Rebekah Lin | Director
Rebekah Lin is the Co-Founder of The Social Co., a youth-led organization that aims to activate youths and businesses to leverage on their skills to give back to lesser-known charities in Singapore. Their first movement, 50 For 50, raised $4.5 million and heaps of awareness for more than 50 charities.
Rebekah is also the Co-Founder of Chloros Solutions, a SPRING-seeded green consultancy boutique firm that provides a complete suite of solutions for Environmental Sustainability Design (ESD), energy consultancy and project implementation management services. To date, the company has been involved in over 150 projects of varying sizes. The company completed its Series A fundraising in 2014. She has been on the committee of the Yellow Ribbon Fund since 2011 and recently joined the Community Chest of Singapore as a main committee member.
Her corporate experiences include stints with Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore Press Holdings, Tung Lok Group and Be An Idea. In her day job, Rebekah works at Tembusu Partners, a boutique private equity fund. Rebekah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honours degree in Business Administration and has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Cheryl Chong | Program Development
Cheryl is co-founder of The Social Co., the team that initiated the 50 For 50 project in September 2014 where they brought together more than 80 young people under the age of 35, and 70 corporations to raise awareness of and funds for lesser-known causes such as mental health, suicide prevention and charities that serve those with physical and mental disabilities. Over 2 phases of the 50 For 50 movement, 38 sustainable projects were created and a total of S$4.5 million was raised for 58 local charities. As they roll out a series of new initiatives, one of the projects that The Social Co. is currently working on is The Social Pantry, where they partner Samsui Supplies & Services in providing meaningful employment for beneficiaries at the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), by reaching out to companies to regularly order their office pantry supplies from thesocialpantry.com.
Cheryl currently also chairs the Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC), a local platform connecting young women leaders with opportunities in mentorship and leadership development, networking and community engagement. She initiated its flagship community project 100 Wishes, a workshop and activity series to improve the well-being of women and children at local women’s shelters.
In her day job, Cheryl heads the private investor division of equity and debt crowdfunding platform, FundedHere. She graduated from the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), with a second specialization in Business Law.
Nicholas Tay | Program Lead, Siem Reap
Between being a zookeeper and working with The Social Co & the Jia Foundation, Nick lived overseas for some time while working as an airport manager for one of the best airlines in the world. After residing in China, Turkey and Australia, he spent time in HR with a leading local tech company, before following the trail of one of his passions and leaping into the non-profit social landscape. Nick graduated from National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, an instrumental and formative step in his life.
Saren Ret | Program Executive, Siem Reap
In his former lives, Saren worked in many different roles in the transportation, food and logistics industries. Working from the ground up, he has progressed far and has seized his opportunity to bring clean drinking water to children and their families in need. A young father of 3 and a proud Cambodian, he sees what is sorely missing in his country and has made it his mission to fulfill some of them, with hard work, empathy and love. He hopes to make his children proud of what their father has achieved. Saren studied at the National Institute of Management in Phnom Penh.
Samantha Choo | Outreach Co-ordinator, Good Pitch S.E.A
A creative thinker and doer, Samantha worked as an advertising strategist in London and Singapore before seeking out a world of change and meaning in the nonprofit sector. She is obsessed with using creativity for good and has worked on change campaigns for both the private and nonprofit sectors for organisations like IKEA, Unilever and Refuge UK. She volunteers with TWC2, a migrant workers rights group in Singapore, and Human Library, a global movement that challenges stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The causes she is most passionate about are human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability.