Singapore Sustainable Finance Association

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EXCO) serves as the overall governing body of the SSFA, and its key responsibilities are to:

Comprising 20 C-suite representatives from financial institutions and exchanges, the EXCO sets the mandate and strategic work plan for SSFA

Executive Committee Members

Co-Chair
Deborah Ho

BlackRock

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Co-Chair
Kee Joo Wong

HSBC

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Standing Member
Gillian Tan

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

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Standing Member
Ong-Ang Ai Boon

The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS)

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Convening Member
Amita Chaudhury

AIA

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Convening Member
Chen Xiang

Bank of China

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Convening Member
Helge Muenkel

DBS Bank

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Convening Member
Mike Ng

OCBC Bank

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Convening Member
Dennis Tan

Prudential

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Convening Member
Lily Choh

Schroders

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Convening Member
Herry Cho

Singapore Exchange (SGX)

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Convening Member
Patrick Lee

Standard Chartered

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Convening Member
Franziska Zimmermann

Temasek

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Convening Member
Valerie Lau

UBS

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Convening Member
Eric Lim

UOB

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EXCO Member
Albert Tse

Amundi

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EXCO Member
Angelin Chin-Sharpe

BNP Paribas Asset Management

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EXCO Member
Mikkel Larsen

Climate Impact X

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EXCO Member
Winnie Tan

Great Eastern Life

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EXCO Member
Pearlyn Phau

Singlife

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EXCO Members

Membership Approval Committee (MAC)

The Membership Approval Committee (MAC), an EXCO sub-committee, approves the memberships of SSFA.

Chairperson, MAC
Eric Lim

UOB

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Member, MAC
Albert Tse

Amundi

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Member, MAC
Winnie Tan

Great Eastern Life

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Winnie Tan

Sustainability in Insurance Committee (SIC) Representative
SVP Sustainability, Great Eastern Life

Winnie is the Senior Vice President for Sustainability at Great Eastern Holdings. She leads the corporate team who is focused on helping the business grow responsibly as the world transits to a low-carbon economy. The remit includes sustainability strategy and implementation, prioritising and navigating ESG risks and opportunities while achieving green and social impact goals.

Winnie is also a Sustainability in Insurance Committee (SIC) representative. SIC, a joint-industry committee comprising representatives from the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIC), Life Insurance Association (LIA) and Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) tasked with raising awareness of environmental risk and sustainability practices amongst industry practitioners.

Prior to this, Winnie has been the Head of Sustainability (ASEAN & South Asia) for Standard Chartered Bank since 2015. She was responsible for the Bank’s sustainability strategy planning and execution. With the Bank, she has earlier spent eight years in China where she helped set up the local bank subsidiary, and moved on to support the Bank’s branch expansion and later lead the sustainability and community investment portfolio.

Winnie had joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2005. She worked on the Bank’s Group and Singapore Wholesale Banking communications, before relocating to China.

Before joining the Bank, Winnie was a marketing specialist in news and publishing forms – Singapore Press Holdings, The Edge Singapore and Dow Jones & Company.

Member, MAC
Chia Ko Wen

Singlife

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Chia Ko Wen

Head of Sustainability
Singlife

Chia Ko Wen is Head of Sustainability at Singlife, a leading homegrown financial services company in Singapore. Ko Wen is responsible for implementing the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) strategy for the Singlife Group, including its net zero commitments. He has over 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, covering both Life and General insurance in local and regional capacities, overseeing cross jurisdictional and functional Legal, Compliance, Financial Crime, Risk Management and Sustainability teams. Prior to Singlife, Ko Wen held various senior regional roles at Aviva Plc and Tokio Marine Asia.

He has been a committee member of the Sustainability Reporting Advisory Committee (SRAC), set up by ACRA and SGX RegCo, since 2022 as a representative for the insurance industry, as well as the Life Insurance Association’s (LIA) Sustainability Sub-Committee and the General Insurance Association’s (GIA) Sustainable Underwriting Group.

Under his leadership, Singlife was the first local entity to be recognised as a United Nations (UN) Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) signatory within its first year of operation, as well as the first insurer in Southeast Asia to be a signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and to participate in the UN-led and convened Forum for Insurance Transition (FIT).

Ko Wen graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) and is admitted to the Singapore as well as England and Wales Bar. He was the first batch of Compliance professionals in Singapore to be admitted as a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (ICA).

Industry Partners

SSFA pioneering industry partners, comprising of five key strategic industry associations, will provide insights from their organisations’ perspectives to identify areas of collaboration and synergies, and to shape the development of Singapore’s sustainable finance ecosystem.

