Hi, I’m Simone Heng. So if you’re interested in the professional bio, you can scroll above, but here’s the more important bio between the lines.
I was born in Singapore in 1984 to a mixed-race couple of human connection superheroes. My Dad, Robert was Chinese and my Mum, Sandra is Eurasian from Singapore. In 1987 they migrated us to Perth in Western Australia and we became Aussie citizens in 1990. (I am now however based back in Singapore and am a Permanent Resident.) I left Australia for the first time in 2002 on scholarship to Switzerland, I can understand Swiss and can carry out a conversation in German after a few drinks.
In 2004, when I was nineteen, my Dad died of cancer and my whole world changed. A year later, I moved to Asia to model and become a VJ for a music channel and spent many years running away from my grief.
In 2009, I moved to Dubai in the UAE to become a radio broadcaster with the country’s biggest radio station and also began a slow journey of healing/connecting with myself. In 2013, my mother suffered a massive stroke and became paralysed and I moved back to Australia in 2014 to care for her. The one and a half years there were harrowing.
In 2015, I moved back to Singapore so I could still be close to Mum and fly and see her regularly. I worked at the most toxic workplace of my career for four years before the loneliness and stress of this experience inspired me to set up my business in 2019 and talk about a lack of human connection.
I fly all over the world speaking on this issue. In 2022 I published my first book which included details of these experiences I’ve just described, the book was a bestseller in Singapore. Six months later, the book was acquired by Hay House and in 2023 was relaunched as Let’s Talk About Loneliness in the UK, US and Australia.
When I’m not speaking or writing, I love to paint; and I’m the mother to two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels called Alex and Charlie.