By creating a movement that celebrates the successes of those who've gone off the beaten path, and hearing their stories from the road less traveled, we hope to open young people's minds to think beyond conventional career paths, and give them inspiration & encouragement as they take their first steps on their audacious journey.
Dave is by far one of the most audacious people we know! His passion is "growing ideas to reality". Having been educated in 4 different countries, he spent an early part of his career as an economist, central banker & fund manager at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, before making the leap into the tech start-up world. You may know him as the person who started the 1st-ever TEDxSingapore in 2009, and has work in both the for-profit & non-profit world, including global Earth Hour WWF. Dave is a passionate art museum tour guide on weekends, and on weekdays, designs and launches new high tech startups as Co-founder of Innovation X by The Coca-Cola Company
Marc is a proud Kiwi and a multi-talented media professional with over 13 years of experience in all facets of the industry. He acts/presents, produces, directs, writes, and even does character voice narrations. In 2012, Marc did what all of us dream of doing; he took 9-months off to travel around the world! Before moving to Singapore, Marc was in China covering the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A former editor at the Straits Times, Marc went on to work on such series as Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3, E! News Asia & The Food Detectives S1. Marc is also a champagne aficionado and knows how to throw awesome parties (that we've been lucky to have attended!)
If you're a coffee aficionado, then Jewel Coffee isn't new to you. Adrian Khong, founder & owner of Jewel Coffee honed his craft by traveling all across the U.S. - coffee school in Portland, ice cream school in Pennsylvania & coffee roasting school in San Francisco. What you don't know is that Adrian spent the 1st 17 years of his career all around banking. A proud NTU Accountancy alumnus, he began in auditing, before moving into the banks: trade finance, corporate banking & even ship finance, with his last stop at Citibank. Adrian is definitely one of the key pioneers that has helped shape the current vibrant coffee scene in Singapore. We're super excited to have this banker-turned-barista share his audacious passion (he drinks 3 cups/day!) & flair for coffee with us this year.
Tong Yee started out as a public school teacher, teaching General Paper at Nanyang Junior College. After setting up a successful community outreach program to provide tuition for repeat students in Singapore, he thereafter co-founded School of Thought to continue to promote educational innovation and civic learning in both the private and public sector. School of Thought has since evolved to become The Thought Collective, a growing group of social enterprises that focus on building social and emotional capital in Singapore.
Having gone through the whole Singapore education system and dutifully served his nation running around the Mandai swampland with a backpack and rifle Adrian eventually was able to catch his breath when he was sent to the UK to pursue a law degree. The full truth was that his 'A' level results were abysmal and the National University of Singapore would not accept his sorry butt, but we shall not dwell on that. The reason for his poor academic performance was the lure of the theatre, but more of that later.
Dean Vrachnos is not your typical dean. She has worked as an educator at Roberto Clemente middle school in the South Bronx and a teacher at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in New York and in Singapore, a media trainer for the United Nations in Timor-Leste and a photojournalist documenting Indonesia's transition to democracy and Timor-Leste's transition to independence. Her award-winning images have been featured in the New York Times, Asiaweek, Businessweek, CNN, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, and Time and have been exhibited at the Barbican in London.
Huiwen works as a planner in Ogilvy. She spends her time thinking about random ideas to make the world a happier/more fun/more awesome place. She also plays in VOX, a rock string quartet, which makes her a happier person because she gets to wear more eyeliner, have big poofy hair and play the cello in ways her teacher would have disapproved.
Geoffrey founded and runs Choson Exchange (www.chosonexchange.org), a social enterprise providing economics, business and legal training to young professionals in one of the world's most challenging environment - North Korea. Geoffrey previously worked for Bain & Co. on private equity, technology and retail cases. He also analyzed economic and political events for the ex-Asia Chief Economist of Société Générale and sits on the board of a listed Mongolian company in the energy sector.
From working at a pet store (that sold everything but pets), to filling out a prescription of Viagra as a pharmaceutical assistant, to working for a photography magazine, and later as an assistant at a photography studio, Lavinia's work experience has put her in contact with amazing and inspiring individuals and provided her with situations that have truly broadened her mind.