People

FBN ASIA FAMILY RETREAT

27 - 29 March 2020

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Host Committee

Mary-Ann-Tsao
Dr Mary Ann Tsao
Vice Chairman
Tsao Holdings
Lee Oi Kum
Dr Lee Oi Kum
Chairman
BBX Holdings
Lim-Kong-Wee
Lim Kong Wee
Executive Director
Forthavens
Lim-Suat-Hua
Mrs Lim-Tan Suat Hua
Director
Forthavens
Teng-Chen-Shun
Teng Chen Shun
Group Strategy & Corporate Affairs Manager
WWRC Group
Calvin-Chan
Calvin Chan
Director
Polar Puffs & Cakes

Programme Committee

Law-Gin-Kye-portrait
Law Gin Kye
Director
Law Associate Group
Felicia-Heng
Felicia Heng
Executive Director
FBN Asia
Mary-Ann-Tsao
Dr Mary Ann Tsao
Vice Chairman
Tsao Holdings
Daniel-Lin
Daniel Lin
Co-Founder & Executive Director
FundedHere

Facilitators

Andrew Chua2
Andrew Chua
Lead Facilitator
Wendy Chua Sullivan
Wendy Chua-Sullivan
Co-Facilitator

Dr Mary Ann Tsao
Vice Chairman, Tsao Holdings

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.

Lee Oi Kum
Chairman, BBX Holdings
Founder, Houde Foundation

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.

Lim Kong Wee
Executive Director, Forthavens

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
Director, Forthavens

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.


Teng Chen Shun
Group Strategy & Corporate Affairs Manager, WWRC Group

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
Director, Polar Puffs & Cakes

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
Director, Law Associate Group

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.

Felicia Heng
Executive Director, Family Business Network Asia

Felicia Heng is Executive Director of the Family Business Network (FBN) in Asia. Globally, the network represents more than 16,000 members from over 4,000 multi-generational family businesses in 65 countries. She also concurrently oversees the AITIA Family Business Academy.

Through research, capacity building and learning programmes, the Family Business Network and Academy collaborate with members on strategies for addressing the complex dilemmas between family, business and governance that can accompany significant wealth. This often has a significant impact on current and future generations. A key component of this work is comprehensive education. A significant emphasis is also placed on engaging and preparing next generation family members for business, family and community leadership roles they may wish to hold.

Felicia’s background is in business management, psychology, executive coaching, and succession planning. Over the last 20 years, she has held senior global, regional and country roles in blue-chip MNCs spanning banking, logistics, and pharmaceuticals. She has collaborated extensively with C-suite global executives, senior leadership teams, HNW clients and next generation talent on strategies for maximizing individual potential, strategic business planning, leadership transitions and leveraging intellectual and social capital for stewardship.

Felicia holds certifications in Family Wealth Advising, Executive Coaching and postgraduate degrees in Occupational Psychology and Technology Management.

Daniel Lin
Co-Founder and Executive Director, FundedHere

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
Lead Facilitator

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.

Recent Engagements

  • Launched whole system transformation programme with a F&B Business in the Philippines (ongoing)
  • Facilitated Top Team Journey for a Hong Kong Manufacturer with factories in PRC and Dominican Republic
  • Facilitated a corporate purpose workshop for 40+ entrepreneurs (part of EO Asia Bridge programme)
  • Launched the video version of my personal development workshop – Authentic Lives
  • Conducted a top team journey with a leading-edge centre for autism
  • Co-facilitated a transformation workshop with a global telecommunication firm
  • Design and delivered new modules on individual and corporate purpose for a UK financial institution
  • Facilitated a top team off-site for the founding partners of a fast growing Chinese private equity firm focusing on interpersonal relationships between the partners.

Wendy Chua-Sullivan
Co-Facilitator

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.

Recent Engagements

  • Coached CEO of agriculture firm to become more authentic, connected to his team, and able to align and motivate his diverse top team.
  • Leadership Coach to more than 50 VPs and SVPs of an investment bank
  • Coached bank’s Senior Vice-President to become more confident and competent in her presentations to Exco and the CEO, to build stronger relations across departments and to coach her team.
  • Coached 62 leaders of oil and gas organisation to achieve breakthrough results.
  • Delivered keynote session to 300 marketing managers on “Enhancing relationships”.
  • Awarded 3-year contract for her team of facilitators to deliver more than 150 runs of “Coaching and Facilitating” 5-day workshops to Singapore Armed Forces.