Ms Junie Foo
Organisation: International Women’s Forum (IWF)
Junie Foo is Group Executive Director at MWS (Methodist Welfare Services), a multi service charitable organisation in Singapore serving the community.
Until 2018, Junie was the first non-Japanese and the first female in the management of Corporate Banking Division, Asia Oceania in a Japanese financial institution. She spent more than 28 years in various financial institutions like Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in managerial positions. She was on the IBF (Institute of Banking and Finance) Corporate Banking Workgroup to provide guidance on IBF on competencies for the corporate banking segment and on continuous professional development framework.
Effectively trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, she is passionate about facilitating opportunities for women to advance into senior leadership roles, and views a focus on gender diversity within organisations to be both a recipe for business success, as well as a socially responsible measure. She is the Founding Chair of BoardAgender, an initiative to create awareness on the economic benefits of having more women on boards and the necessity of harnessing human capital through building a solid pipeline of senior women in leadership positions. She continues to be a mentor for Young Women in Leadership Connection (YWLC), a role that she has enjoyed since 2012.
She was on the Diversity Task Force and an inaugural member of the Diversity Action Committee and a member of the newly formed Council of Board Diversity. She is currently on the Audit and Risk Committee of the governing council of SIM (Singapore Institute of Management).
A Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), she chairs the Board Diversity and Appointment Committee on the SID council and curates the annual Nominations Committee Chair conversations. Her other board roles include Singapore Art Museum on the audit committee and NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.