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Born in an Indonesian town, Siok Sun was one of a few women working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the 1970s.
After slaving at JP Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank for ten years, motherhood meant flexible hours as a headhunter, which afforded her the time to author Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait (2007). She retired from Singapore Management University after eight years in the President’s Special Advisor Office.
In Wild Rice, Siok Sun, a frustrated actress at heart, has rekindled her passion for the arts and will move mountain and earth to secure an iconic theatre for Singapore.
Janice is a respected stage and television actor and a former Nominated Member of Parliament.
She has an Honours degree in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore and graduated from the University of London’s Goldsmith’s College with a Masters with Distinction in Theatre Administration.
Janice is an active volunteer who sits on various boards in the non-profit arts and education sectors.
Bill is an unusual blend of traditional brand strategist and modern-day creative storyteller. Passionate, collaborative, and innovative, he is adept at managing global brands and working with creative teams to develop powerful brand ideas.
He has worked with multi-national agencies, like Ogilvy & Mather, and government agencies such as the Singapore Tourism Board. He has lectured at his alma mater, the National University of Singapore, and LASALLE College of the Arts.
In his personal capacity, Bill has lent his expertise to organisations such as China National Tourism Institute and the Singapore Film Commission. In his free time, Bill sings jazz.
Deborah, the Managing Partner of Withers KhattarWong, has worked for more than three decades in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation.
She is instructed to act in various complex corporate and trust claims, property-related matters and international disputes. Her experience extends beyond commercial law. Notably, she acted in an appeal involving constitutional issues of public importance relating to Section 377A of the Penal Code.
Deborah’s cases have been regularly reported in the Singapore Law Reports and international legal guides have named her as one of Singapore’s leading legal practitioners.
One of Singapore’s leading architects, Randy has worked on architectural/design projects as diverse as stage design, private housing, cluster housing and master-planning.
His work has been published in numerous local architecture magazines and international publications, including Robert Powell’s Singapore Houses. Randy’s projects have won several accolades, including the Building & Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award in 2014.
Randy has worked as the principal set and stage designer for national and international events, including the National Day Parade (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011), Singapore’s Supergarden Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, and the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
Chek Siew was the Group Chief Financial Officer at ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited where he was awarded the Best CFO at the Business Times Singapore Corporate Awards. Prior to that he served in various Head of Finance positions at Citibank N.A, Union Bank of Switzerland, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation and DBS Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the Australian National University and is an Australian Chartered Accountant.
He served on the Singapore Accounting Standards Board of ACRA; was Chairman of the CFO Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Singapore and served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Management University’s School Of Accountancy. He was a past President of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. He is currently a member of the Board at the Community Foundation of Singapore.
In his spare time, Chek Siew enjoys food and wines, travelling and the visual arts.
Glen’s substantial body of work encompasses a wide range of the performing arts, including theatre, film, parades and world expos. Highlights include his Olivier Award-nominated performance in the title role of M. Butterfly opposite Anthony Hopkins in London’s West End; and his critically acclaimed feature films, Forever Fever and The Blue Mansion.
Glen has also made significant contributions to Singapore’s theatre scene. Since 2002, Glen has served as the Co-Artistic Director of Wild Rice, for which he has directed hits such as La Cage Aux Folles, HOTEL, Public Enemy, The Importance of Being Earnest, The House of Bernarda Alba, Cook a Pot of Curry, Emily of Emerald Hill, Family Outing, Blithe Spirit, The Magic Fundoshi, Aladdin and Boeing Boeing.
Ivan Heng is one of Singapore’s most prominent and dynamic creative personalities. In a pioneering career spanning three decades, Ivan has directed, acted and designed many landmark Singapore theatre productions, which have been performed in more than 20 cities around the world.
Ivan founded Wild Rice in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has reached out to an audience of more than a million people, and is today at the vanguard of creating theatre with a distinctive Singaporean voice.
In 2013, Ivan was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural honour. He has a law degree from the National University of Singapore, and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD).
Anthonia is a successful, well-respected wealth manager with over 35 years of working experience in commercial, merchant, investment and private banking in Hong Kong, London, Switzerland, New York and Singapore. She moved to Singapore from Hong Kong over 17 years ago.
In 2007, she and her husband, Leonardo Drago, co-founded AL Wealth Partners – a specialty firm providing fund management and advisory services to accredited investors.
Anthonia and Leonardo have supported charitable causes such as the education of under-privileged children in Asia, the eradication of human trafficking, hospice care for the elderly, and the promotion of the performing arts in Singapore.
Over the last 20 years, Simone has been involved in the visual and performing arts industries in Singapore and Hong Kong as a producer, marcomms consultant and philanthropist.
In 1998, she took up the first Asialink Arts Management residency in Hong Kong, where she produced the Spotlight on Melbourne series as part of the City Festival. From 2013 to 2016, she was honoured with Patron of the Arts Awards for her contribution to Singapore’s arts and cultural sectors.
Formerly a Director of Singapore’s The TENG Ensemble, Simone is patron of Asialink’s Singapore chapter and a Director of Wild Rice Ltd.
Born in Liverpool, Tony moved to Singapore in 1997. Prior to joining Wild Rice, he worked as a management consultant, specialising in leadership coaching and team development for multi-national companies.
Tony acted as a consultant in the establishment of Wild Rice and became a director of the company in 2001. In August 2002, he was appointed Executive Director, responsible for the overall management of the company.
Tony is the producer for all Wild Rice shows, both in Singapore and abroad. This includes all editions of the acclaimed Singapore Theatre Festival, which he conceived together with Founding Artistic Director Ivan Heng.
Mary Ann is the Chairperson and Founding Director of The Tsao Foundation, a Singapore-based – but regionally oriented – non-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and promoting the wellbeing of older people at policy and practice levels by catalysing constructive change. Previously, she was also its CEO and President.
Mary Ann serves on numerous boards and committees of government and non-profit organisations in Singapore as well as internationally. For her work on ageing, she received the Public Service Medal in 2000, Public Service Star in 2004, and Public Service Star (Bar) in 2015 from the Singapore government. She has also worked with numerous multilateral agencies, such as the World Health Organisation, UNESCAP and the ASEAN Secretariat. She was a board director of Family Business Network Asia and, as a member of its Ambassador Circle, continues to advocate for family businesses to put purpose into profit and be a force for good.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mary Ann is a US-trained physician with a public health background, specialising in community and primary care planning and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.
Ying Lock has enjoyed a rich, diverse career in and out of the world of finance. He first worked as an auditor in the UK and Singapore, before moving into corporate finance with stints at Hill Samuel Merchant Bank and KPMG.
He has also served as Vice-President of Transpac Venture Capital, Group General Manager of Leong Hin and Chief Operating Officer of S.E. Hub. In 2015, he joined Garden Impact Investments as its senior director of investments.
Along the way, Ying Lock has managed Insight Guides, a travel publication company, and now teaches part-time at Nanyang Technological University’s business school.