A Team of hopelessly enthusiastic and passionate optimists

At The Young SEAkers, we are the people ready to harness the power of the SEAwave.

Our Advisory Network

Our Advisory Network is an inspiring group of people who volunteer their time, experience and knowledge. Their support for our vision and strategic guidance has kept us thinking big and moving forward. 

Our 

Co-Founders

Meet Calvin, Zi Xin and Shion. Together, they believe that they can make realising the ASEAN dream, realisable. The first step to that is bridging the gap between demand and supply of local talents. Through The Young SEAkers, they have provided ASEAN youths with immense opportunities and a platform to engage in a stronger and mutually beneficial network.

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Great things in business

are never done by one person. They are

done by a team of people.

Steve Jobs

Meet our Management Team 

We have got the best people formula at helm. These amazing individuals share the vision and YEAH vibes of #teamSEAkers. They are the force behind each of our milestones. 

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Vivian studies Economics and China Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Passionate about youth development and the ASEAN-China region, Vivian believes in fostering greater interest and understanding of the region among youths. As a Sinology enthusiast, Vivian also serve as a student journalist for the Singapore’s LianHe Zaobao.

Yang Sheng graduated from NUS Global Studies and emerged 1st in the Bahasa Indonesia speech contest organised by the embassy in Singapore. The concept of diversity was key in making him who he is today, and he hopes to share his experience with fellow friends at SEAkers to develop greater understanding of the region and henceforth ourselves. His interest is in heritage and cultural appreciation!

Pui Ying currently studies real estate at the National University of Singapore. She believes that infrastructure development is the foundation of economic growth and sees huge potential in the Southeast Asia and China market. Hence, she thinks that it is important for youths to be ASEAN-China savvy so that they can help to unleash the potential of the region.

Brenda currently studies Information Systems and Economics at National University of Singapore. She was one of the four recipients of MOE-ASEAN scholarship from Myanmar. Through spending time in a community of ASEAN and Chinese scholars, she developed her interest in connecting passionate youths across ASEAN-China region to form meaningful partnerships. She founded STEPS Volunteering Youth Organisation, and a pioneering overseas CIP project. 

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Ian is currently a final year student specializing in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at Nanyang Polytechnic. He believes having diverse learning experiences from young is the catalyst to nurture resilient leaders of tomorrow and is an avid supporter of activities that drive youth empowerment. 

 

As a 2020 President's Scout (Singapore), Ian's passion lies in fostering closer ties with fellow ASEAN Scouts and collaborating with like-minded people on projects that fuel innovation, diversity and inclusion.

Lenice currently studies Business Administration at National University of Singapore. She believes that engaging exposures are key in helping youths learn and understand the importance of ASEAN and its developments. 

 

She is an alumni of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's signature Global Entrepreneurship Internship (GEI) programme and founded The Fishmonger.sg. Lenice is set to intern during May 2021, in South East Asia, as part of NUS's Overseas College (NOC) programme.

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You Xin graduated from Real Estate at National University of Singapore and was recipient of the BCA iBuild Scholarship. During his time in NUS, he took the opportunity to learn beyond his country and developed deep interests in both Vietnam and Chinese studies. Apart from studies 
he was involved in various volunteering works with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Business China Youth Chapter and is eager to find like-minded ASEAN-China peers.

Political scientist by training and writer by passion, Tian Wen sees himself as a storyteller driven to connect communities for positive impact. He’s also an avid lover of languages, good food and great stories.

With extensive experience working in Vietnam and a keen eye for local innovation and culture, he hopes to share his love for Southeast Asia and spark new conversations over the region’s future.

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Daryl Lim is currently working as an Innovation Consultant at Padang & Co with over 6 years of experience in Enterprise Sales ranging from Healthtech to Artificial Intelligence and working in the SEA-China region. Through his work, he has seen first hand the lack of regional talent needs and a desire in helping youths to be culturally aware and understand the importance of ASEAN-China.

He is also active in the regional startup scene, volunteering his time advising and mentoring startups through different organizations such as Ntuitive, YSI SEA and Expara Ventures. 

Zhan Tiam holds a Diploma with Merit in Chinese Studies (Education) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and was an exchange student in Nanjing University, China. He previously interned at Singapore’s Ministry of Education as a curriculum planning intern and will be majoring in Political Science at the National University of Singapore from 2022.

 

Passionate about China, ASEAN and the world, he hopes to inspire youths to be concerned with the ASEAN-China region and spark their interests in regional and world developments.

Quinn is a recent Economics graduate from the National University of Singapore. She works as a Business Development Executive in Azeus Convene, where she focuses on the Chinese Market. Quinn also previously utilised her mastery of Chinese for liaison work with Chinese business partners in her role as a Vice-Director in NUStyle, NUSSU Business Committee.

Quinn hopes to bridge the communications gap between China and ASEAN for corporate businesses and spread awareness to youths on the importance of understanding ASEAN and China as a market and the dynamics involved.

Levonne is always seeking new languages and new opportunities to upgrade herself. From being part of the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) in high school, to graduating from Southeast Asian Studies (NUS), Levonne has always been at the crossroads of ASEAN and China.

 

She was also part of AIESEC for 5 years, where her last role saw her leading the Singapore chapter of the international youth organisation. Today, she helps Singaporean companies to grow their businesses and explore new markets. 

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Rachel is a graduate in Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and currently an Associate Consultant with Future-Moves Group, a boutique strategy consultancy with a focus in public policy. With previous internship experiences spanning fields from research to marketing, her interests now lie in creating meaningful impact where politics, business and consulting intersect.

