We are pleased to announce the appointment of SI Singapore member Theresa Devasahayam to the position of SI UN Representative. Theresa is no stranger to many of us, having been a speaker at the SI Istanbul Conference in 2015 and at the COC in Sydney in 2016. Theresa will be representing SI at the UN meetings held in Bangkok where we hope to extend our presence. 

The role entails that she focus on climate change, poverty, social inclusion, and migration, more specifically, as well as gender equality as a cross-cutting issue, more generally.

A researcher of gender issues in Southeast Asia, Theresa has been published in various venues from academic books and journal articles to different newspaper outlets. She has also been cited for her views on women, the family, and ageing by Bloomberg and CNN. Aside from having been a staff of ESCAP in a previous incarnation, she has also undertaken consultancies for various UN agencies as well as multilateral organizations.

Holding a PhD in anthropology from Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A., Theresa was the past president of Soroptimist International of Singapore (SIS). Since joining SIS in 2013, she has initiated several projects in the club as a result of her professional work in international development. In her own words: “I find the mission of SI to be meaningful as it has enabled me to engage in activism for the dispossessed among women and girls with the hope of raising consciousness and, in turn, effecting change in their lives”.

Theresa takes on the role of SI UN Representative with effect from September 2018 and is looking forward to advancing our profile further in the international community.


Image: Theresa Devasahayam speaking at the SI International Conference in Istanbul in 2015.