Speakers

Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef

Member of Parliament,Marine Parade Group Representative Constituency,Senior Consultant

Parliament of Singapore,Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital

 
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Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef is Senior Consultant, Director of Undergraduate Training and Education as well as Director of Clinical Service and Quality at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital. She is also Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Yong Loo Lin Medical School, National University of Singapore.

She teaches part-time at the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic. Her area of sub-specialisation include Prehospital Care Medicine, Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Emergencies. She has worked in various countries including both the UK and USA and served as an International Consultant to MaxHealthcare, India. 
Prof Fatimah is a strong advocate for women empowerment. She educates young ladies and mentors them into leadership positions, she shares lifelong learning principles with them and she speak on a variety of women related topics in parliament such as in the areas of healthcare, education, the workplace and families.

She is out there, together with the men, whether it is in disaster affected countries, at Ground Zero after an earthquake, tsunami, massive floods, war zones, cyclones etc  in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Myammar, Indonesia, Africa, Iran and more
She continues to work full time, with a fulfilling career in Emergency Medicine, balancing clinical work with research and education, as well as her political and community responsibilities as an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore. She has participated in three General Elections and runs one of the largest constituencies in Singapore. For recreation, Fatimah enjoys mountain climbing, cooking, reading and she has completed 15 full marathons.

Claire Chiang

Senior Vice President, Diversity Action Committee Member

Banyan Tree Holdings

 
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Co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, a leading developer and manager of premium resorts, urban hotels and destination spas around the world.
She is a Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd. and Chairperson for China Business Development. Since 2006, she focuses on the acquisition of new management contracts, and oversees key strategic issues in organisational and human capital capability.
She also chairs Banyan Tree Global Foundation Ltd, responsible for directing and guiding the evolving process of the group’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and its mission to “Embrace the Environment, Empower the People”.

Claire Chiang is one of the first two women to be admitted to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) in 1995 and holds directorships in the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund and Mandai Park Holdings.

Max Loh

Country Managing Partner,Regional Managing Partner,ASEAN

Ernst and Young

 
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Max Loh is EY’s Managing Partner for Asean and Singapore and has overall responsibilities for the operations in the Region. With over 29 years of audit and business advisory experience, his clients span a broad range of industries including technology, food and beverage, construction, manufacturing, trading, hospitality, financial institutions and government concerns.
Max has been involved as an audit partner with various Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed companies, responsible for their financial statement audits and internal control reviews. He is experienced in acting as reporting accountant for companies from Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Middle East and the People’s Republic of China, listing or doing reverse takeovers on the SGX, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange.  He is also experienced in strategic planning, reorganization and operations improvement projects for companies as part of their globalization and transformation efforts. 
He is a Board Member and Public Accountants Oversight Committee Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority; Exco member and Audit Committee Chair of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants; Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of Health Sciences Authority and Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of Singapore Polytechnic.

Maya Hari

Managing Director Asia Pacific,

Twitter

 

Anthonia Hui

Chief Executive Officer & Co Founder

AL Wealth Partners

 
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Anthonia Hui is a self-made success story who started from humble beginnings. She is the co-founder of AL Wealth Partners (ALWP) Pte Ltd, a specialty firm providing independent wealth advisory, fund management and multi-family office services, which holds the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Capital Markets Services License for global accredited and institutional investors. 
Anthonia has achieved great success and recognition in the international private wealth management arena with her exceptional drive, determination and perseverance.  She is a former top banker in major international banks including Coutts, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and Citigroup, with over three decades of experience in private banking, wealth management and family offices in London, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her in-depth, multidisciplinary knowledge and experience have given her international insights that few bankers can claim.  
Anthonia was involved in setting up and implementing the “Financial Industry Competency Standards” (FICS), a benchmark-setting framework for professional achievement in the wealth management industry. The FICS is initiated and supported by MAS/IBF, where she is an active member in the Advisory Committee. 
Anthonia is also committed to grooming talent in the industry. She is a leader and influencer in the banking community and is frequently invited to speak at universities and investment bodies both in Singapore as well as abroad.  She lectures in workshops, seminars and courses to mentor students and professionals in wealth management and has contributed significantly in the design of professional courses and curriculum.  In addition, Anthonia also advises on restructuring of wealth management practices for financial institutions.
 
