Changing Mindsets, Changing Lives
25 November 2023
Themed "Changing Mindsets, Changing Lives", SHE's inaugural Annual Symposium will feature the latest research, unique viewpoints, and solutions to the complex issues around gender equality and equity. It will bring together cross-sectoral stakeholders to synergise learnings and drive change.
Join us for a morning of thought-provoking discussions, impactful sessions, interactive breakouts, and inspiring speakers as we explore how—by changing our mindsets on outdated stereotypes—we can also change and improve lives, and build a fairer and more equal society.
☀️ Engaging panels on how mindset change can break down traditional gender norms
🌐 International perspectives and localised practicalities on gender equality
📊 Hot off the press: Local research on gender norms and equality
🎉 SHE Sneak Peek celebration*
🌟 Workshops for youths designed to empower and uplift
🎥 Launch of SHE x G.H.Y Culture & Media miniseries on online harms, featuring Tay Ping Hui
🍪 Girl Guides Singapore cookies
*Launched in collaboration with Standard Chartered, SHE’s Sneak Peek programme allows underprivileged young women aged 15-21 the chance to look ‘behind the scenes’ at some of Singapore’s most inspiring workplaces, to learn about potential career pathways, broaden horizons, build networks, gain confidence, and – ultimately – build a career they love.
Don't miss this opportunity to challenge stereotypes, gain valuable insights, and be a part of the journey towards positive change!
Together, we can make a difference in our community and beyond.
Registration is closed but we have a few slots left!
Email us at email@example.com to find out more.
*Subject to change.
Minister for Social and Family Development,
Second Minister for Health & Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs
Mr Masagos Zulkifli is Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development. Mr Masagos entered politics in 2006, after being elected as Member of Parliament for Tampines Group Representation Constituency, and was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education. Prior to that, Mr Masagos was working in Singapore Telecommunications Limited and last held the position of CEO, SingTel Global Offices. From 2008 to 2014, Mr Masagos held other positions in the Singapore Government, within the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs. He was appointed Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs in May 2018. From October 2015 to July 2020, Mr Masagos was Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. He took on his current appointment on 27 July 2020.
SHE Special Adviser
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
& Ministry of National Development
Sim Ann was educated at Hwa Chong Junior College from 1992 to 1993. In 1997, she obtained a BA (Honours) from Oxford University. She was awarded an MA from Stanford University in 2009. Sim Ann has also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation from the Nanyang Technological University. She started her career in 1998 as an Assistant Director for Finance Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Health. From 2000 to 2003, she worked at the Ministry of Home Affairs as an Assistant Director for Implementation Planning, before moving to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she was Deputy Director for Trade until 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, she was the Regional Director (East China) for IE Singapore and in 2009, she became the Director for the National Population Secretariat. She left the Civil Service in 2011.
Sim Ann first stepped into the political arena when she contested in the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC during the 2011 General Elections. She is currently an MP for the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC as one of the four-member People's Action Party (PAP) team led by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The other PAP members are Christopher de Souza and Edward Chia.
Minister of State
Ministry of Home Affairs
& Ministry of Social & Family Development
Ms Sun Xueling was elected a Member of Parliament in September 2015. She currently holds the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Social and Family Development. Ms Sun serves as a Board Member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council.
Ms Sun served in the Ministry of Education from 2020 – 2022 and also served in the Ministries of Home Affairs and National Development from 2018 – 2020.
Before entering politics, Ms Sun spent more than a decade in the private sector in finance and investments. She received her Master of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
SHE Chairperson & Founder
Joint Managing Partner
TSMP Law Corporation
Stefanie Yuen Thio is the Joint Managing Partner of TSMP Law Corporation which she co-founded in 1998 and heads its corporate practice. TSMP won the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s (NVPC) President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards in 2018 and was named a Champion of Good by NVPC in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Stefanie advocates for gender diversity and leads TSMP’s women empowerment initiatives. TSMP was named Best National Firm for Women in Business Law and Best Gender Diversity Initiative in 2014. Her work in the Sunlight Alliance for Action to tackle online harms, especially those targeted at women and girls, set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information in July 2021 led directly to her founding SHE.
