We are excited to bring you the second session of our Dialogue with Diplomats series, this instance featuring the British High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Kara Owen CMG CVO on Thursday, 2 December, 3 PM SGT.

As this event is taking place during the 16 Days of Activism period, H.E. Kara Owen will specially address the problem of violence against women, in addtion to touching upon women in leadership, supporting women in male-dominated fields, and more such topical issues. The session will be in the form of a fireside chat, moderated by Ms Georgette Tan, President of United Women Singapore.

The Dialogue with Diplomats series is a one-of-a-kind series that features women heads of the diplomatic community serving in Singapore. The series aims to highlight these women in leadership in various fields as role models to inspire young women to help broaden their horizons and fuel their aspirations to rise to leadership roles in fields of their choosing. 

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About the Speaker

H.E. Ms Kara Owen CMG CVO has been the British High Commissioner to Singapore since June 2019. Prior to that, she was Director for the Americas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has served as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassies in Paris and Hanoi. She has been awarded a CVO (Commander of the Victoria Order) and CMG (Companion of St Michael and St George) by HM The Queen for services to diplomacy.

Ms Owen graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in History, holds an MSc from LSE in Diplomacy and International Strategy and an MSc from Cranfield University in International Human Resource Management. Alongside her diplomatic work, she has focused on diversity and inclusion and organisational development.




[Past Edition]

In this first event of the series, we have the pleasure of hosting Her Excellency Lynn McDonald, Canada High Commissioner to Singapore and Her Excellency Jo Tyndall, New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore. 

About the speakers

Her Excellency Lynn McDonald: Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. McDonald is a  graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom  (IB, 1987) as well as of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College (BA High  Distinction, International Relations & Economics, 1991) and Faculty of Law  (LLB, 1994). She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and joined  Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in 1996.  

 During her time in Ottawa, Ms. McDonald worked in the Legal Bureau,  the Trade Law Bureau, and the Trade Policy Bureau of GAC. In her most recent  assignment at GAC headquarters, she served as the Director of the Intellectual  Property Trade Policy Division (TMI) where she oversaw the negotiation of the  intellectual property provisions of Canada’s bilateral and multilateral trade  agreements (2011-2014). Her positions overseas have included as legal advisor  at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in  Geneva, Switzerland (1999-2002) and Counsellor and Head of the trade policy  section at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. (2005-2009). Her most  recent assignment abroad was as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the  Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao (2014-2016).  

 Ms. McDonald is married and has two children. 

Her Excellency Jo Tyndall: Ms. Jo Tyndall was most recently New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador. From 2016 to December  2018, she also co-chaired the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC)  Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). As Climate Change Ambassador, she was head  of delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and  Trade from July 2010 to March 2016. 

From 2014 -2015, she held a Vice President position on the Bureau of the United Nations Framework  Convention on Climate Change, representing the regional grouping of Western European and Other  States. 

Prior to her role as Climate Change Ambassador, Ms Tyndall was Director of the Broadcasting Unit in  the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. From 1999 to 2006, she was Chief Executive of the  broadcasting funding body, NZ On Air. She has also served as Chief Executive of two screen industry  organisations – the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and Project Blue Sky  (1994 to 1999). 

Ms Tyndall began her career as a multilateral trade policy specialist with the Department of Trade and Industry and subsequently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

To register for the event, please click here. Registration closes on 6th July 2021.