Project Lives 2018 Program
 

Panel Session #1: Transforming Businesses to Catalyse Social Change

The term “Social Change” is often associated with the charity sector. As we progress as a country however, businesses too are evolving to include social impact in their organisation’s DNA. How does this affect their bottom lines? Can CSR become more than just a good marketing strategy? As our society becomes more socially conscious, what will this mean for our businesses and companies?

This Session is by invite only

Date & Time: 27 October 2018, Sunday 11am
Duration: 40min

Moderator

Ms Nicole Yeong

Ms Nicole Yeong is a communications professional who has worked with leading multinationals Jones Lang LaSalle, Tetra Pak and GE. She has experience in the full spectrum of communications – internal communications and employee engagement, public and media relations, digital strategy and platforms, change management, and crisis communications.

Nicole also honed her client management skills with global PR Agency, Fleishman Hillard, both in Singapore and Malaysia. Prior to that, she was a broadcast and print journalist in Malaysia, having worked in NTV7, New Straits Times and The Edge.

In her free time Nicole likes to cook and tend to her vegetable garden.

Panelists

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Mr Tony Lai
Managing Director,
Idea Factory Inc.
Mr Tony Lai has been the Managing Director of The Idea Factory (S) Pte Ltd since 2001 – a leading design and innovation firm. During this period, Tony has built deep expertise in the field of design strategy that includes designing future scenarios, gaining consumer insights (ethnography), constructing corporate strategy and directing organizational transformation. Some of the clients that Tony has been privileged to work with include Levi Strauss & Co. APD, Kellogg South Korea, McGraw Hill Education Asia and COTY China.

Tony’s previous appointments include being the Chief Strategist at the Office of the Provost of the Singapore Management University (SMU), the Chief Operating Officer at ARA Property Management (APM) and the Assistant Chief Executive at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

His passion for the social enterprise sector includes his role at the Institute for Societal Leadership at the Singapore Management University from 2014-2016 where he led a series of research efforts that resulted in the Country Insight Reports and opinion pieces in the publication Catalyst Asia. Tony continues to support societal efforts particularly in education with his own resources.

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Mr Colin Goh
Chief Executive Officer,
The Rice Company
Mr Colin Goh started his career in 1991 as a fund-raising Executive with the Community Chest of Singapore before embarking on a career in the creative industry. He was instrumental in the conservation and development of several iconic landmark in Singapore including Chijmes, The Old Parliament House. In 2003, he assumed the position as CEO of The Old Parliament House Ltd and following a merger, he co-founded The RICECo. Limited to harvest the potential of the Artsand the creative industry.

Colin currently serves as the Founding CEO, TheRICECo Ltd and Executive Director of Millet Holdings PteLtd  (a wholly owned subsidiary of The RICE Co. Ltd) to accelerate the growth of the arts and creative industryhere in Singapore. In 2017, he created Singapore’s first private cooperative to sustain the arts and creative industry by incorporating an investment holdings company and a subsidiary Global Culture Alliance to expand Singapore’s arts and creative into the region.

He currently serves on several boards including Millet Holdings PteLtd, The Rice Company Limited, Global Cultural Alliance Limited, MetaverseSystems PteLtd, SCAPE Ltd, Satin Credit Care Limited the 2ndlargest public listed micro-financing company in India, Caregivers Asia PteLtd – a leading social media in care-giving, Board of assessor for Inter-Cultural Theatre Institute Singapore; Chairman of the School of Technology and the Arts and Board of Governors for Republic Polytechnic, School of the Arts (SOTA), and 广州市奥恒斯投资有限公司.

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Mr Ng Boon Heong
Head Community Stewardship,
Temasek International Pte Ltd
Mr Ng Boon Heong is Head Community Stewardship at the Sustainability and Stewardship Group (SSG) of Temasek International Pte Ltd. At SSG, he oversees community development and engagement efforts working closely with Temasek Trust, Temasek’s six Foundations (International, Cares, Connects, Nurtures, Innovates, Ecosperity) and Stewardship Asia Centre (SAC) to deliver its mandates and strategic thrusts focusing on building people, building communities, building capabilities and rebuilding lives; in Asia and beyond.

