30 Oct Making a Career Comeback Speakers

Joelle Pang
Head, Regional Business Development
SPH Digital

Joelle Pang has 10 years of experience in the e-commerce, big data, mobile and on-demand space, entering the tech scene back in 2008 when fashion e-commerce was on the rise. She started her venture, Dressabelle, a leading online fashion platform that caters to professional women. After her exit from the business in 2013, she went on to be the key driver for the Data Innovation Challenge platform in partnership with iDA, founded her second mobile tech startup, GetKlarity, and also spearheaded regional growth for Honestbee and Wantedly. She is now tasked with launching innovative solutions across Asia with SPH Digital.

Eunice Cheng
Founder & Principal Growth Consultant Indiependence

Eunice is the founder of Indiependence, a consultancy offering full-stack marketing advisory & solutions for startups to achieve scale across all phases of their growth. Prior to her own entrepreneurial journey, she worked in advertising with DDB, one of the world’s largest agencies before moving on to digital marketing with an FMCG. Her last role as VP of Growth at Call Levels, a fintech start-up helped the company achieve over 30x growth in user base and win notable app store and fintech awards. Her passion for problem solving, dynamic growth and entrepreneurism led her to to take the leap to found Indiependence, and continue to work with startups to achieve their growth potential in an ever-evolving fintech landscape.

Violet Lim
LunchActually Group

Violet Lim is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lunch Actually, Asia’s biggest premier lunch dating company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Jakarta and Bangkok with the largest lunch dating membership base. Together with Jamie, Violet also founded esync and LunchClick to fill the gap in the market for trusted online and offline dating service platforms. She has been featured in over 2500 media, including BBC, Bloomberg, The Straits Time, CNBC Asia and more.

Christina Teo
Chief Community Builder
Startup Asia Women & Founder, Wantthingsdone.com

Christina has 22 years of international experience in market research, e-commerce and general management in IT, mobile communications and dotcom industries, as well as 5 years of coaching and consulting experience in skincare retail, fashion merchandising and online portals. She launched the world’s first Microsoft windows-based PDA smartphone with O2 (manufactured by HTC), using unconventional channels and operator contracts. Analytical and passionate, she has a proven record in pioneering start-ups in large companies.

Sha-en Yeo
Positive Education

Sha-En, the best-selling author of “The Road to Success”, has more than 10 years experience in the education sector, first as a teacher, then a guidance officer with the Ministry of Education, and other roles in Yale-NUS and SUSS. After becoming the first Singaporean to graduate with the Master of Applied Positive Psychology at UPenn, she founded Positive Education, reaching more than 50 schools and over 5,000 teachers and parents. Over the last seven years, she has championed the need for well-being as a priority in schools and supported teachers and parents in raising thriving children.

Kanika Mittal
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kanika Mittal has led a varied and exciting corporate career. Previously Director of Partnerships at Visa, she’s worked for a number of global companies where her experience in helping to grow businesses has fueled her entrepreneurial spirit. Her experience of the corporate world in different countries also gave Kanika an invaluable insight into what modern women within that environment want and need when it comes to appropriate yet fashionable accessories. This experience, coupled with her passion for jewelry led to the launch of her jewelry brand Taula, which caters to workplace wear for women.

Vincent Tan
Patient Services Associate
National Kidney Foundation

After a near brush with death in 2015 following a series of renal problems, Vincent has spent the last two years servicing fellow kidney patients in need at the National Kidney Foundation. A father to three teenage daughters, Vincent was left without a job after his health crisis two years ago. His need for dialysis treatments meant that the former operations manager could no longer hold down a job that would see him working for a full 8 hours a day. After being referred to the National Kidney Foundation by his Admissions Counsellor, he took up a course in practical counselling. Now a patient service associate, he champions aid for fellow kidney patients.

K Thanaletchimi
Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore
Member, NTUC Central Committee
Chairperson, NTUC Women’s Committee

Ms K Thanaletchimi is the Chairman of the Labour Movement’s Healthcare Cluster and the NTUC Women’s Committee; as well as the Chairman of the NTUC Membership Committee. She is also a member of the NTUC Membership Council, Industrial Relations Committee (Service Sector), the Ong Teng Cheong Education Trust Fund Management Committee and NTUC U Care Board Member.

Representing workers and the Labour Movement, Ms K Thanaletchimi sits in several Government agencies, national institutions and tripartite committees such as the MediShield Life Council, People’s Association Board, Workplace Safety and Health Institute Governing Board. She is also the committee member of the Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce and Healthcare Tripartite Committee On Workforce and Innovation and Productivity and also member of Education and Domestic Services (which includes Healthcare Industry Transformation).

In March 2016, she became a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore, Labour Movement’s 11th representative since 1992.

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