2018 - 2020 Board Nominees Profiles
 
 
President
Aurélie Saada 

Aurelie Saada has about 12 years of international experience in risk management and consulting, both in banking and insurance business. She has experience in risk matters covering various areas, as well as knowledge in product development, conduct risk, compliance and regulatory matters. Born in France, she discovered Singapore through an exchange program in 2004 and fell in love with this country, its culture and the food since then. She definitively moved to Singapore in 2010 with her family: she’s currently heading the risk department at AIG Singapore and is part of the executive committee. She holds a Master in Management in Audit and Consulting from a French international business school as well as a few local certifications from the Singapore College of Insurance.

Aurelie truly believes in developing diversity at work and increasing ethics in our day to day. She’s currently part of a corporate group raising inclusion and awareness on disabled persons in the working environment. Through her previous job positions, she was also part of associations promoting women empowerment in the banking industry.

Aurelie is involved in the local community by being a member of Riding with Disabled Association since 2010, where she helps disabled persons to overcome their handicaps through horse-riding lessons. This was the perfect combination to merge her passion for horse riding with her will to help others reaching different goals.

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Vice President
Katia Melazzi

Katia is a marketing and strategy professional with extensive experience in a variety of international roles in FMCG and not-for-profit companies. Her track record includes driving business growth in multiple geographies and the effective repositioning of leading coffee and cosmetic brands. She is also a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment and leadership. 

Katia is currently serving as President for Tabitha Foundation Singapore - a not-for-profit organisation focusing on lifting underprivileged Cambodian families out of poverty through different Programmes. She is also President for Nokor Tep Society Singapore - a company supporting the construction of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Phnom Penh. 

In her most recent assignment with Mondelez International she was given the responsibility to lead a multi-functional and multi-country Venture Team to deliver a European Snacking Strategy. 

She holds a Master in Marketing & Communication and a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Katia has been working in several countries and living in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and now Singapore.

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Secretary
Clare Holmes  

Clare Holmes is an Administration Manager from the UK. She grew up in South Wales and has over 13 years experience working for MNCs in the UK and Middle East, with extensive corporate board level experience in HNW client and stakeholder environments.
 
Clare enjoys travelling, exploring new places and visiting historical sites, museums and cathedrals.
 
 

 
Treasurer 
Liisa Taipale

Liisa Taipale is an international leader, with over 20 years of experience in leading strategic transformations of the finance functions for leading multinational companies. She has worked extensively across Europe, the United States, and has over 10 years of experience in Singapore/Asia Pacific.

Liisa came first time to Singapore in 1997 to set up Nokia APAC financial management reporting function. 1998 she joined a global, Nokia wide transformation program, to lead the implementation of the new financial accounting platform in all Nokia APAC entities. She subsequently held several global leadership positions in Nokia Shared Accounting Services organisation. In 2007 Liisa moved to Germany for two years to lead the finance function integration of Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture. After her return to Singapore in 2009 she set up her own company Muutos Consulting Pte Ltd. Muutos means change in Finnish. She has supported corporations like Olympus Singapore and more recently a Finnish multinational corporation, Vaisala Inc. in the USA in their finance function transformations. Liisa joined PrimeTime in 2010.

Liisa enjoys traveling, scuba diving and riding her motorcycle. She also loves long walks and good movies.
 

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Operations Director 
Liona Potrikus

Liona Potrikus was born in the Netherlands from a German father and Dutch/ Indonesian mother. She knew at an early age that she wanted to discover the world, travel and work abroad. And so she did, during her studies of International Business and Languages she did her internship in Spain and not long after completing her studies she worked in the world of tourism in Egypt, Italy, Croatia and Sri Lanka.

She fell in love with a Sri Lankan and together they came to Singapore 2007, where she worked in the relocation industry for 8 years. In 2015 she changed her career path and started the office in Singapore for a Dutch dairy trading company where she is responsible for developing the business. She has held positions in business development, public relations, account management and department management. 

She has been on the PrimeTime Board since 2016 and her wish is that all women in Singapore would become part of the PrimeTime community. The community (for women and run by women) truly inspires her to be the best she can be, and the community shows her everyday again how important the role of a woman is in business, in the family and in a social environment.

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Marketing Director
Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis runs her own business working with high-profile talent at professional services companies, brands you've heard of and brands you will hear of soon, to create delightful and productive digital experiences for their clients. She has always enjoyed exploring the impact of technology on work and society, specifically the digital disruption of marketing, legal services and social justice efforts in spaces like gender equality and anti-corruption.

Sarah has over a decade of experience in marketing, comms, brand building, business development and events, using both digital and non-digital channels and tools. She specialises in digital marketing and pioneered this function in Asia Pacific for the world's largest law firm, Baker Mckenzie; contributing significantly to it's position as the world's most-followed law firm. This hs given her valuable experience in driving organisational change. She started her career at Euromoney Institutional Investor creating events and managing relationships with high-profile speakers.

