About The New Savvy, Our Vision & Team OLD

The New Savvy is Asia’s leading financial, investments and career platform focusing on women. We deliver high-quality, unbiased content through education, media and conferences. We aim to provide smart, modern and independent women meaningful conversations that are relevant, practical and interesting.

Our vision? Empower 100 million women to achieve financial happiness.

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.

Company’s Philosophy

PASSION: Accessible & affordable financial education for every female.

PURPOSE: Change lives by helping people achieve their financial goals. Empower people to live the lives they desire & provide for their loved ones.

PROCESSES: Produce high-quality, unbiased educational content. Have the heart & commitment to serve. Build on principles and integrity.

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. 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’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She is the host for Channel NewsAsia for Challenge Tomorrow, a FinTech documentary.

Anna 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 is part of LinkedIn Power Profiles 2017 for founders. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2017, 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen).

Anna has been featured on CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, ForbesThe Straits Times, Reuters Mone.y, Business Insider, The Peak Magazine, INC, The New Paper, The Edge Singapore & Malaysia, Oxford Said Business School, AsiaOneSingapore Computer Society, Vulcan Post, e27, eFinancialCareers, Singapore Women’s Weekly, 8Days, Asian 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 the keynote speaker for ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneur forum. 

Anna raised a six-figure funding for The New Savvy within 1.5 years of operation. Previously, she has 10 years of experience in the financial sector. She was a Director at Tera Capital – a private investment firm with investments in China, Singapore and the United States. 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.

Anna is proficient in managing assets and providing advice to high net worth clients. Among the numerous awards Anna had received, she was the Top Offshore Senior Client Advisor for 2 years running, within just 3 years of entering the industry.

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 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.

Carolyn Davis, Chief Operating Officer, The New SavvyCarolyn Davis, Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn 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.  Carolyn has also a certification in SEO & SEM: Fundamentals to Internet Marketing.

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!

Natalie Pringle, The New Savvy Hong Kong AmbassadorNatalie Pringle, Hong Kong Chief Ambassador

Interested to be a part of our Hong Kong community? Contact Natalie today!

Natalie is the Hong Kong Chief Ambassador of The New Savvy.

She relocated to Hong Kong from London in 2015 to establish the International division of a rapidly expanding Real Estate company which perfectly combined her interests in property, investment and growing new businesses.

With a degree in Law and a love for public speaking, she has always been focused on developing her knowledge and understanding of business as well as supporting and empowering those around her to push the boundaries of their capabilities and to become their best selves.

She believes very strongly in the importance of women being financially independent and having the resources to make informed decisions both personally and professionally. She consistently strives to support women both within her company and those that she encounters whilst attending entrepreneurial events in Hong Kong.

Whilst incredibly dedicated to providing an excellent service to her clients in the property industry, Natalie is careful to make time to get to the gym, train with her Dragon Boat team and can always be found with at least one motivational book on the go.

Priscilla Lim, Malaysia Ambassador The New SavvyPriscilla Lim, Malaysia Chief Ambassador

Interested to be a part of our Malaysia community? Contact Priscilla today!

Priscilla is the Malaysia Chief Ambassador of The New Savvy.

Priscilla has 7 years of financial industry experience in both Malaysia and Singapore. She is adept at wealth management and relationship building.

After 2.5 years working in Singapore banks, Priscilla decides to move back to Malaysia and pursue her passions. She is the current CEO of FatBerry, Malaysia’s first Online General Insurance Marketplace. She also founded Story & Matter, an event planning company focusing on wedding styling. Priscilla graduated from a Malaysia University with a degree in Mass Communications, majoring in Public Relations.

Priscilla believes in constantly pushing herself and creating realistic plans. To her, work should be a passion, not just a means to an end. Hence, Priscilla believes that every woman needs to have the fundamental financial knowledge to be financially independent.

Priscilla practises yoga as it helps her to think clearer and make better decisions.

Beatrix Mercado, Philippines Ambassador The New SavvyBeatrix Mercado, Philippines Chief Ambassador

Beatrix is the founder of a start-up, Project Fit PH, which focuses on improving health & wellness. She is a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian and a product developer. She worked as a professor for 4 years and eventually pursued entrepreneurship full time.

She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics under full scholarship grant, and she has a Master’s Degree in Food Science. Amidst her academic involvement, she believes in maximising her potential, as she also engaged herself in politics and theatre performance while selling various products as her side hustle.

She also currently invests in real estate and stocks.
Beatrix has been featured on media platforms such as the ANC channel, iJuander GMA News TV and FH&S Magazine. She also actively participates in speaking engagements in various schools and private companies.

Beatrix firmly believes that the Philippines can grow and advance more through financial literacy and women empowerment; she also believes in maximising one’s potential because it does not only bring financial growth but it adds value to others and the community too.

Beatrix makes sure she does not miss her morning workout, meditation and business book reading; this gives her peace, wisdom and energy throughout the day. With her free time, she usually bakes or studies Spanish.

