Temasek Trust Conversation 2020

New Pathways of Philanthropy -
Reinventing how we do good during bad times

VIRTUAL EVENT, 3rd November 2020
Registration by invite

COVID-19 has put a pause to the life we were all familiar with. Not only did our ways of living and working in society have to adapt, but the ways in which we could contribute to society have also evolved. From the man on the street to the executive in the skyscraper, we found a purpose that’s larger than a donation.

In Temasek Trust Conversation 2020 (TTC 2020), we will discuss the innovative ways in which new pathways of philanthropy have been forged in the face of COVID-19. With the enormity and complexity of issues, the power of collaborative philanthropy has come into focus. The economic, social and health impacts of COVID-19 will outpace every donated dollar unless we are flexible and open in our approach to new ways of doing good. These new pathways of philanthropy that we see in the face of COVID-19 could be the catalyst to unlock bigger pools of funds and new ways of giving in future.

With adversity comes opportunity – the opportunity to step outside of the box and reinvent how we do good during bad times. This pandemic has given us more reasons to push the boundaries of doing good and create new pathways of philanthropy for the better good. In the process, humanity wins.

Insights from the Temasek Trust Conversation 2020

Special Guest

Desmond LEE
Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration
Desmond LEE
Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration

Desmond Lee was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in July 2020. Prior to that he served as an MP for Jurong GRC. During his time as a back-bencher, he also served as a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees for Culture, Community and Youth, Home Affairs and Law and Social and Family Development.

Desmond is currently the Minister for National Development, and the Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration. He co-chairs the Singapore Together Movement, the Emerging Stronger Taskforce and the Future Economy Council Sub-Committee for the Built Environment. He also co-chairs the Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council, as well as the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Joint Working Committee.

Desmond was first appointed as Minister of State for National Development in September 2013. After his re-election as MP for Jurong GRC in September 2015, Mr Lee was appointed as Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development. In 2017, he was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and National Development. Later in the same year, Mr Lee was appointed the Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development.

Desmond began his career in the civil service as a Justices’ Law Clerk of the Supreme Court, providing legal research support. He then served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel in the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers. In 2005, he was posted to the Ministry of Health to head its legal department.

Before entering politics, Desmond also spent two years at the Legal Policy Division of the Ministry of Law. Subsequently, he joined Temasek as in-house counsel until his appointment to office at the Ministry of National Development (MND).

Desmond graduated in 2001 from the National University of Singapore with first class honours in law. He also holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Oxford.

He is married with three children.

Speakers

Dilhan Pillay SANDRASEGARA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO,
TEMASEK INTERNATIONAL LTD.
Dilhan Pillay SANDRASEGARA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TEMASEK INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara joined Temasek in September 2010 and has been CEO of Temasek International since April 2019.

Since joining Temasek, Dilhan has held various leadership roles, including at various times, Head of the Investment, the Portfolio Management and the Enterprise Development Groups. He has also led various Temasek market teams in areas including Singapore, the U.S. and the Americas.

Dilhan serves on the boards of the National Research Foundation in Singapore and Enterprise Singapore. He is also a member of the Future Economy Council, the Financial Centre Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the National Jobs Council.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws and obtained a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.

TAN Chong Meng
Group CEO,
PSA International (PSA)
TAN Chong Meng
Group CEO,
PSA International (PSA)

Tan Chong Meng is the Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International (PSA).

He joined PSA on 1 October 2011, bringing with him a wealth of experience in managing the complexity, diversity and breadth of a global business. PSA is a leading global port group and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders around the world. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, the Group’s portfolio comprises a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 19 countries. PSA is headquartered in Singapore and owned by Temasek Holdings. Together with his management team, Chong Meng is responsible for the overall performance of the PSA Group and provides strategic direction on growing the company’s value through maximising assets, developing PSA port positions and engaging global business partnerships.

Outside the PSA Group, Chong Meng serves as the Chairman of JTC and is a non-Executive Director on the board of the National University Health System (NUHS). He was previously a Board Member of IE Singapore. In April 2020, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Emerging Stronger Task Force, a committee set up by the Singapore government to guide the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before joining PSA, Chong Meng was the Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell Downstream, of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. He led six global businesses – many of which are world leaders engaged in the marketing and sale of fuels, lubricants and specialty products to commercial customers vis-à-vis Aviation, Marine, Industrial, Land Transport, Construction and Liquefied Petroleum Gas. A global leader with more than 20 years of experience in Shell, Chong Meng worked in USA, Europe, China and Singapore, holding various senior leadership positions that spanned management, sales, marketing, trading, refinery operations, customer service and merger & acquisitions. Prior to Shell, Chong Meng had also worked in various positions with Singapore’s Ministry of National Development for five years.

 
THAM Loke Kheng
CEO, MEDIACORP
THAM Loke Kheng
CEO, MEDIACORP

Tham Loke Kheng is CEO and Board Director Mediacorp.

A media industry veteran, Loke Kheng has held leadership roles in broadcast, media and telecommunications services in leading Asian media companies. In September 2017, Loke Kheng re-joined Mediacorp as its CEO, coming full circle to the organisation where she started her career. During her years away from Mediacorp, Loke Kheng was Head of Content and Marketing at StarHub, President of Taiwan Broadband Communications and Head of NOW TV, the largest Pay TV operator in Hong Kong.

Loke Kheng is a graduate of National University of Singapore. She is married with two children.

