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


Founder & director

Huijia Phua

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.


DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Wilson Chan

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

Our professional team of trained course managers are dedicated to designing and leading courses that provide participants with the best experiences. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the team injects vibrance, different perspectives and energy into the Skillseed family. 

All of our managers are first-aid certified and are registered with the Ministry of Education as approved course instructors. In addition, they are also YEP-certified (certification for Youth Expeditions Leaders) and have led a combined total of 23 socially-impactful journeys since 2013, across themes such as Microfinance and Environmental Stewardship amongst others.


volunteer education facilitatorS

Joined by a team of bright youth from Yale-NUS College, Skillseed is proud to engage these young volunteers in our meaningful and socially-impactful trips. These young and dynamic volunteer facilitators are carefully selected, and are required to undergo training with the Skillseed team to ensure they identify with the Skillseed values and mission, are first-aid certified and are registered with the Ministry of Education as approved 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

Sokunmealea | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sokunmealea | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nid & Pa | Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nid & Pa | Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nono Supastri | Bali, Indonesia

Nono Supastri | Bali, Indonesia

Cynthea Lam | Singapore

Cynthea Lam | Singapore

Sierra | Bali, Indonesia

Sierra | Bali, Indonesia

the Saught team | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

the Saught team | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Reaksmey | Samrong Tong, Cambodia

Reaksmey | Samrong Tong, Cambodia

Bow Pongnin | Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bow Pongnin | Chiang Mai, Thailand