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Melissa Kwee
Director, Pontiac Land
Founder, Beautiful People
Singapore

Melissa Kwee's career has spanned the public, private and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, educational programme designer, social innovator and now as a catalyst in the private sector. She has worked in villages, urban areas, schools, shelters and board rooms to mobilise talent in service of increasing economic opportunity and dignity for marginalized groups.

She began as a 21-year-old idealistic social entrepreneur fresh from a fellowship in the Himalayas. Upon return to Singapore, she started Project Access; a values-based leadership education initiative to inspire and equip girls and young women to be role models and catalysts for positive change. She pioneered service learning programmes in schools and has since served as Chairman of Halogen Foundation, a youth leadership organization to bring quality leadership education to schools at accessible prices.  Melissa also spearheaded anti-trafficking campaigns and developed initiatives to empower migrant workers as President of UN Women Singapore.  She is currently building a family of mentors to teenage girls in residential rehabilitation through Beautiful People, a programme of Beyond Social Services, and serving on the Boards of Crest School for specialized technical education and Prison Fellowship.

She was recognised with the Singapore Youth Award in 2007, Asean Youth Award 2008, and received several other awards for leadership and service. She was educated at Harvard College and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. She presently serves as Chairman of the investment firm for Capella Singapore and Vice President, Human Capital, at Pontiac Land Group.