Meet Trina Liang-Lin, champion of humanitarian causes and member of the Robb Report Singapore Thought Leaders community
While building a career for herself in investment banking, Trina Liang-Lin has also been an ardent champion of humanitarian causes including the advancement of women and environment conservation. She is the president of Women in Sustainability and Environment Singapore, the first women’s organisation focused on realising Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She also sits on the board of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Community Foundation of Singapore, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Victoria Junior College and Singapore Repertory Theatre.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
I want to leave this world a better place – and if it is within my power, I will try to make it happen.
Was there ever a career setback you faced which you later discovered was an advantage?
Leaving a top-ranked Euromoney economics team for a lesser-known Fixed Income team just before the Asian financial crisis, thus being part of the rise of the Asian bond markets and subsequently being top-ranked again. That was satisfying.
How do you feel about risks? What are some of the biggest risks that you have taken?
I’m a considered risk-taker. I don’t invest or take a leap of faith unless I’ve done a good amount of research. I’ve taken risks with my job and some interesting investment plays.
Where do you see this industry going in the future? Also, name one common misconception about your industry that you would change if you could.
The finance industry will always evolve but will remain pivotal to every aspect of our lives. One common misconception is that being in banking is boring and working at a technology startup is cooler.
What are you most proud of about Templebridge Managements?
I am most proud of the integration of sustainable investments in its portfolio.
How does your work align with your values?
I believe that the world must abide by the Paris Agreement. Decarbonisation is the responsibility of every country, company and individual.
What’s your next main goal?
Mentoring the next generation of women in Singapore.
Editor’s note: Get to know the full Thought Leaders community here.
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