The SIP Fellow Awards recognise outstanding and high achieving individuals who are creating systemic change in the community that they live and work in. Role models in their own fields, these individuals are thought and action leaders who are shaping the future in their own way and doing what they do best. SIP Fellows are stalwarts of SIP’s community of changemakers in building a more inclusive, sustainable, and mindful world.
Co-founder and CEO
Calvin Chin, a Chinese American and a former ABC employee, founded Qifang in China and became its CEO. Operating as a P2P lending site for Chinese student loans which catered to students accepted into Chinese universities or colleges and post-graduate training programs. The company focused on helping poor students solve the problems of higher education tuition fees and full repayment and provided access to other educational financial services.
Founder and CEO
Globals Inc., India
Suhas Gopinath is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Globals Inc., an IT multinational company. He took charge as CEO at the age of 17, three years after founding the company, and at the time, was named world’s youngest CEO.
Conservation International, USA
Mr. Peter Seligmann is the Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, a global nonprofit organisation that he co-founded in 1987. Under Mr. Seligmann’s leadership, Conservation International has become a cutting edge leader in valuing and sustainably caring for nature for the well-being of people. Mr. Seligmann, a dynamic communicator and thought leader, has been an influential and inspiring voice in conservation for nearly 40 years. He works in partnership with governments, communities, and businesses to find solutions to ensure the sustainability of our natural resources.
Ting Choon Meng
HealthSTATS International Pte Ltd, Singapore
Dr Ting is a medical doctor, serial inventor of medical devices and an author. He is in private practice in Singapore for more than 20 years and invented BPro which is the first wrist-worn device capable of capturing 24hr BP readings and Pulse waveform analysis both at the same time. This patented invention which is FDA approved has won Awards from World Economic Forum and Frost & Sullivan as Monitoring Technology of the year 2007. BPro is now commercialized in more than 25 countries in the world.
Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, Indonesia
Veronica Colondam is the Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation. Since 1999, YCAB Foundation has evolved into a group social enterprise that focuses on youth empowerment. Her dream is to bring Indonesia origin social enterprise into the global map and to create measureable social change through education and economic empowerment. YCAB, which started as a drug prevention centre, today has become home to millions of underprivileged kids who are seeking a better future.
Founder, Apache Software Father
Open Source Movement
Brian Behlendorf is a technologist, executive, computer programmer, and an important figure in the open-source software movement. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web serversoftware on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf also served as President of the Foundation for three years.
Adrian David Cheok
Keio-NUS CUTE Centre, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Adrian David Cheok is the Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. Was formerly Full Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design and Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore. Adrian has previously worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Japan.
Plan International Hong Kong
Guthrie studied arts and law at the University of Sydney. She joined the law firm Allen, Allen & Hemsley as a media and technology lawyer in Sydney and Singapore, then moved to London as a corporate counsel for News International. She remained with the News Corporation group of companies for thirteen years, returning to Australia for an 18-month stint as director of legal and business development for Foxtel, then to Hong Kong to replace James Murdoch as the CEO of STAR TV.
Benny Se Teo
Eighteen Chefs, Singapore
Benny Se Teo is the founder and director of Eighteen Chefs, a chain of western food restaurants in Singapore that trains and employs ex-convicts for the F&B industry. Eighteen Chefs has earned the honour of being the first home-grown social enterprise with a strong business model that successfully wooed investors to start a franchise.
Phychotherapist, Motivational Speaker
The Safe Habour, Counselling Centre
Cassandra Chiu is an accomplished and professional woman who takes her blindness in her stride. In 2012, she was honoured with The Singapore Woman Award and the Social Innovation Park Fellow. Cassandra has represented Singapore in international swimming and bowling competitions throughout the world, and was awarded the Singapore Disabled Sportswoman of the Year 1996. She graduated from Swinburne University with a Masters of Science Degree in Professional Counselling and now runs her own psychotherapy practice, The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre, helping individuals and families to manage a wide range of issues and to maximise their potential. She also founded a consultancy business The New Perspective, which offers motivational talks, inclusive awareness workshops and barrier-free consultancy – specifically for the support of the visually impaired. Her hope is to change what it means to be blind, not only for herself and her community, but also society at large.
Gotzon Bernaola Arino, graduate in Mathematics, more than 15 years in positions of responsibility in companies close to the Basque Government, in areas related to employment and training policies to Increase Competitiveness and productivity in the labor market of the Basque Country. Addressing issues related to education, employment, aging population, governance, values for an innovative society and innovation in public policy, connecting people, organizations and institutions, governance and promoting a model based on participation, public-private alliances. Also working with all the social and economic agents with shared targets, and aiming to achieve commitment from citizens.
Dean and Professor
Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design, Japan
Masa Inakage is an internationally-reknowned digital artist, director, and producer, and is one of Japan’s leading authorities on emerging technologies and digital entertainment content production. He sits on advisory board and executive board of numerous corporations, as well as serves as members of government committees. His artworks and animation works have been shown internationally at galleries and festivals. Prof Inakage is actively involved in variety of projects, including feature films, broadcast programs, interactively displays and live prerformamce events.
