Minister Grace Fu
Minister Grace Fu
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Ms Grace Fu graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) and later obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She began her career in 1985 with the Overseas Union Bank and later with the Haw Par Group in the areas of corporate planning, financial controls and business development.
Ms Fu joined the PSA Corporation in 1995 and took on different responsibilities in finance and marketing. She held the position of Chief Executive Officer, PSA South East Asia and Japan, where she was responsible for the business performance of PSA’s flagship terminals in Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Japan, before she joined politics.
Ms Fu was elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2006 for the Group Representation Constituency of Jurong, Yuhua Division. She contested and won in the Yuhua Single Member Division in the 2011 General Election and again in 2015. In 2006, Ms Fu was appointed to the Ministry for National Development as Minister of State. Two years later, she was promoted to Senior Minister of State and is given concurrent appointment in the Ministry of Education. In 2011, she was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. She was also made Chairperson of Women’s Wing of the People’s Action Party. In 2012, Ms Fu was appointed as Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources. She was put in charge of Marriage and Parenthood policies in the National Population Talent Division in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Municipal Services Office that was launched in 2014.
On 1 Oct 2015, Ms Fu was appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.
In addition, Ms Fu chairs the National Integration Council and National Youth Council. She sits on the board of the People’s Association and is a member of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Joint Steering Council since 2011. She co-chairs the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council and is also involved in a number of committees including the Ministerial Committee on Ageing and the Economic Strategies Committee.
Ms Fu is married with three sons and enjoys an active lifestyle which includes activities like running and hiking.
Ms Elim Chew, PBM
Founder & President,
77th Street (S) Pte Ltd
Kingdom Investment Consultant
Ms Elim Chew is the Founder and President of 77th Street, the leading youth and young adults streetwear fashion and accessories retailer in Singapore and Beijing. She also sits on over 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organizations such as *SCAPE, School of The Arts, and Action Community for Entrepreneurship.
Ms Chew is humbled to be recognized with awards such as the Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur in 2001, Montblanc Businesswoman of the Year 2002, Young Woman Achiever 2003, Singapore Promising Brand Award 2004, Forbes Asia Hero of Philanthropy, Responsible Leadership Award and Community Engagement Award in 2010, Outstanding Young Singaporean Award – Commendation, and the Singapore Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2011.
Ms Chew understands the problems most youth and young adults face in fulfilling their dreams, helping to realize them by providing an outlet to connect with like-minded peers, encouraging them to share their ideas and exchange their experiences. She is also an advocate for social entrepreneurship in Singapore, particularly using business models to solve social issues to bring about sustainability to the marginalized. She believes that businesses can do well and do good at the same time to create a more sustainable, inclusive and a better world.
Ms Claire Chiang, BBM
Senior Vice President,
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Ms Claire Chiang co-founded the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and pioneered the group’s retail business in 1996, which has since grown to over 60 outlets worldwide. She currently serves as the Chairperson for China Business Development, Advisor on Human Capital Development, and the Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, the sustainability arm of Banyan Tree Holdings.
Ms Chiang jointly received the 2009 Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit, honouring a lifetime of extraordinary leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the hospitality industry.
Ms Chiang serves on numerous boards such as the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, National Book Development Council of Singapore, Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy, Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices, Employer Alliance, and Honour Singapore. She was recently appointed by the Ministry of Defence to the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence and co-chairs its Family and Community Council.
Ms Chiang has won many awards for her advocacy in social and community issues. In Aug 2014, she received the Public Service Star (BBM) for her contribution towards work-life integration, as part of Singapore’s commitment to create a fair, responsible and progressive work environment.
Ms Jennie Chua, PJG
Ms Jenny Chua is a Board Director of GuocoLand Limited, GuocoLeisure Limited and Far East Orchard Limited, as well as ISS A/S, a company listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen. She is the Chairman of Alexandra Health System and Singapore Film Commission, the Deputy Chairman of Temasek Foundation, Member of CapitaLand Hope Foundation Board and Singapore’s Pro-Enterprise Panel. She is also a Board Director of Ministry of Health Holdings and sits on MOH Holdings Healthcare Infrastructure and Planning Committee.
Ms Chua is a Justice of the Peace and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to The United Mexican States. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and has been closely associated with the hospitality, tourism and property industry for over three decades, serving as Director of the Singapore Convention Bureau, General Manager and Chairman of Raffles Hotel and Raffles International, President and CEO of Raffles Holdings and The Ascott Group, and COO of CapitaLand Limited. She also previously chaired Community Chest, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (the first and only woman to-date in its 177 years history), Sentosa Cove, and The Arts House.
Awards and accolades received include the President’s Special Recognition for Volunteerism & Philanthropy, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award, Women’s World Excellence Awards, Travel Personality of the Year Award and Singapore Meritorious Service Medal (PJG) in 2014.
Ms Laura Hwang, PBM
Ms Laura Hwang is the first Singaporean and woman to head an international financial company in Singapore, making her a role model for many younger women to enter the industry. She has been recognised for her leadership in both the financial and community service sectors for her strong strategic, business and leadership abilities. Her 17-year banking career involved responsibilities such as Corporate Banking, Foreign Exchange, Asset Management and Private Banking in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. She was appointed to the boards of the Bank’s financial arms in Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Ms Hwang was the President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations from 2010-2014, leading the Co-ordinating Council for 57 organisations with a combined outreach of over 700,000. She is also co-chair of BoardAgender and served as the Director of the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations till July 2014.
Ms Hwang received the Singapore Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2013. She has been appointed to Chair and/or be a member of numerous non-profit boards, audit and investment committees, such as the KKHospital Endowment Fund, Arts Consultative Panel, Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence, and the SG50 Economic and International Committee.
Dr Lily Neo, MBBChBAO
Member of Parliament,
Tanjong Pagar GRC
Dr Lily Neo, a medical practitioner, was first elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Kreta Ayer-Tanglin GRC and has been re-elected in the next three General Elections for Jalan Besar and Tanjong Pagar GRCs. She has served as Chairman of GPCs as well as Jalan Besar and Tanjong Pagar Town Councils.
Dr Neo, always mindful of the needs of her residents, reaches out and assists them through her regular house-visits and weekly “meet-the-people” sessions. She shows concern for the women, children, elderly and needy and has spoken out in Parliament on matters of government that affect their well-being. Of the many topics that included Adjournment and Private Member’s Motions she raised in Parliament, the most significant are those that pertain to concerns of women, welfare of the young and elderly, plight of the needy and the direction for our education and healthcare systems.
Dr Neo is a medical doctor who graduated from Dublin, Ireland. She still runs her own medical clinics. She is married to a doctor and they have a daughter and a son. Both her children are doctors with the Ministry of Health Holdings.