Volunteer Experience

 (As at November 3, 2016)

Volunteer in my personal capacity
January 2013 to Present
  • January 2016 to Present: Supporting The Singapore Eco Film Festival happening 10-13 November in Singapore. I sometimes tweet on the @SGEFFest account and join ad-hoc ideation meetings.
  • 30th Mar 2016: Coordinated speaker- Panut Hadisiswoyo’s arrangement for a Green Drinks Singapore session: Addressing human-orangutan conflict in agricultural landscapes around the Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra.
  • 8-21st Feb 2015: Project volunteer in the Youth Development team, under the ASEAN Young Professionals Volunteer Corps (AYPVC), in the 6th edition which happened in Pathein Township, Myanmar. This regional volunteering program was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam.
  • 20th Jun 2014: Facilitated “Nature Conservation” discussion which was one of the 4 topics at the World Cafe discussion session at National Environment Agency (NEA) Youth Environment Envoy (YEE) workshop, Run 26 (20 to 22 June).
  • 16th Jun 2014: Facilitated “Nature Conservation” discussion which was one of the 4 topics at the World Cafe discussion session at National Environment Agency (NEA) Youth Environment Envoy (YEE) workshop, Run 25 (16 to 18 June).
  • 26th Apr 2014: Facilitated “Conversations on Sustainable Singapore- Energy and Climate Change” discussion organised by Nature Society (Singapore), SMU verts and Green Future Solutions. The aim of the conversations is to generate constructive and specific suggestions, which would be submitted for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
  • 4th May 2014: Facilitated “Conversations on Sustainable Singapore- Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)” discussion organised by Nature Society (Singapore), SMU verts and Green Future Solutions. The aim of the conversations is to generate constructive and specific suggestions, which would be submitted for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
  • 30th Nov 2013: Facilitated “Our Singapore Conversation for the Green Spaces” discussion organised by Nature Society Singapore and Young NTUC. This is a follow up to Our Singapore Conversation for the environment that was held early in the year.
  • 19th Jan 2013: Facilitated “Our Singapore Conversation for the Green Community” discussion initiated by Faizah Jamal, Nominated Member of Parliament (Environment and Heritage) People and Civic Sector, and Eugene Tay, Director, Green Future Solutions, in collaboration with the Singapore Polytechnic Environment Club and “Our Singapore” Programme Office, Public Service Division. the notes would be included in a report and sent to the participants, government agencies and Ministers, and be made available for public download.
January 2016 to Present
#LepakInSG is a one-stop calendar listing environmental events and activities in Singapore, so anyone can see at a glance what is going on at any given day.

Literature, Educational, Political, Animal, Kreative (creative) events related to the Environment can be shared on #LepakInSG, allowing people to see at a glance, what is happening on which day. Contributors are organisations and groups listed on the Singapore Green Landscape, or other groups that host one-time events related to the environment.

Website: https://lepakinsg.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lepakinsg

Key Highlights:

  • Since its official launch on 29 Jan 2016, #LepakInSG now has more than 30 NGOs and Green Groups in Singapore agreeing to be a contribute to this crowd-sourced calendar.
  • Launched the Facebook page on 29 Jul 2016.
  • The online calendar https://lepakinsg.wordpress.com/ is actively being updated.

We also organise offline events to lepak together. List of events we organised and number of non-organisers who attended:

Singapore Youth for Climate Action
November 2015 to Present
Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA) is a platform for young Singapore residents to join hands in action in response to climate change.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgyouthclimateaction
Twitter: https://twitter.com/syclimateaction

Key Highlights:

