Investment Governance – The Savvy Non-Profit

13 October 2017  Asean, Singapore



    On behalf of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership (CNPL) and Mercer Investment Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd, we would like to invite you to our special forum “Investment Governance – The Savvy Non-Profit” on Friday, 13 October 2017.

    This forum will focus on recent changes in the Code of Governance, and how non-profits can establish best practices in relation to board governance, as well as to financial management and internal controls. Different approaches to investment governance have the potential to impair or enhance a non-profit’s ability to sustain its mission.

    Join us at our forum, where we will discuss how savvy non-profits can harness tools to meet their long-term investment objectives while managing financial risks. We hope the forum will provide non-profits a fruitful evening of personal growth and learning.

    Please kindly refer to the following for more information on our speakers.


    Garry Hawker
    Director of Strategic Research, Growth Markets

    Garry initially joined Mercer in New Zealand in September 1992 after having worked for seven years with another consulting firm.  Prior to his transfer to Singapore in February 2000, Garry had been responsible for the management of Mercer’s investment consulting business in New Zealand.  In October 2007, Garry relocated to Shanghai to oversee the establishment and development of Mercer’s investment consulting business in China. Garry relocated back to Singapore in August 2009.

    Since his move to Asia, Garry’s major clients have included the national social security funds, central banks and national reserve investment agencies of many Asian countries.  In April 2008, in recognition of his client focus, Garry became the Regional Director for Sovereign Funds, a newly created role to help Mercer fill an increasing need to provide innovative investment solutions to large funds, particularly those in emerging capital markets.  In January 2013, Garry was appointed to the role of Growth Markets Director of Strategic Research. Garry also chairs the group that contributes to Mercer’s capital markets research and assumptions globally and is a member of the Global Policy and Global Strategic Research Committees, which are global committees within Mercer’s investments business charged with bringing Mercer's best ideas to our clients.

    Garry is an associate member of the CFA Institute. He is also an actuary. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

    Serene Tan
    Principal, Singapore

    Serene Tan is a Principal from Mercer's investment consulting business based in Singapore. She advises clients on a wide range of issues including investment strategy, manager selection, and performance, manager monitoring. She also contributes actively to Mercer's manager research program.

    Serene joined Mercer in Oct 2007. Prior to joining Mercer, she was the CEO of ING Investment Management Asia Pacific (Singapore) Ltd. Serene has more than 18 years of experience in the fund management industry, and is experienced in fund management, business development and client servicing. Serene started her career in the fund management with UOB Asset Management Singapore Ltd in 1995 as an investment analyst. She joined ING in 1997 as a fund manager in Japanese and Korean equities before being promoted to CEO in 2003.

    She obtained her Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1994 and she is a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1998.

    Steven Seow
    Head of Wealth Management, Asia

    Steven Seow is currently the Asia head of wealth management for Mercer. Prior to joining Mercer in October 2013, he was in EY advisory for 5 years. Over the course of his career, he has also worked in Citi Private Bank, IBM, PwC Consulting and Odyssey. He has more than 16 years of working experience in banking and consulting.

    Steven speaks regularly at various wealth management industry forums in Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. He also interviews regularly with the media. On a few occasions, he wrote for the Opinion and Editorial section of Business Times.

    Across his career, Steven works with banks, insurance companies, independent financial advisors and family offices. He covers various domains in investments, risk management, regulatory compliance, operating model design, product design, customer value proposition, process improvement and technology enhancement.

    Steven also actively volunteers for non-profit organisations. He is currently a member of SATA CommHealth investment finance board committee. Steven is also the executive director of Singapore Consultancy, a social enterprise that runs a panel of independent Consultants.


    The Centre for Non-Profit Leadership aims to transform the non-profit sector by advocating planned leadership and nurturing leadership capability. Through its suite of evidence-based solutions, CNPL enables non-profits to exercise good governance and enhance their effectiveness in providing sustainable and high quality services for beneficiaries.

    To date, we have engaged with over 260 NPOs across various sectors such as the arts, education, health, social welfare and sports. To know more about our work, visit


    Mercer is one of the largest investment organizations globally, with a local presence in Singapore for over 30 years. We are currently advising our clients on $10.17 trillion in assets globally and have $157.4 billion under discretionary management.  

    Mercer has provided the highest quality of investment advice and practical solutions to large and sophisticated pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, retirement schemes, government entities and trustees. We assist with every aspect of institutional investing, from strategy, structure and implementation to ongoing fiduciary management where we provide an end-to-end solution to your investment process.


Friday, 13 October2017

Registration & Dinner: 5.30pm
Session Starts: 6.00pm
Networking Session: 7.30pm

9th Floor @ Asia Square Tower 1
8 Marina View, Singapore 018960

This event is complimentary and by invitation on a first-acceptance basis.