Mdm Hazlina Abdul Halim is currently a public affairs advisor, having made a career switch after spending more than fifteen years in journalism and the media.
Formerly an Editor/Presenter at Channel News Asia, Hazlina planned news coverage for the daily bulletins and managed reporter’s assignments. She was also a familiar face and voice on Mediacorp’s television and radio network - most known for anchoring Berita, the flagship television news program on Suria.
Hazlina has been serving on non-profit boards for close to a decade, and is the current President of PPIS, the Singapore Muslim Women’s Association. She leads a dynamic team of Board of Governance and close to 300 staff all of whom are dedicated to inspiring women and strengthening families.
She formerly served as Vice President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) where she represented SCWO to speak at meetings hosted by the United Nations and ASEAN. She remains a member of SCWO’s Research Committee and Ageing Taskforce.
Aside from dedicating her time to PPIS and SCWO, Hazlina is also a Director at Yayasan Mendaki, the Singapore Business Federation Foundation, and is a member of several national committees.
Devyani is a Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources enthusiast with experience across industries and geographies. She currently leads Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging programs for LinkedIn across the Asia Pacific Region. In this role, she builds and runs programs focused on increasing representation of underrepresented groups in our workplace, limiting bias across the talent life cycle, and creating an environment of belonging for all employees. Devyani spent most of her growing up years in India, and moved to Singapore 4 years ago. When not at work, Devyani spends her time doing classical Indian dance and crochet.
With a 17-year writing career with bylines in Allure US, Elle UK, Refinery 29 and Vogue Singapore, Faz Gaffa is a mother to a feisty little boy, a marketer and a mental health awareness champion. She has deep passion for inclusivity and uncovering unconscious biases; Faz believes that this education should start as young as preschoolers, and regularly be addressed at home. She is writing her first children's book about social justice and equality.
A Nominated Member of Parliament of the 13th Parliament of Singapore (2018-2020) where she championed for multiple social issues most notably mental health, Anthea has been an appointed member of the Tripartite Oversight Committee for Workplace Health by the Minister of Health in 2019 and a member of the Singapore Mental Health Conference 2021.
A former banker, Anthea was most recently a regional Managing Director with a UK-listed company where she also double-hatted as the Asian Lead of the Global Corporate Responsibility Board. Prior to that, she held key leadership roles with multinational organisations: Pearson Plc, New York Institute of Finance, Terrapinn Group and United Overseas Bank.
From 2002-2008, she was Founder/CEO of education consulting and technology company, Knowledge Director Group, and Inventor of its award-winning rapid authoring technology. In this, she was also Principal Consultant for strategic education transformation projects with the governments of Singapore (FutureSchools@Singapore), Taipei and Kaohsiung (School of the Future).
In Dec 2013, she took her final corporate paycheck to fulfill her aspirations, full time, in active volunteerism, impact entrepreneurship/investment and coaching. Formerly a board member of Unifem (now UNWomen) and founding board member of Daughters of Tomorrow, Anthea is Immediate Past President of Society for WINGS. A member of the Social Services Innovation Advisory Council with National Council for Social Service, the Steering Committee for the ACE Capstone Leadership Programme at the Social Service Institute Singapore, the Futures of Giving Expert Panel and Company of Good initiative at National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Advisory Committee, Anthea has also been an active mentor with Institute of Technical Education since 2013.
In the last 11 years, Anthea founded several groundup initiatives/impact businesses– most notable is Hush TeaBar, Singapore’s 1st silent teabar (a social movement) that empowers and employs only the Deaf and persons-in-recovery from mental health conditions to bring self care and social inclusion to every workplace and community. She is gifting this successful social enterprise to a large charity to support their sustainability. In May 2018, She came together with a group of 25 C-suite leaders across different industries to form theWorkWell Leaders Workgroup to champion workplace mental health and employee wellbeing as a leadership priority which has grown to a community of 135 CEOs and transformed into a non-profit in Aug 2021. In 2017, she co-created A Good Space, Singapore’s first cooperative of community changemakers, to encourage cross sector collaboration across a diverse range of social issues.
In Apr 2020, she co-founded Welcome in My Backyard, a community initiative to bring locals and migrant workers closer together in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak in the worker dormitories. This is right after initiating a citizen-led effort called SG Mental Health Matters comprising mental health advocates, practitioners and researchers to review mental health policies.
Anthea is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation to multinational business leaders and high potential professionals with over 1,500 coaching hours.