Founder of Rumah Faye
Faye Simanjuntak is the founder of Rumah Faye, a non-profit begun in 2013 working to eradicate child sexual abuse, trafficking, and exploitation through three programs - prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation. Through her work, Faye has been honoured to receive recognition such as being included in Forbes Indonesia’s 30 under 30 list of 2020, and being an International Children’s Peace Prize Finalist in 2017. Most importantly, in 2016, Faye led Rumah Faye to open its safe house, which works directly for victims to provide access to healthcare, legal aid, and counseling, among other things. As of November 2020, they’ve assisted in the recovery of 142 girls. On the side, Faye navigates Indonesian legislation through What Is Up, Indonesia? and does youth research for UNESCO (and she's also a freshman at university!).
Co-Founder, Eco Youth Collective
Glenda is part of the founding team of Eco Youth Collective where she works to empower youths to connect with themselves, others and the planet we live on. She is a passionate team player who thrives in celebrating people's strengths and diversity. She hopes that one day, all youths believe in themselves to stand up for what they stand for.
Kiran Bir Sethi
Founder at Design For Change
Kiran Bir Sethi is a Designer who became a Teacher, a Principal who grew into an Education Reformer and subsequently morphed into a Social Entrepreneur. In 2009, Kiran launched “Design For Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share. Today DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and today, it is in 60+ countries—impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.
Co-Founder at Thought Collective and Common Ground
Yee started out as a public school teacher before co-founding The Thought Collective in 2002 with Shiao-Yin Kuik and Elizabeth Kon. Having struggled through his earlier academic journey, he developed a deep empathy for people who have experienced failure. He channels his compassion towards an ambition to help build Singapore’s future social infrastructure.
His work involves facilitating innovative placemaking projects, curriculum design, organizational design, change management and social innovation.
Tong Yee is also a sought after public speaker, trainer and thought leader who shares his insights with various national level committees. He represented Singapore as part of the speaker line-up for the inaugural Obama Foundation's Asia-Pacific Leaders program, helping to train 200 emerging leaders from 33 nations.
Crash Course Speakers
Ecosystem Builder & Network Weaver. Co-founder of Impact Hub Jakarta.
Stephanie Arrowsmith is the co-founder of Impact Hub Jakarta, a coworking innovation hub for purpose-driven individuals and entrepreneurs in Indonesia’s capital city, which is part of a global network of 100+ cities around the world. She also curated the first ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, fostering partnerships among countries and sectors towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With a background in international development, cross-sector partnerships and systems thinking, Stephanie has been active in strengthening support for social entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific region and is passionate about designing collaborative networks to catalyse action towards social and environmental justice. She is a proud member of changemaking communities including Impact Collective, Techstars APAC, DSIL & an Enspiral.
Chief Executive Facilitator at Forever Sabah
Cynthia Ong is creating an equitable, diversified, and circular economy in Sabah on the island of Borneo—one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. She does this by using a new leadership style, where all voices have equal power to co-create solutions to regional problems, as competing interests of profit and conservation contend for the same pool of resources. She brings 25 years of entrepreneurship, socio-environmental justice and community activism, through her roles as founder/co-founder, board director and/or CEO of numerous organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit in South East Asia and in the U.S.
Executive Director Lien Centre for Social Innovation
Christy brings over 25 years of experience working in the public, private, and social innovation space. Having worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region, she brings rich experience in the areas of corporate responsibility, sustainability, and governance.
Lien Centre for Social Innovation is a space for socially conscious people and organisations to learn, ideate and collaborate, established in 2006 to advance the thinking and capability of the social sector. Their vision is to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore and beyond.
Director at Etch Empathy
Aaron Yeoh started getting involved in youth and community development work back in 2009. His current work involves advocating on more equity for visually impaired and supporting positive aging for seniors through his non profit organisations—Etch Empathy and Cycling Without Age Singapore. Concurrently, he is also providing career opportunities for visually impaired as chefs through my social enterprise Fortitude Culina.
Real-Life Story Panelists
Student at Singapore Polytechnic Peer Support Club
Jessica is the Secretary of SP Peer Support Club. She has been a member of the Club since March 2020. Jessica is also an avid dancer and budding scientist who cares about the environment. She is highly driven by her curiosity and her drive to learn new things, and is looking to further deepen her skills in anything that can improve and deepen her lifestyle, current skills and personality. As part of the Club’s main committee, she hopes to contribute to the Club’s efforts to cultivate an empathetic and empowered peer support network for our community.
