a family drawn together by a larger vision.
Family is at the core of Skillseed, and extends beyond our team to our passionate volunteers, social impact partners, and participants through the years. We're building a resilient ecosystem of collaborative change-makers willing and able to leverage each others' strengths and networks to realise a vision of a world made better by a generation that has connected their passion to a larger purpose.
Get to know our family and let's connect to make things happen!
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Huijia is an entrepreneur, educator and environmentalist.
She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a First Class Honours degree in Life Sciences as the top graduating student in the concentration of Biology. Armed with a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, she was the founder of an environmentally and socially conscious student-run cafe, which helped Yale University achieve a Silver Rank under a nationwide Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System for teaching students sustainable business skills.
She also created an online peer community providing advice and support to international students pursuing higher education in the US, for which she received the prestigious Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellowship.
Huijia is the recipient of numerous awards and sponsorships, including the Trailblazer Foundation Award and the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship.
She is highly sought after as a trainer and speaker at organisations such as the Singapore Committee for United Nations (UN) Women, the Rotary Club of Singapore, and more. She is also an advisor for The SMU Impact Accelerator, a 12-week program aiming to help social ventures with SMU members get to the next level in their entrepreneurial journeys.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
Wilson is a maker and environmentalist.
He graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a First Class Honours degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology and was awarded the G.E Fogg Prize 2005 for outstanding performance. He also holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, during which he co-founded a social enterprise, providing a free peer community to international students applying to universities in the US. In his stint as an Assistant Director in the National Parks Board, Wilson played a pivotal role in developing Singapore's Integrated Coastal Management program and led the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE).
Wilson is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Fulbright Scholarship and the post-graduate scholarship from the National Parks Board. He has been shaped by the humbling and enriching experience of mentoring young students, as well as befriending and caring for vulnerable elderly. He served as an Executive Judge for the 2017 Enactus Singapore National Competition, a nation-wide competition for community outreach projects. The Enactus Singapore National Champion Team will represent Singapore at the Enactus World Cup 2017 in London, UK in September. Wilson was also a judge of Social Startup Challenge 2018, sponsored by SMU Lien Centre of Social Innovation, and Institution of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SMU.
Our team of course architects is comprised of self-starting individuals with diverse degrees in the fields of life science, architecture, literature and peace & justice, who are all deeply invested in creating change and inspiring and empowering youth as change-makers of tomorrow.
Each course architect brings with him or her to the table a diverse set of skills and perspectives that add breadth in exposure to wide topics of interest, as well as rigour to how we approach and design our themed courses. Their passion for specific issues provides an impetus and strong dedication to designing and leading courses that provide our participants with the best experiences.
In addition, the team is first-aid certified, YEP (Youth Expedition Project) -certified and registered with the Ministry of Education as overseas instructors. Since 2013, they've lead a total of 27 social-impact journeys across 3 continents.
Beyond the workplace, our course architects are actively engaged as active citizens - pushing the boundaries of design, wordsmithing, starting community initiatives to champion the inclusion of migrant workers in Singapore, as well as volunteer work to serve the special needs community and vulnerable women in our society; it's the little things they do that make us proud to have them on our team!
volunteer education facilitatorS
Joined by a team of bright and passionate youth from Yale-NUS College, Skillseed is privileged to engage these young volunteers to support our social impact trips and local programmes. Carefully selected, these volunteers undergo extensive training with the team in addition to first-aid certification and are MOE-registered as international course instructors.
" My biggest personal takeaway from my involvement in the program is the importance of empathy - the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes. It is a skill that I have had the opportunity to practice in my interactions with fellow peers and larger facilitating team, whilst preparing for and facilitating sessions... It influences the types of activities that are run, the presentation style of learning material and content, and really allows us to put participants' needs, capabilities and aspirations at the center of the program"
- Callysta Thony
" This was my first experience as a “facilitator” — and I remember being super nervous before meeting the participants, worrying whether everything would be super awkward and not go the way we planned. Fortunately, everything went great. Not only did I have fun, but I also realized that all it took to facilitate well was my usual, happy self —as well as a genuine interest in the participants and their projects... A huge takeaway from from my time at Skillseed has been that, though facilitation requires work and planning, the best job comes out of an organic, genuinely caring and fun state!"
- Monica Kim
international community PARTNERs
Get to know the good folks on the ground who make the magic happen!
Our growing network of local partners are carefully selected and vetted. We prioritise constructive, mutually beneficial, respectful relationships with the groups and individuals we work with onsite, and are truly privileged to work with these professionals!