Speakers' Profiles

SheXO Webinar: Mental Wellbeing and Leadership Performance

6 May 2021, 3.30pm - 5.00pm (GMT +8)

Dr. Zoë Fortune

Chief Executive Officer
City Mental Health Alliance, Hong Kong Chapter

Zoë Fortune is the founding CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance in Hong Kong. Established in 2017, the CMHA HK works with large corporations to raise awareness on mental health and create mentally healthy workplaces.

A researcher by background, Zoë spent a decade carrying out research into various aspects of mental health including depression, personality disorders, Autism and ECT, in forensic, community and in-patient settings. She has also spent several years leading research programmes in international development settings including work to identify and eradicate modern slavery and enhance communication for development.

She holds a BSc in Psychology from University College London, a PhD in Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Population & Neuroscience, King’s College London and is currently studying for a Masters in Counselling.
Zoe has published in academic journals and other media, is a regular conference speaker and recently spoke at TEDxTinHauWomen on Showing Up for Your Mental Health.

Zoë is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and an instructor in Mental Health First Aid in Hong Kong.

Dr. Zoë Fortune

Laure de Panafieu

Partner, Head of Employment & Incentives – Asia
Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Laure heads Linklaters’ Asia Employment & Incentives Practice, out of Singapore. She handles all aspects of advisory, transactional and contentious employment law, including restraints of trade and bonus issues, C-suite/senior execs hiring and firing, discrimination, harassment and other crisis management/investigations. Laure’s clients include global and listed MNCs, financial institutions, asset managers, funds and financial sponsors as well as tech players.

A passionate advocate for inclusive workplace and compassionate leadership, Laure also spearheaded the firm’s SEA Diversity & Inclusion and Wellbeing initiatives, both internally and externally. She regularly speaks at conferences and panels on Workplace Conduct, Health & Wellbeing and Diversity & Inclusion.
As part of the firm’s commitment to foster and embed a strong culture of inclusion from the top, Laure was a mentee on the firm’s most recent Reverse Mentoring programme, during the course of which she was mentored by a trainee solicitor on the perspectives and challenges faced by those who identified as belonging to one of the firm’s minority groups, to encourage candid discussions and change.

She is also driving Linklaters’ founding member commitment to the forthcoming launch of City Mental Health Alliance in Singapore, a membership non-profit organisation committed to transforming workplaces into mentally healthy environments, alongside other large institutions such as HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Allen & Overy, Oliver Wyman, Goldman Sachs and Heineken, in parallel to the Singapore Government’s recent initiative to launch a Tripartite Advisory on mental wellbeing in workplaces.

Laure is recognised as Leading Individual by both legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 APAC (2017 – 2021) for Employment (International Firms), with the firm ranked as Band 1 in both legal directories.

Laure de Panafieu

Munir S. Nanji

Managing Director
Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, Asia Pacific Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory

Munir S. Nanji is Managing Director and Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, responsible for Citi’s Multinational Client relationships spanning 15 countries across the region.

Munir brings 29 years of international banking experience and has held leadership positions globally in corporate banking, product management, relationship and risk management. His extensive industry experience includes establishing and leading Citi’s transaction services business in Central Europe and Africa, running a large corporate and middle market business, as well as helping to drive the bank’s business development efforts in EMEA.

Munir co-chairs the Women Leadership/Diversity Committee for Citi Singapore.

Munir holds a 1st Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering, Wharton alumni, MBA from INSEAD and MPhil (advanced postgraduate research degree on Strategic Decision Making and Governance).

In his personal time, Munir is an active mountaineer, ultramarathon runner. He also contributes to academic research and teaching.

Munir S. Nanji

Seah Gek Choo

SEA Talent Leader and SheXO Program Leader
Deloitte Southeast Asia

Gek Choo brings with her more than 25 years of experience in public accounting in Singapore, with a focus on serving multinational and local companies in the real estate and hospitality industries. She has advised many companies on initial public offerings on the Singapore Exchange and has facilitated external seminars on updates to financial reporting standards and initial public offerings.

Gek Choo is part of the Singapore Real Estate team and is the Talent Leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia. She leads the Deloitte Southeast Asia and Singapore’s Centre for Corporate Governance, which develops advance thinking and promotes dialogues with key influences, business leaders, corporations and their boards of directors, investors, the accounting profession, academia and government on current and emerging corporate governance issues. She is also the leader for Deloitte Singapore’s SheXO Program, which supports the personal and professional development of established, emerging or aspiring women leaders by creating a supportive environment for them to connect, grow and drive change in communities to advance women in leadership.

She is a faculty member of the Deloitte University Asia Pacific and conducts leadership programme for Deloitte leaders in the Asia Pacific region. She is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore and a member of ISCA, as well as Fellow Member of CPA Australia.

Seah Gek Choo

Deadline ends 30 April 2021.

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