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 throughout the years. We're building a resilient ecosystem of collaborative changemakers 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!


skillseed directors

 

Huijia Phua

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.

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Wilson Chan

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.


TRAINERS

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Our trainers have a wealth of experience facilitating learning journeys in and outside of the classroom.

As community-development practitioners, our trainers integrate unique insights gleaned from their experiences working with communities with social innovation and social-emotional frameworks. Our pedagogy is experiential, interactive, and learner-centric, and we are committed to learning alongside you.

Our trainings are customised to your needs, and always aimed at maximising your capacity for social impact. We equip our partners with the tools they need to establish meaningful partnerships and gain deeper understanding and empathy for their target community.


EXPERIENTIAL Course architects

Our course architects are self-starting individuals with formal backgrounds in a range of disciplines - from life sciences to literature and environmental studies. They are deeply invested in creating transformative educational experiences that inspire and empower youth as changemakers of tomorrow.

Each course architect brings to the table a diverse set of skills and perspectives, adding breadth to the depth and rigour that characterise our learning journeys. They integrate their unique insights, experiences, and passions into the design of learning journeys, and center their strong relationships with community partners and experts, which form an integral part of an unforgettable participant experience.

In addition, the team is first-aid certified, YEP (Youth Expedition Project) -certified and registered with the Ministry of Education as overseas instructors.

 
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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!

EXPERTS

Good Market, Sri Lanka

Good Market, Sri Lanka

Wei Jie — Foreword Coffee, Singapore

Wei Jie — Foreword Coffee, Singapore

KESAN, Thailand

KESAN, Thailand

TWC2, Singapore

TWC2, Singapore

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia

Yinzhou — Geylang Adventures, Singapore

Yinzhou — Geylang Adventures, Singapore

ORGANISATIONS

BEAM Foundation — Chiang Mai, Thailand

BEAM Foundation — Chiang Mai, Thailand

Biosphere Foundation — Bali, Indonesia

Biosphere Foundation — Bali, Indonesia

Five Pillars Foundation — Bali, Indonesia

Five Pillars Foundation — Bali, Indonesia

All Green Learning Center — Khao Yai, Thailand

All Green Learning Center — Khao Yai, Thailand

Amanda — The Good Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Amanda — The Good Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka

HUSK — Siem Reap, Cambodia

HUSK — Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ammo — Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ammo — Siem Reap, Cambodia

SLWCS — Sri Lanka

SLWCS — Sri Lanka