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International Speakers

Ms Ayesha Chundrigar

Founder
ACF Animal Rescue

Ms Connie Chiang

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Taiwan SPCA

Mr David Allen

Head of Education and Prevention
RSPCA UK

Mr Richard Mussell

CEO, RSPCA Australia

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Ms Ayesha Chundrigar

Ayesha Chundrigar is a trailblazer in the field of animal rescue in Pakistan, renowned for her founding of ACF Animal Rescue. Despite a former career in journalism and modelling in London, and seven years as a licensed humanistic psychotherapist, Ayesha chose to dedicate herself to the cause of animal welfare as she recognised the rampant neglect and abuse of animals in her homeland. This was more than a decade ago. Since then, she has faced numerous challenges along the way, navigating a landscape devoid of active animal rights laws and overcoming formidable obstacles. Through powerful storytelling on social media, Ayesha has effectively conveyed the urgency and importance of her mission. Her tireless efforts have not only led to a shift in public perception but have also transformed animal rescue into a societal norm in Pakistan.

From humble beginnings rescuing a single animal in a rented car, Ayesha has built ACF Animal Rescue into a beacon of compassion, employing a staff of 75 and providing a sanctuary for over 1,500 animals. Her organisation's rescue services save dozens of abused animals daily, with programmes that are now nationally recognised and emulated.

Beyond animal rescue, Ayesha actively engages with marginalised communities including children, underprivileged individuals, victims of sexual abuse, drug addiction, and those with special needs. She employs animals as therapy aids, fostering healing and connection among trauma survivors.

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Ms Connie Chiang



Connie Chiang, Co-founder and Executive Director of Taiwan SPCA for 15 years, leads efforts in cruelty investigations, animal welfare education, advocacy and lobbying, and animal rehoming. Raised in Vancouver with a Communications degree, she lives in Taipei with 5 rescue dogs and 5 rescue birds.

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Mr David Allen

David has worked for the RSPCA for over 25 years in a range of roles, managing learning and development, knowledge, information and advice as well as prevention through education. He grew up in rural Somerset and developed a love for its countryside and wildlife. At London University he read Geography with Environmental Studies and then a postgraduate certificate in education. Using this qualification, he taught across the world - in Kenya, Japan, Eastern Europe and then Saudi Arabia. He is most proud of the youth work that the RSPCA has developed at its education hubs (based in animal centres) providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to engage in learning about animals, building their confidence, communication skills and an appreciation of our planet and how it sustains life of all kinds. The Society's first apprentices were nurtured at these education hubs. Recently, his focus has been on digital learning: https://education.rspca.org.uk/  and human behaviour change. Through this work, exciting new partnerships have been developed with other UK animal charities and the Pet Education Partnership (PEP) https://peteducationpartnership.org/ was formed last year and their activities and website have strong appeal across primary schools and youth groups in the UK. The RSPCA celebrates its 200th anniversary this year and prevention remains central to the charity's work - the Society archive is a rich source of insight and learning, which will ensure the RSPCA remains the voice of animals and this is also David's passion and area of responsibility.

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Mr Richard Mussell



Richard Mussell has been an animal welfare advocate and leader for a decade. Before becoming CEO of RSPCA Australia in January 2020, he led AWL South Australia for six years. He previously spent nearly 30 years in the travel and tourism industry with roles at YHA South Australia, Air New Zealand, and Cathay Pacific Airways. Richard is currently a Board Member of the Community Council for Australia and has served on the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia and the SA Government Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, an MBA from the University of South Australia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Sohani Shahid

Community Engagement Director
Soi Dog Foundation
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Ms Sohani Shahid

Sohani Shahid joined Soi Dog Foundation in 2023 as the Community Engagement Director. Her values align with Soi Dog's vision to drive initiatives for the social change and humane education programmes. Soi Dog was created to provide a humane and sustainable solution to managing the stray dog population and to address their medical needs. Sohani has worked in all aspects of communications and is a former educator. Her focus started with powerful visual storytelling and has grown to engage communities to be a part of these stories. Sohani is interested in exploring the link that exists between animal and human wellbeing, as well as mental health, and gender-based violence.

