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Synopsis

Singapore’s local economy loses an estimated S$15.7 billion annually to lost productivity due to stress and anxiety, yet businesses are still slow to prioritise workplace wellbeing. In a recent parliamentary address, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong recognised mental health and wellbeing as a key priority on the national agenda.

By prioritising the mental well-being of their workforce, businesses foster a more supportive and inclusive environment where employees feel valued, understood, and empowered to perform at their best. Investing in mental health initiatives not only enhances employee satisfaction and retention but also reduces absenteeism and healthcare costs associated with untreated mental health conditions. Moreover, a workplace culture that champions mental well-being cultivates creativity, resilience, and innovation, driving long-term business growth and sustainability. As mental health continues to gain prominence in the corporate agenda, organisations embracing it as a core business strategy are poised to thrive in the evolving landscape of the twenty-first century.To spotlight the crucial issue of mental health, eight European Chambers have united for this event, recognising it as a priority for our senior leaders to explore. By teaming up with WorkWell Leaders, a prominent non-profit in Singapore dedicated to championing workplace wellbeing, we aim to create a platform for CEOs to engage in meaningful discussions and explore how they can lead the charge within their organisations to foster positive transformations surrounding mental health.We are delighted to have Suyeon Kim, Country President, AstraZeneca Singapore, Boudewijn Pesch, Vice President APAC, Axis Communications ​and Li-San Tan, CEO, National Council of Social Service​ (NCSS) with us for this panel discussion, which will be moderated by Anthea Ong, Founder & Chairperson of WorkWell Leaders. We will explore why mental health is an integral part of sound business strategy by addressing a number of important topics, including:

  • How can leaders drive cultural transformation from the top down?
  • How can CEOs keep employee wellbeing high on the agenda, when many industries demand short-term performance optimisation against a need for longer-term transformation?
  • What should be the role of middle managers in addressing mental health?

Panellists will touch on these topics and many more while sharing their own insights and challenges in their respective mental health journeys.

 

NB: This event is open to participating Chambers’ CEOs by invitation only.

 

Programme

8.15 am Registration and light breakfast
8.30 am Welcome Note by Priit Turk,​ Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Singapore
9:35 am Brief Introduction by Lisa Ferraton, General Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce Singapore​
8.40 am The Workplace Wellbeing Landscape in Singapore by Li-San Tan​, CEO, NCSS​
8.50 am Dialogue on Why Workplace Wellbeing is an Essential CEO Strategy for Business Growth
9:50 am Closing Remarks by Nele Cornelis, Executive Director, European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore)

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.

 


 

Speakers

Li San Tan
CEO
National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

Tan Li San is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Social Service, which she joined in January 2020. 

Prior to this, Li San held the position of Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information) at the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) where she oversaw MCI’s infocomm and media industry development, digital inclusion, and information policy portfolios, as well as its corporate functions.  Li San has held various Singapore government positions during her career, including roles in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Public Service Division (PSD), and the Civil Service College (CSC). 

Li San’s experience in the social service sector included serving on the boards of Beyond Social Services, and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).  She currently sits on the Boards of the Charity Council, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE Ltd (raiSE).

 

Suyeon Kim
Country President
AstraZeneca Singapore

With over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Suyeon is an established healthcare leader who has built a strong track record of success in brand management and in the market access space. Her extensive experience spans across both in-country as well as international markets, including regions such as Asia, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. She has been keenly involved in driving access to life-saving drugs and diagnostics and managing patient advocacy groups to develop a favourable access environment for patients. With her extensive knowledge and experience in brand management and market access, Suyeon has built exceptional teams, successfully launched new products, and achieved reimbursement expansion for key products, especially in oncology.

Driven by her passion to co-create the innovative pharma future with like-minded organisation, Suyeon actively seeks out transformative partnerships that can effectively address healthcare challenges and drive value-driven healthcare initiatives, all while upholding sustainable access frameworks. Her passion lies in fostering a healthcare ecosystem that embraces innovation and delivers tangible benefits to patients and the broader community.

Suyeon’s diverse leadership experiences, her collaborative and inclusive leadership style, and her previous commercial leadership positions at Novartis and Pfizer have further strengthened her industry acumen.

Suyeon holds an M.B.A. from Korea University, specializing in Pharmaceutical Management and Business Strategy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science from Sogang University.

 

Boudewijn Pesch
Vice President Asia Pacific
Axis Communications

Based in Singapore, Boudewijn Pesch is Vice President for Axis Communications Asia Pacific. In this role, he is responsible for developing Axis’ strategy, accelerating business growth, and overseeing the expansion of Axis’ portfolio in the Asia Pacific region.

Boudewijn is a global telecom veteran with more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record managing multiple business transformations with strong growth.

Prior to joining Axis in 2019, Boudewijn was head of business operations and strategy for the Japanese and Asia Pacific theatre of Oracle Communications.

Before that, he served as Chief Representative at CMG, successfully expanding the company’s presence to China. His contributions resulted in a promotion to Managing Director of CMG Asia-Pacific (later known as LogicaCMG and now CGI) and relocation to Singapore, where he managed the regional offices. As Managing Director for LogicaCMG’s telecom products, Boudewijn expanded business presence in new emerging markets, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

Boudewijn holds a master’s degree in management studies and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and CxO meetings.

 

Moderator

Anthea Ong
Founder and Chairperson
WorkWell Leaders

A Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2018-2020, Anthea is an experienced board member and board chair backed by a proven track record as a C-level executive of 30 years. A sought-after advocate and speaker on human-centred leadership, mental health and social entrepreneurship, she has also published numerous commentaries in The Straits Times, CNA, Today and Mothership. Her wood-cover memoir, 50 Shades of Love, was shortlisted for the Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title in the 2019 Singapore Book Awards. A podcast series, Shades of Love, followed in 2021. Her latest book The NMP Scheme: Are Unelected Voices Still Necessary in Parliament?, foreworded by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was launched on 9 Sep 2022 in Parliament by former Prime Minister, ESM Goh Chok Tong. Anthea is also a member of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights and has spoken to global audiences on mental health and wellbeing.

Often described as a ‘maven of influence’, ‘trailblazer’ in social impact and ‘thought leader’ in diversity & inclusion, Anthea prefers to describe herself as a ‘full time human being and part time everything else’ since her personal brush with depression in 2007. A creative and dynamic leader, she divides her time, energy and love across many different communities and has founded several impact initiatives in her focus areas of mental health, marginalised communities and environmentalism, including Hush TeaBar, WorkWell Leaders, SG Mental Health Matters, A Good Space Co-operative and Welcome In My Backyard. Her varied experience, including an ICF Certified Professional Coach, provides valuable perspectives to boards and executive teams.

 


 

 


 

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