THE FUTURE OF RESOURCE MOBILISATION: Civic Entrepreneurship and Community-Driven Development
29 January 2019 • SIM Performing Arts Theatre • 8:30am - 6:00pm




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Mr Tan Chuan-Jin

Speaker of the Singapore Parliament

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was elected the 10th Speaker of Parliament on 11 September 2017. Mr Tan had previously served as Minister for Social and Family Development from 9 April 2015 to 10 September 2017. Prior to the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan headed the Ministry for Manpower from May 2014 to April 2015. In his current appointment as Speaker, Mr Tan presides over Parliamentary debates and ensures fair and full discussions of national issues.

Mr Tan also oversees SG Cares, a national movement which encourages Singaporeans to volunteer and give back to society, and is concurrently adviser to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). This will build upon his earlier work in MSF to build a more gracious, compassionate and cohesive Singapore society.

Mr Tan was elected Member of Parliament for Kembangan-Chai Chee, Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency in May 2011. Prior to that, Mr Tan served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for nearly 24 years. In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, he led the SAF's relief efforts to Meulaboh, Aceh in Indonesia. The mission provided much needed humanitarian assistance in an area that was devastated and cut off. This remains the SAF's largest military operation to date.

An avid sportsman, Mr Tan serves as the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council.

Mr Gared Jones

Chief Network Officer,
Points of Light

Gared Jones is the senior vice president of Global, where he builds impact in community service and volunteering around the world through work with international affiliates, partner organisations, and global corporations. He is an entrepreneurial leader with more than twenty-five years of strategy, operations, business development, and management experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Significant work designing and scaling innovative social impact strategies, driving organisational growth, developing diversified funding models, building corporate/nonprofit partnerships, and leading global expansion.

Ms Tobi Johnson

President & Founder of VolunteerPro

Tobi Johnson is an internationally sought after expert and master trainer in volunteer engagement. She is known for her modern thought leadership, highly practical evidence-based strategies, and innovative, "big hat" thinking around engaging, supporting, and acknowledging the work of volunteers.

She is the President of Tobi Johnson & Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help nonprofit organisations make connections with remarkable volunteers. In 2015, she founded VolunteerPro, an online training and networking community for leaders of volunteers.

Tobi has over 25 years direct experience in nonprofit management, program development, program coordination, training delivery and learning design in the social sector. She wrote Chapter 1 of Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World , published by Jossey-Bass in 2015.

In addition, Tobi is intimately knowledgeable about the professional development needs of today's leaders of volunteers. She was the Chair for the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) Job Analysis Task Force; responsible for updating the required the competencies for the fields only internationally recognized credential. Each year, she also conducts the Volunteer Management Progress Report, a global state-of-the-industry survey. In 2016, over 1,000 professionals from 18 countries participated.

For the last decade, she has worked with local, state, national, and international human services networks and programs, including Volunteering Australia, CharityHowTo, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Pro Bono Australia, the Kansas Health Foundation, Enroll America, the National Trust (UK), the National SHIP Resource Center, AARP, Random Acts of Flowers, Meals on Wheels Association of America, and others. She speaks and trains in the US and abroad at national and local gatherings of volunteer professionals.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Tobi is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now lives in East Tennessee with her husband and feline office assistant, Bailey.

Mr Andrew Buay

Vice President,
Group Sustainability & Talent Coach, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd ("Singtel")

Andrew is Vice President for the Singtel Group's Corporate Sustainability and a Talent Coach to over 120 Future and Emerging Leaders with Optus, Singtel's Australian subsidiary. He is also a mentor to non-profit and social impact start-ups. Under his sustainability portfolio, Singtel also runs a regional social innovation programme, Future Makers, which provides grants of over $600,000 and capacity building programmes to social impact start-ups and non-profit organisations leveraging technology and innovation into solving for social issues.

Andrew is a committee member of the NCSS 4ST Strategic Review Committee (2018-2019), and was a member of the NCSS Volunteer Resource Committee for two terms, and the 3 rd Enabling Master Plan Committee. He is also co-Chair of the Singapore Business Network on disAbility (SBNoD), mobilising corporates in support of skills development and employability for persons with disabilities.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics.

Mr Hosea Lai

Head of Impact (APAC)
at LinkedIn

Hosea Lai is the Head of Social Impact (APAC) at LinkedIn. His work involves helping underrepresented communities gain access to networks and potential opportunities. Along the way, inspire everyone to help others in providing that opportunity, without biases.

Prior to his current position, he worked in multiple public and people sectors, such as the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre where he was the Director for Volunteerism Division. At Habitat for Humanity International, he held multiple portfolios, such as the Director of Programmes for Singapore, the Regional Programme Manager, looking after Northeast Asia, and the Sichuan Earthquake Response Director, overseeing the post-earthquake recovery projects in Sichuan.

Outside of work, Hosea has worked in Myanmar working among the child soldiers, worked on Cyclone Nargis project in Myanmar, as well as tribal work in Thailand. He has volunteered locally as well as overseas, such as in Nepal and India, as well as Sri Lanka and Aceh post tsunami.