Dr Indigo Triplett, CEO of 4D Performance has achieved great success as a leader, author and speaker. For three years her US company was recognised by INC Magazine as one of the top 500 US Fast Growth Companies between 2012 and 2014. She grew her unique training practice into a high-performance management consulting firm using down-to-earth methods and techniques and raising issues that can impact on workforce development. From Atlanta, Georgia to Shanghai, and now Malaysia and Singapore, Dr Indigo has worked with people at all stages of their careers.
As author of Playing by the Unwritten Rules I: Moving from the Middle to the Top and Playing by the Unwritten Rules II: From a Job Defense to a Career Offense, Dr Indigo is a leading authority on career management and has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences. She recently launched 4D Performance in Malaysia and this mirrors her US company.
It is well known that Asia is primed to be the next global economic power but Dr Indigo’s research suggests there needs to be a shift in how the Asian workforce is prepared for this growth and global competitiveness. A foundation built on performance and productivity needs to create sustainability. This means leveraging diversity, creating inclusion, developing an agile workforce that is empowered, creative and life-long learners. It is not what a person knows but what s/he is willing to learn that will move an organisation forward.
Dr Indigo received her Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University and she holds a MA in Organizational Development from Webster University. She was a contributing columnist for Inc. Magazine.
Commercial Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Director of Innovation Norway, Singapore
Before joining her current job in Singapore, Torunn Aa. Taralrud was the Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia of Innovation Norway. Prior to that position, she served as Director of Innovation Norway’s regional office for the County of Oppland for ten years. Torunn has a wide knowledge of, and network within, the business and governmental sectors in Norway and in South East Asia. She has 20 years of private industry experience, garnered from various positions, and finally to head a family-owned company. Torunn knows the Norwegian business sector well and has comprehensive knowledge from being at the board of a number of Norwegian SMEs, listed companies, and publicly owned organizations, both as chair and board director.
Tania has worked in ANZ for over 20 years and at different times been responsible for teams in New Zealand, Pacific, Australia and Asia. She originally started her career in KPMG NZ as an external auditor. Prior to her current position she was the General Manager Internal Audit New Zealand and Pacific based in New Zealand and during her tenure in ANZ Tania has held a variety of other senior roles including Head of Finance (New Zealand), Head of Group Accounting Policy (Melbourne), CFO South East Asia (Singapore) and Head of Finance Transformation (Singapore). This is her second term in Singapore giving her a combined work experience in this market of over 7 years.
Lavinia Thanapathy is the President of PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association, a volunteer-led non-profit that organises over 60 networking and professional development events a year for around 350 members from 30 countries. Lavinia leads an Executive Board of 12 women overseeing 12 special interest groups within the association.
PrimeTime, a member of the Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. Membership is open to professional and business women over the age of 21 and who are resident in Singapore.
Professionally, Lavinia has an international, 16-year record of creating brand awareness for businesses, government institutions and not-for-profit organisations. A lawyer by training, Lavinia is currently the Associate Director for Communications at the NUS Law. Lavinia was previously the Vice President and Regional Editor-in-chief of an award-winning online publisher. Prior to that, she was the Head of Press for the European Union Delegation in Singapore.
Lavinia has a history of being active in the Singapore community. She has served for 5 years as Honorary Secretary and Head of Communications on the Executive Board of HCA Hospice Care, a registered charity. Lavinia serves on the board of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO).
Lavinia is regularly invited to speak and comment on issues around female empowerment, specifically for working mothers. Most recently, she has spoken at a corporate event for Accor Hotels, at the Singapore Human Resource Institute and she was also invited by BBC World News to comment on Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Lavinia is married to Ambassador Karsten Warnecke, Executive Director at the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF), and is the mother and stepmother to five children aged 7-27 years.
Kun is deeply committed to empowering people to take charge of their health. Having experienced the loss of loved ones to diseases that were not caught in time, she is passionate about preventing diseases before they happen through education and behavioural change enabled by technology.
Kun co-founded BioMark, a healthcare analytics company in 2017. Based on a simple blood test, BioMark's platform allows its users to understand, track and improve their biomarkers over time in order to optimise their health. Over the last 5 months, BioMark has launched two products and has established presence in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. BioMark also successfully raised US$ $1.5m seed round from angel investors.
Kun has more than a decade of experience in the private equity and investment banking. Prior to establishing BioMark, Kun worked with some of the leading healthcare group in the South East Asian in her role as the Vice President of Clermont Holdings, a private investment company. She managed a portfolio that included the largest hospital network in Vietnam - Hoan My Medical Corporation and the largest single brand healthcare group in the Philippines - The Medical City. Her direct experience with the challenges of the day-to-day running of healthcare organisations has made her a strong believer in using technology to solve some of the healthcare's biggest problems.
Kun holds an MBA from INSEAD, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. She also graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership and Management from Singapore Management University.
Prof Zee Upton, a biochemist by training, is Deputy Executive Director (Industry) in the Institute for Medical Biology, as well as Theme Leader in the Skin Research Institute of Singapore, and from April 2018 will be Covering Executive Director of the Institute for Medical Biology. Prior to joining A*STAR just over 2 years ago she had senior research management roles in the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, including Vice Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health. She has a significant record of research in wound and tissue repair, this includes the discovery and development of a novel wound technology and the formation of a start-up; a company that is now listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and is currently progressing clinical trials in the USA. She s passionate about interdisciplinary approaches, finding that innovation more commonly occurs in the white spaces between disciplines. Most recently she was awarded S$22M in funding to establish the Wound Care Innovation for the Tropics R&D Program – an interdisciplinary consortium of researchers from numerous institutions across Singapore.
She is also passionate about encouraging diversity, having been a long -standing member of the QUT Women in Research Committee, and Chair immediately prior to leaving Australia. More recently she has been vocal about the impact of unconscious bias and is implementing new strategies to address this. When she takes up her new role in April, she will be the only female Executive Director of a Research Institute in A*STAR.