View from the other side: A Singaporean in R&D in Essilor France and Managing Director for Girls in Tech Paris

Committee Meeting
Business Woman Network, Research & Innovation, , ICT
Date and Time: 
11 Dec 2018
18:30 to 20:00
Tuesday, 11 December, 2018 - 18:30 to 20:00
The International Vision Academy (TIVA), 201 Kallang Bahru (339338), level 4
Registration Dates: 
14 Nov 2018
10 Dec 2018


This session offers the unique opportunity for an up close and personal conversation with Jamie SOON-KESTELOOT, a Singaporean in R&D in Essilor France and Managing Director for Girls in Tech Paris. 

Research innovation manager in Essilor by day, Women in tech community leader at Girls in Tech by night, Jamie Soon is highly involved in a mission to empower women in Science and Tech.  She will discuss what motivates her, her actions for women in tech, based on her experiences anchored around her ingrained Singaporean roots and working experiences in France.     



  • 6.30pm: Welcome 
  • 6.45pm: Presentation by Jamie Soon-Kesteloot 
  • 7.15pm: Networking cocktail 

About the Speaker

  • Jamie Soon-Kesteloot, Technical Innovation Manager & Managing Director of Girls in Tech Paris

Jamie Soon-Kesteloot has first hand experience on the frustrations that could await the journey of a young, skilled female professional in the world of Science and Tech.  This propelled her to volunteer for Girls in Tech as Managing Director.  She recruited a brand new, unisex Board team for Girls in Tech Paris, with the ambition to inspire and empower women (and men) via their activities. Thanks to her network, Girls in Tech Paris was awarded the "France-Singapore Year of Innovation" label, in honour of which an AMPLIFY pitch competition was organised in partnership with the Singapore Embassy in France and EDB.  This competition puts the spotlight on female startup founders who developed potentially high-flying tech ideas which might be of interests to Singapore, with the aim to help them take off their business in Singapore by providing the right network and guidance.


Born and raised in Singapore, Jamie adopted France as her second home in adulthood.  Armed with a Ph.D in Chemistry (Nanotechnology) and the desire to explore the world after Graduate school, Jamie pursued academic research in Japan and France, before switching to industrial research first at Saint Gobain and now at Essilor.  The professional experience overseas sharpened her skills in the domain of nanotechnology, and broadened her cultural outlook.     Her diversified training in various industries put her at ease in her current role at Essilor, which is to review, protect and valorise  of innovative ideas from Essilor R&D teams internationally, working with technical experts and patent attorneys.  She apply her skills towards the development of thin film products a billionth of a meter thin, so thin that it's transparent.  These coatings are designed to deliver desired functionalities, such as glare reduction, UV-cut, light management, anti-reflection, anti-scratch, ... and are used to make an array of everyday products, such as eyeglasses.


This event is kindly sponsored by Essilor

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