14 - 15 September 2018

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Meet our Young Societal Leaders

2018 | 2017
Eugene Wee

Eugene Wee

Founder and Executive Director
RADION International
Singapore

Mr Eugene Wee, 36, is founder and Executive Director of RADION International, an award winning relief and development agency serving vulnerable and under-served communities in Asia. RADION International’s effective and pragmatic approach in development has received commendations from both governments and the civil society. RADION’s work has been featured across magazines, newspapers, medical journals and most recently named among the 30 most influential brands by Brand Alliance. RADION International is also an organisation in Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council.

Concurrently, Mr Wee is also Managing Director of RADION Enterprise, a training and consultancy firm that nurtures thought leadership and impact philanthropy. He is a strategic adviser and speaker who has shared his learnings across an array of international platforms and forums.

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Wang Zi

Wang Zi

Founder
RiceDonate
People’s Republic of China

Mr Wang Zi, 26, is the founder of RiceDonate, an innovative charity mobile application where users are incentivised to donate and, at the same time, encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is the first and one of the most popular mobile internet charity platforms in China that combines technology, philanthropy and community-based efforts to address community projects supported by companies and foundations. By completing one of the four personal tasks suggested by the app, users are rewarded with virtual rice which they could subsequently contribute to crowd-fund a charitable cause of their choice as listed in the app. Since October 2015, this mobile app has raised more than USD 570,000 in funds for over 2,000 charitable organisations. Its impact has touched over four million lives and more than 200 companies.

Mr Wang is a graduate of Tsinghua University. He was also on the list of Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” in the social entrepreneurs category in 2017.

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Khairul Rusydi

Khairul Rusydi

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Reactor
Singapore

Mr Khairul Rusydi, 29, lives at the intersection of design, education technology, and youth development.

The co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reactor, Mr Rusydi has trained over 2,000 students and young professionals, and presented to a collective audience of over 5,000 on entrepreneurship education.

He has won, mentored and judged at several technology, start-up and business plan competitions. A junior delegate to the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Mr Rusydi also consults for schools and corporations on how to design an entrepreneurial curriculum and build an innovative culture.

Mr Rusydi has represented Singapore at various international platforms, including the ASEAN-India exchange programme and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, sponsored by the American Embassy. Most recently, he represented the country at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Youth for Voices Summit in Beijing, and the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London. He currently serves on the boards of *SCAPE, and Emergence, the youth arm of the Singapore Human Resource Institute.

A previous SPRING Singapore (now known as Enterprise Singapore) Executive Development Scholar, Mr Rusydi consults for small and medium-sized enterprises in the domain of business excellence, across the categories of leadership, customers, strategy, people, processes, knowledge and results. He has also previously consulted for an Israeli technology company while being an undergraduate, and is an assessor for the Singapore Quality Award and the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion.

Mr Rusydi is also admitted to the prestigious Sandbox Network, a global community of the top 1,000 young change-makers under the age of 30.

A self-taught designer and scientist by training, Mr Rusydi is currently researching in a new field called workforce science, which combines the domains of human resources, applied psychology and data analytics.

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Will Chua

Will Chua

Co-founder
FOLO Farms
Malaysia

Mr Will Chua, 39, is a co-founder of FOLO Farms. After spending the first seven years of his career as a civil engineer working for his family business in Malaysia’s gruelling construction industry, a quarter-life crisis led him to pursue further studies in public policy and international affairs in Singapore and New York.

Joining Singapore’s public service, he headed, and had headaches from, a dynamic team managing the International Organisations portfolio at the Singapore Economic Development Board. After two years of passionate work, an unexpected third crisis in life hit him when he found himself physically overweight and emotionally unable to accept a promising promotion. With the support of his amazing former bosses, he embarked on a year-long search of meaning, which somehow always ended up on the grounds of Plum Village.

These days, he is thankful that he can grow the healthiest organic food with and for his loved ones in Singapore and Malaysia. Mr Chua is thankful that he has been gifted a beautiful community that allows him to respond to life through transforming waste, farming, and the practice of Right Mindfulness.

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Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais

Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais

Vice Secretary (International Relations and Cooperation Bureau)
Muhammadiyah
Indonesia

Mr Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais, 38, is Vice Secretary of International Relations and Cooperation Bureau of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah. He is also working for the Office of the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Indonesia for Interfaith and Intercivilisation Dialogue and Cooperation. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Rais was Research Director of MAARIF Institute and Editor-in-Chief of MAARIF Journal. He was involved in establishing a more moderate Muslim understanding of through youth training, media interviews and campaigns to counter extremism.

