Dato' Dr. Jannie Chan Siew Lee Founder, The Hour Glass Group

Dato' Dr. Jannie Chan Siew Lee is a businesswoman whose achievements are recognized both in Singapore and around the world. The Hour Glass, a company Jannie Chan founded in 1979, is a leading contemporary specialist watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region. From a one-boutique operation in 1979, The Hour Glass Group has developed a regional network of 30 boutiques strategically located in prime shopping belts in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Dato’ Jannie Chan is honoured to receive The WCEF World Chinese Economic Forum Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). This Award is awarded to leading global personalities in honoring of leadership, vision and excellence in their respective industry or profession. It aims to recognize the outstanding contributions and pioneering spirit of these individuals over their lifetime and career, in which they have made profound impact on society.

She received the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award in 2011. This award is the most prestigious in Singapore’s Tourism Industry, recognizing her efforts in championing the retail industry and successfully raising the standards of the sector. In Sydney 7-8 March, she is one of the 50 Australians and alumni chosen and honoured at Advance Women’s Leadership Summit.

In August 2009, she was the 1st Woman to win the Enterprise Asia’s APEA Women Entrepreneur of The Year Award, which is billed as Asia Pacific’s most prestigious award for entrepreneurs to reward them for outstanding performance and tenacity in building successful business.

Dato’ Dr Chan has also dedicated a great deal of her time to working with organizations for women. She was a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr Jannie Chan became a member of the first Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the year 2000. Its aim is to assist the organization in improving business practices and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UNOPS’ clients. She is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) since 2004.

As the first and only woman executive board member of the Commonwealth Business Council, her main role is to involve the private sector in the promotion of international trade and investment. Dato’ Dr. Chan is also one of 50 leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in Paris in 1997. She is also President of Commonwealth Business women network.

Dato’ Dr Chan is also the first woman president of the Asean Business Forum and the Singapore Retailers Association. She has recently undertaken various actions to promote and raise the standards, profile and image of the retail industry by promoting innovation, creativity and excellence in her capacity as the president of the Singapore Retailers Association.

Born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Masters of Science in Pharmacology from Monash University in Melbourne. It is due to her admirable entrepreneurial skills, foresight and passion for fundraising that she was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in 1999 by Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom; in 2003, she was conferred the Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) which carries the title Dato’.

Her family roots and background in pharmacology and business, combined with her passion and concern for wellness and for the environment has led her to establish Save Our Planet Investments, a holding company with businesses in lifestyle, forestry and bio-medical industries, focused on Global Wellness. Save Our Planet Investments promotes Global Integrated Medicine, a synergy of ancient knowledge and modern science, under the Scientific Tradition brand. It carries a range of lingzhi, cordyceps, ginseng and other related wellness products.

To support the ever-increasing awareness of the impact of global warming, Jannie Chan has invested in a biotechnological company with tissue culture facilities that propagate SuperGrow Teak, Eucalyptus, Milaopai, Poplar, Paulownia, Acacia and other species of trees and plants. These micro propagated plantlets, when fully grown, will enhance the greening of the planet at a faster pace, catalyzing global wellness by giving oxygen to the planet – all made possible through this newly established Save Our Planet Foundation.