Singapore Judging Panel (2013)

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Please meet the judges who have been inspired by the enthusiasm of the participating students and support us in evaluating the entries.    

Ms. Lynette Yang, Character and Citizenship Education Officer - Student Development Curriculum Division,Ministry of Education

Lynette Yang

Ms. Lynette Yang is currently with the Character and Citizenship Education Branch (National Education Unit) in the Student Development Curriculum Division, MOE. Prior to this posting, she was teaching English in a secondary school.  She believes that our students are capable of creating change in their community and they have what it takes to make a difference. 




 Patsian Low, Director, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre

Patsian LowPatsian Low specializes in research and consultative work in microfinance, social finance, non-profit organisation analysis and other initiatives that economically advance social objectives. She has been active in the social finance sector as a volunteer since 2004, prior to that she has 14 years of financial services private sector experience from New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Currently she holds the following positions

Director, Philanthropy at National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre
Independent Director at Banking with the Poor Network Ltd.
President & Founding Member at Microfinance Society (Singapore)

Yeok Nguan Tan, Assistant Director, Design Innovation Design Singapore Council - Ministry of Communication & Information

Yeok Nguan Tan

Yeok Nguan is a design educator. As an Assistant Director with DesignSingapore Council, Yeok Nguan oversees the development of the entire design thinking and innovation workshop curriculum from pre-kindergarten to professional continual education in the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy. Formerly the Head of Department in Design and Enterprise in a Secondary school, he received several awards including, such as the Outstanding Contribution Award (2005), the School’s Outstanding Leadership Award (2007), etc. Trained at the in Stanford University and the LUMA Institute, Yeok Nguan also holds an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment for Adult Learning as well as an honours degree from the Nanyang Technological University.

Yeok Nguan has led many design thinking workshops, from schools to corporations, and has been invited as a judge and/or speaker to several events. Recently, he has just completed his first 250km, self-supported foot race in Iceland, as part of his fund-raising efforts to support the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). 

Alexander Lau, Head, Design Excellence Centre - School of Design & Media, ITE College Central

Alexander LauAlexander is the lead trainer for ITE College Central’s Design Thinking programme. Prior to joining ITE College Central, Alexander owned and ran award-winning multi-disciplinary design consultancies, working with clients such as Sony, Sara Lee, Thales and ST Electronics. His portfolio of works includes industrial design projects for the transportation, military, healthcare and security industries; and brand identity projects for hotels, spas, restaurants, retail and consumer goods. The project scope range from conceptualization all the way through to production and project management. In his design practice, Alexander has been a strong advocate of observing and empathizing with users to create design solutions which exceed initial expectations. At ITE College Central, Alexander refined the Design Thinking curriculum and developed Continuing Education Training Workshops for adult learners. Since 2012, more than 600 ITE staff and adult learners have been trained by Alexander."  


Faeza Sirajudin , Vice-Treasurer, AWARE

Faeza SirajudinFaeza, known affectionately by many as Fuzzie, believes in 2 things with equal passion: (1) changing the world one person at a time through conversation and acceptance (2) having fun in everything she does. As an educator (she teaches English thinking skills to kids aged 6-18) and an activist (she is the vice-treasurer of the AWARE board), she indulges in these 2 passions with the people she encounters every chance she gets.






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