Programme Overview
Overview, objectives & list of mentors
Programme structure & key events
Eligibility and application forms
Mentor and mentee experiences
Overview of the FWA‐AWF Mentoring Programme

The FWA Advancing Women in Finance (FWA-AWF) Mentoring Programme has been running since 2011, and was awarded the AWARE New Initiative Award in 2013.

In 2020, we received sponsorship from Seeds of Change Fund, supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and administered by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations. The funding has been used to develop the Programme manuals for the Mentors and Mentees, and other resource materials to support the mentoring journey.

The programme is designed for mid-career women in the banking and finance industry, who seek guidance in professional and personal development from senior industry executives outside their organisations.

To date, we have successfully mentored over 100 mentees, many of whom remain connected with their Mentors. Here are some of our 2023 Mentors, made up of senior executives in the Singapore finance industry, many of whom are also Male and Female Champions of FWA. 

Mentor Company Designation
Ai Ling Cheow Marsh MD PE & M&A
Amy Tan JP Morgan MD, Head of New Economy APAC, Head of ASEAN ex SG Corp Banking
Bradley Fraser Barclays MD, Head of Prime Derivative Services Asia Pacific
Celynne Go First Abu Dhabi Bank Head of Credit Asia (ex India)
Chitra Hepburn MSCI Head of APAC ESG & Climate, Head of South & Southeast Asia Client Coverage
Chong Shiau Ling BOFA MD, Senior Relationship Management, Global Markets
Cindy Tan GMO Singapore Pte. Limited CEO
Daniel Klinger ex Natixis Former Head of Loan Syndications APAC
Daphne Chan Goldman Sachs Asset Management CEO, Head of South and Southeast Asia Client Business
E-Eing Neoh DBS Bank MD, Global Financial Markets (Head of Interest Rate & Credit Derivatives)
Ee Ching Tay Barclays Head of SEA Investment Banking
Eileen Chia United Overseas Bank Group Head of Global Market Sales
Evonne Tan Barclays Head of Barclays Private Bank, Singapore
Genevieve Heng Anthem Asia Limited Co-Founder and Director
Giao Pik Ho UOB Head of Banks Client Coverage, Global Financial Institutions Group
Hui-Joo Hoo Barclays Bank Head of Compliance, APAC
Joris Dierckx BNP Paribas Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking, SE Asia and CEO of Spore
Kerrine Koh Hamilton Lane Head, SEA
Linda Lim Barclays APAC Head Compliance Services
Martina Wong Schroeders Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific
Melanie Ng Blackstone Managing Director in the Finance Group and is the Head of APAC Corporate Controller
Nelly Harapoff ANZ ED, Leveraged and Acquisition Finance
Nicolo Magni UBS Head of Global Banking, SEA & India
Priya Kini HSBC Head of Global Banking, Singapore
Raphael Cheminat Societe Generale Chief Country Officer
Sage Patel S&P Global - Market Intelligence Head of Pricing, Valuations and Data Valuations
Sheela Parakkal Prudential Chief Human Resources Officer
Shiau-Ling Chong Bank of America Managing Director, Global Markets Senior Relationship Management
Stephanie Simonnet LoopedIN Founder
Stephanie Vallance ANZ ED, Head of Loan Syndications, SEA
Sujey Subramanian PAG MD, Deputy CIO
Sze Keed Wong AIA CEO
Thomas Kaegi UBS Asset Management Head of UBS Asset Management Singapore & SEA, as well as Global Head of Sales Management
Trista Chen Legal & General Investment Management Head of Investment Stewardship Asia (ex Japan)
Wei Han Ong JP Morgan MD, Country Manager Singapore and SEA
Wing Kwong Choo Nikko Asset Management Group Head of Portfolio Solutions
To pair mid‐career female executives in the financial services industry with leaders and professionals with similar backgrounds/careers
Build a supportive community where mentors and mentees can openly discuss, share and learn from experiences
Increase awareness of FWA, and encourage mentees to contribute to FWA and its many causes
Programme Structure
Applications Open
1 – 17 Mar 2024
Mentee Selection Interviews
18 Mar ‐ 26 Apr 2024 
Pre‐Matching Networking 
1 - 24 May 2024 
Programme Opening Event
26 Jun 2024 
Mid‐Point Check Event
24 Sept 2024
Programme Closing Event
15 Jan 2025 

• Pre-Matching Networking with Pre-Selected Mentors (for successful Applicants)

• Final pairing with Mentor based on mutual ranking of preferences (best efforts)

• Minimum 6 one-on-one Mentor-Mentee sessions between Programme Opening Event and Closing

• Opening, Mid-Point and Closing events to facilitate skills development, self‐awareness exercises and networking opportunities for Mentors and Mentees

