FWA Symposium 2023

FWA is excited to bring you our second flagship FWA Symposium, set for Mon 16 Oct 2023, 8.30am to 2.00pm at DBS Auditorium

FWA Champions will share their experiences and insights on the theme "Empowering Women In A VUCA World". Topics include progress in gender diversity; generative AI and its impact; making the leap to management; how an executive presence can help in our professional development; and a fun and interactive debate on hybrid work. For details please visit the website here.

This is an exclusive opportunity for FWA members to learn from our Champions and network with fellow industry participants. Due to venue constraints, we regret that there will be limited seats at the venue. However, you may benefit from each session by joining the online zoom session. 

To join this event, contact the corporate membership representative in your organization or join as an individual member here.

The registration deaedlines are as follows:

  • 29 Sep 2023 - Registration to attend in person at DBS Auditorium (you will not be able to register when the seats have been filled)
  • 10 Oct 2023 - Registration to attend online zoom session (no limit to registrations)


Program Highlights
 Time  Session
8:30-9:00 Registration

Welcome by FWA Singapore President

 Grishma Kewada

Introduction to Symposium by FWA Strategic Engagement Chair

 Lily Chia

Keynote Speech

Wong Su Yen, Chairman, Singapore Institute of Directors

Gender Diversity - How far have we come in the last 5 years?

Looking back at the last 5 years, how have we fared in advancing gender diversity? What does the data show in the proportion of women in leadership, female representation in traditionally male-dominated improved, e.g., STEM, trading, investment banking, engineering, IT? How has the pandemic changed work arrangements for women and are they here to stay? What more can be done to improve the status?

Moderator - SL Narasimhan,
Senior MD, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, State Street

Virginie Bardot, MD Southeast Asia & Pacific, Nasdaq Market Technology Deanna Ong, Chief People Officer, MD Human Resource & Organisation, Corporate Governance, GIC
Alexander Harrison, COO Asia Pacific & Country Head Singapore, Barclays Chng Sok Hui, CFO, DBS

Generative AI - How should we respond to the inevitable?

ChatGPT has brought to the fore, the emergence of generative artificial intelligence. What is it and what does it mean to the future of work? How does it threaten current norms, if any, and how can women prepare themselves to work alongside such tools?

Moderator - Valentin Laiseca, ED & Head of South Asia Research, MSCI

Shirley Chua, Founder & Group CEO, Golden Equator Richard Barclay, Regional Sales Lead, Global Financial Services, AWS
Liew Tzu Mi, CIO, Fixed Income, GIC Ivy Yong, MD General Counsel,
APAC Private Bank, JP Morgan
10:35-10.55  Refreshment break

Making the Leap to Leadership

How can one take the leap from an individual contributor executive to a people manager and then to a leader? Are such “hierarchical” notions even relevant today? What does it take to make that transition and how can we help others do so as well? 

Moderator - Kerrine Koh, Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia,
Hamilton Lane


Cindy Tan, CEO (Singapore), GMO

Agnes Koh, Chief Risk Officer, SGX

Joris Dierckx, Regional Head of
Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas

Jessie Yim, Head of Diversified Corporates & Global Subsidiaries, ANZ Singapore

Executive Presence - Tips from the top

FWA Champions share their experience on how to build your executive presence. What does having an executive presence mean? How does it help us to achieve our career goals?  How do we build our visibility and credibility with our appearance and how we carry ourselves?

Moderator - David Pope, Managing Director, All Voice Talent

Eleanor Seet, President & Head of Asia ex-Japan, Nikko AM


Priya Kini, MD & Head of Global Banking Singapore, HSBC

Sage Patel, MD, S&P Market Intelligence Sandra Cheng, Head of Institutions, Southeast Asia, CEO Singapore, Columbia Threadneedle

The Very Serious Debate: Hybrid Work Is Overrated

A fun and interactive session, champions bring on their wit, high energy and a double dose of humour! The house will debate the motion with 3 members per team and the audience votes which team wins.

Moderator - Ian McDonald, Head of Singapore & Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, abrdn    
 Proposition:    Opposition:  
Thomas Kaegi, Head of Asset Management, Singapore & Southeast Asia, CEO of UBS Asset Management Sam Rhee, Chairman & CIO, Endowus
Anubhuti Gupta, Senior Principal Consultant for Wealth Business, Mercer Trista Chen, Head of Investment Stewardship Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Jean Chia,
CIO &Head of Portfolio Management &Research Office, Bank Of Singapore
Ho Giao Pik, Managing Director, Group Channels & Digitalisation, United Overseas Bank
12:55-1:00  Closing Remarks
1:00-2:00  Lunch

We thank our sponsors for their generous support.