PROFESSOR FREDDY BOEY is currently Deputy President (Innovation & Enterprise) 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 21 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, and went on to serve as the Rapid Response Team Leader in one of WV’s largest-ever emergency responses. Being recognised for his ability to work in complex emergency responses (which included not only geographic constraints but also post-conflict), Jimmy took up leadership roles in many of WV’s emergency responses. He has served people in need, especially children, in the Solomon Islands, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Myanmar, Mauritania, Turkey-Syria Cross Border operations, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Iraq Refugee Crisis, Nepal Earthquake Response, and Rohingya crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Jimmy worked in Sudan from mid-2018 until recently to lead more than 250 staff to support the people in Sudan dealing with post-conflict and difficult economic situations. As a humanitarian practitioner, Jimmy is skilled in diverse expertise such as Leadership and Team Management, Project Development and Management, Relationship Building, Strategic Planning and Alignment, Analytical Skills, Communication and Organizational Skills, Crisis Management, Staff, and Organization Capacity Building, and Negotiation Skill. Jimmy will soon move to his new assignment as the Country Director for WV Offices in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu (starting July 2020), where he will lead the team to work on humanitarian and emergency programming, as well as to address the impact of COVID-19. 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.
EUGENE SEOW trained as a professional architect, practised for ten years before leaving his practice in 1991 to heed his life’s call as an “architect of lives”, to help to set up TOUCH Community Services (TCS) - a Singapore registered multi-service social agency with a vision to see Families Strengthened and Communities Transformed. He was TCS’ first executive director from 1992 – 2016. Eugene handed over the leadership of TCS in 2016 to the next generation of leaders and now serves on the Board of both TOUCH Community Services Ltd and TOUCH Family Services Ltd. Following which, Eugene was then appointed Chief Executive Officer of TOUCH International, a not-for-profit humanitarian relief and community development agency set-up to serve the needy and disadvantaged in the nations through collaborative partnerships and alliances. TOUCH International’s programs and initiatives are focused on three main areas – community development, humanitarian assistance disaster relief and creation care. Recently, accelerated by the Covid-19 Crisis and as part of the organisation’s leadership renewal and development plans, he stepped out from the leadership of TOUCH International to give focus time and effort to his life’s passion of mentoring and coaching next generation, start-ups and ground-ups in this ever evolving social service space. With his many years of experience across various areas of Singapore’s social service sector, Eugene actively contributes to the national effort by lending his voice and experience on the boards of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and was also invited by the Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to sit on the steering committee of Singapore Cares (SG Cares) from Jul 2017- Jul 2019. In 2005, as Executive Director of TOUCH, he was conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) by the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office in recognition of the role of TOUCH International in the Asian tsunami relief efforts. Eugene also received the 2018 Friends of MCCY award as an acknowledgement of his support to the ministry and contribution to the community.
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 - Founder / Director
Emma Kwee - Head of International Programmes
Aza Wee - Communications Specialist
Kawsar - Field Coordinator (Cox's Bazar)