Singapore Speakers

Ms Aarthi Sankar

Executive Director
SPCA Singapore

Ms Anbarasi Boopal

Co-CEO
ACRES

Ms Bestlyn Loo

Counsel, Pro Bono Advocate
Providence Law Asia

Mr Teo Boon Han

Managing Partner and Veterinary Consultant, VetTrust Singapore

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Ms Aarthi Sankar

Aarthi Sankar has been the Executive Director at SPCA Singapore since November 2021. She leads a team over 50 staff whose roles focus on improving animal welfare policies, managing shelter, rescue and clinic services, and overseeing animal welfare investigations. With a decade of experience at the People’s Association, Aarthi brings valuable expertise in community engagement and collaboration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the National University of Singapore, enhancing her ability to connect with diverse communities and stakeholders.

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Ms Anbarasi Boopal

Anbarasi (Anbu) Boopal began volunteering with ACRES in 2006 while at NUS and became full-time staff in 2007. With 20 years in wildlife rescues and animal protection, she is now ACRES’s Co-CEO, overseeing education, fundraising, animal crime investigation, and wildlife management. With a background in Life Sciences and Environmental Management, she focuses on empowering individuals to help animals and addressing root causes through advocacy.

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Ms Bestlyn Loo

Bestlyn is a Counsel and the Pro Bono Advocate of the firm. Bestlyn specialises in commercial and civil litigation, private wealth disputes, professional negligence, and white-collar crime. She also has considerable experience in advising clients on regulatory and compliance matters, employment law, and probate and estate matters.

Bestlyn’s court experience includes successfully acting for 65 individual third parties in a S$90m class action lawsuit, representing a patient in a permanent vegetative state in a medical negligence claim against a neurosurgeon and the hospital in a 31-day trial. Her passion for social causes informs her legal and pro bono practice. She regularly takes on LASCO and CLAS matters and provides legal advice to local animal shelters and other NGOs.

As the firm’s Pro Bono Advocate, Bestlyn helps to identify causes or persons in need of assistance that are not covered by formal legal assistance schemes in Singapore for the firm to take up. She works closely with local universities and non-profits to create collaborative opportunities for more people to do good.

Bestlyn graduated from Australian National University with a Juris Doctor degree and holds a BA with a major in Political Science from the National University of Singapore. At university, she participated actively in various diversity and inclusion programmes. This included co-founding a student-run think tank, running an anti-sweatshop initiative, and raising awareness for intimate partner violence and abuse.

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Mr Teo Boon Han



Dr Teo Boon Han received the Singapore Ministry of National Development EDGE Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Upon graduation, he served in the public sector as a veterinarian involved in policy, regulations, and operations in the areas of animal health, animal welfare, biodiversity and conservation.

Dr Teo completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, and his Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Education from the Royal Veterinary College. He is now a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom. Dr Teo is currently a Managing Partner of VetTrust Singapore Consulting and Solutions, and a practising veterinarian and pet nutritionist at Canopy Veterinary Centre.

Mr Daryl Mah

Outreach Manager
The Stray Affairs

Mr Daniel Ho

Deputy COO
Mothership, SPCA Board Member

Mr Divian Nair

Founder and CEO
Storyteller Productions

Mr Evan Lin

Deputy Director of Community Animal Management Operations
AVS
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Mr Daryl Mah

Daryl is an undergraduate at NTU, studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Daryl first started volunteering with rescued animals in 2018 when he was in JC to earn Values-In-Action (VIA) hours. What was initially a school requirement turned into a passion for helping animals in need, so he continued volunteering after graduating JC and through his NS. In 2022, together with a group of animal lovers, he co-founded The Stray Affairs which aims to advocate and provide better welfare for stray animals in Singapore. Every week, Daryl and his team of volunteers head to one of Singapore’s industrial estates to feed the stray dogs and cats living in factories and on the streets. He is also part of the TNRM team at The Stray Affairs and has helped to sterilise almost a hundred stray cats.

Daryl stands on the belief that there is a home out there for every stray animal, and he is determined to help as many of them find their forever home.

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Mr Daniel Ho

Daniel serves as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Mothership and plays an active role within the SPCA's Community Engagement and Communications sub-committee. A devoted advocate for animal welfare in Singapore, he is also a proud parent to an adopted Singapore Special, Thomson.

