Monday, August 31 2020

5 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday, Aug 31, 2020 5 p.m.
American Association of …


For many of us, the recent global pandemic has served as a powerful change agent in our lives, necessitating adaptation, provoking innovation and triggering us to reflect and ask searching questions.

Change of such magnitude and impact can be a complex and highly personal topic, but there is good news - it is also one that contains many shared stories that connect us and inspire us as a community.

Join us on August 31 as H.E. Lynn McDonald, H.E. Margriet Vonno and Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei share their personal journeys, reflections and insights during a time of change, moderated by Professor Tommy Koh.

Jointly organized by The American Club Singapore, American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, American Association of Singapore and Canadian Association of Singapore.

Admission is complimentary for members and their friends.

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- Panel speakers
- Opening Performance by The SAS Pitches


Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and Ambassador to the United States of America


- H.E. Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore
- H.E. Margriet Vonno, Ambassador of The Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei
- Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore 


Teo Su Chern, International Women’s Day Working Group

About the Speakers: 

H.E. Lynn Mc Donald
High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Lynn is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom (IB, 1987) as well as of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College (BA High Distinction, International Relations & Economics, 1991) and Faculty of Law (LLB, 1994). She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and joined Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in 1996. During her time in Ottawa, Ms. McDonald worked in the Legal Bureau, the Trade Law Bureau, and the Trade Policy Bureau of GAC. In her most recent assignment at GAC headquarters, she served as the Director of the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division (TMI) where she oversaw the negotiation of the intellectual property provisions of Canada’s bilateral and multilateral trade agreements (2011-2014). Her positions overseas have included as legal advisor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1999-2002) and Counsellor and Head of the trade policy section at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. (2005-2009). Her most recent assignment abroad was as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao (2014-2016). Lynn is married and has two children.

H.E. Margriet Vonno
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei

In August 2017 Margriet was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei. She studied International Relations at Utrecht University, and holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. In 1990 she started her career at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held various positions in New York, Washington DC, Brussels and The Hague. Before becoming Netherlands Ambassador in Singapore she was Director at the Strategy and Policy Advice Department at the Netherlands Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment from 2014-2017 and Deputy Director of the Europe Department at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2011-2014. Margriet was a member of the advisory board of Velocity, the international cycling conference that was held in the Netherlands in June 2017. She is also a board member of the Dutch Association of Public Management. She is married to Martin Vonno and they have one daughter, Leda.

Dr Hsien-Hsien Lei
Chief Executive Officer
The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with nearly 5,000 members representing over 600 companies. Hsien is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centers in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien also has extensive experience in corporate communications, advertising and promotion, and government affairs.

Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was the recipient of a US National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease pidemiology Training Grant. Her doctoral thesis explored the genetic epidemiology of end-stage renal disease and type 2 diabetes. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at National Taiwan University Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine. Hsien also holds a BA (with honors) in Human Biology from Stanford University.

About the Moderator: 

Professor Tommy Koh
Singapore’s Former Permanent Representative to United Nations in New York;
Former Ambassador to the United States oF America

Professor Tommy Koh is currently the Professor of Law at NUS; Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Rector of the Tembusu College at NUS; Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Special Adviser to IPS. Professor Koh has received awards from the Governments of Singapore, Chile, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the United States. He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Asia Research Institute (NUS) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Master’s Degree on Environmental Management (NUS). He is also the Co-chairman of the Asian Development Bank’s Advisory Committee on Water and Sanitation. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SymAsia Foundation of Credit Suisse (pro bono). Professor Koh received the Champion of the Earth Award from UNEP and the inaugural President’s Award for the Environment from Singapore. He was conferred with honorary doctoral degrees in law by Yale and Monash Universities. Harvard University conferred on him the Great Negotiator Award in 2014.


The International Women’s Working Group was formed in January 2019, when a group of women first came together and collectively built a dream to jointly organize the first International Women’s Day (IWD) event at The American Club Singapore. 

In March 2019, after numerous discussions, we launched our inaugural IWD evening, receiving an overwhelming response which filled The Galbraith Ballroom to capacity. We were thankful for the speakers, panelists and performers who each played a pivotal role in shaping a fulfilling evening. We were equally thrilled and inspired by the response to our first jointly-held women’s event at The American Club Singapore.

As a collective consisting of The American Club Singapore, The American Chamber of Commerce, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, American Women’s Association, American Association of Singapore and Canadian Association of Singapore, we believe in the synergy of collaboration and we recognize events as a powerful platform for people to come together to engage in deeper conversation, create community and celebrate one another. The global pandemic in 2020 put our planned March 2020 evening on pause, but, energetic and undeterred, we continued our collaboration in the background while waiting for the right time to bring the community together again.

In August 2020, we will launch our first virtual women’s event, themed Celebrating Women in a Time of Crisis and Adversity. We are delighted that three outstanding women have accepted our invitation to join us on a panel - H.E. Lynn Macdonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore, H.E. Margriet Vonno, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei and Dr Hsien-Hsien Lei, CEO, The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. We are also excited to have the Singapore American School All Girl’s Choir perform a capella for attendees that evening.

We warmly invite you to join us as we come together on Monday, August 31. We look forward to sharing with you an evening of conversation, stories and entertainment. 


Su Chern Teo
The International Women’s Working Group

Questions? Please contact the AAS office at 6738 0371 or email

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