• Our Team

    We believe in the power of gumption with growth and abundant mindset - Our team consists of individuals from different nationalities and professional backgrounds in education, social entrepreneurship, business, technology and wellness who are seeking to shape the future of learning. We also have a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers who bring their expertise and energy to advocate for life-long learning and inclusive society.

    Pham Hai Yen

    Cofounder &

    Program Director

    Haiyen has been a passionate educator, a secondary school teacher and an officer at Ministry of Education in the past 10 years. She was the Head Of Department of Craft & Technology and led curriculum and pedagogy design, Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition before joining School of Gumption. Background in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with awarded ASEAN university scholarship, Haiyen's expertise and interests are among neuroscience of learning, Intrinsic motivation that drives human behaviour, multiple intelligences and how to unleash human potential and the role of emotion in human behaviour.

    Liu Yan

    Cofounder &

    Chief Impact Officer

    Liu Yan is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has been advocating the new way of working and learning since 2004. She established China’s first coworking center Xindanwei listed by Fastcompany as “The World’s Top 10 most innovative company in China”. She is part of the founding team of Xinchejian, the pioneer of Asia’s maker movement. Liu Yan is also the cofounder and chief curator of China Australian Millennium Project (C.A.M.P), a unique 100-day incubator program designed to train, mentor and empower emerging young Australian and Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Steven Lau

    Business Development Director

    Steven has been with the financial services industry since 1986, in both agency sales and management roles. He started with agency leadership training with Prudential in the corporate capacity from 2009. In 2014, Steven was appointed Head of Academy of Competence and Education (ACE) in Prudential, responsible for agency training and competence standards. In 2017, he moved on to agency development work for the top producers in Prudential. Steven was seconded to the School of Gumption under the Career Switch Programme initiative by Prudential. His passion for the development and well-being of the youths in Singapore is evidenced by his decision to join the School of Gumption under this initiative. Steven’s vast experience in sales, training and leadership management help us to sharpen our focus on the youth programme and support the engagement of all stakeholders.

    Jack Sim

    Cofounder/Board Member

    Jack Sim is a Distinguished Fellow at the GFCC and founder of the World Toilet Organization. He broke the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight in 2001, and has since mobilised a global movement involving governments, policy makers, United Nations agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the global sanitation crisis. Jack also founded Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub, a business-centric organisation using hybrid cross-sector collaborations to alleviate poverty sustainably through creating efficient BOP marketplace for the 4 billion poor.

    Roberto Fabbri

    Board Member/Advisor

    Having lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years, Roberto Fabbri has come to know and understand the Asian psyche. Roberto’s work has taken him around the world running various engineering and management projects.

    He has worked for and collaborated with different government bodies on numerous enterprises.

    Roberto has been conferred the title of Knight of the Republic of Italy twice. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI) in 2009 he was awarded the Order of the Star of Italy (OSSI).

    Donald Hansen


    Don is a retired IBM executive with over 30 years of global experience leading complex teams and acting as a change agent for multinational corporations. He has received many awards and accolades for ground breaking first-of-a-kind projects throughout his career; including the internet’s first secure electronic transaction (SET) implementation is Asia and, more recently, the first award of IBM Watson AI for banking.

    Since retiring Don has focused his attention on independent consulting projects, advising startups and angle investing.

    Nguyen Than Thuy Linh

    Associate in Vietnam

    Pursuing the major of Social Entrepreneurship in Thamasat University, Linh hopes to contribute her energy to building a sustainable educational ecosystem. Linh was one of 3 Vietnamese students to be granted Scholarship of Development Studies from Oslo Metropolitan University and Kulturstudier (Norway) in 2018. The journey that she engaged in then, Young Sustainable Impact SEA Innovation Program 2019, has strongly deepened her awareness and understanding of entrepreneurship and a passion to help youths unleash their potentials.

    Charleston Nyam

    Community Outreach Advocate

    Charleston is an alumni of the Young South East Asian Leaders' Initiative. He has represented Singapore in the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 and the Protecting the Mekong Delta Environment Conference. He has also been specially handpicked by NTUitive to be part of the Overseas Entrepreneurship Program in China. As a Psychology student with a minor in Economics, Charleston hopes to fuse these school of thoughts to alleviate and resolve social issues through entrepreneurship.

    Nguyen Ngoc Khanh Nhu

    Associate in Vietnam

    Nhu graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh city. After that, she have worked in Teach for Vietnam as a Leadership Development Fellowship, She had worked for AIESEC for 5 years, and was National Head of Social Projects of AIESEC in Vietnam, therefore, she has various experience in education and social entrepreneur and obtain strong insights of youth development in Vietnam and in global network. During working with School of Gumption, she nurtures the ambition of transforming education into firm and secure foundation for youth to achieve their desired future.

  • Our Partners

    It is our deep privilege to have an opportunity to work with visionary, inspiring and future-oriented key partners to co-create systemic change in the future of learning.

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