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Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders

“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.

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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 follow@letstalkpayments.com. 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 follow@letstalkpayments.com.

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1 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Adeline Kim Head of Core Products & Value Proposition, Asia-Pacific at Visa As part of the Product team in Visa, Adeline leads the development of Asia-Pacific’s core products strategy and works cross-functionally to drive client preference for Visa across this fast-growing region. Prior to taking on this role, Adeline was heading the Customer Experience & Loyalty team, where she redesigned Visa’s loyalty, features & benefits capabilities, and developed superior value propositions for the digitally-enabled consumer. Adeline was also part of the Southeast Asia EA Consumer Credit Team where she worked with issuers across the SEA markets to drive growth and revenue.</p>

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>

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2 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Anamika Talwar Managing Director/CEO at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Singapore Anamika Talwar has over two decades of global experience in building new businesses and running country operations while driving growth in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.</p>

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>

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3 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Angela Hunter Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Singapore As part of the senior leadership team, Angela Hunter oversees Strategy, Marketing, Product Development & Management, Corporate Affairs, Customer Strategy & Experience, Digital Strategy, and Accident & Health Business.</p>

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>

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4 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Celine Heissat Le Cotonnec Chief Data Officer at AXA Singapore As the CDO of AXA Singapore, Le Cotonnec handles big data/analytics, business intelligence, and innovation. She also sets up partnerships with FinTech institutions, startups, and major tech companies.</p>

Prior to AXA, Le Cotonnec was the Head of China’s Connected Services, Digital Marketing & Mobility at PSA Peugeot Citroen in China.</td>

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5 Chew Peng Chong Chief Operating Officer for Aviva As Chief Operating Officer, she oversees entity wide data governance and business protection, and Life & Health customer service, including underwriting and claims. She’s also responsible for operations transformation, such as automation and digitisation initiatives, to continually deliver service excellence to customers and business partners. She has over 20 years of proven track record in the insurance industry. In her previous role with another major insurer, she has successfully delivered digital underwriting and claims capabilities. Prior to that, she has led various underwriting roles for local and regional insurers as well as reinsurers. Passionate about talent development and building great teams. Link
6 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Janet Young Managing Director Head Group Channels and Digitalization at United Overseas Bank Ltd. As part of the senior leadership team under UOB Group’s CEO, Janet leads Delivery Channels and facilitates digitization initiatives across the group. She has over 25 years of experience in banking and corporate.</p>

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>

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7 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Tan Su Shan Managing Director, Group Head of Consumer Banking and Wealth Management at DBS Bank Tan Su Shan is the Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management. She also serves as the President Commissioner for PT Bank DBS Indonesia.</p>

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>

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8 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Jacqueline Loh Deputy Managing Director (Monetary Policy & Investment/Development & International/FinTech & Innovation) at Monetary Authority of Singapore Jacqueline Loh is the Deputy Managing Director overseeing the central banking functions of Monetary Policy and Markets & Investments. She also oversees the Development & International Group, as well as the FinTech & Innovation Group in MAS.</p>

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 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Jacqueline Poh Chief Executive at Government Technology Agency (GovTech) Jacqueline is the Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore. Jacqueline and her team partner with a wide range of government agencies to deploy digital, data science, IoT and other technologies to deliver public impact, as well as to ensure the resiliency and cybersecurity needs of government systems. She plays a leading role in the Government’s Smart Nation and Digital Government initiatives.</p>

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>

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10 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Tan Lay Hoon Chief Operations Officer at Manulife Lay Hoon is responsible for overseeing the company's Information Services (IS), Project Management and Operations Division that includes business functions such as new business, underwriting, claims, client services, advisory and policy services, and office management.</p>

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>

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11 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Lee Ng VP and Chief Operating Officer at LumenLab, MetLife Innovation Centre Lee Ng leads the Innovation Management Office at LumenLab. Lee leverages her past experiences in marketing, research and development, manufacturing, business development, consulting, and venture capital, to launch disruptive new businesses for MetLife.</p>

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>

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12 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Namrata Jolly Director, Head Customer & Digital at Prudential Assurance In her current role at Prudential, Namrata is responsible for the Digital Business and owns the customer experience strategy & on-ground implementation across channels.</p>

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>

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13 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Namita Bhide Innovation Lead for Group Financial Crime Compliance for Standard Chartered Bank Namita is responsible for working with FinTech & RegTech companies to identify technologies that will impact the financial industry and may also have a potential impact on effectiveness & efficiency for financial crime compliance. She communicates FCC innovation agenda and initiatives with key FCC and business stakeholders.</p>