Hybrid Reality Institute
Parag Khanna is an international relations expert and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency.
Paul is the chairperson at B1G1 and a hugely respected and admired business leader too. He’s a 4-times TEDx speaker and he frequently travels around the world inspiring businesses with B1G1 and his amazing business insights. So many people today cannot say enough about how Paul is a stunning mentor to them and how he has influenced the way they run their businesses. Paul really makes everyone around him feel great about themselves by always encouraging and celebrating the small achievements that we sometimes forget to give ourselves credit for.
International Convenor & Vice President
Stree Shakti – The Parallel Force
Rekha Mody is a social worker and activist and was committed to Women Empowerment, working actively in SAARC & ASEAN Countries. A networking expert, she believes that collective thought and action can move mountains. A firm believer in the fact that the role and contribution of women will get even stronger in the future, she provides them with knowledge, information and skills to overcome all challenges. Mody founded The Parallel Force as she feels that women all over the world are interconnected on various underlying gender issues. With this thought she started the Global Women Forum in Singapore in 2010 aiming to network with women from SAARC & ASEAN nations. Collectively all her efforts are aimed at Self Reliance, Equity, Equality and dignity for women.
Dr William Tan
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr William Tan is a Resident Physician at National Cancer Center Singapore and a World Records Holder Paralympian. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down he is an accomplished sportsman and has devoted to championing as well as fundraising for needy causes worldwide. He has helped raised more than $18 million on a voluntary basis for charities locally and internationally, over the last 22 years. In 2007, Dr Tan became the first person in the world to accomplish a marathon in a wheelchair.
Big Society Capital
Cliff Prior took up the leadership of Big Society Capital in March 2016. Prior to that he was CEO of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, for the last nine years. His earlier career includes work in counselling, youth, civil rights campaigning, social housing, supported housing, community care, offender resettlement, learning disability, dementia, research and development, and mental health. Cliff is also a founding trustee of Clore Social Leadership, a non-exec at health innovation agency UCLPartners, and member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee. He also chaired the mission alignment group for the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. He has been an adviser to Government on health and medicines regulation, NHS modernisation, skills, and civil society. He has set up several ventures over four decades of work in the social sector.
Chia Yong Yong
Lawyer, Yusam Audrey
President, Society for the Physically Disabled
John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Operation HOPE, USA
John Hope Bryant is an American financial literacy entrepreneur and businessman. Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of nonprofit Operation HOPE, member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability,co-founder of Global Dignity, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, He is an advisor to business and government and author of bestselling books on economics and leadership. He served as the vice chair on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as the chairman of the Committee on the Underserved.
Halogen Foundation, Singapore
Melissa is a civic entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience working with educational and community development initiatives, Melissa’s passion is to serve marginalised members of society and create win-win opportunities to empower them as valued and contributing members of the community. She founded different programs that inspire and equip young women to be catalysts for positive change and helps teenaged girls reintegrate into society.
Alun Alun, Indonesia
Dea Sudarman is the President of Alun Alun, a modern retail space created not merely for enjoyment but also to support the development and marketing of Indonesia’s culture-based products such as handicrafts, food, drinks, and entertainment in Indonesia and abroad. The mission of Alun Alun Indonesia is to make a “Panggung Indonesia” (Stage of Indonesia) and make it the country’s pride and joy. The Panggung displays Indonesia at its best, showcasing its handicraft, culinary tradition and entertainment. It is also the place for education and fun learning about Indonesia’s cultural heritage. Ms Sudarman is an accomplished documentary film maker and anthropologist whose experience includes filming and study of the Korowai people of Southeastern Papua.
Banyan Tree Gallery, Singapore
Claire Chiang, social activist, entrepreneur and author, was Singapore’s Woman of the Year and former Nominated Member of Parliament. She is the executive director of the Banyan Tree Gallery, a company that she conceptualised. Her business acumen led her to break the long-standing tradition of an all-male Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) in 1995 by becoming one of the first two women to be admitted to it. Despite her achievements, she has remained down-to-earth and is an active advocate for women’s rights, family life and the disadvantaged in society.
Eaton Laboratories, India
Trained as a medical doctor, Amit directs production and marketing for Eaton Laboratories, the only company that produces medicines in the conflict-torn region of Kashmir. Amit started a social responsibility division for the company to provide low cost medicines to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, also recently launched Radiant Green Company, focusing on conservation and assistance to poor farmers with new environmentally friendly techniques in the field of organic farming. He helped found Young Entrepreneur’s Forum Kashmir, which acts as a bridge between young budding entrepreneurs and established businesses.
SPBD Microfinance Network
Gregory F. Casagrande is an American businessman and the founder of South Pacific Business Development Microfinance Network, the leading microfinance institution in the Pacific Islands region. He is also the founder of MicroDreams, a microfinance acceleration fund working with emerging microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific and Transformative Ventures LLC, a Microfinance advisory company.