She is a frequent speaker in international private wealth management, compliance/regulatory and family office forums. 

Sunila Shivpuri

Managing Director, Head of CISO – APAC

Deutsche Bank

 
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Sunila Shivpuri joined Deutsche Bank (DB) in 1996. 
She is currently the Head of CISO - APAC.
Other roles in DB were Lead for Application Transformation – Nucleus Program, CIO Global Banking (GB), CIO HR technology, CIO Private Wealth Management (PWM), CIO GT APAC, CIO of Operations IT, CIO of Banking Systems IT, providing IT solutions to GTB, PBC, PWM and HR predominantly.
Based in Singapore, Sunila had accumulated vast experience with an exceptional track record of more than 36 years in IT solutions, for the financial industry in private wealth, cash management, trade finance, custody, securities, retail banking, treasury back office and stock exchange/ central depositories.  
Prior to joining DB, she was a Senior Consultant in various software consulting firms and had developed the initial versions of two wholesale/corporate banking solutions/products which are predominant in the financial markets: Banker (Flexcube) and Symbols.  
Sunila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  She further pursued post graduate diplomas in Marketing Management and Computer Management from Mumbai University, India.
Sunila is a key proponent of equality and diversity, both within and outside of Deutsche Bank, presenting regularly at industry conferences and diversity forums as a key note speaker and panel expert.

Vivien Jong

Managing Director Asia, Chief Digital Officer

BNP Paribas Wealth Management

 

Jean-Philippe Charrier

President Asia Pacific Region

Shiseido

 

Susan Cheong

Managing Director, Head of Distribution

POSB, DBS Bank

 
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Head of POSB in March 2016, to further develop and grow the People’s Bank. 
Prior to this, Susan held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CBG SG, responsible for strengthening the Customer Journey, Customer Experience & operational excellence for DBS CBG SG.  
Susan joined DBS Bank in 1998 as a Management Trainee upon her graduation from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.  
She was trained as a Credit Officer, handling consumer and corporate loans and certified as a Relationship Manager before moving on to be Branch and Treasures Business Manager in 2002.  
In 2005, Susan was appointed as Treasures Business Director and subsequently as Treasures Business Development Director. 
In 2008, she was rotated to head Service & Sales Management in CBG SG. 
In 2011, Susan was appointed as Senior Vice President & Head, Business Operations & Quality. She was promoted to Managing Director in 2012 and continued to be responsible for Business Operations and Customer Experience in CBG SG.
In 2014, Susan was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of CBG SG.
Susan holds an Honours Degree in Bachelor of Business from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, majoring in Banking & Finance.  
She is also a trained & certified voluntary Senior Assessor (for Business Excellence) with SPRING Singapore.  
In Jul 2017, Susan was appointed as a member of the Singapore Quality Award (SQA) Management Committee, SPRING Singapore. 
She is also a member of the IBF Consumer Banking Industry Workgroup.  

Elaine Heng

Managing Director and Head of Customers and Finest

NTUC FairPrice

 
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Elaine Heng is the Managing Director of Customer Division and Finest, NTUC Fairprice where she heads up the newly formed Customer Division which is set up to sharpen the focus on customer-centricity and operationalizing it across the organization. Customer Division comprises of Segments, Analytics & Insights, Brand, Marketing and Corporate Communications.
Elaine has over 20 years of retail banking experience and was formerly the Managing Director, Regional Head of Branch Sales & Distribution for Asia Pacific, Citibank N.A. She was responsible for the performance of the sales and service force across the Branch Banking business in thirteen countries. Prior to joining Citibank, Elaine spent fifteen years in Standard Chartered Bank where she was Managing Director, Regional Head of Integrated Distribution, Singapore and ASEAN and was responsible for 5,000 sales and service front line staff across multiple channels consisting of Priority banking, International banking, Branch banking, direct sales force and Digital banking.

