Manager of Group Sustainability
Alvin joined Singtel in 2015 under its Management Associate Programme (MAP). He is presently Group Sustainability Manager and leads Singtel Future Makers, a regional social innovation programme that provides grants of over S$500,000 and capacity-building support for social impact start-ups.Alvin is pursuing his M.Sc in Environmental Management at NUS School of Design and Environment and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Second Upper) Honours from NUS Business School. During his undergraduate term, Alvin also embarked on school exchange programmes to University of Pennsylvania, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. In addition, Alvin underwent various internship stints worldwide- including UgMO Technology (USA), Global Associates (China) and KPMG (Singapore). The global perspectives and connections forged have since proved invaluable in his work.Alvin is an honorary member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honours Society, former Area Director and Club President of Toastmasters International, and member of the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Gold Award Holder Alumni.
National Youth Council (NYC)
Mr David Chua was born in 1974. He graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured to an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, to its role as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore.Under David’s leadership, NYC aims to ensure greater coherence and coordination in youth development efforts. It will deepen partnerships with the people, private and public sectors to drive holistic youth development. It aims to better feel the youth pulse, coordinate youth well-being issues and inspire young people to make a difference in their communities.
Prior to joining NYC, David served for 22 years in the Singapore Armed Forces, holding various key command and staff appointments. Most recently, he was Head Operations Planning Group in the Joint Operations Department. David was also Chairman of the 2014 National Day Parade Show committee, where he led a multiagency team and partnered closely with organisations from public and private sectors. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) in 2014.
David is married with four children.
Singapore Youth for Climate Action
Nor Lastrina Hamid is Co-Founder of Singapore Youth for Climate Action and #LepakInSG, both interest groups promoting climate action and the environmental movement in Singapore.
Young Sustainable Impact SEA
Hi! I’m Surya – Managing Director of Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia (YSI SEA), pursuing Economics and Mechanical Engineering in National University of Singapore. Like many of you, I’m concerned about issues regarding poverty, malnutrition, clean energy and climate action. For many years, I had been waiting for the “right opportunity” to come by and for me to be “skilled” enough to make a difference in these areas.
However, I realized that we cannot afford to wait for the “right opportunity”. And there might even be no such thing as a “right opportunity”. Now, more than ever, it is a matter of extreme urgency to tackle issues like climate change and poverty. I believe that with a vibrant mix of people and ideas, we youth can bring about a positive change to this world anytime. That is the basis of YSI – to empower youth to take measurable action towards the SDGs. Hope to see you at the Forum and hear from you as well.
People’s Movement to Stop Haze ( PM. Haze)
Tan Yi Han is co-founder of People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze), a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that empowers ordinary people to be part of the solution to end the regional haze pollution crisis. Yi Han is driven by a desire to help people find their passion and create a society where people have the courage to stand up for what is right. He has recently completed a Masters in Environmental Management at the National University of Singapore.
Vice-President of External Affairs
A marketing services and business development professional, with over a decade of experience, Mala’s experience includes delivering results in high-growth B2B environments, creating & executing 360° marketing programs and building a service business from scratch. Banking, education, marketing services and now the social sector, her know-how spans organizations big & small across India and Singapore. She is extremely passionate about creating social change and wishes to build a life-long career creating lasting impact. Since 2016, Mala serves as the Vice President – External Affairs at Conjunct Consulting. In the last two years, she has led all the marketing, communication, non-profit & volunteer engagement, and the advocacy work at Conjunct. Through her work, Mala has worked & engaged with hundreds of youth volunteers who are a part of the Conjunct community.
Sustainable Living Lab
Farah is the Executive Director of Sustainable Living Lab, a social innovation lab that leverages on open innovation, technology and community building to achieve a sustainable future. She is a social innovator at heart and has spearheaded initiatives such as Repair Kopitiam, a movement to combat the buy-and-throw-away culture through repair as well as FiTree, a Muslim organization encouraging Muslims to go green as it is part of their religious obligation. Farah believes that where there is a will, there is a way. Everyone, youths included, can make a difference in society and the environment in whatever capacity they have as long as they have a will and take actions towards it.
Training and Business Development Executive
Singapore Association for Mental Health
Khoo Yi Feng is a Training and Business Development Executive at the Singapore Association for Mental Health. Professionally, he strives to bring about mental wellness for all, not only in the community but also among schools and corporate organizations through outreach efforts. As a mental health advocate for more than five years, he ran more than 10 dialogues reaching out to 300 youths in the last two years, to raise awareness on issues relating to workplace transition, mental health, and self-care via intimate conversations, as well as facilitated monthly support group for people in recovery from anxiety and depression. As part of his advocacy efforts, he ran dialogues, workshops, spoke at conferences, and engaged crowds as large as 1,200. In 2017, he was selected as a global talent of the UNLEASH Social Innovation Lab, where he focused on generating solutions to tackle Goal 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goal: “promote mental health and well-being for all at all ages.” In his free time, Yi Feng enjoys volunteering, ‘Toastmaster(ing)’ and practicing martial arts.
