The HEAD Foundation hosted a hybrid gathering for its fellows and members of its advisory board on 28 and 29 March 2022 in One Farrer Hotel, Singapore. This provided a valuable platform for the more than 30 invitees and staff, including nine overseas participants from Germany, France, the United States, Hong Kong and Malaysia, to get updates on the foundation’s current work, exchange ideas for its future development, and reconnect in person and via Zoom.
Opening the event was Mr Ho Swee Huat, giving his welcoming remarks as the Chairman of the Foundation’s board. Acting CEO and Board Member Mr Lim Yu Book then presented the current state of the Foundation. Mr CD Liang, Director of Development, and Mr Vignesh Naidu, Director of Operations, together with representatives from key project partners, reported in greater detail on the status and achievements of various education and healthcare projects supported and managed by the Foundation.
The first of two keynote speeches was delivered by Ms Sooinn Lee, CEO of Enuma Inc., sharing her views and experience on “Bridging the COVID Education Gap for Young Learners”. Joining the event via Zoom to deliver the second keynote speech was Dr Brent Bauer from Mayo Clinic who spoke on “East-West Integrative Healthcare”. Members of the Foundation’s advisory board, including its Chairman Prof Dr Cham Tao Soon, gave plenary talks over the course of the proceedings as well.
Looking toward the future, the Foundation’s three-year strategic plan was presented to the participants who subsequently provided feedback and shared ideas during a brainstorming session on the second day of the event.
As the Foundation continues to grow, it aims to strengthen existing ties and expand its reach and networks to gather more expert ideas that can guide its path to creating a greater impact in Asia.
While the many activities scheduled kept guests busy, they were also treated to a gala dinner in the ballroom of One Farrer and entertained by performances from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra string quartet. Adding a special touch to the occasion, the Foundation published a commemorative issue of THINK magazine to guests, featuring articles contributed by fellows and members of the advisory board.
As the Foundation continues to grow, it aims to strengthen existing ties and expand its reach and networks to gather more expert ideas that can guide its path to creating a greater impact in Asia. Organising events like this on a regular basis provides the ideal platform for such constructive interactions.