SINGAPORE, 27 NOVEMBER 2023 – The Board of WWF-Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore) announced today that Vivek Kumar will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st January 2024. He will build upon the foundation laid by the outgoing CEO, R. Raghunathan, during his more than three and a half years of service.
Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman of the WWF-Singapore board, said “The Board appreciates Raghu’s dedicated service to the organisation. Under Raghu’s leadership, the organisation navigated the challenges posed by the pandemic and achieved growth in local conservation efforts and community engagements. We are confident that the organisation is poised to achieve an even greater impact under his successor, Vivek, and his team.”
R. Raghunathan, CEO of WWF-Singapore thanked the organisation for the opportunity to create real impact. “I took over as the CEO of WWF-Singapore during the Covid period. It has been a remarkable journey leading the organisation to deliver highly relevant conservation work in Singapore and around the region. l am glad that WWF-Singapore is on a stronger footing today with a designated successor in place.”
His successor, Vivek Kumar, brings a wealth of diverse leadership experience spanning over two decades, including notable tenures at multinational corporations, and in Singapore’s public sector. Vivek was previously an Assistant Director-General at the National Trades Union Congress and a Board Member of Labour Movement entities such as NTUC Link. He has also served as a board member at Enterprise Singapore, Infocomm Media Development Authority and Assurity Trusted Solutions (a wholly owned subsidiary of GovTech Singapore).
His journey at WWF-Singapore started in 2021 as the Chief of Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising, where he forged partnerships to raise crucial support for the work of WWF-Singapore. He is also the architect of the inaugural WWF Global Earth Hour Summit 2023.
“WWF-Singapore strives to bring people together to act for nature and our shared well-being. This purpose is more relevant for our planet today than perhaps ever before. It is an honour to be designated to lead a team of talented and dedicated fellow Pandas at WWF-Singapore. We will work with our donors, supporters, corporate partners, and policymakers to create a sustainable future for all of us. “ said Vivek.
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WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
As one of WWF’s international hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network spanning over 100 countries. We work to meet key conservation goals, such as tackling deforestation and illegal wildlife trade, as well as promoting food security, sustainable finance, and sustainable consumption. For more information, visit wwf.sg.