Mary Ann Tsao is the Vice Chairwoman of Tsao Holdings, the holding company of the Tsao family group of companies started in the early 1900s, whose portfolio includes property, manufacturing, F&B and investments. She is also the Chairwoman and Founding Director of the Tsao Foundation, a Singapore-based but regionally oriented non-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues that was chartered by her grandmother in 1992.
Dr. Tsao serves on numerous boards and committees of governmental and non-profit organizations as well as academic institutions in Singapore, and is a frequent invited speaker at local and international conferences on ageing, philanthropy and family business. She is also a Director for FBN (Family Business Network) Asia, a non-profit association of family businesses committed to business practices that serve as a model of sustainability.
Dr. Tsao has also served as a technical advisor for numerous multilateral agencies, such as WHO Geneva office’s Ageing and Life Course unit, UNESCAP (UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat, as well as served on the board of various international agencies on ageing, including London-based HelpAge International.
For her work on ageing, she received from the government of Singapore the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2000, Public Service Star (BBM) in 2004 and Public Service Star (Bar) – BBM(L) – in 2015.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Tsao is a US trained pediatrician with a public health background, specializing in community and primary care planning, and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.
Oi Kum graduated from the University of Singapore as a medical doctor and practiced for several years before joining the family holding company, as a director, along with her four siblings. The family business is in the agriculture sector, chemical sector and land development.
Oi Kum and her family manage the family office Houde Foundation. Houde Foundation has ventured into the lifestyle industry with hotel property and shopping center investments. An entrepreneur in her own right, she has founded or invested in business enterprises outside of her academic profession and family holding business, under Houde Foundation.
Oi Kum is also the Chairperson of Ekomoditi Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian company she founded with technology partners, that provides full suite of Research and Development IT solutions to the Government sector and the plantation industry.
With her continuing interest in the world of “Internet of Things”, Oi Kum is a key partner in innovating a traditional barter business into a global trade portal in 11 countries, under the brand BBX.
Kong Wee is Executive Director of Forthavens Pte Ltd which manages Fortville serviced apartments, real estate and financial portfolios. He is a Superhost on AirBnb and also a director of various companies within his family business, which was founded by his mother in 1979 as an architectural practice.
Prior to joining Forthavens Pte Ltd, he was an Associate at HSBC Global Investment Banking covering South East Asia. He graduated as Valedictorian of Class of 2004 from Singapore Management University (SMU) with summa cum laude (highest honours) in Bachelor of Business Management (Finance Major) and Bachelor of Accountancy.
Kong Wee is married with 2 daughters. He is also an active tennis player and a House and Recreation committee member of Tanah Merah Country Club.
Mrs Lim-Tan Suat Hua graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Architecture from National University of Singapore. She is a Managing Director and Chairman of S H Lim Architects Pte Ltd and a group of Investment Companies and Property Development Companies. She was a Director of a Publicly-Listed Company, Asiamedic Pte Ltd. She was one of the founder members of Asia HealthPartners Pte Ltd and also one of the two founder members of Singapore HealthPartners Pte Ltd (now known as Farrer Group Company Pte Ltd), developer for a 20-Storey Hospital, Medical Suites and Hotel Complex and was the Executive Director from Year 2007-2010.
Since 1977, Mrs. Suat Hua has been actively involved in Community, Education and Social Works. She was a Council Member of Singapore Institute of Architects, Member of Development Control and Building Plan Approval Committee (Ministry of National Development), Chairman of Raffles Institution/Raffles Junior College Parents Association, Board Member of Raffles Institution, President of Lioness Club of Singapore Katong, Lioness Associate of all Lioness Clubs of Singapore, Member of Tampines East Citizens’ Consultative Committee, Member of Investigation Committee & Examiner of Professional Practical Examination (Board of Architects, Singapore) and Member of Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Advisory Committee.
Chen Shun is a second generation family business in WWRC Group and is currently the Group Strategy & Corporate Affairs Manager. WWRC Group is a Pan-Asian Chemical Distributor, with a presence in 16 Asian Cities. As Group Strategy Manager, Chen Shun is in charge of charting the future growth of the Group through overseas expansion, JV/partnerships and M&A. Chen Shun is also serving as Membership Chair on the FBN Singapore Country Committee.
Prior to joining WWRC Group, Chen Shun worked in banking at Citibank and OCBC. Chen Shun graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a First Class Honors Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering).
Calvin Chan is the Director of Polar Puffs & Cakes and is the third generation of his family business. Established in 1926, Polar Puffs & Cakes first started in High Street offering the famed curry puffs and cakes.
Calvin graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems). His post graduate education includes a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Singapore Institute of Management and an Executive Certificate in Directorship from SID-SMU.
He is a member of Family Business Network Asia, Business Families Foundation, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Singapore Institute of Directors. He has been involved in SCORE which gives a second chance to those who want to rebuild their lives by enhancing their employability potential.