Community Lead, Our Better World, Singapore International Foundation
Mai is from the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Singapore’s home-grown non-profit that brings world communities together to do good. She is the community lead for Our Better World (OBW), the digital platform of the SIF that tells stories of people doing good in Asia, inspiring others to take concrete action – to support the featured causes - and become part of an empowered global community building a better world. The goal is to leverage the power of digital storytelling to deliver real impact to communities in Asia by connecting them with everyday people who can contribute in accessible ways.
As Community Lead, Mai is part of a team that amplifies OBW's hopeful stories of good online and in-person and encourages OBW's community to take action and stay engaged with OBW. It is all about relationships for OBW's community team, especially with the people whose stories OBW tells. The goal is to build a genuine community passionate about the power of stories working together for positive change.
Partner at EY - Financial Services Consulting
Maggi is a Partner in EY’s Financial Services Consulting practice in Singapore where she has lived and worked for more than 7 years. Maggi is a “trisector athlete” having worked in the government, not for profit and corporate sectors in Australia, France and Singapore. She is a lifelong feminist and advocate for LGBT+ inclusion. She started her career supporting homeless young women and survivors of sexual assault in inner city Melbourne. She was then the founding CEO of an innovative social housing service providing accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic violence. After moving to France she became the Director General of an international humanitarian organization headquartered in Paris overseeing medical, community health and water and sanitation programs to over 400,000 people in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Somewhere along the way she completed an MBA and graduated cumma sum laude from EDHEC Business School in France and then found herself as a consultant in the financial services industry. In her “day job” at EY, Maggi leads the Singapore Financial Services Risk Management business, helping banks, insurers, wealth and asset managers identify, monitor and mitigate their financial, non-financial and compliance risks. She is also an EY D&I Champion where she co-convenes the EY Women in Financial Services networking forum as well leading a number of EY initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of women in leadership roles. Maggi also leads Unity in Singapore which is EY’s LGBT+ and allies network and is a member of EY’s global LGBT+ executive committee.
United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneer 2019, Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead, Maxeon Solar Technologies
United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneer 2019, Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead, Maxeon Solar Technologies
Seo Jia Han Alvin is currently Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead at Maxeon Solar Technologies. He joined Maxeon as the first sustainability hire in the recent spinoff from US-based SunPower now headquartered in Singapore. Maxeon has joined the United Nations Global Compact as a Signatory and committed to the Sustainable Development Goals last December in its first full quarter of operations. Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs, manufactures and sells SunPower® brand solar panels in more than 100 countries, operating the SunPower brand worldwide except the United States and Canada. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. With operations in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Mexico, Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,100 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a 35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.
Alvin joins Maxeon after almost 5.5 years in Singtel where he was the Group Sustainability Manager and was previously the Environmental Manager at Optus, Singtel’s fully-owned subsidiary in Australia during his international assignment. In Australia, he was also a working group member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization and Mobile Muster, an industry mobile phone recycling programme in Australia. He also worked with the sustainability teams of its regional Associates in the Philippines (Globe), Thailand (AIS), Indonesia (Telkomsel) and India (Airtel). At Singtel, Alvin was recognised as one of ten United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers in 2019 in championing sustainability and mobilizing companies to be a force for good.
Outside of work, Alvin, together with five other National University of Singapore, Master of Science, Environmental Management (MEM) alumni, started the MEM Cares project last year. This initiative encouraged sustainable practices amid the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker and environmental awareness through findings from a survey on the use of disposable cutlery and utensils while purchasing food takeaway and deliveries in Singapore with findings featured in local and international media such as The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia, Today, Business Times, Channel 8 and Bloomberg. He also supported the inaugural online Advisory Mentorship Programme last year during the pandemic as a mentor, a fully youth-led nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Singaporeans to make informed career and further education choice in his area of expertise – corporate sustainability. Alvin also participated in recent dialogue sessions focused on sustainability such as the Emerging Stronger Conversation last September with the theme "Emerging Stronger: Realising Our Vision for a Sustainable Singapore” and The East Coast Beach (Action) Plan last August.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Edible Garden City
Bjorn Low is a practicing urban farmer and a social changemaker. He is an Ashoka fellow, a young leader of the World Cities Summit and the co-founder of Edible Garden City an urban farming social enterprise. Bjorn’s practice and research focuses on identifying the value that urban agriculture brings to the communities of highly dense and food import dependent cities such as Singapore. He has a keen interest at how the shifts in social ecology and demographic changes, and how the rapidly aging population present a new opportunity for urban care farms to play a bigger role in the rejuvenation of cities.
