PULA PRAKASH is a UWCSEA East Student currently chairing the Finally She Spoke Youth Wing. She is passionate about equality and strives to achieve justice for all. Currently she is part of 2 Global Concerns which focus on equality: 'Because I am' and 'Focus Equality'. She has participated in MUN, been elected as Student Voice and chaired for local services within UWC. Pula is extremely involved in theatre and aspires to create social change through the means of theatre. She has been in many theatre, musical and dance productions and has undertaken Trinity Exams in both theatre and piano. She also has an insatiable interest in the sociology of humans. She firmly believes that in order to achieve a sustainable way of living, we need to unite humans in an equal way of thinking.
ZARINA STANFORD As Head of Marketing, Zarina is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s marketing strategy across the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Zarina adopts a customer-centric and insight-driven approach in her goto-market for SAP in the region, overseeing audience, industry, and experiential marketing across all customer segments in support of the entire SAP business. She is a recognized change agent who spearheads business and transformational initiatives through imagining the possible. A champion for diversity and inclusion initiatives, Zarina is currently Bilateral Committee Chairperson for Asia Pacific-India Cooperation at the global women’s chamber ALL Ladies League (www.aall.in). She joined the list of Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award recipients in 2016. Zarina is a graduate of the Asian Advanced Leadership Program from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Zarina and her family currently reside in Singapore.
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. 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.
VARUN JAIN has held the post of Secretary-General for the 4th Model United Nations Conference at East Campus and founded a Global Concern Group called Magic Bus. He has been elected as a Student Council representative and is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Circle, a circular economy consultancy and marketplace. His company's work has gone on to receive plaudits from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with his movement the second most visited page at the Disrupt Innovation Festival in November of 2016. Outside of school, he has a passion for singing and jazz, and received a distinction for Grade 8 Voice, of the Trinity College Music Exams. He has had the privilege of attending both the INK Asia Disrupt Conference and the tGELF Conference in Delhi in 2016. He is also an 2015 alum of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, focusing on International Affairs and Security. Currently he has been selected as a finalist for the oldest undergraduate merit scholarship in the US, the Morehead-Cain.
JACQUI HOCKING began her career sailing around the world to collect global solutions for climate change with a UN Global Climate Expedition. She has since worked on projects globally as a storyteller and strategist; from Maasai warriors in Tanzania, carbon offset projects in the Amazon rainforest to supply chains near Mount Everest and throughout the world. As a business woman, she is the Managing Partner of VSS, a Vision Strategy Storytelling company to help visionary brands differentiate themselves. She is also the Founding & Executive Director of the Singapore Eco Film Festival, to bring together stakeholders to accelerate & celebrate solutions. Currently she is building the B Corp Movement into Southeast Asia.
AVANYA RAO is a student in Grade 11 at the Singapore American School. She is the Founding President of ‘Youth for Girls’, a service oriented club which supports menstrual hygiene for under-privileged girls. Activities include fund raising, sanitary hygiene drives and training. In 2013, she co-founded Playfit, an annual Summer Sports Camp for elementary school children in Singapore. All proceeds from this camp go to the Indian Council for Child Welfare, which provides education for under-privileged girls. She is an officer at UN Women, Singapore, Youth Wing, working to raise awareness and galvanize support for key causes for young women, especially related to their menstrual health and hygiene. Avanya is a student of classical Indian dance as well as theatre. One of her most treasured public performances to date has been a monologue on child brides as part of the Finally She Spoke productions.
DANA KURNIAWAN An IB student at UWCSEA East, Dana is an avid Model United Nations participant and trainer. Apart from that, she also leads the "Because I Am" Global Concerns group at her high school along with Vice Chair Sakana and supervisor Ms. Kathy Wallace. In her free time, she watches spoken word poetry with a good coffee in hand and helps UN Women Youth manage social media. She hopes to bring the perspective of someone concerned with the status quo who has previously been in an all girls robotics team to the discussion.
With experience spanning over a decade, MRINALINI VENKATACHALAM has worked to bridge the gap between unmet social needs and service providers, giving large corporates, government agencies, community organizations and social enterprises the platform to create measurable social impact. Amongst other things, she plays a key role in engaging the youth and public in Singapore on understanding and taking concrete steps to address often neglected women's issues in an environment where they can so easily be forgotten due to the affluence our country enjoys. Mrinalini speaks regularly at schools, community events, corporates and conferences about the role that gender equality plays in achieving a more sustainable world for everyone. She has been awarded the Singapore Women's Weekly's Great Women of Our Time award in the Public Service and Education category and has recently been nominated as one of Cleo Singapore's 2016 top ten Changemakers.
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 President Asia-Pacific for Borderlinx, a global ecommerce enabler, prior to which she was President of DKNY JEANS International, running the business in all non-US markets. Debra is a US and New Zealand citizen.
JOELLE PANG is passionate about Digital Consumer Technology platforms, with specialisations in startup growth and performance marketing, community building and partnerships, project management and integrated marketing communications – content marketing, campaigns, social media, offline activation/events, to name a few. She now spends her time driving international business expansion and enabling technology startups to launch in new market.