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Preventive health is the way to go to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases and the disease burden on Singapore’s healthcare system. The healthcare community and the Health Promotion Board’s efforts in public education to make small changes to one’s lifestyle and habits can make a lifelong impact on the individual. As an individual, we can adjust our consumption habits, but can we take a step further to ask how FMCG companies that provide these consumer goods can also contribute to a Healthier SG.
Singapore has for example already taken steps to reduce the sugar content of packet and canned drinks, so that consumers can still enjoy them but reduce their sugar intake at the same time.
In this session, EuroCham will feature the best practices on how industries like FMCG and FNB can complement efforts from the Healthcare industry and support Healthier SG policies and goals in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle but still enjoy the little treats of life.
8.30 am Registration
9.00 am Welcome Remarks by EuroCham
9:05 am Keynote by Prof Chia Kee Seng, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
9.30 am Moderated Panel Discussion by Assoc Prof Jeremy Lim, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
– Mr Samuel Koh, Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access, AstraZeneca (Singapore)
– Ms Francine Gomez, Head of Nutrition & Design from Danone India South East Asia Region
– Dr Sidharth Kachroo, Medical Director & Head – Medical Portfolio Management, Prudential Singapore
– Prof Chia Kee Seng, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
10.00 am Q&A
10.30 am End
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Speaker and Panellist
Professor Chia Kee Seng
Professor and Founding Dean
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Professor Chia Kee Seng is the Professor and Founding Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. He received his medical degree in 1981, Masters of Science in Occupational Medicine in 1985 and Doctor of Medicine in 1995.
He is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in diabetes, cancer and the health and safety of the working population.
He also serves as a Board Member of HSBC Life.
Mr Samuel Koh
Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access
AstraZeneca (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
Samuel Koh is currently Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access for AstraZeneca (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. In his 20 years career in the pharmaceutical industry, he has built a wealth of commercial pharmaceutical experience, having held various leadership roles in sales, product management, market access, corporate affairs and communications.
In his current capacity where he sits as a member of the Country Leadership team, he is responsible for leading and overseeing the policy shaping, market access and communication initiatives. He works with government agencies such as the Ministry of Health to explore access opportunities for AstraZeneca’s innovative portfolio of drugs to the larger Singapore population and also assess opportunities to establish private-public partnerships aiming at improving overall patients’ health outcomes. Samuel also sits as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the local pharmaceutical trade association, the Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI), supporting policy-related work at the industry level.
Samuel graduated from Murdoch University, Perth, W.A. Australia with a 1st Class Honours in Biomedical Science.
Ms Francine Gomez
Nutrition Design Head for the India Southeast Asia region
Danone Specialized Nutrition
Francine Gomez is Nutrition Head for the India Southeast Asia region, at Danone Specialized Nutrition. Her role is to ensure Danone’s products in the ISEA market are designed with optimal nutrition profiles in line with the target group’s nutritional needs, for a greater health impact for people locally.
Passionate and purpose-driven, she is dedicated to Nutrition that impacts the health of young and adults. With 12 years of experience in Danone, in different roles for Europe, Africa and Asia, she leverages on a deep understanding of eating habits, cultural beliefs, local health and economical context to design nutritionally optimal products.
She believes that every challenge is an opportunity, which strengthens her skills to operate as a business partner, in strong economic imperatives and highly regulated countries. Among her key achievements, she designed and implemented the first 1000 days of nutrition education guides for Africa and Overseas, in partnership with external KOLs.
She also successfully led the implementation of Danone nutritional targets for all SEA: conducted Nutrition design, drove committee of direction endorsement and employee engagement, and co-built product launch materials with strong science and nutrition impact.
She also built the South-East Asia Iron fortification strategy roadmap as part of the Early Life Nutrition Products Design Excellence process. Francine will give her best in missions to create value for people, especially where it matters the
Dr Sidharth Kachroo
Medical Director & Head – Medical Portfolio Management
Dr Sidharth is the Medical Director & Head, Medical Portfolio Management for Prudential Singapore and is responsible for providing solutions to achieve profitable and sustainable metrics for the company’s healthcare insurance business. As a subject matter expert in healthcare insurance, he is responsible for implementing and driving a cross-functional strategy for Prudential Singapore’s medical business. His role includes the development and implementation of initiatives related to developing long-term healthcare insurance models, both on a digital and conventional platform.
Dr Sidharth has an extensive background in healthcare insurance & reinsurance. He was responsible for providing expertise and delivering solutions related to healthcare insurance product development and operations including health underwriting, claims and health-tech solutions to insurers in South & Southeast Asia. He also has significant operational expertise in managing health KPO’s and TPA’s in India.
Dr Sidharth is a regular speaker at global health insurance forums and drives industry thought leadership related to health insurance matters. He is currently serving as the Deputy Convenor of the Health Insurance Sub-committee, Life Insurance Association Singapore. He is a physician by training and was actively involved in clinical practice prior to joining the healthcare insurance industry.
Assoc Prof Jeremy Lim
Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT)
NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Associate Professor Jeremy Lim is the co-founder and CEO of AMiLi, the first dedicated gut microbiome full-service company in Southeast Asia. He is also Director of the Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT) at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health where he works to enhance cooperation, capacity building and knowledge sharing across the region.
Trained in surgery and public health, Jeremy attained various postgraduate qualifications including membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Masters of Medicine (NUS) and Masters of Public Health (Johns Hopkins, as a Fulbright scholarship awardee). He was an inaugural fellow of the Asia Society A21 young leaders programme in 2006.
Jeremy has a special interest in ways that technology can increase health equity and access to care. He advises a number of health technology companies and programmes in the region and globally. He also serves on the boards of/advises various charities and social enterprises, including HealthServe,
Dover Park Hospice and SNTC. Jeremy has worked in executive roles in both public and private sectors, including time spent as a senior official in the Ministry of Health, Singapore and was prior to AMiLi, founding partner of global consultancy Oliver Wyman’s Asia health and life sciences practice (2013).
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