Researcher & Trainer, Light on Life
Based in Singapore, Anupam is a pragmatic urbanist, social entrepreneur and creative strategist with leadership and management experience across public and private sectors. He is an advocate for healthy cities and seeks to develop a “Conscious Cities Index”, which measures the correlation between community well-being, individual mental health and a city’s urban design.
Anupam is co-investigator of an ongoing academic study on “Mindfulness in Cities”, led by UCL’s Urban Innovation & Policy Lab, and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineers. Anupam has developed and teaches a course titled “Placemaking for Healthy Cities”, first delivered to a group of Climate Action Leaders at India’s Anant National University. Earlier, he curated an executive education course for urban leaders and mayors titled “Inclusive Citymaking”, delivered at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
In September, 2020, as a way to support the community’s post-pandemic recovery, he initiated ‘The Big Sit’, an ongoing monthly social meditation and mindfulness gathering in Singapore’s CBD, which is now expanding further into new locations and neighbourhoods across the island.
Product Director, Sentient.io
Wayne is passionate about both technology and social impact. He is currently the Product Director of Sentient.io, an AI start-up, and serving as the Social Enterprise Training Hub lead for TBN Asia. He first found his calling for innovation for social impact at Asia P3 Hub (previously part of World Vision International). Prior to that, he was the co-founder of Techsailor, a digital company specialising in social, mobile and location-based (SoLoMo) solutions, he helped to run and grow the business until it was acquired by TO THE NEW Digital.
Executive Director, The Majurity Trust
Martin is the Executive Director of The Majurity Trust Ltd, a philanthropic organisation with social impact programmes and platforms to create, invest and advance collaborative causes and activities that build a thriving and sustainable community for all in Singapore. He was formerly the Executive Director of Institute for Societal Leadership and Co-Founder of Halogen Foundation Singapore.
Martin works with leaders in the public, private and people sector in over 14 countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom and the United States. For his contributions to Singapore and the region, Martin was awarded The Outstanding Young Person Award in 2008 in Singapore, inducted as a Fellow of Asia 21, as part of Asia Society New York in 2011 and was conferred the Singapore Youth Award, Singapore’s highest accolade for youth in 2013.
President United Women Singapore
Georgette Tan is President, United Women Singapore, an NGO advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders. Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President Communications heading up Communications and CSR at MasterCard Asia Pacific. Her career includes heading communications roles in both private and public sectors in Singapore and Hong Kong including CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation.
She currently sits on the board of BoardAgender, an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations, focused on increasing the number of women on boards, and is on the Taskforce on Family Violence jointly led by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Georgette also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.
Country Director, Ashoka Singapore-Malaysia
Rajesh Varghese is the Country Director, Ashoka, Singapore-Malaysia. He is focused on building the field of social entrepreneurship in ASEAN by identifying Ashoka Fellows and in facilitating partnerships for the biggest impact. Rajesh has contributed to several lectures on social business and system change at SMU, SIF and NUS.
Rajesh started his social impact journey as a teaching volunteer for Make a Difference, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming outcomes for children in need of care and protection. Rajesh has now been with Ashoka for six years and has pioneered the Ashoka Changemaker Schools in India, supporting children as changemakers. He has delivered capacity building content on system change, leadership and sustainability to several social entrepreneurs in Asia directly impacting their long term strategy.
Chief Executive, National Youth Council
Mr David Chua was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council (NYC), an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). NYC oversees two key operational divisions - Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and Youth Corps Singapore. NYC drives holistic youth development at the national level, in partnership with public and private sector agencies. It engages young Singaporeans, sends them overseas for growth and exposure, tracks youth trends and capacity builds youth sector organisations.
David is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at *SCAPE, a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) under MCCY, that runs aspirational programmes for youth. Prior to joining NYC, David served for 22 years in the Singapore Armed Forces.
Director of Strategy, Partnerships, and Organisational Development at Impart.
