Women In Business

To provide a forum for members of the BritCham to promote Women in Business in the workplace by focusing on 3 main pillars:



  • Providing opportunities for personal development and developing skills
  • Assisting women in expanding their networks



  • Promoting the business case for gender diversity looking at revenue and cost (e.g. retention and engagement)
  • Sharing reports, research and best practises on gender diversity and women at the workplace;
  • Promoting positive attitudes and behaviour towards females within organisations in Singapore;
  • Increase male participation in the dialogue driving gender diversity
  • Promoting senior leaders who are leading the way in balancing gender diversity in the workplace;
  • Sharing experiences and acting as a learning platform for individuals involved in the Network.



  • Identifying opportunities to help bring awareness to best practice policy


The British Chamber is a proud official partner of LeanIn.org, the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to help all women achieve their ambitions.


Empowering women and embracing the power of diversity are imperative for companies that want to perform at the highest level. To access the resources online visit our partner page at http://leanin.org/partners/topics/resources/british-chamber-of-commerce-singapore



Angel Cheung
Barclays Bank PLC
Angel started her career in a strategy consultancy specializing in Canadian banks before expanding her international footprint with Barclays. Here, she has held positions involving broad strategic initiatives in M&A Integration and Portfolio Divestments, as well as more in-depth roles in Credit Sanctioning for Emerging Markets and Commodities Trade Finance. Currently, Angel is the Country Relationship Director for global MNCs located in Singapore where she aims to augment the Barclays Corporate presence. She holds an MBA from INSEAD.
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Julie Anne Bautista
Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd
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Soumya Bhagavatula
Clifford Chance Pte Ltd
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Abigail Browne
Michael Page International Pte Ltd
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Emma Burrows
CIO Connect Pte Ltd
Emma has been in IT for over 17 years and predominately been working in the UK and across Asia Pacific. She has held many leadership and management roles. Whilst at Harvey Nash, Emma was responsible for the tendering process globally and helped bring in some of their largest accounts. She joined CIO Connect in the UK in 2010 to run their operations and events. Throughout that time she grew their annual conference from 30 to 250 attendees. Emma moved to Singapore in 2011 and took on the challenge of opening CIO Connect Pte Ltd. Now the Managing Director of Operations for Asia Pacific, Emma is responsible for full operations and client relationship management.
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Maggie Caldeira
ING Bank N.V
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Magda Chelly
Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
Magda is an international business professional, and is passionate about cyber-security. Her career has evolved through technical, business and leadership positions in telecommunications & IT industries through Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. In addition to completing a PhD of Telecommunication Engineering degree, Magda pursued a specialisation in cyber-security from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016.