Anika Nale, Editorial Executive

Anika Nale is an Editorial Executive of The New Savvy. She recently graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) with a Diploma in Mass Communication. She graduated as a writer for np tribune, section editor for HYPE magazine and also the captain of the Touch Football women’s team

She has gained transferable skills from various industries through her extensive exposure in renowned companies such as Shell, Marina Bay Sands, and Red Bull.

Through her passion for literature, she participated in Singapore Writers’ Festival 2017 and regularly attends spoken word events.

During her free time, she likes to do Crossfit, watches Netflix and documents everything her Pomeranian puppy Leio does.

In the near future, she is looking to further her education and acquire a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and hopefully, one day, become a lawyer.

The New Savvy -RizkhaRizkha Andriana, Social Media Executive

Rizkha Andriana, Social Media Executive of the The New SavvyShe is a recent graduate student of Murdoch University Australia majoring a double major in Web Communications and Marketing. Also holding a diploma in Audio Visual Technology in Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

She was a freelance video technician working for several conference programs and events. She is a firm believer that women are versatile assets in today’s advancing society.

She is currently expanding her skill set that includes valuing human connections by understanding the power of communication. She is passionate and a part of a series called The {} And Singapore which has a channel on YouTube called The Skin Deep.

She appreciates music and art and during her free time, she enjoys immersing herself in her Spotify playlists.e go.

The New Savvy - Gloria SohGloria Soh, Web & Design Executive

Gloria Soh, Web & Design Executive of The new Savvy.
She graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a Diploma in Business – Banking and Finance.

At the age of 12, Gloria started an e-commerce by creating a simple blog to sell items sourced worldwide. Over the years, she improved the efficiency of her business by keeping up with technology. She learnt various programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects by herself to design marketing materials as well as web graphics. She also developed a keen interest in website development.

Hence, instead of continuing her university studies immediately, Gloria took an unconventional path by applying to a Full Stack Web Development boot camp at Alpha Camp which she greatly enjoyed.

Gloria’s biggest takeaway is to believe in what you are fighting for. This mindset has driven and motivated every action of hers to complete the course even with no prior programming background. It allowed her to be proactive, committed and disciplined yet still enjoy what she is doing.

Technology is something that Gloria has always been passionate about and being able to utilize technology to solve problems excites her. She recognised the importance of technology and how it has been integrated into our lives. Given her great hunger to learn, Gloria is extremely excited about what the future will bring and she thinks that the best is yet to come.

The New Savvy -Abigail WongAbigail Wong, Content Writer

Abigail is the Writer of The New Savvy.
She is a Singapore Management University 2nd year undergraduate specializing 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.

She 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.She 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.

Joanna Tan, Content WriterThe New Savvy -Joanna Tan

Joanna is the Writer of The New Savvy.
She is a year 4 undergraduate from the National University of Singapore, she is currently pursuing a double major in Sociology (Honours) and Communications and New Media (CNM).

Joanna was appointed an ambassador of her residential college, College of Alice and Peter Tan (NUS) and played an instrumental as an External Affairs Alumni Officer under the CAPT College Student Committee.

She also previously held the position of President of Guitarpella. A trained public speaker,

She has hosted multiple events, including the Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum 2017 with Guest of Honour, Minister for Manpower, Mr. Lim Swee Say. Committed to academic excellence, Joanna was awarded Dean’s List last semester (NUS).

Nicole FreitsNicole Freits, Content Writer

Nicole is the Content Writer of The New Savvy

Although half American, Nicole considers herself a true blue Singaporean having lived there her entire life. After attending both local and international schools, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University; majoring in Interdisciplinary studies with specializations in Chinese, Life Coaching, and Religious Studies

She is also a freelance writer and editor who contributes to various online and print publications.With an overarching interest in health and wellness, she covers topics that span physical, emotional, psychological, and financial spheres.

When she is not writing for various publications, she can often be found killing a workout (or at least trying to), finding some excuse to soak up the sun, or putting a healthy spin on a recipe. In other words, this self-confessed fitness fanatic finds it hard to sit still – unless there’s a rerun of FRIENDS showing!

Tulsi Devi, Content WriterThe New Savvy -Tulsi Devi

Tulsi is the Content Writer of The New Savvy.
She is a final year student at Temasek Polytechnic specializing in Marketing. She was the client presentation winner for The Cathay and Coca-Cola for her projects on Advertising and Promotions and Sales and Accounts.

She is currently participating in the National Youth Gold Award and is a Temasek Foundation International Scale Scholar. She was on her school’s Director’s List for 2016/2017.

She firmly believes in the need for education and has displayed this with her academic achievements. She is passionate about issues regarding women, music, and sports. Her passion for music has led her to teach herself how to play the guitar and piano at a young age.

Being an avid fan of women’s football, she is actively pushing for its recognition in Singapore. This passion for football has led her to receive a scholarship from Hougang United and opportunities to play football for Home United FC and her school team.