Catherine joined CFS having spent more than 20 years in the financial industry where she held various leadership positions in the Singapore offices of Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. Catherine started her career at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).
Since 2012, Catherine has led CFS on a strategic growth path by increasing the number of donor funds and volume of donations, as well as raising social impact through effective philanthropy. Catherine works in close partnership with the Board to ensure that the organisation fulfills its mission and create strategies for its future success.
Catherine’s involvement in charity and volunteer work began in 2004 when she first chaired the philanthropy committee at Lehman Brothers Singapore. She currently serves on various committees in non-profits including those of Assisi Hospice, Metta Welfare Association, Telok Kurau Primary School as well as the Advisory Committee of the National Youth Fund established by the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY).
Catherine holds a CFA and graduated with an Honours degree in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore. Date joined: 3 January 2012
Joyce oversees the management of philanthropy advisory and grantmaking working with donors and non-profit organisations. Joyce has close to 20 years of experience in the local non-profit sector with an interest in corporate community investment and philanthropy work.
She was previously with Salesforce.com Foundation where she managed the company’s philanthropic and employee volunteering programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, Joyce was with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre developing initiatives that promote volunteerism and philanthropy within corporations, community groups and non-profits.
Joyce graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts Second Class (Upper) Honours degree in Southeast Asian Studies and English Literature. Date joined: 10 March 2009
Anne-Marie leads business development, driving organisational growth and generating philanthropic investment for the community. A professional philanthropy advisor with more than 20 years of non-profit experience providing strategic advisory to individual and institutional donors, Anne-Marie focuses her efforts at the intersection of optimism and impact.
In addition to being a Certified Sustainability Reporting Specialist, she holds a Philanthropy University certificate in Social Impact Leadership from the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) and New York University (M.A. and M.Phil.). Anne-Marie speaks four languages and is committed to improving her Singlish.
Janet has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, across diverse industries. She has provided strategic communications counsel, including brand management and media relations, for top brands in the telecommunications, banking & finance, technology, healthcare and education sectors.
Apart from work, she is a versatile and prolific writer, a voracious reader, and a passionate believer in the beauty of learning multiple European languages. She has been described as having ‘’unbridled energy’’ – being a Pilates addict and an avid marathoner who has more than learnt the virtues of perseverance from the sport.
Janet is also a novice painter who gets cantankerous with her instructors. And a manic potter who can’t stop pottering around!
Theresa has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, having worked in leadership positions in retail and private banking as well as asset management at Citibank, UBS and Goldman Sachs. She also co-founded a boutique asset management company.
With her wealth of experience in both relationship management and investment management, Theresa hopes to leverage on her network to promote philanthropy through partnerships with institutions, and to make an impact to the community in a tangible and meaningful way. In her free time, Theresa regularly volunteers at hydrotherapy sessions for persons with disabilities. She holds a CFA and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Second Upper) in Banking & Finance, Joseph started work in a global bank as a corporate credit analyst. After five years, he felt the need to move on to a greater calling. Inspired by past volunteer stints while as a student, he soon developed a passion for charity work and spent the next five years in the nonprofit and public sectors, taking on grant management and partnership roles.
At CFS, Joseph is part of the Philanthropy and Grants team whose role is to actively look for potential gaps and funding opportunities in the community. His greatest sense of satisfaction comes from seeing his work being translated into real and meaningful impact in the community. As a family man, Joseph’s greatest joy is spending quality time with his family. Although running after his three young children takes up most of his energy, he still manages to maintain his health and fitness by exercising frequently and taking part in marathons, runs or obstacle races.
Adam brings years of advertising, communications and sustainability experience to the table in championing philanthropy at CFS. Adam is extremely passionate about the environment: he started RENEW, Singapore’s most extensive and inclusive electronic waste recycling programme in 2012; and uses a camp shower at home to save water.
At CFS, Adam enjoys working with others to conceptualise and identify innovative programmes to make the world and community a better place. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Merit in Mass Communication from RMIT and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy from Curtin University. Adam loves his wife and two kids, travelling to places of natural beauty, and sustainable living practices.
Desmond brings to CFS his calling and experience on the ground, from starting up a non-profit to advising on a consultancy project involving forty charities. Desmond believes in learning by doing, and working with communities toward meaningful action and change. He is passionate about community operational research (OR) and has presented case studies on cluster development, strategic management, and process innovation in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Outside work, Desmond spends time with his wife and pets, and enjoys meditation, reading, and writing. He holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, University of Hull, Executive Execution in Leading Successful Programs, Harvard University, and Bachelor and Master of Arts in Psychology.
Carolina joins CFS from Rainbow Centre where she facilitated early intervention of children with special needs. Prior to that, she was at the Ministry of Social and Family Development where she worked in various departments. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the administration of donations and disbursements.
Outside of work, Carolina loves taking care of her pugs and also has a keen interest in concocting natural blends and remedies that include elements like apple cider vinegar, essential and carrier oils. Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Asian Studies.
Catherine Lee is responsible for CFS’s finance, human resources and administrative matters. She is a Certified Accountant who started her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. Catherine has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and accounting at multinational companies. She hopes to leverage her experience to further CFS’s mission.
Catherine graduated from ACCA and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. As a working mother of three, her weekends are often spent with her family shopping, at parks or hunting down new attractions or food joints to visit. She also loves travelling with her family, and introducing different cultures to her kids.
As Employee No. 1, Yvonne is a pioneer member of the CFS team. Prior to that, she has more than 10 years’ secretarial experience in the public sector plus 16 years’ merchandising experience in the apparel industry. As Senior Executive, Yvonne covers administrative, office management and corporate secretariat duties.
Yvonne is a firm believer of continual learning as affirmed by the numerous awards and recognition she has received over the years. Yvonne has a soft spot for the elderly and nothing pleases her more than seeing them happy and healthy. She loves travelling, especially with her family and enjoys watching travel programs and documentaries. She keeps fit by cycling and swimming regularly.