Doris Goh, in her 50s, Chief Marketing Officer, Two Roads Hospitality
With a distinguished career spanning more than twenty years in the hospitality industry, Doris is the first Asian woman to serve as education chairperson at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in Asia as well as their representative on the Asia Pacific Council. Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Two Roads Hospitality, Doris is redefining the concept of luxury travel. “Luxury is many things to different people. For me it’s about living graciously, where people will want to do something for someone without expecting anything in return, about being in a community where people care enough to practice good neighbourliness,” she says. Graciousness is the cornerstone of Alila’s branding, which Doris has worked tirelessly to perfect. Considering that Alila, which means ‘surprise’ is Sanskrit, is seen as one of the foremost luxury boutique destinations in the world is a testament that her work paying off.
Read more about Doris here.
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Jeri Chua, 42, Ultra Marathon Runner & Founder, Red Dot Running Company
A former physical education teacher, Jeri Chua began running ultra-marathons in 2009. She has since completed the 400 kilometre Ultra Trail Gobi in China’s Gobi Desert, finishing second female overall and becoming the first Singaporean woman to complete such an ultra-distance. “I realised then that no one can help you across the finish line,” she says of her journey. “You have to find it within yourself. You can find support in other people but at the end of the day, it’s your choice to make whether you want to carry on or not.” Jeri is currently working on building up the ultra-running community in Singapore and Southeast Asia through the Red Dot Running Company. On a personal scale, she’s also planning to run the length of New Zealand next year in under 60 days. That’s some 3,000 km!
Read more about Jeri here.
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Dr Rosemary Tan, 48, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Veredus Labs
Dr Rosemary serves as the Chief Executive Office of Veredus Labs, a Singapore-based medical diagnostics company. Her firm has made headlines for developing a test kit that can detect seven major tropical diseases, including Zika and dengue, from just a drop of blood. “We’re at the cutting edge of technology. We have shrunk an entire lab onto a chip that’s the size of a fingernail,” she explains. “As long as a specimen contains DNA, we can tell you what pathogens are contained in it.” Her inspiration? Sci-fi television series, Star Trek. “There is a clinic on board the Starship Enterprise with a scanner that detects all kinds of diseases in humans and it can tell you why you’re sick,” she explains. “I thought if they could have one on the show, why couldn’t we have one in real life? As a biologist, I knew I had to get a team together and create it.”
Read more about Dr Rosemary here.
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