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Leena Nair
Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever

Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business & financial performance. Leena bears overall responsibility for the 160,000-strong human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance. This is a key enabler for Unilever to meet its ambitious business goals with positive environmental and social impact. Throughout her career, Leena has gained a strong reputation for her leadership ability to ignite outstanding business growth. Through always-on learning and constant experimentation, together with an outside-in view of her customer, Leena ensures that her people and business stay ahead of the curve. Leena is also a Non-Executive Director of BT, BEIS (The Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy for the UK) and a member of the board for the Leverhulme Trust. Her purpose is to “ignite the human spark for a better business and better world”.

Andrew Buay
Vice President, Group Corporate Sustainability, Singtel & Vice President, Human Resource Group, Optus (Acting Jan – July 2020), Talent Coach, Optus

Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Corporate Sustainability and a Leadership and Talent Coach to over 130 of the Optus Future and Emerging Leaders over the past few years. Between January to end July 2020, he was also acting Vice President for the Optus Human Resource Group, leading the company’s people strategy and response to COVID 19. Prior to this, Andrew held various diverse senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. He is a certified Level 3 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and a mentor to various founders of impact start-up companies developing technologies to solve for social issues.

Rumeet Billan
Chief Learning Officer, Chief Learning Officer

Dr. RumeetBillan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. At the age of 25, and again three years later, Rumeet was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. She has been profiled as a ‘Generation Entrepreneur’ by Forbes, and her work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post and Professionally Speaking.

Rumeet is the President of Viewpoint Leadership and Jobs in Education. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto alongside a collaborative degree in the Dynamics of Global Change with the Munk School of Global Affairs. Rumeet has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. Rumeet has delivered TEDx talks as well as a convocation address for graduating students at the University of Toronto. Her talk on The Future of Education at TEDx in Halifax, Nova Scotia was highly lauded and later adapted into a workshop for Ontario students, titled, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?.

Since 2004, Rumeet has contributed to social impact initiatives that improve access to and the quality of education in North America, South America and Africa. In addition to building schools, supporting scholarships, breakfast programs, and soccer tournaments, her vision led to the creation and development of a teacher’s college in rural Kenya. She continues to support causes and lead initiatives that promote human welfare.

Zoe Fortune
Founding CEO, City Mental Health Allliance Hong Kong (CMHA)

Dr Zoë Fortune is CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance in Hong Kong which she helped found in 2017.

A researcher by background, Zoë has spent over a decade carrying out research into various aspects of mental health including depression, personality disorders, Autism and ECT in forensic, community and in-patient settings. Zoe focuses on evaluation and has also spent several years carrying out research within international development settings including evaluating models used in communication for development and modern slavery. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and has published in academic journals.

Zoe is an experienced and regular public speaker, recently gave a TEDx Talk on mental health at TEDxTinHauWomen and is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Zoe is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Technical Advisor to the Mekong Club to support their work to end modern slavery.

Liana Attard
Multinational Client Group Leader, Singapore, Mercer

Liana is a Mercer Partner based in the Singapore office and is the Multinational Client Group Leader for Asia. She has worked 18 years in the insurance, broking and consulting industry, with 15 years of experience focusBio:Liana is a Mercer Partner based in the Singapore office and is the Multinational Client Group Leader for Asia. She has worked 18 years in the insurance, broking and consulting industry, with 15 years of experience focused on international consulting & employee benefit advice. Liana has been in Asia (Singapore) for 10 years and 12 years altogether with Mercer (originally based in Sydney)

Liana is well known across the Asia region for both her client work and leadership within Mercer. She is the Lead Chair for our Women@Mercer BRG for Asia. She is an ambassador of diversity and inclusion in the workplace across Asia driving thought leadership and related solutions on mental wellbeing, aging workforce and structuring inclusive rewards programs. 

ed on international consulting & employee benefit advice. Liana has been in Asia (Singapore) for 10 years and 12 years altogether with Mercer (originally based in Sydney)

Liana is well known across the Asia region for both her client work and leadership within Mercer. She is the Lead Chair for our Women@Mercer BRG for Asia. She is an ambassador of diversity and inclusion in the workplace across Asia driving thought leadership and related solutions on mental wellbeing, aging workforce and structuring inclusive rewards programs. 

Munir Nanji
Head of Global Subsidiaries Group Asia Pacific, Citi

Munir S. Nanji is Managing Director and Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, responsible for Citi’s Multinational Client relationships spanning 15 countries across the region.

Prior to moving to Singapore, he was Regional Sales and Marketing Head for Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions in Asia Pacific covering all client segments (Corporates, Public Sector and Financial Institutions) based in Hong Kong. He has previously held various assignments including Transaction Services Head for Nigeria, West and Central Africa (6 Markets), Africa Trade Finance Head covering the entire continent and Board Member for Citibank Nigeria. Munir has worked in Warsaw, Milan and London in various roles including being an Independent Director on the boards of large leasing and factoring companies in Central Europe.

Munir brings 28 years of international banking experience and has held leadership positions globally in corporate banking, product management, relationship and risk management. His extensive industry experience includes establishing and leading Citi’s transaction services business in Central Europe and Africa, running a large corporate and middle market business, as well as helping to drive the bank’s business development efforts in EMEA.

Munir Co-Chairs the Women Leadership/Diversity Committee for Citi Singapore. Munir holds a 1st Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering, Wharton alumni, MBA from INSEAD and MPhil (advanced postgraduate research degree on Strategic Decision Making and Governance).

