Project LIVES! Opening Ceremony  

25 October 2019, 10.45am – 1.00pm

The Pavilion @ Far East Square

Project LIVES! Opening Ceremony  

25 October 2019, 10.45am – 1.00pm

The Pavilion @ Far East Square

Programme

10.45 am – Registration

11.00 am – Program Begins

11.15 am – Opening Address

11.30 am – Speech by Guest of Honour

11.45 am – Panel Discussion: “Together, We Do Good Better

12.30 pm – Opening Ceremony + Photoshoot.

12.35 pm – Tour of Exhibition: “Rethinking Change

12.45 pm – Lunch Reception

1.00 pm – End of Programme

Panel Discussion

To create change, we need everyone from Government, Businesses, Non-profits, to the man on the street. How do we create an inclusive platform for voices to be heard, and where Singaporeans from all walks of life can join in to make a difference? This panel takes place on 25th October 2019 during the Opening of Project LIVES! .

Moderated by Mr. Martin Tan from Majurity Trust, this panel comprises the following speakers:

Rethinking Change: A Project LIVES! Exhibition

Rethinking Change seeks to challenge our ideas and assumptions about what it takes to create positive impact to a community.

It asks the question, “What does it take to create change that is sustainable and which helps make a community more resilient?”.

Our desired outcome is that it will leave the viewer with food for thought, and have a better understanding of the various considerations when it comes to doing good.

Ultimately, we hope this body of work contributes to the ongoing conversation about doing good better, and inspires more towards creating change that is beneficial to the ones we serve.

The Exhibition is open to the public at these timings:

  • 25th October, Friday 1-6pm
  • 26th October, Saturday 10am – 6pm
  • 27th October, Sunday 10am – 12pm

Panel Moderator & Speakers

Martin Tan – Moderator

Martin Tan is the Executive Director of The Majurity Trust, a philanthropic organisation with social impact programmes and platforms to create 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 CoFounder 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.

Melissa Kwee – Speaker

Melissa Kwee is the third Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). As the spokesperson for a wide range of causes, she has been involved in mobilising resources and people to aid in community development. She has assumed roles as the Chairman of Halogen Foundation, a youth leadership organisation and President of UN Women Singapore (formerly known as Unifem Singapore), where she tackled trafficking issues and initiated various community campaigns to engage and empower youth as advocates.

She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2008 for her leadership and service. To help teenage girls on probation reintegrate into society, she founded Beautiful People, a programme of Beyond Social Services, which pairs mentors with teenage girls to offer guidance, life skills, and friendship.

Upon returning to Singapore, she started Project Access — a values-based leadership education initiative to inspire and equip girls and young women to be role models for positive change.

Her career has spanned the public, private and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, educational programme designer, social innovator and as a catalyst in the private sector. She has served on many public service and community boards to advance the mission of causes she believes in including the National Arts Council, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, the ITE Board of Governors and Prison Fellowship International. She is currently on the boards of Crest Secondary, a specialised school for technical education in Singapore; 70x7, an initiative by the Prison Fellowship Singapore, Pontiac Land Group and Honestbee.

She holds a degree in anthropology from Harvard College and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnic-based community leadership in Nepal.

Yong Teck Meng – Speaker

Mr. Yong Teck Meng was the founding-Chairman of Habitat for Humanity Singapore, and is now the National Director. He started Habitat Singapore with a team of volunteers officially in 2004, and through the years have led his team to raise more than US$32 million for its work in Singapore and in the region.

He is also the Chaplain of Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest real estate developer and a Christian Enterprise.

Prior to his involvement with both organisations, Teck Meng spent 10 years as an engineer, and another 12 years as an entrepreneur, being involved in a variety of businesses in the education sector.

Since his youth, Mr Yong has been active in voluntary work. He is the youngest recipient of the Special Volunteer Award from the late President Wee Kim Wee. This award was given for his outstanding effort and achievements in raising significant funds for the Community Chest.

Mr Yong is especially concerned about the plight of the poor in fast-paced Singapore, and believes that he needs to help make Singapore a place where even a poor person can live in peace and harmony.

Eugene Wee – Speaker

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, online media and 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 also a sought after strategic advisor and speaker who has shared his learnings across an array of international platforms and forums.

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