Bridging worlds for inclusive innovation
12-14 SEPTEMBER 2018 Singapore
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Women's Forum Singapore

Singapore, 12-14 September 2018


Bridging worlds for inclusive innovation


The ten nations of Asean together make up the world’s seventh-largest economy, and include some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. However, the region faces the headwinds of rising geopolitical challenges, climate change and environmental degradation, and job disruption from automation, AI and other technologies. 


We believe that women across Asia-Pacific can provide the innovative views, perspectives and daring leadership needed to address today’s challenges and envision a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive future. We believe women’s leadership is key not only to increasing gender equality but also to unlocking Asia’s tremendous economic and technological potential.


The first ever Women’s Forum Singapore will take place on 12-14 September 2018 at Raffles City Convention Center. It will convene leaders and high-potential talents from business, government, civil society and other sectors to discuss and explore best practices and proposals to create impact. The goal is to express a clear, action-oriented vision and gender-based analysis of issues that we are confronted with today.


Highlights of Women’s Forum Singapore include:

  • 1000 influential business, institutional and political leaders from ASEAN and beyond, gathering to engage in high-level debates andmove towards concrete solutions
  • Plenary and roundtable sessions, debateand workshops with more than 30 sessions and 100 speakers
  • Gala Reception taking place at Singapore National Gallery
  • Networking opportunities over breakfast and lunch during the two days of the Forum
  • High-level Special Delegations represented
  • Strategic and editorial partnerships with the New York Times, LinkedIn, CNBC and The Strait Times
  • Access to the Women’s Forum Global Network of 5000 active members for a year; from the Women’s Forum past events – Women’s Forum MexicoWomen’s Forum MauritiusWomen’s Forum Rome and Global Meeting 2017, as well as the upcoming Women’s Forum Canada and Global Meeting 2018 in Paris.


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Keynote Speaker: Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore



Master of Ceremony: We are delighted to have Martin Roll, Business & Brand Strategist. Senior Advisor, Martin Roll Company as the Master of Ceremony for Women's Forum Singapore. A highly accomplished keynote speaker at global conferences, an experienced conference moderator and executive workshop facilitator, Martin Roll is also global business strategist, senior advisor and facilitator to Fortune 500 companies, Asian firms and global family-owned businesses on how to build and manage strong, global brands as well as leadership of high-performing, marketing-oriented businesses in a hyper connected and fast-paced, digitalized world. 


Confirmed speakers:

Marc Abensour, Ambassador, Embassy of France to Singapore

Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Communications and Information

Kamal Ahmad, Founder, Asian University for Women

Hana'a AlSyead, Founder & CEO, Wujud

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

Yolyn Ang, Director, APAC Partnership, Global Business Development, Google

Bernise Ang, Chief Alchemist, Zeroth Labs

Saubrah Arora, CEO & Founder, Lybrate

Nandita Bakhshi, President and CEO, Bank of the West

Laurence Batlle, Chief Executive Officer, RATP Dev

Jean-Philippe Caude, Senior Vice President, Caude Management

Heng Chee Chan, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dipty Chander, President, Association E-MMA France

Serey Chea, Director General of Central Banking, National Bank of Cambodia

Sara Cheng, CEO, Fuji Xerox Singapore

Sharon Chew, Vice President, International Growth Optimization, International Consumer Services, American Express

Heang Chhor, Managing Partner, Qualgro

Siak Ching Chong, CEO, National Gallery Singapore

Yolanda Conyers, Chief Diversity Officer, Lenovo and President, Lenovo Foundation

Leah Daughtry, President & CEO; Former CEO, On These Things, 2016 Democratic National Convention

Sandhya Devanathan, Country Director, Facebook Singapore

Joris Dierckx, Head of South East Asia, BNP Paribas 

Amelie Dione-Charest, Founder, Healthy Matters

Thi Thao Do, Senior Researcher, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Republic of Singapore

Swee Chen Goh, Chairwoman, Shell Singapore

Marie Guillemot, Member of the Executive committee of KPMG France in charge of Strategy & Business Development for global accounts and sectors, Tech-Media-Telecom Head, KPMG France

