JIAKAI JEREMY CHUA
"When I want to read a novel, I write one."
- Benjamin Disraeli
Urban | Technology | Design
Sydney, Australia | NYC, New York
Chief Verticals Officer
Sencity aims to revive as well as evolve the urban culture: to design human-centred engaging experiences through technology, empathy, and creativity.
As design thinkers, we believe in the mantra of crafting friction-less and joyful human interactions for the public. As humans, we also believe in building a sustainable world for the future generations.
We Make Tech Education Fun, Accessible, & Engaging!
SG, Singapore | HK, Hong Kong SAR | HCMC + HAN, Vietnam
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
We love code - and that's why we teach it! We are one of Asia's first Tech Entrepreneurship academies for K-12 students. Through our "Play, Experiment, Create, Pitch" framework, we inspire the next generation of hackers and startup ninjas. We are proud to continue expanding our education programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.
TechSociety is currently driving coding education for girls and other minorities through our CodeForASEAN campaign under President Obama's YSEALI program. We were also National Champions in EO's Entrepreneur Awards 2016 (Hong Kong). Our work in the region was also recognized by St. Gallen's Symposium and we were invited to speak as Leaders of Tomorrow. We also received the SPRING ACE Grant and the SMU Innovation Award 2014 - and we were semi-finalists and the Singaporean contenders of the World Startups Summit 2014 (Seoul, Korea) and finalists of the NTU ideasInc accelerator program.
“Curiosity is the engine of achievement.”
- Ken Robinson
Johns Hopkins University,
Carey Business School
2016-2018, Baltimore, MD, USA
Dean's Scholar & ROMBA Fellow
School Of Management
June 2014, New Haven, CT, USA
Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program
College of Arts & Science
2009-2013, Nashville, TN, USA
B.A. in Global Business Strategy, Communication Studies, and English & History
Where's Your Curiosity Now?
"IF WE ALL WORKED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT WHAT IS ACCEPTED AS TRUE WERE REALLY TRUE,
THERE WOULD BE LITTLE HOPE OF ADVANCE."
- ORVILLE WRIGHT
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
- Janis Joplin
Starhub i3 Future Services -
Innovation, Investment, Incubation
Huge Capital of Belief - Let's Go!
SG, Singapore | Asia-Pacific Region
Senior Seeker | Innovation Gunslinger
Nobody knows how the future would look like - so we have to make it. Starhub i3 Future Services is a power collective of thought leaders, startup hotshots, and industry mavericks who are not mere fortune tellers but destiny makers by combining the hotpot ingredients of Innovation, Investment, and Incubation to take new businesses and ideas beyond what we know we do not know - and what we know we know.
Kairos Society (ASEAN)
Empowering Radical Entrepreneurship. Everywhere.
SG, Singapore | Asia-Pacific Region
Director of Partnerships
Kairos Society (ASEAN) is an invitation-only entrepreneurial community of the brightest new generation leaders across ASEAN solving problems and changing the world through high-impact ventures.
We are the ASEAN regional hub of The Kairos Society, a non-profit organisation founded in 2008. The Kairos family works to discover and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation
Prepaid (Global) Group: Emerging Payments
I spent the glorious summer structuring financial ecosystems for developing countries. It was an exhilarating experience melding mobile and alternative payment technologies, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to create novel banking/payment paradigms with our NGO/NPO, government, academic, and corporate partners.
Financial Inclusion, FTW.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Despite not speaking an ounce of Vietnamese, I spearheaded market research, capital budgeting, & corporate branding intern projects for British-American Tobacco & Coors Light in the Indochinese markets. I also got my hands dirty with copywriting & moodboard work for GlaxoSmithKline. During my time in Grey, I also facilitated 2 behavioral change (Anti-Drunk Driving) campaigns for the WHO in Hanoi. My proudest moment was when I snuck into the core team to help pitch for the Vietnam Airlines retainer. I ended up with a lot more friends, experience, and Vietnamese phrases than when I first began.
