CHAIRMAN, WWF-SINGAPORE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SINCE 21 DECEMBER 2020
SINCE 17 AUGUST 2015
Achal Agarwal is an accomplished executive with over 40 years of experience in leadership roles at successful global companies and a passion for human capital development. Most notably, Achal prioritises on encouraging and motivating his teams to innovate, digitalise, and develop them to be the leaders of the next generation.
As Chairman of the Board of the World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore (WWF-Singapore), Achal brings his vast experience in developing people, building teams, and leading transformative growth, to help achieve our purpose. His leadership at WWF- Singapore would be instrumental in helping address conservation and climate challenges such as deforestation, haze pollution, food security, plastics, sustainable finance, sustainable consumption and illegal wildlife trade. He also acts as an advisor to corporate partners on their transformation efforts which are grounded in sustainable purpose.
Achal has made a conscious effort to engage and develop future leaders at business schools such as INSEAD Asia Campus, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Management University. He has also been a keynote speaker at leadership forums organized by the Economist, EuroCham, Milken Institute and Human Capital Leadership Institute.
Achal was previously the President for Kimberly- Clark’s Asia Pacific business for more than 11 years. His last role at Kimberly-Clark was the Global Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, where he reported to the Global CEO and was a member of the Global Executive Leadership team. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Achal held senior leadership roles at PepsiCo.
Under Achal’s leadership, Kimberly-Clark embarked on an ambitious journey to reduce its environment footprint across Asia Pacific, through investments in renewable energy, expansion of recycling and reuse programs, sponsorship of leading industry standards such FSC certified pulp, and several afforestation programs. In Singapore, K-C installed one of the largest solar rooftops in the city on its manufacturing site in Tuas, partnered with NUS MSc in Environment Management program to promote the study of the circular economy, and drove innovation in manufacturing initiatives to divert waste from landfill.
In 2016, Achal was recognized as Asia Business Leader of the Year by CNBC.
Achal is currently a Non–Executive Director on the boards of Amcor, a global leader in developing and producing high-quality, responsible packaging, and SATS Ltd, Asia’s leading provider of food solutions and gateway services. Achal is based in Singapore with his wife and two daughters.
SINCE 01 MARCH 2016
Lye Lin-Heng is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and taught Environmental Law and Property Law for many years as a law professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. She was Vice-Dean and Director of the Faculty’s Graduate Programme from 1995-1998. She chaired the University’s Inter-Faculty Programme Management Committee on the multi-disciplinary Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) programme hosted by the School of Design and Environment from 2001 to 2018. She was Director of the Law Faculty’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) from 2013-2017. She retired in 2018 but remains an adjunct professor and Fellow of the Law Faculty, NUS teaching a course on Environmental Law.
She is a member of the Land Titles (Strata) Board, and was a member of the Housing Development Board and the Tenants’ Compensation Board. She was a member of the Ministry of Environment’s Committees on Environmental Education and on Waste Minimization and Resource Conservation in the Revised Singapore Green Plan 2012, and a member of the Technical Committee on National Drinking Water Quality Standards, National Environment Agency, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. She was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2016.
At the international level, Prof Lye was a member of the Board of Governors of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, and co-chair of its Teaching and Capacity-Building Committee. She was a resource person in capacity-building programs conducted by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Environment, Singapore. She was visiting Associate Professor at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, teaching a course on Comparative Environmental Law for many years (2003-2019).
SINCE 09 APRIL 2019
Dr Geh Min is an ophthalmologist with a strong interest in environmental issues.
She was President of Nature Society Singapore from 2000 to 2008 and still remains on the council as Immediate Past President. She also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament and was awarded the inaugural President’s Award for the Environment and the Honorary Watermark Award.
Dr Geh also serves on several boards and advisory councils including the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Limited, Centre for Nature- Based Climate Solution – NUS, The Duke-NUS Medical School, The Master of Science (Environmental Management), NUS and Birdlife International (Asia).
SINCE 09 APRIL 2019
Mr Abhijit Ghosh is an International Tax Partner and Tax Market Leader of PwC Singapore. He has more than 32 years of experience in advising, setting up and managing various cross-border complex business structures and operational models for MNCs, SMEs and NGPs as they expand globally using Singapore as a hub location.
Mr Abhijit was an Adjunct Associate Professor of NUS and conducted multiple IP Tax Strategy workshops for IP Academy/NUS. He was on the Board of Maxwell Chambers Pte Ltd (under Ministry of Law) which was responsible for promoting Singapore as an international arbitration centre. He also served as a Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
Currently he is the Treasurer and a council member of the Board for the Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages under the aegis of Ministry of Education and plays an active role as a management committee member of Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS).
