Lavinia Thanapathy

President, PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association and Board Member, SCWO

Lavinia Thanapathy is the President of PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association, a volunteer-led non-profit that organises over 60 networking and professional development events a year for around 350 members from 30 countries. Lavinia leads an Executive Board of 12 women overseeing 12 special interest groups within the association.

PrimeTime, a member of the Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. Membership is open to professional and business women over the age of 21 and who are resident in Singapore.

Professionally, Lavinia has an international, 15-year record of creating brand awareness for businesses, government institutions and not-for-profit organisations. A lawyer by training, Lavinia is currently the Associate Director for Communications at the National University of Singapore’s NUS Faculty of Law. Lavinia was previously the Vice President and Regional Editor-in-chief of an award-winning online publisher. Prior to that, she was the Head of Press for the European Union Delegation in Singapore.

Lavinia has a history of being active in the Singapore community. She has served for 5 years as Honorary Secretary and Head of Communications on the Executive Board of HCA Hospice Care, a registered charity in Singapore. Lavinia joined PrimeTime in 2001 and has held several PrimeTime Board roles including 1st Vice President, Communications Director, and Volunteer Director.

Lavinia is regularly invited to speak and comment on issues around female empowerment, specifically for working mothers. Most recently, she has spoken at a corporate event for Accor Hotels and at the Singapore Human Resource Institute and she was also invited by BBC World News to comment on Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016.

Lavinia is married to Ambassador Karsten Warnecke, Executive Director Designate at the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF), and is the mother and stepmother to five children aged 6-25 years.