  • After recruiting the new team for COP22, our first meeting was held on 26 August. Currently coordinating activities for the team.
  • 26 Oct 2016: Panelist for the film screening of “This Changes Everything” organised by I’dECO and Science Society at Yale-NUS.
  • 29 Sep 2016: Sharing at Youth Corps Singapore’s Teh Tarik programme. Session titled “Meet the Climate Captains”. Partnered with Pui Cuifen, one of the other co-founders of SYCA.
  • 24 Sep 2016: Sharing at National Environment Agency’s Youth Environment Envoy programme (Run 31). 20 mins.
  • 17 Aug 2016: Spoke on “Climate Action Warrior of the 21st Century” at Jurong Junior College. This was part of the General Paper, External Speaker’s program. The other speaker was Kavickumar Muruganathan from Asia Pulp and Paper group.30 minutes each.
  • 30 Jul 2016: Spoke on “Behaviour Change: The Heart of a Sustainable Community” at Climate Innovation Challenge 2016. 30 mins interactive session.
  • 23 Jul 2016: Spoke on “Climate Action Warrior of the 21st Century” at the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS) UN Annual Seminar 2016. 30 minutes.
  • 25 Jun 2016: Shared on “Climate Change and Climate Action” with a team of youths from Majulah Community who are involved in Project Peduli, a reforestation project in the Leuseur Ecosystem in Sumatra. 60 minutes interactive session.
  • 28 May 2016: Speaker for the Sustainability Mentorship Programme led by Green Future Solutions for the Session “Energy and Climate Change”. 90 minutes interactive session.
  • 7 May 2016: Panelist for the seminar  on Climate Change Negotiation Landscape: The Road from Paris and Beyond, organised by the NUS M.Sc (Environmental Management) alumni group. I spoke on the topic of “Paris Agreement: What it means for Singapore and Asia”. The other two panelists were Sandeep Chamling Rai from WWF International and Kavickumar Muruganathan from Asia Pulp and Paper group. 30 minutes presentation.
  • 6 Apr 2016: Panelist for the event ‘The Elephant in the Room’, organised by Tembusu College Debate Society. The other two panelists were Kavickumar Muruganathan from Singapore Environment Council and Goh Ter Yang from NUS Office of Environmental Sustainability.
  • 10 Mar 2016: Shared my perspective in “Volunteerism and Environmental Activism” at the NUS College of Alice and Peter Tan, GEM Module on Environment and Civil Society in Singapore. I also roped in 2 other youths who went to COP21 to share as well- Melissa Low from Energy Studies Institute and Boo Yi Lin, an ECO Singapore Fellow.
  • 5 Feb 2016: Shared my insights into COP21 at the National Environment Agency’s Annual Youth Partners Appreciation and Networking session.
  • Jan 2016 to present: Together with other SYCA co-founders, we are developing a three-month learning and leadership program. The first class is on 5th March and the Graduation Day will be in July 2016.

·         This role requires me to co-create the curriculum, source and meetup with potential speakers and trainers, find venues for various sessions, market to potential participants and interact with them.

  • 11th Dec 2015: Panelist for Youth Actions on Climate Change, organised by Indonesian Pavilion at Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, France. Shared best practices with the example of 350 Singapore.
  • 8th Dec 2015: YOUNGO representative at the High Level Segment of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, France. Delivered a 2.5 mins speech.
  • 30th Nov-11th Dec 2015: Youth Delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), accredited by Avelife, going under the capacity of SYCA.
People’s Movement to Stop Haze
Member -> Supporter
November 2014 to Present
To empower people in Singapore with knowledge, values and means to be drivers of global action to stop haze.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pmhaze

Volunteer responsibilities:

Current role is to contribute ideas for the People-Community sector.

  • Feb 2016 onward: I have stepped down from all volunteer roles and remain a supporter of People’s Movement to Stop Haze’s work. For PM. Haze I also give inputs on organisational development and campaigning work.
Engineering Good (Previously Engineers Without Borders Asia)
Assistant Secretary -> Supporter
August 2014 to Present
EWB Asia is a Singapore-based non-profit organization that empowers disadvantaged communities by improving their quality of life through sustainable engineering solutions.

Website: http://ewb-asia.sg/

Volunteer responsibilities:

Started off as a supporter of EWB Asia. Current role is to mainly support the organisation in administrative tasks such as recording meeting minutes and drafting the annual report.

  • Feb 2016 onward: I have stepped down from all volunteer roles and remain a supporter of Engineering Good’s work.
  • Apr 2015 to Jan 2016: Assistant Secretary. Also part of the Writer’s team for EWB Asia’s Blog.
  • 23rd Apr 2015: Co-facilitator for Learn and Share session at Rockwell.
  • 17th Apr 2015: Support facilitator for Learn and Share session at DSO National Laboratories.
Ground-Up Initiative
Volunteer -> Supporter
April 2012 to Present
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) [pronounced Gee-U-Aye] is a volunteer-driven non-profit community that values connecting with the land for the many things it teaches us. GUI aims to nurture a 5G Society – one that is Gracious, Green, Giving, Grounded & Grateful.


Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Engage in farming, building and meal preparations.
  • Lead the kitchen team during Balik Kampung (BK) sessions. BK is a flagship volunteer programme of GUI which helps to connect people with each other and to the land.

Key Highlights:

  • Feb 2016 onward: I have not been going back to GUI as a regular volunteer and remain a supporter of GUI’s work.
  • Feb 2014 to 27th Apr 2014: Work closely with Young NTUC and the events company Explomo on green programmes in support of NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, happening on 27th April. Wrote the proposal for GUI to bring in the Kampung Games during the event day.
  • Mar 2014: After several opportunities of leading the kitchen team, I was given the opportunity to be the BK I/C. The role required me to give do icebreakers, introduce GUI, lead morning exercises, briefing on house rules and allocation of work which may include cooking, carpentry, and farming.
  • 16th Mar 2014: Kampung Play (KP) at Bukit Panjang Plaza. KP is a programme under GUI that promotes family and community life.
  • Apr-Jun 2012: Volunteered for Heritage Kampung events.
  • 14-15th Apr 2012: Acted as simulation actor for Humanitarian Engineering Alliance (HEAL) programme for engineers.
350 Singapore
Team Manager -> Supporter
March 2012 to Present
350.org is an international environmental organization, founded by author BillMcKibben, with the goal of building a global grassroots movement to raise awareness about anthropogenic climate change, to confront climate change denial, and to cut emissions of carbon dioxide in order to slow the rate of global warming.

For this, I communicate with co-ordinators in the East Asia region. Additionally, coordinating with the local 350 chapter; 350 Singapore. 350 Singapore was founded by Young NTUC in March 2010. It is the Singapore chapter to the global 350.org movement.

Website: world.350.org/singapore


Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with government agencies, green groups and youths in Singapore and overseas.
  • Organise outreach events to create awareness about the small yet sustainable actions we can take to reduce our impact on the environment we all live in.

Events Organised and Participated in:

  • Feb 2016 onward: I have stepped down from all volunteer roles and remain a supporter of 350 Singapore’s work.
  • Dec 2014 to Nov 2015: Following my participation at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) in Dec 2014;

·         25th Nov 2015: Panelist for a COP21 outreach event, climate change film screening of “The Salt of the Earth” organised by the European Union delegation to Singapore.

·         12th Sep 2015: Went over to Selangor, Malaysia to support Power Shift Malaysia 2015. Spoke on “A Day at COP”.

·         Feb to Aug 2015: Part of the Youth Organising Committee for ASEAN Power Shift, a three-day conference to be held in Singapore Jul 2015.

·         30th Apr 2015: Had a group public sharing session as part of the Young NTUC Crossroads series, titled “Time to go Green.”

·         22nd Apr 2015: Was part of the Climate Change Panel that took place after the Earth Day screening of Chasing Ice at The Projector, organised by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.

·         Jan to 5th Apr 2015: Joined in the working team for NTUC Income Run 350, Organised by Young NTUC, which was on 5th April 2015. The 350 Singapore COP20 youth activist focused on conceptualising and organising the Eco Village component of Run 350.

·         28th Mar 2015: Had an individual sharing on experience from COP20 at a Sustainability Mentorship Programme.

·         27th Feb 2015: Had a group public sharing session on experiences and takeaways from COP20.

·         25th Feb 2015: Went on a live radio interview on Kiss 92 to share on NTUC Income Run 350, Organised by Young NTUC.

·         4th Feb 2015: Facilitated a Crossroads session which had a theme of “Environment as Benefaction” with guest speakers Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative and Eugene Heng of Waterways Watch Society.

·         12th Jan 2015: Went on a live radio interview on 938 Live to share my experience on COP20.