SINCE 09 APRIL 2019
Ms Kan Shook Wah was a public servant who served in various senior appointments in the Ministry of Defence for over 35 years until her retirement in 2015. In 2001, she received The Public Administration Medal (Silver)
In 2013, Ms Kan founded the Dare to Dream Scholarship for students with disabilities at the Lasalle College of the Arts. The scholarship was extended to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. She is also active in the wider community in support of persons with disabilities.
As Director (Projects) at Ad Planet Group, Ms Kan focuses on projects that support the special needs, arts and health communities. She also sits on the boards of some private organisations and start-up charities
SINCE 20 NOVEMBER 2019
Susan de Silva is a certified Life & Executive Coach who helps people sustainably thrive in their lives and work. She has been a practicing lawyer for over 30 years, the majority of which were with the law firm she co-founded in 1994 until she stepped down in December 2018 to focus on her coaching practice.
Susan has a strong personal interest in nature and the environment. As a lawyer, Susan established her law firm’s practice on Environmental law, advising on industrial pollution control, energy and clean technology.
Her experience working with charities and corporates includes advising the former National Council of the Environment in its corporatisation to the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), an institution of public character with which she served as Director and Corporate Secretary. Susan also served as legal adviser to SAFECO which evolved into the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS).
Susan currently serves on the Employability & Employment committee of Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG), which is committed to rebuilding the lives of ex-offenders by helping them enhance their employability potential.
SINCE 09 APRIL 2019
Jit Nagpal serves as a member of the Board of Directors of WWF- Singapore. Jit is an advocate of work-life success for employees, and ensures that employees develop learning agility so that they keep learning through experiences. He supports them with systems for coaching, information technology and processes that enable them to complete their tasks within normal work hours so that they achieve their aspirations. He believes that employees and clients are integral part of our communities, and that creating a delightful experience for them is a way of giving back every day.
He is a founder/CEO of Sciente group which has won 30+ awards during 14 years with business interests in business technology consulting within banking, insurance industries and technology talent management services across the industries. He has played a leading role in the ICT industry for more than 33 years with rich work experience in business applications, IT systems integration, digital transformation, and technology talent management.
He is one of the active ICT Career Mentors since 2016, under ICT Career Compass initiative of Singapore Computer Society and WSG Singapore. He is also a brand ambassador of life- learning and Certified Career Advisor and Certified Career Practitioner by WSG Singapore. He is a charter member of TiE Singapore and SCS Technopreneurship SIG to add value to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Making the real impact in the lives of people and living a meaningful life are some of the values that Jit lives by every day.
SINCE 09 APRIL 2019
Mr Justin Seow is the founding principal of Albizia Capital, a boutique ASEAN consumer specialist investment firm, which has been working through its Responsible Investing framework with entrepreneurs to improve sustainability and mitigate negative environmental impact in their operations. He has served on corporate boards and been active with charities in the region.
SINCE 01 MAY 2021
Kirtida Mekani currently serves on the Board of Directors in WWF-Singapore. She has devoted her life to advocating for her passions for the environment, education, arts and business. Kirtida is seen as a change-maker in matters relating to our environment, biodiversity, climate change and nature-based solutions – and has championed many programmes that connect communities, corporations and students with nature.
As an entrepreneur, educationist and businesswoman with diverse experience in fundraising, institutional advancement, capacity building and promoting environmental causes, Kirtida also plays key roles in other environmental agencies serving on the board of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). She is a committee member on the NParks Garden City Fund Management Committee, and was the Executive Director of the Singapore Environment Council.
In the education space, Kirtida serves on the International Advisory Board of the Global Schools Foundation (Singapore), as well as the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) management committee. She was also a trustee on the Board of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) Foundation, chairing their fundraising committee. Kirtida uses her business acumen to raise funds for various institutions and causes, including the Singapore Management University, the Anglo-American School of Moscow, and others. Kirtida serves as Director on the Board of LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore.
In recognition of her outstanding efforts, Kirtida was bestowed the prestigious President’s Award for the Environment in 2015. She was also nominated for the Singapore Women Award in 2014, and recognised as a 2012 Community in Bloom (CIB) ambassador.
Outside of work, Kirtida is an accomplished artist and ceramist, whose works have been showcased at exhibitions across Singapore. Kirtida aspires to continue creating, funding and supporting initiatives that bring people together, drive education forward and nurture the minds of future generations.
