Board members

Board Members

Georgette Tan

President

Jin Lu

Vice President

Harmin Kaur

Treasurer

Ching Ne Tan

Secretary

Archana Parekh

Board Member

Haslinda Amin

Board Member

Paige Parker

Board Member

Ruth Yeoh

Board Member

Trina Liang-Lin

Immediate Past President

Advisory Panel

Georgette Tan

Georgette Tan is President, United Women Singapore, an NGO advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders. Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President Communications heading up Communications and CSR at MasterCard Asia Pacific. Her career includes heading communications roles in both private and public sectors in Singapore and Hong Kong including CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation.

She currently the chair of BoardAgender, an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations, focused on increasing the number of women on boards, and is on the Taskforce on Family Violence jointly led by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Georgette also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.

Jin Lu

Jin Lu holds a Master degree in Peking University. Jin Lu has worked with Golden Meditech Holdings Ltd as the Founder and Director for 12 years, and was with Cordlife Group Limited as Director between 2012 and 2014. Her philanthropic involvement includes The Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Chinese Women’s Association (CWA), United Women Singapore, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital and The Red Pencil in Singapore.

HARMIN KAUR

Harmin Kaur

Founder and Chairperson of Women Venture Asia,
Former Executive Director at Goldman Sachs,
Board Member (Hon. Treasurer) of United Women Singapore

 

Harmin is a former Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, covering ultra-high net worth individuals and families in Southeast Asia, in the Consumer and Wealth Management Division. In June this year, after 12 years at the bank, she moved on to pursue her passion for building a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem through launching a non-profit organisation, Women Venture Asia.

As a former banker, Harmin recognises the significant economic opportunity and societal benefits that can be optimised by addressing women’s fuller participation as entrepreneurs and in the workforce.

Harmin has hence been a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has led Inclusion and Diversity for Goldman Sachs across the Asia Pacific region, pioneering innovative programmes targeted at building the pipeline of women leaders and increasing accountability at senior leadership level.  She has also served on the Boards of leading women’s organisations in Singapore –  she is currently serving as Honorary Treasurer at United Women Singapore (UWS), which focuses on empowering women and girls to become future leaders in the STEM and Fintech fields. She is an active mentor with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Women in Business, which helps empower the next generation of young female leaders and entrepreneurs. She also regularly speaks on topics focused on supporting the pipeline of women leaders. Harmin is a Befriender at Daughters of Tomorrow, supporting underserved women to build financially resilient families.

Harmin is a foodie at heart and enjoys writing about her wine, food and lifestyle discoveries. She has interviewed some of the world’s top restaurateurs and chefs, sharing their inspiring journeys in feature articles published in leading magazines in Asia.

Ching Ne Tan

Ching Ne is a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. She has over 20 years of work experience, including being the Asia Pacific Tax director in large multi-national corporations. She has been involved in Corporate social responsibility activities and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Ching Ne holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Singapore and an Accredited Tax Advisor with Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Archana Parekh

Archana Parekh is a Portfolio Manager at Millenium Capital Management, an absolute returns investment management firm based in Singapore. She manages the global Financials and Technology equity and credit portfolios.

Previously, Ms. Parekh worked at Temasek Holdings covering the Financials sector looking at global private and public transactions. Prior to that Ms. Parekh worked in New York with Ernst & Young.

Ms. Parekh serves on board of the United Women Singapore. Ms. Parekh received her MBA from Stanford University where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received her BA in Computer Science and Economics from Mount Holyoke College.

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is a partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with 32 offices in 14 countries. She is the global Co-chair of the firm’s Power Industry Group, Co-head of the firm’s Indonesian Practice and is based in the firm’s Singapore office. Ms. Tjia-Dharmadi specializes in international project development and project finance transactions and has advised on many of Asia’s landmark oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, power and infrastructure projects. International legal and financial publications have consistently praised her work and acknowledged her as a leading lawyer in her practice areas. Euromoney honored her with its Asia Women Business Law Awards for “Best in Energy and Natural Resources” in 2012 and The American Lawyer named her “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” in its 2015 Emerging Markets Awards.

Clarinda launched Latham & Watkin’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) initiative in Asia and is one of the 100 BoardAgender champions in Singapore, a non-profit focused on the advancement of women to Board seats and senior leadership roles in companies across Asia. She is ardent supporter of arts and culture and has been a repeat recipient of the National Art Council’s Patron of the Arts Supporter Award. Clarinda read law at Queen Mary College, London, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple and is currently practicing as a solicitor of England and Wales.