Seow-Chien Chew

Partner

Bain & Company

 
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Seow-Chien Chew is a Partner at Bain & Company. Seow-Chien works with financial services clients in Southeast Asia, leading change programs with global and regional Banks and Insurance Companies. She has extensive experience across many countries in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, India and Australia. She has also worked at Bain’s Boston and London offices.
Seow-Chien is an active champion of the gender diversity agenda. She leads the Women@Bain initiative in Southeast Asia and sits on Bain’s Global Women’s Leadership Council. Seow-Chien is actively involved the community and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She founded Bain Southeast Asia’s non-profit practice, which provides pro-bono consulting advice to non-profit organizations. She received her MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she earned her M. Phil in Finance with distinction and BA in Economics with honors.
Seow-Chien and her husband live in Singapore with their 6 year old son.

Angela Hunter

Chief Customer, Marketing & Digital Officer

Prudential Assurance Company

 

Marilyn Ling

Chief Customer & Channels Officer

Singapore Pools

 

Yim Cheng Siew

Chief Information Officer

JTC Corporation

 

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer

City Developments Limited

 

Tan Lay Hoon

Chief Operations Officer

Manulife

 
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Lay Hoon is responsible for overseeing the company's Information Services (IS), Project Management and Operations division that includes business functions such as new business, underwriting, claims, client services, advisory & policy services and office management. 
Lay Hoon has 20 years of experience working in both local and multinational insurers as well as broking and consulting firms. Her experience spans across different lines of businesses such as life, health, group and general insurance as well as investment platforms. She has held various corporate roles in operations, sales management, compliance and product development. Prior to joining Manulife, she was an independent management consultant. Besides her strong local experience, Lay Hoon had also worked in Hong Kong in 2004 in a regional sales management role and in Shanghai in 2006 to open up the broking arm for a consulting firm. 
Lay Hoon graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Actuarial Science. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Diana The

Chief Counsel, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa

Aon Hewitt

 
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Diana The serves as Chief Counsel for the Retirement Solution at Aon APAC, Middle East & Africa.  She is based in Singapore where she, together with her team of 5 lawyers based in Sydney and Shanghai, oversee legal services in support of Aon Hewitt's business activities across 12 countries within APAC.  An important component of Diana's overall role is to provide legal support for the increasingly important investment consulting and advisory, wealth management and financial services-related consulting activities in this region.  Diana also sits on various key committees within the Aon Hewitt organization, providing strategic advice on legal and regulatory matters to frame key business initiatives.  Diana joined Aon Hewitt in January 2014. 
Diana has been named in the inaugural Legal 500’s GC Powerlist Southeast Asia 2017 and holds an MBA (Executive Program) from Nanyang Business School, in conjunction with Haas School of Business, University of California (Berkeley) and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  She currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Nanyang MBA Alumni Association.
Following her passion in horse-riding, a hobby which she picked up only 6 years ago, she became competitive in equestrian where she has competed in dressage as well as showjumping both at the club level as well as national level.  Her most recent achievement was being part of Team Singapore in the equestrian discipline of endurance riding in the recent SEA Games 2017 held in Malaysia in August this year.  

Grant Coombe

Senior Manager, Head Global & APAC Key Accounts / APAC FX Sales Strategy / Electronic Trading

Bloomberg

 

Melissa Murray Bailey

Senior Director, Sales Solutions, APAC

LinkedIn

 

Cindy Tan

VP, Display – APAC

TripAdvisor

 
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Cindy is Vice President of Display for TripAdvisor in Asia Pacific. Based in TripAdvisor’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Cindy started the APAC display business and is responsible for driving the growth of its business, leading the sales and operations team across Asia Pacific, including China, India and Japan.

Prior to joining TripAdvisor, she was at BBC Worldwide for seven years across 3 offices in Singapore, United States and Hong Kong with her last role as Regional Director. In BBC Worldwide, she was responsible for building new markets and accelerating its Asia advertising business. She played an early role in developing BBC Worldwide multi-platform strategy (TV, Mobile and Digital) and successfully drove new ad model integrated as part of BBC Advertising portfolio. Before BBC Worldwide, she was Regional Manager at TTG Asia responsible for sales and marketing. She was also part of the founding team for OCL Publishing which was eventually acquired.