Previously, Mr Rais served as Chairman of Muhammadiyah Student Association (IPM) for the province of West Java from 2000 to 2002 and for its Central Board from 2004 to 2006. During his term, he initiated programmes such as Youth Camp, Youth Parliament, Non-Violence Movement and Voter Education, and provided leadership training and religious assistance for its members. In 2006, IPM was recognised for its outstanding achievements and received the Ten Youth Accomplished Organisations in ASEAN Award. From 2008 to 2009, Mr Rais worked for an Indonesian Member of Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia.

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William Hendradjaja

William Hendradjaja

Founder
House of Reading and Education Indonesia
Indonesia

Passionate about people development, Mr William Hendradjaja, 31, believes finding a purpose for one’s self is the key to unleashing one’s potential. His vision is to create an ecosystem to help people grow and mature as an entrepreneur and to empower them to create a positive, sustainable impact through their businesses.

Since graduating from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2010, Mr Hendradjaja has been actively involved in various personal and organisational efforts to tackle educational problems that are prevalent among school-aged children in at-risk neighbourhoods in Indonesia. To give these children better access to soft-skills and vocational training, he founded House of Reading and Education (HORE) Indonesia in 2014.

Through HORE Indonesia, Mr Hendradjaja also hopes to connect with like-minded people to bring about positive and sustainable changes to Indonesia’s K12 education landscape. He is responsible for developing programmes and campaigns, establishing partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders, and supporting community development. Mr Hendradjaja views his work at HORE Indonesia as a lifelong endeavour and takes pride in being part of the HORE Indonesia team, which is made up of volunteers who share the same passion of improving children’s learning experience.

In early 2016, Mr Hendradjaja embarked on a new journey by realising an innovation lab, a learning hub and a co-working space for entrepreneurs in Jakarta. At Impact Hub Jakarta, Mr Hendradjaja is responsible for creating programmes such as a professional coding boot camp, Impact Byte, and a social innovation accelerator programme for early-stage social entrepreneurs. Through Impact Byte, Mr Hendradjaja has created an intensive vocational training programme open to all regardless of their background, to help one become a software programmer in eight weeks and help connect graduates with hiring companies.

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Virginia de Graça

Virginia de Graça

Founder, Centro da Graça
Timor-Leste

Virginia de Graça, 23, is founder of Centro da Graça where she teaches English and Portuguese to underprivileged children in the community, and launched zumba sessions to connect people and help heal strained relationships, particularly between women. Ms de Graça is also Master Facilitator at SportImpact in Timor-Leste. She leads a movement of young volunteers from municipalities around the country, training them on facilitation skills and coaching them to replicate the project in their communities. She transmits her energy, passion and commitment to SportImpact’s mission, inspiring everyone to take action to develop Timor-Leste and its people.

While pursuing her passion for these children, Ms de Graça has been the Executive Director of Sports for Life Project since 2015. She has been the driver for many youth projects –training most of the more than 100 facilitators in Timor-Leste, and 300 other youth sport organisers, with a multiplier effect reaching almost 2,000 youths directly in Timor-Leste, who in turn, have organised activities for over 15,000 underprivileged children.

Ms de Graça was Timor-Leste’s representative to the 9th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth Forum in Paris in 2015. She was also selected as the Asian youth representative to the UNESCO 38th General Conference. In 2016, she represented SportImpact in UNESCO’s Stakeholders Forum in Jakarta, and attended the Asia Pacific Youth Conference and One Young World Summit.

Ms de Graça speaks fluent Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia, English and Portuguese.

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Ankit Kawatra

Ankit Kawatra

Founder and Chairman
Feeding India
India

Mr Ankit Kawatra, 26, is a graduate of Delhi University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies.

Mr Kawatra started his career in a global business advisory firm where he was involved in research and communications, until he witnessed food for 10,000 people being wasted at a wedding in Delhi, India. He was appalled by how food was going to waste in a country with the highest number of undernourished people and believed strongly that hunger and food waste were national challenges that should and could be addressed by the people.

Inspired by how the youth could play a role in addressing national challenges, Mr Kawatra left his corporate job at the age of 22 to start Feeding India. An organisation that aimed to end hunger in India by rescuing excess food, Feeding India has grown from five people in 2014 to 4,500 volunteers in 43 cities in India serving eight million meals to the needy.

