The FWA Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact) pillar, in collaboration with IFC Asia Pacific Women’s Network, is pleased to host an interactive lunchtime session spotlighting the importance of self-care and simple steps to taking care of our well-being.
Bombarded by round-the-clock demands from our personal and professional lives, mindfulness or happiness seems out of reach. A study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health in 2020 observed that 8.7% of the surveyed population in Singapore met the criteria for clinical depression while 9.4% met the criteria for anxiety. It is, therefore, imperative that one learns to pause, take stock, and prioritise our well-being to achieve a more satisfying life!
In this session, join us to learn from our speaker, Shireena Shroff Manchharam, a certified life coach and weekly wellness columnist of Tatler Singapore, who will share simple and practical tips that we can adopt in our daily routines to kickstart our quest toward a positive and happier state.
Welcome remarks by
FWA President Chair – Grishma Kewada
Opening address by
IFC Regional Industry Director for Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services and Chair of IFC Asia Pacific Women’s Network – Rana Karadsheh
Getting to Happy: Strengthening our inner resilience through the highs & lows by Shireena and moderated by FWA WEimpact Chair – Jean Chong
Guest Speakers and Moderator Bios:
SHIREENA SHROFF MANCHHARAM
Founder & Principal Consultant, Sheens Image Consulting
Creator, Getting to Happy
Shireena Shroff Manchharam is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Sheens Image Consulting. She is a certified Image Consultant trained under the Academy of Image Mastery and the London Image Institute. As well as being an Image Consultant, Shireena is also certified by Results Coaching Systems as a trained Life Coach. She is certified in the Science of Well-being and has a Positive Psychology Coaching and Mentoring certification from Aventis Learning Group. Shireena is a member of International Coach Federation, Singapore Chapter. Shireena is the creator of Getting to Happy™, a movement to inspire our community and society to live happier lives. Visit https://www.gettingtohappy.sg/ for more inspirations!
Regional Industry Director, International Finance Corporation
Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad has over 25 years of experience in the field of international investing and finance. She is currently Regional Industry Director - Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services for Asia Pacific with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Ms. Karadsheh leads a team of 115 professionals across 16 regional offices across East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific within the strategic areas across the Real Sector including Health & Education, Agribusiness & Forestry, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Construction Materials, Machinery, Manufacturing, Tourism, Retail, and Property. In this role, Ms. Karadsheh is responsible for the overall strategy, P&L and development impact of an asset base of over to US$6bn and annual capital deployment of US$2bn across debt and equity investments. She has driven the sustainability agenda in Asia across the Real Sector through innovative products and platforms including IFC’s first Blue Loan and groundbreaking green loans as well as spearheaded IFC’s US2bn Real Sector COVID response facility.
Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad holds an MBA and an MA in International Economics from The George Washington University and a BA in Economics and French from The University of Michigan.
Grishma Kewada currently serves as the President of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Singapore. She is currently the Regional Head of Commercial Operations for Asia Pacific Region with Coface.
Based in Singapore, she has regional responsibility across 13 countries overseeing commercial operations, steering, and centralized commercial middle offices for the region. She has over 16 years of experience in the field of investment banking and insurance across Life insurance, Non-Life insurance and Trade Credit Insurance. Prior to joining Coface, she worked at Prudential, Allianz, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan in various capacities of financial and operational risk management, valuation risk and trading analyst. Over her career, she has lived and worked across multiple Asian countries, including Singapore, China and Thailand. She is a Certified Chartered Risk Analyst from Society of Actuaries and Professional Risk Management Certificate holder.
A strategic shaper and change maker, she is passionate about driving transformation both professionally and personally and supporting the empowerment of women both on a professionally and personal capacity.
FWA WEimpact Chair
A social, environmental and sustainability enthusiast, Jean Chong serves as an ExCo Member Committee Member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Singapore. She leads the FWA pillar on Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact), which focuses on fostering diversity of thought and empowering women both professionally and personally for sustainable development.
Jean has built her career in the public and private sectors, focusing on strategic market development and stakeholder engagement. Motivated by the positive trajectory of ESG and policy developments in financial markets, Jean currently is the APAC lead for the Outreach & Research team of Moody’s ESG Solutions. Before Moody’s, Jean worked for the global financial messaging provider, SWIFT, with its Capital Markets & Standards team. Jean was also with the International Affairs Department of the Securities Commission of Malaysia.
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 Covid 19 Mental Wellness Taskforce Report. https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/covid-19-report/comwt-report.pdf