Law Gin Kye is a founding member serving on the Board of FBN Asia in the capacity of Regional Chair of Learning. He has been involved in his family business, Law Associate Group, in various capacities since 1992, which has investments in properties, transportation, education and hospitality. He currently serves in Family Capital Centre, the office for the family, and directs The Good Foundation seeded by the family to promote shared value and social ventures.
He has set up several social businesses and community transformation projects empowering the poor and addressing systemic poverty. He has also shared and helped many government agencies and corporates develop their corporate social responsibility and shared value initiatives including Bank Negara Malaysia, Danone Dumex, Exxonmobil, Prudential PRUKasih and others.
He is a founding member and on the Board of Trustees to Yayasan Generasi Gemilang, a not-for-profit welfare foundation focused on nation building by raising an exemplary next generation and strengthening families. He also serves in the National Community Development Committee of the National Council of Welfare and Social Development Malaysia as well as the Neighbourhood Outreach Committee of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation. He has advised Government in various capacities on social welfare policies and community transformation and also represented on the ASEAN Consultative Forum.
Vanessa started her career in investment banking where she managed both primary & secondary listing transactions as well as advised and structured numerous local and foreign mergers, acquisitions and private trade sales. She also spent close to five years in the audit and consultancy arms of one the Big Four accounting firms.
After nearly 16 years in the banking & finance industry, Vanessa pivoted towards the healthcare sector when she assumed the position of Chief Executive of the Singapore Hospice Council. Together with key medical professionals from the palliative care sector, Vanessa and her team both raised the awareness & usage of hospice and palliative care services locally and through its biennale scientific conferences, propelled Singapore’s prominence as an important centre for learning. Prior to joining Family Business Network (FBN) Asia, Vanessa was the Head of Stewardship (Office of Advancement) at the Singapore Management University (“SMU”).
Vanessa read Economics at University College, London and also holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from SMU. She firmly believes in the right to a good education for all and has volunteered in learning support programmes at a local primary school for over a decade. Another initiative which Vanessa strongly supports and is currently involved in is access to discreet products for females in developing countries.
Vanessa has 4 children and is an accomplished musician. She is also an avid distance swimmer & runner of half-marathon races with a personal mission to clock in long runs in each city/country she visits.
Daniel is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of FundedHere. He aims to build a robust crowd-funding ecosystem consisting of start-ups, professional investors, mentors and a MAS-regulated debt and equity crowd-funding platform. Prior to FundedHere, Daniel was an Executive Director of Singapore-listed company Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd, the Managing Director of Viking’s wholly-owned subsidiary Viking Asset Management and the Managing Director of another wholly-owned subsidiary Promoter Hydraulics.
Daniel sat on the board of Singapore-listed company Nico Steel Holdings Ltd from 2009 to 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Singapore-listed company Ann Aik Ltd from 2012 to 2016. Daniel was also a member of the Finance Committee with the Singapore Institute of Directors from 2010 to 2012. He graduated with an honours degree in law in 2007 from Bristol University, United Kingdom.
Andrew Chua studied History and Modern Languages at Oxford University and graduated with a first class degree. After graduation, he worked as a banker for HSBC for 22 years. He has worked in a number of countries including India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Canada and the United Kingdom covering a variety of local, regional and global roles from corporate lending to opening new branches to human resources and management of the internet.
In 2010, Andrew left HSBC to develop and launch the ‘Authentic Lives’ workshop. The workshop grew out of passion to see people everywhere discover their unique identity and calling in life. It was birthed out of a belief that every person on this planet needs to work out for themselves the meaning of their own lives, regardless of their political, religious, cultural or philosophical backgrounds. The gift of life is too precious to be squandered in meaninglessness. To date, Authentic Lives has been run successfully in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Kirghizstan, UK and USA. Expansion plans are now in place to scale up the workshop rapidly over the next three years both through organic growth as well as through partnerships with those that share a complementary vision for individual and community transformation.
In 2017, Andrew founded Authentic Business Group (ABG), a community interest company (social enterprise) based in the UK. In addition to overseeing the growth of the ‘Authentic Lives’ workshop, ABG works with both for profit and non-profit organisations on engagement and culture change. The end goal of both the individual and corporate work is to enable human flourishing at every level of society.
In 2003, Wendy Chua-Sullivan left a secure career as School Psychologist of Raffles Institution to start her own leadership practice WAND INSPIRATION. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator for personal transformation, applying Psychology to help leaders and teams build resilience and better performance.
Wendy’s approach to coaching high achievers to maximum performance has been presented at the 2002 International Congress of Applied Psychology. Her WAND approach emphasizes the use of relevant questions; effective actions; acknowledgement; being neutral and non-judging; recognising individual differences; and making a difference.
Through her workshops, talks, books and shows, Wendy has made a difference to thousands of executives, consultants, educators, military leaders, students and parents in Singapore and the Asian region.
Wendy has an authentic style of communication that builds trust quickly with her clients. Her commitment to her clients’ achievement leads her to design relevant strategies with them.
She has written 20 books based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and 2 books on developing resilience.
Her recent research includes women leadership in family businesses, as well as health and performance coaching.
Wendy is married, with four children, and a volunteer for families-at-risk programmes.