Partner
Carmen Wee

Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

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Carmen Wee

Chief Executive Officer
Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

Carmen Wee is Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS). She serves as a member of the UNCTAD Sustainable Investment Advisory Council since 2023, where she provides guidance and advice on the strategic direction of the work of UNCTAD’s SDG Investors Partnership and the UN Global Sustainable Finance Observatory. Since 2019, she has served on the Singapore Stewardship Principles (SSP) Steering Committee, which, through the Temasek backed Stewardship Asia Centre and the Advisory Committee of the Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) by WWF. Through these committees, she has worked to foster the highest stewardship principles in Singapore and harness the power of the finance sector to create low-carbon, climate resilient economies that deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. Carmen is currently a member of the IBF Fund Management Working Group.

Carmen is a veteran of the Singapore investment management industry, having headed, in the past 2 decades, global fund houses such as Natixis Global Asset Management and Lehman Brothers in Singapore. She served in senior positions at DBS Asset Management, and was Deputy Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) where she undertook initiatives to develop Singapore’s Financial Centre. Carmen held the position of Director, Head of Career Services at NUS Business School, and is also currently co-owner of a physiotherapy chain.

Partner
Kok Ping Soon

Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

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Kok Ping Soon

Chief Executive Officer
Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

Mr Kok Ping Soon is Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the apex business chamber championing the interests of Singapore’s business community in trade, investment and industrial relations matters. SBF represents more than 28,000 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers.

Prior to his current appointment, Ping Soon was Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), the lead agency driving Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and public sector digital transformation. He also held various positions in the Ministry of Manpower, National Security Co-ordination Secretariat, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Singapore Tourism Board, Contact Singapore (CS), and Economic Development Board (EDB). He spent six years in the United States working for CS and EDB.

He serves on the Board of SBF Holdings, SBF Connect, Singapore Business Federation Foundation, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Global Compact Network Singapore and Singapore Pools. He is also a member of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Mediation Centre, NUS Institute of Systems Sciences, National Institute of Education Council and a fellow member of Singapore Computer Society.

Partner
Chye Kit Chionh

Singapore FinTech Association (SFA)

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Chye Kit Chionh

Executive Committee (Secretary)
Singapore FinTech Association (SFA)

Chye Kit co-founded Cynopsis Solutions in 2014, an award-winning end-to-end RegTech solution provider headquartered in Singapore. Cynopsis focuses on simplifying complex KYC, KYB and AML requirements by automating and digitising key regulatory processes for clients in financial and non-financial services sectors globally.

Under his leadership, Cynopsis is named as a Top 10 Fastest Growing Company in Singapore 2020 by The Straits Times and Top 50 High Growth Company in Asia Pacific 2020 by The Financial Times. Cynopsis is also ranked amongst the Top100 most innovative RegTech companies in the world by FinTech Global.

Chye Kit currently serves in the Executive Committee of Singapore FinTech Association as Secretary.

Partner
En Lee

Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association (SVCA)

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En Lee

Co-chair of ESG Committee
Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association (SVCA)

En Lee is Managing Director, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments in Asia at LGT, a leading international banking and asset management group with over USD 360 billion in assets under management. He leads and manages the regional impact investment portfolio in Southeast Asia and China. En was a Partner and is currently a Senior Advisor of Lightrock, a global private equity impact investment firm initiated by LGT, and he is an appointed member of the Board of Directors of LGT Bank (Singapore). Prior to LGT, En was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong advising investment funds and previously a Corporate Solicitor at Freshfields in London specializing in private equity, M&A, and capital market transactions.

A recognized industry leader, En has served on the World Economic Forum ESG Advisory Group, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore Sustainable Finance Steering Committee. He serves on the Advisory Committee of Triple P Financial Inclusion Fund and the Boards of UN Global Compact Singapore, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and the Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association where he co-chairs the ESG Committee. En graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a CAIA charter holder. He was named an inaugural Sustainable Finance Fellow by The Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore and a Finance Leaders Fellow of the Aspen Institute. En is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the Young Presidents' Organization

Partner
Winnie Tan

Sustainability In Insurance
(SIC)

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Winnie Tan

Sustainability in Insurance Committee (SIC) Representative
SVP Sustainability, Great Eastern Life

Winnie is the Senior Vice President for Sustainability at Great Eastern Holdings. She leads the corporate team who is focused on helping the business grow responsibly as the world transits to a low-carbon economy. The remit includes sustainability strategy and implementation, prioritising and navigating ESG risks and opportunities while achieving green and social impact goals.

Winnie is also a Sustainability in Insurance Committee (SIC) representative. SIC, a joint-industry committee comprising representatives from the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIC), Life Insurance Association (LIA) and Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) tasked with raising awareness of environmental risk and sustainability practices amongst industry practitioners.

Prior to this, Winnie has been the Head of Sustainability (ASEAN & South Asia) for Standard Chartered Bank since 2015. She was responsible for the Bank’s sustainability strategy planning and execution. With the Bank, she has earlier spent eight years in China where she helped set up the local bank subsidiary, and moved on to support the Bank’s branch expansion and later lead the sustainability and community investment portfolio.

