Simon is very fascinated by the science of wellbeing, and is very passionate about helping people discover the choices they can make to be happier.
He holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Simon lives in Singapore and travels frequently for consultancy work and for inspiration.
Sherman started out as a commodities trader managing the Africa region. He spent a lot of time travelling in the continent, including a three month stint in Ghana.
The experience shaped his perspective of life a great deal, which eventually led him to co-found Happiness Initiative with Simon.
Sherman is also very passionate about film and and talk endlessly about movies.
DR WILLIAM WAN
Singapore Kindness Movement
DR WILLIAM WAN
Dr William Wan is the General Secretary of Singapore Kindness Movement and a Justice of the Peace.
A lawyer, theologian and psychometric analyst, he has taught at universities, practised law, pastored churches, and managed law firms, higher education institutions and psychometric business. In addition, he actively contributes to several non-profit organisations including Prison Fellowship Singapore, Public Hygiene Council and Project We Care.
He is a public speaker and published author. His current book, launched in February 2019, is Through the Valley: The Art of Living and Leaving Well.
Head of Public Policy and Philanthropy, Greater China
Jun is the Head of Public Policy, Greater China, for Twitter, Inc. In this role, Jun leads Twitter’s public policy agenda with government agencies, elected officials, and non-profit organizations in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She also oversees the “@TwitterforGood” philanthropic initiatives for the region.
Before joining Twitter, Jun was a government and public affairs consultant for companies operating in China. She most recently served as director at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she advised clients on regulatory challenges and market strategies in China. Prior, she was an associate director at APCO Worldwide’s Beijing and Washington D.C. offices. Earlier in her career, Jun was a research associate at Harvard Business School and wrote case studies for the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs.
Jun received her BA in International Relations from Wellesley College and her Masters in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, and is based in Singapore.
Asian Center for Applied Positive Psychology
Curiosity, zest, and love of learning led to being 1st from Asia in the pioneer Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at UPENN under Martin Seligman.
Sulynn’s passion for authentic living drives her work in consulting, coaching and teaching as a Positive Change Strategist. An intuitive communicator and creative story-weaver, she helps others find meaning and purpose – in the midst of rapid development in technology and fascination for new age thinking that threaten through subliminal erosion to rob human existence of traditions, culture and human goodness and values.
The Open Centre
Dawn is the creator of The Mindful Camp. The camp’s mission is to help children develop emotional fluency and competency in social relationship so that they will become compassionate and happy leaders of the world.
Dawn holds a Master in Counselling and completed her Mindfulness training at the University of Massachusetts. A trainer/coach of Social-Emotional skills and Mindfulness, Dawn is passionate about helping individuals create purposeful and happy lives. Some of the clients she worked with include Suntory and NUS-Duke.
She loves traveling and lives happily ever after with her husband, tweenager son and black dog.
MAGNUS HØJBERG MERNILD
Head of Communications & Public Diplomacy
Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore
MAGNUS HØJBERG MERNILD
Magnus is heading the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore’s communications, culture and public diplomacy. Prior to his tenure in Singapore, he was handling cultural affairs, press and communication efforts at the Danish Embassies’ in Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.
Born and raised in Odense, Magnus has a background in journalism from Denmark including studies in political communication, diplomacy and international affairs from both Turkey and Spain.
Associate Faculty Member (Socio-Emotional Learning and Positive Psychology)
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Claire Ong graduated with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She also graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and a second major in Organizational Behavior Human Resources (OBHR) from Singapore Management University.
Claire is a professionally certified coach associate with Newfield Network, a US-based coaching organization which is one of the world’s leading coaching organizations. She has experience in developing leadership, teambuilding, coaching, and emotional intelligence programs. Claire is also an Associate Faculty at SUSS, where she teaches Social Emotional Learning.
Claire has a passion for people development and is said to have the gift of connecting with others.
TANG BEK WUAY
Former Drug Counsellor & Programme Evaluator
Singapore Prisons Service
TANG BEK WUAY
Bek Wuay is a PhD student at the Singapore Management University (SMU). She is currently studying the factors that influence people’s perception of social mobility. Other than that, she is also intrigued by topics on social injustice and inequality.
Prior to studying in SMU, she has worked in Singapore Prison Service as a drug counsellor and programme evaluator. During her course of work, she has been greatly humbled by the resilience exhibited by the inmates. Even though she no longer works directly with the offender population, she hopes that her work will eventually contribute to helping them.
Ada Wong is a clinical supervisor who supervises counsellors and case managers from various agencies serving in the field of correctional rehabilitation. She is also a trainer for counselling related workshops. Ada previously served in the Singapore Prison Service for 13 years and had conducted various group programmes for offenders. Her work included substance abuse treatment, crisis management and suicide intervention. She possesses a Masters in Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Ada has a deep conviction in empowering people and supporting them to embrace their strengths and aspirations.
At home front, Ada is a proud mummy of two and has keen interest in bible studies. She enjoys reading and jogging.
