Introducing Lim Chong Tee, our mentor / judge for student presentations on environment-related projects geared towards improving their local communities.
No one should die of prolonged thirst – that’s the vision of Lim Chong Tee, co-founder of WateROAM, a startup that designs portable water filtration systems for use in disaster relief operations or rural communities without access to clean water. Their novel systems have since benefitted more than 35,000 people, including communities in Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar.
Since its inception, WateROAM has received many accolades, such as the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Awards, and top awards at the Singapore International Water Week Hydro Pitch Day.
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Introducing Andrew Davey, our trainer for YES 2018!
Since 2009, Andrew Davey has been on a mission to support our youth to be all they can be. Originally from Australia, now residing in Singapore, he speaks at events throughout the world, coaches and mentors youth one on one internationally as he truly believes in the power of our youth and works alongside them to open them to the world of possibilities to help them succeed in the 21st Century. Today, alongside SG Youth Ambassadors, his desire is to support them through a journey of discovery, where, alongside other change makers from all over the ASEAN region, their ideas can be formulated to help them see their true potential.
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Introducing Grace Lim, our trainer for YES 2018!
Grace Lim is a biologist from the National University of Singapore and Trainer/ Director at CreativeKids Pte Ltd. As an educator, Grace has 17 years of experience training students, youths, polytechnic and university students as well as teachers and members of the public. She and her team have developed many engaging educational programmes, trails and resources for national agencies such as National Parks Board (NParks), PUB, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), National Environment Agency, Health Promotion Board, Singapore Environment Council, Singapore Sailing and Sentosa Leisure Group.
A “rare species” with both an adventure and environment background, Grace conducts Biology/Geography and service learning programmes for students and teachers, especially in the outdoors.
Introducing Marc Ee, our trainer for YES 2018!
Marc is an avid adventurer who believes that the outdoors is the other classroom. Marc and his team have conducted many programmes with students from Singapore, Malaysia and the International Schools at various locations around Malaysia and the Asian region over the past 15 years as they strive to put paid to the old adage – Thinking out of the box! There is NO box!
Marc is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Practitioner in Timeline Therapy and Hypnotherapy, DISC Behavioral Consultant, Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) Certified Trainer and Curriculum Developer and a Life Coach. He has designed and conducted various programmes integrating the different schools of thought such as The Leadership Challenge, Youth Leadership, Young Entrepreneur Project and many others.
Introducing Mr. Hyogo Okada, Senior Manager at Microsoft Singapore and Business Management Columnist.
With a Bachelor in Engineering at Doshisha University (Japan) and an Executive MBA at IE Business School (Spain), Hyogo’s work experience spans across 21 years in business technology consulting with Accenture, Microsoft & Deloitte Consulting in Japan, USA & Singapore. Hyogo has worked in Singapore for 14 years and managed Business Developments, Business Process Reengineering and Organization Transformation in Asia Pacific and Japan. Most recently, as a Senior Manager for License Contract & Compliance with Microsoft Singapore, Hyogo has led license compliance optimization as an Area Compliance Lead for Japan and Korea.
Hyogo’s life goal is “Social Change”, changing the world to a better place by resolving current issues with his global business and consulting experiences. Beyond his regular work in Microsoft, Hyogo has been actively engaged with volunteer activities supporting poverty eradication, natural disaster remonstration and career development for young students and professionals. Hyogo has also been actively engaged as a Columnist and has been one of the known business management writers among Japanese communities in Japan as well as Asia and beyond. He was awarded as one of 26 ABROADERS (Japanese business persons who play an active part overseas) in 2015.
Introducing Mana Ogawa, our Mentor / Judge for YES 2018!
Originally from Japan and residing in Singapore since March 2015, Mana Ogawa works as a project manager at Guidepoint Global, one of the biggest international primary research firms. She also runs a community and platform, Girls Bee, which aims to empower and encourage women to live as they wish to be. Girls Bee provides opportunities for women to learn, think and take actions to become what they can be, mainly in Japan and Singapore. She is currently official columnist at Forbes JAPAN, introducing inspiring people, interesting businesses and lifestyles that she can find in her life based in Singapore to the Japanese market.
Presenting Tomo Farid, our mentor / judge for student presentations for YES 2018!
Tomo Farid, the founder of Tomo Training Consulting Group Pte Ltd (TTCG) began the company with the mission of helping and providing at-risk and underprivileged youths with opportunities to fulfill their full potential. Having undergone rigorous training and attending leadership seminars and workshops, Tomo became the one of the youngest, most qualified trainers in the industry.
He is also a certified Behavioural and Career Consultant of The Institute of Motivational Living – USA (IML), a training and publishing company designed to help people better communicate and work together effectively in teambuilding, career-planning, conflict resolution and counselling, among others. TTCG is a leading education and training consultancy which thrives on being a specialist in moulding and enriching the lives of youths (ages 14-35). Its main programme is to work with schools to assist in the development of Social Emotional learning for the students.
Introducing Wee Soon Keong, our mentor / judge for student presentations on environment-related projects geared towards improving their local communities.
