Olivia Lum – The Hyflux Journey: Inspirations from an Entrepreneur who Dares to Dream Big

16 September 2015 (Wednesday), 6.30-8.00pm
Performance Hall, Yale-NUS College

With a strong conviction and will power to follow her dreams, Olivia Lum left the comfort zone of her successful corporate career to set up Hyflux Ltd, a leading global water and environment solutions company. Olivia will share her life experience as an inspiring woman entrepreneur who has overcome life’s adversities to turn dreams into reality through hard work, strategic risk-taking and an unwavering courage to dream big.


As the Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Hyflux, Olivia Lum started corporate life as a chemist with Glaxo Pharmaceutical and left in 1989 to start up Hydrochem (S) Pte Ltd, the precursor to Hyflux Ltd. Managing the Group for 26 years now, she is the driving force behind Hyflux’s growth and business expansion, and is responsible for policy and strategy formulation as well as corporate direction.

A former Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament, Olivia is currently a member of the Singapore-Tianjin Economic & Trade Council, the Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council, the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council, the Singapore-Oman Business Council and the Singapore Business Federation Council. She also sits on the boards of International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and Singapore Mediation Centre.

Olivia has received many accolades for her entrepreneurial achievements including the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth 2006, the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 and the Financial Times Arcelor Mittal Boldness in Business Award 2011 for Entrepreneurship.

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