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Rob Lilwall is an adventurer, author, and keynote speaker with expeditions by bicycle and on foot across 80,000km of the world, including through Siberia in winter, Afghanistan, Tibet, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia.

Rob Lilwall’s speeches tell the tale of how, as a very ordinary person, he learnt to camp at minus forty degrees in Siberia, to cross swollen rivers in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and to survive the lonely passes of Afghanistan whilst riding the world’s slowest getaway vehicle. Using stunning photographs and videos, Rob relates such ordeals in the extreme corners of the world to the ever-growing challenges of the 21st century workplace.  He brings to life the mindsets that are needed to succeed in today’s uncertain, high-pressure and high-opportunity business environment, with powerful takeaways to empower the audience to thrive amid change, embrace challenges, and achieve great goals. 

Rob’s story has also been told in a critically acclaimed book published by Hodder and Stoughton (UK) and two television series’ by National Geographic.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV ADVENTURER

ROB LILWALL

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Founder and CEO of the Leesman Index - The world's foremost employee experience and workplace effectiveness benchmark.

Leesman helps organisations understand and measure how well workplaces support the employees who use them - nothing else, benchmarking the performance of public and private sector workplace portfolios in 90+ countries so far.

CEO & FOUNDER - LEESMAN

TIM OLDMAN

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Wilma heads up business operations for JLL’s Project & Development Services in Asia Pacific and she is also responsible for delivering on JLL’s digital transformation ambition. Having spent most of her career in the tech industry, Wilma joined the real estate industry 3 years ago, drawn by the opportunity to transform real estate through the convergence of technology.

 

Prior to JLL, Wilma led the Project Management and Systems Integration Practice for Cisco’s Advanced Services Division in APAC.

 

Originally from South Africa, she spent 11 years working in Europe before relocating to Asia which has been home for 10 years. Wilma holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD and is an advocate of business as a force for good.

COO, PROJECT & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES,  ASIA PACIFIC, JONES LANG LASALLE (JLL)

WILMA GERBER

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For the past 3+ years, Shao-Ning leads a portfolio life of being an angel investor, start up advisor and most importantly a mother (to four boys, 14 to 2+) She has a portfolio of 15 angel investments in her family portfolio. Two days a week, she works with EntrepreneurFirst, mentoring and advising deep technology start-ups. She also works as a consultant with EDIS Cares which focus on improving literacy and development for the underprivileged children in Singapore. Whenever she can, she tries her best to support all entrepreneurship programs, especially for women start ups.

Previously, Shao-Ning was the Managing Director/ Group Deputy CEO of JobsCentral Group (Now CareerBuilder Singapore) She started the company as a fresh graduate in 2000, grew it from a two-man team to 150-pax regional business, and sold it in 2011 to the US market leader, CareerBuilder. She left the company in 2014.

In 2015 she started a web-based video platform to promote women’s confidence but sadly had to shut it down due to partner incompatibility. She is sure she will start another business someday, but for now, her focus is to be relevant and pay it forward, helping wherever she can.

PRIVATE INVESTOR

COFOUNDER JOB CENTRAL

SHAO NING LEIGH HUANG

Ms Yvonne Lim is presently the Group Director (Physical Planning). She is involved in the planning of Singapore’s land use, the Master Plan, formulating planning strategies to achieve our land use plans and communicating our land use plan to the public. 

 

Ms Lim started as a Planner with our Physical Planning Group in URA.  She was seconded to the Ministry of National Development in 2006 as Assistant Director, Strategic Planning Division and then as Deputy Director, Infrastructure Division from 2009 to 2011.  She was Director (Strategic Planning) from 2011 and worked with her team to deliver the 2013 Land Use plan. In 2015, she assumed the role of Group Director (Physical Planning) and is a key lead in the delivery of the draft master plan 2019.

GROUP DIRECTOR (PHYSICAL PLANNING)

URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (URA)

SINGAPORE

YVONNE LIM LI CHUEN

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As a Principal and Director of Safdie Architects’ Singapore office, Charu Kokate manages the firm’s efforts in Singapore. With more than a decade of experience at Safdie Architects, Charu successfully translates the firm’s design philosophy into practice during the construction phase. She is responsible for guaranteeing the balance of design goals, quality construction, and budget and schedule delivery for each project. Her ability to translate the project’s design intent into construction allows for more seamless project implementation. In Singapore, Charu has overseen the construction of Marina Bay Sands, Sky Habitat, and Jewel project at Changi Airport. She works closely with the client, project team, as well as local and international consultants and leads contractor relations for each project. She is currently supervising design and construction for a new 69-story residential tower in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the mixed-use Jewel Changi Airport project in Singapore.

 

Charu Kokate joined Safdie Architects in 2007 and was named Principal in 2013. Prior to joining Safdie Architects, she was a Project Architect at Shepley Bulfinch in Boston, where she worked on healthcare and higher education projects across the US. Charu earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pune in India and Masters in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.

PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR - SAFDIE ARCHITECTS - (JEWEL / MBS)

CHARU KOKATE

After a successful military career, David decided to retire early to pursue business and environmental interests. As a professional diver, underwater photographer and technical media diving specialist he has seen much of the underwater world and has been horrified by the damage we are causing. In 2009 he joined The Plastic Oceans foundation where he was the Executive Director for science and sustainability. In 2014 he decided to start his own venture, Just One Ocean in order to be able to promote awareness of some of the other significant issues face by our oceans today. He speaks all over the world about ocean sustainability issues, particularly plastic pollution and is also currently involved in a number of research programmes at the University of Portsmouth. David has two Batchelor degrees in business and industry, a MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management and he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

CEO - JUST ONE OCEAN

DAVID JONES