SINCE 01 MAY 2021
Trina Liang serves on the Board of Directors in WWF-Singapore. She is a fund manager for a US5bn firm, focused on renewable energy investing in Asia. She is Singapore’s current representative to the G20 for Women.
She is President of Women in Sustainability and Environment (WISE) Singapore. In 2021, her new board appointments include World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and SPCA Singapore. She also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Singapore, Singapore Repertory Theatre, United Women Singapore and Victoria Junior College.
She is past president of UN Women Singapore and the Financial Women’s Association Singapore. And the past vice president of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations and co-lead of BoardAgender.
Past board appointments include Sentosa Development Corporation (audit); Singapore Institute of International Affairs (member), National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC, member), In 2014, she was appointed Chairperson of the Philanthropy in Asia summit organized by NVPC. From 2015 she was appointed co-chair of the President of Singapore’s Volunteer and Philanthropy Awards (PVPA). She together with her husband set up the Lin Foundation in 2016. In Nov 2018, she and her husband were named Forbes Asia’s 2018 Heroes of Philanthropy. Tatler’s Philanthropy award. In Aug 2018, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore named her on their Power List. In Nov 2018, Tatler awarded her the Philanthropy Award,
She was voted Woman of the Year (Business & Finance) by Women’s Weekly in 2006 and Her World’s Most Inspiring Women under 40 in 2010. She was named both Straits Times’ 50 Young Singaporeans to Watch (2004) and 20 Women to Watch (2006).
She has worked as a speech writer in political campaigns notably: the 2011 Presidential elections representing Dr Tony Tan (President of Singapore 2011- 2017) and Minister Lawrence Wong’s (Singapore’s Finance Minister) 2015 election campaign.
SINCE 01 May 2021
The co-founder and CEO of Sustenir Agriculture, Ben is the company’s resident tech expert and the brains behind Sustenir’s patented growing techniques.
At Sustenir, Ben leverages and optimises existing infrastructures to revolutionise traditional farming methods for the 21st century. His patented growing systems for Sustenir bring supply to the heart of demand by providing a controlled environment to enhance produce growth.
Passionate about sustainability, adaptive reuse and carbon footprint reduction, Ben’s goal in life is to formulate technology that gives back to communities – starting with healthy, nutritious food and with the long term aims of making a positive difference to the agricultural landscape and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Prior to starting Sustenir, Ben previously held roles in UOB and Citibank where he was Vice President of Marketing and Regional Vice President of Project Management respectively. During his time at Citibank, Ben oversaw the construction of their regional offices to meet sustainability standards. He was also a construction manager on Marina Bay Sands.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WWFS Conservation Fund
Mr Joseph K H Koh has been on the Board from August 2017 to 21 December 2020, and served as its Chairman from July 2018 to 21 December 2020. He was appointed a Senior Advisor to the Board on 30 April 2021, and became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the WWFS Conservation Fund on 12 October 2020. He has been researching spiders for more than 50 years. He has authored several photographic guides of Southeast Asian spiders and has published many scientific papers describing new species of Singaporean and Bornean spiders. Mr Koh is an honorary research affiliate of National Biodiversity Centre of the National Parks Board, and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum of the National University of Singapore. He is currently the Chairman of the Friends of Bukit Timah Forest. Mr Koh is a retired public service officer, having held various key appointments in the Ministry of Defence, Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, and served as the head of Singapore’s official missions in Australia and Brunei Darussalam. Mr Koh was conferred the President’s Award for the Environment in 2021.
Chairman of WWF-Singapore Board of Directors
Mrs Pearlyn Chong was appointed as a Trustee of WWFS Conservation Fund in August 2015. Mrs Chong is the managing partner and one of the co- founders of Lo Hock Ling & Co., an established chartered accountants’ firm in Singapore.
As a chartered accountant who has been in practice for more than 30 years, she has extensive experience providing accounting and business advisory services to multinational corporations, SMEs, government linked agencies, and non- profit organisations. Mrs Chong has served as a council member of CPA Australia Singapore Division, and currently serves as the chair-person of the Division’s Public Practice Committee.
She is a fellow member of the ISCA and CPA Australia and an Accredited Tax Advisor (Income tax and GST) registered with SCTP. She is also active in community services where she serves on the board of a number of charities and institutions of public character such as Autism Resource Centre, Pathlight School and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital.
Ms Chng Soh Koon was appointed as a Trustee of WWFS Conservation Fund in February 2015. Ms Chng is a communications professional who spent a great part of her career with WWF. Prior to joining WWF in 1988, she worked at the Singapore Government Information Service. Since returning to Singapore in early 2009, she has been working as a communications consultant.