An accredited coach and passionate about developing career and leadership skills for under privileged women and youth, Cindy started and runs charity led leadership workshops under newtonleaders.com.

Cindy holds an EMBA in a double degree programme with UCLA and NUS. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Finance from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monash University. She speaks fluently in both English and Mandarin.

Yean Fee Ho

Vice President of Product and Innovation

SAP Asia Pte Ltd

 

Prof Koh Tai Ann

Senior Associate, Advisor

Nanyang Technological University, UN Women Singapore

 

Theresa Goh

Swimmer and Paralympic Medallist

Singapore

 
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Theresa Goh is a Paralympic Swimmer from Singapore. She has been representing her country in various international competitions for the past 17 years. She believes her success has been largely due to the strong family support she has. Theresa has participated in the last 4 Paralympic Games and was the first female Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics in 2004.

A former world record holder in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke SB4 category, she recently clinched a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 category, at the Rio Paralympics on her 4th Paralympic Games outing.

A pioneer in the disability sports scene in Singapore, Theresa strongly believes in the importance of seeing the ability in a person and not their disability. Theresa identifies as a Queer athlete with disability and trying to speak up more for LGBTQ rights especially in Singapore.

May Ooi

MMA Fighter

Singapore

 

Su-Lyn Tan

CEO & Co-Founder

The Ate Group

 

Rachel Lim

Co-Founder,

Love, Bonito, Forbes 30 under 30

 
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Rachel Lim is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of the Love, Bonito Group, Singapore’s largest fast fashion retailer known for perfecting the Asian fit for women. Starting at a tender age of 19, her vision has created a strong, yet relatable brand that successfully merges the online and offline retail experience through constant customer engagement as well as impeccable designs at affordable prices.
As the face of the company, Rachel has built Love, Bonito on the foundation of empowering women’s confidence through style, and devotes a big portion of her efforts and time to nurture and connect with the Love, Bonito community. Her deep understanding of customers' needs and preferences has been integral in the branding and sales strategy. Key customer initiatives such as Styling Workshops are always oversubscribed, and have led to greater loyalty and engagement with the Love, Bonito customers.
Presently, Rachel heads product design, brand direction & development, and the community-driven initiatives for Love, Bonito. Apart from overseeing the overall quality, Rachel also works closely with the design team to ensure that each piece retains their signature fit.
With her influence and innate ability to connect with people, Rachel has created a loyal customer base who not only resonate with the brand, but also value their products, and that has been a large reason why Love, Bonito is Singapore’s top women’s fashion label today.
In 2016, Rachel was honoured by Forbes as Asia's 30 under 30 under the “Retail & E-commerce” category.

Valenzia Yap

Founder & CEO

PolicyPal, Forbes 30 under 30

 
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Valenzia is the CEO and Founder of PolicyPal, a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence to simplify and digitise insurance for thousands of people. Former sales broker at Allianz, Valenzia feels passionately about making insurance protection simple and accessible to everyone. Upon graduation, she worked as a Risk Assurance Consultant at PwC in London. After that, Valenzia went on to become the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore focusing on launching digital campaigns, working closely with wealth and marketing to drive innovations. Valenzia who was recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Finance and Venture Capital, is a post-graduate with MSc Business Management at Imperial College London and BA Digital Media at University of the Arts London. She's a frequent speaker at universities and conferences. When not at work, Valenzia is an avid globe-trotter and a sports enthusiast.

Preeti Dubey

Founder & Director

STRIVE HIGH

 
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Preeti is Founder & Director of STRIVE HIGH. She has been involved in the field of Training & Counseling since 1996.  She provides Emotional Intelligence based training and specializes in conducting trainings in areas of Leadership, Personal Effectiveness, Change Management, Stress Management and Culture Management. 

She holds Masters’ degrees in Business Management & Psychology. Her experience of over twenty years with reputed banks and other multinational companies in different positions of business management, marketing, training and counseling have helped her develop keen insight into issues that people face at workplace & personal lives, and have added value to her ability to provide an all-rounded perspective on leadership. She has worked with companies in diverse sectors such as Private Banking, insurance, Education & IT. Some of the companies she has worked & consulted with are DBS, Nomura, RBS, ABN Amro, and AIG.

