Andrew has a diverse professional background, having spent 12 years in broadcast media in creative roles and more than 18 years in leadership in the community sector in Australia and globally. Andrew is passionately committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others, which prompted his move from a successful career in media to the community sector.
Andrew’s professional practice is heavily influenced by principals of Asset Based Community Development and by a strong belief in the inherent power of grassroots movements to bring about positive, lasting change for communities.
With personal and professional experience in the field, Andrew is a passionate advocate for mental health, and especially in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people. As a social design practitioner, Andrew believes in intentionally incorporating positive, practical, and innovative pro-mental wellbeing methodologies into “business as usual” approaches to service and program delivery, creating a social fabric where young people are helped and supported as early as possible, enabling them to go on to lead productive, healthy lives.
Andrew has worked with diverse multicultural and multiethinic communities and values diversity as a community strength, in all its forms.
A third generation Australian, he is from a multicultural family himself and a proud grandchild of “pueblos originarios de chile” (Mapuche peoples of Chile).
Prior to contributing to the field of Executive Recruitment consultancy from the 1990s, and subsequently founding Rubicon Int’l Talent Exchange (RUBICON), Edwin was the General Manager of an Infrastructure Engineering firm where he initiated, spearheaded and achieved the goal of upgrading the firm’s national certification for larger projects. His broad career capabilities have enabled him to contribute to industries in the furniture retail, interior outfitting and exhibitions & events sectors. These portfolios served to hone his general management, business development, sales & marketing, account servicing, production & assembly, logistics and project leading skills.
Additionally, with a foundation as a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst, he conducts career management, development and transition counselling from an individual, face-to-face session to a group level, stand-up type facilitation and training.
Edwin possesses a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering, First Class Honours) degree, majoring in Geotechnical Engineering, from the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom. He is also an MBA graduate, specialising in Business-to-Business Marketing, from the University of East London. He completed his National Service contribution to the Singapore Armed Forces in November 2003 and last served as a Captain in the Operations Branch of an infantry command. He contributes to voluntary, religious and community areas, such as, helping in the local church and residential management council, and currently serves as a Member of the Board of Global Cultural Alliance Limited, a not-for-profit charity; and Member-at-Large, Asia Pacific and Middle East Council, AESC.
Rovik is an advocate, seeker and tinkerer. Passionate about topics of youth enablement, community building and the positive use of media and technology, he has championed these causes across a range of platforms. Besides founding The Hidden Good (a social enterprise focused on youth engagement) and SGExplained (a podcast that explores the Singapore identity), Rovik also contributes his time and experience to organisations such as better.sg, Assisi Hospice and NYC INSPIRIT. You’re likely to find him on Clubhouse, as founder of The Singapore Club, where he co-moderates and participates in rooms on mental health, intentionality and community.
Lawrence has over 17 years of experience in the Software industry and is currently Head of Enablement Growth at ByteDance.
He is passionate about bringing sustainability to a commercial setting, and strongly believes in the value of environmentally-friendly businesses of tomorrow. As such he serves as the lead for the Sustainability Interest Group and is also an active member for TikTok for Good APAC. He serves on the board of directors for Insect Feed Technologies in Singapore, a biotechnology startup focusing on upcycling food waste and producing insect protein that addresses UNSDG 14 and UNSDG15.
He is a firm believer in startups and an early stage angel investor, as well as business advisor to multiple startups such as WhyQ, AiChat and Brydge.
He is the Chairman for Sustainability Risk Chapter at the Risk and Insurance Management Association of Singapore, advocating the need to address risks and enforce standards on sustainability in organisations.
Sandra has more than 30 years of experience in Governance, Risk and Compliance in the financial services industry, covering Asia and Asia Pacific. She is a strong believer in continual learning and passionate about topics on women, children and education. Currently, Sandra volunteers with RSVP Singapore, an IPC and the National Centre of Excellence for Senior Volunteerism under the patronage of the current President of Singapore, on its Finance Committee and Investment Committee. In addition, she mentors women in the business workplace through her personal involvement with Protégé Singapore.
Tess most recently was the CEO of talenTtrust Singapore and has been volunteering and working for non-profits in Asia and the UK since 2004.
After cutting her teeth in FMCG brand marketing in London, Tess worked as a Marketing Manager at INGOs supporting causes including vocational education and animal welfare.
Upon moving to Singapore in 2013, Tess served as Country Manager for SimplyGiving.com, an Asian online fundraising platform before moving to talenTtrust in 2015.
Through these roles, she has grown to know and love the charity sector in Singapore, working with locally-registered NPOs, IPCs and their supporters to help grow their capacity and become more sustainable.
Outside of work, she has an energetic toddler, two cats and loves to travel. Her passions include singing, wildlife conservation and hiking. She has been scuba diving for nearly 20 years and will talk to anyone and everyone about her love of sharks.
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