She decided then to create her own cyber-security company, dedicated to cyber-security training, awareness and communication.
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Emma Jackson
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Caroline Davis
British Council
Caroline Davis is an experienced teacher and taught English language in a variety of public and private educational settings, both overseas and in the UK (Japan, Mexico, Spain & London) for over 16 years. Caroline is committed to continuous professional development and recently completed an MA in Educational Leadership and Management and an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She is dedicated to promoting an understanding of diversity and in particular gender equality and so recently joined the British Council diversity team. She has been in Singapore since 2007 and has a daughter who is currently in nursery school. Her hobbies include running, dance, theatre and art.
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Sophie Harle
Tanglin Trust School Ltd
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Rachel Heng
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Nicola Hewett
British High Commission
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Dorine Kuo
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Dorine is a Chartered Civil Engineer with design and project management experience on multidisciplinary infrastructure and building projects across different geographic and regulatory jurisdictions including Singapore, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. She enjoys leading teams in a multicultural context to achieve common purposes and also has a deep interest in individual and team development, as well as human dynamics, to shape relationships, culture and create a sustainable work environment and life.
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April Kwong
FunctionEight PTE Ltd.
April Kwong is a certified ScrumMaster and a Digital Project Manager in an IT Services and Web Application Development company FunctionEight. She currently manages the Singapore, Hong Kong and Philippine development teams and also manages the global client base. She also handles the product development of several web applications for clients including The British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and Hong Kong. She also spearheaded a programmers women’s initiative PHPWomen Asia. In her free time, she does Yoga and attends meet-ups.
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Wanying Lim
Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd, Singapore
Wanying is Associate Director at Swiss private bank Julius Baer. She works on the International team servicing UHNWI Europeans including UK RnD individuals and families. Wanying spent 14+ formative years growing up between Milan, London and São Paulo before returning to Singapore in 2008. She is a mother of three and leading the women’s initiative in Bank Julius Baer. In her free time, she is either entertaining her rambunctious toddlers, practising her asanas or reading up on fintechs and psychology articles
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Sharmila Martis
Standard Chartered Bank
Sharmila is a dynamic senior woman leader with a proven track record of achievements in global brand building, marketing, digital storytelling, product innovation, account planning, client experience, start ups and advertising across Asia. A self starter with high positivity, she has inspired key client and frontline experiences across global matrix structures creating digital migration campaigns that delivers strong client engagement.
Sharmila is currently Head, Employee Banking, Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank. As an advocate of diversity, Sharmila drives social entrepreneurship and women support via learning programs and women networking across multiple corporates. Sharmila is also an enthusiastic mother to two and is passionate on child nurturing and support programs.
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Ayça Ozcanlar
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Ayça is a registered architect in Turkey and joined Arup Singapore in 2008 as part of the facade design team. She has over 12 years’ experience working in architectural façade industry with extensive experience. Her previous experience enhanced her in designing various façade systems and inspired her to develop interest and gain expertise in this field of design. She is involved in many major projects in Singapore, India, China, Romania, Germany, Israel and Turkey working with renowned architects, developers and specialist façade contractors. Currently, she is a part time lecturer in NUS Architectural Department and leading Façade India projects in Arup.
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Alejandra Perez
Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Alejandra joined Pacific Prime in 2012 in our Shanghai office, starting in sales and later working in renewals. For the past two years she has led the Sales & Renewals teams in Shanghai with over 40 team members. Her main aim has been to ensure our teams provide the best insurance solutions while putting a smile on the face of our clients, partners and, colleagues. In 2016 she joined our Singapore Team as Head of Sales & Renewals. Alejandra was born in Mexico and has studied in Canada, France, Germany, and China, graduating from the HTW Berlin with a Master’s degree in International Business. Being an expat herself for the past 8 years makes it easier to empathize with clients’ insurance needs. When not in the office, you can find her doing HIIT Workouts, outdoor activities, traveling, or eating out with her boyfriend/friends/dog.
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Elizabeth Pickup
Transform Your Conversations
Elizabeth is an experienced Learning & Development and HR professional, who has worked in a broad spectrum of industry sectors, in multicultural environments including Financial Services, Banking, Retail, Airlines and various other MNCs, SMEs and Public Sector institutions. As a freelance Training Consultant in Singapore, Elizabeth has developed her expertise in performance and talent management, leadership development, soft skills training and generalist Human Resources. Before coming to Singapore 14 years ago, Elizabeth was the HR and Learning & Development Director for the retailer WH Smith and held a similar position at United Friendly Insurance in London.
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Lucy Ponder
Michael Page International Pte Ltd
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Elizabeth Rankin
Elizabeth is a Senior Manager in the Global Mobility Services practice at PwC Singapore. She has over 11 years of UK, US and Singapore tax experience, allowing her to provide holistic international personal tax and global mobility support to her clients. Having worked with PwC UK since 2006, Elizabeth took up a secondment to PwC Singapore to widen her experience and further her professional development. Elizabeth also specialises in providing reward based solutions advising clients on their compensation & benefit strategies including creation of long-term incentive plans and the design and review of equity plans.

Elizabeth graduated from the Brunel University in 2003 with a Business Management degree and is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) in the UK.
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Beatrice Seilern
Beatrice Seilern is the Managing Editor of The Giles Agency, an Asia-based communications agency supporting many of the region’s best-known and best-loved organisations. She works closely with clients including AIA, Swire and Yahoo to hone their marketing and comms material, taking projects from concept through to delivery. She also provides in-house training designed to address common questions and concerns.

Beatrice is a seasoned communications professional with 12 years’ media and communications experience, six of those spent here in Singapore. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a diploma in Journalism.
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Venkataraman Subramanyan
Tripura Multinational Pte Ltd
Venkat is an experienced business leader, facilitator and coach and delights in the joy of making others great. Clients respect him for his utmost honesty, integrity, passion for excellence, ability to ask hard questions in a soft way, and on helping them think critically. Through his two companies, Tripura Multinational and Global Coaching Lab, he is currently leading several Consulting and Training engagements in areas of Sales Leadership, Execution Excellence, Women Leadership, Global Leadership Development, Group Coaching and Executive Coaching. His vision is to Touch and Transform a million lives by 2020 and a billion lives by 2030!
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Amanda Teoh
Clifford Chance Pte Ltd
Amanda Teoh is a senior associate in the asset finance team in Singapore, specialising in aviation leasing and financing. Amanda is admitted as a solicitor in Australia and New Zealand. She is a member of the firm's CSR committee and has a strong interest in social justice, particularly access to education. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Amanda worked as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and as tipstaff and researcher to the President of the NSW Court of Appeal.
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Dipti Thakar
Harney Westwood & Riegels Singapore LLP
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