Winnie had joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2005. She worked on the Bank’s Group and Singapore Wholesale Banking communications, before relocating to China.

Before joining the Bank, Winnie was a marketing specialist in news and publishing forms – Singapore Press Holdings, The Edge Singapore and Dow Jones & Company.

SSFA Secretariat

SSFA Secretariat supports the EXCO on all day-to-day engagements and initiatives of the SSFA. The secretariat team will be led by its director.

Kavitha Menon, CFA

Director

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Kavitha Menon, CFA

Director
SSFA

Kavitha Menon joined SSFA in October 2023 as its Director. As the head of SSFA, she is responsible for ensuring that the association achieves its mission of building a vibrant and inclusive ecosystem for sustainable finance in Singapore. Apart from the day-to-day running of the association, Kavitha’s role involves stakeholder engagement, membership recruitment, thought leadership, and enabling collaborations across the financial sector, non-financial sector, and government organisations to advance sustainable finance in Singapore.

Prior to her current role, Kavitha was the Head of the Global equity research team at Foord Asset Management in Singapore where she headed their ESG integration process. She has over 12 years of experience in equity investment management, specialising in Global financials, based out of Singapore and India.

Kavitha has recently graduated from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a Master’s degree in Public Administration as a John F. Kennedy Fellow and Edward S. Mason Fellow. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (India) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communication) from Anna University (India).

Kavitha is passionate about sustainable finance and having analysed investments with a risk-return framework all these years, she is keen to delve into ‘impact’ to marry investor returns with social and environmental good and drive that change in the financial markets.

Ng Kai Scene

Deputy Director

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Ng Kai Scene

Deputy Director
SSFA

Ng Kai Scene joined SSFA in May 2024 as its Deputy Director. Her role is to support the Director in achieving SSFA’s mission to build a vibrant, trusted and inclusive sustainable finance ecosystem in Singapore.

Prior to her current role, Kai Scene served as part of Singapore public service for over twelve years. She was part of the founding team in Infrastructure Asia, a project facilitation office set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, that supports Asia’s social and economic growth through sustainable infrastructure development. In Enterprise Singapore, she led teams supporting Singapore companies in the environmental sector to grow and internationalise, and to expand in the Americas region.

Kai Scene started her career as a process engineer and planning analyst in ExxonMobil. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Master of Science in Environmental Management, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with First Class Honours.

Kai Scene is passionate about nature conservation. She has been an active volunteer with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (NUS Toddycats) for over 20 years. Her volunteer interests include coastal cleanup and planting trees as part of Singapore’s One Million Trees movement.

Lekha Patmanathan

Senior Manager

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Lekha Patmanathan

Senior Manager
SSFA

Lekha Patmanathan is a Senior Manager at the Singapore Sustainable Finance Association (SSFA). She holds a BSc in Biology from Saint Mary’s University, an MBA from the University of Wales, and an MSc in Sustainable and Green Finance from the National University of Singapore.

Since 2015, Lekha has been actively involved in the energy management sector. She served as Head of Business Development at an energy services company, helping corporates manage energy consumption in buildings through energy audits, green building assessments, and solar feasibility studies. Her work focused on implementing various climate and energy-saving technologies to help buildings decarbonize at the asset level.

Lekha founded a startup in 2018 specializing in HVACR efficiency using data analytics and predictive maintenance. She built a network of engineering and green building consultants across Singapore and Southeast Asia, providing them with tools, technology and training to enhance cooling equipment efficiency.

Her expertise in decarbonization and running a business in energy efficiency led her to further her education in sustainable finance. Before joining SSFA, she developed a training module for financial services professionals on Carbon Markets & Decarbonization Strategies at the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth.

At SSFA, Lekha focuses on capacity building initiatives to inform and upskill members, partners and the extended network on sustainable finance. She also engages in advocacy to share, connect, and amplify outreach for members, creating greater impact across the five key workstreams.

Adreena Lau

Executive Officer

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Adreena Lau

Executive Officer
SSFA

Adreena Lau is the Executive Officer at the Singapore Sustainable Finance Association (SSFA), focused on cross-industry sustainable finance development in Singapore. Her role spans across marketing, communications, membership engagement, and driving SSFA’s workstream and capacity building engagements.

With more than three years of hands-on experience as an Assistant Manager of Business Development and Public Relations at a sustainability startup, Adreena’s works involved cultivating partnerships to facilitate People and Planet-focused innovations for a positive impact.

Adreena holds an MSc in Urban Science, Policy & Planning from the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) and a BSc in Environmental Management with First Class Honours from the University of Reading (UK).

Adreena is passionate in driving purposeful ground-up initiatives through impactful investments and fostering cross-sectoral collaborations on a regional and global level for a positive sustainable future. She is also an active member at the Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC).