Board of Directors
Founder & Leadership Coach, C Ong Associates Pte Ltd
Christine Ong is the founder of strategic professional development firm, C Ong Associates Pte Ltd. Her extensive experience spans 30 years in the banking and finance industry, with key leadership positions in Citibank and UBS. She was one of the earliest ‘Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Banking & Finance’.
As an alumna of the University of Singapore (Accountancy), Christine has long been involved in volunteering and mentoring in community regeneration, education and the arts. At UBS, she started a community affairs programme to support various causes around the region including educating disadvantaged young people in East Java and saving children from being used as drug mules in the Mekong sub-region. Christine most recently served as Chairman of Arts House Limited and was previously on the board of The Esplanade Co Ltd (2015–2018). She is a current board member of Focus on the Family and also actively mentors emerging young leaders with Enactus.
Janice Ang has over 30 years of experience in the finance and banking industry and was the Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific and member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee for UBS. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
She is now a senior executive coach with IJ Martin & Co Ltd, a global coaching boutique providing coaching and mentoring services for key executives. Most recently, she served as chairperson of the Board of Directors for AWWA Ltd, a social service agency serving over 16,000 persons across life stages. Janice has also served on various sub-committees of the National Council of Social Service and is a founding member of the council of advisors for the Young Women’s Leadership Connection. She was also the chairperson for the banking sector for the Singapore Ministry of Manpower initiative, Work-Life Harmony. Janice graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Econs).
Sumitra serves as the Executive Director of Ishk Tolaram Foundation, a family foundation that is part of the Tolaram ecosystem. The Foundation supports programmes for underserved individuals, with a focus on education, employment, and healthcare, in Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Estonia. Sumitra also has a keen interest in sustainable business and next-generation engagement and lends her time to these causes through the Family Business Network Asia, as part of the Executive Committee of the Young Business Leaders Network under the Singapore Business Federation, and as the Singapore co-director for NEXUS.
Previously, Sumitra practiced clinical medicine and healthcare policy in the public sector in Singapore, with an interest in family and community medicine. During that time, she also served as a volunteer doctor with HealthServe. She holds an M.B.B.S from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Chew Kwee San is an Executive Director of The Tecity Family Office, which is a single family office investing in public listed equities globally. The Tecity Family Office is part of the The Tecity Group which comprises a public-listed arm, Straits Trading Company Limited and a philanthropic arm, The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation operates from the Tan Chin Tuan Mansion, which is used as a “hub” for philanthropic activities, sharing business ideas and mutual learning.
Also as Council Member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore Mr. Chew oversees the evaluation of applications and the disbursements of grants in Singapore and ASEAN.
He serves as a volunteer with the Community Chest, the fund raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service and is Vice-Chairman of The Community Justice Centre in Singapore; which aids litigants-in-persons and their families with legal and social assistance.
Dr Fong Cheng Hong currently serves as Managing Director, Bank Julius Baer Singapore. Prior to this, she was Principal Director and Senior Private Banker at Standard Chartered Bank. Dr Fong has also served as Director and Senior Private Banker in the Citigroup Private Bank and as Managing Director and Head of Global Macro & Market Research at DBS Bank Ltd.
Dr Fong has a wealth of experience in the world of Asian Economics. She served as Chief Economist and Strategist and Senior Vice President/Executive Director of Nomura Singapore Limited. She has over 10 years of specialised research experience in Emerging Market Bond Indices, fixed income instruments and quantitative analysis of the Spot and Forward Foreign Exchange Markets. Dr. Fong served at JP Morgan from 1992 to 1995 where she was Head of Quantitative Research for Asia. She was also a summer consultant at the World Bank, research assistant at the East West Centre as well as a computer systems analyst with the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office from 1985 to 1987.
She obtained a PhD and MA in Macroeconomics and Demographic Economics from the University of Hawaii on a scholarship from East-West Centre, US. Dr Fong attained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science and minor in Management from the University of Science in Malaysia, on a federal government scholarship.
Sebastien Lamy heads Group Strategy, M&A and Innovation at Keppel Corporation. He was previously a partner at Bain&Company’s Singapore office, where he led the Private Equity and Digital Practices in Southeast Asia.
For the past 15 years, Sebastien has been engaged in pro bono consulting for various non-profit organisations in Singapore, advising on strategy, organisation and governance issues. Some of the organisations he has been involved in include National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership.
Sebastien holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MsC in Management from HEC Paris.
Trina Liang-Lin is a pioneer and specialist in the Asian bond market securities sector and has held senior positions in a number of global investment banks in Hong Kong, New York, London and Singapore. Trina 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.
Trina sits on the boards of several non-profits including the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, Victoria Junior College, Singapore Repertory Theatre and BoardAgender. Trina was past-President of the Singapore Committee for UN Women and the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore and has previously served on the boards of Sentosa Development Corporation (Audit), the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and the Economics and Employment committee of the government’s feedback unit, REACH.
Trina and her husband Edmund Lin have long been involved in the field of philanthropy, and been conferred Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council since 2011. Believing in the importance of giving back, they set up the Lin Foundation with CFS in 2016.
Deputy Chairman and Advisory Leader, PwC Singapore
Managing Partner, PwC Myanmar
Chao Choon is the Deputy Chairman and Advisory Leader of PwC Singapore, and the Managing Partner of PwC Myanmar. Outside of PwC, Chao Choon is the Audit Committee Chairman of the Singapore Food Agency and The Art House Limited. He was previously the Chairman of the Nanyang Business School Alumni Advisory Board, the Audit Committee Chairman of the National Environmental Agency and the Deputy Chairman and Audit Committee Chairman of the Republic Polytechnic. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2017.
Chao Choon has been with PwC for over 30 years. He started his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse, working in Singapore and Sydney. He spent the last two decades advising on M&A transactions, and led various businesses in PwC’s Advisory line of service. He set up PwC Myanmar in Yangon in 2012, and it is today the largest Big 4 international professional services firm in the country.
Chao Choon graduated from the National University of Singapore with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Accountancy, and holds a MBA (Banking & Finance) from Nanyang Business School. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Philip Ong graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) degree in Modern History. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Since starting his career in the public service, Philip has served in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources as well as the National Research Foundation. He is currently the Deputy Secretary (Community, Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
Before her recent retirement, Mildred Tan was the Managing Director of Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd and Head of EY’s Government and Public Sector practice in Asean.
With over 25 years of experience in organisational development and restructuring work, she is well-known in Singapore for leading client engagements in the area of strategic visioning and organisational restructuring, performance management systems, human resources, and strategic and development initiatives. She has been instrumental in designing many change interventions including communications, workshops and leadership development programs.
Active in community work, Mildred is Chairperson of the Diversity Task Force (Ministry of Social and Family Development), National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), PSD International Advisory Panel (Prime Minister’s Office). She is a board member of Esplanade Co Ltd, Gardens by the Bay, Media Development Authority of Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (Ministry of Education). She is also a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Appeal Advisory Panel.
Mildred was conferred Justice of the Peace in 2008 and was awarded the PBM (a public service medal) in 2007. She was nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2009 to 2011.
A graduate member of the British Psychology Society, Mildred completed the postgraduate Master in Education from Sheffield University and the Human Resource Executive Program from Cornell University.
Stefanie Yuen Thio is the Joint Managing Partner of TSMP Law Corporation, and heads its corporate practice division. TSMP Law Corporation is an award-winning boutique corporate and commercial law firm in Singapore she co-founded in 1998.
She holds a LLB. Hons from the National University of Singapore and has been in practice for more than 20 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions. Stefanie is an independent director of the managers of Cache Logistics Trust, ESR Funds Management (S) Limited, ARA US Hospitality Property Trust and ARA US Hospitality Trust, which are listed REITs in Singapore.
Stefanie is also actively engaged in charity work and community work, being a director of CFS, a volunteer at Project Law Help and a member of the Singapore Art Museum Development Committee, which assists the SAM’s board in overseeing and providing strategic direction for SAM’s fundraising efforts. She was previously a director at Operation Smile Singapore Ltd and fundraising chair of IC2 Prephouse Ltd and Dover Park Hospice, all of which are registered Singapore charities.
She is an avid advocate for gender diversity, having sat on the executive committee of BoardAgender, an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations that promotes gender diversity on boards in Singapore. In 2019, she launched a mentorship series with 17 senior mentors from domestic and foreign law firms as well as MNCs. The inaugural event, whose capacity was limited by the space at TSMP’s office, attracted more than 50 young female lawyers and law students.
The firm won the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards in 2018, and was named a Champion of Good by the same organisation in 2017 and 2018.