Chief Executive Officer
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
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
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
Yuen Yee Foong
Yee Foong leads the development and implementation of marketing strategies to build brand awareness, raise thought leadership and grow philanthropy.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of marketing and communications, Yee Foong spent a large part of her career at Hewlett-Packard Company where she managed regional branding and advertising working with worldwide teams across corporate, commercial and consumer segments. Yee Foong also had a stint at a solar technology start-up developing the brand for the company and its products.
Yee Foong joined CFS as she wanted to tap on her broad communications experience and contribute to the community in a more purposeful way. She has a deep passion for the arts, design and writing and has volunteered with the Singapore Art Museum as well as Art Outreach. Yee Foong graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Head, Development & Strategy
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.
Assistant Director, Partnerships & Development
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.
Shirlyn believes in the power of partnerships to support positive change. At CFS, she works with individuals and companies looking to structure their giving to support the needs of the community in Singapore. With a targeted approach to philanthropy, Shirlyn helps donors realise their giving goals through the establishment of donor advised funds.
Shirlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She has garnered professional experience across various industries including digital marketing, travel & hospitality, banking and education. Prior to CFS, she held a marketing position at LASALLE College of the Arts. Shirlyn finds satisfaction in making connections beyond work by spending her free time teaching yoga.
Assistant Director, Philanthropy & Grants
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 his stint at Interact Club during his junior college days, he developed a passion for charity work so he 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 finds great joy in 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.
Principal Consultant, Philanthropy & Grants
Carl brings to CFS a combination of direct social service sector insights from his 2.5 years in a senior management role at Lutheran Community Care Services. Prior to that, he amassed over 26 years of experience in relationship management, deal structuring and risk assessment from the banking and oil trading industries. He hopes to leverage on his extensive financial experience to raise social impact by working with donors and charities.
As an elite level age-group triathlete and former national swimmer, Carl volunteered in sports programmes and witnessed first-hand the power of sports to inculcate life values and well-being in youth-at-risk, which served as the catalyst for a career switch to the social sector. A firm believer in the lifelong learning mantra, Carl walks the talk and has successfully pursued qualifications in engineering, finance, law and social work. Carl graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law as well as a Graduate Diploma in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. Carl is a CFA Charter holder.
Principal Consultant, Philanthropy & Grants
After years in advertising and corporate communications, Adam became local telco StarHub’s first full-time Sustainability Advocate. There he managed the StarHub Sparks Fund, drove StarHub’s environmental efforts, raised staff volunteerism and launched RENEW, Singapore’s most extensive and inclusive electronic waste recycling programme. As a member of CFS’s Philanthropy & Grants team, Adam helps to drive Colabs.
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree with merit from RMIT in Mass Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy from Curtin University. He loves his wife and two kids, travelling to places of natural beauty, and sustainable living.
Principal Consultant, Philanthropy & Grants
Yvette started her career at The Esplanade Co Ltd before moving on to the Singapore University of Technology and Design, where she was first involved in donor stewardship and gift administration. Inspired by the generosity of donors and the positive impact made on the lives of the disadvantaged, Yvette joined CFS to play a more active role to encourage giving.
Yvette graduated with an Honours degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University. She believes in giving back and finds fulfilment in volunteering at charitable and social organisations including the Singapore Red Cross, Cat Welfare Society and the People’s Association. In her free time, she teaches piano and enjoys singing and travelling.
Grant Officer, Philanthropy & Grants
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.
Senior Manager, Finance
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.
Senior Executive, Finance
Jessica has over 10 years of accounting experience in various industries including six years working in the manufacturing industry in New York. She is a graduate with ACCA qualifications. At CFS, Jessica manages the day-to-day finance work. As a mother of two adorable children, she enjoys cooking healthy food as well as exploring new places with them.
IT and Operations Manager
Debbie started full-time at CFS’s finance department in 2015 after graduating with a degree in accountancy. Previously, Debbie tried her hand at auditing, events management and even being a lorry driver. Besides being a whiz with numbers, Debbie’s duties at CFS include, but not limited to, being the gatekeeper, IT expert and in-house barista (she makes a mean cappuccino). In her free time, she enjoys frolicking around the fields with a ball in hand. She also loves exploring deserts, mountains and beaches.
Senior Executive, Corporate Development
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.