Event Details

FWA Symposium, Thursday 26 August 2021, 8.30am to 1.15pm
26 August 2021
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00


As we celebrate FWA’s 20th anniversary in 2021, we are pleased to bring you FWA’s inaugural Symposium, a hybrid event that gathers FWA Champions in a single forum. Our Symposium has been several years in the making, delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, we decided to wait no further and celebrate our 20th anniversary with the people that matter most to us and has made FWA what it is today – our members, our corporate partners, our Champions and most importantly, our volunteers.


Whilst the threat from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hang over us, opportunities present themselves too. These include the elevation of social issues to the fore such as workplace health and wellness, the illumination of workplace policies and practices and areas for improvement e.g. to support flexible working, the need to share parental burdens with home-based learning, and many more. 


We will have more than 70 FWA Champions present at the event! Our Champions will share their thoughts and solutioning on these issues and others in our inaugural Symposium. Through a mix of panel discussions, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and Ted-talk style sharing, the Symposium will cover a comprehensive range of topics, including:


  • Gender diversity as a business case
  • Accelerating gender inclusion
  • Gender pay equity
  • Workplace health & wellness
  • Retirement adequacy of women
  • Role models and debunking traditional gender roles
  • Mentors & sponsors
  • Women in ESG
  • Women in STEM
  • Access to capital for women


Our members get an exclusive opportunity to engage our Champions during the Symposium, network, and participate in discussions with fellow FWA members.


Itinerary for the Symposium


Date: Thursday 26 August 2021

Time: 8.30am to 1.15pm

Venue: Virtual (link will be provided closer to date)




8.30 am

Welcome address by FWA President Jacqueline Chua

8.35 am

Toast by FWA Strategic Engagement Chair Low Chin Loo & explanation on how to navigate platform

8.40 am

Keynote Address by DBS CEO Piyush Gupta

8.50 am

Panel 1: Gender Diversity as a Business Case

Panel 2: Accelerating Gender Inclusion

9.30 am

Breakout discussion on Topics 1 & 2

9.40 am

Panel 3: Gender Pay Equity

Panel 4: Workplace Health & Wellness

10.20 am

Breakout discussion on Topics 3 & 4

10.30 am

Panel 5: Retirement Adequacy of Women

Panel 6: Role Models & Debunking Traditional Gender Roles

11.10 am

Breakout discussion on Topics 5 & 6

11.20 am

Panel 7: Mentors & Sponsors

Panel 8: Women in ESG

12.00 pm

Breakout discussion on Topics 7 & 8

12.10 pm

Panel 9: Women in STEM

Panel 10: Access to Capital for Women

12.50 pm

Breakout discussion on Topics 9 & 10

1.00 pm

Closing address by GIC Chief People Officer Deanna Ong


Ted-talk style videos will be made available to members after the live event. There will be opportunities for our members to network during the event.


Symposium Agenda and Speakers


Speaker Profiles


Keynote Speakers:


Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group

Mr. Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group.


Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup's Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


Piyush began his career with Citibank in India in 1982 and over the years, held various senior management roles across Citi's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including Head of Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets and Regional Director for Global Transaction Services for Asia Pacific. He has also served as Citi's Country Officer for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore respectively.


Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He is also the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore and Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).


Piyush has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.


Piyush was named Singapore Business Awards' Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. In 2014, he was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC.


Deanna Ong, Chief People Officer, Managing Director, Human Resource & Organization, Corporate Governance, GIC

Deanna Ong is Chief People Officer and Managing Director at GIC, responsible for Human Resource & Organization, and Corporate Governance for the GIC group. GIC is a global investment management company managing the foreign reserves of the Government of Singapore. GIC invests internationally in public equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity and infrastructure assets. 


As Chief People Officer, Deanna is responsible for human capital strategy to attract, develop and retain talent for GIC’s group performance, seeded with the right values and culture. As part of the Group Executive Committee, her areas of focus include talent acquisition, leadership development, reward and engagement for business effectiveness, and organizational performance. Deanna also serves as Company Secretary with oversight for corporate governance and client relations. 


Deanna was previously Director Finance from 2009 to 2014, where she headed the Finance Group responsible for financial management across GIC’s portfolio, covering financing arrangements for assets, tax planning, investment holding structures, accounting and management of revenue and expenditure. 


Prior to GIC, Deanna was a Tax Accountant with Arthur Andersen. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and completed the Stanford Executive Programme. Deanna is a board member of Swiss Re Ltd, the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Nanyang Business School Advisory Board.


For all other speakers, please click the link to view. 

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Surprise Delivery!

FWA, with the generous sponsorship of GIC, is pleased to extend a complimentary delivery of a drink and snack before the event to celebrate FWA’s 20th and GIC’s 40th anniversary. This is optional.  Should you like to receive the delivery, please access the Google Link that will be sent to you after successful registration for the event. Please submit the form before 5 p.m. 30 July 2021.  Submissions received after this deadline shall unfortunately not be met. Thank you for your kind understanding.



Please note places are on a first-come-first-served basis so do register early! Deadline for registration is 12 August 2021. 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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No Show Policy

We understand that with busy schedules, there may be times when you cannot make an event after you have registered for it. In the event that you cannot make an event, we appreciate that you use our new tool now available to cancel the event. Cancellation is allowed up to 2 days ahead of the event date. To do so, please log in to the FWA website, under “My Account”, select “My Events”, you can cancel the event registration under the “Cancel registration” column. For members that no-show for 3 consecutive events, we regret to inform that you will be barred from attending any FWA events for the next 3 months. We hope you understand this policy as our events are often in high demand and your co-operation will allow those who can and wish to attend our events to do so. 


Event Images, Photos and Recordings Policy

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