What We Do
Catalyse is the corporate advisory, consulting and training arm of Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE).
We partner with organisations to build Respectful, Inclusive, Safe and Empathic (RISE) workplaces where people can truly maximise their potential.
Diagnosis, Consulting & Success Evaluation
Consultation on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging – challenges, goals and success metrics
Virtual instructor-led module with self-paced online learning
Policy Writing & Review
Review and draft anti-harassment policies and procedures
Coaching & Mediation
Guidance towards positive solutions for all parties involved, within a psychologically safe environment
Prompt, fair, comprehensive, and confidential investigation of cases
Workshops can be tailored to organisational requirements
Employees Guide To Managing Workplace Harassment
Managers Guide To Managing Workplace Harassment
Leaders Guide To Managing Workplace Harassment
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
Cross Cultural Agility
Managing Unconscious Bias
Building Trust through Empathic Communication
First Responder’s Training
Building an Inclusive Workplace
Investigating Workplace Harassment
Workplace Response to Family Domestic Violence (FDV)
Amy Amrita Daga
Managing Director & Consulting Principal
Amy’s expertise lies in Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Cross Cultural Competency, Global Leadership and creating a Culture of Service within organizations. She has successfully consulted and conducted training programs in these areas for organizations across the globe, (Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, South Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar, UAE, Singapore, India and UK etc).
A Gold-medalist in Hotel Management for her Undergraduate studies, Amy pursued her Masters in Management at the University of Essex, UK. In addition, she holds Trainer Certifications in Culture for Business from Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (Netherlands), Global Leadership by Prof. Robert Moran (Thunderbird University, USA), Transnational Leadership by Prof. Beth Fisher-Yoshida (Columbia University, USA) and Teaching in Higher Education by Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore). She is a qualified counsellor and coach by the Association for Talent Development (USA).
In a career spanning 25 plus years, Amy has also successfully run entrepreneurial ventures in addition to working in the private and public sectors. In her previous role, before joining Catalyse, she headed two National Award winning programs presented by the National Integration Council – Diversity.Inclusion.You. (DIY) and Global Community Day (GCD).
Amy has lived and worked in India, UK and Singapore. She calls herself a ‘travelholic’ and her motto is “looking for unity within the diversity”.
Executive Director, AWARE
Senior Consultant & Keynote Speaker
A well respected leader in Singapore’s non-profit world, Corinna led the transformation of AWARE from a volunteer-led organisation to a professionally staffed organisation that substantially increased in size and impact. Under Corinna’s leadership, AWARE today works with all sectors of society, from individuals to civic organisations to governmental bodies to private organisations.
For more than 3 decades, Corinna’s commitment to issues such as gender-equal workplaces, workplace harassment, and domestic violence had been unwavering. On the basis of her leadership in these areas, Corinna was selected to interview Michelle Obama during the one evening Michelle was on stage in Singapore.
Corinna draws from her entrepreneurial, management and leadership experience, her expertise in law, gender equality and diversity inclusion and her Organisation Development lens (NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science), to provide training and consultancy in workplace harassment, diversity and inclusion and developing high performing teams.
Prior to AWARE, Corinna founded and ran a successful technology start up, Bizibody Technology, and practised law at Allen & Gledhill, Khattar Wong and Partners, and Koh Ong Partners.
Senior Consultant and Facilitator
An Occupational Psychologist by training, Caroline specialises in identifying bespoke opportunities for growth and change covering a broad range of topics including organisational and people development, talent management, leadership selection and assessment. She is equipped to navigate complex environments and draws from her leadership and management experience across the APAC region, Seychelles and UK.
An active member of Singapore’s OD Network, Caroline is skilled in making quick connections with people. She is committed to building high performing and respectful systems in which people achieve their fullest potential thereby improving employee experience whilst driving sustainable organisational gains.
Caroline is certified in Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Culture for Business and holds a Masters degree from Birkbeck, University of London. Registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), she holds a license in the BPS’ psychological and psychometric test user (Level A and B).
Valerie Gan Garry
Senior Consultant for Business Development
Valerie has over a decade of strategic go-to-market, business development, people leadership and sales operations experience serving the global enterprise and technology sectors with a consistent track record of revenue growth, on-time / on-budget project implementation, and positive customer and employee satisfaction.
Prior to assuming her new role as Senior Consultant for Business Development, Valerie served as a volunteer for AWARE, consulting on the inception, business strategy and operations of Catalyse. She has also served as the Secretary of AWARE’s Board of Directors (from 2016 to 2018) and as its Second Vice President (from 2019 to 2020).
Valerie is a proud mother, outspoken feminist, obvious animal lover and a strong advocate and activist for protecting and sustaining our environment. She enjoys reading, cooking, practicing yoga and travelling with her family. Valerie is currently pursuing a yoga teaching certification to further advance her healthy lifestyle and enrich her mindfulness journey.
Chie van Slobbe
Facilitator and Consultant for Business Operations
Chie is a highly experienced learning professional with a demonstrated history of delivering high impact and relevant learning solutions.
