Ashley is a seventeen-year-old student of SJI. An enthusiast of politics, humanities, drama and philosophy, Ashley engages in numerous scholastic activities such as academic political seminars, as well as directing and producing (or acting in) plays of advocacy, spreading awareness on societal issues such as anorexia or domestic abuse. She attributes her personality to a eureka moment she gained at 14, which brought to light a life lesson that she carries on as her motto for life.
Dr. Joachim Loo
Associate Professor of Engineering
Dr. Joachim Loo is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Students) in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), while holding a joint appointment in the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) – in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research interests lies in controlled-release, biodegradable delivery systems, including functional nanomaterials, for agricultural, biomedical, environmental, energy, food, pharmaceutical and wastewater applications, with partnerships with overseas universities (i.e. Harvard University, Imperial College London, etc.), local hospitals and multinational companies. He has published 185 research papers, three book chapters and has filed fifteen patents to his name.
Joseph C. Pereira
Music Journalist and Musician
Joseph Pereira's involvement in music spans 20 years from 1972 till 1992, when he performed in bands first as a vocalist, then as a bass player and finally as a vocalist-cum-keyboard player. He has written extensively on music for music publications. He has also written 3 books on Singapore’s music scene His first book, Legends of the Golden Venus, was published in 1999. It was written in a Q&A style and covered 10 personalities and bands whose music ranged across pop, rock, jazz rock, blues and reggae. His second book, Apache over Singapore, was published in 2011 and his third book, Beyond The Tea Dance, was published in 2014.
Kamal has a passion for public speaking, having been a debater since he was 11. He has always dreamed of giving a TED talk and to use his personal experiences to talk about issues much larger than himself.
Regional Head of Chubb Life
Michael Ho is the country president for Chubb Life in Hong Kong. Responsible for heading Chubb Life’s operations in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s top financial centres, he leads the company as it provides a broad range of life insurance and wealth management solutions for customers at various life stages. He has more than 16 years of life insurance industry experience and has a track record in leading winning teams and delivering outstanding results.
Rachel is a news producer by trade and an LGBTQ+ advocate by choice. She recently graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a degree in Sociology, where she learned to examine the intersections of class, race, gender and sexuality. Rachel has been the director of research and advocacy for Inter-University LGBT Network, an umbrella organisation connecting LGBTQ+ support groups across Singapore’s universities. Her latest project is “Trans* in College”, Singapore’s first dedicated resource for transgender students in university, which will launch on 21 July at Pink Dot.
As one of the few stand-up comedians in Singapore, Sharul has had a stand-up comedy career spanning over 7 years. Most notably, she was a part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a feature on Kings and Queen of Comedy Asia 2017, a part of the Singapore Writers Festival’s first stand-up comedy show, and a stand-up act on Comedy Central’s ‘Stand up, Asia! 1 and 2’. Her one-hour show Sharul Weds Sharulwas a part of Singapore’s Indian cultural festival Kalaa Utsavam, which was held at the Esplanade Recital Studio in 2017. She also performed her one-hour stand-up special last year, Pottymouth by Sharul Channa and she continues the brand in 2018, with Sharul Channa is a Pottymouth.