July 21, 2017
Companies with top quartile representation of women in executive committees perform better than companies with no women at the top, by 47% R.O.E.
World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report, 2015
We would like to showcase these corporate leaders playing a key role in their organizations driving innovation and transformation. These leaders are based in Singapore and are contributing to Asia’s financial ecosystem. We, as a community, are collectively working towards increasing gender diversity in the industry. We believe diverse teams create better solutions, inclusion creates opportunities to drive innovation & R.O.E
This list was curated by Varun Mittal, Let's Talk Payments and inputs from the local ecosystem.
Note: Please do suggest or recommend leaders you think should be included in the future.
While the above-mentioned female leaders comprise some of the most prominent members of not only Singapore but the global professional community, there certainly are more individuals worth paying attention to across industries.This project is a work in progress and we would love for the FinTech community to contribute and share information about other female leaders in the financial industry and beyond. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While the above-mentioned female leaders comprise some of the most prominent members of not only Singapore but the global professional community, there certainly are more individuals worth paying attention to across industries.This project is a work in progress and we would love for the FinTech community to contribute and share information about other female leaders in the financial industry and beyond. Please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Photo Name Current Position/Company Profile and Fun Facts LinkedIn 1
Adeline has also held various other leadership roles at Visa, Citibank, and UOB. She has been a part of the startup team for Jetstar and worked in the Singapore Tourism Board.</td>Link 2
Anamika has also held various senior leadership roles with Daimler, including Chief Digital Officer and Head of Sales & Marketing for Africa and Asia-Pacific. Anamika joined Daimler at its Americas headquarters where she held senior leadership roles in Strategy, Business Development, and Insurance. Prior to joining Daimler, she worked in strategy consulting at Booz & Co.</td>Link 3
She was previously the Managing Director of GE Capital in New Zealand. She also held the position of Country Manager at the same time. She has over 20 years of experience in financial services. Her previous roles include tenures at Citi, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), and telecommunications companies Vodafone and Optus.</td>Link 4
Prior to AXA, Le Cotonnec was the Head of China’s Connected Services, Digital Marketing & Mobility at PSA Peugeot Citroen in China.</td>Link 5
She is also a Board Member of IMDA (Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore), InnoVen (venture debt JV between Temasek and UOB), FinLab (Innovation FinTech accelerator JV between UOB and SG Innovate & Accuron Technologies.)
She also serves on the Growth Committee of Spring Singapore, SAP Asia-Pacific-Japan Business Advisory Council, Committee of Future Economy (Sub-committee for Future Corporate Capability & Innovation – SMEs, Singapore), and the MBA Advisory Council of Nanyang Business School.</td>Link 7
Prior to joining DBS, Su Shan worked for a number of global banks including Citi Private Bank, Morgan Stanley and ING Barings Securities in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and Tokyo.
Su Shan was a nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. She was the founder and the ex-President of the Financial Women’s Association in Singapore, and a board member of Aetos Holdings Pte Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. She also sits on the investment committee of MOH Holdings Pte Ltd. Su Shan is the Co-Chairperson of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Private Banking Industry Group. In 2016, Su Shan was appointed as the Chairperson of NETS. She was also appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Director of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust the same year. She also currently sits on the International Advisory Council of the International Arm of China Union Pay, UPI as well as on the board of Singapore’s KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund.
In 2013, Su Shan was named Outstanding Private Banker of the Year by Private Banker International, which marked the first time an Asian has won this global award since its inception 20 years ago.</td>Link 8
During her career in MAS, Jacqueline has also had experience in other functions, including heading the Reserve and Monetary Management and Finance departments.</td>9
Jacqueline was previously Managing Director of IDA. She has held key positions in the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Finance, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Defense. Jacqueline was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2014.</td>Link 10
Lay Hoon has over 19 years of experience working in both local and multinational insurers as well as broking and consulting firms like Aviva and Mercer HR Consulting.</td>Link 11
Lee Ng has held various leadership roles at Siemens, Agilent, and Hewlett-Packard, and consulted for Fortune 500 technology companies and Ampersand Ventures.
Fun Fact: The unisex name has taken her to odd and awkward situations.</td>Link 12
She has significant experience in asset management, trust banking, retail banking and now insurance. She has had extensive exposure to multi-country, multi-regulatory complex requirements across business entities in country, regional & global roles. She has managed and influenced cross-functional and cross-border teams towards building standardized and remarkable customer experiences across business processes and regions. She has been the Head Of Technology for NikkoCiti Trust Japan, Head of Credit Operations for Citibank Japan, and Regional Head of Digital Engagement & Experience for Asia & Europe at Citibank.
Fun Fact: Is a HAM Radio Operator (Amateur Radio); HAM stands for Help All Mankind.</td>Link 13
Namita has 20 years of experience in financial services. She has had several global & regional roles at Deutsche Bank and UBS. Her experience spans from the setup of greenfield retail & credit card businesses across four markets, the setup of a center of excellence, targeting operating models for partner management, to achieving growth in business-to-business sales. In her last role, she worked in financial services, selling transformation through digital platforms to banks and insurance firms to reduce Bad Paper. She was involved in the setup of the women's network at Deutsche Bank and UBS.
Her feature: http://www.femtechleaders.com/asia/namita-bhide/
Fun Fact: She operationalized a Boutique Hotel in Zanzibar. She is also an aspiring jewelry & home décor designer. Loves dogs.</td>Link 14
In her 27 years with the bank, she has worked for both the consumer and wholesale businesses across India, the UK, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Her recent roles include Group Head of International Banking in Singapore, Country Consumer Banking Head in Vietnam, and General Manager - SME in Thailand. She has started many businesses for the bank across its network.</td>Link 15
Patricia played a leading role at UBS by marketing the bank throughout the Asian region. She also ensured that the UBS enjoyed a good reputation in the public eye during her tenure.</td>Link 16
Sandhya is a passionate advocate of women in leadership and diversity at the workplace. She launched the STEM program for 3,000 Singaporean school girls with UN Women (now a large-scale program called Girls2Pioneers), and was Co-Chairperson of the women’s council at Standard Chartered and is actively involved with Women@FB initiatives.</td>Link 18
With over 17 years of experience in sales, channels, marketing, and operations, Sarita has previously worked for multinationals including Hewlett-Packard, Oracle Corporation, and salesforce.com.
Fun Fact: Despite the universe conspiring against her on multiple occasions, Sarita is determined to learn to surf.</td>Link 19
Sunila has 36 years of experience in IT solutions for the financial industry in private wealth, cash management, trade finance, custody, securities, retail banking, treasury back-office, and stock exchange/central depositories. Prior to joining DB, she was a Senior Consultant in various software consulting firms and had developed the initial versions of two wholesale/corporate banking solutions/products which are predominant in the financial markets: Banker (FLEXCUBE) and Symbols.
Fun Fact: Enjoys playing the violin.</td>Link 20
Susan also champions inclusive employment and led the creation of meaningful employment opportunities at UOB for people with autism. She believes it is a sustainable business practice that benefits the employees, organization, and the community.</td>21
Wedrychowicz is the former Country Head of Consumer Bank at Standard Chartered in Malaysia. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in Citibank in various roles across consumer bank & GTS divisions. In the last six years, she worked as the Deputy CEO of Citibank in Poland.
Fun Fact: Passionate cook and American kickboxer, aiming for the black belt.</td>Link 22
Fun Fact: Tara’s staff is incredibly diverse and includes people from over 15 nationalities who are based in 12 countries, speak 32 languages, and span three generations. She has held jobs that range from selling donuts as a university student, working as a corporate trainer in Thailand, leading high-altitude mountaineering expeditions in Nepal and managing a multi-billion dollar business in Singapore. Diversity!</td>Link 23
Fun Fact: Vivien was on track to be a pilot but decided that geeking out as a coder was way cooler than flying the friendly skies.</td>Link 24
She is a passionate advocate for the transformative value of digital systems in improving businesses and consumers’ lives. She is a digital native who had held regional and global roles in product management, business development, venture investment, digital strategy, and marketing. She had led regional digital teams for Nokia, eBay, Avaya, and SAP.</td>Link 25
At Experian, Maria is responsible for enabling and driving an innovation agenda that helps Experian Asia-Pacific achieve its ambitious growth goals through the conceptualization, testing and launching of new products, services and business models. She has also held the role of Strategic Projects & Planning Director at Experian. Prior to this, she was the VP of Business Development at Whale Path.</td>Link