About The New Savvy, Advisory Board & Team

The New Savvy is the definitive financial and career guide for women.

The New Savvy aims to empower smart, modern and independent women through meaningful content that are relevant, practical and interesting.

Women have different needs from men and can benefit from unique financial advice. 41% of women are intimidated by finance and do not invest. Information available can be complex, technical and often, exasperating. We simplify the process to save you time and efforts, by providing dedicated insights that are fast, fun and easy to understand.

The New Savvy advocates greater awareness and healthier financial habits to women.

Grow your personal and professional knowledge together with us now! First, join our mailing list to receive quality advice specially delivered to your mailbox.

Find out how women and men differ financially or start by reading the fundamentals.

Curious to know how much you need for retirement? We created a special Retirement Calculator to help you!

Meet The New Savvy Team

The New Savvy Founder - Anna Haotanto

Anna Haotanto, Founder

Anna Haotanto’s Full Bio

Anna Haotanto is the CEO of The New Savvy and Director at Tera Capital, a private investment firm. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership committee.

She is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues.

Anna has been featured on CNBC, ForbesThe Straits Times, Reuters Money, Business Insider, The Peak Magazine, INC, The New Paper, Singapore Computer Society, Vulcan Post, e27Asian Entrepreneur and Singapore Management University. She headlines the infocommercial for Lifetime Asia: What does a boss look like? with over 1.7 Million views.

She was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). She headlines the infocommercial for Lifetime Asia: What does a boss look like? with over 1 Million views.

Anna has single-handedly raised a mid-six figure funding for The New Savvy within 2 years of operation.  Previously, she has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director at Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).

Anna provides wealth management consultancy for selected clients and conducts workshops on personal finance. She regularly teaches and mentors children and adults on financial prudence and investments, facilitating their ability to be better informed when making financial decisions. Anna gives talks for organisations and is involved in various charities supporting women and children causes.

Anna earned her financial independence at age 28. However, she seeks meaning in focusing her entrepreneurial career on financial literacy as she firmly believes that continuous learning empowers people.

Read her Editor’s Note to find out more about her vision.

Joanne Ng, The New Savvy ContributorJoanne Ng, Chief Strategy Officer

Chu Yuan Ng (Joanne) is the Chief Strategy Office of The New Savvy. She is also part of Women In FinTech committee under the Singapore FinTech Association and Lean In Singapore.

She is passionate about women empowerment, leadership and technology issues.

Joanne graduated from New York University with a M.Sc in Media, Culture and Communication. In her studies, she focused on women leadership through brand marketing, interpersonal and organisational communications. Additionally, she has also founded and presided over the Media, Culture and Communication MA Student Association for her department. She spent a year in New York City as a Digital Marketing Analyst before moving back to Singapore. Prior to her studies, Joanne was a Learning & Development Specialist at UBS AG Wealth Management and Leadership Development functions.

Joanne enjoys learning, travelling and volunteering for the local communities in her free time. Previously, she had worked with several New York emergency shelters and grassroots organisations in Singapore.    

About The New Savvy, Advisory Board & Team

Carolyn Davis, Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Davis is the Chief Operating Officer of The New Savvy.

She has 37 years of experience ranging from corporates, small to medium enterprises and start-ups. A consummate professional, Carolyn was critical in growing the company by 3500%, increasing the revenue from US$10 million to US$350 million in 12 years.

Carolyn has an extensive history of company and people management. She is adept in finance matters, office administration and production solutions. She is knowledgeable in handling overseas and local management, operations, finance and trade facilities of the company.

Carolyn is experienced at running large scale events. She was vital to the success of “The Future is Female” conference with over 250 participants. She also handles partnerships and special projects. She is skilled in IT system and tech knowledge.

Carolyn was awarded an advanced certification in Letter Of Credit. She graduated from Marymount Convent School and was on the Alumni association until 2011.

Carolyn is an active volunteer for several charities and is looking to contribute to meaningful projects.