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Mr Divian Nair

Divian Nair is an established media veteran with over 17 years of experience. He is currently the and the CEO and Creative Director of his own agency "Storyteller Productions" where he oversees the conceptualisation, production and execution of nationwide integrated campaigns and exhibitions. In the 9 years of its running, Storyteller has worked on many such campaigns with government institutions, statutory boards, corporates and charities. In 2022-2023, Divian conceptualised and helmed Singapore’s largest roving exhibition titled “Project Lionheart” marking Singapore’s transition into living with Covid. It contained 15 exhibitions of various sizes across 6 months filled with untold stories from the pandemic together with local art, film and song. Besides being an established voice over artist over the last 15 years, he was a national radio presenter as well as the main anchor for numerous drive time shows on both 987FM as well as Kiss92FM.  He’s also an experienced live TV And Travel host. He has visited over 26 cities for travel documentaries with Starhub and hosted 2 seasons of Channel News Asia's Challenge Tomorrow series - where he interviewed the Prime Minister of Estonia and the Minister of Defence from Ukraine on the subject of National Identity and Cyber Warfare.

Divian served as the youngest council member of the The Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) for 3 years and was a part of the National Youth Council committee for 2 years. He is now serving his second term as committee member for the Founder’s Memorial. He was most recently awarded The Digital and Intelligence Service NSman of the year award for 2023 for his contributions as Deputy head of the SAF Content Generation Unit.

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Mr Evan Lin

Evan oversees the implementation of community animal population management programmes, including the free-roaming dog Trap-Neuter-Rehome/Release-Manage (TNRM) programme. He collaborates with stakeholders to co-create solutions aimed at addressing various animal-related community issues.

Evan is a strong advocate for a science-based approach to managing animal populations and emphasises community stewardship in ensuring the welfare of both companion animals and community animals within our urban environment.

Ms Evonne Yong

Co-Founder
Singapore Veterinary Nurse Technician Chapter

Ms Jasvic Lye

Lens-Based Artist and OWN (Our Wild Neighbours), Campaign Manager

Ms Kathlyn Tan

Director
Rumah Foundation

Ms Khalijah Masud

Director, Advancement Office
Singapore University of Social Sciences
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Ms Evonne Yong

Head Veterinary Nurse of The Animal Clinic (West) and one of the co-founders of Singapore Veterinary Nurse Technician Chapter, Evonne has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with Animal Industries Resource Centre. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (AVNAT) with 19 years of experience in Small Animal Practice. As one of the founding members of SVNTC, she hopes to serve and represent the Vet Nurses/Technicians in Singapore by setting standards of practice and education.

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Ms Jasvic Lye

Jasvic is a Singaporean lens-based artist influenced by her relationship with nature. With a background in both arts and science, she integrates these disciplines in her work. Her most ambitious project, "Death by Man," is a wildlife obituary photography series created during her final year in Fine Arts at Nanyang Technological University. While she creates emotionally driven works for self-expression, she prefers using her visual language to tell stories about the world around us.

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Ms Kathlyn Tan

Kathlyn is a Principal of Singapore family office, Rumah Group, and Director of its philanthropic arm, Rumah Foundation. She established Rumah’s ocean-climate philanthropy and impact investment activities in 2017, and leads the foundation’s strategic grant making and collaborative partnerships. Rumah Foundation’s ocean-climate portfolio supports awareness and education, protection and restoration of blue carbon sinks, and sustainable seafood, with a focus on Southeast Asia.

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Ms Khalijah Masud

Khalijah has been in the fundraising sector for 18 years, accidentally discovering her passion for it and raising about $200 million since. Her social mission and passion is to encourage and inspire giving. Khalijah holds multiple degrees, including a BSc and MBA from NUS, and a Master in Arts from the University of Kent. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and the Director of the Advancement Office at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She also teaches fundraising and philanthropy at SUSS and volunteers her expertise with several charities in Singapore.

Ms Kieran Kua

Head of Operations
SOSD

Mr Louis Ng

Member of Parliament and Adviser to
Nee Soon East GROs

Mr Muhd Nasry

Executive Director
Singapore Youth Voices for Biodiversity (SYVB)

Ms Qiai Chong

Co-Founder and Chief Animal Behaviourist, Pet Coach Singapore

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Ms Kieran Kua

Kieran Kua is a dedicated and passionate advocate for animal welfare, with a remarkable tenure of over a decade at SOSD Singapore. Despite stepping into the animal welfare scene 11 years ago with no prior experience with dogs, Kieran has since become a pivotal figure in the organization. Through her unwavering commitment and hands-on experience at the shelter, coupled with collaborative efforts with industry professionals, her journey has been marked by a relentless commitment to improving the lives of countless dogs.