Stefanie holds a LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and has been practising for 28 years, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions. She is an independent director of various SGX-listed companies and the chairperson of ESR-LOGOS REIT.
Cluster CEO Singapore and ASEAN Markets
(Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Representative Offices), Standard Chartered
As Cluster CEO, Singapore and ASEAN Markets, Patrick is responsible for steering and executing business development and strategy for the Bank in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. These are key strategic markets for the Standard Chartered Bank Group, and Singapore is home to the Bank’s global businesses and technology and operations functions.
Patrick is a Co-Founder and Board Director of Leap Philanthropy Ltd, a Singapore-based charity active in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar. He is also a Board Director of Clifford Capital (established as a specialist provider of structured finance solutions). He is an Executive Committee member of Singapore Trade Data Exchange Services Pte Ltd (SGTraDex) and serves on the Board of Climate Impact X Pte Ltd as an Alternate Director. In 2022, Patrick was named an “IBF Distinguished Fellow” by the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Singapore for his contributions to the growth and development of the financial sector.
Patrick graduated with BA (First Class Honors) and MA in English from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei
Ambassador Adema has held numerous positions at both the Netherlands’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs.
Prior to her accreditation to Singapore (since 2022) and Brunei, she was Deputy Ambassador in New Delhi (2018 - 2022). Previous assignments were Consul General of the Netherlands in Shanghai (PRC) and postings at the Embassies in Warsaw (Poland) and Madrid (Spain).
Vice-Chairperson, MENDAKI Club (Director of mGirl Co),
Assistant Manager (Climate Change and Sustainability Services),
Ernst & Young
Ms Attiya Ashraf Ali is Assistant Manager (Sustainability & Social Impact) with Ernst & Young. She is also Vice-Chairperson of MENDAKI Club (MClub), a volunteer-led organisation and a community of Malay/Muslim young professionals and students focusing on their personal and professional development. And she heads mGirl Co., a one-stop platform to empower Malay/Muslim women in their growth journeys through community support and learning opportunities that include interactive befriending sessions and insightful discussions on overcoming diverse challenges.
Faculty, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Member, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis is a globally recognised international women’s rights expert and a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Women, Peace and Security Focal Point. She is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Centre for the Legal Profession. At the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she is Associate Dean of International Affairs, she teaches International Women’s Rights; Women, Law, and Leadership; and the Policy Lab, including the Policy Lab on AI and Bias, and directs the Global Institute for Human Rights. She also leads the Advancing Inclusive Leadership program.
In recognition of Rangita’s global work in advancing women’s rights, she was named the Hillary Rodham Clinton Distinguished Fellow on Gender Equity, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Head of Talent – APAC,
As the Head of Talent for the APAC region at Wunderman Thompson (a WPP operating company), Supria's focus is on creating opportunities for meaningful connections, experiences, and development across the talent lifecycle. Alongside her team and stakeholders across the globe, they seek to ignite the employee experience from talent acquisition, learning and development, culture, to career growth in a way that's relevant and aligned with the business needs. Supria's goal is to support talent across the agency in realizing their full potential, upholding Wunderman Thompson's core values, and delivering best-in-class work.
Before joining the agency in 2021, Supria worked in various industries, including hospitality and consulting across technology, banking, healthcare, and FMCG, in all facets of HR. With a Master's degree in Human Resources and an Executive Development Programme from Boston University, Supria has studied and worked in many parts of the world, which has given her a well-rounded exposure and competence across her career spanning the past two decades. Among other things, Supria is deeply passionate about leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Wunderman Thompson in APAC. She loves collaborating with diverse groups of people within and outside her work to help them feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are, being their authentic selves and thriving in their purpose-led careers.
Singapore General Hospital
Immediate past President of the
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO),
and the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations
June is a Senior Consultant in Singapore General Hospital. June is passionate about women’s family and health issues, and has actively participated in dialogues and feedback sessions organised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the People’s Association, touching on issues involving the Central Provident Fund, Medishield, Eldercare Package, National Servicemen, and the National Budget.