Founder & CEO
Fadi Ghandour is a Jordanian business man and the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex where he served for 30 years as the company’s CEO. He is the chairman of Wamda, an entrepreneurship enabling platform for the MENA region which he co-founded in 2010 and also the chairman and managing partner of Wamda Capital a Venture Capital fund investing in MENA growth stage technology companies.
Founder & CEO
inKlude Labs, India
Sriram Raghavan is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in building social businesses. He is the founder and CEO of InKlude Labs, a company set up to scale evidence-based solutions to social problems. Prior to this, he served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Comat Technologies, a leading information service provider to rural communities in India.
Founder and Director
Anshu Gupta is an Indian social entrepreneur who founded Goonj, a Delhi-based non-governmental organisation that positions the under-utilised urban material as a development resource for the rural parts of India. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015, forhis creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.
Social Enterprise Association, Singapore
Dr Gillian Koh is a Director of the Social Enterprise Association in Singapore. The Association exists to foster a culture of social entrepreneurship nationally, develop the social enterprise sector, and build up the organisational capacity of individual organisations within it. She assisted in conducting the Survey on Social Enterprise (2010) by the Association, and has presented on the social enterprise sector in Singapore and other Asian cities. Dr Koh’s full-time employment is with the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore where she is a Senior Research Fellow in its Politics and Governance cluster.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Recipco Holdings Pte Ltd, Canada
James Fierro is an international businessman and social entrepreneur. He is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Recipco Holdings Ltd., the Company behind the Recipco Capacity Exchange, an alternative market and transaction mechanism for trade discovery and payments that helps organizations to profit by creating value from their unused and available capacity resulting in increased sales and reduced dependence on cash and credit.
Green Kampong, Singapore
Nadya Yuti Hutagalung is an Indonesian-Australian model and actress who was one of the first VJs on MTV Asia (1995), TV host, VJ for the USA MTV, MediaWorks artiste, painter and jewellery designer and founder of Green Kampong. She is in the midst of building a green home and is the ambassador for the World Wildlife Funds Earth Hour in Singapore, championing the green cause to make this truly a better world for everyone.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
HSR Global Ltd
Patrick Liew is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also a founder of Success Resources, arguably the largest personal development seminar company in the world and a major shareholder of a publicly-listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Previously, he was the CEO and Chairman of HSR Global Ltd, a publicly-listed company on Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST). He has also held the Regional Director position at the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs.
Head of Public Affairs & External Relations, Southeast Asia
McKinsey & Company
Penny Burtt is Vice-President Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, with global payments company, Visa. She oversees the company’s engagement and partnerships with governments and regulators across the region, leading a group of government relations professionals, and serves on the company’s Asia Pacific executive management team. Penny was Director of Public Affairs, External Relations and Head of Client Service Risk, Asia, with global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company. She led McKinsey’s government relations, public affairs, reputation building, communications, and risk efforts across Asia.
Arctic Explorer, Environmental Scientist
Tim Jarvis is an environmental scientist, adventurer and author with Masters qualifications in environmental science and environmental law, and is a Senior Associate – Sustainability at Arup. His environmental work is mainly focused on sustainable aid provision in developing countries and improving corporate environmental sustainability. Jarvis says he is “committed to finding pragmatic solutions to global environmental sustainability issues” and as a public speaker he talks regularly about motivation and leadership to both individuals and organisations. On 20 November 2014 Tim Jarvis was announced as WWF-Australia Global Ambassador.
Caroline Casey is the Founder of Kanchi (formerly The Aisling Foundation) and the O2 Ability Awards and is also an international speaker and adventurer. Caroline Casey has dedicated the past decade of her life to changing how global society views people with disabilities. A social entrepreneur, Caroline sits on the board for several government, business and not-for-profit organisations. In 2000, she rode 1,000 kilometers across India on an elephant to raise funds for Sight Savers. As founding CEO of Kanchi in Dublin, she developed a set of best practices (based on ISO 9000 quality standards) for businesses, to help them see “disabled” workers as an asset as opposed to a liability. Hundreds of companies have adopted the standards, changing their policies and attitudes.
Dr Yeo Sze Ling
Infocomm Security Department, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR
Dr Yeo Sze Ling is a Research Scientist at A*Star’s Institute for Infocomm and a Research Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Despite being diagnosed with glaucoma at the age of four and losing her sight, she persisted with her education. Through her hard work and tenacity, she entered the National University of Singapore, graduating as the top student in the Faculty of Science. She has earned three degrees in total, including a PhD in Mathematics, which she obtained while on an A*Star graduate scholarship. She is an ardent volunteer who has given back to society. While in university, she was part of a group of volunteers who flew to Beijing to learn Chinese Braille before teaching it to a visually handicapped student in Singapore – their efforts resulted in the student becoming the first blind student to pass Chinese O and A levels here. She also tutors and mentors visually impaired students in her free time. On August 2013, she was singled out as a role model by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally speech, as he reminded those who have succeeded to contribute back to society.