Mr Kawatra is one of the 17 United Nations (UN) Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals announced at the Social Good Summit in New York during the UN General Assembly in 2016. He has been recognised for his leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Mr Kawatra was selected from over 18,000 nominations from 186 different countries.

Mr Kawatra was selected as a Queen’s Young Leaders in 2017 and was awarded the National Youth Award 2016 in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has been named by Forbes as one of the “30 under 30” social entrepreneurs in 2017. He was winner of the Young Entrepreneur 2016 in India award, with Feeding India selected as Start-up of the Year.

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Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Co-founder
Sustain Solutions
Sri Lanka

The Asia-Pacific Representative to United Nations Habitat Youth Advisory Board, Ms Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne, 28, started volunteering for sustainable holistic development and environment protection at the age of 13 after the 2004 tsunami. She has a track record of excellence in projects with a positive impact in poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. A Forbes “30 under 30” social entrepreneur, Ms Abeyrathne is the youngest recipient of the Zonta award for the environment in Sri Lanka, and the first female New Champion of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from Sri Lanka. She leads the policy and advocacy arm of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network, which spearheads, challenges and creates pan-Commonwealth policies to support sustainable development.

Ms Abeyrathne is the co-founder of a voluntary non-profit Sustain Solutions, which through its Growin’ Money enterprise, has replanted over 60,000 mangroves, and sold over 100,000 products. It has also helped over 20,000 women and youth to improve communities through awareness and skills building, and innovation-led training in Asia Pacific. Her work revolves around poverty alleviation through skills training for better employability in areas such as information technology, ecotourism and organic produce.

Ms Abeyrathne is a Commonwealth Youth Award recipient and was third on Huffington Post’s 25 World’s Most Influential and Powerful Young People in 2012. She is one of Sri Lanka’s first and youngest WEF Global Shapers due to her extensive work in development and social entrepreneurship. Ms Abeyrathne is a British Council International Climate Champion and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and of the Institute of National Security Studies of the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka.

An alumna of the University of London, University of Colombo and Harvard University, Ms Abeyrathne will be commencing studies at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School with a full scholarship in 2018.

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Kuah Ling Ling

Kuah Ling Ling

Co-founder
Jaga-Me
Singapore

Ms Kuah Ling Ling, 31, is the co-founder of Jaga-Me, where she heads the Operations team. Jaga-Me is a healthcare company leveraging technology to enable family members or caregivers to obtain home medical and nursing services for their loved ones. Its mission is to provide access to quality healthcare at home, and empower communities in healthcare with digital innovation.

Having previously worked as a community nurse, Ms Kuah witnessed the gaps within the community health sector and the obstacles patients faced in navigating through the system, which often affected their health outcomes. Driven by her desire to help patients and their families overcome such challenges, Ms Kuah co-founded Jaga-Me, after winning third prize in a medicine hackathon event organised by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and emerging as champion of the NTUC Income Future Starter Challenge.

Ms Kuah holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree from the National University of Singapore and has experience in both the medical and surgical intensive care units before joining the community sector.

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Siddharth Hande

Siddharth Hande

Founder
Kabadiwalla Connect
India

Mr Siddharth Hande, 30, is a spatial data analyst by training. He is the founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award-winning social enterprise in the field of waste management.

At Kabadiwalla Connect, Mr Hande’s work focuses on developing scalable and inclusive solutions to the collection, aggregation and processing of post-consumer waste in the developing world’s cities. He hopes to enable the adoption of a cheaper and more inclusive approach for cities in the Global South, by applying circular economy principles to the informal waste ecosystem.

Prior to Kabadiwalla Connect, Mr Hande worked as a consultant in a number of India's premier urban policy and research think tanks, including the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at India Institute of Technology Madras, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and the Institute for Financial Management and Research.

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Serey Chea

Serey Chea

Assistant Governor and Director General of Central Banking
National Bank of Cambodia
Founder
Raksa Koma Foundation
Cambodia

Ms Serey Chea, 37, is an Assistant Governor and Director General of Central Banking at the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC). Since 2013, Ms Chea has been in charge of the Economic Research and International Cooperation Department, Foreign Reserve Management Department, Payment System Department, Statistic Department and Banking Operation Department.

Ms Chea is a member of various policy-driven national committees, including the Monetary Policy Committee, Investment Committee, Financial Stability Committee, National Clearing House Operation Committee and Banking Supervision Consultative Committee.

