A unique feature of OxfordMUN Singapore will be to host distinguished individuals at the Leadership Forum and in committees from diverse backgrounds to engage with the delegates. Trailblazers and change-makers can be utilized as a rich source of inspiration by the delegates to trigger their drive to create a positive change.
Speakers at OxfordMUN Singapore 2019
Bradley J. Busetto
Director at Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development (UNDP)
Bradley leads the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) in Singapore. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in innovative financing and sustainable business models. Most notably, he set up the UN’s first social venture incubator, a national SDG Innovation Lab, and an impact investment fund during his time as United Nations Representative in Armenia (2013 - 2018). Bradley’s accomplishments were acknowledged at the Future of Innovation Summit, an event co-hosted by Stanford University and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
HE Kara Owen
British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore
H.E Kara Owen comes to Singapore from her most recent appointment as Director for the Americas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to that, she served four years as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Paris, during which she was awarded a CVO (Commander of the Victoria Order) by HM The Queen. HE Owen has a lifelong interest in the South East Asian region, begun during her teenage years when her parents lived in the Philippines and cemented during her diplomatic postings to Hong Kong and Hanoi.
Chief Sustainability Officer at City Developments Limited (CDL)
Esther An is a pioneer CSR practitioner for over two decades and a forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs. Conferred the 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact, she is also a signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a member of World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, UNEP Finance Initiative Real Estate Group, GRI Corporate Leadership Group and Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Singapore Chapter Board.
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Founder and CEO of nEXERGY
Lekha works in the energy space professionally, specifically energy efficiency. The art of doing more with less. She founded Nexergy, a tech start-up, specifically to bring down award-winning technologies for buildings for effective, affordable and scalable solutions thus improving the performance equipment. She is passionate about solving the cooling crisis and addresses the most prevalent and energy-intensive equipment on the equatorial belt – chillers, refrigeration, and air-conditioning systems. Lekha’s deep-seated passion for environmental stewardship continues to guide her through many personal and professional journeys.
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Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group
Frederick Teo joined Temasek in 2010 and is currently Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group with responsibilities for capability programmes in sustainability-related areas within Temasek. This includes exploring innovative commercial capabilities and solutions for issues such as energy and food security. He oversees the organisation of Temasek’s annual Ecosperity conference and various advocacy and thought leadership activities around the Ecosperity platform.
Prior to this appointment, he served as Director, Portfolio Management with responsibilities for studying the performance of some of Temasek’s larger portfolio companies, such as Singtel and ST Engineering, so as to create value for the portfolio. He also had responsibility for policy areas such as corporate governance and stewardship.
Prof Jack Sim
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Founder of the World Toilet Organisation
Realising the need for a global body on the subject, Jack created the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001 as a global network and service platform for toilet associations, academia, government, UN agencies and toilet stakeholders to learn from one another and leverage media and corporate support that in turn influenced governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies. In 2004, Jack was awarded the Singapore Green Plan Award 2012 by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) for his contribution to Environment. Jack is also an Ashoka Global Fellow and in 2008 was named Hero of the Environment by Time Magazine. Jack also sits in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.
Ho Ren Yung
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Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings
Ho Ren Yung is Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings, a leading international hospitality company that manages and develops premium resorts, hotels and spas across four continents and 24 countries. She leads Brand HQ, a cross-functional unit responsible for the development, alignment and strategy of all brands managed by the group. She is the co-founder of sustainable artisan brand Matter, and the founding co-organiser of Creative Mornings Singapore. She is an active mentor, judge and investor in the social entrepreneurship space, and holds degrees from the London School of Economics, and National University of Singapore.
Leslie Daniel Chan
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN)
Blockchain Consultant at Sanctum & World FoodChain, President at Singapore Bitcoin Club & a Public Speaker
Leslie is a frequent speaker & panelist at seminars and exhibitions on cryptocurrencies/blockchain-related events where he shares his personal views as a thought leader on the uses of cryptocurrencies from a business perspective. He is widely sought after as a business strategist on the digitalization process of tech wallet integration and treasury management. When he first started in 2015 educating the mass public on cryptocurrencies, he was the first pioneer in this field of crypto education that has made him one of the most well-known crypto educator/speaker in the crypto space.
Leslie presently serves as the President of Singapore Bitcoin Club; Singapore's largest cryptocurrency trading educational community that was established in 2015 to promote financial literacy in crypto-assets and practical fundamental & technical analysis education for consumers.
Dr. Daniel Chua
Disarmament and International Security Committee
Executive Director & Head of Curriculum at Cognitus Academy and Adjunct Fellow with RSIS
Dr Daniel Chua is Executive Director and Head of Curriculum at Cognitus Academy and an Adjunct Fellow with RSIS. He was formerly an Assistant Professor with the Maritime Security Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), RSIS. He was also the Deputy Head of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO), a summer programme for senior military officers from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. He previously taught a course on the International History of Asia in the Master of Science (Asian Studies) at RSIS. Prior to his appointment at RSIS, Daniel taught courses in Asian Studies, Strategic Studies and Military History at the Australian National University, as well as in the Australian Defence Force Academy at UNSW, Canberra.
Daniel’s research focuses on the history of foreign relations between the United States and Southeast Asia during the Cold War, traversing fields such as International History, Asian Studies, Cold War Studies and International Relations
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
An aspiring lawyer and founder of the Global Water-crisis Awareness (GWA) International Movement, a platform founded in 2011 funded by her scholarships and donors, through which she sets up exhibitions, delivers context-driven seminars and organises fund-raising activities in 9 countries and 15 cities; achieving a ‘one-promotion, multiple-locations” and benefiting more than 3000 lives in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
In 2016, she was named one of the 10 inspirational women in law by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association!
Commission on Status of Women
Co-Founder of Freedom Cups
Vanessa is one of three co-founders of Freedom Cups. Freedom Cups is an organisation that gets menstrual cups to women. It works on a buy-1, give-1 model that sees one cup donated to a woman from an underprivileged community for every one sold. Freedom Cups operates in 9 countries across Asia and Africa. Vanessa has been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list, was awarded the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work representing Asia, has talked about the importance of sustainable periods with 8 different Heads of State, and was selected as one of twelve in the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University.