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October 9, 2023
Singapore, North East

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The Grand Multi-Purpose Hall
GIIS SmartCampus, Punggol
Level 1
Singapore, North East, 828649
Event type:
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Aarti Chidambaram

Senior Psychologist and Clinical Therapist at the Relational
Trained as a clinical therapist, Ms Aarti works extensively with Developmental Trauma and Attachment Wounds. A Senior Psychologist and APSATS Board Member, who is passionate about providing mental health care and support to individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with various issues, such as trauma, addiction, conflict, and stress. She also has a Master's degree in Psychology from Delhi University and 11+ years of experience in the field. She has achieved significant success working with individuals, both adults and children and she has found her true calling in helping people heal themselves from inside and out. Aarti’s portfolio of work also includes work with those in the sphere of emotional and behavioural challenges. She works tirelessly with teenagers and young adults who are most at risk from self-harm, suicide, depression, eating disorders and body image issues.

Aditya Dongre

Grade 12 Student at GIIS
He is a dedicated and intellectually curious student in the 12th grade, whose passion for history and chess sets him apart from his peers. From a young age, Aditya has been captivated by the stories of the past, delving into the intricacies of different eras and civilizations. His fascination with history extends beyond textbooks. Outside the classroom, Aditya can often be found hunched over a chessboard, contemplating his ⁿnext move. Chess is not just a game to him; it's a strategic challenge that sharpens his analytical thinking and decision-making skills. Aditya's dream is to combine his love for history and his analytical prowess by becoming a lawyer.

Damita Jain

Grade 12 Student at GIIS
As sweet as a bee, as fresh as a daisy, Damita is an enthusiastic, extroverted student. She uses writing as a way to express herself. All the elements of facing adversities while living far from home, on a full scholarship in Singapore, inspired her to talk about something that everyone could or would relate to in the next few years. She might seem closed off and shy at first, but Damita is one of the most friendly people who'd love talking to you for hours about anything. With the burst of craziness with which she enters a room, she makes sure to efficiently complete all tasks that come her way. As part of an NYC based zine called "alfaaz", Damita aims to bring impactful changes in the world through her writing.

Edison Ang Huixiang

Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University
Prof Edison is widely recognized for his expertise in the field of 2D materials and has received numerous awards in acknowledgment of his contributions, he also actively participates as a member in various professional organizations. He aims to develop novel materials and a broad spectrum of nanotechnologies for energy, water, and food nexus applications, support Singapore’s strategic initiatives and industries in the above areas by developing patentable and marketable technologies and intellectual property and establish an internationally recognized group of excellence in nanotechnology for energy-water-food nexus. His diverse experiences and extensive affiliations underline his unwavering commitment to advancing research and knowledge within the materials science and engineering field.

Ioana Dumea

Strategy and Operations Professional
She is a strategy and operations professional, in management consulting from top firms, such as EY, BCG, and Everis / NTT Data. Having spearheaded change management for Post Merger Integration (PMI) practices, she is good at identifying people & culture-related risks and developing & implementing solutions to achieve alignment with organisational vision and goals. Her unique strengths include an ability to understand and solve problems by viewing them from multiple perspectives. While analytical and metrics-driven, she also has keen communication skills and a talent for leading cross-culturally. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian, and her areas of expertise include Strategy & Operations, Culture & Change Management, Post-M&A Integration, Strategic HR Leadership, Operations Optimization, Cultural/HR, Business, and Digital Transformation.

Ira Pathak

Grade 12 Student at GIIS
Ira Pathak exemplifies dedication and unwavering commitment. She is currently a high school senior and moved to Singapore last year on a full ride scholarship for two years owing to her academic and athletic prowess. Having proudly represented India at the Junior World Cup as an international fencer, she is eager to recount her remarkable journey spanning over 8 years. She is a national champion with numerous awards under her belt.

Maggie Gorse

Managing Director at Verlion
She pursues research & consulting projects that focus on two areas of business expertise. Advisor to management of major multinationals as well as to start-ups, Maggie Gorse works with clients in a wide range of industries on their innovation projects. She has written numerous customized business case studies for corporations and universities, commissioned by clients in Aerospace, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Media and other fields, treating questions of risk management in innovative ventures, new business models assessment and design, and valuation of new projects.

Mohammed El Rafai

IBM Distinguished Engineer, and IBM Academy of Technology Technical Leadership Team Member
Dr. Mohammed graduated with honors 1994 from the Electrical and Communication Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. He completed his Master’s and Ph.D. with honors in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1998. Dr. Elrefai has in depth experience in AI since 1996 and is helping organizations identify the most appropriate uses cases to apply generative AI to achieve the best return on investments.

Swapnil Mishra

Founder of
Swapnil Mishra has spent over two decades in the banking industry, building and growing wealth management businesses in banks across Asia, the UK, and the Middle East. During this time, he helped investors of all backgrounds navigate their financial journeys, through innovative products and services to best serve his clients. He has also been an Adjunct Teaching Mentor at the Singapore Management University since 2017, and is also on the board of We Care Community Service, a Singapore based SSA. Mr. Swapnil is also an accomplished author, having written three books, His latest book, Investing for the Clueless, Reckless and the Overly Cautious, empowers the readers in their investing journey through storytelling and reflections. A regular guest on MoneyFM 89.3 Radio, Mr Swapnil can be heard talking about investing.

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