June is a member and past president of the Association of Women Doctors Singapore (AWDS) executive committee, and a member of the National Women Health Committee. June has also served as President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) and the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations. Currently, June serves on the board of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. She also sits on the Dover Park Hospice and National Gallery fundraising committee, and was previously on the Council for Board Diversity.
CEO, The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
Dr Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia representing over 650 companies. Hsien is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, member of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Advisory Board, Vice President of the Precision Public Health Asia Society, board member of talenTtrust, member of the United Women Singapore STEM Advisory Panel, board committee member of SATA CommHealth, and member of the 2023 FIRST Global Challenge host committee.
Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centres in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien has extensive experience in scientific affairs, corporate and healthcare communications, advertising, public relations, and government affairs.
Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds a BA (with honours) in Human Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was the recipient of a US National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Grant. Her doctoral thesis explored the genetic epidemiology of end-stage renal disease and type 2 diabetes. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at National Taiwan University Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Managing Director, Verian
Sandra, the Managing Director of Verian, boasts over 20 years of expertise in policy and social research consulting. Her specialities include behavioral communications, public engagement, programme evaluation, and data analysis across various sectors. Sandra is actively engaged in the research industry and previously held the position of President at the Market Research Society Singapore. She also imparts knowledge through training at institutions like Republic Polytechnic and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Beyond her professional roles, Sandra is committed to community building, advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and serves as a board director at the Caregiving Welfare Association. Her multifaceted roles encompass advising, strategising, training, facilitating, writing, and volunteering. Her guiding principle is to use evidence-based decisions to shape a sustainable future for all as highlighted in her blog.
Singapore Armed Forces
MAJ (Dr) Ng Chen Hui is a uniformed servicewoman currently serving in the Singapore Armed Forces.
She graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2018 and completed the Military Medical Officer Conversion course in 2019. Dr Ng served as the Battalion Medical Officer in the Army Deployment Force and was the first female medical officer to complete the Guards Conversion course.
While in the Army Deployment Force, she oversaw the health and fitness of all the soldiers in the unit by monitoring injury trends to optimise soldier performance and providing primary healthcare to the troops in her unit. Dr Ng also developed the medical ops plans for the COVID-19-related taskings the unit was assigned to and took charge of a team of 12 medics by personally conducting training, overseeing logistics and conducting drills to ensure their readiness for ops activation at a moment’s notice.
Besides serving as a doctor to provide medical clinical input, and as an officer to ensure unit medical operational readiness, Dr Ng is a Commander who takes special interest in the professional development of her medics in terms of their career development and takes pride in upholding her personal fitness discipline as a combat soldier, training together with ground troops in their daily morning physical training and regular live firing.
After her battalion medical officer tour, Dr Ng served as a staff officer in the HQ Army Medical Service where she contributed to the policy work of SAF-level healthcare policies, including the Physical Employment Standard grading framework. She is currently posted out of the SAF and undergoing specialist training in the field of anesthesiology at the National University Hospital.
Executive Director, Girls’ Brigade Singapore
An IT engineer by training with a Master of Arts in Inter-cultural studies, Glen has worked with non-profit organisations which catalyse positive social transformation for the greater part of his professional career. He has served in and led on the boards of local and internationally affiliated faith-based and youth-focused organisations; enjoying the gruelling but necessary adventure of bringing structure, excellence, community relevance and a pioneering spirit to them—all of which are necessary companions to all good intentions.
Doctor of Law
Member, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Dr Elgün Safarov Firdovsi has dedicated his life to improving the human rights protection system and upholding the principles of justice, the rule of law, democracy, and equality. He is an international lawyer and an expert on human rights protection and humanitarian law.
Dr Safarov has also lectured at several internationally recognised universities on international law, humanitarian law, private law, human rights, gender equality and family law. He is the author of more than 50 scientific books and research papers.
