Event Details

FWA WEImpact Dynamic Huddle Panel Discussion: Journeying Through Change and Adversity with Resilience
24 August 2023
71 Robinson Road,
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00

Update (18 August): Dear all, thank you for your keen interest in our WEimpact Dynamic Huddle Panel Discussion. Please note the event is now full and registrations have closed. If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist, please email us at weimpact@fwasg.org. Thank you!


The FWA Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact) pillar, in collaboration with Moody’s, is pleased to host a Dynamic Huddle panel to discuss the strength of human resilience in the face of personal and global crisis and provide practical strategies to adapt and thrive in challenging circumstances. Our collective struggles have shaped who we are today and we continue to emerge stronger from adversities.

The COVID pandemic has created a paradigm shift in the manner we approach mental health and wellness. The ability to manage stressful circumstances developing so rapidly in our lives and communities also determines how we effectively bounce back into recovery. Adversity may take various forms such as personal setbacks, caretaker responsibilities, professional obstacles or unseen circumstances beyond our control. Resilience by definition is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional and behavioural flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands. Research shares the scientific basis to strengthen resilience for the health and well-being of the community. 

In this session, join us to hear from our speakers on their personal experiences and expert advice on how we can be more nimble and grow from challenging situations. 


Event Agenda


12:00 PM Registration and and Networking Refreshments
12:30 PM Welcome Remarks By:
  • Grishma Kewada, FWA President Chair
  • Jean Chong, WEimpact Pillar Chair
12:35 PM

WEimpact Dynamic Huddle Panel Discussion:
Journeying Through Change and Adversity with Resilience


  • Alka Anbarasu, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investor Service


  • Qi Zhai, McCartney, Psychotherapist & Counsellor, Alliance Counselling
  • Svitlana Nazarenko, FWA Singapore Exco member
  • Honey Jacob, Vice President, Private Wealth Compliance, SMBC Nikko Securities Pte Ltd
Topics to be covered:
  • Understanding Resilience
  • Insights into Psychological Factors
  • Strategies for Overcoming Adversity
  • Building Support Networks
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Self Care
  • Practical Tools and Techniques to Foster Personal Resilience
13:20pm Closing Remarks
Event Ends




Please note places are on a first-come-first-served basis so do register early! Deadline for registration is 20 Aug 2023. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. We apologise that any request 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.



Alka Anbarasu, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investor Service

Alka Anbarasu is an Associate Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group in Asia. Based in Singapore, she oversees credit ratings of banks, non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) and securities companies in Japan, India and the ASEAN Region. In addition, Alka coordinates the Global Financial Institution Group’s research on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). 


Alka is a regular speaker at Moody’s market briefings, external conferences, podcasts and broadcast media. She is very active in promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives and is the co-chair of the APAC Women’s Business Resource Group. She is a passionate impact leader for Moody’s CSR initiatives in Asia. 


Alka joined Moody’s in 2013 and over the years has led the ratings of several high profile Asian financial institutions. Prior to joining Moody’s, she worked in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in London and Mumbai and ING Vysya Bank in India. She has close to 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Alka holds an MBA from the Xavier Institute of Management in India.



Qi Zhai-McCartney, Psychotherapist & Counsellor, Alliance Counselling 

Qi is a Stanford-trained investment professional-turned-therapist. The common thread in her two seemingly different careers is a desire to understand human motivations, be it in the domain of business financial decisions or in the personal mental-emotional sphere. Qi is also a mother to four children, and has been a published writer, occasional editor, and yoga and meditation instructor since the 2000s.

A Chinese and American expatriate, Qi has lived in Asia for over two decades. Her first career in financial services took her from Stanford University in California to job postings in New York, Boston, Beijing, and Singapore with Credit Suisse and Capital Group. As an international student and professional, Qi experienced first-hand the multiple stresses of striving for success at school, at work, navigating new cultural and linguistic environments, and frequent travel, while trying to build work-life balance. Qi began her second career as a qualified therapist to follow her passion for helping people improve their well-being in all aspects of life.


Svitlana Nazarenko, FWA Singapore Exco member

Lana is an FWA Singapore ExCo member and a seasoned finance professional with over a decade of experience. In the last 5 years, Lana worked for Temasek as an AVP in Treasury, focusing on Temasek’s bond issuance programs. Prior to that, Lana was a part of Treasury & Markets team at DBS Bank. 


Before coming to Singapore, Lana was a Funding Manager at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and an investment banker in her home country - Ukraine before coming to the UK. 


Lana’s lifetime journey of building up resilience accelerated rapidly in Feb’22 with the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine. She is now focusing on giving back to others by designing the Center of Growth and Self-Improvement “Garrison” with a mission to empower Ukrainian veterans on their journey beyond recovery.


Honey Jacob, Vice President, Private Wealth Compliance, SMBC Nikko Securities Pte Ltd

Honey is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in wealth management and compliance. Having commenced her career as a banker in Dubai with HSBC, she quickly established herself as a trusted financial advisor, serving clients with dedication and expertise. She relocated to Singapore with her family a decade ago. Over the last five years, she has been dedicated to ensuring compliance with regulatory framework, conducting risk assessments and implementing robust control measures for the wealth management business.   


Honey is deeply passionate about giving back to her community. She is an active volunteer with the FWA WE Impact pillar and a youth mentor with SINDA’s Mentor Me programme, offering guidance, support and encouragement to young individuals, empowering them to unlock their potential and pursue successful futures. Honey is also a mother to 3 children and understands the importance of being present in her children’s lives and strives to create a healthy work life balance. Honey holds an MBA in Banking from SOAS University of London. 


Registration for Members:

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


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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 are no-shows 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. 


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