SINGAPORE (February 01, 2024) – Forbes’ prestigious 50 over 50: Asia list was released recently, which celebrates 50 prominent women leaders hailing from Asia for their strength and leadership across a range of disciplines. This year’s list features 19 women from the Southeast Asian region, with three from Singapore.

The unranked list, announced annually, recognises the women who have proven their influence and leadership skills in the Asia-Pacific region and features 50 inspirational women who show that “the years after 50 are the new golden age,” according to Forbes. The women on this year’s list hail from 14 different countries and territories.

Han Sai Por (80) – Artist

Han is a renowned Singaporean sculptor who has more than four decades of acclaim under her belt. Her journey into the arts was first sparked by her mother’s gift of a Michelangelo book, which she received at the age of 10. Along with a long career in teaching, she followed her dream of becoming an artist later in life and has become a celebrated figure in Singapore’s art scene.

Her stone figures adorn global locations, including Singapore’s Changi Airport and Australia’s Houses of Parliament. She was awarded the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1995 in recognition of her contributions to culture and education in Singapore. She was also inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Han is the oldest Singaporean woman on this year’s list.

Leong Wai Leng (67) – Finance/Business Leader

Leong is the present chairperson of Singapore Power Limited, the state-owned grid operator and a leading utility provider in the region. She has previously led Temasek Holding as its CFO and led the Singapore projects of Temasek International.

She has worked at Temasek since 2006 and holds significant shareholder status in the company. She held roles in a variety of boards, including those of Singapore Health and NTUC Enterprise Cooperative. She was also the CEO of Raffles Holdings.

Helen Wong (50) – Investment Leader

At 50, Helen is the youngest of the Singaporean women on this year’s 50 over 50 list and has spent more than 20 years identifying and bolstering successful entrepreneurs in the tech industry and China’s startup scene. She joined AC Ventures in Singapore as a managing partner after having worked for the Chinese venture capital firms Qiming Ventures and GGV Capital.

“She is credited with leading investments into some of China’s most dynamic internet companies, including China’s Mobike and Tudou/Youku,” Forbes said. “With AC, she spotted Indonesia’s fintech platform Akulaku, a unicorn that recently obtained $200 million in funding from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.”

A total of 19 women from the Southeast Asian region are on the 2024 list, with Malaysia and Indonesia having three women each on the list. The Philippines leads with five women, while Thailand and Vietnam have four and one, respectively.