Event Details

FWA Exchange: Putting the “US” in AmbitioUS - Friday, 9 October, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
09 October 2020
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00




Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWA), in collaboration with American Express is pleased to bring you another episode of FWA Exchange: Putting the “US” in AMBITIOUS.


Despite advances, women continue to have a complicated relationship with ambition and without advocates to recognize and support women to be more ambitious, this may never change. According to a survey conducted by American Express, in partnership with the New York Women’s Foundation on women’s relationships with ambition, only 3 in 10 women say they are proud to call themselves “ambitious” and women’s definition of ambition shows they prioritise personal ambition over professional ambition.


Since the launch of The Ambition Project, American Express has started important conversations about women embracing ambition. During this event we will continue this discussion by welcoming leaders from different financial institutions to share:


  • what ambition means to them
  • how they manifest their ambition
  • how they are being ambitious for others


Join US!

“ We are empowering women to own their ambition with #TheAmbitionProject.

Together we’re putting the ‘US’ in AmbitioUS. “


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

The registration deadline is 5 October 2020.


Event Agenda:


12:20 pm            Registration

12:30 pm            Welcome Addresses by FWA & American Express

12.40 pm            Discussion - Our Relationship with “Ambition”

13:30 pm            Event Ends



Deborah Ho, Managing Director, Country Head Singapore and Regional Head of Southeast Asia, BlackRock

Deborah Ho is Managing Director and Head of South East Asia for 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.


Jason Moo, Head Private Banking South East Asia, Branch Manager Singapore, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.

Jason Moo is Head Private Banking South East Asia and Branch Manager Singapore. He is responsible for Julius Baer’s business presence and client base in South East Asia and the Bank’s operations and development in Singapore.

Prior to joining Julius Baer in 2020, Jason worked at Goldman Sachs for more than two decades and has held several senior roles, most recently as CEO of Goldman Sachs Singapore and Head of South East Asia and Australia for Private Wealth Management (PWM). Before relocating back to Singapore, he was based in Hong Kong as Head of Market Solutions Group and Head of Alternative Capital Markets Asia Pacific. Prior to that, he worked in the Equities Merchandising Group in New York. He joined Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst in PWM in Singapore upon graduation.

Jason earned a BA in Economics and East Asia Studies, with a focus on Japan, from Brown University, USA. He serves on the Board of Governors of Raffles Institution.


Nicki Ramsay, Chief Executive Officer, CardUp

Nicki Ramsay is the Founder & CEO of CardUp, a fast-growing credit card enablement platform based in Singapore. An expert in the payments industry, she has built digital payments products and previously held various leadership roles for American Express across both Asia Pacific and Europe. She is seen as a thought leader in the fintech space, featured in media and events such as The Business Times, Channel News Asia and CNBC and is a regular speaker at industry events including Money 20/20 and the Singapore Fintech Festival. Nicki started her career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, after graduating with a first-class degree in Economics.




Sandhya Devanathan, Managing Director- APAC, Global Gaming Business, Facebook Singapore Pte Ltd

Sandhya Devanathan is the Managing Director-APAC for the Global Gaming Business at Facebook. Till recently, Sandhya Devanathan was Facebook’s Country Director for Singapore and Business Head for Vietnam. In these roles, she partnered with large businesses and startups alike on building for the mobile world. Prior to joining Facebook, she was a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank, leading their retail banking and payments business in Singapore. Sandhya is a passionate advocate of women in leadership and diversity at the workplace. She launched a very successful STEM program (later renamed Girl2Pioneers) for Singaporean school girls with UN Women, is on the advisory board of the Women’s Forum Asia, was co-chair of the Women’s Council at Standard Chartered and is actively involved with Women@Facebook initiatives.






Meghan Connolly, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Network Services JAPA, American Express

Meghan Connolly joined American Express in November 2018 as SVP, GNS JAPA, where she is responsible for our Global Network Partnerships where we partner with banks across the region for card issuing and acquiring.


Meghan joined from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore where she has worked for the past 12 years in a variety of roles leading product, marketing, credit and operational functions in over 25 markets across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  She has been responsible for a wide range of financial retail products, from deposits and mortgages to personal loans and credit cards.  She has overseen these portfolios creating customer communications strategies, implementing card acquisition and activation programs, and developing customer segmentation strategies.


Meghan has a proven track record of leading large and diverse teams to deliver strong business growth.  She is a strategic thinker, a customer advocate, and a strong relationship manager.  Prior to Standard Chartered Bank, Meghan spent 10 years at MBNA in roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, risk and credit card operations.  She brings a global perspective having lived and worked in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Singapore. 


Meghan frequently speaks on leadership and diversity. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and continued her executive education at Oxford University in the U.K.  Meghan is married with two children.  This year she is attempting to master tennis (again).



Please note places are on a first-come-first-served basis so do register early! Deadline for registration is Oct 5, 2020. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. We apologise that requests for places after the deadline will not be entertained. As places are limited and if you have RSVP but cannot make it, we appreciate that you cancel your registration so that we can make the place available to someone else. Cancellation details are provided below under NO SHOW POLICY. Thank you.


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