Ministry of Defence, Public Affairs
Singapore Armed Forces MDC
Chief Scriptwriter/Master of Ceremony
Over my 2 1/2 years of service, I advised on communications delivery, conceived scripts, and acted as the Master of Ceremony for more than 250 military and international diplomatic events. Working on high-level projects such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Conferences, Asia- Pacific Military Intelligence Meeting, and the Royal Singapore Air Force Open Houses imbued me with a special insight into diplomatic operations and exigences.
During my service, I also hosted 80 National Education programs in schools and developed public outreach strategies in Singapore. I also helped to design and present over 25 cultural diplomacy events in Australia, Thailand, & Malaysia. It was an honor serving the country in such a key position at a very young age.
28 years old, 5'10", and 167 lbs of hustle.
Working hard is great. But working smart is just...smarter!
I am a quick study, and will always go for the jugular of more advanced work. I've been fortunate to live, work, study, and play across 8 incredible cities spanning 3 continents. I operated in military installations, (village) classrooms, black boxes, and credit card company boardrooms.
This diverse set of experiences taught me a couple of things:
1. Being different always makes a difference
2. Humility is the driver of personal and professional growth
3. Adaptation and conceiving solutions > whining about your circumstances
4. I love working in compact teams that "Move Fast and Break Things"
5. Don't believe your own bullshit
I live on stage, swim with sharks, and am willing to take big gambles!
I look up to Marvel heroes, especially the affable swashbuckler, Nightcrawler! For me, they represent the ideals of honor, integrity, and acceptance.
I enjoy watersports, and mahjong. I seek out a challenge by bringing myself to learn a new language every year - to comical results.
My hidden talent is entertaining crowds. I've put on shows for thousands of people in packed stadiums, theaters, and cafes. I hope to make Kim Jong-un laugh one day.
To play is to be on a high-speed non-stop learning journey. The most important hack here? Always have fun learning.
Like a Hero.
"ALL RIGHT, BOYS.
NOW COMES THE FUN PART."
- KURT WAGNER
"THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID"
Thank You for the Shout Outs!
CEO, Caprica International
Singapore/Las Vegas, NV
"From my observation, working with Jeremy over several years, he has
an inherent leadership talent and the ability to motivate and develop those around him through a team oriented approach. I believe that Jeremy has the potential to be a highly successful member of the new millennial generation of leaders. He is very adaptive with technology, has the ability to rapidly absorb information, is very effective in organizing teams for impact, creating strong customer relationships and can analyze challenges and evolve solutions from a multi-dimensional perspective."
Dr. Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Defence, Leader of the House
"A nation’s spirit and our fortitude is shaped by crises. As Jeremy Chua, the 25-year-old who started SG Haze Rescue wrote... “It has been an incredibly inspiring week for me, working with a community of Singaporeans and PRs overseas and at home to make our country a bigger, bolder and better one. I am humbled by the volunteers and donors, who have contributed time, effort, money, and whatever they could – they embody the new Singapore Story… In a crisis, there is no public/private divide – we are an entire community, together in this.”
MPs rightly ask: can Singapore withstand the next national threat, the next big one, one even a more severe? I believe so but only if we maintain the trust and care for one another. Trust and care between leaders and the people and for each other. Our collective response during this haze, where Singaporeans came together, trusted and cared for each other, adds to my confidence."
Thank You for the Opportunity
to share a part of my work with the community
October Interview at 883 JiaFM
- With Eva Zhang, 883 SAFRA Radio, 8 October 2015
Primetime News: Talking Point
- Panelist on Talking Point, MediaCorp Channel 5, 25 June 2013
Accompanying Article: "Not Your Typical Misfit"
- Today Online, 8 August 2013
- Emily Liu, Today Print Edition, 9 August 2013
"Being Different Makes a Difference"
- Robin Chan, The Straits Times, 10 August 2013
"Home study pays off for self-described maverick"
- Ho Ai Li, The Straits Times, April 2007