Joshua is the Director of Strategy, Partnerships, and Organisational Development at Impart. He is a graduate of Yale-NUS College, where he majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Over the past 7 years, he headed and developed various youth-focused community initiatives which sought to address unmet needs. His work at Impart represents the sum of his time spent on the ground with youths and families in crisis, and his thought on sectoral and community change. Most days, he can be found working with youths and various partners to develop an understanding for "doing good better".
Founder & CEO of Hush Tea Bar
Anthea is a passionate, results-oriented entrepreneurial leader with over 30 years of Business Strategy & Transformation, Strategic Planning, General Management, Business Development and Customer Engagement experience, across non-profit management, education, financial services and professional development.
She has been involved in founding and growing social enterprises and community projects, as well as participating and volunteering actively in charity organisations in various capacities including President/Chair of Board, Board Member, Advisor, Coach, and Mentor.
She is the founder of Hush Tea Bar, a social movement to bring the worlds of Hearing and Deaf together. It is Singapore's first roving silent Tea Bar (and possibly the world's first). Hush was founded with the deep desire to serve the overworked, highly-stressed world that we live in. Our vision of 'Rush to Hush' is to make available an intuitive and accessible way to manage stress and practise reflection through tea-drinking in silence (meditation is not for everyone!).
Programme Manager at Lien Centre for Social Innovation
Dr Alan Yu is a skilled facilitator, consultant, researcher, and dynamic speaker with experience working in the education, non-profit, and corporate sectors. He has a passion for enlivening and inspiring organizations to realize their own potential and capability through facilitative methodologies. Lien Centre for Social Innovation is a space for socially conscious people and organisations to learn, ideate and collaborate, established in 2006 to advance the thinking and capability of the social sector. Their vision is to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore and beyond.
Founder of Good City Foundation and Future City Summit
Andre has been on an entrepreneur journey ever since 2012 in emerging Southeast Asia, as the Founder of Future City Summit (Good City Foundation), a non-profit organisation basing in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok, curating summits and development programs with city governments in Southeast Asia in domains such as urban development, food, fintech, governance and policy, building network of emerging cities in Asia and Africa through established Emerging Future Cities Network, both public and private sectors.
Good City Foundation is currently a member of the Private Sector Committee of ASEAN Smart Cities Network and (Non-Profit) Institutional Partner of G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance. While entitled Young Leaders of Tomorrow 2019 in St. Gallen Symposium, Andre is currently Li Ka Shing Foundation Scholar in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in The National University of Singapore and served as a Student Fellow in Centre for Liveable Cities(CLC) of the Ministry of National Development of Singapore. He is currently also serving in the working group of IoT and Urban Transformation (Asia Action Group) in the World Economic Forum.
Director of Public Private Partnership by Youth of Good City Foundation
Shadman Sadab is Director of “Public-Private Partnership by Youth” development program at the Good City Foundation (GCF), a Hong Kong based international development organization. Founded in 2016, GCF ( previously known as Future City Summit - FCS) started as an international summit, and currently engaged in impact investing, capacity building and incubation, with portfolios in Bangkok, Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.
He is leading the foundation's signature development program"Public-Private Partnership by Youth" which works to foster discussion of matters on "Public Private Partnership" through young entrepreneurs and policy leaders, establish innovation labs and raise startup funds within the city levels of the member nations of GCF. This project got recognized by KPMG in the recent "Connected Cities" magazine as one of the active projects in the Asia Pacific Region.
GCF has spread it's network among 30+ cities around Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. GCF has spread it's networks with representatives from World Bank IFC, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Shark Tank, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Chicago Booth, Warner Music, ASEAN Smart Cities Network, KPMG, HKU, NUS, YY Goshti, SBYA Global, Grameen Australia, Yunus Centre, African Union, Global Tech Base, Commonwealth Youth Innovation Hub and so on.
Dian Septiyana Anderson
Programme Executive at Ashoka Malaysia & Singapore
Dian Septiyana Anderson, is passionate about overcoming social challenges apparent today and is committed to discovering and supporting social innovations in ASEAN that are seeking to overcome these problems. Through her work at Ashoka she is building a community and knowledge that will help support these innovations to create greater impact. Dian is focused in working with Women Social Entrepreneurs and is committed in building a movement throughout ASEAN in Advancing Women Social Entrepreneurs.