Bill believes in the designer’s creed – that the world ought to be better, and can be. With over a decade of public service experience, he is focused on making governments and communities the best they can be.
Bill knows that solving a complex problem isn’t about being the smartest person in the room – it’s about creating the smartest room. He facilitates diverse groups of people to solve problems. Whether it’s mixing senior and junior staff, different business areas within an organisation, or government, industry and citizen perspectives, he uses simple, but powerful, co-design methods to work through otherwise intractable problems.
His mission in life is to help people design and make change together, amidst ego, bias, power imbalance and more.
CARE Network Office
Ms Shanthi Pandian graduated with an Honours Degree in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. She is presently the Director of CARE Network in the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises. The CARE Network was set up in 2000 and is the first formal structure in Singapore that brings together key community partners to promote seamless incare to aftercare support for ex-offenders. It comprises in 9 member agencies from both the government and non-government sector, and more than 100 community partners.
In her current role, Ms Shanthi works with her team to develop strategies and directions and oversee the engagement of community partners to build a vibrant and forward-looking aftercare sector that will help reduce re-offending and promote a safer community. She also oversees the secretariat office for the Yellow Ribbon Project and Fund, and serves as the Managing Agent for the Halfway House Service Model (HSM), a transitional aftercare residential programme for mandated offenders.
Prior to her current role, Ms Shanthi served as a Senior Prison Officer in the Singapore Prison Service and has had direct experience in managing inmates and operations in a prison setting. She has also worked in the Policy Development Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2010 to 2014, and contributed to maintaining the safety and security of Singapore.
The School of Positive Psychology
Stephen Lew is the founder and executive director of The School of Positive Psychology, a Singapore-based higher education institute that offers psychological centric training programs for professional and corporate development. Since 2007, TSPP has trained more than 15,000 students and 500 organizations, and expanded its corporate training to Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Stephen holds a MSc Applied Positive Psychology with a focus in Organisational Psychology and Leadership. He is also a certified psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, supervisor and nominated fellow with the National Council of Psychotherapists in the U.K. As a psychotherapist and a positive psychology coach, Stephen has worked with more than 800 clients in the areas of well-being development.
Sha-En is the first Singaporean graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. Sha-En has been featured the TV documentary ‘Chasing Happiness’, MyPaper, and national radio 938NOW & MONEY 89.3FM. Sha-En has more than 10 years experience in the education sector.
As founder of Positive Education, she has championed the need for well being as a priority in schools, helped teachers reignite their purpose for teaching and empowered parents to reconnect deeply with their children.
Sha-En’s first book, The Road to Success Vol. 2 (co-authored with Jack Canfield), reached the #1 Best-Seller Status in September 2016.
(Humanities and Social Studies)
National Institute of Education
Mark Baildon is an Associate Dean in the Office of Education Research and Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Studies Education at the National Institute of Education (Singapore).
Mark has taught social studies in secondary schools in the United States, Israel, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. His work focuses on ways to support social studies inquiry practices, 21st century literacies, and civic education in new global contexts.
He also takes an interest in happiness and film.
Positive Education Hub
Mrs Veronica Chua served for 20 years as an educator nurturing teenagers. The last portfolio she had was as Director of Well-being of an Integrated Programme school.
Her personal mission is to help others, help themselves. Equipped with a Masters in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she provides strategic leadership and administrative management to continuously build a culture that supports students and staff to flourish.
Currently, she is one of the co-founders of Positive Education Lab. Mrs Chua seeks to equip individuals, organisations and the community to flourish. She has one husband and two teenagers.
Minimalism in Singapore
Joan founded Minimalism in Singapore in 2014, a day before her birthday, when she delved down the rabbit hole of stoicism, simple living and creating a meaningful life. Discontented with her drudgery of work, she spent 2 years exploring her skill sets from 2015 – 2017.
She currently works as an educator as an English Specialist. She spends her free time writing, reading, creating meaningful relationships and looking after her 2 cats. She’s also highly passionate about personal finance and investing wisely.
HENG SIOK TIAN
HENG SOK TIAN
Heng Siok Tian is been in the teaching profession for the last 28 years, from being a teacher to a head of department, to being a curriculum officer in the Ministry of Education. She is also a published poet, if somewhat accidentally.
She enjoys exploring through reading, writing, travelling, nature, drawing, cultural and sport activities. Solitude is what she appreciates, and believes everyone needs to value that if they truly wish to know themselves more honestly. She thinks that the mobile device works against solitude.
EarthFest Executive Director
Centre for a Responsible Future
Kimberly is the Executive Director of EarthFest, the largest annual sustainability festival in Singapore organised by the Centre for a Responsible Future.
Kimberly graduated with a BFA (Hons) in Digital Animation from Nanyang Technological University and worked in the animation industry for a number of years until she received a wake-up call that drove her to examine what it means to live a truly meaningful life.
Through her work, Kimberly hopes to be able to help others live more mindfully, and empower people to make more conscious decisions in their daily lives.