Marija RALIC
GOOGLE.ORG LEAD,
GOOGLE APAC
Marija RALIC
GOOGLE.ORG LEAD,
GOOGLE APAC

Marija Ralic leads Google.org APAC, the data-driven, human-focused philanthropic arm of Google. Marija joined Google in 2019 where she manages Google’s philanthropic work across the Asia-Pacific region to support innovative non-profits using technology to tackle complex global challenges. She works with teams across the regions to ​bring the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges - combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone. ​She brings years of experience in driving regional planning and community investments, AI for Social Impact, and the management of skills community projects, which focus on making digital literacy and computer science education accessible to all young people.

Before Google, Marija served as a Regional Program Manager overseeing the philanthropic programs at Microsoft Philanthropies across 17 countries and 20 countries in the Asia Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe, respectively.

Before her corporate philanthropy journey, Marija spent five years in AIESEC Serbia, the world’s largest youth-run non-profit which focuses on developing the leadership potential of young people through experiential learning, volunteer experiences, and professional internships. She served AIESEC in various functions, including as President of the AIESEC chapter in Serbia and Vice President of external relations.

LAI Chang Wen
CEO and Co-Founder,
Ninja Van Singapore
LAI Chang Wen
CEO and Co-Founder, Ninja Van Singapore

Chang Wen Lai is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ninja Van - Southeast Asia’s leading technology-enabled logistics company. The company was started in 2014 by him and his two other co-founders Boxian and Shaun when they realised the market potential of catering to the logistics needs of the e- commerce industry. With a focus on taking the hassle out of the parcel for customers, Chang Wen and his team are dedicated to ensuring that logistics is a simple and seamless affair for their business partners and consumers.

Specialising in e-commerce deliveries, Ninja Van believes in powering businesses with innovative logistics solutions. The company believes in offering a consistent hassle-free delivery experience for merchants across Southeast Asia and providing clients with a singular access point into the region. With plans to continue expanding and serving in the current markets the company operates in, Chang Wen’s vision is for Ninja Van to open Southeast Asia to a world of possibilities, one delightful delivery at a time.

Chang Wen graduated with a Bachelor of Finance from Singapore Management University and worked as a derivatives trader at Barclays before setting up men’s custom fashion retailer Marcella. His experience with the online retail business made him realise there could be a more efficient way of delivering and tracking packages, resulting in the creation of Ninja Van.

A natural-born entrepreneur, Chang Wen conceived his first business venture when he was a student, having discovered that putting together second-hand bicycle parts and selling the finished product could land him a neat profit. He is passionate about harnessing technology to improve lives and enjoys adapting classical mathematical models to provide real-world solutions.

Aloysius TAN
CO-FOUNDER VINTAGE RADIO SG
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, RADIOACTIVE PTE LTD
Aloysius TAN
CO-FOUNDER VINTAGE RADIO SG
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, RADIOACTIVE PTE LTD

Aloysius is a media professional with a special passion for all things radio. His experience spans over three decades, covering most if not all of radio roles from frontline to management positions as well as other management positions within the broad spectrum of Broadcast Media. In his current capacity as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of RADIOactive Pte Ltd, Aloysius is mostly focused on all aspects of Sales and Marketing for RADIOactive, including training and customer engagement and relationship.

Prior to joining the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation back in the early 90’s, Aloysius cut his teeth in the local entertainment scene as a mobile disco DJ and event host. In the following 16 years spent with Singapore’s premier media company (Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Corporation of Singapore and then MediaCorp), Aloysius was a top rated DJ on 987FM, Program Director for 987FM, Head of Promotions and Events (Radio), Head of Internet Development (Radio), VP English Programming, Head of Sports Programming (TV) , as well as Vice President of Business Planning Corporate. Notable highlights during his tenure in MediaCorp, Aloysius produced and directed major events like the Radio Music Awards, Radio Festival and The Subaru Challenge. He was also instrumental in the launch of digital audio broadcasting in Singapore as well as the launch of Lush995.

After leaving MediaCorp in late 2009, Aloysius teamed up with his ex-colleague and co-founded RADIOactive Pte Ltd, a technology firm with a focus on all things radio in the new digital audio ecosystem.

Most recently, Aloysius teamed up with a couple of ex-colleagues and golfing buddies to start-up Vintage Radio SG, a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on providing relief to the seniors in our community.

Hosts

Warren FERNANDEZ
Editor In Chief,
The Straits Times and English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, SPH
Warren FERNANDEZ
Editor In Chief,
The Straits Times and English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, SPH

Warren Fernandez is Editor-in-Chief of English/Malay/Tamil Media in Singapore Press Holdings. He is also Editor of The Straits Times, Singapore’s biggest selling English daily newspaper. He joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become News Editor. He later also served as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor. He left to join Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its editor.

He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Both degrees were obtained on Singapore Press Holdings scholarships.

He is a board member of the SPH (Overseas) Ltd, Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, The Straits Times Press (1975) Limited, Asia News Network (ANN), Singapore Symphony Group (SSO), National Arts Council and Chairman of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. He is the elected President of World Editors Forum (WEF) which is the leading network for print and digital editors of newspapers and news organisations around the world. WEF is part of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) .

Martin TAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
THE MAJURITY TRUST LTD
Martin TAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
THE MAJURITY TRUST LTD

Martin is the Executive Director of The Majurity Trust, a philanthropic organisation that works with donors and charities to build a thriving and sustainable community for all in Singapore. 

Martin currently serves on the Board of the National Council of Social Service, as well as Halogen Foundation Singapore, a charity which he co-founded in 2013. He was formerly Executive Director of Institute for Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University and also served on the Boards of the National Youth Council, National Library Board, and National Family Council. 

Martin works with leaders in the public, private, and people sector in over 14 countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom, and the United States. For his contributions, Martin was awarded The Outstanding Young Person Award in 2008, inducted as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2011, conferred the Singapore Youth Award in 2013, and appointed a Global Council Member of the Asia Society in 2019.

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