Founder, Managing Director & Principle Consultant at Yzer Solutions
Khyati is the Founder of Yzer Solutions Pte Ltd, a talent development consultancy. She has over 20 years of teaching, training and consulting experience, specialising in Interpersonal Communication and Positivity-Led Performance. Khyati is a certified Time to Think Consultant, introducing individuals and organisations in Asia to the Thinking Environment which is based on the work of Nancy Kline. Khyati is also the only licensed facilitator of Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage-Orange Frog workshop in Hong Kong. Khyati is a Certified Thiagi Facilitator underscoring her commitment to experiential learning. Before moving into the Learning and Development industry, Khyati worked in Equity Capital Markets at Citigroup and as an Auditor with Deloitte & Touche. She has been living in Singapore for the last 17 years and grew up in Hong Kong.
Executive Director at Playeum
Charlotte is the Executive Director of Playeum. Charlotte brings to the table experience in both social work, marketing, partnership building and communications. Prior to Playeum, she has journeyed in organisations such as ACP Magazines, Singapore Press Holdings, The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and KKH Women & Children’s Hospital.
She believes strongly in staying true to oneself and being authentic. She extends this belief in her work at Playeum when working with both children and adults, and seeks to empower the next generation of creators, innovators and problem-solvers. She values creating connections and building relationships, and puts it at the forefront of all the work she carries out.
On the side, she’s a huge lover of the sea, thrives in nature and is a secret adrenaline junkie.
Director of Operations of Playeum
Imran is responsible for the visitor experience at the former Children’s Centre for Creativity in Gillman Barracks. He manages and coordinates operations, hires, training and exhibitions in the former centre. He has extensive experience in the education, entertainment, F&B and hospitality industries in the capacities of both business management, development and programming. Previous employers include JWT Kids Gym, Ready Steady Go Kids, Seb’s Bistro & The Playhouse, Pat’s Schoolhouse, APPLE Computers, SAF Yacht Club, Club Med Holidays and Esplanade, Theatres on the bay.
Co Founder at Ashoka U
Marina’s work in social innovation dates back nearly 20 years to her student days when she first saw a social entrepreneur speak at Stanford University. Since then, Marina has led a systems-change effort in higher education for over a decade through co-founding and growing Ashoka U to be a global network of higher education innovators who are embedding social impact into the core DNA of campus culture, curriculum, and strategy. To date, Ashoka U has worked with 600+ institutions and graduated over a million changemakers.
Tasnim Abdul Hadi
Programme Manager at Lien Centre for Social Innovation
Tasnim brings rich experience in structuring and managing strategic partnerships and stakeholders, advising on the development and execution of new business ventures, as well as developing and operationalising business strategies. Lien Centre for Social Innovation is a space for socially conscious people and organisations to learn, ideate and collaborate, established in 2006 to advance the thinking and capability of the social sector. Their vision is to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore and beyond.
Co-founder & Managing Director at Earth Company
Tomo is a seasoned development professional having lived and worked in various corners of the world from the Tibetan plateau, Indian drylands, Indonesian tropics, to Japanese metropolises. He has extensive field experience working for international and local development NGOs across Asia and Africa, including Kopernik, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the World Bank. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Global Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo. Tomo has a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and was an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow (2008) and Innovation Fellow (2020) at the East-West Center. In 2014 Tomo was awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award.
Director at Leublora Green Village
Decades of conflict have left half of the population of Timor-Leste in extreme poverty. Bella founded Leublora Green School to transform Timor-Leste’s underprivileged children into green leaders who will lead the young oil-dependent country to a sustainable future. The Leublora Green Village has now grown to become a model for eco-tourism. She plans to run for the country’s 2023 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first LGBT president in Asia. She stands as a beacon of change for a wide variety of social issues.
Director and Co-Founder at Jo-Jikum
Kathy is an internationally acclaimed poet, artist, and educator, who helped co-found Jo-Jikum alongside her cousins. She is known for her poetic performance at the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014. She has continued her artistic practice which you can learn more about at her website. She currently runs Jo-Jikum in Majuro, Marshall Islands while also serving as Climate Envoy for the Marshall Islands government.
Wai Wai Nu
Executive Director and Founder at Women’s Peace Network
After spending seven years as a political prisoner, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country. Her organization, Women Peace Network, runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. Her mission is to build peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy. Wai Wai is a WEF Young Global Leader and has been recognized by the BBC and TIME Magazine for her important work.
