Whether explaining molecular genetics to healthcare professionals or reading bedtime stories to thirty toddlers, Joanne constantly looks for creative approaches to connect with audiences in a way that is gratifying and fun – and Own The Room allows her to help professionals around the world do the same.

Joanne advanced from serving as a researcher to carrying out marketing and corporate strategy at Siemens Healthcare, leading a new team from the ground up as Head of Marketing in Southeast Asia, and ultimately advancing to become Director of Global Marketing. These experiences challenged her to communicate creatively and effectively when interacting with stakeholders from a range of cultures, in discussing minutiae in microbiology or worldwide communications strategies.

 Joanne grew up in Hong Kong, where she won the Hong Kong open tennis competition at the age of 10. Throughout her career, she has resided in the U.S., Germany and Singapore, and her volunteer work took her to South Africa and Uganda, where she volunteered at schools and orphanages. She loves snowboarding, tennis, and soccer (and has attended the soccer world cup twice: in Brazil and South Africa).

"Interactive, engaging, challenging, and fun! Joanne used powerful techniques to get us out of our comfort zones. The change in such a short time was remarkable! Enjoyed and loved every minute. Now speaking is so much fun! Highly recommended."

Eghosa Obaseki, Pediatrician, Cnopf'sche Children's Hospital, Nuremberg, Germany

“I absolutely loved my time attending public speaking training with Joanne. When I got to the training, I just moved from Thailand to Denmark and was adjusting myself to the new working environment. The training with Joanne was a great opportunity for me to work on myself by reinforcing my strengths and working on excellent presentation techniques. Joanne was enthusiastic and full of energy and I gained so much confidence in myself after the training.”

Umpa Joy Thungmanee, Head of Business Development, Maersk Line, Denmark


“Joanne’s expertise was just what I needed as a fledgling—she’s a great resource for anyone looking to learn the foundations of public speaking!”

Kate Darling, Researcher, MIT Media Lab Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center, USA

“Joanne is absolutely fantastic! Her clear, concise lessons are uproariously fun and funny, interactive, and wholly engaging, and would make anyone a more effective and compelling communicator. I can’t recommend her highly enough!” 

John O’Neill, M.D., PhD, MBA, Columbia University, USA