1880 celebrates successful first year with a significant round of investment to kickstart regional expansion plans – The members club also announces the appointment of Kirk Wagar, Former US Ambassador to Singapore, as Chairman


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 1880, the Singapore-founded members’ club, has announced two major milestones to help drive its expansion – a $3m SGD investment from one of the city’s leading real estate developers RB Capital, and the appointment of former US ambassador, Kirk Wagar as Chairman of the Board.


Since opening in December 2017, the Timothy Oulton designed 22,000 sq. ft club at Quayside, Robertson Quay, has established itself as a forum for a diverse community of global citizens seeking meaningful conversations.


Founder Marc Nicholson commented: “While big international challenges take centre stage in many of our news feeds today, alongside increasingly inward nationalistic tendencies, growth in Asia continues. Our goal when we opened 1880 was to build a platform for people with open, entrepreneurial minds to come together and spark new connections, ideas and ventures that will ensure this growth is sustainable and driving positive economic and social impact in today’s global landscape of disruption.”



Kishin RK, CEO of RB Capital, has been a driving force behind 1880 since it launched in one of Singapore’s most highly anticipated urban regeneration projects of recent years, Quayside. RB Capital spearheaded the $450m SGD investment into the neighbourhood, which reopened in 2017 with a reimagined design aesthetic by globally renowned architect firm SCDA. RB Capital’s recent $3m SGD funding into 1880 will support plans for the club’s international growth. Kishin’s expertise in hotel and hospitality concept curation, eye for identifying emerging residential and commercial districts and unparalleled knowledge of introducing new concepts to market, will fortify 1880’s regional expansion. Target cities include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – where plans to establish 1880’s signature philosophy of uniting individuals through conversation and within a local context, are already under way.


Kishin RK, CEO of RB Capital, noted: “The Quayside development has been designed around the community – creating a dynamic neighbourhood for Singapore’s residents and discerning international guests. 1880 was founded in Quayside Singapore out of a shared vision to inject a series of fresh and exciting concepts into the area that go way beyond a traditional ideal of hospitality. 1880 epitomises this evolution, providing a platform curated to attract a truly diverse community of members seeking anything but your typical members club. I’m excited to work with Marc and the team to extend this community beyond Singapore.”



Kirk Wagar, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore from 2013 to 2017, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of 1880, effective immediately. Bringing decades of experience working at the intersection of public policy and business across Asia Pacific, he will play a pivotal role in steering 1880’s regional growth.


Commenting on his appointment, Kirk said: “I’m honoured to be the Chairman of the Board of 1880. The team have such a strong belief in bringing people together for intelligent conversations, I look forward to helping it grow into a global brand.”


Over the past nine months, 1880 has hosted regular panel sessions, member discussions and TED-style talks spanning a plethora of subjects. From bitcoin and machine learning to Nobel Laureates on biotechnology and solving the world’s most pressing problems, 1880’s Salons have ignited rounded discussions around the forces shaping our world today.


Upcoming events include the ‘We Are One’ anniversary party on December 1st, the launch of a Young Entrepreneurs programme for teenagers, a visit to the Dalai Lama and a delegation of members travelling to North Korea to provide mentorship to local entrepreneurs during a three-day innovation workshop, the Pyongsong Startup Bootcamp. 1880 is also set to launch an Impact Foundation this year, a member led fund that will support regional initiatives driving measurable positive social or environmental change.


Marc concluded: “We’re not about limiting membership to creative types, or other pre-defined criteria. If you come with a point of view and an open mind, you’re welcome at 1880. And of course some of the best and brightest ideas – big or small – begin in a social environment, so we serve up all the elements for good old-fashioned fun in generous portions.”



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