Smita Gupta, Senior Director, Regional Marketing, APAC at Finastra

Maya Hari, Vice President, Twitter APAC

Limin Hee, Director of Research, Center for Liveable Cities

Karoli Hindriks, CEO & Co-Founder, Jobbatical

Kwon-Ping Ho, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings LTD

Nadya Hutagalung, UNEP Ambassador and Founder Let Elephants Be Elephants

Pearly Ingkakul, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Association

Liz Kamaruddin, Head of FTI Strategic Communication, FTI Consulting Malaysia

Ayesha Khanna, CEO & Co-Founder, ADDO AI

Evelyne Kuoh, President, HEC au Féminin

Pascal Lambert, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Société Générale

Linda Lee, Head of Communications, Southeast Asia and North Asia, LinkedIn

Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Julia Leong, Director of Business Operations, LinkedIn APAC

Lydia Lim, Head, Training and Talent Development, The Strait Times

Diann-Yi Lin, Managing Partner, McKinsey Singapore

Karen Linehan, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Sanofi

Christine Liu, Founder, sHero China

Zenaida C. Maglaya, Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of Philippines

Marina Mahathir, Writer

Hayden Majajas, Head of D&I APAC, Bloomberg

Presanna Meduri, CEO, Graphene Services Pte Ltd

Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD Singapore

Daw Naw Pann Thinzar Myo, Regional Minister of Information, Tourism and Karen Ethnic Affairs of the Yangon Region Government

Karin Nilsdotter, CEO, Spacesport Sweden

Eva Nguyen Binh, Ambassador, Embassy of France to Cambodia

Karin Nilsotter, CEO and Future Astronaut, Spacesport Sweden

Balaka Niyazee, Vice-President; Executive Sponsor, P&G Korea; the P&G Asia Pacific Gender Equality program

Josephine Ong, Head of Marketing APAC, Dassault Systemes

Sylvie Ouziel, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific of Allianz Worldwide Partners

Margherita Pagani, Professor of Digital Marketing, Emlyon Business School

Fleur Pellerin, CEO & Founder, Korelya Capital

Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women's Affairs of Cambodia

Duangmala Phommavong, Vice President, Vientiane Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jacqueline Poh, Deputy Secretary,  Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group

Amy Qin, Asia Culture Reporter, The New York Times

Pamela Qiu, Associate Director, South-east Asia Economist Corporate Network

Pierre Robinet, Senior Consulting Partner, Ogilvy Consulting

Jessica Robinson, Founder & Managing Director, Moxie Future

Martin Roll, Business & Brand Strategist. Senior Advisor, Martin Roll Company

John Rossant, Founder & Chairman, New Cities Foundation

Yu Serizawa, President and CEO, Forma Corporation

Anisha Singh, Managing Director, SheCapital

Lauren Sorkin, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities

Georgette Tan, President, Singapore Committee for UN Women

Su Shan Tan, Managing Director and Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management, DBS

Bertilla Teo, CEO, Greater China Publicis

Indigo Triplett, CEO, 4D Performance 

Federico Vescovi, President of Asia, Africa and Australia, Barilla Group

Linabelle Ruth R.Villarica, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives of Philippines

Helene Von Reis, CEO, IKEA Japan

Lavanya Wadgaonkar, Vice President Communications Nissan Asia & Oceania

Sui-Lee Wee, Business correspondent, The New York Times

Vincent Wijnen, Senior Vice President, Nissan Asia & Oceania

Claire Williams, Deputy CEO, Williams F1 Racing

Su-Yen Wong, Founder & CEO, Bronze Phoenix

John Wood, Founder, Room to Read

Val Yap, Founder, PolicyPal

Wy-Lene Yap, Managing Editor, High Net Worth

Elaine Yew, Member of Global Executive Committee, Egon Zehnder

Alicia Yi, Managing Director, Korn Ferry Singapore

Kevyn Yong, Associate Dean of Executive Education, ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific

Stefanie Yuen Thio, Joint Managing Partner, TSMP Law Corporation