Doing Good... Better!

A 1-Night Only Open Mic about Tranforming Passion to Purpose


If you've ever wondered how to mesh your passion with purpose, questioned how to apply your specialised skills to a good cause, or how to integrate service into your career - this event is for you!

Come with your questions and stories as we collectively unravel the intricacies of skilled volunteerism and what it means to do good better, featuring stories and wise words from a diverse panel of speakers who have walked the talk and used their skills and knowledge to build a better world.

Meet & hear from a humanitarian engineer who co-founded Engineers Without Borders Asia; a medical specialist from the US dedicated to improving healthcare systems in developing communities; and a college student who started a non-profit organisation and a bakery while she was still under the age of 20. Speaker profiles are below.


Skillseed is organizing this event in celebration of Youth Month in Singapore. Youths aged 15 - 25 years old who are interested in medical, engineering or business careers and wish to know how to integrate social change into their future specializations, or be part of the activities organized by our speakers would find this event very useful!


If you have a story (whether negative or positive) from your own skilled volunteerism journey to share (within 5 mins please!), we'll be very happy to have you in the line up! Just contact us with an introduction, a transcript of what you wish to share and we'll get back to you with a confirmation. Due to time constraint we may limit the number of sharers.

Tickets are free, but space for this intimate session is highly limited (only 40 spaces for youths!) and registration is highly encouraged! Light snacks will be provided.

The Speakers

Dr Robert Malkin from Duke University, founder of Engineering World Health & Global Public Service Academies

Dr. Robert Malkin is the director of Engineering World Health and a Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Malkin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization’s Advisory Group on Healthcare Technology, Advisory Group on Innovative Technologies and serves on the World Health Organization’s subcommittee on medical equipment donations.

Dr. Malkin will be sharing more about how youths aged 16 and above who are interested in medical or biomedical careers can be part of medical service learning courses run by Duke and Harvard University’s faculty and pre-med students in impoverished countries during their school vacations this year.

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Hannah Leong, President of Engineers Without Borders Asia

Hannah Leong is a young humanitarian engineer who co-founded Engineers Without Borders Asia - a Singapore-based non-profit organisation to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities through sustainable engineering solutions - after years of experience working in the field of development in Asia. With a B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering and M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, she was stationed in Laos for 2 years where she worked for a social enterprise to distribute electricity to regions of the country that were off the grid.

Hannah is passionate about engaging more engineers in the humanitarian sector to channel their knowledge to positively impact the lives of the disadvantaged.

Sejal Vallabh, Founder of TennisSERVES, Student at Yale University

A Boston, USA native, Sejal Vallabh is the co-founder of a student-run bakery, a Global Model UN Ambassador, and a sophomore at Yale University, where she currently majors in Economics and Mathematics. While she was in high school, Sejal founded Tennis SERVES (TS) Inc., a non-profit that teaches tennis to the visually-impaired. She recruited, trained and coordinated high school students to teach the sport nationwide, and is currently working with the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design at Yale University to develop a new sound-adapted ball. TS now has four chapters in the U.S.

Sejal is currently working with Skillseed to design and plan our Microfinance experiential learning course in 2016 which will be open to students aged 16 and above who are interested to explore the humanitarian aspect of finance in their future careers.

The Organisers

Skillseed is the preferred transformational learning platform for schools and youths in Asia. We partner experts and community organisations worldwide to co-create socially impactful experiential learning courses in different fields, from film-making to environmental stewardship. In short, we offer Real World Courses that serve Real Causes.

Our mission is to unleash human potential through themed courses that simultaneously develop valuable skillsets for our participants and empower our community partners.

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Wed Jul 15, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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