Telling Your Story for Board Roles

Date: 24 November 2015, Tuesday

As part of the Diversity Action Committee (DAC)’s initiative to increase the active pool of women Board Director candidates, the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) partnered Ms Elaine Yew of Egon Zehnder to organize a workshop to share insights of competencies that boards are seeking in board directors and how potential women directors could best tell the story of their career for board roles. She also offered 5 key tips on networking. This is a follow-up activity after DAC’s successful Conference for Women as Board Directors.


Ms Elaine Yew
Member of Global Executive Committee
Managing Partner, Singapore

Elaine Yew is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Executive Committee, and concurrently the Managing Partner of the Singapore office. Elaine’s work is focused on senior level executive search and leadership development, specifically the succession planning for CEO and other C-level positions. She is also actively involved in advisory work on board effectiveness and succession.

Elaine joined Egon Zehnder in 2000 in London and spent her first nine years with the firm there, developing the private equity practice in Europe. Before joining the firm, Elaine was an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs in the European Equities Division, based in London. Earlier, she was a Consultant with Monitor Company, working across Europe with clients in diverse sectors. She started her career with the Singapore Economic Development Board where she was at the centre of early regionalization work, helping Singapore companies develop their presence in Indochina and Myanmar in the early 1990’s. Elaine’s first passion was the theatre and she has a BA (Hons) in English & Drama from the University of Kent and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Elaine serves on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore, and is on the independent Nominating Committee of BW Offshore, listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus group of schools in Singapore, and on the Board of Leap Philanthropy Ltd, a humanitarian organization that works to empower communities across Southeast Asia to achieve self-reliance.


Diversity Action Committee

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) was formed in August 2014 with the objective of building up the representation of women directors on boards of companies in Singapore.  The Committee comprises 15 leaders and professionals from the private, people and public sectors.  The Committee is chaired by Mr Magnus Bocker, the former Chief Executive Officer Singapore Exchange Ltd, and its Adviser is Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament of Singapore.  For more information about DAC, please refer to

Egon Zehnder

Egon Zehnder is the world’s leading privately held executive search and talent management consultancy with more than 400 consultants in 69 offices across 41 countries. The firm provides senior-level executive search, board search and advisory, CEO succession, family business advisory, as well as leadership assessment and development to the world’s most respected organizations. Egon Zehnder’s clients range from the largest corporations to emerging growth companies, family and private-equity controlled entities, government and regulatory bodies, and major educational and cultural organizations.

The worldwide success of our firm has been built on our insights into the people dynamics of corporations and their leadership requirements at the highest levels. Our unique culture of seamless collaboration and global knowledge-sharing allows us to go well beyond recruitment in facilitating and influencing business relationships toward value creation. Our clients benefit from knowing what we know, everywhere.


Diversity Action Committee and Egon Zehnder reserves the right to cancel the conference or amend the date, schedule, venue and speaker(s) due to circumstances beyond our control.