Board and Staff

Board and Staff

The direction, strategy and management of the Singapore Committee for UN Women is guided by an executive committee of board members and supported by a patron and panel of advisors.

Georgette Tan

Georgette Tan

Georgette Tan is Senior Vice President, Communications at Mastercard. Based in Singapore, she joined Mastercard in 2000 and until recently was responsible for external and internal communications and corporate social responsibility throughout the Asia Pacific region. She is now part of a global team working to develop Mastercard’s narrative and participation at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum.

Over the years, Ms. Tan developed Mastercard as a leader in Communications across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014 she won the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence and in 2015, was recognized by the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore as the industry’s most Outstanding PR Professional.

She also worked to establish Mastercard as a thought leader through the development and promotion of Mastercard’s suite of research properties which serve as a benchmark for a myriad of economic, industry and consumer trends. She has done this while also spearheading Mastercard’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts – mainly education and development programs to help empower women and children across the region.

In 2005, in keeping with Mastercard’s philosophy of helping people to participate fully in the economy, she launched an index that specifically measures women’s socio-economic advancement in the Asia Pacific region – the Mastercard Index of Women’s Advancement. And in 2016, she spearheaded the launch of the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific. This Index went global the following year.

Prior to joining Mastercard, she headed communications at CNBC Asia and Dow Jones Asia. She also worked with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board.

She currently serves as President on the Singapore Committee for UN Women where she is co-founder for the award-winning Project Inspire initiative. She is also on the Industry Advisory Panel for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Ms. Tan is a graduate of the National University of Singapore.

Archana Parekh Executive Board Member

Archana Parekh

Archana Parekh is a Portfolio Manager at SeaTown Holdings, an absolute returns investment management firm based in Singapore. She manages the global Financials and Technology equity and credit portfolios.

Previously, Ms. Parekh worked at Temasek Holdings covering the Financials sector looking at global private and public transactions. Prior to that Ms. Parekh worked in New York with Ernst & Young.

Ms. Parekh serves on board of the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Singapore. Ms. Parekh received her MBA from Stanford University where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received her BA in Computer Science and Economics from Mount Holyoke College.

Jin Lu Executive Board Member

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Jin Lu holds a Master degree in Peking University. Jin Lu has worked with Golden Meditech Holdings Ltd as the Founder and Director for 12 years, and was with Cordlife Group Limited as Director between 2012 and 2014. Her philanthropic involvement includes The Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Chinese Women’s Association (CWA), the Singapore Committee for UN Women, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, and The Red Pencil in Singapore.

Ching Ne Tan Executive Board Member

Ching Ne is a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. She has over 20 years of work experience, including being the Asia Pacific Tax director in large multi-national corporations. She has been involved in Corporate social responsibility activities and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Ching Ne holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Singapore and an Accredited Tax Advisor with Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Trina Liang-Lin President and Board Member

Trina Liang-Lin

Trina Liang-Lin is Managing Director at Templebridge Investments and President of the Singapore Committee for UN Women (previously UNIFEM). She is a pioneer and specialist in the Asian bond market securities sector. She has held senior positions in a number of global investment banks and has worked in Hong Kong, New York, London and Singapore. Ms. Liang-Lin holds a Masters degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Under her watch at UN Women and together with her team, two important and significant advocacy milestones were reached with the Singapore government in 2012: first, a mandatory rest day for Foreign Domestic Workers commenced from January 2013; and a National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) which UN Women contributed to putting in place, guided Singapore’s TIP strategy from 2012-2015, when Singapore got its first standalone anti-trafficking legislation. She is also the co-founder of Project Inspire, a global social enterprise competition for youth. She is past president of the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWAS) and sits or has sat on numerous and diverse boards including the Sentosa Development Corporation (audit committee), the Community Foundation of Singapore, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) board of directors, the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO), the Victoria Advisory Committee (VAC – comprising Victoria School and Victoria Junior College), the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the Economics and Employment committee of the Singapore government’s feedback unit, REACH, and is the co-chair of BoardAgender. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She has been a Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC) mentor since 2014.
She is a sought after speaker and panelist and regularly opines on women’s issues in the local press. In particular, her 2015 opinion article in the Straits Times continues to spark lively interest and discussion. In 2015 for the Singapore General Elections, Ms Liang-Lin was part of PAP candidate Minister Lawrence Wong’s close-knit campaign and communications strategy team. In 2011, she was one of 10 individuals chosen to speak at a rally in support for Presidential candidate and now President Tony Tan of the Republic of Singapore.
She and her husband have been the National Arts Council conferred Patron of the Arts Supporters since 2011. In 2014, she was appointed Chairperson of the Philanthropy in Asia Summit. From 2015 she was appointed co-chair of the President of Singapore’s Volunteer and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA). Believing in the importance of giving back to society, her husband, Edmund and her set up Lin Foundation Asia, www.linfoundationasia.com in April 2016. She was voted Woman of the Year (Business and Finance) by Women’s Weekly Magazine in 2006 and Her World’s 50 Most Inspiring Women Under 40 in 2010. She has also been named both Straits Times’ 50 Young Singaporeans to Watch (2004) and 20 Women to Watch (2006). In Aug 2018, Harper’s Bazaar named her on their Power List and she was appointed a judge for the annual Singapore’s Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time awards.

