• Techno Optimist

    JIAKAI JEREMY CHUA

  • CURRENT PROJECTS

    "When I want to read a novel, I write one."

    - Benjamin Disraeli

    SENCITY

    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.

     

    TechSociety (Asia)

    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. 

     

     

     

     

  • EDUCATION

    “Curiosity is the engine of achievement.”

    - Ken Robinson

    Johns Hopkins University,

    Carey Business School

    2016-2018, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Global M.B.A

     

    Dean's Scholar & ROMBA Fellow

    Yale University,

    School Of Management

    June 2014, New Haven, CT, USA

    Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program

     

     

     

    • Highly-selective & intensive summer business program for young global leaders 
    • Winning team of Audubon Case Competition

    Vanderbilt University,

    College of Arts & Science

    2009-2013, Nashville, TN, USA

    B.A. in Global Business Strategy, Communication Studies, and English & History

     

     

     

    • Graduated Cum Laude, with Dean's List Honors
    • Highest Honors for History Thesis, The Heavens Were Not Free: A Comparative History of Aviation Deregulation in the US, EU, & ASEAN
    • Honors for English Thesis, Meaning/Imagination: On T.S. Eliot & The Unchallenged Image
    • Henry L. Swint Award for Top History Research Paper (2011)
    • Thomas Weser Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community as an International Student (2011)
    • Not bad for a high school dropout
  • 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

  • PREVIOUS LIVES

    "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

    MasterCard Worldwide

    Prepaid (Global) Group: Emerging Payments

    Purchase, NY

     

     

     

    Intern Analyst

    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.

    Grey Group/G2

    Accounts/Creative Division

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

     

     

     

    Intern

    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

    SG, Singapore

     

     

     

    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.

  • SG Haze Rescue

     

     

     

    SG, Singapore

    Founder, CEO

    Vanderbilt in Sri Lanka Project

     

     

     

    Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Educator

    YOLA Leadership Camp

     

     

     

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Camp Facilitator

    inwardBound

     

     

     

    SG, Singapore

    Public Speaking/Drama Educator

    NDP 2008

     

     

     

    SG, Singapore

    Scriptwriter/Emcee (Media Events)

  • PERSONAL BIO

    Work

    Hard

     

    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

     

     

     

     

    Play

    Harder

     

    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. 

    Travel

    Like a Hero.

  •  

    References

    "ALL RIGHT, BOYS.

    NOW COMES THE FUN PART."

    - KURT WAGNER

     

  • "THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID"

    Thank You for the Shout Outs!

    Paul Bradley

    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

    Singapore

     

     

     

    "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."

     

  • MEDIA

    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

    - Amelia Teng, The Straits Times, 21 June 2013

    Primetime News: Talking Point

    - Panelist on Talking Point, MediaCorp Channel 5, 25 June 2013

    - Jalelah Abu Baker, Poon Chian Hui and Chan Huan Jun, The Sunday Times, 9 July 2013

    - 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

     

     

     

     

    - Rachel Chan and Shaun Tan, my paper Print Edition, 5 May 2011

     

     

     

     

    "Home study pays off for self-described maverick"

    - Ho Ai Li, The Straits Times, April 2007

  • CONFERENCES &

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    I'm proud to be part of these awesome networks 

    St. Gallen Symposium

     

    Leader of Tomorrow

    2016

     

    St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Dragon 100

     

    Dragon

    2015

     

    Hong Kong, SAR

    Shenzhen/Guangzhou, China

    Education Without Borders

     

     Alumnus

     

     

     Guest Speaker 

    2012

     

    Dubai, UAE

    World Business Dialogue

     

    Alumnus Delegate

     

    2012, 2013

     

    Cologne, Germany

    Business Today International Conference

     

    Alumnus Delegate

     

    2011, 2012

     

    New York City, NY

    Business Today & Sequioa Capital Start-up Conference

     

    Alumnus Delegate

     

    2013

     

    Princeton, NJ

    O4U Technology Conference

     

    Alumnus 

     

    2013

     

    Campus Ambassador

    2012

     

    San Jose, CA

    O4U Business Conference

     

    Alumnus

     

    2011, 2013

     

    Campus Ambassasdor

    2012

     

    New York City, NY

    ivyQ

     

    Alumnus

     

    2012

     

    Providence, RI

    SJIOBA

     

    Ora et Labora!

     

     

    SG, Singapore

  • GET IN TOUCH

    Let's use our superpowers for Good!

    LinkedIn

     

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    Phone

     

    +65 8498 3598 (SG)

     

    +1 615 275 8530 (USA)

    Email

    Email

     

    jeremy@techsocietygroup.com

     

    Twitter

     

    @currentjer

     

  • Powerful Truths

    (Mostly Borrowed)

    POWERFUL LIFE