Leveraging her position, she has been championing women economic empowerment. Ms Chea has been involved with the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformation programme, serving as an Alliance for Financial Inclusion committee member on gender and women’s financial inclusion, and is currently sitting with the Advisory Council of Women World Banking. She led the “Let’s Talk Money” campaign in Cambodia, which aims to promote financial literacy, particularly among women, and has paved the way for the successful incorporation of financial literacy in the general education programme in Cambodia.

Ms Chea is an alumna of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2017 as well as the International Visitor Leadership Program, the United States Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme. She is frequently invited to deliver addresses in many national and international conferences on various topics relating to central banking, banking supervision, financial technology and digital currency. As Chairman of the National Clearing House Operation Committee, she has been involved with the Bakong Project - NBC’s new initiative to introduce electronic money for inter-bank payment transactions.

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Vanntha Ngorn

Vanntha Ngorn

Founding Director
Color Silk Enterprise
Cambodia

Ms Vanntha Ngorn, 36, is Founding Director of Color Silk Enterprise, which she launched officially in 2009. The idea started out as a proposal for a business plan competition in 2008, co-organised by McKinsey & Company and the National University of Management in Cambodia. The proposal, centred on the Cambodian silk weaving industry, was selected among the top ten in the competition.

Despite being advised by friends and family against starting a business during the financial crisis in 2008, Ms Ngorn was driven by the worry that the financial crisis would force women in the silk weaving industry to move to neighbouring countries in search of jobs when weaving was no longer economically viable for them. She felt that women, separated from families and lacking education, could be exposed to dangerous situations such as human trafficking, sexual abuse, or inhumane working conditions. These concerns motivated Ms Ngorn to take a different path, and develop a business model with the potential to change the lives of many people for the better.

Ms Ngorn obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cambodia’s Royal University of Law and Economic Science in 2009.

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Clarissa Isabelle Delgado

Clarissa Isabelle Delgado

Chief Executive Officer
Teach for the Philippines
The Philippines

Ms Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, 32, began her career with research and impact measurement. From 2009-2011, she managed a randomised control trial (RCT) for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. The RCT was on the predecessor organisation of Teach for the Philippines (TFP) – Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation. It was from the RCT on Sa Aklat Sisikat that TFP was born.

Founded in 2012, TFP focuses its efforts on improving teacher quality and addressing education challenges at the system level. Through its three programmes, the organisation concentrates its resources on recruiting, training and individually coaching new and existing public school teachers, as well as giving TFP-trained teachers an opportunity to engage in public policy. The organisation runs an intense 550-hour training programme while simultaneously individually coaching teachers for two years as they teach in public schools across the country. The curriculum equips teachers to work with students and their communities through best practices in trauma awareness and support. TFP also offers those who complete the two-year teaching programme an extended one-year position assisting government officials in various local and national offices. This not only enriches government decision-making and dialogue with new voices and greater community alignment, but also helps create the conditions for collective action to be sustained through generations.

TFP and Ms Delgado were chosen out of over 20,000 applications to be one of the 20 in the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows; she is an awardee of the Philippines’ Ten Outstanding Young Men and Women in 2016; a fellow of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors; and is a delegate of the World Wide Fund for Nature - Philippines' Next Generation Council.

Ms Delgado holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Education, with a major in Educational Administration, from Ateneo de Manila University.

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Arizza Nocum

Arizza Nocum

Founder
Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library
The Philippines

Ms Arizza Nocum, 23, is the founder of the education and peace organisation, Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library, which builds libraries and provides scholarships for young people affected by poverty and conflict in the Philippines. Today, Ms Nocum works as one of ten young leaders hand-picked by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to eradicate violent extremism through the Extremely Together initiative. She also speaks regularly about her work and story as an Ambassador of the international One Young World conference.

Ms Nocum is one of the youngest nominees of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network; one of the five global recipients of the Zonta International Young Women for Public Affairs Award; and a graduate of the Southeast Asian Global Undergraduate Leaders’ programme by the Institute for Societal Leadership at the Singapore Management University.

Ms Nocum is currently Head of Digital Marketing for a youth-led public relations and marketing firm based in Manila. She graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

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Tiffany Robyn Soetikno

Tiffany Robyn Soetikno

Chief Operating Officer
Global Urban Esensial
Indonesia

Ms Tiffany Robyn Soetikno, 24, began her journey as an entrepreneur in 2016 by establishing Global Urban Esensial, Indonesia’s second largest digital health company, driven by the desire to improve healthcare in Indonesia. Ms Soetikno and her team began by launching GoApotik, an app allowing patients to fill their prescriptions online and receive the medication at their doorstep. GoApotik addresses a common pain point in Indonesia of having to visit an average of five pharmacies to fill a prescription. Thereafter, Ms Soetikno and her team founded GueSehat, Indonesia’s leading online health media with the most extensive network of doctors (14,000 doctors), to connect patients with doctors and hospitals.

