Niharika Singh, 31, of India has spent countless hours inside the boardroom with ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. As the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s vice president and head of product, she observes the billionaire entrepreneur make tough business decisions daily while also making decisions alongside him.
An IIT Delhi and IIM Bangalore Engineering and MBA graduate, Singh has a unique vantage point to observe Chatri run ONE Championship. This makes her the perfect candidate to play an advisory role to him on the upcoming “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” where she will assist him judge the 16 contestants cast for the show.
“As Chatri’s advisor, I will be his eyes and ears, even behind the scenes so you can expect me to be constantly observing and assessing the candidates,” Singh said. “I will be present when Chatri delivers the tasks, will acutely observe candidates during the tasks and will play a part in the final decisions made in the boardroom. I have worked extensively with Chatri so I know how he works, how his mind works and what he looks for when he is hiring.”
Singh started her professional career as consultant at McKinsey & Company then moved to Treebo Hotels, an early stage startup in India, before eventually relocating to Singapore. Since joining ONE Championship as vice president and head of product in mid-2019, she has been in constant close proximity with Chatri and has been able to get a good read on how the mind of a seasoned entrepreneur operates.
It is a skill Singh believes will help her advise Chatri in selecting “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.” She said, “I will be following and observing the candidates throughout the tasks and will be relaying my feedback to Chatri.”
“As an advisor to him, I will be candid in my feedback and will strongly and publicly air my opinions,” Singh said. “In short, if any candidate wants to get to Chatri, he or she will need to get through me first.”
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” is slated for release and distribution in Q4 of 2020. Produced by ONE Championship’s production arm ONE Studios and under license from MGM Television, the popular reality television show will run on both streaming and linear platforms across the Pan Asian region and will air on major television networks and digital channels in over 150 countries worldwide.
Since the original American version was launched over 16 years ago, “The Apprentice” has become one of the world’s most successful reality television franchises in history. Thousands of auditions from all across the globe have already poured in since the announcement of the show in February 2020.
ONE Championship has yet to reveal the initial contestants who made the cut. According to Singh, Chatri is looking for candidates who exhibit certain qualities as both executives, and as human beings.
“‘The Apprentice’ needs to have all the traits that we already look for when we hire, the right values, the PHD factor (poor, hungry and determined in spirit) and the will to win,” Singh shared. “We look for dreamers who also have fire in their bellies to make their dreams come true.”