Shu Min is a final year Accountancy undergraduate with a 2nd major in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources at Singapore Management University. She is passionate about HR and has done a few HR related internships.

 

Apart from HR, she loves to engage with children and youths. She believes that having regional exposure will be helpful for youths in their career and in life - learning across borders and being culturally sensitive.

Khadijah is an Indonesian studying Economics at Singapore Management University. She is currently on her journey exploring what she wants to do and doing a part-time internship as an Environmental, Social, and Governance Intern in UOB Indonesia. She aspires to be an inspiring economist and hopes to keep walking one step closer to her goals.


She started to become interested in ASEAN countries since she came to Singapore to continue her education. She realizes that there ASEAN countries have so much opportunities to offer, and one of the reasons is due to its strengthening relationship with China. She hopes to learn more about ASEAN countries’ and China through joining TYS.

Justin has a degree in social sciences (honours) from the National University of Singapore. He holds a double Major in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies. He began his career in a boutique consultancy firm specialising in strategic communications and corporate strategy.

 

He hopes that his little experience can help TYS become a more successful organization in Southeast Asia. 

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Fascinated by Classical Chinese, Som left Thailand to study in China in high school and got into the School of International Studies, Peking University (PKU) in 2017. During her years there, she interacted with several Southeast Asian peers, engaged in PKU’s China-ASEAN Youth Summit (CAYS), and developed her interest in sociocultural relations between Southeast Asia and China.

In 2021, Som will continue her studies at NUS Chinese Studies, focusing on the Chinese in Southeast Asia.

Wanting was previously from the Bicultural Studies Programme in Dunman High and is currently a freshman in the NUS Data Science and Economics programme.

 

She is also serving as the vice-chairperson of the Youth-for-Causes programme alumni committee and volunteering at the Meet-the-People sessions.

Shiqi is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Previously, Shiqi took part in the Bicultural Studies Programme and helped to plan various ASEAN conferences in high school. 

As an individual with interests in the ASEAN-China region, TYS’s mission deeply resonated with Shiqi. Through TYS, she hopes to increase youth’s knowledge and competencies of the ASEAN-China region while broadening her own understanding as well.

Daksha graduated from NUS Southeast Asian studies and was formerly Regional Business Development Intern @ Shopee Singapore and Research Assistant @ Global Relations Office. She served as President of the NUS Southeast Asian Studies Society from 2018-2019, and speaks English, Thai, Indonesian, Mandarin and Hindi.

 

Being a Southeast Asian-ist, Daksha is constantly learning new languages and cultures so as to communicate with people around the region in a more friendly manner. She aspires to inspire more youth to take an interest in our region. 

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Xin Yi is pursuing a double degree in Law and Business (Finance & Accounting) at Singapore Management University. She works part-time at Shanghai neoBay Venture Capital Company and has 6 years of part-time experience in law, local and international business development, venture capital, trading, education, healthcare, and sales. She also volunteers regularly to enhance access to education through mentoring and tutoring youths-at-risk.

Charles is currently a Business Analyst & Software Engineer at DBS PayLah! Charles began to take interest in being ASEAN-China savvy after experiencing life working in China. He deeply believes, building a better understanding of ASEAN-China is fundamentally important to becoming a global citizen today. Outside of work, Charles enjoys playing badminton, making new friends and paying it forward.

Chalita graduated from NUS Southeast Asian Studies, where she also took classes in Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese. She was also a Thai-English translator for a professor’s research project on transnational marriages in Singapore, and another project on the impact of migrant labour on families.

 

She is passionate about storytelling and understanding how big political, economic, and social changes affect the everyday life and livelihoods of ordinary people.

Jefferson is currently working as a Senior Analyst at the Indonesia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He is currently conducting a research project on the Indonesian Parliament and research on political and security developments in Indonesia. 

Prior to joining the workforce, he was an environmentalist and organized Earth Hour 2015 in NUS and spearheaded various sustainable energy initiatives. He now runs a bread rescue initiative near his place and enjoys rock climbing in his free time. 

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Kelvin is a graduate from Victoria Junior College and will be studying Economics at the National University of Singapore from 2022.

 

He was previously a teaching intern at Singapore's Ministry of Education where he was inspired by the empowering nature of an educator. As such, he aspires to contribute back to the education system by becoming an educator himself in the future.

Timothy is a recent graduate from of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Business, International Studies and History. His further studies were in Trade, Finance, and Development Economics. He is currently doing innovation work for the Air Force. In his spare time, he is deeply involved in religious and community-building activities.   

Timothy thrives off the bubbling energy that comes when people of all walks get excited about creating shared value for others. He  believes that with its considerable linguistic and cultural diversity, vast resources, as well as driven and friendly people, ASEAN can be so much more than the sum of its parts.

Garreth graduated with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). In his time at UNSW, he was active in the Singapore, Malaysia, and ASEAN student societies. He took on the role of CFO for the flagship UNSW ASEAN Conference 2020 where he was exposed to different cultures, backgrounds, and the amazing pool of talents that the ASEAN region boasts.   

Garreth aspires to support TYS in its journey to empower and inculcate a strong sense of ASEAN identity and interconnectedness into the regional leaders of tomorrow.

Jing Ting is an analyst in a boutique consulting firm working on regional projects related to economic development, digital technology and sustainability. Prior to this, she was working in the public sector.

While at the National University of Singapore, Jing Ting did an exchange in China, and took up Thai language. Her experiences at work and school made her more interested in exploring the opportunities present in the China-ASEAN space.

Our Chapter Leaders

Our Chapter Leaders are a diverse group of amazing individuals who lead and represent SEAkers from all over ASEAN— Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. We are a regionally-minded organisation building truly ASEAN experience and community.