This week we interview Wanhsi from ArrowGates LLC to get to know her better beyond her work as a lawyer. Wanhsi specializes in the practice area of FinTech and recently authored and article to help FinTech companies in Singapore navigate the fast-changing regulations around FinTech.
What made you want to be a lawyer
I didn’t actually want to be a lawyer. I had watched a documentary when I was 12 about starving children in Africa (cliché I know!), and it made an enormous impact on me. My dream ever since, was to become a doctor, working in Africa. I guess the humanitarian work that I do in Mozambique is a part-fulfillment of that childhood desire.
But I can tell you why I want to be a corporate lawyer. I enjoy the area of finance/business. Businesses/ companies are a vital tool in social transformation. Beyond generating wealth, they can and have a positive and lasting change and influence on people, communities and societies.
What is your most prized possession
Hard question! My passport. I love being in different nations, living there, learning about the culture and people. I lived in the UK while I was doing my law degree, and backpacked most of Europe. Downwards from England, to France, worked my way across Spain, hopped on a ferry across to Morocco. I watched the milky way travel across the night sky while lying on the Sahara sand, and serendipitously met the Lonely Planet Guide writer for Morocco on a train ride from Marakesh to Fez where I was invited to his sister’s week-long wedding celebration. Across from England to Central Europe, all the way to Poland, Czech Republic.
I have been involved in non-profit work for the last 10 years and co-founded a disaster relief, humanitarian non- profit organization, with bases in Brazil and Mozambique. Due to this work, I have had the privilege of serving in different nations, and have spent considerable lengths of time in the US, Pakistan, Philippines, Brazil, Mozambique and Korea. I will never forget hiding in the boot of the car, while trying to get away in a Taliban-controlled area, or running for my life away from gun-toting policemen in a favela in Sao Paulo!
My guitar, which I take out to play when I can. Helps me to relieve stress. My hope is to be able to play jazz on the guitar or piano, one day….
Fun fact about you
I once shaved my head on a dare. It took me more than a year to grow my hair back! I was young and foolish, never again.
Where someone might find you in your free time
Wherever I am, either roaming the side streets of a city/town, exploring and taking in the sights and smells, the people going about their daily lives, and discovering little surprises and delights!
Otherwise, I would be by a large water body, either a beach, lake or perhaps a waterfall. I love how water can be relaxing and calming in a still lake, beautiful and soothing at a beach, yet raging at a waterfall.