"...the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

 

Skillseed is more than just a company that offers experiential learning courses.

Family is very much a core part of what Skillseed stands for, and this extends to the team, our volunteers, social sector partners, overseas community partners as well as alumni and participants.

What we are building is a strong ecosystem of motivated individuals who can collaborate and build on each others' strengths and networks to achieve our vision of youth who will live lives with deep purpose. With this as our guiding principle, we welcome you to write this narrative with us and become a part of our movement.


skillseed directors

Huijia Phua

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Huijia is an entrepreneur, former educator and proud director of Skillseed.

She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a First Class Honours degree in Life Sciences, and was the top graduating student in the concentration of Biology. She is also armed with a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, where she founded 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.

Currently at the helm of Skillseed, 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.

Wilson Chan

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Wilson is a maker, environmentalist, and proud director of Skillseed.

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 is currently also serving 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.


Course architects

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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.


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!

Dila Tep | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dila Tep | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nid & Pa | Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nid & Pa | Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sierra | Bali, Indonesia

Sierra | Bali, Indonesia

Covenant Jewellery | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Covenant Jewellery | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cynthea Lam | Singapore

Cynthea Lam | Singapore

Reaksmey | Samrong Tong, Cambodia

Reaksmey | Samrong Tong, Cambodia

Sokunmealea | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sokunmealea | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nono Supastri | Bali, Indonesia

Nono Supastri | Bali, Indonesia

Fiona Jaensch | Siem Reap

Fiona Jaensch | Siem Reap

Debra Lam | Singapore

Debra Lam | Singapore

Min Xuan Lee | Singapore / San Francisco, USA

Min Xuan Lee | Singapore / San Francisco, USA

Yinzhou | Singapore

Yinzhou | Singapore