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.

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 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, 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).

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Georgette Tan Vice President Board Member

Georgette Tan

Georgette Tan is Senior Vice President, Communications for the Asia Pacific region at Mastercard. She joined Mastercard in 2000 and is responsible for external and internal communications and corporate social responsibility throughout this region.

Ms. Tan has 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.

She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Committee for UN Women where she is co-founder for the award-winning Project Inspire initiative. She also sits on the Committee of BoardAgender in Singapore.

Ms. Tan is a graduate of the National University of Singapore. She is based in Singapore.

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.

Christina Liew Secretary Board Member

Christina Liew

Christina Liew has worked in a diverse spectrum of roles across business development, marketing communications and public relations in global settings. Her professional background includes work in corporate social responsibility, private-public partnerships and philanthropic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations. Her most recent positions include senior leadership at a startup NGO and MBA admissions at INSEAD Business School.

Christina has been a contributor at UN Women in Singapore since 2005. She believes in the power of engaging women as an effective means to combat global poverty and injustice. As part of her commitment to equip disadvantaged women, she was a founding executive committee member and past Honorable Secretary of Aidha, a Singapore-based NGO that empowers migrant women through financial literacy and entrepreneurship training.

Christina is also an avid believer in storytelling. She is an emerging writer, producer and director of stage productions, and is excited to explore the transformative powers of theatre.

Christina holds a B.A. in English Literature, B.S. in Film Studies and M.S. in Communication Public Relations from Boston University. She was raised in Taipei, San Francisco and Boston, and currently resides in Singapore with her husband and son.

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.

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.

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.

Dorothea Guilland Executive Board Member

Dorothea Guilland

Dorothea (Thea) is a Director based in Bain & Company’s Singapore office. She leads the Bain Executive Network in the Asia Pacific region, building on her over 18 years’ experience in advising clients on business strategy and talent management.

Thea has extensive experience in people and project management across executive search, banking and consulting in Asia and EMEA. Most recently Thea led senior executive search assignments for Financial Services and Consumer Products clients in Singapore, as Executive Director of Russell Reynolds Associates, a global executive search and talent assessment firm.

Previously, she advised clients in London, Hong Kong and Dubai on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising transactions as Director of HSBC Bank. She also worked as Associate with A.T. Kearney on operational improvement and change management topics with European clients. Thea started her career with Danone Group as Supply Chain Financial Controller in Paris.

Thea earned an Executive MBA from The University of Michigan Business School and a Master of Science in International Business from The Helsinki School of Economics. She is also an Associate Certified Coach from The Coaches Training Institute. 

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.

Jin Lu Executive Board Member


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.

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.


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