Ms. Claire Chiang: Co-founder of the Banyan Tree Hotels, was one of the first two women in history to be elected to the Board of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded the title of "Woman
of the Year" in 1999 for her contribution to community. She served as a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament for two terms (l997-2001).
In 2009, she was recognized by the International Alliance for Women "World of Difference 100" Awards for championing village-based entrepreneurship. More recently, Ms. Chiang received the Outstanding ASEAN Entrepreneur's Award 2015 from the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Forum and the Community Retailer Award for 2015 from the Hong Kong Retail Industry Trade.