Mrs Lee graduated from Imperial College London in Chemical Engineering, started her career as a chemical engineer and attained Chartered Engineer status in 1990. Her work experiences with Shell in Singapore, The Netherlands and the U.K. included refinery operations, engineering design, product quality, economics and optimization, planning, strategy, investments, talent management, strategic and operational HR.
Mrs Lee joined CapitaLand as Head of Group HR after 22 years in Shell. Moving from Shell to CapitaLand, Sylvia’s unique contribution was the blending of western best practices and Asian management styles with balance and effectiveness. She sees the HR function as the “soul” of the organization.
She left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue personal interests. In 2010, she founded Lotus Culture Ltd., a Singapore non-profit organisation which provided sexually trafficked and abused women and girls in Cambodia employment (in form of social enterprise) and personal development opportunities. Its mission was to help to rebuild lives.
On understanding the devastation that human trafficking does to its victims, men, women and children, the scale of this heinous crime that is driven by greed, by demand for paid sex, by companies’ desire for maximum profits and the growth of consumerism at all costs, Sylvia realised that she was merely helping to alleviate the symptoms of this global problem, and not the root cause. In 2012, she set up EmancipAsia Ltd, a Singapore registered Charity. EmancipAsia’s mission is to raise public awareness about this societal issue, to engage the masses, to empower individuals, communities and businesses to take action to combat this heinous crime against humanity. Her target audience is the general public, with specific focus on youths.
Sylvia is a Director of ACTSYS Process Management Consultants Pte Ltd., Director of EmancipAsia Ltd., a Board Member of Hagar Singapore and HighPoint Community Services.