weisheng said, “UpGrad, in a mere span of three years has achieved great heights and has grown at a rapid pace. I am proud to be associated with India’s leading continuing education company. We have already identified areas of growth in SEA, such as the finance industry’s digital transformation, which inevitably will require qualified candidates to fill roles that one normally would not associate with banks. Getting an education at UpGrad places one at the top of the pile when it comes to receiving an offer for such next-gen jobs”
UpGrad offers various courses in next-gen workplace skills including Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Product Management and Entrepreneurship, for working professionals who want to upgrade their skills sets to transition to jobs of tomorrow.
In February, UpGrad has raised Rs 1.5 crore and roped in another investor Unilazer to its board.