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Membership Director 
Justine Pierce

Justine is a US-trained attorney advising startups in Singapore with Upstart Alliance, specializing in commercial contracts. Before moving to Singapore in January 2017, Justine worked in the public sector as an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado. Between university and law school, Justine gained 9 years’ experience in university administration and publishing. A common thread weaving through all of Justine’s professional experiences is language. An English major at university, and a voracious reader from age 4, being a lawyer enables Justine to deal with language as her chosen profession every day, and she absolutely adores it. When not geeking out on comma placement, Justine is glad to be past her one-year anniversary of relocating to Singapore, sweating less, enjoying the climate, and looking forward to getting even more stamps in her passport this year.
 
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Programmes Director 
Ling Chong
 
Ling has 18 years of Corporate Citizenship experiences. Fresh from her career break as the Head, Human Resources (APAC), Ling CHONG remains driven and result oriented. Apart from volunteering her time to worthy causes, Ling is also the pro-bono HR/Talent Advisor to Start-ups owned by Singaporean Entrepreneurs. Holding two respective masters degrees in Education (Andragogy) and Strategic HR Management, Ling is a Human Resources Business Partner by Profession. She specializes in Capabilities Building, Talent and Leadership as well as Organizational/Culture Development.

As a passionate Learning, Talent and OD advocate, Ling is also trained in Organizational Psychology with a post-Graduate Diploma and certified as a Career Coach, DISC Consultant, MBTI Administrator and ACTA Trainer cum Assessor.
 
Born and grew up in Singapore, Ling is a native Singaporean Hakka. She is deeply influenced by traditional Hakka values and practices (she still double boils soup on charcoal for her family). Ling enjoys holidays with family, chit-chatting with friends and love writing dairies in her personal space.

 
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Special Programmes Director
Miqi Zhu

Miqi Zhu has started her career as Human Resources professional 4 years ago with AIG. She is currently working in APAC Talent Management team, overseeing performance management and talent development programs across the region.

Miqi has a variety of culture experience in the past few years, working in Singapore, Japan and most recently in Hong Kong. Despite the changes in roles and locations, Miqi is constantly involving in Diversity & Inclusion work, playing key roles in driving Employee Resources Group (ERG) and culture transformation within the organization. In the past 2 years, she has driven efforts to launch the new LGBT & Allies ERG in HK and Young Professionals ERG in Singapore serving as committee chair.

Born in China, Miqi was offered scholarship to study in National University of Singapore after high school and has obtained bachelor degree with Honors in Statistics, double major in Economics. Miqi is a strong believer in equality and diversity and hope to contribute to women empowerment further in PrimeTime.

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Events Director
Sunita Riar
 

Sunita Riar is a half Spanish half Punjabi Singaporean, born in Malaysia, though studied in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and England till her university years. This has made her a dynamic person full of love of different cultures and backgrounds from a very young age.

She has worked in the aviation, IT, media communications, education and Insurance industries in Europe and Asia. She absolutely loves capturing moments and events and is often seen taking photos and videos to share with everyone around her the beauty of loving each day as if it is your last as she believes living each moment with no regrets.

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Outreach Director
Rahma Assante

Rahma Assante has 14 years experience in Market Research, Branding and Retail. She started her career in the IT and Telecom industry and moved to the FMCG sector. She is currently Regional Director in the Market Research Industry.

With a Moroccan and French bi-cultural background, Rahma was confronted early to the reality of gender gap and inequality of opportunities. Living in Singapore for over a decade, she has been a constant advocate of women leadership in the workplace. 

Outside of the corporate world she is involved in local initiatives in Singapore and SEA region to support Single Mothers and empower them to rise above their circumstances. She is as well a volunteer with the Humanitarian Group of the French School in Singapore and regularly helps with non-profit initiatives and fund-raising.

A firm believer that every small action counts, Rahma is passionate about giving a strong voice to women and girls. 

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Partnerships Director
Denise Jaschke

Denise has over 25 years of work experience in various fields, left school when she was 16, starting her career in Logistic, currently working as a commercial director for INK, a successful travel media publishing house. Denise has successfully changed the lives of many through life & business coaching. She has extensive experience in sales, sales and leadership training. The overall working environment that Denise was exposed to made her an effective problem solver and fast thinker. Finding solutions in unconventional ways is one of her specialities. Thinking outside the box and being NLP trained makes her a successful business women.

Denise is from Germany. She lived in London for over 11 years before moving to Singapore in 2016. Her passions are scuba diving and other outdoor activities like hiking, trekking and running. Through sport, mainly Basketball, she has developed an incredible sense for teamwork.

One of her philosophies in life is to make a stranger smile every day before arriving at work.  

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