Anthea Indira Ong

Anthea likes to wear hats—many of them at a go, in fact. She is a mover and shaker in the local volunteerism scene, having spearheaded several ground-up movements in service of humanity. Most notable of these initiatives is Hush TeaBar, Singapore’s first silent tea bar that employs the Deaf, as well as persons-in-recovery from and those with mental health issues, empowering them to reintegrate into society. She is passionate about educating others about social inclusion in the workplace and community, mental health and volunteerism, topics which she will be bringing to the table in her capacity as a Nominated Member of Parliament to the Republic of Singapore. It will be a tall hat she wears in this public service role.

When she is not a corporate mad hatter as managing director of an international strategy consulting group for banks and financial institutions or as a life coach, Anthea can be found hugging trees, meditating in a kaftan off the cliff of some place exotic where her globe-trotting legs will take her or practicing yoga with the Antarctica penguins if they would allow her. 50 Shades of Love is her first published book to celebrate her 50 years of life-loving.