Singapore

Women power

The number of women on boards of S'pore-listed companies has grown, according to the Diversity Action Committee in its latest report. Here are women who have made a name for themselves in male-dominated arenas

SIM CHI YIN

The 35-year-old, Beijing-based freelance photographer was named by the British Journal of Photography in January 2014 as one of 30 emerging photography talents around the world. Last July, she became the first Asian to join the prestigious New York-based photo agency VII. She also won the Young Woman Achiever award at Her World Woman of the Year awards ceremony last November.



CLAIRE-LOUISE JEDREK

The British-born Singaporean is the only female motorsports driver here. She sped to second place in the Malaysian Championship Series at Sepang last month.



EULEEN GOH

In 1999, she became the first Singaporean woman to head one of Standard Chartered Bank's (Stanchart) core businesses, which had more than 500 offices in about 50 countries. One of Singapore's few high-powered women bankers, she broke the "old boys' club" culture in the financial world. She is also the first woman to chair International Enterprise Singapore.



CHEONG 
KOON HEAN

As chief executive, the 56-year-old had led the Urban Redevelopment Authority in transforming Singapore's skyline and turning Marina Bay into an icon. Dr Cheong is now chief executive of Housing Board which, together with Canadian design firm Urban Strategies, bagged an award last November for their master plan of Punggol.



ANNABEL PENNEFATHER

She was the first female president of the Singapore Hockey Federation from 2004 to 2012. The former national hockey player, 65, became Singapore's first woman chef de mission to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She now sits on the nation's National Olympic Council as one of its four vice-presidents.



KIRSTIE GANNAWAY

The 24-year-old is a rising force in the man's world of mixed martial arts (MMA). She beat Malaysian Adek Omar in her One Championship debut last November and beat Filipino fighter April Osenio in One FC 25 Age Of Champions last month.



- SOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, DIVERSITY ACTION COMMITTEE
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