EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019 – 2021
All office-bearers and members of the Executive and Audit Committees serve on a pro-bono basis; they do not receive any remuneration.
President: Debbie Fordyce
Debbie FORDYCE began working with resettlement of Indochinese refugees in the USA in 1979, before coming to work with the Indochina refugee resettlement program in Singapore and Indonesia in 1980. That program ended in 1989, at which time Debbie was occupied with small children, and gradually with other jobs. She began volunteering with TWC2 in 2005, and set up The Cuff Road Project in 2008. Coordinating The Cuff Road project quickly became a full-time effort, and she continues in that capacity. In addition, Debbie heads the subcommittee that oversees medical assistance for injured and ill clients.
Vice-President: Alex Au
After a career in the corporate sector — mostly marketing and regional business development — Alex AU joined TWC2 in 2011, and for many years served as Treasurer. His first involvement in civil society began some twenty years prior, when he was prominent in Singapore’s LGBT movement. He is also known in Singapore as a socio-political commentator and human rights activist, and has contributed chapters to various books on politics and society. At TWC2, Alex has special responsibility for a number of portfolios: communications, internal data and case management systems, and international relations.
Secretary: Beverly Shaddick
Beverly SHADDICK has been a volunteer with TWC2 since 2013. Currently, she is in the Public Engagement team and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2017. She actively leads Heartbeat — our monthly volunteer induction sessions monthly, and enjoys volunteer engagement. Beverly is a sociology graduate and works within the field of HR Tech at a local startup.
Treasurer: Russell Heng
Russell HENG joined TWC2 soon after it was formed in 2003. He has since held the position of Secretary and Treasurer and was President for four years (two terms) between 2011 – 2015. He has a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University and was a researcher at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) until his retirement in 2007. Prior to his academic career at ISEAS, Heng was Features Editor of The Sunday Times in the Singapore Press Holdings group. At TWC2, Russell’s portfolios include fundraising and human resources, in addition to his role as Treasurer.
Member of the Executive Committee: Yew Kong Leong
YEW Kong Leong rejoined TWC2 in 2008 and has been a member of the executive committee since 2009. He held the post of Secretary from 2011 to 2013, and continues to oversee the technology needs of TWC2. Leong has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Adelaide and currently teaches at a local university.
Member of the Executive Committee: Christine Pelly
Christine PELLY is a volunteer with the Cuff Road Project. Her main concerns are inequalities and power differences and the vulnerabilities that result from this. In her work with the Cuff Road Project she advises and seeks to empower workers to address the challenges they face while unable to work. Christine is a member of TWC2′s Public Education team, arranging and conducting talks and workshops about migrant issues.
Member of the Executive Committee: Choo Wai Hong
Former corporate lawyer turned published author, CHOO Wai Hong has been active in civil society work over the years. She joined TWC2’s Wednesday Clinic, which provides intensive assistance to the more complex cases, in 2016. Handling mostly salary cases, she helps prepare them for adjudication, including framing legal arguments for workers. She also liases with pro bono lawyers on clients’ behalf. Wai Hong was vice-president of AWARE, Singapore’s premier women’s group, for two terms in 1992 and 2008. In between her NGO work, she travels to collect ethnic stories such as the tales of a last remaining matriarchal society in China known as The Kingdom of Women, also the title of her book published in 2017.
Member of the Executive Committee: Mizue Sauco
Mizue SAUCO is a Japanese national and Singapore permanent resident. She first encountered migrant worker issues when she met her husband who was at the time a migrant worker in Japan. After moving to Singapore, she took an interest in Singapore’s migrant worker issues which led her to join TWC2. Since 2017, Mizue has volunteered with TWC2’s Wednesday Clinic assisting with casework, and with the Cuff Road meal programme. When needed, she accompanies injured workers to their hospital appointments to ensure they fully understand their treatment needs. She also leads a group of volunteers who teach baking skills to another NGO’s shelter residents. When she is not working on TWC2 cases, Mizue spends most of her time in her kitchen.
Member of the Executive Committee: Rebecca Liu
Rebecca LIU began volunteering with TWC2 in 2016, first helping with casework. Since then, she has contributed to several research projects and currently serves as the research coordinator. A double-degree holder in Business Administration and Social Science, Rebecca leads and trains volunteers for data collection, and is the point person for organising TWC2’s bimonthly research forums.
AUDIT COMMITTEE 2020 – 2022
A Chartered Accountant (Singapore) and a member of FCCA (UK), Gurbinder Singh is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Having started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Malaysia and Price Waterhouse in Singapore, involved in management consulting and corporate recovery, he spent 27 years with DFS Group as VP Global Finance. Currently retired, he remains on the board of Gunung Oil Pte Ltd and is a member of the Audit Committee of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.
Varun Iyer Mani
A marine engineer with legal, management and leadership training and a professionally qualified MICS, Varun currently heads ship management in a Singapore-based logistics company. He is also a certified internal auditor for shipping companies. He has previously worked with Maersk, and with Shell Trading in London. In his younger and more footloose days, Varun has even sailed as an engineer on various types of oil and bulk cargo vessels.
General Manager: Ethan Guo
Ethan GUO’s dream job growing up was to be a radio DJ and he became one after taking up media studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and RMIT. He started out at the station now known as CNA938 and later also part-timed with 91.3. Ethan vividly recalls being in the newsroom when the twin towers collapsed on 9/11. He counts Tharman Shanmugaratnam as one of his more memorable interviewees, along with notable dignitaries such as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. Ethan would later go on to teach media at Temasek Polytechnic, then subsequently worked as media advisor and public affairs director for the US and Australian embassies respectively. A self-professed geek, Ethan has been on the Internet since 1994 and self-taught basic programming in primary school. At TWC2, Ethan runs the administration and casework functions. He also coordinates with respective Exco members regarding Care Fund operations which provide direct services to our clients.