Event Details

FWA, BLACKROCK, GIC & SGX Celebrate International Women’s Day: LET’S ALL CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE - #CHOOSETOCHALLENGE, Monday, 8 March, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
08 March 2021
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00


FWA, in collaboration with BLACKROCK, GIC and SGX invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day with an inspirational panel in a discussion on choosing to challenge to elevate our world to a more gender equal world. Come join us and be part of the collective voice marking a call to action #CHOOOSE TO CHALLENGE


We look to celebrate women’s successes and contribution in our own small personal ways as well as introduce bigger ways to facilitate the causes that we believe in.


“ IWD 2021 THEME

#CHOOSETOCHALLENGE - A challenged world is an alert world.


Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. 


From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge. “

Join us at this special IWD Event.


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


The registration deadline is 4 MARCH 2021.


Event Agenda:


12:15pm            Registration

12:30pm            Welcome Address by FWA

12.40pm             Moderator, Jennifer Lewis, opens the session

12:45pm             Personal sharing by each panellist on Choosing to Challenge

1:10  pm             Breakout into smaller groups for a 10-minute discussion on the chosen topic and the challenge statement from each speaker

1:20  pm:            Open sharing of actionable points from participants

1:50  pm:            Wrap-up by Moderator and speakers

2:00  pm:            Event Ends






DEBORAH HO, Managing Director and Head of South East Asia BlackRock


Deborah is regional head of the South East Asian business for BlackRock and country head of BlackRock Singapore. BlackRock is one of the world’s leading providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. As of end Q3-2020, BlackRock’s assets under management total US$7.81 trillion across fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies. Singapore is one of the major hubs for Aladdin, which is BlackRock’s operating system for investment professionals that enables every aspect of the investment process.  


Deborah is a member of the Asia Pacific Steering committee which is the senior most leadership body for BlackRock in APAC, a member of the Asia Pacific Exco which is a general management group for the region. Globally, Deborah represents BlackRock APAC on the human capital committee, which is the most senior leadership group ensuring the implementation of leadership and culture priorities of the firm. Deborah is a recognised champion for gender and cultural diversity both within the firm and in the finance industry. She is a global executive committee member of BlackRock’s global women’s initiative group.


Deborah is passionate about developing leaders in the financial services sector in Asia. She is active in contributing to the development of the financial industry in Singapore. She represents BlackRock on FCAP, MAS’ financial centre advisory panel which consists of the most senior representatives of the top financial institutions in Singapore. She is most recently focused on the development of ESG investing at BlackRock and is a steering committee member of the ESG working group at FCAP. She is regularly invited to speak on gender diversity and the championing of sustainability.



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.


Based in Singapore, Deanna is responsible for human capital strategy to attract, develop and retain talent for GIC, seeded with the right values. As part of the Group Executive Committee, her areas of focus include leadership development, reward and engagement, and culture for 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. Deanna is currently a board member of Swiss Re Ltd, the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Nanyang Business School Advisory Board.



MICHAEL SYN, Senior Managing Director, Head of Equities, SGX


Mr Michael Syn is Head of Equities at SGX.


Mr Syn has management responsibility for SGX’s equities business, across both the stock market and futures market. He is director and CEO for SGX’s regulated businesses for Securities Trading, Central Depository, Derivatives Trading and Derivatives Clearing.


Prior to this role, Mr Syn led the Exchange’s successful derivatives business in equity, commodity and currency assets. He joined SGX in 2011 with a background in investment banking and investment management.


Mr Syn serves on the council of Economic Society of Singapore and the board of Sentosa Development Corporation. He graduated with MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program.




JENNIFER LEWIS, Head, Communications and Engagement Temasek Foundation


Ms Jennifer Lewis has been with Temasek Foundation since April 2020, and is responsible for the strategic management of the Foundation’s internal and external communication and engagement activities. Prior to this, she had been with GIC since 2007, also managing strategic communications for the sovereign wealth fund. 


She began her corporate communications journey after more than twenty years as a journalist with television, print and online experience.  She also advises several AI and digital asset start-ups.


Jennifer served on the board of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) from 2007 to 2015. She remains active with the SIF and currently chairs the ‘Arts for Good’ Advisory Panel, and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. She also serves on the board of OnePeople.sg, an organisation which champion racial harmony initiatives in Singapore.



Please note places are on a first-come-first-served basis so do register early! Deadline for registration is MARCH 4, 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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Institutional Members:

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Gold members- Registration at FWA member rates for up to 5 persons per Institutional Member.


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