Former President, PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association
Executive Board of the Singapore Council for Women's Organisations (SCWO)
Associate Director, Communications, National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law
Branding and Communication
Women in leadership
Female inclusion and empowerment
Work-life balance and resilience
Lavinia Thanapathy is the Former President of PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association, a volunteer‐led non‐profit organization. In addition, Lavinia serves on the Executive Board of the Singapore Council for Women's Organisations (SCWO), the national co‐ordinating body for women’s organisations in Singapore.
Professionally, Lavinia has an international, 17‐year record of creating brand awareness for businesses, government institutions and not‐for‐profit organisations. A lawyer by training, Lavinia is currently the Associate Director for Communications at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. Lavinia was previously Vice President and Regional Editor‐in‐chief of an award-winning online publisher. Prior to that, she was the Head of Press for the European Union’s Delegation in Singapore.
Lavinia is married to Ambassador Karsten Warnecke, Executive Director at the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF), and is the mother and stepmother to five children aged 7‐27 years.
Lavinia speaks regularly on topics around Women in Leadership. Her experience as President of PrimeTime and as a board member of the Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations (SCWO) gives her gravitas in the field. She speaks persuasively about the business case for inclusion and is regularly invited to comment on current gender issues by the media.
Lavinia’s Asian and Singaporean roots also make her an excellent addition to panel discussions on women in Asia with the prerequisite cultural background to address sensitive topics.
Lavinia is a branding and communications expert by profession and is also invited to speak on topics around personal branding, social media branding and effective communications. She most recently delivered a workshop on confidence in public speaking in our KeyNote training programme.
Lavinia’s signature talk “Embrace the Crazy” is an inspiring 45min session created for a corporate setting that will nudge the audience into making positive changes in their lives. She customises the talk for each company or organisation and it can be extended to a 90min session with an interactive session.
“I would like to personally thank you for your speech last week and your huge contribution of time to attend DHL’s Diversity event.
Your presentation and engagement was amazing, thank you for sharing your story with us.”
Mary Oxley, Regional Sector Head Consumer & Retail - Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding Management (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
“Every single participant I spoke to were so impressed and inspired by your presentation. I feel so blessed to have been able to have you as our guest speaker for WAG (Women at Accor).”
Veronique Augier Nel, Human Resources Marketing Manager (Asia Pacific), Accor Hotels