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Mr Louis Ng

A lifelong social advocate, Louis founded the animal welfare group Animal Concerns Rescue & Education Society (ACRES) in 2001 when he was an undergraduate at NUS. He turned a one-man team into an organisation of passionate staff and volunteers dedicated to tackling animal protection issues. Since joining politics, Louis has continued to speak up – a lot. He proudly holds the record for the parliamentarian from any political party with the most parliamentary questions and bill speeches in each of the last two terms.

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Mr Muhd Nasry

Nasry is currently enrolled in the environmental sciences programme at the Asian School of the Environment in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He firmly believes that young people possess the potential to bring about substantial systemic change, and that several opportunities in this regard remain untapped.

His goal is to enhance the abilities and expertise of SYVB members so that they can effectively tackle these issues and advance their understanding of the challenges confronting biodiversity in the region.

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Ms Qiai Chong

With over 10 years of experience, Qiai is the Chief Animal Behaviourist and Co-founder of Pet Coach Singapore. She holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh and has significantly contributed to animal welfare in Singapore. At the Animal & Veterinary Service, she helped establish the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation. Qiai is the first in Singapore to receive the Certification in Shelter Behavior – Dog (CSB-D) from IAABC and is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She lives in Singapore with her two adopted bunnies, Kola and Lola.

Ms Sabrina Ng

Communications and Advocacy Executive
SPCA Singapore

Ms Sadhana Rai

Head of Representation
Pro Bono SG, SPCA Board Member

Ms Sue Ye

Founder
Marine Stewards

Mr Wayne Gui

Director of Education and Engagement
AVS

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Ms Sabrina Ng

Sabrina’s world looked very different three years ago. She was a psychologist by day with the Ministry of Education, and a voracious reader of crime fiction by night. Somehow, this unassuming bedtime hobby grew into a desire to pursue forensic science more seriously. It was about the same time that she was cat-apulted into pawrenthood, so she thought, what if we put everything together? Thus was born her thesis on ‘Animal Forensics in Singapore: Current State and Prospects for Forensic Psychology’ and along with it the aspiration to unite psychology, education, and science in service of animals and humans. Today, Sabrina has joined the league of animal welfare advocates while continuing to probe the human psyche in relation to our regard for animals. Her dream is to see animals being elevated to a higher level of personhood, not just in the eyes of law but also in the heart of every human.

Sabrina holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Education (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Forensic Science from the National University of Singapore.

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Ms Sadhana Rai

Sadhana is a full time, pro bono criminal defence lawyer under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. She currently heads the Representation department at Pro Bono SG, which provides legal aid for criminal, family justice, and other community law matters.

Motivated by a calling to help accused persons who might otherwise be deprived of legal representation, Sadhana committed herself to pro bono criminal work by joining the inaugural batch of Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) Fellows (a pro bono outfit aimed at providing legal aid to underprivileged accused persons run by the Law Society of Singapore) in 2015. Sadhana was eventually offered the newly minted role of CLAS Advocate in December 2016. In 2021, she took up the position of Head of Representation.

Sadhana is a passionate animal lover who rescues and cares for various animals, including dogs, cats, and birds. She also takes in animals who require special palliative care, believing that every animal deserves a chance to be happy.

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Ms Sue Ye

Sue founded Marine Stewards in 2019 to promote sustainable fishing in Singapore, evolving it into a platform connecting sea sports enthusiasts with marine conservation. With around 50 volunteers, Marine Stewards has reached over 100,000 people. Sue’s passion for the environment began early, participating in initiatives like Bayer Young Environmental Envoy and the Asia-Pacific Youth Environmental Network. She is now a coordinator for the Friends of Marine Park network, supporting blue conservation in Singapore. After eight years in investment banking, she started a boat chartering business, which inspired Marine Stewards. Through this, she aims to nurture active sea stewards.

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Mr Wayne Gui

Wayne believes that an informed and knowledgeable society will contribute greatly to raising standards of animal welfare. His team has been active in educating and engaging the community to raise awareness on responsible pet ownership. Wanting to have pets since young, he understands the importance of such exposure and awareness from early education onwards, to be able to form a society that appreciates the benefit of safeguarding animal health and welfare in Singapore.

