Kindness & Leadership, Southeast Asia’s 25 Leading Lights among them 1 from Philippines

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Here’s to the leaders we celebrate today, leaders who transform organizations and change lives all through the power of kindness.

(Singapore)  – Kindness & Leadership 25 Leading Lights Southeast Asia, supported by Asia Square, aims to celebrate and showcase the importance of kindness in leadership. In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, the importance of strong leadership to provide stability and assurance is more critical than it has ever been. We are delighted to announce the inaugural list, showcasing 25 individuals across the region who demonstrate the incredible value that kindness can add to their leadership toolkit.

The initiative aims to share the stories of 25 “Leading Lights”, individuals who inspire others and recast kindness not as a weakness in leadership, but as an essential strength that empowers positive change and drives sustained growth. All entries were reviewed by a distinguished panel comprising representatives from different industry sectors, including Hugh Andrew, Managing Director, Blackrock Real Assets; Tin Pei Ling, Singaporean People’s Action Party Member of Parliament; Jo Tyndall, New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore and Rupen Desai, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Dole packaged foods. The panel was chaired by Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Asia Pacific.

The listees were all selected based on key criteria including:

  • Listees must be working and based in Southeast Asia;
  • Listees must be considered leaders in their fields and in a position of leadership that can directly affect the culture of the company and industry within which they work;
  • Listees were nominated by another. Those nominating needed to write a citation about the candidate that clearly demonstrated their leadership impact through kindness also required were two testimonials from people who have been impacted by the candidate.

The Kindness & Leadership initiative received nominations from many different countries across the region and from a wide range of industries and fields.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Kindness & Leadership 25 Leading Lights, commented on the campaign saying, “It is tremendously exciting to announce the inaugural 25 Leading Lights, Southeast Asia, in association with Asia Square. By placing a spotlight on phenomenal leaders throughout the region who are using the power of kindness to make a massive impact in business and to effect positive change, we collectively place kindness at the center of the leadership debate. Together, we encourage the leaders of today and tomorrow – no matter their role or background – to #leadwithkindness.”

Here’s to the leaders we celebrate today, leaders who inspire creativity and productivity. Leaders create an environment for others to succeed. Leaders who transform organizations and change lives all through the power of kindness.

Kindness & Leadership Southeast Asia – 25 Leading Lights  (in alphabetical order)

  •  Azliza Ahmad Tajuddin, Chief Executive Officer, Blu Inc Media (Malaysia)

In 2004, Azliza joined Blu Inc as its Chief Executive Officer. Blu Inc is the largest magazine publisher in Malaysia with over 23 titles, including Harper’s Bazaar, Her World, Female, EH!, Glam, Men’s Health and many more. Azliza believes that women’s magazines have a powerful role to play – they give us an opportunity to share empowering stories and highlight often difficult subjects, from domestic violence to maternal guilt and mental health.

“Azliza has initiated many fundraising projects, including the yearly Pink Project that is run in collaboration with local Malaysian designers to create awareness and raise funds for organizations such as the Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also set up the Her World Woman of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year awards. Since 1992, these awards have paid tribute to high-achieving women who have made breakthroughs in their industries and have made a positive impact both locally and overseas.”

  • Christine Amour-Levar, Founder and Co-Founder, HER Planet Earth and Women on a Mission (Singapore)

Christine is a philanthropist, adventurer, entrepreneur, and author. A passionate advocate of female empowerment and environmental conservation, Christine set up Women on a Mission and HER Planet Earth, two not-for-profit organizations in 2012 and 2017 respectively. Both of these organizations take all-female teams on pioneering expeditions to off-the-beaten-track locations as a way to support worthy causes. HER Planet Earth’s primary objective is to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged women affected by climate change, while Women on a Mission aims to support and empower women who have been subjected to violence and abuse.

  • Elke Biechele, Chief Executive Officer, RisikoTek (Singapore)

Elke is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RisikoTek, an anti-financial crime intelligence system company, dedicated to reducing the impact of financial crime and its predicate offenses on society. She helps the financial sector, NGOs and law enforcement all over the world to detect criminal activity such as human and wildlife trafficking and corruption that reduces the quality of life for millions of people across the developing world. Elke has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector – she is now a global leader in risk management, regularly using her experience to address the challenges she has observed across the industry.

  • Molyka Brasoeur, Director of Legal Affairs Department, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (Cambodia)  

Molyka is a young, empathetic leader with a diverse background. She has enjoyed a fascinating career journey: working as an educator for children and students for more than ten years before entering the corporate world as a professional trainer. She is now the Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Cambodia. She has brought together her many talents to build a newly established department with a strong foundation and a clear vision.

  • Bruce Bromley, Chief Financial Officer, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Soneva Resorts (Thailand)

After a career as an investment banker and hedge fund manager, Bruce joined Soneva in 2012. Soneva owns and operates some of the world’s most extraordinary ultra-luxury resorts in the Maldives and Thailand. Bruce is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He is considered to be a ‘rock of Soneva’, helping to create a culture that ensures goals are reached. For seven years, Bruce has been Soneva’s ‘Guardian of the Mission’, developing the business after its split from Six Senses. He has nurtured the programs and success of the Soneva Foundation and formulated Soneva’s future growth plans while focusing on the development of a high-performance team.

  •  Renita Sophia Crasta, Group Legal Counsel, CapitaLand (Singapore)

As Group Legal Counsel of CapitaLand, one of Singapore’s largest landlord-developers across the region, Renita is extensively involved in advising on legal matters from operations to the CEO level. She is currently the Chairperson of the Younger Lawyers Chapter of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) and has recently founded the SCCA Pro Bono Programme to encourage in-house counsels to engage in pro bono legal work.

She sits on the committee of the Young Women’s Leadership Connection and has founded the Female & Fearless Workshop to build leadership confidence and communication skills in underprivileged teenage girls. She is also involved with many charities including Its Raining Raincoats, an initiative spreading kindness to migrant workers in Singapore.

  • Kris Ke-Shyang See, Medical Director, Chief Clinical and Innovative Scientist, Osel Group (Malaysia)

Kris has worked for various medical institutions both in the public and private sector and is currently serving as the Medical Director and Chief Clinical Scientist at the Osel Group of clinics. With his creative ideas and vision, Kris has driven his team to research cutting-edge medicine including genomic testing, biomarkers, and regenerative medicine. He has received numerous awards for his ground-breaking work. In 2018, Kris received a scholarship for the prestigious Harvard Medical School, Leadership in Medicine, Southeast Asia program. In the same year, he was awarded the JCI Peace Angel Award for his role and innovative work in the Nepal Earthquake Relief program.

  • Sui Wei Law, General Manager, Shared Services, NTT (Malaysia)

Sui Wei has over 13 years of experience in the shared services sector. She has successfully built shared services at Dimension Data Asia–Pacific, growing headcount by over 200% within the first two years of her leadership. Sui Wei’s kindness in leadership is evident by the small 10% attrition rate, compared to an industry average in Malaysia of between 15–20%. Always putting her team’s wellbeing at the forefront of everything she does, Sui Wei makes time to mentor and foster young talent. She is an inspiration within NTT and beyond.

  • Ariel Muller, Managing Director Asia–Pacific, Forum for the Future (Singapore)

Ariel leads the Forum for the Future APAC team, a leading international non-profit working with business, government, and society solving complex sustainability challenges. Using a range of approaches including futures, systems thinking, and human-centered design, Forum for the Future creates programs that advance the circular economy, sustainable nutrition, sustainable value chains and livelihoods, and the de-carbonization of our economy.

  • Keemin Ngiam, Director and Senior Counsel, Netflix (Singapore)

Keemin is a high-impact leader who has built the legal team across the APAC markets for Netflix, spending considerable time onboarding teammates in each of the markets in which Netflix is rapidly growing. He forges strong relationships with both his teammates and the local business teams across APAC, with many leaders in cross-functional teams looking to Keemin, not only for his expert legal advice but also as a valued thought partner.

  • Amélie Perdu, Human Resources Director South Asia, Richemont (Singapore)

Amélie is a seasoned human resources director in the luxury goods and jewelry sector. She puts the ‘human’ at the center of a role that would otherwise focus largely on productivity, compliance, and budgeting. In her current role as Director of Human Resources at Richemont in Singapore, Amélie has brought the shared services and brand teams together through collaborative projects and networks, developing a top-rated reputation for her humanity and results.

  • Phil Pomford, General Manager, Global eCom, APAC, Worldpay from FIS (Singapore)

Phil leads the Worldpay Global eCommerce team across Asia–Pacific, operating as General Manager from offices in Singapore, Japan, China, and Australia. Under his leadership, the eCommerce APAC region has grown its revenue to more than double within four years and become well known for its OneAsia culture – a culture that Phil has been instrumental in shaping.

  • Ashley Prail, Former Managing Director, Infrastructure and Major Programmes Asia, Turner & Townsend (Singapore)

Throughout his 38 year-long-career within the built environment sector, Ashley has been instrumental in the successful delivery of major programs both within Asia and around the world. Projects include major infrastructure development such as Hong Kong and Changi airports and developing further opportunities in rail, aviation, and power. He is highly experienced with deep technical knowledge in program management, project delivery and project controls. After 16 years at Turner & Townsend, Ashley retired late last year, leaving a lasting legacy.

  • Yunquan Qin, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder, Kapap Academy (Singapore)

Qin has trained over 58,000 people in self-defense. Under her leadership, the Kapap Academy is now collaborating with Indian social enterprises to train disadvantaged women and children from rural areas and city slums so as to empower them with self-defense skills. In 2017, Qin became the only self-defense expert in the world to be awarded the Queen’s Young Leadership Award for her continual effort in helping others stay safe.

  •  Richard Ruddy, Chief Retail Officer, Lazada Group (Singapore)

Richard is Chief Retail Officer for Lazada Singapore. He leads a rapid and innovative growth agenda for the grocery and retail divisions and is responsible for all insight functions. Lazada Group was founded in 2012 and is the leading eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia, now including the recently acquired RedMart.

  • Mohaiyani Shamsudin, Chairman, Malayan Banking Berhad (Malaysia)

In 2011, Mohaiyani became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of the board of the country’s largest public listed company, Maybank. With extensive experience and an impressive career in financial services and public service, Mohaiyani has held senior roles at Amanah Chase Merchant Bank Berhad and Seagroatt & Campbell. During her active involvement in the stockbroking industry, she was appointed Deputy Chairman of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Association of Stockbroking Companies of Malaysia.

  • Shivkumar Seerapu, Chief Executive Officer, Asia–Pacific, Lloyds Banking Group (Singapore)

Shivkumar has 23 years of experience in the transaction banking space. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Asia–Pacific for Lloyds Banking Group.

“Shiv’s leadership motivates people to have pride in their work, their team and the bank. His authenticity and kindness promote trust and empowers the team – this makes people feel good about themselves, which translates into a general can-do attitude across the business.”

  • Brian Shuptrine, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Turner & Townsend (Singapore)

As Managing Director at Turner & Townsend in Singapore, Brian supports clients and leads delivery teams across the Asia–Pacific region. With a background in technical project and program management in the real estate and technology sectors, Brian specializes in regional and global portfolio management to achieve better outcomes, assurance, and benefits for Turner & Townsend clients. He has worked all over the world including Australia and Japan.

  • Karen Teo, Vice President APAC, Global Business Group, Facebook (Singapore)

Karen is Facebook’s first Singaporean female Vice President in APAC. She is an outstanding business leader, advocate for LGBTQI communities across Asia–Pacific and a regional sponsor of the One World Social Entrepreneurship award. She is committed to driving inclusion, diversity, and impact through her professional and social work.

  • Kum Ying Tham, Senior Consultant, Tank Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore)

Dr. Tham was instrumental in setting up the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore’s newest medical school in 2013. She is a Senior Consultant on professionalism training to Singapore’s Ministry of Health and leads several humanitarian missions every year to nearby Asian countries, delivering healthcare to underprivileged communities.

  • Anthony Thompson, Regional Managing Director, Asia and Global Executive Board Director, PageGroup (Singapore)

Anthony moved to Asia 19 years ago. He is the current Head of Asia and an Executive Board Director at Michael Page Group, the global recruitment agency. Since he joined the company, over 120,000 candidates have been placed, changing their lives and those of their families and clients. Under his leadership, headcount has also radically increased from 40 members of staff to more than 1,400. Anthony leads from the front when it comes to Michael Page’s strong focus on corporate social responsibility and giving back to the community.

  • Vichka Vantha, Founder, Dai Khmer Natural Products (Cambodia)

With no experience in business, but a deep passion for protecting Cambodia’s natural environment and helping other women, Vichka founded Dai Khmer, a small company that trains and employs vulnerable women to become local artisans, making coconut soap, coconut oil, and other beauty and household products from only natural ingredients. Over the past two years, the business has grown from a small home-based business, employing only one woman to a small company employing women across three locations, in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

  • Jelen Villareal, Chief Executive Officer, Mayad Postproduction House (Philippines)

Jelen is the Chief Executive Officer at Mayad Postproduction House (MPOST), a recognized authority in the art of editing cinematic wedding films. Jelen also heads up marketing, creative direction and serves as a business consultant to international partners. She has played an important role in MPOST’s transition from being Mayad Studios’ exclusive postproduction house to becoming an outsourcing company. She currently manages a team of 45 creative individuals who are behind MPOST’s successful collaborations with various wedding cinematographers from different parts of the world.

  • Chris Wei, Executive Chairman Asia & FPI Global Chairman Aviva Digital, Aviva (Singapore)

In July 2015, Chris was appointed to the newly created role of Global Chairman, Aviva Digital. He also serves as Executive Chairman for Aviva Asia and Friends Provident International (FPI). As Global Chairman, he leads Aviva’s global drive in digital and has transformed the 321-year-old insurer into a leading InsurTech disruptor. As Executive Chairman, Chris works closely with senior leaders on setting strategic direction and managing the operations of Aviva and FPI across Asia. 

  • Mazuin Zin, Managing Director, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide (Malaysia)

Mazuin is the Managing Director of Edelman Malaysia, the world’s leading communications marking company. Prior to this role, she served as Managing Director at MullenLowe Malaysia, where she was awarded the CMO Asia coveted “CEO of the Year Award 2017” for leading transformation both in terms of the agency’s growth and industry reputation.

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