By Invitation Only



The ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations (ACWO) Masterclass is based on the 3 focus areas chosen by ACWO members in the ACWO 2025 Vision Statement – Advancing ASEAN Smart Nation Cities, Enhancing Quality of Women’s Lives in Ageing, and Women and Entrepreneurship.

The Masterclass aims to equip the ACWO Members with knowledge and roadmaps to implement strategies in their respective countries to bring the ACWO Vision for Year 2025 to reality.


Each masterclass will have 2 presenters and each presenter will be given 25 minutes to speak on the topic. The presentations will be followed by a breakout session, and sharing by participants at the end.




Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm (SGT)

Overview: Smart Nation is a national effort to utilise the power of digital technologies, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs), to catalyse growth and innovation across all domains. ACWO aims to ensure that women of all segments of society benefit from such technologies.

As a community of women, ACWO strives to champion an empowering culture – bridging the advantages of smart technologies (with the support of community partners) to women, in order for them to better manage work-family balance and lead fulfilling lives.



Anne Lochoff
Former Senior Advisor (Partnerships), UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Anne is one of 9 Women rated as the Top Global Influencers of Tech Innovation in Cities featured in in 2016.

She was previously an advisor to the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development and has consulted as a strategic business advisor to the Executive Director of the World Vision hosted Asia P3 Hub based in Singapore.

She is also the former chair and business advisor at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachheads network – South East Asia.

As a former Executive Director at McCann Erickson she was part of the global team managing the MasterCard account for APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa).


Gina Romero
CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Women (2016 – Present)

Gina is an unconventional entrepreneur and community builder. She was a founding member of The Athena Network (UK) women’s business network in 2005 and went on to be the Operations Director in 2008.

In 2011, after relocating to Singapore with her family, Gina launched The Athena Network Singapore and APAC.

As part of her mission to better equip women entrepreneurs and professionals with the technology skills to scale their businesses and careers, Gina launched Connected Women (Singapore) in 2013 and the Connected Women Magazine in 2014.

In 2016 she set her heart on helping Filipino women and moved to the Philippines. In 2017 she co-founded Women Jobs, a social impact tech startup that matches talented Filipino women with meaningful remote work opportunities.

Connected Women runs a number of initiatives that provide technology skills training and online job matching and ​aims to impact 100,000 women in the Philippines. They ​have received global recognition in the categories of inclusive innovation (Asia/USA), the future of work (UK), and e-employment (Switzerland).




Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Time: 3pm – 5pm (SGT)


With the life expectancy of women increasing across all ASEAN countries, it is imperative to ensure that women have the necessary resources and support from their family and community to age well – physically, emotionally and financially.

This Masterclass will look at the needs of ageing women and the kind of support required to ensure that women are able to live a dignified and fulfilling life even in their old age, enhancing their overall quality of life.



Susana Harding
Senior Director at the International Longevity Centre Singapore (ILC-S)

She has been the lead person at the foundation in developing and implementing its women and ageing agenda-both at the policy level and in programming.  Under her leadership, the foundation has managed to pilot test, implemented and replicated a financial education programme targeting mature women in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.  She was also instrumental in setting up an informal network in the region that focuses on advocating for older women and financial security.  She led the setting up of a formal alliance of four organisations in Singapore that now focuses on older women and financial security- the Singapore Alliance for Women in Ageing.  She is also providing leadership in developing and piloting active ageing programmes and in empowering older persons in Singapore for the foundation.

Susana has worked in the ageing and social sector for more than 18 years in Singapore and has a Master in Public Administration degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.


Dr. Kanwaljit Soin
Practicing surgeon and was Singapore’s first female Nominated Member of Parliament

She is a founder of many civil society organizations, including WINGS (Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully) and AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research).  She was a global ambassador of UK-based HelpAge International which serves disadvantaged older people worldwide.  She has served as a board member of Washington University International Advisory Council for Asia and currently is holding a similar appointment for The Utah Valley University in Utah.  She has also been a jury member of for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

In 2000, she was presented the “Women Who Make a Difference Award” by International Women’s Forum, Washington D.C.  In 2006, Dr Soin was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) Singapore for her selfless contribution to society, especially towards the less advantaged.  She was named Singapore’s “Her World Women of the Year” in 1992, and in 2014 she was inducted to the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame.




Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020

Time: 10am – 12pm (SGT)


ACWO aims to empower women economically by forging ties that would enhance entrepreneurial activities between states and developing best practices in the creation of social service enterprises that will help financially disadvantaged women gain financial independence.



Michelle Cheo Hui Ning
Chief Executive Officer of Mewah International Inc.

She joined the Group in 2003 and is responsible for the formulation and execution of overall strategy of the Group, new business development, project execution, corporate risk and factory operations. Since joining the Group, Ms Cheo has been instrumental in expanding the supply chain of the Group. This has included building an additional refinery, biodiesel plant, specialty fats facilities, and dairy factory. Prior to joining the Group, she worked with Exxon Mobil from 1997 to 2003 in USA and Singapore.

Ms Cheo currently serves on the 60th council of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industries (SCCCI). In addition, she is board member and chairs the audit committee of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. She was previously a Subcommittee member of the Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation Sub-Committee under the Committee on the Future Economy.

Ms Cheo graduated with a First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London. She obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD in 2004.


Winnie Chan
CEO and Founder of Bynd Artisan

An Economics graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Winnie spearheads Operational, Strategic Policies & Culture Development while overseeing HR, Finance, Legal & Regulatory Compliance. She is most passionate about design and innovation and plays an active role in Bynd Artisan’s collaboration with creatives to create exclusive designers collections. Winnie represented Singapore at the 2017 APEC Women & the Economy Forum in Hue, Vietnam sharing her thoughts on women entrepreneurs in a changing global market.  She is also a mentor at the prestigious Young Women Leaders Connection (YWLC) mentorship programme, which seeks to enhance potential young women leaders in their personal development and learning through a sustainable and fulfilling mentoring relationship.


Event Date:
16 September 2020 - 17 September 2020
Event Time:
10am - 12pm; 3pm - 5pm; 10am - 12pm