Event Details

FWA Exchange: Support Initiatives – Managing, Learning, Progressing, Monday, June 8, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
08 June 2020
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00


FWA, in collaboration with BFSU and SFA, is pleased to present a session on support initiatives for the financial sector during COVID-19. We are, now, all too familiar with the broad disruptions COVID-19 has triggered.


As we prepare for perhaps a new normal or the unknown, it is helpful to understand and avail ourselves to external support available 


The MAS and IBF have announced various packages to assist financial institutions, businesses, and individuals to tide through the economic challenges arising from COVID-19. 

  • What are the support schemes available for Financial Institutions to tap on? 
  • How would funding support encourage employers to deepen employees’ skills and learning during this time?
  • How would these initiatives and programs support individuals and the next-of-kin to sustain emotional resilience during and post circuit breaker? 
  • What can we do as we enter a new world …… as we have known it or the unknown ….?


We are excited to have an esteemed panel to share insights and pragmatic views as we manage, learn and progress during these special times.


Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom session prior to the event.


Event Agenda:

12:20 pm:            Registration

12:30 pm:            Opening addresses by

                             FWA President – Jacqueline Chua

                             BFSU / NTUC Assistant Secretary-General, Patrick Tay

                             SFA President, Chia Hock Lai

12:40 pm:            Panel discussion & Q & A                        


Patrick Tay, Member of Parliament, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General, Co-Chair of Financial Sectorial Tripartite Committee, Executive Secretary of BFSU, IBF member

Dr Cherie Chan, President, Singapore Psychological Society 

Lydia Wee, Deputy CEO, The Institute of Banking and Finance

Chia Hock Lai, President, Singapore Fintech Association 

Moderator – Keeran J Mane, FWA ExCo Member

1:30  pm:               Close of Event


This is a closed-door session for Members Only.  


Panellists and Moderator Bios:



Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress)


Patrick Tay is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC and Member of Parliament of West Coast GRC. He currently chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower and co-chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. As Director of NTUC’s Legal Services and Strategy, he represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation and has been pivotal in lobbying for the many changes to manpower related laws and policies in Singapore. He is also the Executive Secretary for Banking & Financial Services Union and Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers’ Union.  As legal adviser to NTUC-affiliated unions in Singapore, he has advised/represented numerous unions/members in complex and contentious issues, dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court.



Dr Cherie Chan, President, Singapore Psychological Society 


Dr Cherie Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore and holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from Murdoch University (Western Australia). Cherie currently practices at a private practice - Thrive Family and works extensively with adolescents and adults presenting with a range of psychological issues. Cherie’s involvement with SPS started in 2015 in her previous role as the Publicity Chair where she revamped the SPS website and helped with effective dissemination of information to all members. She continues to serve with SPS this term in a new role and hopes to continue supporting the growth of the society, building professionalism and making an impact on society. Outside of clinical work, Cherie holds various professional appointments. She is the current Secretary for the Asia Pacific Psychology Alliance (APPA), and represents psychologists in Singapore as a member of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychology Societies (ARUPS). Away from work, Cherie is always up for a good cup of coffee and enjoys seeking out new places while photographing her food-hunting adventures.


Lydia Wee, Deputy CEO, The Institute of Banking and Finance


Lydia was seconded to the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) in Nov 2016.  The IBF works closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and relevant government agencies, industry associations, financial institutions, training providers as well as institutes of higher learning to provide a comprehensive suite of services ranging from setting competency standards and promoting skills development, to career advisory, job matching and placements. 


Prior to her current role, Lydia was with the MAS for 16 years.  She started her career in Corporate Finance, where she helped develop the framework for offers of securities, collective investment schemes and business trusts.  She moved to the Capital Policy team in 2005 and worked on the implementation of the Basel II framework for locally incorporated banks.  She helped with the initial review of economic models used by banks in their internal capital adequacy and assessment process.  Following the completion of her Masters at LKY School of Public Policy, Lydia joined the Enterprise Risk Management team in 2010 where she spearheaded the development and implementation of MAS’ enterprise risk and operational risk frameworks.  In her role as head of Banking Development in 2012, she conceptualised and led projects to enhance Singapore’s standing as a financial centre.



Chia Hock Lai, President, Singapore Fintech Association 



Chia Hock Lai is the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association. He is also the co-chairman of the Blockchain Association Singapore, Strategic Advisory Council member of the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN), Advisory Board member of the IEEE Computer Society Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Standards Committee (IEEE C/BDL), Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS), member of the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) - Technology & Operations Industry Workgroup, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry panel of Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and advisor to start-ups.






Keeran J Mane, FWA ExCo Member

Keeran has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Since 2017, Keeran has been actively contributing to the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWA).


In her last corporate role, Keeran was Executive Director, South East Asia Institutional Distribution at Investec Asset Management, Prior to Investec, Keeran held senior sales and client relationship management roles at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management and other global institutions. Her career has spanned New York, Frankfurt, London and Singapore.


Keeran grew up in Singapore, holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and is married with two sons.





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