PROFESSOR FREDDY BOEY is currently Senior Vice President (Graduate Education and Research Translation) at National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was Deputy President and Provost of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and also previously the Chair of NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering from 2005 to 2010, during which time he built the school into one of the world’s largest research-intensive Materials Science & Engineering department. Freddy was awarded Singapore’s Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the Government of Singapore in 2010. In November 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from Monash University at its 50th anniversary celebrations in recognition of his achievements as a teacher, researcher and innovator, including his exceptional contributions to nanomedicine, as well as his volunteer work since his student days. In December 2011, he was awarded, honoris causis, Doctor of Technology, by the Loughborough University in UK. Freddy has also been conferred Honorary Professorships by the University of Indonesia and Nanjing Postal and Telecommunication University. Besides sitting on several boards of government funded research institutes, he is Board Director in IPOS under the Ministry of Law and in the Defence Science Organisation under the Ministry of Defence, as well as founding Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore. Freddy is a former Chair elder and previously, also Chairman and council member of Scripture Union.
WALTER CHIA is currently a Deputy Director at IPOS International, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS). IPOS-I is tasked with marketing Singapore’s Intellectual Property (IP) services to businesses and IP owners overseas. He is also concurrently the Deputy Director of the International Engagement Department with IPOS itself, tasked specifically with managing the Singapore government’s relations with global bodies like WIPO and international IP associations. Walter graduated from the University of Warwick with 2nd class upper Honours Degree in International Studies. After graduation, he worked in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 14 years. Walter served in Singapore’s Diplomatic Missions to the Philippines and Malaysia, was Singapore’s representative to various ASEAN, APEC and UN meetings and also Singapore’s delegate to the United Nations 60th General Assembly in 2005, overseeing international trade and economic issues. He has experience with disaster repatriation and relief work as well as some training as a radio communications and water purification specialist. Walter’s disaster/humanitarian relief experience outside of his official duties includes providing technical advice, local liaison work and assisting with mission planning and logistics.
JIMMY NADAPDAP has worked for World Vision for more than 16 years, mostly in humanitarian emergencies. He was the first World Vision (WV) staff to enter Aceh in 2004 following the December 26 earthquake and tsunami, serving as the Rapid Response Team Leader in one of WV’s largest-ever emergency responses. Being recognized for his ability to work in complex emergency responses (which included not only geographic constraints but also post-conflict) Jimmy has since played leadership roles in WV’s Emergency responses in the Solomon Islands, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Myanmar, Mauritania West Africa, Turkey-Syria Cross Border operations, Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, Iraq Refugee Crisis, and the recent Nepal Earthquake Response. As a humanitarian practitioner for the last 17 years, Jimmy is skilled in various expertise such as Leadership and Team Management, Project Development and Management, Relationship Building, Strategic Planning and Alignment, Analytical Skill, Communication and Organizational Skills, Crisis Management, Staff and Organization Capacity Building, and Negotiation Skill. Currently, he lives in Singapore and works for the World Vision International (WVI) Global Rapid Response Team for deployment to large-scale emergencies anywhere in the world where WVI responds directly. As Senior Relief Coordinator, Jimmy is a specialist who can be deployed to an emergency site within 24 to 72 hours and responsible for leading the response team and building relationships with key stakeholders. Jimmy also serves on the Board of Advisors to Wateroam (www.wateroam.com), a Singapore social enterprise that focuses on delivering clean water especially to those affected by emergencies and facing issues with water quality.
DR CARMEN SINGH is a clinician with more than 20 years’ experience. She enjoyed the challenge of providing quality healthcare in rural areas in Sarawak, Borneo, being part of both the Flying Doctors Service and Riverine Village Health Team. It was during this time that she developed an interest in Maternal Child Health. Her experience extended beyond the shores of Malaysia. In Timor Leste, she was Reproductive Health Technical Advisor with Health Alliance International, an academic INGO from the University of Washington, funded by USAID. During that time, she served as a member of national reproductive health working groups to refine and revise national strategies and policies pertaining to MCH programmes, evaluating evidence-based activities and promoting the use of international best practices in midwifery and essential newborn care including adolescent health. Carmen’s multi-lingual skills has enabled her to communicate effectively with health care providers to ensure quality services at health facilities. A keen supporter of community-based Family Health Promoters in low resource settings, she provided technical oversight in the development of the training curriculum. Assisted by two Timorese midwives, Carmen authored a report: The Silent Cry – Perinatal Mortality in Timor Leste: Reported Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths in Health Alliance International Program Districts – July 2009. She became a trainer of Logistics Management Information System by UNFPA and in Essential Newborn Care by WHO in 2009. Carmen also completed the Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course, by the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation, Fordham University. Since 2009, she has been a volunteer with MSF Hong Kong. In Mesina, South Africa, Carmen was an observer with the MSF mobile clinic team providing healthcare services to the economic migrant community from Zimbabwe. After her overseas stint, she supported MERCY Malaysia, providing technical training on data management and analysis. Currently, when not travelling in support of her husband’s work with the UN, Carmen continues her clinical practice in Kuala Lumpur and volunteers as advisor and occasionally teaches at PT Foundation, Malaysia in the “Second Chance” programme for children infected or/and impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Jonathan How - Chief Executive Officer
Aza Wee - Communications Specialist
Emma Kwee - Medical Coordinator
Kawsar - Field Coordinator (Cox's Bazar)
Austin Chia - Intern