Also known as Min Lee, she is a gifted violinist who has raised over $5million for charity. Since her first public performance at the age of five, she has performed with top orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and the Prague Chamber, and has released two albums on Universal Music.

Feb 27, 2009
S'poreans among global leaders
By Robin Chan
FIVE talented young people from Singapore who are determined to make a difference have just been given their ticket to climb onto the world stage.

The five - a lawyer, violinist, celebrity, entrepreneur and bank executive - are high-fliers in their own fields here.

They have now been invited by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF) to join other young leaders aged 40 and under from across the globe to tackle the world's pressing problems.

The WEF is a non-profit foundation devoted to social and economic issues and is best known for its annual Davos summit.

The Singapore five will rub shoulders with golf sensation Tiger Woods, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi - just some of the global stars on this year's list.

American whiz-kids Mark Zuckerberg, founder of social networking site Facebook, and Chad Hurley of YouTube fame will also be joining them.

The Singapore group includes MP and litigator Christopher de Souza and Nominated MP Eunice Olsen, a well-known TV host and former beauty queen.

They follow in the footsteps of past nominees, MPs Teo Ser Luck, who is chairman of the Young PAP, and Penny Low, as politically active figures who have caught the eye of the WEF's 31-member panel led by Queen Rania of Jordan.

But it is not only in the political arena that the rising stars have made a name for themselves.

This year, adding colour to the field is entrepreneur Calvin Cheng, 33, who founded fashion and media company Looque International, and Singapore's prodigious violinist Lee Huei Min, 26.

Ms Karen Bell, 40, the Australia- born, Singapore-based managing director at Deutsche Bank, was also selected out of Singapore. She has lived here for two years.

Singapore's group of five will be invited to a series of regional forums leading up to the Davos summit next year.

They are well aware of the serious challenges facing the world and Ms Olsen said that the network and exchange of ideas between so many young leaders will certainly be key.

Mr De Souza is determined to urge other members to fight trade protectionism in these trying economic times.

'Without a doubt, the key challenge facing all generations for at least the next two years will be the global economy,' he said.

Mr Cheng said that climate change and the growing income gap between the rich and the poor will also need addressing.

This year, 230 people in total were selected worldwide. This includes 54 from East Asia, the most from any region. They now join the group of 480 past nominees.
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