2020-2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Elected at the AGM on 29 April 2020
Katia is an Executive Coach specialized in Leadership & Transitions. She brings together a unique combination of coaching and mentoring skills with a solid management background and geographic exposure across Europe & South East Asia.
Before transitioning to coaching, she has gained a proven expertise in Brand management, Business strategy, Marketing communication, and P&L Management as an executive in several roles in FMCG companies over a two-decade span.
Her track record includes driving business growth in multiple geographies, and the effective repositioning of leading coffee and cosmetic brands while holding full P&L responsibility.
In the past five years, she has developed a diverse experience in a variety of roles in the non-profit until serving as President for Tabitha Foundation and Nokor Tep Society.
She received an MBA in Marketing & Communication and a Master’s in Economics & Management from Bocconi University. She is a Certified Professional Coach, a certified NLP Practitioner, and holds ACC credentials from ICF.
Having lived an international life since her college time, she has faced the ups and downs of moving and working overseas as a student, as a single professional, as part of a couple, and as part of a family with children. This has given her an invaluable perspective on different cultures, business environments and a first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of change and transitions.
When not wearing the coach hat, she enjoys giving back to the society supporting women’s empowerment, experiencing new foods with her family, and traveling in the region.
Catherine originates from Canada and has spent the last eight years in Asia with her family. She has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry. Considered a business generalist she has spent time in leadership positions in marketing, sales, operations and government/NGO relations. Catherine has a passion to lead cross functional teams and work in complex VUCA environments. In 2018, Catherine made the transition from multi-nationals to start a new path as the regional director APAC for a global communication and events planning agency. Catherine is a strong supporter of women in leadership and actively supports the PrimeTime mission to help every woman reach their highest potential. In her spare time she loves to travel throughout Asia, hike in the jungle and sail on the Andaman Sea.
Katharina is a self-employed Management Consultant & Programme Manager who leads international teams to deliver innovative products to customers. Untangling complex projects, prioritising, solving problems and supporting teams in their decision-making process is how she adds value to her teams. Her team members trust her because she creates team identity and cohesion, gets the job done, challenges them where needed and always supports them.
An optimist at heart, she believes that with the right mix of ‘Can do’ attitude, dedication, generosity and wit, women can move mountains. Adding PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association and its strong support network to the equation, she is convinced members can provide each other with the right impetus and tools, build confidence and lift each other up to be ready for new challenges, may it be in their professional or personal life.
Get in touch with her on any questions regarding the association or to talk about exciting dive sites.
Shalini Ramachandran TREASURER
Saumya has about 9 years of International exposure in Strategic Partnerships & Business development along with Retail Planning & Merchandising. She had worked with sports and fashion brands before moving to Singapore, a post in which she entered the E-commerce and partnerships domain.
Understanding how marketing plays an important role, not only professionally but also on an individual level, she keeps herself updated by taking Social Media and Digital Marketing courses, and has the same vision of spreading awareness, supporting and educating people on the basic elements of marketing and its role in our day to day life from personal branding to becoming a Pro.
Born and raised in a beautiful hill station in India, Saumya moved to Singapore with her family in 2013 and is now well integrated in the local community by volunteering for the love of books and knowledge transfer at the National Library conducting & supporting in events focused on teaching the kids. For her support towards Green Revolution, you can spot her every other weekend volunteering at one of the parks. Still spending most of her time following her passion for Digital Commerce , she leads an active circle of her own in ‘Lean In’ to support and promote women in the Retail/E-commerce industry.
She is passionate about connecting with people and building lifelong connections; drop her a note and she will be happy to respond.
Susan is a CELTA trained English language coach and proofreader from the UK who took the decision to transition her career from finance and accounting and form her own company, Bond Street English, in 2018.
Before moving to Singapore she spent 15 years working for Allianz insurance, first as Financial Controller and then as Head of Business Improvement, and was responsible for managing a large team of project managers, customer service representatives and supplier network managers, before moving to Asia in 2014 with her husband.
Her personal and professional experiences in Asia include a role as General Manager at Expat Insurance Pte. Ltd, a niche insurance broker in Singapore, as well as living and working in Jakarta for 18 months in 2018/2019.
Susan’s organisational skills, together with her extensive finance and management experience have been a great asset in navigating the sometimes tricky path of running a small business. In addition, having worked in MNCs at senior management level, she has a unique insight in to large company cultures and working practices. This has proven essential when working with business people in Singapore who want to develop their spoken and written English in the workplace.
Having been a PrimeTime member for the majority of her time in Singapore, Susan recognises the importance of having a strong professional network and has made a lot of personal and professional connections through the association. She is keen to forge more partnerships with like-minded organisations in Singapore in order to give members the best possible opportunities for their personal growth and development.
Sheetal is a Business Development Strategist with a passion to drive growth through collaboration and ideation. She has extensive experience in the Media Industry with a proven track record of launching many successful business campaigns.
With a natural flair for leadership, she believes that a disciplined approach and the ability to strategically use tools are the key factors for business growth. Sheetal is currently serving as the Board Secretary for Tabitha Foundation Singapore – a not for profit organisation, which works tirelessly to promote self-sufficiency through savings, counselling and goal-setting programmes for the under-privileged Cambodian families. She is also the Project Lead for Tabitha Foundation’s first e-commerce portal. She serves as Board Secretary for NokorTep Society, Singapore, which supports the NokorTep hospital in Phnom Penh, specially built to give Cambodian women access to treatment that is unaffordable to them.
Having lived across Europe and Asia over the past 15 years, she’s a strong advocate for gender diversity, equality and inclusion. Her intrigue in culture, history and art led her to be fluent in French and also spend several years researching Medieval art. Her work now is being conceptualised into a book.
She strongly believes in helping women achieve their highest potential which was what drew her to PrimeTime. A passionate film maker, she has recently completed two short films on PrimeTime with the main objective of showcasing PrimeTime to the world and is now looking forward to working with some of the Special Interest Groups at PrimeTime to offer her business acumen in order to enhance their growth furthermore. Her vision for PrimeTime is for it have a global reach and to be a place which offers women the most powerful tool of reinventing themselves into who they want to be.