Meet the people behind the Foundation

Behind make-a-wish

Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Mr Paul Vinod D'Souza

Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and holds a BA degree from London Business School. He currently works at Navigators Insurance Company, as their Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for the Asia region. Prior to his current position, Paul has held positions at Chubb Insurance and First Data Corporation in the UK and Singapore. He had also held senior finance roles over the course of 12 years at Citibank in UK and India. Date of appointment - 14 Aug 2014

Vice Chairman

Mr Rajendra Pai

Raj is a Partner and Investment Committee Member at Navis Capital Partners, a US$ 5 billion private equity firm specializing in direct equity investments in growth, buyouts, recapitalizations, and financial restructurings in Asia, with a particular focus on enterprises with a strong presence in Southeast Asia. Raj has an extensive investment and portfolio management experience, both in Asia and the US, across industry sectors such as food, consumer, infrastructure, financial services, logistics, TMT and healthcare. Raj has worked and lived in Mumbai, London, New York and now calls Singapore home. He has been a Wish Granter and remains actively involved with Make-A-Wish since 2007. Date of appointment - 11 Jun 2015

Treasurer

Mr David Ong Kok Yeong

David is a partner with EY Singapore where he leads the Asean Corporate Services practice. He has more than 20 years of experience advising companies on the set up of businesses and their back-office support like accounting, payroll and corporate secretarial functions. His extensive portfolio of clients comprises multinationals and local businesses, spanning various industries such as general trading, shipping, manufacturing and assembly, retail, PE funds, pharmaceutical and property development. David and his family have been actively involved in fund raising and wish granting activities for Make-A-Wish Singapore. Being a father of three young children, it means a lot to him to be able to contribute and help bring hope and happiness to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Date of appointment- 28 Nov 2016

Director

Dr Claire Tan

Claire joined the Make-A-Wish Singapore in 2018 as an Advisor, and was appointed into their Board of Directors in 2019. Claire is a communications professional blessed with diverse career experiences traversing academe, editorial, media, corporate training, marketing, and government. In her last 10 years as a government communicator, Claire worked in five Government Ministries handling communication research, press relations, marketing communications, social media, and nation/country branding. She was the first civilian to be appointed Director of Public Communications and Press Secretary in Singapore's Ministry of Defence in 2014. She is responsible for setting up the country's National Marketing Office in 2017, and recently set up a new Singapore (SG) Brand Office in Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information in Jun 2019. Date of appointment - 19 June 2019

Director

Ms Gillian Tay Weng Boon

Gillian has been a passionate active volunteer since 2006 with MAW, she chairs the Community Partnership Committee. Her professional career span from the real estate, fashion, hospitality, investment, business development, events and creative industry. She is the founder/owner of a consultancy firm dealing with local & global alternative investment, project development & management. Currently, she is also the Director/Key Executive Officer of a public-listed company over-seeing their property development, investment & fit-out division. Besides her professional career, she holds these other positions: Fiabci International Real Estate Federation, Vice President of Nomination Committee since 2013; Fiabci Singapore, she is the Secretary General since 2008; Council Member of Institute of Estate Agents since 2018. Date of appointment - 25 Jun 2014

Director

Mr Chang Weilong Ivan

Ivan is currently Adjunct Faculty Mentor, Singapore Management University. His journey with Make-A-Wish Singapore began in 2007, when he was motivated to do his part for children with life-threatening illnesses. He has now granted the most number of wishes the organisation has ever seen, helping the dreams of 80 children come true. Ivan has also spearheaded Make-A-Wish Singapore's digital transition, by ramping up its online donations portal as well as leading efforts to fully digitise the organisation's activities and processes. Date of appointment - 12 Mar 2018

Director

Dr Jeremy Lin

Jeremy is a paediatrician and child neurologist with the National University Hospital, Singapore. As part of his daily work, he and his team takes care of children with various neurological conditions such as life-threatening or life-limiting brain and nervous system injuries. Jeremy has been working closely with Make-A-Wish Singapore for several years, referring his patients for their wishes to be granted. He saw how the wishes impacted on his patients and families in terms of providing happiness, hope and inspiration, in intangible ways that medicine alone cannot provide. He is glad to serve Make-A-Wish Singapore on the Board of Director to contribute in terms of his medical expertise and to grant wishes to as many children with life-threatening medical conditions, as we possibly can. Date of appointment - 9 May 2019

Director

Mr Sean Hesh

Sean joined Citibank in 2010. His responsibilities currently span across Network Management, Merchant Acquiring, Digital Payments, and SME Commercial Cards in Asia Pacific and EMEA. As the Regional Head of Network Management, he is responsible for Citi’s Issuing and Acquiring relationship with all of the Payment Networks including Visa, MasterCard, Amex, CUP, Diners and JCB as well as a variety of domestic National Payment Systems. Additionally, Sean is responsible for strategy, product management and best practices across Citi’s Merchant Acquiring, Digital Payments and Commercial Cards businesses across Citi’s 16 market footprint. Sean is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Date of appointment - 26 Sept 2018