International Speakers

Ms Ayesha Chundrigar

Founder
ACF Animal Rescue

Ms Connie Chiang

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Taiwan SPCA
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Ms Ayesha Chundrigar

Ayesha Chundrigar is a trailblazer in the field of animal rescue in Pakistan, renowned for her founding of ACF Animal Rescue. Despite a former career in journalism and modelling in London, and seven years as a licensed humanistic psychotherapist, Ayesha chose to dedicate herself to the cause of animal welfare as she recognised the rampant neglect and abuse of animals in her homeland. This was more than a decade ago. Since then, she has faced numerous challenges along the way, navigating a landscape devoid of active animal rights laws and overcoming formidable obstacles. Through powerful storytelling on social media, Ayesha has effectively conveyed the urgency and importance of her mission. Her tireless efforts have not only led to a shift in public perception but have also transformed animal rescue into a societal norm in Pakistan.

From humble beginnings rescuing a single animal in a rented car, Ayesha has built ACF Animal Rescue into a beacon of compassion, employing a staff of 75 and providing a sanctuary for over 1,500 animals. Her organisation's rescue services save dozens of abused animals daily, with programmes that are now nationally recognised and emulated.

Beyond animal rescue, Ayesha actively engages with marginalised communities including children, underprivileged individuals, victims of sexual abuse, drug addiction, and those with special needs. She employs animals as therapy aids, fostering healing and connection among trauma survivors.

Read Bio

Ms Connie Chiang

Connie Chiang, Co-founder and Executive Director of Taiwan SPCA for 15 years, leads efforts in cruelty investigations, animal welfare education, advocacy and lobbying, and animal rehoming. Raised in Vancouver with a Communications degree, she lives in Taipei with 5 rescue dogs and 5 rescue birds.

Mr David Allen

Head of Education and Prevention
RSPCA UK

Mr Richard Mussell

CEO, RSPCA
Australia

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Mr David Allen

David has worked for the RSPCA for over 25 years in a range of roles, managing learning and development, knowledge, information and advice as well as prevention through education. He grew up in rural Somerset and developed a love for its countryside and wildlife. At London University he read Geography with Environmental Studies and then a postgraduate certificate in education. Using this qualification, he taught across the world - in Kenya, Japan, Eastern Europe and then Saudi Arabia. He is most proud of the youth work that the RSPCA has developed at its education hubs (based in animal centres) providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to engage in learning about animals, building their confidence, communication skills and an appreciation of our planet and how it sustains life of all kinds. The Society's first apprentices were nurtured at these education hubs. Recently, his focus has been on digital learning: https://education.rspca.org.uk/  and human behaviour change. Through this work, exciting new partnerships have been developed with other UK animal charities and the Pet Education Partnership (PEP) https://peteducationpartnership.org/ was formed last year and their activities and website have strong appeal across primary schools and youth groups in the UK. The RSPCA celebrates its 200th anniversary this year and prevention remains central to the charity's work - the Society archive is a rich source of insight and learning, which will ensure the RSPCA remains the voice of animals and this is also David's passion and area of responsibility.

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Mr Richard Mussell

Richard Mussell has been an animal welfare advocate and leader for a decade. Before becoming CEO of RSPCA Australia in January 2020, he led AWL South Australia for six years. He previously spent nearly 30 years in the travel and tourism industry with roles at YHA South Australia, Air New Zealand, and Cathay Pacific Airways. Richard is currently a Board Member of the Community Council for Australia and has served on the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia and the SA Government Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, an MBA from the University of South Australia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Sohani Shahid

Community Engagement Director
Soi Dog Foundation

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Ms Sohani Shahid

Sohani Shahid joined Soi Dog Foundation in 2023 as the Community Engagement Director. Her values align with Soi Dog's vision to drive initiatives for the social change and humane education programmes. Soi Dog was created to provide a humane and sustainable solution to managing the stray dog population and to address their medical needs. Sohani has worked in all aspects of communications and is a former educator. Her focus started with powerful visual storytelling and has grown to engage communities to be a part of these stories. Sohani is interested in exploring the link that exists between animal and human wellbeing, as well as mental health, and gender-based violence.


Singapore Speakers

Ms Aarthi Sankar

Executive Director
SPCA Singapore

Ms Anbarasi Boopal

Co-CEO
ACRES
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Ms Aarthi Sankar

Aarthi Sankar has been the Executive Director at SPCA Singapore since November 2021. She leads a team over 50 staff whose roles focus on improving animal welfare policies, managing shelter, rescue and clinic services, and overseeing animal welfare investigations. With a decade of experience at the People’s Association, Aarthi brings valuable expertise in community engagement and collaboration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the National University of Singapore, enhancing her ability to connect with diverse communities and stakeholders.