In her free time, Carolyn enjoys cooking and feeding people as she believes that food is the source of joy!

Abigail Wong, The New Savvy Contributor

Abigail Wong, Writer 

Abigail Wong is the Writer of The New Savvy.

She is a Singapore Management University 2nd year undergraduate specialising in Strategic Management. From Tampa, Florida, she possesses an International Baccalaureate diploma from C. Leon King High School, and previously held the position of Treasurer of the King High School Division of the French National Honour Society and the Science National Honour Society. Abigail is currently acting as President of the French Cultural Club for SMU International Connections, and as a Resident Advisor and Fire Warden for the SMU Residences at Prinsep.
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Abigail is a Former Florida Science Olympiad Champion in chemical forensics and protein modelling, and former Health Occupation Student’s Association District Champion in clinical nursing.
In her free time, Abigail enjoys interacting and caring for animals. She has previously volunteered for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay as an Adoption Assistant.

May Tjetty, The New Savvy ContributorMay Tjetty, Business Development Director  

May Tjetty is the Business Development Director of The New Savvy.

She is passionate about female empowerment.

She graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor in Business Management and has 10 years of Marketing & Business Development experience in the Banking & Financial sector. Her previous working experience at UOB Private Bank saw her develop win-win relationships with partners to help the bank grow its customer base and develop programs and campaigns to better engage the clients.

In her free time, she likes to visit Art museums, paint, read & is a great advocate of Yoga. She volunteers at HOME ( Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) – www.home.org.sg a shelter for abused domestic workers and helps fundraise and spearheads leisure activities to add cheer to the lives of the disadvantaged women whilst they await repatriation.

Board Of Advisors

Ted Fang
CEO of Tera Capital, President of Frontier Group

The New Savvy Board of Advisors Fang heads Tera Capital, a private investment firm that invests in private and public equities and hospitality related businesses in Asia Pacific. Fang’s hotel conglomerate, Frontier Group, owns the Days Inn master franchise for Greater China. Days Inn, with 185 hotels under the chain, is currently the fastest growing mid-market hotel chain in China. Fang oversees the overall strategic direction of the group and all its investment activities.

Fang and Days Inn clinched two prestigious awards at the eighth Asia Brand Awards in Hong Kong in 2013: the Top 10 (Industry) Most Investment Value Brand in China Award; and the Top 10 (Industry) Innovation Personality in China award.

Fang started his career in oil trading in 1992. In 1995, he founded an IT company and in 2003, he founded Tera Capital. Prestige Lifestyle Magazine listed Fang as one of Singapore’s 200 most powerful and influential people in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Derwin Pereira
CEO of Pereira International

The New Savvy Board of Advisors Derwin was an award-winning journalist at The Straits Times Singapore, rising to be the Bureau Chief in Indonesia and the United States. Known for his ability to build contacts in the highest places, Derwin’s insight on regional affairs has been sought by Asian leaders. During his tenure in Indonesia, Derwin established deep access with the political and business elite in Jakarta, giving him exclusive access to vital information.

Derwin holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, currently specialises in strategic communications and business consultancy in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia.

He is also currently a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard University, and an International Council Member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, also at Harvard University.

Pushpendra Sharma
CEO of SpacesGenie.com

The New Savvy Board of AdvisorsPush founded SpacesGenie.com, a Singapore-based online listing marketplace for renting short term commercial (retail) spaces – connecting brands, artists, designers, etc. with unique spaces to open Pop Up stores. He has over 15 years of experience across the APAC region in real estate investments, asset management and fundraising (through Private Equity & Franchising), where he has worked with top tier real estate and private equity firms.

As a startup enthusiast, he advises startups on fundraising, strategy and expansion. He recently conceptualized a groundbreaking student program called “Pop Up Entrepreneurs”, teaching entrepreneurship to students at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. He is a speaker, a published author and enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, retail brands and franchising. He strongly believes in creating value through ideas and collaboration. Push is a graduate of Columbia University, New York and was elected President of his class.

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