Singapore Women's Congress 2013
Marina Mahathir (Keynote speaker)
In the twenty years of her extensive career, Ms Durreen Shahnaz has had experience as a banker, media executive, social entrepreneur and also an adjunct associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Ms Durreen has contributed tremendously to the community, with her efforts evident through the founding and chairing of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), Asia's first social stock exchange which helps Asian social enterprises raise growth capital.
A woman with a heart of gold, she also runs Shujog, an advocacy, research and capacity building non-profit social enterprise. Ms Durreen was also the founder of oneNest, a social enterprise and global marketplace for handmade goods which connects village artisans to the rest of the world.
Ms Natalie Turner is the founder and CEO of The Entheo Network, a global leadership innovation consultancy. As an experienced business facilitator, trainer and coach, she works with organisations to unleash their potential to innovate and improve. Some of the leading organisations she has worked for and consulted include American Express, Coca Cola, Singapore Airlines and the Cisco Systems.
Passionate about helping people develop leadership and innovation skills, she not only works with clients to help them create new products and services, she also mentors women, providing leadership programmes to help them excel in their professional and personal lives.
Mrs Ivy Singh-Lim started the organic farm Bollywood Veggies with her husband when they decided to retire from the corporate world and take things slow. This "gentle warrior" as Mrs Singh-Lim calls herself, is outspoken and straightforward, and does not withhold her opinions even if it means questioning authority. Even then, this fearless warrior has a softer side, evident in her passion to help the less fortunate - be it people or animals. Determined to make a difference and impact the community, she says, "The world is full of evil men and stupid women. I can't change much, but I'll change a lot more before I die."
Ms Fanny Lai is passionate about wildlife conservation. She is a travel writer, cartoonist and former Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which comprises Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. She is equally known for her entrepreneurial and creative flair for her astute business development and management skill. Her in-depth knowledge of the Chinese language and insights into local and regional cultures continue to be valuable assets following a career that has spanned more than 30 years in branding, marketing and corporate management. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Optimism and determination personifies celebrity and businesswoman Ms Jacelyn Tay.
This mother of one, did not have it all smooth sailing. Her much-publicised bankruptcy case in 2004 was a huge financial and personal setback. However, in a few short years, the hardworking & enterprising steel maiden got back on her feet. Today she runs a thriving healthcare business and of recent months, made a TV comeback with a leading lady role in a MediaCorp Channel 8 production.
Ms Tay's zest for healthy living prompted her to start The Health Club (now known as Body Inc.). Coupling her spirit for enterprise with the belief in natural healing remedies, Ms Tay's venture into healthcare grew her clinic that specialises in Chinese herbal remedies to one that also offers spa services and holistic medical treatments.
Mrs Laura Hwang was the first Singaporean and first woman to be appointed as Managing Director of an international merchant bank. She is also the founder of a heritage company and a social enterprise for homebound and handicapped women. Currently, she is President of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO), the national co-ordinating body for 57 women's organizations,with a combined outreach of 500,000 in Singapore. She also serves as a Director on the ASEAN Council of Women's Organisations and as Honorary Secretary of the Leadership Foundation of the International Women's Forum.
Ms Eleanor Wong is a local playwright and the Director of the Legal Skills Programme Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.
Eloquent and discerning, she prosecuted several high profile commercial and securities frauds as a deputy public prosecutor at the beginning of her career. She subsequently ventured into the media industry to join The Right Angle, a local production company where she was involved in business development, corporate affairs, technology ventures, communications training and consultancy.
Lian Pek is the Chief Editor of Channel NewsAsia. This award-winning broadcast journalist with a distinguished career in television news and current affairs, sets the editorial direction and oversees production of English news for Channel NewsAsia and sister channel, MediaCorp Channel 5. Ms Lian's passion also lies in film making and theatre work. Having earned a slew of Regional as well as International Awards, her works can be seen on various national and international channels.
With over 2 decades of experience in the media industry, Georgina Chang is a multi-talented broadcast professional with an illustrious career.
She is currently the Assistant Vice President of English Programming at MediaCorp, Radio Division as well as the Senior Programme Director of popular radio stations 987FM and Lush 99.5FM. Apart from being a former radio producer-presenter and a regular TODAY columnist, she was also a sports reporter and presenter who interviewed several sports stars including Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Efren Reyes and more. Ms Chang's career has also taken her Malaysia and Hong Kong, gaining herself a wide scope of experience.