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Corporate philanthropy can be significant in fostering positive societal change. It’s important for corporations to acknowledge the diverse needs present in our communities and tailor their contributions accordingly, rather than merely following trends. This can prevent certain causes from being overly funded at the expense of others, ensuring a fairer distribution of resources and combating inequalities.

Our panel discussion aims to shed light on the importance of aligning corporate giving with societal needs, urging companies to actively engage in addressing pressing issues. By adopting a needs-based approach to philanthropy, businesses not only fulfill their social responsibility but also open doors to various benefits and opportunities.

During our upcoming event, participants will delve into the advantages and opportunities that arise when businesses prioritise support for critical social initiatives. 

Join us in exploring how corporations can make a meaningful impact by addressing the urgent needs of our communities.



08.30 am Registration and Breakfast
09.00 am Welcome Remarks by EuroCham
09.05 am Opening Remarks by Mr Jens Rubbert, President of EuroCham
09.15 am Speaker Presentations 

  • Ms Janet Ang, Chairman and Board Member, SBF Foundation
  • Mr Marcus Tang, Deputy Director of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

09.45 am Panel Discussion and Live Q&A moderated by Mr Samuel Koh, Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access, AstraZeneca Singapore

  • Mr Phua Wee Seng, Chief Rare Advocate (Executive Director) of Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) and Organising Chairperson for Carry Hope 2023 and 2024
  • Ms Janet Ang, Chairman and Board Member, SBF Foundation
  • Mr Marcus Tang, Deputy Director of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

10.25 am Closing Remarks by EuroCham
11.00 am End of Event

Light refreshments will be served.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.


Speakers & Panellists

Ms Janet Ang
Chairman and Board Member
SBF Foundation

Janet Ang is an independent director of BPI, Philanthropy Asia Alliance and the Swire Shipping Group Pte Ltd. She is the Chairman of SISTIC.com Pte Ltd and is a Senior Advisor of the RGE Group.

Ms. Ang serves on the Council of Board Diversity and the Singapore Business Federation and is the Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation Foundation, the NUS–ISS, Singapore Polytechnic and the Public Transport Council. 

She is also a Member of the Board of The Esplanade Company Ltd and the Home Team Science & Technology Agency and an independent director of Tanoto Foundation and the Cenacle Mission (Singapore). Janet is a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a member and past president of the International Women’s Forum (Singapore). She is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Holy See and a former Nominated Member of the Parliament of Singapore (2021-2023)

Ms. Ang had a thirty-seven-year career in the information technology industry and had lived and worked in Japan and China over a span of eleven years. She was a managing director of IBM Singapore from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2011-2015. Her last executive role was as IBM Vice President, Head of Industry Solutions of IBM Asia Pacific. She was also an Independent Director of SPH Ltd from 2014-2022 and Chairman of the Board of Caritas Singapore from 2015-2018.

Ms. Ang was awarded The Public Service Medal in 2019. She was also awarded the NUS Outstanding Service Award in 2021, the Singapore Computer Society IT Leaders Award – Hall of Fame in 2018, the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2015 and the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award in 2014.

Ms. Ang graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.


Mr Marcus Tang
Deputy Director
National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

Marcus Tang is currently the Deputy Director of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) leading the Philanthropy Collective team. Prior to joining the social sector, he has built an extensive experience in international trade and startup sectors. 

In his current role at the Philanthropy Collective, Marcus leads a team that looks at new ways of giving and developing curated action projects derived from need and gaps in the social sector for Philanthropic funding. His work bridges the different ecosystems of Philanthropic organisations, government agencies, corporates, and nonprofit organisations. 

Marcus graduated from Murdoch University, Perth, W.A. Australia, with a Master of Science in Renewable Energy.



Mr Phua Wee Seng
Chief Rare Advocate (Executive Director) of Rare Disorders Society (Singapore)
Organising Chairperson for Carry Hope 2023 and 2024

Wee Seng is a full-time Caregiver of his son, Wenjie, who was diagnosed with X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) in 2014. He is currently the Chief Rare Advocate (Executive Director) of the Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) and Organising Chairperson for Carry Hope 2023 and 2024.

Wee Seng is also serving in various non-profit organisations the Chairperson of Kong Hwa Very Supportive Parents (the Parent Support Group of Kong Hwa School), PSG Mentor for the Ministry of Education, and Honorary Secretary of the Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore). He co-founded the X-ALD Patient Advocacy Group in Singapore in 2015.

He has more than 11 years of experience in the ICT industry spanning both public and private sectors and started his own businesses in financial services and F&B sectors before taking a hiatus to care for his special needs child.

He is married with 3 children and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Degree in Bachelor of Science (Merit).



Mr Samuel Koh
Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access
AstraZeneca Singapore

Samuel Koh is currently Director, Corporate Affairs & Market Access for AstraZeneca (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. In his career spanning over two decades 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 Ministry of Health to explore access opportunities for AstraZeneca’s innovative portfolio of drugs to the larger Singapore population and explore opportunities to establish private-public partnerships aiming at improving overall patients’ health outcomes. Within his current role, Corporate social responsibility (CSR) also falls under his remit. Samuel also sits as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the local pharmaceutical trade association, Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI), supporting the policy related work at industry level. 

Samuel graduated from Murdoch University, Perth, W.A. Australia with a 1st Class Honours in Biomedical Science. 



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On 17 April, EuroCham SG organised an event on “Corporate Philanthropy: Embracing Needs-Based Initiatives for Lasting Impact,” featuring Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Foundation, NVPC – Towards a City of Good, Rare Disorders Society (Singapore), and AstraZeneca represented diverse facets of the corporate giving ecosystem.

Hosted at LBBW, the session underscored the pivotal role of corporate communities in driving CSR and sustainability initiatives, emphasising keywords like amplify, catalyse, and collaborate.

EuroCham’s President, Jens Ruebbert, set the tone with opening remarks, highlighting the chambers’ commitment to championing messages that resonate across all sectors. As Managing Director of LBBW, Mr Ruebbert emphasised the collective dedication of organisations towards these causes.

SBF Foundation’s Chairman, Janet Ang eloquently detailed their mission to enhance corporate engagement in community initiatives through amplifying actions. With a robust business network, SBF Foundation positions themselves as a catalyst for impact.

Marcus Tang, Deputy Director at NVPC shared their strategic approach to fostering a Culture of Giving, urging businesses to shift from corporate giving to a corporate purpose framework. Through initiatives like Company of Good (COG), NVPC facilitates the adoption of Corporate Purpose, showcasing impact across various dimensions.

Additionally, Rare Disease Foundation’s Executive Director, Wee Seng PHUA, shed light on challenges faced by underserved charities, stressing the urgent need for support, particularly for rare disease conditions.

Samuel Koh, Director of Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca, exemplified the organisation’s commitment to helping people gain access to medical services and medication, setting a commendable standard for corporate social responsibility.

The panel discussion was expertly moderated by Samuel, fostering a conducive environment for a productive exchange of ideas and insights.