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Ms Anbarasi Boopal

Anbarasi (Anbu) Boopal started volunteering with ACRES in 2006 while studying at NUS, and then joined as a full-time staff in 2007. With 20 years of experience in wildlife rescues and animal protection issues, she is now ACRES’s Co-CEO overseeing the education, fundraising, animal crime investigation and the wildlife management departments at ACRES. With an educational background in Life Sciences and Environmental Management, her interests include empowering individuals on ways to help animals directly, and addressing the root causes of issues through advocacy work.

Ms Bestlyn Loo

Counsel, Pro Bono Advocate
Providence Law Asia

Dr Teo Boon Han

Managing Partner and Veterinary Consultant
VetTrust Singapore
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Ms Bestlyn Loo

Bestlyn is a Counsel and the Pro Bono Advocate of the firm. Bestlyn specialises in commercial and civil litigation, private wealth disputes, professional negligence, and white-collar crime. She also has considerable experience in advising clients on regulatory and compliance matters, employment law, and probate and estate matters.

Bestlyn’s court experience includes successfully acting for 65 individual third parties in a S$90m class action lawsuit, representing a patient in a permanent vegetative state in a medical negligence claim against a neurosurgeon and the hospital in a 31-day trial. Her passion for social causes informs her legal and pro bono practice. She regularly takes on LASCO and CLAS matters and provides legal advice to local animal shelters and other NGOs.

As the firm’s Pro Bono Advocate, Bestlyn helps to identify causes or persons in need of assistance that are not covered by formal legal assistance schemes in Singapore for the firm to take up. She works closely with local universities and non-profits to create collaborative opportunities for more people to do good.

Bestlyn graduated from Australian National University with a Juris Doctor degree and holds a BA with a major in Political Science from the National University of Singapore. At university, she participated actively in various diversity and inclusion programmes. This included co-founding a student-run think tank, running an anti-sweatshop initiative, and raising awareness for intimate partner violence and abuse.

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Mr Teo Boon Han

Dr Teo Boon Han received the Singapore Ministry of National Development EDGE Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Upon graduation, he served in the public sector as a veterinarian involved in policy, regulations, and operations in the areas of animal health, animal welfare, biodiversity and conservation.

Dr Teo completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, and his Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Education from the Royal Veterinary College. He is now a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom. Dr Teo is currently a Managing Partner of VetTrust Singapore Consulting and Solutions, and a practising veterinarian and pet nutritionist at Canopy Veterinary Centre.

Mr Daniel Ho

Deputy COO
Mothership
SPCA Board Member

Mr Daryl Mah

Outreach Manager
The Stray Affairs

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Mr Daniel Ho

Daniel serves as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Mothership and plays an active role within the SPCA's Community Engagement and Communications sub-committee. A devoted advocate for animal welfare in Singapore, he is also a proud parent to an adopted Singapore Special, Thomson.

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Mr Daryl Mah

Daryl is an undergraduate at NTU, studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Daryl first started volunteering with rescued animals in 2018 when he was in JC to earn Values-In-Action (VIA) hours. What was initially a school requirement turned into a passion for helping animals in need, so he continued volunteering after graduating JC and through his NS. In 2022, together with a group of animal lovers, he co-founded The Stray Affairs which aims to advocate and provide better welfare for stray animals in Singapore. Every week, Daryl and his team of volunteers head to one of Singapore’s industrial estates to feed the stray dogs and cats living in factories and on the streets. He is also part of the TNRM team at The Stray Affairs and has helped to sterilise almost a hundred stray cats.

Daryl stands on the belief that there is a home out there for every stray animal, and he is determined to help as many of them find their forever home.

Mr Divian Nair

Founder and CEO
Storyteller Productions

Ms Evonne Yong

Co-Founder
Singapore Veterinary Nurse Technician Chapter
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Mr Divian Nair

Divian Nair is an established media veteran with over 17 years of experience. He is currently the and the CEO and Creative Director of his own agency "Storyteller Productions" where he oversees the conceptualisation, production and execution of nationwide integrated campaigns and exhibitions. In the 9 years of its running, Storyteller has worked on many such campaigns with government institutions, statutory boards, corporates and charities. In 2022-2023, Divian conceptualised and helmed Singapore’s largest roving exhibition titled “Project Lionheart” marking Singapore’s transition into living with Covid. It contained 15 exhibitions of various sizes across 6 months filled with untold stories from the pandemic together with local art, film and song. Besides being an established voice over artist over the last 15 years, he was a national radio presenter as well as the main anchor for numerous drive time shows on both 987FM as well as Kiss92FM.  He’s also an experienced live TV And Travel host. He has visited over 26 cities for travel documentaries with Starhub and hosted 2 seasons of Channel News Asia's Challenge Tomorrow series - where he interviewed the Prime Minister of Estonia and the Minister of Defence from Ukraine on the subject of National Identity and Cyber Warfare.

