THE PEAK, Singapore’s leading luxury lifestyle magazine for top business leaders, unveiled last night a special, limited edition issue to mark its 35th anniversary.
The July 2019 edition spotlights The Future Shapers in Singapore who are leading the way and making an impact in their respective fields. The names of these 20 dynamic individuals, hailing from across business sectors of lifestyle, technology and financial investment, were announced during a black-tie gala dinner event at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, attended by the who’s who of Singapore’s elite business community.
The young individuals featured in this special 35th anniversary issue include Kahchun Wong, the first Singaporean to lead the New York Philharmonic; Rameez Ansar of Circles.Life regarded as the Netflix of telecommunications; Vicky Hwang, managing director of Parkview Group and Chyau Fwu Development Singapore, grand-daughter of the late property tycoon CS Hwang; and John Cheng of Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, a traditional family-owned business he was instrumental in innovating, and a strong advocate for sustainable food solutions.
Out of the list of 20, six are inspiring and innovative female visionaries, whose ambitious actions look set to change Singapore at an unprecedented scale. We put the spotlight on these six remarkable women, who endeavour to shape the future of Singapore, with the power of female grace.
1. Bernise Ang, Zeroth Labs
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017, Ang mixes unconventional approaches – from anthropology and data science to design thinking – to help bureaucrats and international organisations tackle the big issues, such as poverty and environmental threats.
2. Vicky Hwang, Chyau Fwu Development
As managing director of Parkview Group in Singapore and of Chyau Fwu Development Singapore, she develops new projects in Singapore for her family. She was behind the multimillion-dollar rejuvenation of Parkview Square, which houses the award-winning Atlas Bar. One of her current projects involves working on a space at Parkview Square that will be a tribute to her Uncle George, the late executive chairman of Parkview Group. She is also looking to develop a Niseko ski resort site with her brother.
3. Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Her breakthroughs in light research have gained her international recognition, including being acknowledged among MIT Technology Review magazine’s Innovators Under 35. Her work includes increasing Internet speeds by at least five times. She is currently working on sensors to discover the minute presence of harmful chemical gases in the environment. Her success has helped her campaign to encourage women to take up engineering and sciences. In 2017, she gave a TEDx talk on gender parity in engineering and, last year, she co-organised SUTD’s first Women in Technology and Design Conference.
4. Gillian Tan, Clicknetwork
She was one of the first in Singapore to bank on the rising power of the digital medium when she started Clicknetwork in the mid-2000s to create online content. It is the first Youtube channel in Singapore to hit one million subscribers. Her clients include L’Oreal, Sephora, Asus and Airbnb, and 60 per cent of her audience are international viewers from as far as the US to neighbouring Malaysia.
5. Toh Yah Li, Light Collab
Toh harnesses the power of illumination to enhance spaces and structures, not only giving them a soul but, through the efficacy of circadian lighting, also improving the quality of human life. Her work can be found across Asia, from Dhaka to China, and Myanmar to Japan. Last year, she won an unprecedented commendation at the President’s Design Award. This year, she was named among the 40 Under 40 at the Lighting Design Awards in London, which recognises the world’s most talented lighting designers.
6. Michelle Yong, Aurum Group
She has successfully diversified her family’s main construction business Woh Hup with boutique real estate arm Aurum Group, which is a pioneer in Singapore’s co-working spaces and has carved a reputation for building communities. Collision 8 at High Street Centre was among the earliest that combined a well-designed space in the heart of town with networking opportunities. Core Collective, a co-working concept targeted at creating a more collaborative health and wellness community, recently opened a second outlet in Loewen Road.
These six women at the helm are navigating monumental changes to their individual industries, sparking major movements. Women now pioneer new possibilities and lead the enterprises where once the thin air was only inhaled by men. A woman’s wisdom is everything; coming in part, from the great balancing act she is required to play in her life. These six women that we celebrate are an epitome of grace and wisdom; as well as beauty and power.