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Debra Soon Treasurer Board Member

Debra Soon

Debra Soon previously held the Executive Editor and Chief Editor positions at MediaCorp News before becoming the Managing Director last year. Holding over 16 years of experience in the media and communications industry, Debra’s range of work includes reporting on ‘live’ events in Singapore and from overseas; ‘live’ talk shows, leading general elections coverage and being Editor and presenter of “In Parliament”.

She served as President-elect SR Nathan’s Press Secretary during the August 2005 Presidential Elections. Ms Soon is currently also a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and Chairperson of the Youth Sub-Committee and is a Council member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. Debra holds a BSc(Econs) and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi Executive Board Member

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is a partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with 32 offices in 14 countries. She is the global Co-chair of the firm’s Power Industry Group, Co-head of the firm’s Indonesian Practice and is based in the firm’s Singapore office. Ms. Tjia-Dharmadi specializes in international project development and project finance transactions and has advised on many of Asia’s landmark oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, power and infrastructure projects. International legal and financial publications have consistently praised her work and acknowledged her as a leading lawyer in her practice areas. Euromoney honored her with its Asia Women Business Law Awards for “Best in Energy and Natural Resources” in 2012 and The American Lawyer named her “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” in its 2015 Emerging Markets Awards.

Clarinda launched Latham & Watkin’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) initiative in Asia and is one of the 100 BoardAgender champions in Singapore, a non-profit focused on the advancement of women to Board seats and senior leadership roles in companies across Asia. She is ardent supporter of arts and culture and has been a repeat recipient of the National Art Council’s Patron of the Arts Supporter Award. Clarinda read law at Queen Mary College, London, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple and is currently practicing as a solicitor of England and Wales.

Haslinda Amin Executive Board Member

Haslinda Amin

Haslinda Amin is a news Correspondent and Anchor for Bloomberg Television. Based in Singapore, she has been at the heart of events driving the transformation of Asia. Haslinda has reported on major financial and political developments such as Suharto’s downfall, the bloody anti-government clashes in Thailand and elections across ASEAN, India and Pakistan. Haslinda has interviewed world leaders in politics and industry including Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohamad, Joko Widodo, Benigno Aquino, Thaksin Shinawatra, Tony Blair, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Timothy Geithner, Paul Volcker, Jean-Claude Trichet, Stanley Fischer, John Travolta and Jenson Button.

She also speaks regularly at conferences like those hosted by the World Economic Forum, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, ASEAN and Asian Development Bank. She’s been invited to moderate discussions organised by the Milken Institute, Blackrock, UBS, Barclays, SALT and Aberdeen Asset Management among others.

As part of her wide-ranging role at Bloomberg TV, Haslinda hosts ‘High Flyers’ which has been nominated for Best Talk Show at the Asian TV Awards. Shot on location inside one of Singapore’s most visible attractions, the Singapore Flyer, each episode features Asia’s biggest names. ‘High Flyers’ is the longest-running program on the channel that’s aired globally.

Haslinda began her career in radio covering regional politics. She joined Bloomberg Television in 2002. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, majoring in International Politics and English.

Jacqueline Loh Executive Board Member

Jacqueline Loh

Jacqueline is the CEO of Aidha, an award winning charity that provides financial education courses to foreign domestic workers and other low income women that initially began as a project of the Singapore Committee of UN Women. Jacqueline’s experience spans the private, public and non-profit sectors with roles in strategy, research, and programme and organizational development. She has worked internationally with the Delhi School of Economics, the World Bank, the Boston Consulting Group and the Ford Foundation, where her portfolio focused on microfinance and financial inclusion. Based in Singapore since 2003, Jacqueline worked with Canada’s International Development Research Centre’s regional office in Singapore and subsequently was the Centre Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at SMU, spearheading its work on poverty in Singapore. Recently, she has been working with the Agency for Integrated Care in the area of knowledge management and research. Jacqueline is no stranger to Aidha, having served on its board when Aidha was first established in 2006. Jacqueline has a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Paige Parker Executive Board Member

Paige Parker

Paige Parker moved from New York to Singapore in 2007. Since, her primary role is mother to her daughters, Bee and Happy.

Paige volunteers and fundraises for various causes locally, is a self-professed gem geek and graduate gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America, a free-lance writer, and adventurer: at the turn of the millennium, Paige and her husband spent three years driving around the world, visiting 116 countries on six continents, garnering a Guinness World Record.

Paige is a member of both the Circumnavigator’s Club and the Explorer’s Club, as a result. Paige worked in business development in New York before her world circumnavigation.

Ruth Yeoh

Ruth Yeoh

Ruth Yeoh is an Executive Director at YTL Singapore Pte Ltd and Director at YTL-SV Carbon Sdn Bhd, YTL’s in-house carbon credit and clean development mechanism (CDM) consultancy. Ruth currently leads the sustainability division at the YTL Group, where she reports and consolidates her organisation’s sustainability activities through writing its award-winning sustainability reports, published yearly. Ruth also pioneered the highly successful “Climate Change Week”, YTL’s flagship educational campaign designed to raise awareness on the important issues of climate change starting in her nation of Malaysia and globally.
Recognised at the Global CSR Summit and Awards 2011 with a “Silver Award in CSR Leadership” for her dedication towards sustainable developments, she was also honoured with a “GreenTech Award” as one of eight personalities in Malaysia’s Top 30 Green Catalysts 2014. Her dedication to sustainability for YTL Corporation has won the multi-disciplinary conglomerate numerous awards including the inaugural “Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Regional)” by the Singapore Environmental Council in 2012.
In 2013, Ruth served as a Steering Committee member for the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards and was selected as a World Cities Summit Young Leader for the World Cities Summit 2014. She also co-founded the Recyclothes Group together with three other Founders, a sustainable fashion and social enterprise that raises funds for charities in Malaysia. Ruth is a member of the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility Malaysia (BCSRM) and an investment committee member of both the Asian Renewable Energy and Environment Fund (AREEF) and Renewable Energy and Environment Fund (REEF), investing in clean technology and renewable energy. She was appointed to the Board of Rare Conservation in 2008 and is a Board Member at Reef Check Malaysia and Fellow at Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative. In 2015, Ruth joined the Board of Trustees at Kew Foundation Council as a Member to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in The United Kingdom. She also serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Malaysian Association in Singapore (MASIS), the Board of Gardens by the Bay and the UN Women Singapore Executive Committee. In addition, she represents Singapore as one of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors for Dignity for Children Foundation. In the

same year, Forbes identified her as one of 12 to watch in their list of Asia’s Power Businesswomen and one of their “Heroes of Philanthropy”. For her pioneering achievements in conservation and promoting the importance of sustainability in corporations, she was awarded the “Alumni Laureate Award – Special Excellence Award” by the University of Nottingham in 2017.
Ruth graduated with a degree (Hons) from the University of Nottingham UK and an MSc (Distinction) from Cass Business School in the City of London, UK. She was previously attached to Credit Suisse, Singapore. In addition, she has written for both the Wall Street Journal Asia Edition and Financial Times, and has co-edited a book on climate change entitled “Cut Carbon, Grow Profits: Business Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Sustainability” (published in 2007).

Lynn Yeow-De Vito

Lynn Yeow-De Vito

Lynn Yeow-De Vito is a well-respected PR and communications veteran with over 15 years of expertise in the lifestyle industry. Endowed with an entrepreneurial streak, she established her own PR agency after working in Marketing Communications for international hotel chains and PR agencies. She has personally managed the pre-openings of hotels such as Capella Singapore, St Regis Singapore, Alila Hotels and Resorts, Jia Boutique Hotel, and award-winning restaurants such as Odette, Jaan, and Joel Robuchon. Hermes, Vertu, Tiffany & Co, TWG Tea, American Express are amongst some of the luxury brands in her portfolio of work.
Lynn currently in her capacity had various roles including co-founder of LOOP, a boutique dynamic boutique communications agency that provides tailored, results-driven PR and marketing solutions for food and lifestyle brands. As well as the role of COO of a newly launched skincare line Equal Beauty own by Novena Global Lifecare where she is also an Executive Director of Global Marketing and Communications.
She is well-known for her generous appetite and passion for the F&B industry. This ardent foodie and mother of 4 boys travels extensively around the globe for good food, and is also the co-founder of SassyMama Singapore (www.sassymamasg.com), the top premium online website for mothers and women on what’s hot in the world of parenting in Singapore.

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  • Ms. Pia Bruce, Senior Advisor
  • Ambassador Prof. Tommy Koh, ex-officio
  • Ambassador Prof. Chan Heng Chee
  • Dr. Kanwaljit Soin, founding president
  • Ms. Claire Chiang
  • Dr. Anamah Tan
  • Prof. Koh Tai Ann
  • Ms. Tisa Ng, ex-officio
  • Ms. Melissa Kwee, ex-officio

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