Director at Environmental Bamboo Foundation
Arief Rabik is the director of Indonesia’s Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project, which aims to create economic viability for the use of bamboo agroforestry to sequester CO2 and restore degraded tropical forest lands in dozens of countries. Arief is a second-generation bamboo specialist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality. Arief has already piloted his model and the first group of villages in Indonesia are already producing bamboo with purchasing agreements in place to sell value-added products to large global brands.
Founder & Leader Trainer at Tribeless
Gwen Yi is the founder of Tribeless, an empathy training company that transforms empathy into a tangible, sustainable practice for individuals and organizations around the world. They are the proud creators of The Empathy Box© and #EmpathyCircles®, their proprietary methodology that is used and loved by 6,000+ people across 30+ countries.
Gwen first got her start as a youth camp facilitator in 2013. Since then, she has gone on to speak, train, and facilitate hundreds of programs across Asia, Europe and America. Her honest, playful, interactive approach has been described as “generous”, “supportive” and “endlessly inspiring”.
Gwen’s past work has received recognition from TED, One Young World, The Obama Foundation, The Royal Commonwealth Society, and The World Economic Forum.
Ashoka Young Changemaker
Ara Kusuma started her journey as a changemaker at the age of ten with Moo’s Project, a social initiative that integrates local farmers to develop the resources a cow has in a more sustainable way. In the four years that followed, her team brought together 150 farmers, testing the new approaches and spreading what worked for the benefit of all. She was elected as a Young Changemaker by Ashoka and featured on Kompas as a Young Pioneer in 2008. Following her vision of Mulya Sesarengan (for the welfare of all), she founded her second and third venture, TeenChanger and URTravelearner, which take teenagers through the stages of changemaking in a three-to-seven-day experience to launch their own solutions for social change. The effort continued as she co-leads the Everyone a Changemaker Movement with Ashoka by enabling young people to find their power in creating changes they wish to see in the world. Today, she is also focusing her work in supporting underprivileged children to get access to creative and quality education at home during this Covid-19 pandemic with Aha! Project. So far, the initiative has reached more than 2200 children in 35 villages across 13 provinces in Indonesia and continues to grow as Ara joined the National Geographic community as a Young Explorer 2020.
Facilitator of We R One World Simulation, INTEG Solutions
Ron is a highly regarded facilitator who is passionate about expanding and enriching perspectives in leaders. His facilitation style seeks to explore the interaction of values, cognition and action to assist leaders navigation through rapid change and complexity
Ron’s clients describe him as a “highly-experienced, capable facilitator and educator”; having “enormous strengths as a large-group facilitator, small-group leader and individual coach”; being “passionate, competent, and professional” and doing this with “great openness, warmth and humor, which makes working with him both fun and expansive” others say “he's able to see patterns out of complex data, sense into subtle relationship dynamics, and synthesize it all into practical action.”
One of his signature programs is called We R One World; a real-life simulation experience of global connectedness in which up to 120 participants are immersed in a highly interactive face-to-face gameplay. The simulation was inspired by Buckminster Fuller's World Game and has been played around the world.
Group CEO and Founder at BagoSphere
Zhihan is the co-founder and Group CEO of BagoSphere, a human skills development platform that accelerates career readiness and career growth. Zhihan worked at a medical-tech start-up in Stockholm before venturing into rural India to work with a social enterprise involved in rural IT outsourcing. Graduating from the National University of Singapore's Engineering Science Program, he studied entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship & The Royal Institute of Technology. For his work at BagoSphere, he was named as a Global Good Fund Fellow in 2016 and an Ashoka Fellow in 2018.
Shuling Yong is a Singaporean documentary filmmaker, DP and Location Sound Recordist with over a decade of experience.
She has worked on films like Becoming (Netflix, 2020, dir. Nadia Hallgren), The Feeling of Being Watched (Tribeca, 2018, dir. Assia Boundaoui), And She Could Be Next (Tribeca, 2020, dir. Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia) and America To Me (Sundance, 2018, dir. Steve James).
Her feature-length debut, Unteachable, a documentary following a young woman on a mission to bring empathy and the joy of learning back into classrooms where students are struggling in the mainstream system, was the first local film to win the Audience Choice Award at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival in 2019. It was selected for Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia, the Tribeca Film Institute Network Market and was awarded “Best Pitch” at the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum. Shuling’s debut short film, Growing Roots, premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2015.
