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Dr Mathew Mathews

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore


Dr Mathew Mathews is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He leads the Society and Identity cluster where he broadly examines issues surrounding societal cohesion. He also teaches a course on social policy at the Department of Sociology, NUS. 

Mathew’s research relates to societal cohesion and family issues. On the family, together with A/P Paulin Straughan, he researches attitudes and behavior related to marriage and parenthood, three generational structures and older persons in families. Recent and forthcoming publications include work on marital resilience and how poverty, gambling, and single parenthood affect aspects of family well-being. Mathew is President of Alive Community Network and sits on the advisory boards of and Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing. He also serves as a Research Advisor to the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Panel.

Prof Yeung Wei-Jun Jean

Professor, Department of Sociology and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore Prof Yeung Wei-Jun Jean

Prof Yeung Wei-Jun Jean is a professor of Sociology, Director of the Family and Population Centre, and a Research Leader in the Asia Research Institute in the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS in 2008, she was at the University of Michigan and New York University. Professor Yeung is a board of trustee member of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies and an international academic advisor to the Institute of Social Science Studies in Peking University. She has served on the editorial board for top ranked journals such as the Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Child Development. 

Prof Yeung was a co-principal investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, one of the longest running social science panel surveys and has advised on many international panel surveys. She has received many awards from prestigious institutions. Her current research focuses on multiple aspects of American and Chinese family demographic changes. Her recent publications include the Racial Achievement Gap, and edited special volumes on Marriage in Asia, Asian Fatherhood, Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia, Shifting Boundaries of Care in Asia, One-Person Households in Asia, and Economic Stress, Human Capital and Families in Asia.

A/P Paulin Tay Straughan

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

A/P Paulin Tay Straughan

A/P Paulin Tay Straughan’s research interests center around sociology of family and medical sociology. She is the Principal Investigator of a recently concluded project on Successful Ageing in Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai which involved multiple institutions and a multidisciplinary team. She was also Principal Consultant for the Marriage and Parenthood 2012, which was commissioned by National Population and Talent Division. She has published in both sociology and medical journals, like Social Science and Medicine, Cancer, and Cancer Causes and Control. Her books include Marriage Dissolution in Singapore: Revisiting Family Values and Ideology in Marriage, and Ultra-Low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issue (with Gavin Jones and Angelique Chan). 

A/P Paulin Tay Straughan was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011, during which she advocated for work-life balance and nurturing of a more pro-family social environment. Her community involvement include serving in the Council for 3rd Age as Board member, member of the Community Silver Trust (MOH), and Chairing the Accreditation Council for Local Dating Industry (Social Development Network, MSF).

Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Chairman, Tsao Foundation

Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Dr Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairman and Founding Director of the Tsao Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit, operational foundation dedicated to enhancing the well being of older people; promoting successful ageing and addressing issues of population ageing at policy and practice levels by being a catalyst for constructive change through pioneering community aged care service models, capacity building, and policy advocacy through research-based evidence. 

Dr Tsao also serves on numerous non-profit boards in Singapore and internationally, and for her work on ageing and the community, she was conferred national service awards in 2000 and 2004.

Ms Fazlinda Faroo

Centre Manager, PPIS Vista Sakinah 

Ms Fazlinda Faroo

Ms Fazlinda Faroo is a practitioner and researcher with 20 years of experience in working with families and youths in the community. She is also a certified Narrative Therapist and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (Monash University), a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Research (Sociology) and an Honour’s degree in Social Work and Psychology (NUS). Her passion lies in programme development, training and research in the social service sector with specialist expertise in the area of grief, loss, remarriage and stepfamily. Ms Fazlinda also specialises in therapeutic work with Malay and Muslim communities.

Mrs Claire Nazar (Moderator)

Member, Families For Life Council

Mrs Claire Nazar (Moderator)

Mrs Claire Nazar is a director of Kalco Law LLC, specializing in corporate and commercial law. She is married to Boaz Nazar, a director in Kalco Law LLC and they have 2 children, aged 17 and 11 years. A busy full-time wife, mother and lawyer, Claire and her husband have a shared passion for building strong marriages and spend their spare time conducting family education talks for the past 15 years. Claire and Boaz are Master Trainers in the 12-hour Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP®), an evidence-based marriage education course which Claire facilitates regularly since 2006. She served on the Advisory Board of Marriage Central from August 2012 to July 2013 and is currently serving as Council member with Families for Life, under the Ministry of Social and Family Development.


Orchard Ballroom, Level 3, Orchard Hotel Singapore


22 May 2015