Ms Soetikno and her team started to address more specific health verticals such as pregnancy with Teman Bumil (150,000 users), the first pregnancy app in Indonesia, and Teman Diabetes, a diabetes management app enabling diabetic patients to collaborate with their family members and medical advisers. Through these platforms, Ms Soetikno and her team will continue to build Indonesia’s digital health ecosystem, facilitating greater access to healthcare. In 2017, SWA, an Indonesian business magazine, awarded her the “Indonesia Young Women Future Business Leader” award.

In addition to building Indonesia’s digital health ecosystem, Ms Soetikno also writes children’s books to empower girls. She wrote “I Am Me”, a bilingual children’s book series that was featured in the Asian Forum for Children’s Content in 2017. In her free time, she volunteers at Indonesia Mengglobal, a non-profit organisation that helps Indonesians pursue a foreign education. Ms Soetikno hopes to not only contribute to society through the private sector, but also become more involved in policymaking.

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Lee Zhihan

Lee Zhihan

Group Chief Executive Officer
BagoSphere
Singapore

Lee Zhihan, 32, is the Group Chief Executive Officer of BagoSphere, an award-winning social enterprise that has developed a model for disconnected youths to move from poverty to professional and transformational careers in the Philippines.

Prior to BagoSphere, Mr Lee worked at a medical tech start-up in Stockholm before venturing to rural India to work with a social enterprise involved in rural IT outsourcing. Mr Lee graduated from the National University of Singapore's Engineering Science programme and studied entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and The Royal Institute of Technology. He was the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, the leading global network of innovators under 30, as well as a 2016 Global Good Fund Fellow. For his work, Mr Lee was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2018, the world's largest and most prestigious network of social innovators.

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Pornthida Palmmy Wongphatharakul

Pornthida "Palmmy" Wongphatharakul

Co-founder
Siam Organic
Thailand

Ms Pornthida "Palmmy" Wongphatharakul, 33, is a co-founder of Siam Organic, a social enterprise that aims to sustainably solve the problem of farmers’ poverty in Thailand by bringing innovative, healthy and delicious products to global consumers under the Jasberry brand. Established in 2011, Siam Organic has enabled a US$1.72 million increase in income for farmers in 2015 with a social return on investment of 4.3 times. The average earnings of a Jasberry rice farmer is now fourteen times higher than the average Thai rice farmer. Siam Organic currently works with over 2,000 small-scale farmers in impoverished northeastern Thailand and Ms Wongphatharakul’s goal is to reach 20,000 farmers by 2020.

Ms Wongphatharakul started the company while she was pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Bangkok. Siam Organic was then a business plan she and her team developed to enter business plan competitions, and they won many prestigious awards in Thailand, the United States and Canada. Ms Wongphatharakul subsequently turned the project into a business with a focus on helping small-scale farmers in a sustainable manner.

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Debra Lam

Debra Lam

Co-founder
Society Staples
Singapore

Ms Debra Lam, 25, is a co-founder of Society Staples, a social enterprise whose mission is to create a more inclusive future for persons with disabilities. Society Staples facilitates the progress of social integration through raising awareness, public education, community events and programmes, offering a range of experience and engagement services. Into their third year, the social enterprise has clinched Best for Disabilities Social Inclusion Advocacy by Worldwide Business Review in 2018 and President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Start-Up of the Year in 2015, among many others.

Prior to Society Staples, Ms Lam was the co-founder and coach of Deaf Dragons (a dragon boat team for the deaf and intellectually challenged), which has won various international and local competitions, and secured a three-year sponsorship from StarHub Sparks Fund.

An associate of the Philip Yeo Innovation Fellows Programme, Ms Lam is also a 2018 Generation T lister of Tatler, a 2017 CLEO Change Maker, and was featured as one of the 55 millennials to watch by Her World magazine. She is currently in her final year pursuing a degree in Psychology with Sociology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

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Sam Glatman

Sam Glatman

Founder and Managing Director
Ko Shwe Ventures
United Kingdom

Mr Sam Glatman, 29, is from the United Kingdom and has spent the past five years in Myanmar. His work focuses on developing tested and affordable treatments to address the oral health problems of betel addicts.

Betel quid leaves chewers with stained teeth, sensitivity, inflammation, and is the main cause of oral cancer across Asia. Mr Glatman has spent two years developing and testing products that improve the oral health of betel quid chewers, who make up 43% of Myanmar’s population and number 600 million across Asia. He established partnerships with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and experts to create low-cost mass-market consumer products. In addition, Mr Glatman has filed a patent for the world’s first addiction cessation therapy for betel addicts in collaboration with the University of Florida.

Mr Glatman was recognised for his work and selected as one of Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 in 2018 in the healthcare and science category.

He previously set up and successfully exited Myanmar's fresh seafood business, supplying Myanmar’s largest retailer (with more than 50 stores), major hotels and restaurants. Mr Glatman has advised leading corporations on their market entry to Myanmar, including one of Hong Kong’s largest consumer banks and an international law firm.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree) from the London School of Economics and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. In his spare time, Mr Glatman teaches classical voice studies and piano.

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Chatchai Aphibanpoonpon

Chatchai Aphibanpoonpon

Founder
Klongdinsor
Thailand

Thai entrepreneur, Mr Chatchai Aphibanpoonpon, 33, is known for founding Klongdinsor, which aims to create an inclusive society where people with and without disabilities can live together in harmony.

Born in Thailand in 1985, Mr Aphibanpoonpon spent his childhood in Bangkok before starting his entrepreneurial life by founding LadyTaxi, a safe taxi service by women for women in 2012. A year later, he founded Klongdinsor. The social enterprise designs tools and conducts activities so that people with disabilities can be integrated back into society. As of today, Klongdinsor has successfully run projects such as the Lensen Drawing Kit: a drawing kit, designed to nurture the imagination of children with visual impairment through the sense of touch; Run2gether: a community of runner with and without disabilities; and Pannana: an auto-sync movie narrator for people with visual impairment.

Mr Aphibanpoonpon has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Thammasat University.

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Ruth Yeoh

Ruth Yeoh

Executive Director, YTL Singapore

Director, YTL-SV Carbon
Malaysia

Ms Ruth Yeoh, 36, is an Executive Director at YTL Singapore and Director at YTL-SV Carbon, YTL’s in-house carbon credit and clean development mechanism consultancy.

Ms Yeoh currently leads the sustainability division at the YTL Group, where she reports and consolidates her organisation's sustainability activities through writing its award-winning annually published sustainability reports. Ms Yeoh also pioneered the highly successful "Climate Change Week", YTL’s flagship educational campaign designed to raise awareness on the important issues of climate change starting in her nation of Malaysia and globally. Recognised at the Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit and Awards 2011 with a “Silver Award in CSR Leadership” for her dedication towards sustainable developments, she was also honoured with a “GreenTech Award” as one of eight personalities in Malaysia’s Top 30 Green Catalysts 2014. She has won the inaugural “Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Regional)” awarded by the Singapore Environmental Council in 2012. In 2013, Ms Yeoh served as a Steering Committee member for the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards. In 2011, she was a Fellow of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative. She was selected as a World Cities Summit Young Leader for the World Cities Summit 2014. She also co-founded the Recyclothes Group together with three other co-founders, a sustainable fashion and social enterprise that raises funds for charities in Malaysia.

Ms Yeoh is a member of the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility Malaysia and an investment committee member of both the Asian Renewable Energy and Environment Fund and Renewable Energy and Environment Fund, investing in clean technology and renewable energy.

In 2015, Ms Yeoh joined the board of trustees at Kew Foundation Council as a member to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in The United Kingdom. She serves as a member of the board of advisers of the Malaysian Association in Singapore, the board of Gardens by the Bay and on the UN Women Singapore Executive Committee. In addition, she represents Singapore as one of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors for Dignity for Children Foundation. In the same year, Forbes identified her as one of 12 to watch in their list of Asia’s Power Businesswomen and one of their “Heroes of Philanthropy”. She was awarded the “Alumni Laureate Award – Special Excellence Award” by the University of Nottingham in 2017.

Ms Yeoh graduated with a degree (Honours) from the University of Nottingham UK and a Master of Science (Distinction) from Cass Business School in the City of London, UK. She has written for both the Wall Street Journal Asia Edition and Financial Times, and has co-edited a book on climate change entitled "Cut Carbon, Grow Profits: Business Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Sustainability" (published in 2007).

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