At 32, Juliana Chan has arguably one of the most unconventional CVs in town. The scientist and Nanyang Technological University professor spends her work days “repackaging existing medicines so they are more tolerable to the body (causing fewer side effects) and more efficient (available in a lower dose that achieves the same outcome).”
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge alum is also editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist magazine, which she founded in 2011 “to highlight research and development carried out in Asia to the world.” She also finds the time to attend World Economic Forum (WEF) forums, where she gets to mingle with some of the best minds in the world.
This privilege comes with her being appointed a WEF Young Global Leader (YGL) this year. YGLs are selected based on their achievements and contribution to society, and for their commitment to shaping the future of the world. Chan joins an exclusive club that includes actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, tennis champion Li Na and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
The mother of a toddler daughter is proud of how far she’s come. She smiles, “To me, an accomplished, powerful woman is someone who makes her own life choices, and lives the way she wants to live. I feel powerful being a mother, and I feel powerful working in the science field.
She smiles, “I’ve already achieved all my lifetime goals and anything more is icing on the cake. Now, I just hope that my family stays healthy and happy."