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One of the many issues we hear from working women is how to manage work-life integration. Whilst there has been a rise in the number of stay-at-home dads, there still exists a stigma in Asian culture and society on women being primary breadwinners whilst men take on primary caregiving roles, are trailing spouses or step off the corporate track for more time flexibility.
In this event, we feature couples who have taken the road less travelled, and share their experiences and learning in their journey as "Super Couples" - couples who chart new frontiers and break traditional cultural moulds.
The couples who will be sharing in this evening event include:
- Tan Su Shan & Chris Wilson
- Grace Cheong & Tony Koh
- Luciana Vichino & Fernando Motara
6.30pm - Registrations & networking
6.50pm - Welcome by Openspace Ventures & FWA
7.00pm - Sharing by Super Couples moderated by FWA vice president Jacqueline Chua
8.00pm - Light bites & networking
8.30pm - Close of event
Tan Su Shan & Chris Wilson
Ms Tan Su Shan joined DBS in June 2010.
She is currently Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Management. She also serves as the President Commissioner for PT Bank DBS Indonesia.
Prior to that, Su Shan worked for Global Banks including CITI Private Bank, Morgan Stanley and ING Barings Security in Singapore, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Su Shan was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. She was the founder and past president of the Financial Women’s Association in Singapore, and a board member of Aetos Holdings Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. She also sits on the investment committee of MOH Holdings Pte Ltd. In addition, Su Shan is co-chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Private Banking Industry Group. In 2016, Su Shan was appointed chairman of NETS and Independent Non-Executive director of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust.
Married with two children, Su Shan is also actively involved in fund-raising for various Singaporean charities and sits on the board of Singapore’s KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund, which provides financial support to needy patients. She was a past board member of the National Museum and a member of the International Women’s Foundation and the Young Presidents Organisation. On the education front, she is an advisor to Hwa Chong Institution, Lincoln College and Oxford University. She is also a member of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Board of Trustees.
Su Shan graduated with a Master of Arts from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
In May 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Financial Industry Competent Professional (FICP) title, which is the highest certification mark for a financial practitioner in Singapore, by the Institute of Banking and Finance. In 2014, Su Shan became the first Singapore to be recognised as the world’s “Best Leader in Private Banking” by PWM and The Banker, a leading wealth publication by the Financial Times Group.
Christopher is from England, and started his career with ten years in the British Army with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He studied at Manchester University and The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst through a military scholarship. He served in Germany, UK, Northern Ireland, and the Sultanate of Oman. In 1987 Christopher joined a fund management group in the City of London, and moved to Singapore in 1990 to set up their regional office. He then moved into private banking, running the Asia region for Union Bancaire Privee from Hong Kong, before moving back to Singapore with Coutts Bank. From 2002 Christopher has been an entrepreneur, consulting on banking, fund management, and technology. He now balances his time between running the foundation, and a technology advisory business.
Christopher co-founded Water and Healthcare Foundation, a Cambodia NGO, in 2008, to improve the lives and conditions of rural communities in Cambodia, through delivery of clean water and healthcare. The foundation delivers clean water to rural communities, mainly schools, and runs medical training programs in collaboration with KK women’s and children’s hospital, and Mount Alvernia Hospital. The foundation’s priority is the well-being of women and children.
Grace Cheong & Tony Koh
Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Language and English Literature) degree from the National University of Singapore. She is the Vice-President of Human Resources for Asia-Pacific, China and Japan reporting to the CHRO of F5 Networks, Inc, the global leader in Application Delivery Networking Services. She has been with F5 since 2007. Prior to F5 Networks, Grace was the Director, Asia HR Services for Celestica, Inc, from 1997 to 2007, a tier-1 global Electronic Manufacturing Services provider that assembles electronic products for the major IT vendors. She also worked for Shimizu Corporation, a global leader in Building Engineering, as the HR Manager for the regional headquarters in Singapore from 1991 to 1997.
Apart from her professional career, Grace represented Singapore in the sport of swimming. She was in the contingent representing Singapore to China through sport diplomacy when it first opened its doors on 1981. She also represented Singapore at the 9th Asian Games 1982 in New Delhi, India and the 13th SEA Games 1985 in Bangkok, Thailand where she met her husband, Tony. Together, they have 4 children aged 17 to 23.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science & Mathematics) degree from the University of Sydney. Tony was an IT & Business consultant working for Arthur Anderson, Nortel Networks and PeopleSoft. His industrial knowledge covered areas such as Petrochemical, Health Care, Freight, Press, Utilities and Portfolio Management. With his expertise in Customer Relationship Management software, Tony went on to work in APJ roles for Apple and Symantec as a Business Systems manager. Tony gave up his career in 2007.
Apart from his professional career, Tony also represented Singapore in the sport of water polo. He took part in the 12th Asian Games 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan; 10th Asian Games 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, where the Singapore team won the Bronze medal and the 13th SEA Games 1985 in Bangkok, Thailand where the Singapore team won the Gold medal and where he met his wife, Grace. Tony was also named Sports Boy of the Year and won the Team of the Year (Water Polo) awards in 1986 and 1987 respectively. Tony also won the prestigious Blue Award for representing Sydney University in Australia’s National Water Polo Championship.
Tony was elected to the volunteer Executive Committee of the Singapore Swimming Association for the term 2008 to 2010 as Assistant Secretary-General for Water Polo. Tony was the national water polo team assistant coach for the 25th SEA Games. He was the President of Queenstown Water Polo Club from 2010 to 2017.
Luciana Vichino & Fernando Motara
Luciana has 18 years of experience in Human Resources developed in multinational organizations across HR Advisory firms, Information Technology and the Financial industry. In the latest she has worked supporting Investment and Corporate Bank, Cards, Retail Bank and Broker Dealer with a total of 13 years in the industry. With a generalist experience as HR Business Partner, Resourcing and Development, Talent and Performance Management, Internal Communication, Labor and Employee Relations, Payroll and Benefits. Before Asia Luciana has developed and implemented projects for Brazil and Latin America.
Luciana joined Barclays in 2008 in Brazil and moved to Asia in July 2016.
Luciana is a Psychologist with two MBAs: Business Administration and Human Resources and she is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is studying Mandarin.
Fernando is a Project Manager on Information Technology Systems for a variety of industries: Telecom, Utilities, Transportation, Banking, Federal Government, Automotive, Pharma, Major Sports Events and Healthcare, among others.
Besides a techie profile, Fernando has the management bias towards the client’s expected results, which makes managing People and Business expectations, well-developed skills.
After 30 years on IT, and 22 years managing projects people and IT Departments, Fernando faced the challenge of leaving a Senior Project Manager role at GE Energy and to follow and support his wife that applied for a position in Singapore.
Fernando has a degree in Logistics Management, is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Vice President, Financial Women’s Association Singapore
Jacqueline is a wealth management professional in a top private bank who has more 25 years experience spanning across a wide variety of business divisions from private banking, asset management, consumer banking and business banking. She has hands-on experience in sales, people management and talent development. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching different profiles in the finance industry by participating actively in Financial Women’s Association for the last 16 years and currently serves on the executive committee board.
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