Divian served as the youngest council member of the The Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) for 3 years and was a part of the National Youth Council committee for 2 years. He is now serving his second term as committee member for the Founder’s Memorial. He was most recently awarded The Digital and Intelligence Service NSman of the year award for 2023 for his contributions as Deputy head of the SAF Content Generation Unit.

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Ms Evonne Yong

Head Veterinary Nurse of The Animal Clinic (West) and one of the co-founders of Singapore Veterinary Nurse Technician Chapter, Evonne has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with Animal Industries Resource Centre. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (AVNAT) with 19 years of experience in Small Animal Practice. As one of the founding members of SVNTC, she hopes to serve and represent the Vet Nurses/Technicians in Singapore by setting standards of practice and education.

Mr Evan Lin

Deputy Director of Community Animal Management Operations
AVS

Ms Jasvic Lye

Lens-Based Artist & OWN (Our Wild Neighbours)
Campaign Manager
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Mr Evan Lin

Evan oversees the implementation of community animal population management programmes, including the free-roaming dog Trap-Neuter-Rehome/Release-Manage (TNRM) programme. He collaborates with stakeholders to co-create solutions aimed at addressing various animal-related community issues.

Evan is a strong advocate for a science-based approach to managing animal populations and emphasises community stewardship in ensuring the welfare of both companion animals and community animals within our urban environment.

Read Bio

Ms Jasvic Lye

Jasvic is a Singaporean lens-based artist whose works are largely influenced by her relationship with nature. Coming from both an arts and science academic background, she sees the two practices as equals and is constantly exploring ways to marry them in her works. Jasvic’s most ambitious visual arts project thus far is ‘Death by Man’— a wildlife obituary photography series that was conceptualised in her final year of studies in Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging at Nanyang Technological University, School of Arts, Design and Media. While Jasvic does explore ways to create emotionally driven works for self-expression, she prefers to use her visual language to tell stories of the world around us.

Ms Kathlyn Tan

Director
Rumah Foundation

Ms Khalijah Masud

Director, Advancement Office, Singapore University of Social Sciences
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Ms Kathlyn Tan

Kathlyn is a Principal of Singapore family office, Rumah Group, and Director of its philanthropic arm, Rumah Foundation. She established Rumah’s ocean-climate philanthropy and impact investment activities in 2017, and leads the foundation’s strategic grant making and collaborative partnerships. Rumah Foundation’s ocean-climate portfolio supports awareness and education, protection and restoration of blue carbon sinks, and sustainable seafood, with a focus on Southeast Asia.

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Ms Khalijah Masud

Khalijah has been in the fundraising sector for 18 years, beginning accidentally but finding great satisfaction in it. Her mission and passion is to encourage and inspire giving. She holds multiple degrees, including a BSc and MBA from NUS, a GDMC from the Marketing Institute of Singapore, a PGDE from NIE, and an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the University of Kent. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), one of the few in Singapore. Currently, she is the Director of the Advancement Office at SUSS and an Associate Faculty member teaching NPM505 Fundraising and Philanthropy. Over her career, she has raised about $200 million and volunteers her expertise to several charities in Singapore.

Ms Kieran Kua

Head of Operations SOSD

Mr Louis Ng

Member of Parliament and Adviser to Nee Soon East GROs
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Ms Kieran Kua

Kieran Kua is a dedicated and passionate advocate for animal welfare, with a remarkable tenure of over a decade at SOSD Singapore. Despite stepping into the animal welfare scene 11 years ago with no prior experience with dogs, Kieran has since become a pivotal figure in the organization. Through her unwavering commitment and hands-on experience at the shelter, coupled with collaborative efforts with industry professionals, her journey has been marked by a relentless commitment to improving the lives of countless dogs.