Asia Digital Lead, Microsoft
Madeline is the digital safety lead for Microsoft Asia, covering a range of online safety policy and advocacy issues across the region. She is passionate about promoting and responding to online safety challenges, with a particular interest in multistakeholder collaborations with government and civil society to achieve meaningful outcomes.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Madeline worked for the New Zealand Government in countering violent extremism online and cyber security awareness. She has also worked for the State Government of Victoria (Australia) in similar fields.
Madeline is a qualified functional nutritionist and has previously run an online business which required leveraging social media to reach clients and craft effective messages and calls to action. Because she covered topics around women’s health, there were often situations that attracted unwelcome comments, and she is looking forward to sharing lessons from that experience.
SHE Director, Partnerships & Programmes
Cheryl is a Director of Partnerships and Programmes at SHE and oversees SHE’s efforts on online harms. She served in the Singapore Public Service with postings mainly in the social sector. Prior to joining SHE, she was the Deputy Director at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, working on policies to strengthen marriages and families. She has worked with the Ministry of Education, focusing on communications planning. She also has experience working on policies related to higher education, the elderly, and disability.
SHE Board Member
President, United Women Singapore
Georgette serves as the President of United Women Singapore and also sits on the board of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, where she chairs BoardAgender, an initiative to increase the number of women on boards in Singapore. She serves on the Committee of the Climate Action SG Alliance (CASA) and also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.
Georgette has held senior communications positions in companies such as MasterCard Asia Pacific, CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University, lecturing in Communications at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business.
Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore Government and Social Impact, Meta
Xiaohan is responsible for providing guidance to governments, political partners, and advocacy groups to help them connect with their citizens and supporters through scaled advertising solutions on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Prior to Meta, Xiaohan spent her career in digital marketing communications across different industries including government, banking, gaming and hospitality, helping companies in performance marketing, crisis management, content and communication strategies, as well as building online communities and brand advocates.
Group Chief Nurse
Chief Wellness Officer, National Healthcare Group
Keng Kwang began his career as a clinical nurse at the 1,700-bed Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, in 1996. In 1998, he transitioned to Nursing Administration and was subsequently promoted to Director of Nursing in October 2011 (later redesignated as Chief Nurse in 2015). In this role, he oversaw a nursing workforce of 3,800 at TTSH. During his years in Nursing Administration, he was involved in strategic planning, manpower development, clinical operations, and quality management.
Since October 2020, he has served as the Group Chief Nurse of the National Healthcare Group (NHG), responsible for overseeing the development and practice of approximately 8,000 nurses in the institutions under the NHG umbrella. As the inaugural Group Chief Nurse of NHG, his mission is to further strengthen the role and competency of nurses in acute care and population health through four strategic thrusts: Relationship-based Care, Role Optimisation and Redesign, Digitally Enabled Workforce, and Positive Practice Environment.
On April 1, 2023, he assumed the role of Chief Wellness Officer at NHG concurrently, providing thought leadership in the development of holistic strategies and leading implementation efforts to enhance the well-being of NHG's 22,000 staff.
1 Rochester Park, #02-01 Rochester Commons,
Rochester Commons is a 5 min walk away from Buona Vista MRT Station (EW21 CC22).
Take Exit C and walk along the sheltered walkway towards The Star Vista shopping mall.
Turn left at the end of the sheltered walkway and walk past the green field.
Cross the traffic light and continue straight towards Rochester mall.
Rochester Commons is on the left.
There is bus service number 14, 74, 91, 92, 95, 191, 196, 198 and 200.
Alight at Aft Anglo Chinese JC bus stop.
From Changi Airport, the journey takes approximately 35 minutes and costs around $31.
Exit Ayer Raja Expressway (AYE) Exit 8 towards North Buona Vista Road & South Buona Vista Road.
Turn right onto North Buona Vista Road and after travelling straight for 1.2km, turn left into Rochester Park.
Travel for 90m and turn left into Rochester Commons.
Rochester Commons basement (143 lots)
Drop off point
Take the lift at the lobby or the escalator up to Level 2.