Introducing Our Stellar Cast: Creators, Designers, and World-Changers

Meet the team at the Mental Health Film Festival Singapore! We strive to become the festival that captures the hearts and aspirations of our audience. This is made possible by a vibrant and dedicated team of passionate individuals.

Team at MHFFS

Charmaine Maryesther Wee-Yeo
Charmaine Maryesther Wee-Yeo General Manager
An accomplished mental health advocate and seasoned Marketing & Communications professional, Charmaine currently holds the position of General Manager at the Mental Health Film Festival. In this capacity, she leads stakeholder engagement, cultivates partnerships, and plays a key role in shaping the organisation’s strategic growth. Concurrently, as the Co-Founder of Mental Connect, a ground-up Mental Health Service Directory initiative, Charmaine actively engages stakeholders, fosters partnerships, and provides guidance to the team in maintaining the relevance of the web directory. Dedicated to mental health advocacy, Charmaine has volunteered for numerous charities, contributing to the creation of corporate identities and organising impactful events. Her professional journey reflects a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact, showcasing a unique blend of strategic acumen and hands-on experience. Her dynamic trajectory has included responsibilities in organisational development and marketing, demonstrating a varied and coaching-oriented leadership style.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Charmaine!
Alexander Lee
Alexander Lee Programmes Manager
Alexander Lee graduated from Nanyang Technological University's School of Humanities with a BA (Hons) in English and a minor in Creative Writing. He is currently the programme manager at the Mental Health Film Festival Singapore, programming thought-provoking films and panels, addressing pressing mental health issues and promoting open dialogues around these critical topics.

Beyond his role in festival curation, Alexander is both a writer and filmmaker. He participated in SGIFF's Youth Jury and Critics Programme, receiving the ‘Young Critic Award’ and was also selected for the Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop. He has also lensed multiple narrative shorts and collaborated with filmmakers on various projects.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Alexander!
Nazreen Coupland
Nazreen Coupland Outreach and Communications Executive
Naz truly believes that our art reflects our heart. She is deeply passionate about the intersection of mental health and art, as it offers a powerful platform for building connections, self-reflection, and self-care. Her journey includes leadership roles at a suicide prevention non-profit Caring for Life, where she served as a youth team leader, and as a broadcast director at NUS RadioPulze. In both roles, she has injected creativity and innovation into her work, gaining invaluable insights into mental health support and the transformative power of art.

She's thrilled to be part of the film festival, uniting her passions and expertise. This festival aligns perfectly with her dedication to mental health, and she's eager to contribute to this creative community and explore the potential of film in fostering change and connection.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Nazreen!
Hong Wan Jing
Hong Wan Jing Programmes Assistant
Wan Jing, a recent Raffles Institution graduate, serves as a Programme Assistant for MHFFS. Her aim: provide insightful experiences on mental health topics through curated films. Outside the festival, Wan Jing explores painting, photography, and writing. She chaired the Raffles Film Society, participated in SGIFF's 2023 Youth Critics Programme, and aspires to be an Instagram micro-influencer. Amidst A-level preparations in 2022, she directed, wrote, and produced her first film, igniting her passion for cinematography. Wan Jing strongly believes in film's power to spark discussions, particularly in mental health advocacy.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Wanjing!
Jean Ng
Jean Ng Programmes Assistant
Jean, a student at Singapore Polytechnic, focuses on video and stage production. Her passion for media aligns with her desire for understanding those with mental health challenges. Jean advocates for the arts' role in fostering empathy and understanding. This motivates her collaboration with MHFFS.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Jean!
Hannah Goh
Hannah Goh Outreach (Event/Stakeholder Management) Assistant
Recently graduated from Temasek Junior College, Hannah is propelled by her passion for storytelling. She advocates for film's potential to drive change in mental health awareness. Committed to inclusivity, Hannah aims to combat stigmas around mental health. As an Outreach Intern at MHFFS, she aspires to learn, contribute, and make a difference.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Hannah!
Aiden Chen Yuheng
Aiden Chen Yuheng Programmes Assistant
Passionate about storytelling from a young age, Aiden views films as a universal language. Studying Media Production and Design at Republic Polytechnic, he's dedicated to raising awareness about mental health. Aiden seeks to leverage his skills to initiate meaningful discussions through film, nurturing emotional connections.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Aiden!

Board of Directors at MHFFS

Akash Mohapatra
Akash Mohapatra Chairperson
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 recently completed a 10 days trek in the Himalayas.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Akash!
Dr Jade Kua
Dr Jade Kua Director
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.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Dr Jade!
Hayley Sharratt
Hayley Sharratt Director
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.

Thanks for being a part of the team at MHFFS Hayley!

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