  • 16-17th Oct 2014: Went over to Penang, Malaysia to help out with #PowerShiftMsia. The event, which was held at the Center for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) in Penang helped 60 youths from Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Sudan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ghana acquire the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to fight for climate justice. Also spoke on the first night of the workshop on the topic of “International Youth Climate Movement.” http://world.350.org/malaysia
  • 27th Sep 2014: Organised the documentary screening of “Disruption.” Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction of tackling climate change.
  • Feb-Aug 2014: Initiated the “Singapore Power Shift” workshop which happened on 12-13th July 2014. The two-day climate action workshop focussed on educating and empowering the group on topics such as Climate Change & Singapore, Local & Overseas Youths Movements, Coordinated Global Efforts, as well as Campaigning skills. Five impactful campaigns were briefly planned and pitched, and could be adopted and implemented in Singapore.

·         Formed the working team- there is a core team of 10 members

·         Curated the program and invited speakers- Bhavani Prakash from Eco Walk The Talk, Yuen Sai Kuan from National Climate Change Secretariat, Adrian Yeo from 350 Malaysia, November Tan from The LeafMonkey Workshop, James Chua from Sea Shepherd (Singapore), Tan Yi Han and Putera Zenata from People’s Movement to Stop Haze, Tan Hang Chong from Nature Society (Singapore), Francis Joseph Dela Cruz from Climate Action Network International, Simpson Khoo, and Hong Hoang from 350 Vietnam.

·         Part of team inviting participants- about 30-40 youth participants attended the workshop.

·         Liaised for venue and marketing to the Young NTUC database.

·         Hosted and facilitated the interview with former president of the Maldives, President Mohamed Nasheed who was in Singapore by chance.

·         Media coverage of the event is being update here http://world.350.org/singapore/singapore-power-shift/media/

  • 15th May 2014: Organised the documentary screening of “The Island President”. Clinched an online interview with former president of the Maldives, President Mohamed Nasheed, curated the interview questions and interviewed the president live during event day.
  • 27th April 2014: Part of the guest entourage during NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC.
  • 24th April 2014: Supported the “Youth Dialogue, Climate Change UNFCCC -ADP Negotiation”.
  • 11-13th April 2014: Set up the “Connect the Dots with 350 Singapore” photoboard that was displayed at the Race Entry Pack Collection of NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, at City Square Mall.
  • 18th Mar 2014: Organised the documentary screening of “Blue Gold: War on Waters.”
  • Feb – Apr 2014: Worked closely with Young NTUC and the events company Explomo on green programmes in support of NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, happening on 27th April.
  • 15-18th Jan 2014: Facilitated Actions for Earth “Global Youth Summit” organised by Hemispheres Foundation which was attended by over 400 youth delegates.
  • 10-15th Dec 2013: Participated in the Power Shift Malaysia event organised by 350 Malaysia in Selangor, Malaysia.
  • 20-22nd Nov 2013: Represented 350 Singapore at the annual Young NTUC Workplan for its unions and affinity groups in Batam, Indonesia.
  • 31st Jul 2013: Shared at Global Power Shift! Singapore Sharing. A sharing session on what happened at the GPS event in Turkey.
  • Jul 2013: Featured in Young NTUC e-newsletter July 2013 issue (Activists Feature) “You can change the world’. http://www.youngntuc.org.sg/wps/portal/ydu2/home/read/article?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/content_library/ydu2/home/read/18.35activism/youngactivists/ce460ef2-b64a-4099-b6f6-cc1aca2a3973
  • 24-30th Jun 2013: Represented Singapore at the Global Power Shift (GPS) event organised by 350.org,  in Istanbul, Turkey. Nearly 500 youth activists from 130 countries came together to share skills on developing movements, build international co-operations and formulating strategies.http://www.lowcarbonsg.com/2013/06/23/singapore-youth-climate-activists-attend-global-power-shift-summit-press-releases/
  • 14th Jun 2013: Organised “Do the Math” movie screening. The Do The Math movie is a 42-minute documentary film about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry.
  • 9th Jun 2013: Supported “Cash for Climate”, a carwash fundraiser in support of local tree planting efforts. All proceeds go towards Garden City Fund’ s 1963 Commemorative Tree Planting Project.
  • Jan- Apr 2013: Supported a group of final year students majoring in Public Relations programme by Murdoch University at SMF Institute of Higher Learning who are engaging 350 Singapore as a client in their ‘ Campaign Management’  unit, as part of “Project Reach 2013.”
  • 8-11th Mar 2013: Mentored The Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues (SUSI) Alumni Workshop held in Singapore.
  • 16th Feb 2013: Co-organised “Overview of Likely Outcomes from DOHA COP 18″ with  speaker Ms. Melissa Low, Research Analyst at Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Songwriting workshop by U.S based musician and educator Mike Spine.
  • 14th Nov 2012: Co-organised “Basics to International Climate Negotiations.” The speakers were Dr. Jackson Ewing of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Ms. Melissa Low, Research Analyst at Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at National University of Singapore (NUS).
  • 20-22nd Jul 2012: Coordinated Green Riders Asia journey to Singapore, a project of the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA). One of the highlight was when Kenny and Jamie had the opportunity to cycle with LoveCyclingSG, one of the largest cycling community in Singapore. They also met up with Sunny of Bamboobee, a lifestyle cycling company specialising in bamboo bicycles. Some information here http://greenriders.asia/2012/08/09/episode-9-singapore-swingin/
  • 9-12th Jul 2012: Participated in the East Asia Climate Leadership Workshop organised by 350.org in Bogor, Indonesia.
December 2010 to May 2013
GIVE.sg a social enterprise with an online donation portal which allows fundraisers to leverage on social media, easy-to-use for both fundraisers and donors and 100% free for all donors and charities.Website: https://www.give.sg

