After graduating from the National University of Singapore (Dean’s List, B.A. Honours, Political Science), Valerie joined the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was responsible for cultivating and sustaining diplomatic ties with Central and Eastern European countries, traveling throughout the region. She also advanced Singapore’s interests and articulated its relevance at multilateral fora, including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
At her current role as Manager in the Workplace Policy and Strategy Division of the Ministry of Manpower, Valerie employs behavioural insights, business analytics and design thinking to innovate and transform public policies to benefit stakeholders in a more customer-centric and user-friendly way. She works with migrant workers from developing countries in ASEAN, employers, employment agencies and non-profit organisations in Singapore, to ensure that Singapore’s domestic laws safeguard the well-being of migrant workers.
With a love for travel and a passion to serve in developing communities, Valerie co-founded Adona Foundation, a non-profit organisation currently based in Singapore. Adona seeks to inspire, empower and educate girls and young women through initiatives such as raising awareness about women’s rights, and partnering local non-profit organisations to implement capacity-building programmes. Valerie also sits on the Board of the Character and Leadership Academy, a charity based in Singapore, and runs their women empowerment initiatives.