Mentee Commitments

Organise a minimum of 6 meetings between Mentor and Mentee in 7-month timeframe of Programme

Attend a minimum of 70% of  Programme milestone events (refer to Timeline)

Treat information received during the Programme with strictest confidence and the utmost integrity

Mentee Eligibility
  • Have more than 7 years' experience in the financial industry
  • Be physically based in Singapore
  • Have a committed, mature and enthusiastic attitude towards the Programme
  • Be willing to give back to FWA and community after graduating from Programme
  • Be assessed for fit with available mentors
  • Upon a successful match with a Mentor, join FWA as an Individual FWA member (if not yet already a member)
  • Be willing to make necessary payments: Individual Membership fee is $120 per annum. Mentoring Programme fee is $120 (one-time).
Applications for the 2024 Programme will be open from 1 — 17 March 2024.
To apply for the 2024 Programme, please complete this form.
For clarifications, please contact the FWA Mentoring SubCommittee at
Mentee and Mentor testimonials
Dennis Tan, Mentor 2021
CEO - Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

This is a great initiative by the FWA to support the professional advancement of women in finance. The programme is well organised and structured. The considered pairing of mentor and mentee ensures participants get the most out of the programme. I have thoroughly enjoyed the open conversations with my mentee, and taken away learnings that will help me be a more effective leader and coach. I highly recommend this programme to mid-career professionals who are seeking to advance their careers, and expand their network in the financial services industry.

Phaedra Pang, Mentee 2021
Digital Innovation Lead - PWC Singapore

My best decision last year has been to invest in myself via FWA Mentoring Programme.  The programme is designed for mid-career women in the banking and finance industry, who seek guidance in professional and personal development from senior industry executives outside their organisations. We are bound by an NDA which helps us Trust the confidentiality of our mentors and peers when voicing our thoughts, fears and plans.

The truly invaluable gift is the camaraderie and generosity to help each other from the get-go. It is amazing to meet accomplished industry leaders whom I probably would never be connected with otherwise. My mentor and I shared challenges, stories and ideas via WhatsApp, over dinners and on a nature walk.

Simon Cooper, Mentor 2021
CEO, Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking, Europe & The Americas - Standard Chartered Bank

As an FWA Champion, I’m very proud to have been a mentor in 2021, having the opportunity to discuss leadership, tackling unconscious bias and accelerating gender inclusion in the workplace with some amazing future talent. Speaking to the next generation of leaders is a two-way learning process that helps me do my job better as much as, I hope, it adds value to the FWA mentees on their own professional and personal journeys.  
Our industry is transforming, and we need a mixture of great people skills, world class digital and data capabilities and a passion to innovate if we are to serve our clients more effectively and contribute maximum value to the communities where we operate. The Financial Women’s Association Singapore epitomises the determination to ensure that this momentum is sustained across our industry, and I’m proud to be a part of that effort.

Gayle Chang, Mentee 2020
Director, APAC Head of eDebt Institutional Sales (Global Markets) - Deutsche Bank

I have truly enjoyed the mentorship programme so far. 
It has been really well organized and carefully crafted to ensure maximum benefit to those joining. 
From the pre-selection rounds, kick-off event, actual mentoring sessions as well as mentee monthly sharing. 
I have been able to connect with like-minded women virtually, and I have managed to meet one in person.
Would recommend it to anyone looking for support/guidance/growing their network in the broader finance community in Singapore. 

Henry Quek, Mentor 2020
Head of Global Markets, APAC - State Steer Bank and Trust

I have enjoyed my virtual mentoring sessions very much with the mentee. Besides sharing my career journey and work experiences with her, I have also learnt a lot from her, about how she thinks and what drives her. This to me is invaluable as I can then use this to help me better manage my own team.

Jane Tan, Mentee 2020
Business Development Manager - HSBC Insurance

This mentorship journey is akin growing a plant with some pruning and multiple fertilising phases. I am grateful to have a career coach to help steer my thought process into the right direction and to provide the timely advisory when I had to do my first telephone and virtual interviews during this pandemic period. This program also gives me the exposure to network with many dynamic, intelligent and authentic people who are more than willing to share their success stories with one another. It is my great pleasure to be part of the FWA community and in return, i hope to contribute meaningfully back to the community.

Priya Kini, Mentor 2020
Head of Global Banking, Singapore - HSBC

The FWA mentorship Programme provides a much‐needed platform bringing together talented females and leaders from Singapore’s financial services industry. I was privileged to mentor two extremely bright and ambitious mentees and was humbled by the trust they put in me; sharing their journeys, dreams and struggles. Acting as a sounding board for their ideas, we discussed different approaches and developed real, actionable plans to support their continued growth. And it was not all one way – I learnt a lot from these discussions too! Whilst most organisations are making strides in the D&I agenda, we must continue to work harder to advocate and support each other.