In his personal time, Munir is an active mountaineer, ultramarathon runner. He also contributes to academic research and teaching.

Dr Lei Hsien Hsien
CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore(AmCham)

Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 6,000 members representing over 600 companies. Hsien is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centers in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien also has extensive experience in corporate communications, advertising and promotion, and government affairs.

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMEDSCI
Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS Improvement and Public Health England and Chair, Ageing Better, NHS

Professor Dame Carol Black is currently Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She chairs NHS Improvement’s Advisory Board on Employee Health and Wellbeing, and is Adviser to NHSI and PHE on Health and Work. She is also a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers, and of the Board of UKActive. She recently completed her seven-year term as Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, where she was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She still sits on the University’s Advisory Board for the Centre of Science and Public Policy, and the Strategy Board on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. She is a Patron of the Women’s Leadership Centre in the Judge Business School. Dame Carol has completed three independent reviews for the UK Government: of the health of the working-age population in 2008 as National Director for Health and Work; of sickness absence in Britain in 2011 as co-chair; and of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, in 2016. In February 2019 the Home Secretary announced that Dame Carol would lead an independent review on illicit drugs, demand, supply and treatment. Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She has recently been a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

Geoff McDonald
Global Advocate, Campaigner and Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace (Previously Global VP HR, Unilever), Minds@Work

Geoff’s work today is truly global and he is a very much sought-after speaker, strategic advisor and consultant. He inspires and provokes organizations globally to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do and to address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national organization with an emphasis on raising awareness of these issues and providing some practical strategies as to how one might go about addressing this growing modern illness.

He is a very active campaigner for breaking the stigma associated with Mental Health in the Corporate world and has participated in a number of BBC programmes and campaigns regarding this subject, as well as writing and producing articles for the Huffington Post, the Financial Times and HR-related journals. He has spoken at Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna and Warwick Universities as well as at corporate events across Australia, Japan, North America, Europe, South Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Geoff is a Co-Founder of the Charity ‘Minds@Work’, which has grown from 14 members to over 2000 in four years. Its purpose being to inspire and equip individuals to break the stigma of mental ill health in the organizations they work in. He is currently an Advisor to ‘United For Global Mental Health’ and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of City Mental Health Alliance. Geoff is a Patron of the International Stress Management Association and a Member of the Prince’s Trust Youth Opportunity Taskforce with the purpose of creating change that will unlock the potential in the UK’s youth. He was also recently appointed as an Advisor to a number of small Tech Start-Ups looking at how technology can pro-actively enhance the mental health and wellbeing of individuals.

Edwin Diender
Chief Digital Transformation Officer & Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies

Edwin Dienderis currently the Chief Digital Transformation Officer of Huawei Enterprise Business Group. As Chief Digital Transformation Officer in the Enterprise Business Group, Edwin advises Huawei’s customers and partners regarding innovation and business growth using Digital Transformation with a focus on Smart City/Safe City economics, eGovernment and Government cloud, Big Data Analytics and Digital Transformation for Smart Cities.

Edwin is a cross-industry expert with more than 26 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Huawei, he held various senior positions in global companies.

Ong Ai Hua
Head of Government Affairs & Policy, Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson

Ai Hua joined Johnson & Johnson more than 25 years ago with a desire to make a difference to the lives of patients. This passion continues today in her role as Company Group Chairman for Janssen Asia Pacific, where she oversees operations that deliver pharmaceutical innovation in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Based in her native Singapore, Ai Hua is known for her deep commitment to customers and patients, her strategic insights and global mindset. She is a strong advocate for women in leadership and provides guidance and support through local universities and the Young Women’s Leadership Connection Mentorship Program.

In her previous role as President of One J&J Southeast Asia, Ai Hua was instrumental in the successful implementation of J&J’s first-ever one-company enterprise business model encompassing pharmaceuticals, consumer products and medical devices. She nurtured a business with strong growth and enhanced efficiency across 10 countries in ASEAN.

Ai Hua holds a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry and an MBA from the National University of Singapore. She began her healthcare career in 1991 as a product specialist with Johnson & Johnson Medical Singapore. Since then, she has held leadership roles in pharmaceuticals and medical devices working in strategic marketing, sales management, and licensing and acquisition while residing in Singapore, China and the USA.

Ai Hua is a committed volunteer for charitable causes and acts as chair of J&J’s Asia Pacific Contributions Committee. She is also a council member of the Singapore Dover Park Hospice, serves on the Advisory Board of the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business, and was recently appointed to the Board of the DesignSingapore Council.

Julien Steimer
CEO, AXA Indonesia

Julien Steimer is CEO of AXA Indonesia, a leading insurance company headquartered in France. Convinced of the added value of public-private partnerships, Julien served the French government for over a decade in the areas of agricultural policy reform, global food security, and EU affairs.

From 2009-2012, he shaped the political strategy of the French Ministry of Agriculture, a department with a EUR 15.5 billion budget. Julien successfully led high-level negotiations on the Agricultural Action Plan adopted by G20 Heads of State in 2011 and the first-ever signed Franco-German agreement on Common Agricultural Policy. Previously, he served as Deputy Director for European Issues in the French Foreign Service, where he planned, organized and coordinated the 2008 French Presidency of the EU.

Julien was named one of the 100 most influential people in the French weekly economic newspaper Enjeux—Les Echos. In March of 2014, he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.

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