Reflect often. Give yourself the opportunity to grow every day as you look at your actions and reactions.
Lead justly. Err on the side of righteousness and integrity, setting an example always.
Be human. Recognise flaws and appreciate learning, with healthy doses of empathy and gut calls.
I am an experienced facilitator, founder, and project manager, having led diverse teams building non-profit initiatives, deep tech startups, L&D programmes, and EdTech platforms. My passion is in education and learning, particularly interested in equalising the playing field through soft skill training. Growing up in the mainstream, I believe in the growth mindset to bring people to success regardless of background or capacity.
I'm involved with global communities such as Sandbox and Global Shapers, truly believing in the power of a small activated group of people being able to change the world. Privileged to be involved in public sector programmes such as INSPIRIT and the NTUC Labour Movement Attachment Programme, as well as the inaugural cohort of Obama Leaders in Asia-Pacific.
I have a wide variety of interests and continuously seek to broaden knowledge and experience of them:
The future of education,
The implication of the 4th IR on job preparedness,
Deep-tech applications on industry and basic services,
What governance will look like 10 years from now,
How tri-sector leadership can influence the next generation of nation builders.
I’m also a profiling junkie. It’s amazing how a simple test can say so much. Some of my results:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (16PF): ENTP
StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Command, Activator, Significance, Futuristic, Achiever
Five-Factor Model (Big 5): Openness to experience (78%), Conscientiousness (65%), Extraversion (98%), Agreeableness (45%), Neuroticism (8%)
Chief Operating Officer at Halogen Foundation
Halogen Foundation Singapore is an Institution of Public Character (IPC) charity focusing on building young leaders and entrepreneurs. We aim to make quality leadership and entrepreneurship education available to all young people regardless of their background, race, income, or religion, particularly those who are disadvantaged by way of challenging family backgrounds and/or are on financial assistance. We want to build young leaders and entrepreneurs who are competent, of good character, and have positive mindsets and skillsets to practically change the world in issues they believe in.
Rediscovering my passion for youth development and pairing that with my long-term career goals, I join Halogen Foundation as COO at a very exciting time in the organisation’s growth. Supporting the CEO in leading the team, my main focus areas are on process rigour and improvements, new business initiatives, strategic management, talent development, and digital innovation.
Member (formerly Singapore Ambassador) at Sandbox
Sandbox is a global community of remarkable young people. We cook up molecular gastronomy, perform pop sonatas, build social empires, and craft radical policy. We bridge geographies and disciplines, designing opportunities for meaningful conversation, collaboration, and discovery. Our members stand at the forefront of global influence. They are entrepreneurs, go-getters, and adventurers. They speak at TED conferences, write best-selling books, and consistently land on “30 under 30” lists. They share a passion for collaboration and a commitment to bettering the world.
I ran the Singapore hub, a local hub of the global community. I lead the operations and admissions of the hub activities, as well as manage the membership and the member engagement activities.
Global Shaper at Global Shapers Community (Singapore Hub)
Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 376 city-based hubs in 156 countries. In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community.
Being part of the Singapore hub, I join the Shapers to impact our local community and activate the youth ecosystem for change in projects including education, entrepreneurship, and social mobility.
Labour Movement Attaché at the National Trade Union Congress
The Labour Movement Attachment Program (LMAP) is a learning journey to deepen rising civil servants' understanding of the Labour Movement to better recognise its role and contribution towards economic success and tackling challenges for the benefit of the working people in Singapore. By being immersed in the LM environment, officers gain insights on the current and emerging LM issues and challenges, and a clearer understanding of policy's impact on the working population.
I am privileged to be invited to join the 8th batch of LMAP officers despite it being exclusively for civil servants, representing my role as a youth development professional and piquing my interest in public-people relations. I participated in selected union meetings, dialogues, and events as an observer, and tackled a key LM challenge involving a unified membership experience for the worker. I was attached to the Chemical Industries Employees' Union (CIEU) and the Youth Development Unit of NTUC.
Obama Leader: Asia-Pacific at the Obama Foundation
From government, to civil society, to the private sector and beyond, Obama Foundation Leaders are changemakers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good within their sphere of influence and have clear potential for impact and commitment to integrity. The Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific program will inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region through a core set of shared values and leadership skills. Together, they will form a network of innovative and ethical changemakers and positive role models who will be well-prepared to create tangible solutions to the biggest challenges in their communities, countries, and continent.
I am one of 21 emerging leaders from Asia-Pacific recognised by the Obama Foundation as young leaders who are making waves in civic engagement and community involvement. I participated in the inaugural Obama Foundation Design Workshop held in Hawai’i where together with established leaders and supporters of the Foundation, we designed the larger convening of 200 emerging leaders held in Fall 2019.