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>

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14 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Namita Lal Managing Director, Global Head Mobile Money and E-commerce, Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank Namita Lal is the Global Head of Mobile Money and E-commerce for Standard Chartered Bank and is based in Singapore. She is responsible for creating and executing innovative wallet and e-commerce propositions for its corporate clients across all segments.</p>

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>

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15 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Patricia Enslow Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Credit Suisse Asia-Pacific Patricia Enslow is the Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific. Prior to this, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for UBS Wealth Management Asia-Pacific for over 10 years and has also held senior management roles at Citibank.</p>

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>

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16 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Piruze Sabuncu Head of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong at Stripe Piruze is the Head of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong at Stripe. Prior to Stripe, Piruze ran a HealthTech startup that helped people achieve their healthy living goals. She also worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., advising leading technology and telecoms companies across Southeast Asia, Turkey, and the US. Earlier in her career, Piruze worked in Operations & Marketing at Dell. Link
17 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Sandhya Devanathan Country Director - Singapore for Facebook At Facebook, Sandhya is working with the largest brands and startups on building for the mobile world. She also leads the e-commerce, financial services, and travel verticals for Facebook in SEA. Prior to joining Facebook, Sandhya was a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank. In her 15-year international career across Citi and Standard Chartered, Sandhya has managed multiple businesses and spearheaded innovation in consumer banking and payments. In 2014, she was awarded the “Promising Young Banker Award in APAC” by the Asian Banker.</p>

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>

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18 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Sarita Singh Head of Channel Sales & Retail Operations for Google Sarita Singh is the Head of Channel Sales & Retail Operations for Google's hardware devices business in Asia-Pacific. In her role, Sarita works with device manufacturers, telecommunications carriers, and large retailers across the region to bring Google's devices to markets across Asia-Pacific.</p>

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>

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19 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Sunila Shivpuri Managing Director, Head of CISO - APAC for Deutsche Bank Sunila Shivpuri is currently the Head of CISO - APAC for Deutsche Bank. Other roles in DB were Lead for Application Transformation - Nucleus Program, CIO - Global Banking (GB), CIO - HR Technology, CIO - Private Wealth Management (PWM), CIO - GT APAC, CIO of Operations IT, CIO of Banking Systems IT, providing IT solutions to GTB, PBC, PWM and HR predominantly.</p>

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>

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20 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Susan Hwee Managing Director & Head, Group Technology & Operations for United Overseas Bank Ltd. (UOB) Susan Hwee leads the team that sets the global strategy and standards for technology and operations. She currently spearheads initiatives to transform the bank’s digital & data architectures and information security strategy. Susan actively serves Singapore’s banking industry in her capacity as the board director of the Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore Pte Ltd (NETS), Clearing & Payments Services Pte Ltd (CAPS), and Singapore Clearing House Pte Ltd.</p>

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 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Sonia Wedrychowicz-Horbatowska Managing Director Head of Consumer Banking Technology Singapore Group Technology & Operations, DBS Bank Sonia joined DBS Bank in February 2015 as Managing Director of the Digital Bank division. She has over 20 years of experience in consumer and commercial banking. In September 2016, she was promoted to Singapore CBG Technology Head. She is responsible for the delivery of Consumer Banking Technology and API Strategy in Singapore.</p>

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>

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22 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Tara Garson Flower Vice President, Maintenance Go-to-Market for SAP APJ Tara Garson Flower leads SAP’s Product Support business for the Asia-Pacific-Japan region, working with Fortune 500 companies, startups and SMEs to ensure they extract maximum value from their enterprise software. After working across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region for over 15 years, she knows that successful digital transformations rely on connected enterprise systems that provide insight and enable new revenue streams.</p>

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>

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23 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Vivien Jong Chief Digital Officer, Asia - BNP Paribas Wealth Management Vivien Jong is Chief Digital Officer for BNP Paribas Wealth Management (Asia), a leading global private bank and the #1 private bank in the Eurozone where she is tasked with digital transformation. Vivien was previously with UBS Wealth Management and Citibank where she was responsible for a spectrum of digital channel responsibilities, encompassing internet and mobile banking, payments, e-commerce, business development, product and change management.</p>

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>

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24 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Wynthia Goh Chief Digital Officer, Aviva Asia Wynthia is the Chief Digital Officer for Aviva Asia. She oversees digitization initiatives to improve the customer experience and build digital capabilities in Asian markets. She started the Aviva Digital Garage in Singapore and is responsible for digital propositions, data & analytics, digital distribution, driving digital innovation and engagement on FinTech and public policy.</p>

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>

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25 Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders Maria Paula Oliveira Asia Pacific innovation Strategy and Operations Director at Experian Asia Pacific Maria has 10+ years of experience leading strategy, business development, market research, and innovation management in global corporations and technology startups, managing deals valued over $400 million. She has worked in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.</p>

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>

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