FWA WEimpact pillar is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) for an interactive conversation on “Women in Philanthropy – Living and Leaving a Legacy”. Extraordinary times underline the power of philanthropy. According to the Straits Times in June, Singaporeans donated $90 million in the first five months of 2020.
Meet three leaders in philanthropy who will share their knowledge of individual and corporate giving, experience with skills-based volunteering and serving on non-profit boards, as well as long-term commitment to causes and strategic change.
This panel discussion aims to provide an insightful sharing of activities on the ground, what corporates can do more to promote philanthropy, as well as opportunities for individuals to participate in creating impact for Singapore, now and into the future.
Founded in 2008, The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) aims to encourage and enable philanthropy in Singapore and is a registered charity with the Institution of Public Character status. Since then, CFS has set up 143 donor advised funds, raised $169 million in donations and given out some $90 million in grants, with a matching of donors’ interests with causes and offer ways for them to make a greater impact through their charitable funds.
With a deep understanding of local issues and evolving needs, CFS identifies gaps and opportunities in the community to foster more effective giving and has engaged with over 400 charity partners to identify programmes that impact diverse communities. More importantly, CFS manages funds and grants with a high level of accountability, so donors can be assured their gifts create lasting benefit. By enabling real and meaningful change, CFS hopes to inspire a philanthropic culture and build a more caring and cohesive society in Singapore.
12:15 pm Registration
12:30 pm Opening remarks by FWA
12:45 pm WEimpact Dynamic Huddle: Women in Philanthropy – Living and Leaving a Legacy
- Christine Ong, Chairperson, Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS)
- Trillion So, Assurance Partner and Culture and Values Leader at PwC Singapore
- Chung Wei Han, Chairman & Ex-officio for all Board Committees, AWWA
- Moderator – Deborah Ho, Head of Southeast Asia, BlackRock
13:45 pm End of Event
Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom meeting one day before the event.
Christine Ong, Chairperson, Community Foundation of Singapore, Founder & Leadership Coach, C Ong Associates Pte Ltd
Christine Ong is the founder of strategic professional development firm, C Ong Associates Pte Ltd. Her extensive experience spans 30 years in the banking and finance industry, with key leadership positions in Citibank and UBS. She was one of the earliest ‘Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Banking & Finance’. She was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2019.
As an alumna of the University of Singapore (Accountancy), Christine has long been involved in volunteering and mentoring in community regeneration, education and the arts. At UBS, she started a community affairs programme to support various causes around the region including educating disadvantaged young people in East Java and saving children from being used as drug mules in the Mekong sub-region. Christine most recently served as Chairman of Arts House Limited and was previously on the board of The Esplanade Co Ltd (2015–2018). She is a current board member of Focus on the Family and also actively mentors emerging young leaders with Enactus.
Trillion So, Assurance Partner and Culture and Values Leader at PwC Singapore, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Trillion So has more than 25 years of experience providing audit and business advisory services to listed and non-listed, local and multinational clients spanning across various industries while with PwC Singapore, PwC Australia and PwC China. She is currently the Culture & Values Leader and Assurance Transportation & Logistics Leader of PwC Singapore.
Trillion specialises in the Transport & Logistics industry. In the shipping and ports industry, her experience spans across the liner, tanker, dry bulk, tugs and barges segments, including chartering, freighting, shipyards, terminals/ports, shipping agents, brokers, surveyors and ship managers. In the logistics and postal industry, her experience spans across couriers, freight forwarders, contract logistics, 3rd party/4th party logistics, domestic and international mail businesses. She also has experience in the oil rigs, real estate, plantations, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail and commodities trading industries.
Besides audit, she had been personally involved in many projects such as initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, international share placements, GAAP conversion, group financial policies review, capital reduction and financial due diligence.
Trillion has served on the Board of the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS), chairing its Audit and Risk Committee (ARC). She also plays an active role in ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations), a charity for the physically challenged.
Chung Wei Han, Chairman & Ex-officio for all Board Committees, Asian Women’s Welfare Association
Chung Wei Han started her legal career in the corporate finance department of Khattar, Wong & Partners, Singapore. She subsequently moved to Hong Kong and worked in the finance practice of Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong.
In 1995, she joined the China corporate practice of Clifford Chance, Shanghai. She then moved on to join B & Q, a retailer in the United Kingdom, as head of their property company in China and head of the legal department. Wei Han returned to Singapore in 2009 and worked part-time as in-house counsel for Weatherford until 2011.
Since 2011, Wei Han has served in various Board roles at AWWA. Joining the Asian Women’s Welfare Association as Honorary Secretary, she continued as Member of the Board of Management (2017-2019) and currently holds the role of President. In 2015, Wei Han also joined the AWWA Ltd. Board of Directors and subsequently held the position of Deputy Chairman. Her current role is Chairman of the Board. AWWA’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged to maximise their potential to lead dignified and independent lives.
Wei Han graduated from the National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) (Hons).
Deborah Ho, Managing Director and Head of South East Asia, BlackRock
Based in Singapore, Deborah is responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio in markets across South East Asia. This includes delivering the breadth and depth of BlackRock's capabilities to clients in the region. Deborah is a member of BlackRock APAC Executive Committee and also part of the global Human Capital Committee which is responsible for driving talent management, holding people managers accountable for deliverables and creating an inclusive culture where all employees feel a sense of belong.
Deborah is the APAC Chair for WiN and has had extensive experience at the helm of various women's networks in the financial services industry in Asia and continues to champion gender equality in the workplace.
Deborah has over 25 years of experience in financial services and is an Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Fellow. She is on the investment committee of the LKY fund for Bilingualism. Deborah was named as one of the Top 25 Most influential women in asset management in Asia Pacific by Asian investor magazine in 2011.
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