Haslinda Amin

Haslinda Amin is a news Correspondent and Anchor for Bloomberg Television. Based in Singapore, she has been at the heart of events driving the transformation of Asia. Haslinda has reported on major financial and political developments such as Suharto’s downfall, the bloody anti-government clashes in Thailand and elections across ASEAN, India and Pakistan. Haslinda has interviewed world leaders in politics and industry including Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohamad, Joko Widodo, Benigno Aquino, Thaksin Shinawatra, Tony Blair, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Timothy Geithner, Paul Volcker, Jean-Claude Trichet, Stanley Fischer, John Travolta and Jenson Button.

She also speaks regularly at conferences like those hosted by the World Economic Forum, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, ASEAN and Asian Development Bank. She’s been invited to moderate discussions organised by the Milken Institute, Blackrock, UBS, Barclays, SALT and Aberdeen Asset Management among others.

As part of her wide-ranging role at Bloomberg TV, Haslinda hosts ‘High Flyers’ which has been nominated for Best Talk Show at the Asian TV Awards. Shot on location inside one of Singapore’s most visible attractions, the Singapore Flyer, each episode features Asia’s biggest names. ‘High Flyers’ is the longest-running program on the channel that’s aired globally.

Haslinda began her career in radio covering regional politics. She joined Bloomberg Television in 2002. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, majoring in International Politics and English.

Paige Parker

Paige Parker moved from New York to Singapore permanently in 2007. Paige is a patron, board member, and fundraiser for numerous organisations, including United Women Singapore, Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Dance Theatre.

Paige enthusiastically supports local fashion/design/jewellery/art, and is a graduate gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America, former columnist for The Straits Times, and host of “Pass the Power with Paige Parker” podcast, bringing together thought-leaders to share wisdom, successes and failures, and Conversations of Hope – available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

At the turn of the millennium, Paige and her husband Jim Rogers spent three years driving around the world, ultimately gaining a Guinness World Record. Paige’s best-selling memoir Don’t Call Me Mrs. Rogers details that epic circumnavigation, as well as her own personal evolution, along with the status, or lack thereof, of the women she met on the road. Paige is a member of both the Circumnavigator’s Club and The Explorers Club.

Paige and Jim are the proud parents of two daughters, Bee, 13, and Hilton, 18. Follow Paige on Instagram @iampaigeparker.

Ruth Yeoh

Ruth Yeoh is an Executive Director at YTL Singapore Pte Ltd and Director at YTL-SV Carbon Sdn Bhd, YTL’s in-house carbon credit and clean development mechanism (CDM) consultancy.

Ruth is the eldest in her fourth generation family business who started and heads Sustainability for the YTL Group of Companies, where she reports and consolidates her organisation’s sustainability activities through writing its award winning sustainability reports, published yearly. She also pioneered the highly successful “Climate Change Week”, YTL’s flagship educational campaign designed to raise awareness on the important issues of climate change starting in her nation of Malaysia and globally. Recognised at the Global CSR Summit and Awards 2011 with a “Silver Award in CSR Leadership” for her dedication towards sustainable developments, she was also honoured with a “GreenTech Award” as one of eight personalities in Malaysia’s Top 30 Green Catalysts 2014. Her dedication to sustainability for YTL Corporation has won the multi-disciplinary conglomerate numerous awards including the inaugural “Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Regional)” by the Singapore Environmental Council in 2012. In 2013, Ruth served as a Steering Committee member for the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards and was selected as a World Cities Summit Young Leader for the World Cities Summit 2014. She also co-founded the Recyclothes Group together with three other Founders, a sustainable fashion and social enterprise that raises funds for charities in Malaysia and which promotes the circular economy.

Ruth is a member of the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility Malaysia (BCSRM) and the Family Business Network Asia. She is also an investment committee member of both the Asian Renewable Energy and Environment Fund (AREEF) and Renewable Energy and Environment Fund (REEF), investing in clean technology and renewable energy. She was appointed to the Board of Rare Conservation in 2008 and is a Board Member at Reef Check Malaysia and Fellow at Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative (Class of 2010). In 2015, Ruth joined the Board of Trustees at Kew Foundation Council as a Member to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in The United Kingdom. She also served as a Member of the Board of Advisors at the Malaysian Association in Singapore (MASIS), the Board of Gardens by the Bay and the UN Women Singapore Executive Committee. In addition, she represents Singapore as one of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors for Dignity for Children Foundation. In the same year, Forbes identified her as one of 12 to watch in their list of Asia’s Power Businesswomen and one of their “Heroes of Philanthropy”. For her pioneering achievements in conservation and promoting the importance of sustainability in business, she was awarded the “Alumni Laureate Award – Special Excellence Award” by the University of Nottingham in 2017. In 2018, she made it along with 25 prominent women leaders from 19 countries to be in the inaugural “Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen” List of Honour by CSRWorks International based in Singapore. She was also selected as a Young Leader for the 2nd Singapore Summit Young Societal Leaders Programme 2018 organised by the Singapore Government and speaks at schools to inspire the younger generation, including supporting two young Malaysian authors who wrote the multilingual book, “Billy the Plastic Bag” in 2008. She also conducts planting activities and environmental talks at her daughter’s school to cultivate a love for nature from a young age. For her contribution as a Board Member (2015 to 2018) to Gardens by the Bay, an orchid breed Papilionanda Ruth Yeoh was dedicated to her and she was also awarded the Ministry of National Development (MND) Medallion for Distinguished Service in 2019.

