SPeakers

Amra Naidoo
Co-Founder, Partnerships and Operations Director
Accelerating Asia

Biography

Amra is Co-Founder of Accelerating Asia and General Partner at Accelerating Asia Ventures. Accelerating Asia is an award-winning pre-Series A startup accelerator that customizes programs for startups and partners. She is the Southeast Asia Lead for Shaper Impact Capital and Outgoing Curator for Global Shapers Singapore and host of the Doing Good Podcast.

Georgette Tan 
President
United Women Singapore

Biography

Georgette is President of United Women Singapore, an NGO advocating gender equality and women’s empowerment. Prior to this, she was Vice President Communications heading up Communications, CSR and Corporate Reputation at MasterCard Asia Pacific. Her career included senior communications functions in both the private and public sectors in Singapore and Hong Kong. She currently sits on the board of BoardAgender and also advises start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region, headed by women entrepreneurs. 

Karen Leong
Global Transformation Expert
Influence Solutions

Biography

Karen Leong is a renowned keynote speaker on transformation. She has been heralded as the Visionary Woman Leader 2019 and acknowledged as a global thought leader, leading organisations towards sustainable transformation by the Business APAC magazine.

A TEDx speaker, TEDx coach and Certified Speaking Professional, Karen was featured as one of the ten most influential professional speakers in Singapore by the Singapore Business Review. The creator of the Influencing Styles Profiling Tool used by companies across Asia Pacific, Karen authored the book Win People Over and is also the co-author of the Amazon best-seller Unleash Your Voice.

Karen co-founded Influence Solutions, a leading learning and development organization headquartered in Singapore, with a global footprint. She is also the host of Rise Through The RanksÔ, a global online leadership summit with a community of spanning over 70 countries.

A Women Icons awardee, Karen is regularly featured as an influential expert in global media such as BBC World, Reuters and Channel News Asia. She is a chartered accountant, who established her corporate career in audit and consulting.

Karen’s vision is a world of influencers who are inspired to take positive action.

Mukul Deva
Founder and Director
Influence Solutions

Biography

An ex-Indian Army Major, Mukul is a renowned global keynote speaker, thought leader, best-selling author, executive coach and professional mentor.

A critically acclaimed international-best-selling author of 17 books in five different genres, he has been heralded by the media as ‘The Man with the Nostradamus touch’, and ‘The Change Maker.’

He is a successful serial entrepreneur; his first company MSD SECURITY PVT LTD operates in over seventy Indian cities. His second company, INFLUENCE SOLUTIONS PTE LTD, a leading talent development company, is headquartered in Singapore, with satellite offices in India and USA. Mukul is also the co-founder of the Rise Through The Ranks Summit, a global leadership online conference that has empowered thousands from over seventy-five countries.

A certified coach from Henley Business School, University of Reading (U.K.), Mukul is a sought after executive coach for director and C-level leaders. He has also served as a mentor with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, contributing towards capacity building at the government level in conflict countries like Afghanistan. Mukul harnesses over three decades of combat, corporate and life experiences and a unique worldview that focuses on positivity and the potential to help people achieve transformational results.

His life mantra is – If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.

Neha Mehta
Founder
FemTech Partners

Biography

Neha is featured in FinTech 50, 2019 and is Asia’s 50 Most Influential Women in Renewable Energy, 2020. Neha is legal and finance professional with 11 years of experience in Asia and Europe. She holds a double-degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Delhi and attended King’s College, London on Chevening Fellowship.

Neha is the Team Lead for the £1.2 billion Prosperity Fund (PF) for the SEA (SEA). The fund is administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK government. The Prosperity fund aims to support the inclusive economic growth needed to reduce poverty in SEA. The Fund’s activities contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Neha’s main work includes working with financial regulators in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.

Neha is founder of FemTech Partners, which enables Fintech start-ups to access and expand their market-reach and supports programs and initiatives for women in Fintech, on a pro-bono basis. Neha is a recipient of the Nav Shakti Award for her contribution to women empowerment conferred by the Indo European Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (IECSME).

Neha has worked with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), the world’s leading development charity organisation, focused on Financial Inclusion using Fintech solutions such as mobile money, e-KYC etc. She carried out extensive field visits to meet women and youth in remote areas of Bangladesh to understand the current landscape and depth of capital problem and to provide them faster and cheaper access to finance.

Neha has attended Austrian Leadership Program and is a Chevening Financial Services Fellow, a program sponsored by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). She studied financial risk management, regulatory and industry sandboxes, and UK Fintech regulation. During the Fellowship, she made close connects with the Fintech Heads of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), City of London, Innovate Finance, Department for International Trade (DIT) and HM Treasury. Neha is a Global People’s Fellow, an initiative by the United Nations to promote Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s)- in recognition for her work  in deploying Blockchain technology for payment,  remittance and micro-loan/insurance and helping migrant workers in the ASEAN and African region.

Over the years, Neha’s work has centered on liaising with the financial regulators across the ASEAN region. As the  Vice-President of Indian Private Equity and  Venture Capital Association  (IVCA), she actively working with regulators such as Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Ministry of Finance (MOF), and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). As the Country Head for Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), Singapore she worked closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on the Registered Fund Management Companies (RFMC) regime. Neha facilitated the market entry for Eurex Frankfurt AG, Deutsche Boerse Group in the Indian market.

Neha graduated in Business Management and also holds a Masters in Business Journalism. Neha  is  an  Al  Gore  Certified Climate Change Trainer and is passionate about environment protection, issues relating to health and education of children belonging to poor families. Her day starts with yoga and meditation.

Neha is a regular contributor to fintech discussions, especially to bridge the gender gap in fintech and the financial services industry.

Ahead of her session, Neha took part in a speaker Q&A – read in full here.

Sher-li Torrey
Founder
Mums@Work

Biography

Sher-li Torrey is the founder & director of Mums@Work (Singapore), which was started in 2010. Trained in various personality profiling tools, she has more than 20 years of corporate experience. Formerly heading the postgraduate team at the Office of Career Services at the Singapore Management University (SMU), she has held various roles in different industries. 

In 2010, following the birth of her daughter, Sher-li started Mums@Work (Singapore) – a social enterprise that supports women. A point of information source for flexi-time work or Mumpreneur business-owners, Mums@Work has more than 41,000 members (end of 2019). In 2016, she started a subsidiary of M@W, Career Navigators – with a focus on bringing women back into the workforce in full-time roles. Through this subsidiary, partnerships with more than 150 MNCs have been established. Under Mums@Work, Sher-li has coached more than 300 Mumpreneur business owners on how to start a small home-based business. 

As founder of Singapore’s first flexible work career portal, Sher-li has spoken to various organisations and local media on Diversity & Inclusion topics, as well as HR-related issues. She is a frequent speaker and article contributor to press and TV on diversity hiring topics. A mother of 2 school-going children, Sher-li strongly advocates a work environment that thrives in allowing employees to have better work-family integration.