She has a strong background on learning consultation, development and delivery enhanced by her experience of working with different organisations on regional and global levels. Her expertise is on train-the-trainer programmes which was honed by her experience as a master trainer for HSBC’s core leadership programmes, where she supported 21 markets across the Asia Pacific Region.
A graduate of the Philippines’ prestigious University of the Philippines, she started her career in the airline industry before moving into a relationship management role in the banking industry. Her success as frontliner allowed her to transition to her first ever learning role as a sales and relationship management trainer. This in turn, led to a one-year stint in Vietnam which opened the doors for her to move to Hong Kong and become a leadership facilitator. Her work in the Diversity and Inclusion space, particularly the rollout of the Inclusive Leadership programme in Standard Chartered Bank, paved her connection with AWARE where she started as a volunteer a year after moving to Singapore with her family.
Chie is a certified IECL Level 2 Organisational Coach, and an accredited trainer for Everything DiSC, Facet 5 and a Human Centred Design Practitioner.
Aside from supporting Catalyse’s business operations and facilitating some of its programmes, she supports foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore by volunteering as a coach and mentor with Uplifters.
With ~20 years of corporate work experience spanning industries (FMCG – P&G & PepsiCo, Business Consulting – Accenture, Financial Services – Standard Chartered Bank) across Functions (Brand Management / Innovation / Process Reengineering / Risk Governance / Financial Crime and Regulatory Compliance), Ruchira’s passion lies in unblocking, enabling and maximising people and businesses.
She learned her first lessons in diversity and inclusion growing up in multicultural India, and the past 12 years in Singapore have further built on the same. She has managed teams and worked with global stakeholders across organisational levels. This has informed her active participation in D&I programmes and Lean In Circles at work.
Ruchira’s most recent role gave her the opportunity to manage risk and build trust as Head of Speaking Up, SCB’s global Whistleblower Programme, and further support Justice and a Just Culture.
She studied Business Management at IIM Bangalore and Social Sector Leadership from ILSS India. She is a certified SF Coach Practitioner (practices as an executive and life coach) and is upskilling with a Master’s Degree in Counselling.
When not coaching, consulting, or volunteering with social purpose organisations supporting SDG 5, Ruchira loves hiking the lush trails of Singapore and is a recent Krav Maga enthusiast, an interest she shares with her teenaged daughter.
Senior Consultant and Facilitator
Penny is a specialist in reputation management, culture change, strategy and performance. As a Managing Director at Citigroup and then General Electric, Penny led regional and global teams through culture change, public affairs strategy, issues management, social innovation and brand marketing for 20 years. Prior to this, she consulted for the world’s largest communications agencies with public sector, national and multinational clients in the UK and Asia.
Penny is Vice President of AWARE and a dynamic and engaging trainer who brings her love of engaging with people to Catalyse. She has in-depth knowledge of Singapore and global markets, international leadership and talent development.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Stirling, UK.
This has by far been the most engaging and enlightening anti-harassment training I’ve attended – and I’ve been to a lot of these throughout my HR career! The content was wonderful, relevant and not dry. I received lots of good feedback from the team during and after the presentation. Thanks so much for the level of quality you delivered!
A global game developer and publisher, Los-Angeles-based
The facilitator/trainer was one of the best I’ve encountered so far. She was open, sensitive and clearly the right person to be conducting a D&I workshop. I really appreciated the open questions, her informed perspectives and her ability to very naturally create a space in which everyone felt comfortable to participate. Thank you!
An arts and culture organisation, Singapore-based
The workshop facilitated by Catalyse was among the top-rated sessions in my leadership offsite. The workshop offered new approaches and languages to deepen the trust level in the organisation. We are looking to gradually scale this learning so more people can benefit from this framework. Highly recommended to any organisation that is looking to build a high-performing team while cultivating an inclusive culture.
A global travel tech company, San-Francisco-based
An excellent facilitator who managed to lead the workshop discussions (on a potentially sensitive topic) with professionalism and grace; numerous positive feedbacks were received from the participants…
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
The trainer understood our organizational challenges very well, … [ensuring that] our team members were united toward clear organizational goals after participating in this interactive workshop.
The workshop hit the perfect tone, providing an interactive setting in which the attendees were able to learn from the wealth of knowledge and experience that [Catalyse] brought to the table.
Management Consulting Firm
I want to thank you for one of the most entertaining and effective talks I had attended on Workplace Harassment … You delivered the talk with aplomb!
Catalyse provided much-needed clarity, and immediately after our meeting, we adopted and put in place harassment and anti-retaliation policies … One of the biggest takeaway for us is the appreciation that harassment must be dealt with at the level of the organisation, and not just the individuals.
The workplace should be the driving force of gender equality
Apr 2022This op-ed was originally published in The Business Times on 5 April 2022. With a multi-pronged strategy carried out consistently, firms can work in tandem with both government and community to build ...
Why anti-harassment programmes are often ineffective
May 2021This op-ed was originally published in The Business Times on 5 February 2021. Ask any company how it plans to combat workplace sexual harassment, and it will likely mention “anti-harassment training”....
What should I do if my boss is bullying me?
May 2020What can you do when the person who has the most power over your work life is making it miserable?
5 Dover Crescent #01-22,