Debra Langley is an Executive Director at Blackrun Ventures, a non-traditional global investment group based in Singapore, where she has a particular interest in women-centric initiatives. In 2016, Blackrun Ventures launched Half the World Holdings, a dedicated investment platform for its women-focused portfolio. In this capacity, Debra is a member of the Advisory Board of the global Women’s Economic Forum, held annually in New Delhi.
Debra also provides advisory and consulting services to fashion, fashion-tech and retail brands, and she is a mentor to emerging designers in Singapore via the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award program, and Mercury Creative, the producers of Singapore Fashion Week.
Debra was earlier the founder and CEO of Inverted Edge, a retail platform specializing in quality contemporary fashion brands that was acquired by a multi-brand retailer. As an innovator in online-offline integration, Inverted Edge was an early leader with a first-of-its-kind, in-store digital experience that enabled cross-platform consumer engagement through story telling.
Before launching Inverted Edge, Debra was President Asia-Pacific for Borderlinx, a global ecommerce enabler where she also led global marketing, content and customer experience. Prior to Borderlinx, Debra was President, DKNY JEANS International, running the business in all non-US markets. She has also worked with early stage companies in the US, and in partnership with financier and philanthropist Michael Milken, she was a co-founder of Miavita, an online platform that helps people lead longer, healthier lives.
Debra has also held business development positions in Hong Kong and New York for The Economist Group, and with the international division of Hearst Magazines.
Carrie Tan is the founding Executive Director and chief driver of DOT’s mission, enabling livelihoods and financial self-sufficiency for underprivileged women since 2012. She holds overall strategic and operational responsibility for Daughters Of Tomorrow’s programs, staff, expansion, and execution of its mission. Her previous experience in headhunting and HR consultancy informs her current work greatly in preparing women as well as employers in the women’s back-to-work journey. Since 2012, she has impacted more than 150 women in both Singapore and India through advocacy and community mobilization of more than 2000 followers and 180 volunteers to the cause.
Carrie has spoken to schools, youth groups and corporate partners such as Google, Facebook, Elsevier and AECOM as an advocate of poverty alleviation through financial self-sufficiency for women. Her leadership of Daughters Of Tomorrow has seen it being awarded the Most Investment-worthy Social Enterprise by the Asian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) under National University of Singapore in April 2014.
Currently Carrie is leading Daughters Of Tomorrow in raising public awareness about the plight of the urban poor in Singapore, and forging collaboration among private, public and non-profit sectors to integrate the untapped workforce of underprivileged women into the economy as a strategy to help families break out of poverty.
In November 2015, Carrie was selected from amongst 500 young leaders in the region from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative to do the opening introduction of President Obama at a Town Hall meeting in Kuala Lumpur, where she was recognized by POTUS for her efforts in empowering underprivileged women in Singapore.