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Laurence Putra Franslay

Engineering Leader, Social Problem Solver

About me

Past Awards

  • President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards 2020
  • NUS Outstanding Young Alumni
  • NUS Computing Outstanding Young Alumni
  • Voice of Loving Kindness @ SKM

What I’m Doing Now

I’m currently leading the SRE team in TikTok Singapore, with a focus on improving operational efficiency and improving stability. In my day job, I also help take care of the rest of the Singapore team in the Server Architecture organization. Finally, I also work with various teams within TikTok to give back to our community in Singapore

Outside of work, I run social empowerment programmes with a group of like minded peers and try to solve challenges we see in the community. We run IAmTalented annually with Central CDC. On occasion, we also spin up initiatives to solve specific challenges, such as Project Stable Staples for the sudden loss of part time income due to circuit breaker, and pivoted it to provide quick response support for families in transition.

When not doing any of the above, I can be found trying to take better photos with my RX100V.

Check out my engineering origin story here.


NUS Computing Outstanding Young Alumni Award

LinkedIn Post Was an honor to have been invited back to NUS Computing to celebrate the opening of th…

SKM Voice of Loving Kindness

Received the recognition as a Voice of Loving Kindness from Singapore Kindness Movement, with a subs…


Project Lionheart

A decade ago, if you told me my face would be printed and displayed in the heartlands, I’d pro…

PayPal Newsroom Feature

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With a background as a rather versatile engineer, I have had experience across the entire stack, from data center management all the way to mobile application development. I have a keen interest in distributed systems and security.

Currently I have transitioned to an engineering manager role, but I pride myself on having the ability to dig into code, while at the same time knowing when to afford my engineers the space to do their work. These days I focus mainly on people management for work, while keeping my technical skills up to date through developing solutions to improve operational efficiency in the various social initiatives I participate in.



In my personal time, I am a core team member of various social empowerment initiatives that aim to uplift communities at risk, and look out for their well being. Since 2014, I have been a part of the IAmTalentedSG team, with a focus on improving operational efficiency using technology, and using my photography skills for the event.

During the most recent COVID-19 circuit breaker in Singapore, I was also a part of the founding team for Project Stable Staples. All in all, we managed to raise >SGD160k to support over 600 families living in rental communities in Singapore. As a recognition of the work myself and the rest of the team has done, I was awarded the NVPC PVPA People of Good award by President Halimah Yacob.

Project Stable Staples has since evolved into a quick response fund to ensure that babies do not go hungry during these difficult economic times.


In my free time, I attempt to become a better photographer, and learn how to use my camera better. As I progress as a photographer, I’m starting to find myself going back to smaller cameras that are easier to bring around, and provide me with more opportunities to use them. As I continue to hone this skill, I also use it to support the various social initiatives I am a part of as their de facto photographer.