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Power for Good 2020: Sulian Tan-Wijaya

Sulian Tan-Wijaya

Executive Director (Retail & Lifestyle) at Savills

Unbeknownst to many, Sulian plays a pivotal role in revolutionising Singapore’s shopping and lifestyle scene. She has her finger placed firmly on the pulse of consumer demands, as evidenced by her influence on Somerset’s mix of streetwear and indie brands, National Galley’s hip F&B outlets, and Raffles Singapore’s exciting new revamp.

She mirrors this hidden hand in the way she approaches charitable acts, preferring to remain low-key. For many years now, she has supported Caritas, the official social and community arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore, as well as Assisi Hospice. The latter is close to her heart as her late godmother spent her last days there in peace. “Contributing keeps memories of my godmother alive,” she says. Sulian also has a surprising involvement in charity – she sometimes deejays at charity events, counting a Red Cross charity gala dinner as one of them. “Being able to channel my passion for music into good causes is a privilege.”

A big supporter of environmental causes “long before it became fashionable”, she believes that every small step counts. She emphasises the importance of paying attention to people around us, and the need to keep in mind the pandemic’s recent devastating impact on businesses and jobs. “At times like this, no kind act is too small.”