CEO and Co-Founder
Emily is the co-founder and CEO of Pillpresso, a health-tech startup that is developing an assistive device to simplify medicine management. To date, Pillpresso has garnered $150,000 in early-stage funding and is exploring collaborations with leading hospitals and community providers.Prior to this, Emily has had a diverse track record working in hyper-growth startups, the Singapore government and in MNCs.In Lazada, Emily was the manager for the Home Appliances category, where she spearheaded the growth of the 2nd largest category in Singapore.
In the Singapore Economic Development Board, Emily’s mandate was to create jobs and enhance Singapore’s role as a global business hub. This involved directly engaging global CEOs and senior management from Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company) to attract millions of investments into Singapore.
During her time in L’Oreal – where she was the only intern recommended for a stint in the French headquarters – Emily was also a project leader with Conjunct Consulting. There, she led her team to devise a training strategy and roadmap for Singapore’s 2nd-largest employer of people with disabilities.
Emily also volunteers regularly with Lions Befrienders to provide social support to the isolated elderly in her free time. A thinker and doer, she is regarded by her superiors and peers as an individual who does not shy away from challenging the status quo.
We are CARING
David is the founder and CEO of We Are Caring Pte Ltd. After a first career in France dedicated to improve public policies toward elderly people in France, he discovered Singapore and the role played by migrant workers in the country while spending a semester at NUS Business School to complete his MBA. Interested in the unique social and economic challenges posed by the employment of migrant workers, he decided to create a social business in January 2016 to provide a smart and ethical hiring solution for families and foreign domestic workers.
He has a background in master in political science (ISMAPP), master in public health (EHESP), International MBA (Tel Aviv University).
Vice President (Environment, Health & Safety)
Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited
Kavic is the Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) at Halcyon Agri Corporation, one of the largest natural rubber producers in the world. He was previously a Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Manager with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and was Head of the Eco-Certification team at the Singapore Environment Council. He has an Honours degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was awarded the Shell Medal prize for the best dissertation and being the most outstanding student of the course. Kavic was a nominee for the inaugural Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2015 award and was instrumental in pushing for public sector green procurement for paper products in Singapore. He was a member of the Singapore Standards Council Technical Committees and was presented with the Spring Singapore Merit Award in 2017 for his contributions to quality and standards in Singapore.
Kavic also made the 2017 GreenBiz and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) “30 Under 30″ list of emerging global leaders who are shaping the next generation of sustainable business.
Environment and Science Correspondent
The Straits Times
Audrey is the Environment and Science Correspondent at The Straits Times, Singapore’s national newspaper. A recipient of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Journalism Scholarship, she joined the paper full-time in 2013 after she graduated from the National University of Singapore, where she read Sociology. At The Straits Times, Audrey covers issues such as climate change, sustainability and biodiversity conservation, in Singapore and abroad. Under the SPH scholarship programme, she has also interned at other papers, including The New Paper, The Business Times and Razor TV.
Director – Sustainable Business, Communications & External Affairs
Unilever SEAA (South East Asia Australasia)
Shweta Shukla is Director Sustainable Business, Communications & External Affairs – Unilever SEAA (South East Asia Australasia) Unilever’s largest and fast-growing region encompassing 11 markets and a large portfolio of leading personal care, homecare, refreshment and food brands. Shweta has 18 years of experience in Brand & Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Government Affairs, Employee Communications, Issues & Crises Management across leading FMCG Companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Kimberly Clark. Shweta has led several public-private partnerships and sustainability programs focused on education, health, hygiene and sanitation. She has volunteered as consultant/ mentor to social enterprises and NGOs. She is based in Singapore with her husband Aneet Shukla – Director Corporate Sales, HSBC and two sons Ansh and Vihaan Shukla.
Robin has spent a decade living and working in Asia Pacific, including in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, and has 17 years of experience in journalism, writing about media, marketing, government, technology and the environment.
Robin is currently the Deputy Editor of Eco-Business, where he reports on the big sustainability stories across the region.
Robin has a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol in the UK, and spends his weekends as a volunteer for Singapore animal welfare charity ACRES.
Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU
Kyujin Shim, PhD, is assistant professor of corporate communication at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. KyuJin holds a Ph.D from the Syracuse University and a M.A in Telecommunication from the Michigan State University. KyuJin’s research and teaching interests are corporate ethics and social responsibility, social media, crisis management and international PR with regard to globalization and digitization in communication.