Shuling is a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow, a participant in the Doc Society Queer Impact Producers Lab, an honoree for DOC NYC’s “40 Under 40” List 2019, and was selected for the Newcity Film 50 Chicago Screen Gems List 2020.
Hoi Leong Lee
Co-Founder and CEO, VIVITA Singapore
Hoi Leong is a changemaker with passion in technology and lifelong learning. Believing in empowering children to create their own future and a better world, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIVITA, a creativity accelerator for children, in Singapore. VIVITA runs VIVISTOP Orchard, a creative learning environment and makerspace for children and youth, where there are no curriculum and children a free to imagine and create.
Hoi Leong is concurrently a member of Mistletoe, a collective impact community of innovators and entrepreneurs in making positive social impact. With his interest in learning and education, he works with education technology startups in various countries in exploring how to create better learning environments and update learning.
Hoi Leong received his Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and Master of Interdisciplinary Information Studies from the University of Tokyo. Prior to his current roles, he had about 10 years of career in the Singapore Public Service involved in enterprise development and international operations.
Founder and CEO of OIA Pte Ltd
Ludovic Odier is an experiential learning educator and founder and CEO of OIA Pte Ltd, a successful “Travel and Learn” consultancy operating from Singapore since 2001. Based in Paris, Singapore and Jakarta, OIA has built a reputation for managing major multi-talented educational and complex programming educational workshops for corporations and learning institutions. Calm and methodical, Ludovic can grasp the core and essential value and power of any learning intervention or new educational technology. Ludovic is also presently senior consultant for the Asian expansion of the French EdTech EvidenceB.
Dr. Daniel Cordaro
Founder & CEO as The Contentment Foundation
Dr. Daniel Cordaro is the Founder and CEO of the Contentment Foundation. An Edmund Hillary Fellow and former faculty member at Yale University, Dr. Cordaro led three of the largest cross-cultural studies on human emotion ever conducted in the field of psychology, which are featured in the textbook Understanding Emotions. Dr. Cordaro has spent the last decade of his career studying what it means to live a flourishing life and sharing the findings with schools around the world. His research teams have studied over a dozen cultures across the globe, including making first contact with an isolated community in remote Eastern Bhutan.
Dr. Cordaro earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.S. in Organic Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and later spent two years as the Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Dr. Cordaro is a lover of truth, wisdom, and indestructible wellbeing. Daniel’s personal audacious goal is to significantly improve the lives of one billion children and one billion adults - 25% of earth’s population - within his lifetime.
Former Teacher, Shuqun secondary and Northlight school
Dr. Meixi is a Hokchiu learning scientist, former teacher at Shuqun secondary and at Northlight school. Her experiences growing up across Singapore and northern Thailand with the Lahu tribe drive her to design education systems that are healing for families and communities, rather than being sources of stress and trauma. For the past 10 years, she has engaged in community-based and participatory designs with young people, families, and schools to uncover stories, uphold Indigenous and family-based knowledge systems, and build learning collectives that advance more just and sustainable ways of living in Singapore, Thailand, U.S., and Mexico. Especially in a rapidly changing world, through pandemics and the challenges of our times, Meixi's work centrally re-thinks the purposes and ethics of schooling. She is intent on designing learning that is more restorative and generative for humans and the rest of the living world. To these ends, Meixi focuses on transforming schools through land-based and family-based teacher education and shifting top-down relationships of power among teachers and students/school and families through a practice called Tutoría. Drawing from her extensive work in schools around the world, earned her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington and is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral fellow in American Indian Studies and Global Indigenous studies at the University of Minnesota.
Founder & CEO at Skilio
Felix Tan is a student entrepreneur with an aim to create positive social impact through what he does. He is deeply passionate about empowering people to achieve their best in life and building tightly knit communities.
Coming from a low-income family, he found strong support networks from my teachers and friends in school, helped him to get through difficult times growing up. Being deeply appreciative of this help, he has found a deep, personal passion witgin the training and development space.
He founded Skilio, an AI-powered soft skills development platform. Skillio empowers education institutions to capture & track soft skills development of their students in school activities. Felix is a strong believer that every individual should be given a chance to lead a purposeful life regardless of his or her circumstances and that strong communities can effect positive social change in our world!