Ms Angelina Ong, 38, joined the Special Olympics as President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region on January 2017.
As part of the Special Olympics, Ms Ong is responsible for advancing the movement’s mission of building inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities through sports, health and education in Asia Pacific. She oversees the region’s operations, which serves more than 1.6 million Special Olympics athletes across 28 countries.
With over two decades of general management, in both consultancy and corporate leadership roles, she has a proven track record as a strategist and storyteller across the entire integrated marketing and communications spectrum. Ms Ong has more than 20 years of international leadership experience including 11 years in China, nine years in Singapore and assignments in Indonesia, New York, London and Dubai.
Ms Ong is passionate about advocating business ‘glocalisation’ in the Asia Pacific region and has served as a senior advisor to Chief Executive Officers of Fortune 500 companies specialising in strategic communications, corporate social responsibility platforms, issues management, brand positioning, stakeholder engagement, digital strategy and talent management. Her previous executive leadership positions include APAC President at Cohn & Wolfe; Regional Managing Director, APAC, at Burson-Marsteller; General Manager of Marketing at Edelman China; and Director and Head of B2C Marketing, APAC, at Yahoo!. In 2016, she was recognised as one of “Asia’s 50 Women Leaders” at the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Awards presented by marketing industry body CMO Asia. She also received various industry awards at PRWeek Awards Asia, APAC SABRE Awards and Marketing Asia.
Ms Ong was a key member of the global media relations team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. She is also an active volunteer in the local community serving various causes for the past twenty years. These included Lions Befrienders, Animals Asia Foundation and Cat Welfare Society. She currently sits on the executive committee of Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore.