Melissa Kwee, CEO, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre; Kia Siang Wei, General Manager, South East Community Development Council (SE CDC); Gregory Lipper, Chief Happiness Officer, Happi Pte Ltd; Christy Davis, Executive Director, Asia P3 Hub, World Vision International; and Caroline McLaughlin (Moderator), Director of Partnerships, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.
Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)
Date : February 24, 2017
Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Price : $0.00
Corporate Social Responsibility and corporate giving benefit our society in many ways.
Although Singapore is a developed country, there are still needy and
disadvantaged individuals around us. It is important that businesses extend a
helping hand to those in need. With more
companies looking at doing well by doing good, business leaders are going
beyond the financial bottom-line by differentiating their businesses through
their contributions and engagement within and around the communities where they
In conjunction with the AmCham CARES! Survey period, our panel of speakers will discuss how corporates can get involved and understand how to ensure the role CSR plays in recruitment, engagement, and retention of employees. The panellists will offer effective ways for finding the right CSR partner and how best to marry the CSR objectives of NPOs and corporations.
About the Speakers:
Chief Executive Officer
National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre
Melissa Kwee is Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. A civic entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience working with educational and community development initiatives, Melissa’s passion is to serve marginalized members of society and create win-win opportunities to empower them as valued and contributing members of our community.
Her calling to service started as a social entrepreneur fresh from a fellowship in the Himalayas. After she returned to Singapore, she started Project Access; an initiative to inspire and equip young women to be catalysts for positive change. Melissa pioneered service-learning programs in schools; spearheaded anti-trafficking campaigns as President of UN Women Singapore and founded Beautiful People, a mentoring program that helps teenaged girls reintegrate into society.
She has served on many public service and community boards to advance the mission of causes that are close to her heart. She is currently on the boards of Crest Secondary, a specialized school for technical education in Singapore; 70x7, an initiative by the Prison Fellowship Singapore. She is also on the boards of Pontiac Land Group and Honestbee.
Melissa was recognized with the Singapore Youth Award 2007, ASEAN Youth Award 2008, amongst others, for her leadership and service. She holds a degree in anthropology from Harvard College and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal.
Kia Siang Wei
South East Community Development Council (SE CDC)
Kia Siang Wei joined People’s Association in 2001 as the Constituency Director of Telok Blangah Constituency Office before his transfer to South East Community Development Council (CDC) as the Deputy General Manager (Community Projects) in 2008. South East CDC is part of the network of People’s Association. In 2013, Kia Siang Wei was promoted to be the General Manager of South East CDC.
As the General Manager of South East CDC, he works closely with the Mayor of South East District, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to guide the CDC in achieving its mission of Assisting the needy, Bonding the People and Connecting the Community. Kia leads a team of 27 officers to develop various programs and schemes, in partnership with community partners like Schools, Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWO), Grassroots Organizations, as well as corporate partners like IBM.
Kia Siang Wei graduated from Singapore Institute of Management with BSc (Hons) in Management (University of London).
Chief Happiness Officer
Happi Pte Ltd.
Gregory Lipper is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happi Pte Ltd. Happi is a Singapore based market research app which aims to be both profitable and prolifically philanthropic with its business model that rewards users of the Happi app for responding to 5 question surveys. Upon completing the survey, respondents stand a chance to win prizes they select as well as funding to the cause or charity they support.
Happi is an example of the "participation economy" which enables people to get, give and win based on their actions, not their payments. Prior to Happi, Greg has held multiple roles in the private sector. Greg began his career in Tokyo with Mitsubishi Corporation, where he worked simultaneously on a team responsible for identifying new IT and telecom products from the US, obtaining distribution rights to Asia and setting up the business and the Daimler-Benz Project which sought to build operational synergies between the Daimler-Benz Group and the Mitsubishi Group. Greg, a serial entrepreneur, has been building businesses, bringing new products to market, and managing sales teams across Asia since 1989.
Executive Director, Asia P3 Hub
Christy Davis is the head of the new Asia P3 Hub, a cross-sector incubator based in Singapore. Reinforcing the importance World Vision places on partnerships, the launch of the Asia P3 Hub in July 2016 is an exciting innovative venture that brings together business, government, academia and non-profit organizations to collectively generate innovative market-based solutions for development opportunities and problems. The initial focus area of the Asia P3 Hub is the area of water.
Christy made the jump from corporate to full time humanitarian work in March 2011 after working for UNDP immediately following the Asian tsunami, building on previous positions in the public and private sectors.
Christy holds an Executive MBA and graduated in the pioneer cohort with a Masters in Tri-Sector Collaboration from Singapore Management University (SMU). Christy has spent more than 25 years in Asia Pacific.
Caroline McLaughlin (Moderator)
Director of Partnerships
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
Caroline McLaughlin is the Director of Partnerships at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. AVPN is a membership network headquartered in Singapore that seeks to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the social sector, and to improve the social impact effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region. We have over 320 members from 28 different countries and have built a cross-sector network bringing together organisations and individuals from finance, business and the social sector.
Caroline has over 15 years of experience in creating and managing different networks across 5 different countries while living in Sydney, Vienna, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Atlanta and now Singapore. Whilst in Atlanta, Caroline was one of the founders of the Ribbons of Hope, Invest In Women Foundation, a giving circle which supports women and girls’ organizations with an annual $100,000 grant . She was also on the board of a NGO called the Global Village Project, which assists refugee girls with access to eduction. She was the chairwoman of the International Women of Istanbul and started the first international professional women's networking group in Istanbul, has been on the board of PrimeTime, one of the most established women's networking groups in Singapore, and on the executive committee of the INSEAD Alumni Association of Singapore. Caroline completed her undergraduate degree at the University of NSW in Australia and has an MBA from INSEAD.