Melissa Kwee

Philanthropic leader Melissa Kwee developed a vision of Singapore as the “City of Good”.

Melissa Kwee is chief executive of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and the eldest daughter of hotel and property mogul Kwee Liong Tek, the chairman of Pontiac Land. Kwee is a voice for less fortunate women and youth, among other vulnerable groups, and has devoted her career to social activism and philanthropy.

Under her charge, NVPC co-organised 2020’s virtual City of Good Show, which raised S$800,000 for various charities. The Company of Good programme, launched in 2016, also connects like-minded enterprises in their singular goal to benefit the community at large. Champions of Good, an initiative started a year later, recognises organisations that set a good example in philanthropy and volunteerism.

Kwee also sits on the boards of Crest Secondary School, Prison Fellowship, community mentoring initiative Beautiful People and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. The previous chairman of Halogen Foundation was also formerly president of UN Women Singapore.

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Melissa Kwee