Conversation 2: Living with the Pandemic | Four Conversations

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How do the ideas of well-being and quality of life change during this crisis and how can they help individuals cope better?

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How do the ideas of well-being and quality of life change during this crisis and how can they help individuals cope better?

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  • Dr Debanjan Banerjee Psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (India)
  • Professor David Chan, Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University (Singapore)

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Melissa Kwee, Chief Executive Officer, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, Singapore

Dr. Debanjan Banerjee is attached to the Geriatric unit of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore and specializes in ageing and old age related mental health problems. He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions and has presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Debanjan is also a reviewer for the esteemed International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and is actively involved in training post-graduates, student-counselling as well as research. His research interests include social psychiatry, stigma, psychiatry and psychotherapy. He is also a part of community programmes that promote mental health awareness and fights stigma surrounding mental health issues.

David Chan is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute at Singapore Management University. His works, published in top psychology, management and methods journals, have been cited over 12,000 times across disciplines. He has received international awards such as the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award and William Owen Scholarly Achievement Award. He is the first non-American to receive the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award. He is also the first scientist in the world to receive Elected Fellow status of all six international psychological organizations. In Singapore, David serves on numerous national councils, taskforces, scientific panels, international advisory panels and boards of directors. He has been the recipient of several national awards for his contributions. He has written op-eds for The Straits Times and has been a consultant for Channel NewsAsia’s documentary series.

Melissa Kwee is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Her career has seen her bridging the public, private and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, programme designer, social innovator and as a catalyst in the private sector. She has founded, run and served on the boards of several non-profit organisations and ground-up initiatives relating to youth, women, the arts, the prisons, community development, healthcare and education. She is also Chairman of MHPL, a Pontiac Land company. In 2007 and 2008, she received the Singapore Youth Award and Asean Youth Award respectively for her leadership and service and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2018. Melissa was educated at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in Social Anthropology. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnic-based community leadership in Nepal. She is passionate about building a culture of giving and other-centeredness where people give their best for others. She enjoys family time, learning from children, peers, elders and strangers, and discovering new stories in the #cityofgood.

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• Future of Work

• Changes in the Arts Scene

• Development of Urban Design

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New Thinking for the New World

2020 has accelerated transformation throughout the world, affecting many facets of our lives. Join our local and international speakers as they break down these changes on the future of work, our well-being, the arts scene and development of urban design. Join the conversations to understand and explore new possibilities.

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