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Pearlyn Lau, Assurance Associate, PwC - Singapore

Pearlyn is currently a 2nd year associate in PwC’s Technology, Information, Communication and Entertainment group, General Assurance line of service. As part of People’s Initiative Committee, she organises and executes numerous events for the department.

Pearlyn LauPearlyn was awarded the Joint Winner of the International Subject Order of Merit - ACA Certificate Level/ICAEW CFAB Management Information (August 2018) for attaining top honours for the academic paper globally. Amongst her other accolades, she received the Highest Achievement for the Business Planning: Insurance exam (June 2018) and the Audit & Assurance exam (September 2018).

"Who were you most looking forward to seeing or meeting, and why?"

Ellie Goulding – she is a famous singer-songwriter but yet so passionate about climate. I was curious about what motivated her and inspired her to speak out for the cause.

"What did you learn that you didn’t know before?"

My biggest takeaway was the idea of “orphanage tourism” and “voluntourism”. It never occurred to me how harmful it is – be it the increased risk of human trafficking or the mental health impact on kids. Children are not a tourist attraction and there are better ways to help.

"What will you remember most about attending?"

Definitely the people. The counsellors, the speakers, the other delegates or the volunteers – everyone was so friendly, positive and inclusive. A shout out also to the ICAEW crew who took such good care of us.

"What did you learn that you can apply to your own business or organisation?"

It’s important to speak up and constantly think of ways to improve the way things are done. You will win fights, you will lose fights, but the important thing is to not lose yourself. If you believe that something should be done differently then it’s time to speak to someone about it and make the change.

"What does positive change mean to you?"

To improve on something and make it better for everyone. This could be through raising awareness, allowing people to speak up, have their concerns heard and needs met.

What value do you think your skills and training in Chartered Accountancy bring to being a future global leader?

A future global leader requires many skills. One key takeaway from my journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant is that it is important to be sceptical and think critically. One cannot simply take things at face value but must instead, attempt to have different perspectives and interpretations.