Jim Sinocchi heads the Office of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase. He works closely with senior leaders across the firm to establish consistent standards and processes to ensure the right tools, policies and procedures are in place to support employees with disabilities. The global office also provides support to colleagues who care for family members with disabilities.
People with disabilities are in the workforce with the right qualifications and competing for the same jobs that able-bodied people are doing. We shouldn't be just a diversity metric. We have the skills to build professional careers and want to be part of a thriving business.
- Jim Sinocchi
Ms Susan Hwee is a Group Management Executive Committee member and the Head of Group Technology and Operations at United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB). She has more than 30 years of banking experience with an extensive track record in technology and operations. Awarded the IBF Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance in 2015, Susan manages more than 4,000 staff in 19 markets around the world. She also spearheads initiatives to transform the Bank’s digital architecture and information security strategy.
Susan is a champion of inclusive employment and led the creation of meaningful employment opportunities at UOB for people with autism. She believes it is a sustainable business practice that benefits the individual, the organisation and the society. Under Susan’s stewardship, UOB’s inclusive employment initiative received in 2017 the Special Recognition award for Best Flagship Initiatives at the Sustainable Business Awards and the Leader Award at the SG Enable Enabling Employers Awards.
Jane Lim, a working mother of a 7 years old girl with profound hearing loss, began her career in construction industry for 3 years upon her graduation from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She was also part of the construction team for Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 project.
She moved on to work with one of the world’s leading cargo grab manufacturers and the leading shipboard crane grab builder company for 12 years as Senior Assistant Engineer.
With her long years of working experience, she believes strongly in sharing her experiences on how to make the working environment more sustainable for persons with disabilities to work in.
Marc Chiang was working in Keppel Data Centres Pte Ltd (KDCH) as a Facilities Engineer, when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that affects the retina. The company made adjustments on his job scope and carried on with his employment as a Process Architect. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
In his free time, Marc is deeply involved with sporting activities. He is a committee member in Runninghour, an inclusive running club that organises weekly runs for persons with disabilities. He is also involved in the running of Soundball (Singapore), Tennis for the Blind, and Goalball (Singapore), a team sport for the visually impaired.
Hua Han joined Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch in August 2017 and has been working in the Corporate & Investment Bank in Client Data Services, supporting ‘Know Your Client’ remediation for institutional clients in the Asia-Pacific region.
He is an active member of dbEnable, which is part of Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch’s Diversity Council advocating an increased presence, participation and contribution by persons with disabilities across the Bank’s workforce. In 2018, he was co-project coordinator of the dbEnable Work Placement Programme, which aims to provide internship opportunities to undergraduate students with disabilities.
Hua Han studied at the National University of Singapore and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours, majoring in Finance and Marketing. He lives in Singapore with his family, and enjoys swimming on the weekends.
Agnes Tay has been with UOB for almost 20 years. She spearheaded the establishment of UOB Scan Hub, the Bank’s nerve centre for checking, digitising and archiving of customer documents, in 2012 and has been overseeing its day-to-day operations since. At UOB Scan Hub, she leads a diverse team of close to 100 employees, including return-to-work mothers, mature employees and individuals with differing abilities.
Agnes was also responsible for the development and implementation of a structured methodology at UOB Scan Hub to measure performance equitably, which helps her team leads to motivate the diverse group of employees and in turn to ensure smooth business operations.
Agnes has close to 30 years of banking experience in cards operations spanning areas such as account opening, account servicing and financial reconciliation.
May Yee has been with UOB for ten years and is currently one of the department heads of UOB Scan Hub, the Bank’s nerve centre for checking, digitising and archiving of customer documents. Her responsibilities include the implementation of various programmes and initiatives to ensure the sustainability of inclusive employment at the workplace.
Prior to joining UOB Scan Hub in 2014, May Yee was part of the team that set up a new scan operations site for the Bank. As the office environment was designed to enable streamlined processes which are also suited to individuals with autism, UOB worked with the Autism Resource Centre to provide meaningful job opportunities for them. Since then, May Yee has been a champion of inclusive hiring at UOB.
May Yee believes in engaging her team members by identifying their different abilities and helping to draw out their strengths so that they can realise their full potential.
Richard Tan, Vice President – Serviced Suites has been with the Group since September 2011 and he is a dedicated and motivated professional, equipped with outstanding leadership qualities coupled with extensive operations and finance knowledge. He is accountable for the Global Strategy of the Serviced Suites Operations of Pan Pacific Hotels Group – with focus on growth & development, operation excellence and financial performance. He provides leadership and guidance to the Serviced Suite Management in the field. To establish both Pan Pacific Serviced Suites and PARKROYAL Serviced Suites as the brands of choice with both owners and guests and to realise Pan Pacific Hotel Group’s overall vision, purpose and values and long term financial success.
Prior to joining Pan Pacific Hotels Group, he accumulated over eight years of leadership experience undertaking leadership roles in operations, business development and finance at the Ascott Limited, working in cities like Singapore, London, Paris, Shanghai, Bangkok, Chennai and Vietnam gaining a wealth of invaluable experience of all aspects of the serviced apartment life cycle. He has a Masters of Business Administration in Financial Management from University of Western Australia and an Executive Masters in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Alister is 24 years old and currently works at Singtel as a Sustainability Group Associate. Born with cerebral palsy, Alister recently graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) and is very independent in using his motorised wheelchair to navigate around.
From going through the education system, to landing himself into a wonderful career, and even socialising with his fellow peers and friends, Alister has been an overcomer in life by encouraging many others with his impactful life story.
Being passionate about diversity and inclusion, Alister’s role in Singtel includes looking into a framework of inclusion for Singtel’s customer fronting businesses such as the accessibility of Singtel retail stores and the equipping of disability awareness and interaction skills for Singtel’s employees in the service line.
Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Sustainability and a Talent Coach to over 120 of the Optus Future and Emerging Leaders in the past 3 years. Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Optus Chief Information Officer, Managing Director for Optus Technology and Products Division, Managing Director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and Managing Director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division.
Andrew was the Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003-2007, SingTel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the SingTel Group including VP Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, Director Corporate Development, Director Business Marketing and Director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also started up and ran SingTel Ventures from 1997- 2000, a S$150m technology investment fund investing in emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin-offs for the company.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 2 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics.
Bernd Starke joined Deutsche Bank AG in April 1990 and has since worked in Germany and Singapore at senior, leadership and management levels in credit risk, audit and corporate and institutional relationship management.
He is currently a Director of Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch and responsible for corporate and institutional subsidiaries of global clients with a presence in Singapore and/or the Asia-Pacific region, in particular German, Austrian and Swiss multinational companies
He chairs dbEnable which is part of Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch’s Diversity Council advocating an increased presence, participation and contribution by persons with disabilities across the Bank’s workforce. In 2015, he co-founded and has since chaired/co-chaired the Singapore Business Network on DisAbilities (SBNoD) which comprises today more than twenty-five like-minded large corporates and financial institutions.
Bernd Starke studied at the University of Konstanz and has a Masters degree in Economics majoring in Monetary Policy and International Trade. He lives in Singapore with his wife and two sons. He enjoys road and mountain biking on the weekends.
Lynn Lau is Vice President and a Finance Business Partner for the South East Asia zone. She is responsible for supporting the South East Asia CEO and the country CEOs in management reporting and driving profitability. Lynn joined AIG as Chief Financial Officer of AIG’s joint venture with PICC Life Insurance, based in Beijing.
Outside her work responsibilities, Lynn is a co-founder of the Singapore DisAbilities & Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG), which was formally launched in 2016. She is President of the Singapore DisAbilities & Allies ERG, which now has over 50 staff members, in a short span of 2 years, and regular staff volunteers in community events. The Singapore DisAbilities & Allies ERG’s mission is to build a culture of inclusion in AIG for talent with disability by leveraging each employee’s unique abilities, raising awareness, removing barriers and encouraging a workplace founded on dignity, trust and respect, thereby improving productivity and integration of those with disability and those with family members with disability.
Jacelyn serves as a Deputy Executive Director at Autism Resource Centre Singapore (ARC).
ARC is a charity organisation that provides a wide range of services for people with autism.
In her six years with ARC, Jacelyn spearheaded the Employability and Employment Centre programme which trains, places and supports many young adults with autism in open employment. She also heads the social enterprise arm of the charity, The Art Faculty and Prof Brawn Café. Prior to her service at ARC, she enjoyed a career of 16 years in banking.
Stephanie Choo founded EDEN + ELIE to combine her love for design, business and social good, and to demonstrate the sustained impact of social enterprise. With over 15 years of design experience, Stephanie trained as an architect in the U.S. and worked with major fashion and consumer brands prior to leading consulting projects involving design and strategy for companies, government and various institutions in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.
She has led projects involving human-centered design for the State and Family Justice Courts, Sentosa Development Corporation and coached innovation teams for Sime Darby Property. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alby Yeo is a talent acquisition manager at Singtel. He is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to lead and transform the way we view and conduct recruitment.
Dickson Tan is a graduating student from the National University of Singapore. He will graduate in 2018 with a degree in Computer Science. Dickson, who has visual impairment, did internships with Singtel and GovTech in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He is passionate about pursuing a career in the digital sector, with a particular interest in cyber-security.
Francis is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Trampolene Limited. He has been involved in product innovations, mentoring start-ups, translating and commercializing technologies in a career spanning over 20 years. He is highly inspired and greatly touched by the selfless devotion and commitment of people he encountered working and volunteering in social sector.
He is fortunate to be part of a team of humble and passionate innovators at Trampolene, who seeks to drive the hard science of innovating for economic goods with the social science of impacting and touching lives. His team strives to develop sustainable social service model for the unprivileged, disadvantaged and vulnerable.