SPEAKERS

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore. He has been elected to the post by Members of Parliament (MPs) on 11 September 2017, making him the 10th Speaker of Singapore since the First Legislative Assembly of 1955.

 

Mr Tan has been an elected MP in the Marine Parade GRC since 7 May 2011. He served as the Minister for Social and Family Development from 9 April 2015 until his election as Speaker on 11 September 2017. He had also been the Minister for Manpower from 1 May 2014 to 8 April 2015.

 

Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr Tan had served in the Singapore Armed Forces for nearly 24 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from King’s College in London and a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

 

Mr Tan is married with two children. He enjoys running and photography. In 2014, he published a book capturing his travel photographs and has auctioned his prints in support of charitable causes.

Speaker of Parliament

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin

Dr Shamsuri received his PhD in Education from the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to this, he attained his BA and Masters in Applied Sociology from NUS as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from NIE.

 

Sham is currently a Research Fellow with the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) where he focuses on issues relating to the Malay-Muslim community especially in the areas of youth development, education, family and social mobility. Sham’s previous portfolios include being the Director of the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) as well as Deputy Dean of ACS (Independent). He has spent much of his career in the education service where he amassed nearly 20 years of experience teaching students from a variety of backgrounds and academic talents ranging from ‘at-risk’ youths to those in the Gifted Education Programme.

Research Fellow

Institute of Policy Studies

DR MOHAMAD SHAMSURI JUHARI

Syafiq is a research associate and a Tan Cheng Lock Scholar at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. He is also an associate faculty and a lecturer in the Social Science and Sociology department at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a BA (Hons) in Sociology (First Class), and read MSc in Sociology at Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. His research interests include the use of ethnicity and religion in the development of national identity in Southeast Asia.

 

During the weekends, Syafiq helps out as a mentoring volunteer at Perdaus, a Malay/Muslim organisation. He also sits on the executive committee of the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs as a member.

Research Associate

ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

MR MOHAMMAD SYAFIQ

MOHAMMAD SUHAINI

Ken is the Director of (these)abilities, an Inclusive Design & Technology Agency that works with companies to build more inclusive products, services and environments that benefits Persons with Disabilities, but also serves as a fresh experience for all.

 

With a background in Design, Engineering & Social Impact Strategy, Ken has given talks & workshops on Inclusive Design & The Future of Disability at places such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe, TEDx, General Assembly & the Singapore Business Network on DisAbility. He has also worked with companies such as Grab, ComfortDelGro, Frasers Property & Embraer on inclusive design strategies.

Director

these(abilities)

Mr Ken Chua

As co-founder of Night Owl Cinematics (NOC), Sylvia has five registered companies and 30 staff and personalities under her banner today. With her impressive social media presence and success, she earned a place in the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016.

Beyond her fun and wacky online persona, Sylvia is a strong believer in giving back to society. She fronts the NOC Community Club, which cares for the elderly, youth, animals and the environment.

 

Over the years, she has been giving talks at schools and inspiring youths to work hard to achieve their aspirations. Championing inclusivity and active citizenry, she aims to galvanise youths to step up and be a part of supporting these causes.

Co-founder

Night Owl Cinematics

Ms Sylvia Chan

Chitra Venkatesh leads the Education Unit of WWF-Singapore. She is also the Country Manager for Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and a Global Leader for the WWF Education Network. Through these positions, she focuses on the development of People and Programmes that advocate for a culture of environmental sustainability.

 

She is an Education Intrapreneur with more than 25 years of experience in startup, established and turnaround settings. Her expertise revolves in global partnerships, programme management and people development. Before WWF, she worked in local, multi-national and global for-profit organisations. She enjoys enabling divergent thinking for solutions to real world issues.

Head of Education

World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore (WWF-SG)

Ms Chitra Venkatesh

A member of the Singapore Parliament, Henry is a former management consultant and economic planner.  He previously worked in the North American office of McKinsey & Co. where he worked with senior management of global firms from the energy, medical devices, construction, and logistics to develop strategies and manage organisational change.  Before that, he was with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) where he promoted and evaluated investment projects for Singapore in the IT and chemical sectors.

 

In his private capacity, Henry Kwek currently serves as Executive Director of Foodtraco group, an Asian family-held company with investments and businesses.  He is also CEO of Cerulean capital, a boutique quantitative investment firm focused on US equities and fixed income, as well as major global currencies.

 

Henry is passionate about social work.  He founded Hope Collective in 2018, which a network of change-makers from ground-up initiatives, VWOs, grassroots, and government agencies that seeks to help the needy, give hope to those born with less, and provide solace to the lonely.  Today, Hope Collective involves several hundred volunteers to provide more than 30 distinct social work services to help the needy, foster hope for those born with less, and provide solace to the lonely. 

 

Henry actively contributes to public discussions on economic matters such as Asia-Pacific's economic integration, Singapore's economic transformation, and promoting Singapore entrepreneurship.  Beyond the economic sphere, he is passionate about seniors-related policy, traditional Chinese culture, and social work.

Member of Parliamen

Nee Soon GRC

Mr Henry Kwek

Concurrently holding the position of Dean of Singapore Red Cross Academy and Senior Director of Red Cross Youth, Sahari’s diverse background in the private sector, NGO world and RCRC movement positions him as a uniquely exposed developmental work and disaster management practitioner that also equipped him to champion the causes for humanity.

 

He is a strong advocator in strengthening character and nurturing Youth Leadership through humanitarian work including providing opportunities to contribute beyond the home shore through Overseas Humanitarian Programme. To date, he has participated in 20 disaster response missions and more than 50 recovery, reconstruction and sustainable development projects in 16 countries since 2003.

 

He was featured by the Asian Development Bank in “Water Champion” series for the month February 2009. He is recognized for his efforts in going beyond the call of duty – the Humanity Award (2005) for his active participation in volunteerism and the Courage Star Award (2004) for his contributions in responding to the SARS Outbreak.

Dean

Red Cross Academy

MR SAHARI ANI

As a Mathematics and English language secondary school teacher, Suhaimi teaches teens how to count and what counts in life. He also passionately teaches them how to effectively read and write so as to be better communicators for life. Suhaimi actively mentors other youths through his involvements in Young NTUC and Mendaki Club in his spare time too.

 

Whilst completing his undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Economics at NTU, Suhaimi started volunteering with Young NTUC as a youth activist. As one of the volunteer leaders of Project Refresh, Suhaimi plans and coordinates the efforts of union members who partner with the grassroots community, corporations and schools to make a difference to the lives of the elderly and needy during the festive periods by sprucing up their homes and help with spring cleaning works.

EduTech Enthusiast

MR SUHAIMI ZAINAL SHAH

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