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Mr Louis Ng

A lifelong social advocate, Louis founded the animal welfare group Animal Concerns Rescue & Education Society (ACRES) in 2001 when he was an undergraduate at NUS. He turned a one-man team into an organisation of passionate staff and volunteers dedicated to tackling animal protection issues. Since joining politics, Louis has continued to speak up – a lot. He proudly holds the record for the parliamentarian from any political party with the most parliamentary questions and bill speeches in each of the last two terms.

Mr Muhd Nasry

Executive Director
Singapore Youth Voices for Biodiversity (SYVB)

Ms Qiai Chong

Co-Founder & Chief Animal Behaviourist
Pet Coach Singapore

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Mr Muhd Nasry

Nasry is currently enrolled in the environmental sciences programme at the Asian School of the Environment in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He firmly believes that young people possess the potential to bring about substantial systemic change, and that several opportunities in this regard remain untapped.

His goal is to enhance the abilities and expertise of SYVB members so that they can effectively tackle these issues and advance their understanding of the challenges confronting biodiversity in the region.

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Ms Qiai Chong

With over 10 years of experience, Qiai is the Chief Animal Behaviourist and Co-founder of Pet Coach Singapore. She holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. Passionate about animals, Qiai has significantly contributed to animal welfare in Singapore, notably helping to establish the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation with the Animal & Veterinary Service. She holds several international certifications in animal behaviour and training, including being the first in Singapore to receive the IAABC's Certification in Shelter Behavior – Dog (CSB-D) and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). Living in Singapore, she shares her home with her two adopted bunnies, Kola and Lola.

Ms Sabrina Ng

Communications and Advocacy Executive
SPCA Singapore

Ms Sadhana Rai

Head of Representation
Pro Bono SG, SPCA Board Member

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Ms Sabrina Ng

Sabrina’s world looked very different three years ago. She was a psychologist by day with the Ministry of Education, and a voracious reader of crime fiction by night. Somehow, this unassuming bedtime hobby grew into a desire to pursue forensic science more seriously. It was about the same time that she was cat-apulted into pawrenthood, so she thought, what if we put everything together? Thus was born her thesis on ‘Animal Forensics in Singapore: Current State and Prospects for Forensic Psychology’ and along with it the aspiration to unite psychology, education, and science in service of animals and humans. Today, Sabrina has joined the league of animal welfare advocates while continuing to probe the human psyche in relation to our regard for animals. Her dream is to see animals being elevated to a higher level of personhood, not just in the eyes of law but also in the heart of every human.

Sabrina holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Education (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Forensic Science from the National University of Singapore.

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Ms Sadhana Rai

Sadhana is a full time, pro bono criminal defence lawyer under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. She currently heads the Representation department at Pro Bono SG, which provides legal aid for criminal, family justice, and other community law matters.

Motivated by a calling to help accused persons who might otherwise be deprived of legal representation, Sadhana committed herself to pro bono criminal work by joining the inaugural batch of Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) Fellows (a pro bono outfit aimed at providing legal aid to underprivileged accused persons run by the Law Society of Singapore) in 2015. Sadhana was eventually offered the newly minted role of CLAS Advocate in December 2016. In 2021, she took up the position of Head of Representation.

Sadhana is a passionate animal lover who rescues and cares for various animals, including dogs, cats, and birds. She also takes in animals who require special palliative care, believing that every animal deserves a chance to be happy.

Ms Sue Ye

Founder
Marine Stewards

Mr Wayne Gui

Director of Education and Engagement
AVS

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Ms Sue Ye

Sue founded Marine Stewards in 2019 to promote sustainable fishing in Singapore, evolving it into a platform connecting sea sports enthusiasts with marine conservation. With around 50 active volunteers, Marine Stewards has reached over 100,000 people. Sue's environmental passion began early, being a Bayer Young Environmental Envoy and participating in NYAA's Biodiversity Community Service Expedition in India. She is also a coordinator for the Friends of Marine Park network. After 8 years in investment banking, Sue returned to her love for the ocean with a boat chartering business, inspiring her to start Marine Stewards and nurture active sea conservationists.

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Mr Wayne Gui

Wayne believes that an informed and knowledgeable society will contribute greatly to raising standards of animal welfare. His team has been active in educating and engaging the community to raise awareness on responsible pet ownership. Wanting to have pets since young, he understands the importance of such exposure and awareness from early education onwards, to be able to form a society that appreciates the benefit of safeguarding animal health and welfare in Singapore.