International Women's Day: Pathbreakers: Unconventional Women

Yuko Nakahira, Managing Director, 3M Singapore; Swee Chen Goh, Chairperson, Shell Companies in Singapore, Vice President, City Solutions - New Energies; Tingjun Zhang, Executive Director, Mercy Relief; and James Andrade, Partner, LIJAN Co. (Moderator)

Venue : Four Seasons Hotel, Ballroom (second floor), 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646

Date : March 31, 2017

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $45.00

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In celebration of International Women's Day, please join us for a stimulating discussion with our panel of successful and dynamic business women who will share their insights, experiences and personal stories in taking a non-traditional path to success.

Do register now to avoid disappointment -- and please consider bringing rising talent for this inspiring opportunity to learn from the pathbreakers.

About the Panelists:

Yuko Nakahira
Managing Director
3M Singapore

Ms Yuko Nakahira, Managing Director of 3M Singapore, has more than 16 years of progressive experience managing dynamic businesses and functions in a science-based company. Since November 2016, Ms Nakahira has been the head of 3M Singapore, a company with extensive operations in Singapore that include R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, sales, marketing, and regional business.

As the head of 3M Singapore, Ms Nakahira leads, strategizes and manages local business operations to achieve the company’s growth objectives, as well as oversees other 3M operations in the country. Ms Nakahira is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and diversity, and the notion of “everyone matters and everyone counts” when it comes to people development.

Since she joined 3M Japan as a product development engineer in 1988, Ms Nakahira has held various roles with increasing responsibilities spanning across diverse businesses and functions. From 2008 to 2009, she led 3M Japan’s corporate planning and corporate marketing departments, where she was instrumental in the effort to drive growth and productivity in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis. From November 2009 to November 2016, Ms Nakahira led the medical and safety and graphics businesses in 3M Japan. During this time, she implemented major initiatives, including the National Resilience Project – an initiative to develop new businesses around aging infrastructure in Japan, to drive a sustained growth momentum.

From 1998 to 2008, Ms Nakahira gained broad international experience across diverse industry verticals at McKinsey & Company in the United States and Japan. Ms Nakahira holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tokyo.

SweeChen Goh
Chairperson, Shell Companies in Singapore
Vice President, City Solutions - New Energies

Swee Chen Goh has been the Chairperson of Shell Companies in Singapore since October 2014. Concurrent to her Country Chair role, Swee Chen is also Vice President, City Solutions – New Energies, a role she assumed from January 2017.

Swee Chen joined Shell in 2003 and was previously with Procter & Gamble and IBM. A global leader, she had lived and worked in many countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Japan and China. She spent a large part of her career leading significant businesses with multinational teams across the world. Swee Chen also has a diverse professional background having spent her career in IT, Real Estate and running P&Ls in Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas industries.

Other than chairing the Shell Companies in Singapore, Swee Chen had previously
chaired/sat in the Board of several Shell Joint Ventures in China, Korea and Saudi Arabia. Outside of Shell, she has chosen to focus her contributions in Education, Human Capital and Sustainability.  She is a Trustee on the Board of Singapore University of Technology & Design and Vice President of Singapore National Employer Federation.  Swee Chen is the President of Global Compact Network Singapore.  She is also a member of the Committee on the Future Economy of Singapore.

Swee Chen graduated with a B.Sc. from Victoria University and an MBA from Chicago Booth. She is married with three children.

Tingjun Zhang
Executive Director
Mercy Relief

Tingjun Zhang is the Executive Director of Mercy Relief (MR), Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, established in 2003 to respond to human tragedies and disasters in Asia Pacific.

The first woman to helm MR in its 13 year history, Tingjun was formerly the Co-Founder and Director of The Chain Reaction Project (TCRP), a non-profit organization recognized by the President's Office as one of Singapore's leading social enterprises.

In addition, Tingjun serves as a Council Member in the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), engaging policy makers, academics and government leaders in dialogue on issues related to humanitarian work, youth engagement, and cross-sector collaboration.

Tingjun is regularly invited to share her perspectives at forums and speaking opportunities such as TEDx, Women in Leadership Summit and the Responsible Business Forum.

Tingjun is the current Singapore National Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion. She is also a former National Netball player for Singapore, having represented the nation on the international stage for almost a decade.

She was trained as a broadcast journalist and news producer with Channel NewsAsia, a leading cable news network in Southeast Asia. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology.


James Andrade 

Dr. James Andrade is a founding partner of LIJAN Co., specializing in food quality, safety and security in emerging markets. 
James has most recently held the position as former Vice President, Research & Development for Mondelēz International Asia Pacific covering Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, NZ and SEA. 

During his 30 years in the food industry, James has held a variety of management positions including R&D, Marketing, consumer insights and strategy.  In addition to his senior leadership role with Mondelēz International Dr. Andrade is also the former Chairman of the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore and serves as an adjunct professor with Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
  James holds a B.A. from Roger Williams University, M.S. in Psychopharmacology and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Howard University.

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