Co-Founder and Chapter Leader
Lean In Singapore
Helen is a founding partner of GreenOcean Group, a sustainable business consultancy focused on helping companies grows profitably through addressing social and environmental issues.
She is passionate about diversity and inclusion across gender, generations and geographies. Helen founded the Singapore Chapter after reading Lean In and being unable to accept that unless there is significant change gender parity will not be achieved in her lifetime. She is committed to do her part, however small, in empowering women to Lean In to their career aspirations.
Lean In Singapore
Uma is the Vice President of Channels & Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) for Riverbed. Responsible for defining the region’s go-to-market strategies and a key member of the leadership team, she plays an active role in shaping the company’s growth strategy.
She has over 17 years of experience in business and strategic channels development in the APJ region.
She is also the co-founder of Lean In Singapore and founder of Lean In Women in Technology Asia & Women which now has >700 members. LeanIn.Org was founded by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg to empower women to achieve their ambitions and Uma is a big part of this community of women coming together to be inspired, empowered and educated with a focus on driving gender diversity in a workplace.
Senior Sustainability Strategist
Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future (Forum) is a sustainability non-profit, founded over 20 years ago in the UK. We believe businesses have a large role to play in achieving a sustainable future for the world. By partnering with ambitious business to lead sector-wide change across entire value chains, we can reshape the unsustainable and inequitable systems that are driving humanity to the brink of self-destruction today.
Jiehui is based in Forum’s APAC office in Singapore, and leads their work with key partners across diverse sectors, such as Sime Darby (agri-business), Swire Pacific Offshore (marine & offshore), CDL (property development), SATS (aviation catering and ground-handling) and Ramatex (textiles manufacturing). Prior to joining the Forum, she worked with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) as the communications representative for sustainable development-related industries, and oversaw the rebranding efforts in Ichi Seiki, a regional engineering SME.
Outside of work, she is known as one of “The Pen Savers”, having co-founded Save That Pen, a volunteer-run initiative which gives used and unwanted pens a new lease of life. Save That Pen collects used or unwanted pens, sorts, refills and refurbishes them with the help of our volunteers and sponsors, and distribute them as gifts to underprivileged students across Southeast Asia. Started in 2010 on the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus, the initiative has since grown into a movement across over 30 schools in Singapore, collecting over 80,000 pens and distributing more than 10,000 refurbished pens.
Deputy Vice-President & Head, Strategic Communications
As a seasoned communications practitioner with close to 20 years of experience, Shannen is adept at cross-leveraging corporate affairs, brand and corporate PR, as well as, sustainability and CSR agenda to build holistic and strategic communications for effective stakeholder engagement, persuasion and reputation building to advance business objectives and agenda with governments, NGOs, local communities and the media across Asia Pacific. In this regard, Shannen has been a strategic counsel and partner to members of the C-suite and leadership teams in different companies across diverse industries. They include Asia Pacific Breweries (APB), Carlsberg, Enterprise de Paris 2012 (in support of Paris’ bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics), Epson, Nokia, Prima Group, Procter & Gamble, Sanofi-Synthelabo and Simmons.
Shannen is also an award-winning practitioner in the area of sustainability and reporting, who spearheaded APB’s sustainability development framework and reporting across 14 APB markets in Asia Pacific. As the head of strategic communications at INCOME, Shannen continues to leverage her vast experience to tell the INCOME story – in print, broadcast, social media and in-person – so as to build, safeguard and advance the company’s reputation amongst its internal and external stakeholders. What continues to strike a chord with Shannen at INCOME is the empowerment to go beyond communications to deliver positive social impact by ideating and iterating offerings and initiatives that improve the accessibility of insurance to those whom otherwise have few or no options in Singapore.
Senior Vice President, Group Accounting Policy
SzeYen joined DBS in 2013 and is a specialist in financial instruments accounting. In her current role, she also helps drive the implementation of Integrating Reporting and Sustainability Reporting at the bank.
Prior to joining DBS, SzeYen was a Senior Manager with KPMG, with 14 years of experience working in Singapore and London across Assurance, Advisory and Technical Accounting.
SzeYen holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University and is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore.
Head of Corporate Affairs, Southeast Asia
Eugene Ho is the Head of Corporate Affairs and a member of the Senior Executive Team for SAP Southeast Asia. He oversees corporate affairs for SAP SEA including media relations, executive communications, employee communications and corporate social responsibility. He is also responsible for driving SAP’s partnership with ASEAN, and various United Nations agencies. A multi-disciplinary professional, he is also experienced in supporting senior executives, supervising sales support, driving customer events, and managing information systems. Eugene received his MBA from the University of Strathclyde and his Bachelor of Psychology from James Cook University. He is a respected speaker on CSR, having spoken at various international conferences.