Ruth graduated with a degree (Hons) from the University of Nottingham UK and an MSc (Distinction) from Cass Business School in the City of London, UK. She was previously attached to Credit Suisse, Singapore. In addition, she has written for both the Wall Street Journal Asia Edition and Financial Times, and has co-edited a book on climate change entitled “Cut Carbon, Grow Profits: Business Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Sustainability”, published in 2007.

More information on Ruth’s work is available at https://www.ytl.com/sustainability and https://www.recyclothesgroup.com

Trina Liang-Lin

Trina Liang-Lin is Managing Director at Templebridge Investments and President of the past organisation. She is a pioneer and specialist in the Asian bond market securities sector. She has held senior positions in a number of global investment banks and has worked in Hong Kong, New York, London and Singapore. Ms. Liang-Lin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Under her watch, together with her team at past organisation, two important and significant advocacy milestones were reached with the Singapore government in 2012: first, a mandatory rest day for Foreign Domestic Workers commenced from January 2013; and a National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) which UN Women contributed to putting in place, guided Singapore’s TIP strategy from 2012-2015, when Singapore got its first standalone anti-trafficking legislation. She is also the co-founder of Project Inspire, a global social enterprise competition for youth. She is past president of the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWAS) and sits or has sat on numerous and diverse boards including the Sentosa Development Corporation (audit committee), the Community Foundation of Singapore, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) board of directors, the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO), the Victoria Advisory Committee (VAC – comprising Victoria School and Victoria Junior College), the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the Economics and Employment committee of the Singapore government’s feedback unit, REACH, and is the co-chair of BoardAgender. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She has been a Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC) mentor since 2014. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).

She is a sought-after speaker and panellist and regularly opines on women’s issues in the local press. In particular, her 2015 opinion article in the Straits Times continues to spark lively interest and discussion. In 2015 for the Singapore General Elections, Ms Liang-Lin was part of PAP candidate Minister Lawrence Wong’s close-knit campaign and communications strategy team. In 2011, she was one of 10 individuals chosen to speak at a rally in support for Presidential candidate and now President Tony Tan of the Republic of Singapore.

She and her husband have been the National Arts Council conferred Patron of the Arts Supporters since 2011. In 2014, she was appointed Chairperson of the Philanthropy in Asia Summit. From 2015 she was appointed co-chair of the President of Singapore’s Volunteer and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA). Believing in the importance of giving back to society, her husband, Edmund and her set up Lin Foundation Asia, www.linfoundationasia.com in April 2016. She was voted Woman of the Year (Business and Finance) by Women’s Weekly Magazine in 2006 and Her World’s 50 Most Inspiring Women Under 40 in 2010. She has also been named both Straits Times’ 50 Young Singaporeans to Watch (2004) and 20 Women to Watch (2006). In Aug 2018, Harper’s Bazaar named her on their Power List and she was appointed a judge for the annual Singapore’s Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time awards.

Debra Soon

Georgette Tan is President, United Women Singapore, an NGO advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders. Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President Communications heading up Communications and CSR at MasterCard Asia Pacific. Her career includes heading communications roles in both private and public sectors in Singapore and Hong Kong including CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation.

She currently the chair of BoardAgender, an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations, focused on increasing the number of women on boards, and is on the Taskforce on Family Violence jointly led by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Georgette also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.

Jacqueline Loh

Georgette Tan is President, United Women Singapore, an NGO advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders. Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President Communications heading up Communications and CSR at MasterCard Asia Pacific. Her career includes heading communications roles in both private and public sectors in Singapore and Hong Kong including CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation.

She currently the chair of BoardAgender, an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations, focused on increasing the number of women on boards, and is on the Taskforce on Family Violence jointly led by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Georgette also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.