Executive Director

Cheryl is an imperfect human with an infectious laugh. As a dedicated yoga and meditation practitioner, she has a keen interest in understanding various tools and techniques that enable individuals to heal from deep-rooted trauma. She founded the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival because she felt that there was an immediate need for safe spaces to have constructive conversations on mental health in Singapore. She strongly believes in self-care which also includes rock climbing and being a plant-mama.

Cheryl is also the founder of The Breathe Movement, and a 2019 Obama Leader: Asia-Pacific.

Communications Director

Daryl is a marketing specialist, with years of experience in social impact and nonprofit management. With a penchant for creating value and relatability in all his work, you can count on him to tastefully market your organisation’s message. Having worked in LGBT advocacy, women’s equality, and now mental health, Daryl strives to continue learning about the intersectionality and nuances in discussing social issues.

Outside of work, Daryl enjoys landscape photography and enjoying Singapore’s cityscape on his bicycle.

Programmes Manager

Abel is a final year undergraduate at the National University of Singapore reading Social Work and Sociology. He advocates for a multi-faceted approach when understanding social issues and this includes adopting a questioning mind where we constructively challenge conventional structures, in hope for a positive change. Understanding mental health issues must go beyond the individual, to appreciating how it is highly intertwined with and implicated by larger socio-cultural and political structures. 

In his free time, Abel enjoys catching sunset. He lives by the quote: “beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies”.

Events & Volunteer Manager

Mark has been in events management for six years — organizing and coordinating a wide scope of events, ranging from conferences to exhibitions. He has also worked with multiple government agencies. 

He is grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute his knowledge and experience to SMHFF 2021. He strongly believes that there is a need to create awareness around mental health issues.

Community & Outreach Intern

Pei Yun is a dancer, performer, educator, facilitator and choreographer who enjoys interdisciplinary processes that allow her to work collaboratively. 

Joining the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival allowed Pei Yun to learn more about mental health where she hopes to use her craft to create works that provide a safe space for everyone to join in the conversations surrounding topics on mental health and wellness.

Communications & Community Intern

Casey joined the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival in hopes to help spread awareness on social justice and mental health through handling different social media platforms.

She believes that finding happiness and hope is extremely important and she is thankful for the opportunity to grow and learn in this organization.



Hayley has over 15 years’ experience in finance roles spanning the banking, social and private sector. Hayley was most recently Vice President at Deutsche Bank where she held various roles including Head of Strategic Engagement for the Corporate Services function.

Throughout her career, corporate responsibility has been a key focus in her work. She believes passionately about the role of business in social and environmental development. Over the past 10 years Hayley has focused her voluntary time to the area of mental health, she is on the Board of the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival and Resilience Collective, and supports other mental health initiatives in Singapore.


Rebekah runs her family foundation, Jia Foundation, and has, for the past 8 years, worked on projects around mental health, impact documentaries and water sanitation in Singapore, Cambodia and the UK. Rebekah sits on the Board of the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival and is also the Co-Founder of The Social Co., a youth collective that brought more 100+ individuals, 90+ corporations and more than 250 partners together to raise awareness of and funds for more than 50+ lesser-known charities in Singapore. In total, they’ve raised almost $5 million since their inception in 2014.

Rebekah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honours degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London and an MSc in Gerontology from King’s College London. She now spends her time serving the ageing population in Singapore with the Agency for Integrated Care.


Akash has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry and is currently a Managing Director and heads an APAC legal team at a leading German bank.

He is deeply engrained in community and social causes and in addition to his legal responsibilities, leads CSR at his organisation for Singapore.

Akash is also an ardent champion for mental health causes. He leads the Mental Health employee support group at the bank, is a Mental Health Aider trained in Suicide intervention LIFE training and works closely with a number of mental health initiatives in the community.

Akash enjoys the outdoors and is currently training to go to Everest Base Camp to create awareness for mental health. A people person, Akash also loves photography and Yoga.


Since young, Wen has always loved storytelling. A firm believer in that art reflects life and vice versa, Wen is keen to aid SMHFF in its mission of mental health advocacy.

A certified peer support specialist, Wen works part-time at the Institute of Mental Health and is pursuing a master’s degree in counselling.

Wen also serves on the board of BinjaiTree, a philanthropic organisation that focuses on the improvement of mental health, development of the arts and social services.

During his free time, Wen enjoys watching pop culture movies and shows, eating good meals, spending time with loved ones, and rocking out on the electric guitar.


Jade is a qualified professional coach and is also a Visiting Consultant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at both the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and YLLSoM at the National University of Singapore. She is also a Consultant for the Hospital Services Division at the Ministry of Health. 

Dr. Kua is also a past President of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore) and is a champion for the DARE (Dispatcher-Assisted first REsponder) Programme, which aims to help bystanders gain the knowledge and confidence to save lives by learning to dial 995, stay on the line with the medical dispatcher, perform CPR as directed, and use an AED with voice prompts.