Singapore, Born 1950
A distinguished eye surgeon, Dr Geh Min is also one of South-east Asia’s most committed conservationists. She was the first female president of the Nature Society of Singapore and a nominated member of Parliament from 2004 to 2006.
Geh Min is a tireless campaigner who has helped implement milestone environmental preservation policies such as the Singapore Green Plan 2012, a ten-year blueprint to build a sustainable environment. Under her leadership, the Nature Society of Singapore has been instrumental in campaigning for and helping to establish wetland and marine reserves, as well as bird and mangrove sanctuaries. In February 2007, she led her country’s delegation at the Citizens of the Earth conference in Paris.
In 1980, she became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Since 1988, she has practiced as a consultant eye surgeon at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre at the National University Hospital and at the Singapore National Eye Centre. She is also committed to promoting women’s and children’s rights, culture and the arts. An enthusiastic committee member of the International Women’s Forum’s Singapore chapter, she also served on the board of directors of Save the Children (Singapore) from 1989 to 2004.
“Whether it’s creativity in the sciences or the arts, you finally have to get back to nature as the bottom line”, she says.
In 2006, she received the Stellar Award from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the inaugural President of Singapore’s Award for the Environment for her contributions to environmental sustainability.
Published in 2008