Our Board Of Directors

Aidha’s Board of Directors provide strategic direction and financial oversight to the organization.

Claudine Lim – Claudine is a Co-founder of Aidha. She works for a donor-funded privately managed infrastructure developer which aims to promote private sector investment in infrastructure in Asian developing countries. Her prior experience includes investor relations at an investment holding company, and strategic planning, business development and investor relations in the telecommunications sector.  She commenced her career with the Singapore Civil Service and held appointments in various Ministries. She previously served on the board of the National Committee for UNIFEM Singapore, where she has held positions of Treasurer and Vice-President at different times. Claudine is a President’s Scholar and has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and holds a Masters degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Saleemah Ismail – Saleemah is a Co-founder of Aidha. She started her career in the private sector before moving on to the non-profit sector with UN Women and UNDP. Currently she is working for a consulting firm where she focuses on gender issues, resource mobilization and engagement of private sector. Her prior experience includes strategic planning, business development, marketing-communication strategy and business process outsource in financial sector.  Saleemah is also a Co-founder of Early Reader, an in-home reading program for children from disadvantaged background, a board member of Casa Raudha, a shelter for women and children victims of family violence and a board member of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations. She served on the board of the National Committee for UNIFEM Singapore for over ten years where she has held positions of President and Vice President. She was Co-chair of its Anti-Trafficking Committee from 2003 to 2012 and has been one of the drivers in engaging the government, business sectors and the public on the issue of trafficking in person.

Clarence Singham – Clarence is Chief Operating Officer, Asia for an international financial institution. He spent most of his career in the financial services industry in Structured Finance, and then as head of Corporate Finance. He has Bachelor degrees in Law and Economics and Masters degrees in Finance and Applied Psychology. Clarence is committed to working with organisations that build social and economic capacity with minority communities.

Chen Weiwen – Weiwen is driven by the mission to maximise social impact in a sustainable manner, Weiwen works at Essilor, the world’s largest ophthalmic lens company, to incubate and scale innovative business models to serve the 2.5 billion people in the world who need visual correction. Prior to that, she worked in the Singapore government across the economic, legal and social sectors, including investment promotion, intellectual property policy, social enterprise sector development and offender supervision. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Social Sciences degree from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. In addition to being a Board Director, Weiwen has also been an Aidha mentor. 

Sameer Y. Khan – Sameer is a finance and general management professional with substantial board level experience having worked in the UK, Pakistan, the Middle East and Singapore. Until 2011, Sameer was Group Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Drydocks World, the world’s largest ship repair facility. In these roles, Sameer managed the acquisition of two listed companies in Singapore valued at $US2.2 billion, enabling Drydocks World to diversify into ship-building and shipping. Between 2008 and 2011, Sameer was also non-executive director of Beng Kuan Marine, a Singapore listed company. He is a fellow of the ICAEW, a Certified Management Consultant (UK), and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Paul Davies – Paul Davies’ illustrious banking career spans 38 years of which 28 years were with global private bank, Coutts. Born in Wales, Paul has worked in London, Zurich, Geneva, Mumbai, Cayman and for 15 years in Singapore.  He has supported the development of the Wealth Management industry in Singapore through initiatives with the Wealth Management Institute and the Singapore Management University.  He now holds a Singapore PR.  He has an MBA in Financial Services and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers in the UK.  Paul retired in 2014 but remains active dividing his time as an Advisor, Strategic and Market Development to the Ten Group, a leading global concierge company to wealthy families and executives, and supporting Aidha in the next phase of its growth.

Yvonne Chan – Yvonne Chan is a marketing and communications veteran in the financial services and hospitality industries. She has over 25 years of experience in branding, advertising, media relations, internal and external communications, client engagement, event management, content and product marketing, corporate social responsibility (CSR). Her extensive regional exposure include senior management roles in global private banking institutions HSBC Private Bank and Coutts as well as Marco Polo hotel group. In her last role, Yvonne was a member of the leadership committee at Coutts. She was part of the group’s executive committee in the Learning and Development Board. She has participated in various marketing conferences and judged several award events. She has been listed in PRWeek Asia’s Power List. Armed with a business degree from Nanyang Technology University, Yvonne also holds professional certifications in strategic marketing, public relations and risk management from institutions such as National University of Singapore, Institute of Public Relations and Wharton School. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Asian Art Histories conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London.