Preeti is very passionate about developing women leaders and delivers empowering programs to enable women to create lives of purpose and passion, offering strategies that foster their leadership at work, at home, and in the community. She regularly travels to speak at conferences and conventions across ASEAN countries.

Kim Underhill

Founder & Managing Partner

Ultimate Balance Consultancy

 

Yuko Nakahira

Managing Director

3M Singapore

 
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Ms Yuko Nakahira, Managing Director of 3M Singapore, has more than 16 years of progressive experience managing dynamic businesses and functions in a science-based company. Since November 2016, Ms Nakahira has been the head of 3M Singapore, a company with extensive operations in Singapore that include R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, sales, marketing, and regional business.
As the head of 3M Singapore, Ms Nakahira leads, strategizes and manages local business operations to achieve the company’s growth objectives, as well as oversees other 3M operations in the country. Ms Nakahira is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and diversity, and the notion of “everyone matters and everyone counts” when it comes to people development.
Since she joined 3M Japan as a product development engineer in 1988, Ms Nakahira has held various roles with increasing responsibilities spanning across diverse businesses and functions. From 2008 to 2009, she led 3M Japan’s corporate planning and corporate marketing departments, where she was instrumental in the effort to drive growth and productivity in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis. From November 2009 to November 2016, Ms Nakahira led the medical and safety and graphics businesses in 3M Japan. During this time, she implemented major initiatives, including the National Resilience Project – an initiative to develop new businesses around aging infrastructure in Japan, to drive a sustained growth momentum. 
From 1998 to 2008, Ms Nakahira gained broad international experience across diverse industry verticals at McKinsey & Company in the United States and Japan.
Ms Nakahira holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tokyo. 

Sandra Yeow

Founder, 2017 Singapore Women Entrepreneur Award

Nucleo Consulting

 
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Coming from a very humble background, Sandra worked very hard to be where she is right now. She invested in her own part-time education while working full time and after 8 years of hard work, she was promoted to be the Regional Technology Manager at a company she worked with. With her knowledge gained in IT and operations, she decided to take on a new journey by starting her own business in 2010.

Currently, she is an inspiring entrepreneur that has businesses in Singapore, mostly involving IT and business space solutions that helps small and medium enterprises in Asia. She believes in constant learning and upgrading of her skills to stay competitive.
Besides being a successful businesswoman, Sandra believes in giving back to society, as she believes in passing on the kindness that she once received when she was a child. She is currently a bronze sponsor for ACRES, a Singapore based wildlife animal welfare organization and also donates to various children welfare organisations. 
She just recently published her first book, “Obstinacy Power – How Determination can Empower You and Make You a Winner”, which is one of her greatest dreams. She wanted to share with other people the strategies she learned in order to overcome obstacles and achieved her goals in her life.

Cindy Lau

Group Chief Financial Officer

SMRT Corporation

 

Guillermo Cabeza

Managing Director and Head of FX Trading, Asia and Rates Trading

Barclays

 
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Guillermo Cabeza is a Managing Director and Head of FX Trading, Asia and Rates Trading, Singapore, a position he was appointed to in April 2017. He is based in Singapore.
Guillermo was most recently Head of Barclays Non-Core Asia Traded Assets. Guillermo joined Barclays in Singapore in 2001 as Head of EM Asia Structured Derivatives Trading. He moved to London in 2006 to join the Commodity Hybrids Trading desk and returned to Singapore in this role in 2008. In 2011, he became Head of Commodity Hybrids Trading before being appointed Head of Commodities Trading for Asia Pacific in February 2014. 
 
Guillermo is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of Barclays’ Women’s Initiative Network Asia Pacific (WiN APAC). 
Guillermo started his career at Bankers Trust in New York, and also worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in both New York and Singapore, where he held a variety of roles in emerging markets trading and structuring.
 
Guillermo holds a BA in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Joon Heem Kham

Director, Head of Asia Operation

Barclays

 

Lim Teck Yin

Chief Executive Officer

Sport Singapore

 

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