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Creating content for Twitter updates.

Key Highlight:

  • Part of 8 man team which organised a 10km run to raise more than $15 000 for 11th Mar 2011 Japan earthquake victims, in 2 weeks.
  • Created Facebook notes and posts to engage donors to help spread the word and donate.
  • Assisted with logistic needs during race day on 27th Mar 2011.
  • An online article covering the event can be found here http://app.youth.sg/Home/Articles.aspx?id=1597
National Youth Council
Young ChangeMakers Youth Panellist
April 2011 to April 2012
TheYoungChangeMakers Scheme (YCM) seeks to provide seed funding to individuals and informal youth groups, who are looking at organising short-term one-off community projects.The panel of selected youths, aged 17-35 years old are empowered toward the YCM seed grants to their peers in informal groups to pursue projects that benefit the community.Part of 28-man panel, Panel 16.Member of 6 man team, Group 5.

Website: http://ycm.nyc.sg/

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Assessed youth projects which applied for seed funding.
ECO Singapore
Head of Volunteer & Manpower Management Committee for the project World Leadership Conference 2011
September 2010 to August 2011
The World Leadership Conference (WLC)is a five day conference held in Singapore from July11th-15th 2011. The World Leadership Conference 2011 reflects the highest ideals of ECO Singapore in bringing together motivated and proactive youth from the Asia-Pacific to focus on pertinent issues surrounding climate change and to develop leadership qualities which would best prepare participants for Rio+20 summit.

Part of 28-man team of Youth Organising Committee.

Head of 5-man team for Volunteer Management.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Planned human resource needed for the World Leadership Conference 2011, including designing job scope and requirements.
  • Recruited and selected volunteers.
  • Developed orientation and training programme to equip volunteers with necessary knowledge.
  • Supervised more than 50 volunteers during event period.
  • Some details can be found here http://www.scribd.com/collections/2562368/World-Leadership-Conference-2011-Documents
Singapore Heart Foundation
Facilitator for 3A Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
September 2009 to August 2010
The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF), formerly known as the Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA), is a non-profit charitable organisation at the forefront of the battle against heart disease in Singapore.

Website: http://www.myheart.org.sg

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated CPR to school students.
Clementi Police Division
Student Volunteer
December 2009 to January 2010
The Clementi Police Division (or ‘D’ Division, Chinese: 金文泰警区) is a police division of the Singapore Police Force.

Website: http://www.spf.gov.sg/abtspf/clementi.htm

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Assisted as facilitator for events which focuses on school students.
Heartware Network
Liaison Officer for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2009
November 2009 to November 2009
Heartware Network, is a registered Society with the Registry of Society and a registered Charity with IPC status under Commissioner of Charities (MCCY Charities Unit).


Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Liaison Officer for Peru delegates.

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