Soon Keong is the Co-Founder of Centre for Robotics Learning (C4RL) and Curriculum Director of Nullspace since 2008. He specialises in technology education and cross-disciplinary science learning. He is also one of the pioneer members of OpenBio Singapore, a non-profit initiative aiming to enable bioscience for all. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Beyond work, Soon Keong serves his Alma Mater as the Vice-Chairman of Anglican High School Alumni Association. In 2010, he initiated and organised a 3D2N residential leadership camp for over 100 student leaders. Since then, young alumni graduates have been returning to organise leadership activities to inspire the next generation of student leaders annually. In addition to his formal background in biotechnology, Soon Keong has extensive knowledge and experience with fields ranging from business, educational leadership to environmental health and safety management. Having mentored students for the past 9 years in both institutional and private enrichment settings, he hopes to share his experiences to empower the next generation.
Introducing Ms. Elena Arens, Managing Director of Indigo Labs Pte. Ltd. and our mentor / judge for YES 2018.
Elena Arens has been working in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia since 2011 after a successful career in Russia managing brands such as the Russian Bobsleigh Federation for the 2014 Olympics. After getting her MBA from INSEAD, one of the top business schools in the world, and working with JFDI, the first business accelerator in Southeast Asia, as a Strategic Partnerships Lead, she set up her own business to provide guidance to governments and enterprises on how they can innovate successfully.
Introducing Loi Mei Ling, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018!
Loi Mei Ling started her career as a school teacher before becoming a professional nurse. She is a former Senior Lecturer; and a specialist nurse in midwifery, paediatrics and community health. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the USA, graduating with Delta Epsilon Sigma Honors majoring in administration and education; and also has a postgraduate degree in Higher Education.
She has a keen interest in education, research and innovation. She sat on the Oxford Advisory Board for two book publications and has written book chapters for Oxford Fajar Press for four books. She led different teams of lecturers to win national gold awards on work improvement and has won the Best Wits Leader Award in 2001, beating 88 other lecturers vying for the award at Nanyang Polytechnic. She has also mentored engineering, design and nursing students for various innovation challenge competitions and helped some teams clinched national and polytechnic awards for innovation challenge.
Introducing Junko Ishii, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018.
Junko moved to Singapore in September 2016, five days after organizing and conducting JapanAfrica Business Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been engaged in encouraging business among Japan and developing countries, especially African countries to develop their sustainable relationships. The biggest finding during her work in JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), which is a Japanese government funded body promoting trade and investment to and from Japan, is that voluntary work alone will not improve the lives of the people. Economic activities must be involved to obtain what are needed. She was working together with companies which provide solutions to improve the lives of these countries including health care and environment. She has worked in JETRO Manila, Philippines prior to being posted to JETRO Nagoya and Yokohama local offices.
Introducing Naoko Suga, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018!
She has extensive experience seeing cross border business transactions in her former job as equity analyst at investment bank and her current law firm. As a believer of market economy, her personal focus is entrepreneur spirit. For nurturing entrepreneur spirit, early education and try and error experiences count a lot.
Introducing Vandana Khialani, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018.
Vandana started her career as an Account & Administration Officer, with a civil engineering company since 1985. She progressed and obtained dual professional qualifications, ACCA and CIMA, and attained results of world class ranking. She has since worked for an audit company in areas of both internal and external auditing along with corporate finance department. These experiences contributed to her tacit knowledge of managing Happy Universe. She managed the entrepreneurial start up of the company. She had the opportunity to stay in the USA where the culture of recycling grew on her. Upon returning to Singapore, there has always been a strong desire to spread this culture of living more consciously to all fellow Singaporeans.
Introducing Tricia Tan, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018.
Tricia is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who guides people to discover their innate talents, develop them into strengths and achieve greater success in both their professional and personal lives.
After graduating from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a business degree, Tricia taught English Language in an MOE school for 5 years after which she became a school counsellor and helped youths from diverse family backgrounds overcome their academic and emotional challenges. She was also the Student Development & Pastoral Care Manager in NTU where she mentored student leaders from various student clubs, many of whom went on to win local and international competitions.
Tricia is anti-consumerism and believes in reducing waste to save the environment. She is a practitioner of the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle. She is also an active member of the Freegan In Singapore community and participates in dumpster diving, flea markets and veggie hunts as a hobby.
Introducing Ms. Pearl Woon, our mentor/ judge for YES 2018.
Ms. Pearl Woon has been the Managing Director of REDMOUSE Company since 2012. Pearl began her career in a tannery business in 1990, where she advanced over a 20 years period through a series of increasingly responsible management post. Pearl guided and managed a team of manufacturing and production of leatherworks. Her learning and tanning skills were inspired by her father, who is one of the pioneer in the tannery business in Malaysia. Having to work very industrious at her in her previouse career, Pearl was exposed in the filed of upholstery and fashion and art industry throughout the years. In 2006, Pearl moved on into a Fragrance line business where she was served the Regional Manager in the Export And Business Development Division of the company. From the vast work experience and skills through management, manufacturing to diversified marketing in business, Pearl has continued her venture out to lead on her own brand and business where she founded REDMOUSE in 2012. Under her leadership, REDMOUSE is bringing together Dance and Music to enrich and unite the talents and communication skills among the community from young age, adults to elderly in Malaysia.