Our Women in Treasury Singapore Forum 2017 took place on Thursday 6th April 2017 at the Four Seasons hotel in Singapore from 12 noon to 4.30pm. This annual event is firmly established in the diaries of women and men across the Asia Pacific region and was attended by over 120 people.
The event started at noon with a pre-lunch welcome reception including a short presentation summarising the broad findings of our latest Women in Treasury Study. This was followed by a three course lunch during which the panel discussion took place, featuring four influential speakers. The panel discussion was moderated by Sophie Jackson, Associate Group Publisher, with leading panellists Bonnie Yang, Treasury Director, Alibaba, Felicia Foong, Regional Treasurer, Asia Pacific, Nestle, Toni Weber, Group FD, interTouch and Manoj Dugar, Managing Director and Product Head for Core Cash, Asia Pacific Treasury Services, J.P. Morgan. The vibrant and insightful panel debate focused around some of the key issues highlighted by the study and the challenges to the progress of diversity in our industry as well as plenty of practical career tips and motivational messages for those in the treasury function.
Following the panel discussion, a lively open question and answer session took place, giving members of the audience a superb opportunity to share their own experiences and pose questions to the panel.
Coverage of the event appeared in the May/June 2017 edition of Treasury Today Asia.
Treasury Director: Alibaba Group
Regional Treasurer: Nestlé Group
Felicia Foong leads risk management, forex and cash management for Nestlé Group in Asia Pacific. She has a wealth of experience spanning more than 20 years in the FMCG industry from Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Novartis and Coca Cola. Felicia is a Chartered Accountant, having graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor degree in accountancy and completed her Executive MBA program in Nanyang Business School. She has attended finance and executive leadership programs in Harvard Business School, Berkeley-HAAS Business School and London Business School.
Group FD: interTouch
Toni Weber is a UK Chartered Accountant who has spent much of her career in emerging markets in various roles in UK, France, Netherlands, China, Thailand and Singapore. She started her career in audit in London and Darwin Australia (mainly auditing aboriginal communities) before moving into finance roles in multinationals. She is now the Group FD of interTouch Pte Ltd. She has been an Honorary Council Member of the Shanghai Huangpu Government, a Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Chair of the Chamber's Professional Women's Group, and Steering Committee Member of the Women's Development Network of a European Multinational.
Managing Director and Product Head for Core Cash, Asia Pacific Treasury Services: J.P. Morgan
Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content: Treasury Today Group
Sophie Jackson is Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group and has 12 years experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group, coordinating both editorial content and creative partnerships in Europe and the US. After moving to Tokyo in late 2010, Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012. This was followed by a move to Hong Kong in 2014. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia-Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their sixth year. Sophie has been an integral force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London.