 

Prior to joining Temasek, Boon Heong served in the SAF and was intimately involved in technology development and management focusing on advanced sensors, UAVs and robotics. He has also worked with different stakeholders to deliver integrated and multi-source information fusion and analysis products, scenario development and contingency planning; including providing support to various SAF Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

 

Boon Heong graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the Nanyang Technological University Singapore and holds a Masters in Systems Integration (Information Systems) from Naval Postgraduate School USA. He was also top graduate of SAF Command and Staff College, graduated from the Indonesian Military’s Joint Command and Staff College (SESKO TNI) and was awarded Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military).

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Mr Eugene Wee
Founder & Executive Director,
RADION International
Mr Eugene Wee is the founder and executive director of RADION International – an award winning relief & 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 organization in Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC).

Concurrently, Mr Wee is also the managing director of RADION Enterprise – a training and consultancy firm that nurtures thought leadership and impact philanthropy. He is a sought after strategic advisor and speaker who has shared his learnings across an array of international platforms and forums.

He was named Brand Alliance’s Ambassador for Humanity in 2016.

Panel Session #2: Creating Sustainable Social Impact

Sustainability is often viewed through the lens of keeping a project, programme or an initiative running for the long haul. However, creating long-term social impact is also about creating change for our beneficiaries. What does it take to create change that is authentic, heartfelt and impactful?

Date & Time: 28 October 2018, Sunday 11am
Duration: 40min

Moderator

Mr Adrian Koh
Principle Consultant,
BRANCH
Mr Adrian Koh is a marketing and communications consultant, working with fast-growing start-ups, MNCs, public agencies, and tertiary institutions. With 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and business development, Adrian has had the pleasure of rolling out award-winning campaigns that help his clients tell their stories.

Panelists

Dr. Goh Wei Leong profile image
Dr Goh Wei Leong
Chairman HealthServe &
Co-founder Linking Hands
Dr Goh Wei Leong, a general practitioner, cofounded and chairs Healthserve, an NGO and charity that reaches out to the under- served communities of foreign workers in Singapore. Healthserve offers basic medical, dental, counselling, social and legal advisory services as well as a free meal program. Over the years, they have developed partnerships with regulatory authorities, agencies, schools and corporate organisations to initiate public health awareness, research projects and social enterprises.

Dr Goh is one of the founders of Linking Hands, a platform that establishes a membership database of voluntary medical professional healthcare workers, and partners them with international healthcare and humanitarian agencies. Apart from volunteering with the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home and Operation Mobilisation in East Asia Pacific (Relief and Development), Dr Goh is also the chairman of Operation Mobilisation’s ministry – Mercy Teams International. For his contribution to humanitarian work and social service, Dr Goh was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Awards in 2015 a n d SMA Merit Award in 2018. Together, HealthServe and Dr Goh were awarded The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year in 2017. Dr Goh keeps a regular rhythm of rest, reflection and work. He also thoroughly enjoys engaging millennials over a good cappuccino.

Mr Goh Ann Tat
Assistant Director Youth Corps Singapore,
National Youth Council

Mr Goh Ann Tat has been with Youth Corps Singapore for the last 4 years and enjoys training and facilitation. Trained as an engineer, he later got himself involved in both social work and public policy so that he serve better. His passion in youth and community development has led him to work in various organisations such as the Singapore International Foundation as well as the National Council of Social Services.  Before joining the National Youth Council, he was teaching as an associate lecturer in both Republic Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Mr Daryl Tay
Partnerships & Collaborations Manager,
RADION International
Mr Daryl Tay is a young Singaporean with a big heart for vulnerable communities. Upon graduating from Singapore Management University, he opted to spend 4 years in Thailand to work with children from high-risk backgrounds. Daryl was featured in Channel NewsAsia’s series – “On The Red Dot”, that showcases exceptional Singaporeans doing good work abroad.

Dialogue with Daryl Tay: Stories from a Path Less Travelled

You have seen him on Channel NewsAsia’s feature “On The Red Dot”, and many Singaporeans have been moved by the story of a young Singapore graduate giving up a banking career to work with the least fortunate in Thailand. This session, Daryl will be sharing his biggest takeaways from working abroad as a Singaporean and he will be taking questions and answers after.

Date & Time: 27 October 2018, Saturday 3pm
Duration: 40min

RADION Fireside Chat

Here is a session that you won’t want to miss, you will be hearing from Mr Eugene Wee, founder and executive director of RADION, together with a few members of the RADION team. Come join us, ask questions and learn first-hand from Eugene and his team.

Date & Time: 28 October 2018, Sunday 3pm
Duration: 40min