Senior Advisor & Co-Founder, The Hour Glass Limited, Singapore
DATO’ DR. JANNIE CHAN SIEW LEE is Senior Advisor and Co-founder of The Hour Glass Limited, a leading contemporary specialist watch retailer, which has developed from a one-store operation in 1979 to a noted brand with an extensive regional network of nearly 40 boutiques strategically located in prime shopping locales across the Asia-Pacific region.
Her leadership and vision earned her the 2012 WCEF (World Chinese Economic Forum) Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises outstanding lifetime and career contributions, and the pioneering spirits of people who have made profound and positive impacts on society.
In 2004, Dato’ Dr. Chan began a two-year appointment as co-chair of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The appointment followed her membership in 2000 of the first Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which works to assist members and clients in improving business efficiencies and efficacies.
A champion of gender equality, she was the first and only woman executive board member of the Commonwealth Business Council, working to involve the private sector in the promotion of international trade and investment. She was also recognized in Paris in 1997 as one of 50 leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.
Additionally, she was one of 50 Australians and alumni honoured at the Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, Sydney, Australia. She is a past President of Commonwealth Business Women’s Network and past member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, Dato’ Dr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Master of Science in Pharmacology from Melbourne’s Monash University. She was also conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in 1999 by Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom in recognition of her entrepreneurial skills, foresight and passion for fundraising.
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