Mentorship, impact investing, startups and innovation
Co-Founder / Vice President (ASEAN)
Lujie is the author of 'Seek to Keep: How to Find the Best Mentors and Keep Them' (www.seektokeep.com) and the co-founder of the Kairos Society ASEAN, an organization which connects innovators in South East Asia with mentors, domain experts and successful entrepreneurs around the world to help them tackle some of the world's ...
Co-Founder / Vice President (ASEAN)
September 2013 — Present
Founded in 2008, the Kairos Society (www.kairossociety.org) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in the United States. We work to find and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation with the support of the top universities, mentors, and corporations across the globe. At the Kairos Society, we view today’s global problems as opportunities for entrepreneurs to focus on the meaningful businesses and innovations that will radically change the world for the better. Not only for our generation, but for the generations to come.
Currently expanding Kairos Society into South-East Asia to support innovators/entrepreneurs in the region and connecting them with other entrepreneurs, industry experts and mentors both regionally and globally.
Seek to Keep: How to Find the Best Teachers (Mentors) in Life and Keep Them
June 2012 — Present
Lujie, and his co-author, Noam, have tapped on their interviews with over 20 accomplished and successful people in various fields (ranging from CEOs to business leader coaches), as well as their experience coaching and training 20 000 people in 15 countries to simulate a series of mentoring sessions through questions, stories and exercises to help readers reflect, discover and execute strategies to find the right mentors and keep them.
If interested, please get in touch and check out our website at www.seektokeep.com
October 2013 — December 2013
Advised SunnyKarma to redesign their business model and develop strategies to raise capital from VCs and angel investors.
SunnyKarma is a social fundraising platform for individuals and companies to raise money for good causes while allowing individuals to build their philanthropic profiles on the internet and connect with others based on the causes they support. (www.sunnykarma.com)
Impact Investment Exchange (Asia)
June 2013 — September 2013
• Developed proposals and pitches to Asian Development Bank and Cartier to establish strategic partnerships worth close to $200,000 and $55,000 respectively.
• Evaluated business plans and financial models of social enterprises to determine eligibility for listing on IIX’s private placement platform.
• Conducted investor outreach to High Net Worth Individuals and foundations in the Philippines.
• Strengthened product offering and marketing strategies for Impact Academy and Impact Advisory.
Asia Social Ventures
July 2012 — September 2012
• Asia Social Ventures is a Singapore-based social venture fund that originates, funds and develops rural enterprises in underdeveloped communities in ASEAN.
• Trained the staff and management of an enterprise funded by ASV in the Philippines, covering Economics 101, Basics of Trading, Risk Management and Accounting, contributing to the business achieving ₱1m (~US$25,000) net profit in Q3 2012.
• Explored raising capital through institutional investors and crowdfunding platforms.
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Intern (Research and Enterprise Division)
July 2012 — September 2012
• Analyzed the state of Intellectual Property commercialisation and the early-stage venture capital scene in Singapore, identifying existing gaps and proposing possible policy interventions.
• Studied the feasibility and operational aspects of establishing a national credit bureau in Singapore.
Vice President Outgoing Exchange
July 2011 — July 2012
AIESEC is a global youth-led social enterprise which provides an international platform for young people to develop their leadership potential.
With a global network of 110 countries and over 60 years of experience, AIESEC facilitates global exchange by providing work/volunteer abroad opportunities for local students and offering local businesses an access to international talents.
• Led a cross-cultural team of 24 committee members in strategizing, marketing and providing global internship opportunities in over 110 countries for UK students.
• Improved outgoing exchange results by 50%, ranking 1st amongst 20 AIESEC teams in the United Kingdom.
• Initiated and established Global Exchange Partnerships with India, China, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Colombia and Brazil.
• Organized a UK regional Marketing Strategy Conference in collaboration with Accenture UK and Instituto de Empresa Business School (Madrid), attracting over 100 participants from LSE, Imperial, UCL, City, Warwick and Nottingham.
Young Leaders Circle
December 2010 — September 2011
• Developed and initiated the Young Leaders Circle, a structured leadership development programme, which aims to develop a network of young leaders through community involvement by emphasizing mentorship and guidance in youth-initiated community projects.
• Assembled a team of 8 amongst like-minded peers; led this team in designing the YLC programme framework and in pitching to local high schools formally to engage their students.
Cultural Envoy for Exchange Development in AIESEC Peru
June 2011 — August 2011
• Represented AIESEC UK as Cultural Envoy for Exchange Development to Peru, in a programme that aims to help younger AIESEC chapters learn from best practices of more established AIESEC chapters.
• Consulted for AIESEC Arequipa and AIESEC Piura, assisting these chapters in developing organisation and marketing strategies for outgoing exchange placements. AIESEC Arequipa registered a 150% improvement in placement results.
• Developed leadership and marketing training programmes and workshops for both Peruvian chapters.
Gift of Reading
January 2004 — September 2010
• Pioneered Gift of Reading, a fully student-led organization which aims to inculcate a love of learning amongst pre-school children from disadvantaged families.
• Gift of Reading has sustained itself through 8 leadership transitions, and has impacted the lives of more than 150 volunteers and 500 young beneficiaries.
Ministry of Community Youth and Sports
Intern (ComCare and Social Support Division)
May 2010 — July 2010
• Reviewed current policies on childcare and kindergarten subsidies to ensure that the subsidy quantum is in line with inflation, increasing childcare costs and rising median household incomes.
• Submitted a paper with recommendations to increase subsidies and adopt a hybrid per-capita subsidies framework.
Public Service Division
Intern (Transformation Office)
January 2010 — April 2010
• Developed a Change Management Framework for the adoption of new Human Resource (HR) strategies for Singapore’s 120,000-strong public service, to better align HR functions and promote greater strategic role for HR across ministries.
• Conceptualized the Capability Development Framework and Competency Model for PSD, used to guide the training and development of all public officers to equip them with necessary competencies to perform their role well.
HQ Basic Military Training Centre
Public Relations/ Liaison Officer (Lieutenant)
December 2008 — October 2009
- Organised nation-wide Direct Enlistments and Graduation Parades for all recruits
(~20 000) enlisting to the Singapore Armed Forces (Basic Military Training).
- Built partnerships with external organisations to organise 16 visits for up to 6400 students to raise awareness of basic military training in Singapore.
Master of Science (MS), Management Science and Engineering
University College London, U. of London
BSc Economics, Economics
A Levels, Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology