The Power List 2018: Nichol Ng

The humanitarian talks happiness and overcoming adversity

Nichol Ng
Co-founder of The Food Bank Singapore; President of ONE [Singapore]

“Adversity empowers me,” declares Ng, an astute businesswoman who is a prime example of how the only way to go after hitting rock bottom is, well, up. Her late father was declared bankrupt when she was about to start university and she vividly recalls being at home when the bank came and seized their house. “It was very painful for us,” Ng remembers. Then, there was her two-decade-long struggle with bulimia, which plagued her even as she was setting up The Food Bank Singapore in 2012, a charity that aims to reduce food wastage by channelling excess food to various redistribution channels such as family service centres and religious establishments (she’s also the President of ONE [Singapore], an organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty). If anything, those dark hours showed her mettle and today, Ng is thankful for the little victories and all the life lessons thrown her way. “When good things do come to you, let’s take the time to appreciate them.”

Nichol Ng

Ng wears dress from Prada, and platinum and diamond necklace from Harry Winston

Photographer: Wee Khim; Stylist: Sharon Tulasidas; Makeup and hair: Toni Tan using M.A.C; Sean Ang/FAC3Inc using Kevin Murphy

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