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As with most of our social media life, the life we see online is a curated — and often inaccurate — version of ourselves. This is even more true for a Founder, who needs to maintain a certain public perception in order to benefit the company.

The crazy part of this is its also a job with a ton of pressure, a lot of stress and bouts of incredible loneliness.

This life can lead to serious bouts with depression, troubles with anxiety and a general mental health that is far from ideal. Thankfully, it is a fairly well-discussed topic in the Southeast Asian startup scene.

The ecosystem seems to be trying to find solutions and genuinely wants to be supportive of people who are struggling during their entrepreneurship journey.

At Echelon Asia Summit 2019, we will have four fantastic speakers on stage to discuss the topic. Let’s meet them!

Panel: “Peak performance & mental skills for founders and hustlers”, 10:30 am to 11:20 pm, May 24, at the Capital Stage.

Moderator: Zi En Wong, Co-founder, Hasiko

Wong is a veteran of the startup ecosystem, having Founded a startup that connected corporates and startups named Detecq. Her startup was acquired in 2017. During her time as the Founder of Detecq, she also participated in Founder Institute, a global pre-accelerator company from the Silicon Valley.

So she clearly has the startup chops, but what makes her unique to host this panel is her time as the Co-founder of Hasiko, a company that mixes physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to help people live a sustainable lifestyle.

The company believes that a well-balanced life is a key to success, and Hasiko works to help people find this place in their lives.

Panelist: Bjorn Lee, Founder, MindFi

During his time as a Product Manager for the Zopim-Zendesk acquisition integration, Lee discovered firsthand the risks of a high-stress no-sleep lifestyle.

Lee decided to pursue meditation and went on a deep-dive into the practice. As he puts it, it was a fantastic experience, but it isn’t overly sustainable in our day-to-day lives. So, in an effort to help regular people integrate meditation into their schedules, he Founded MindFi.

MindFi is a meditation app that helps people pursue active mindfulness. This may mean learning how to be mindful during meals, finding a post-work meditation practice or learning useful breathing exercises.

Panelist: Desmond M. Koh, Asia Partner, The Contentment Foundation

Desmond’s passion for wellness stems from his time as a National Swimmer, having represented Singapore at 3 Olympic Games in 88, 92 and 96. His experience in competitive sports, high finance and family life has reinforced his belief that he delivers true peak performance when he has taken good care of not only of his physical self, but more importantly of his mind and his spiritual self.

He focuses his energies around two principle initiatives (1) “Mind Warrior”- his ideology that “mindful peak performance states” may be achieved from a delicate balance of mind, body and spirit driven by true inner purpose (2) “Compassion Capital” – where he believes that we may have positive impact on the world by making compassionate decisions with our capital, where capital refers not only to financial capital, but also to our energies and time. Desmond serves as a Non-Executive Partner (Asia) at The Contentment Foundation and serves on several organizations that are aligned with his beliefs.

Desmond is a Managing Director at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, The World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance in 2019 according to EuroMoney.

Panelist: William TOV, Associate Professor of Psychology, Singapore Management University

William TOV is a psychology expert, having received a PhD from the University of Illinois in 2008. But more relevant for this panel are is specific research interests.

TOV has spent a lot of time looking into the impact that well-being and personality make on our everyday lives.

This includes how social media affects our wellbeing, the social implications of certain personality traits, how culture and society impact the individual and policy measures governments can pursue.

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