About us

WHAT WE DO 

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation (LCSI), a partnership between the Lien Foundation and Singapore Management University (SMU), was established in 2006 to advance the thinking and capability of the social sector.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore and beyond. Our mission is to catalyse innovative responses to social needs through applied research and capacity building in collaboration with the public, private and social sectors.

Scope

The Lien Centre contributes to a more equitable, inclusive and vibrant society by addressing social needs through innovative approaches. We drive socially innovative solutions by strengthening social sector organisations so that they become influential and effective partners with business and government.  We also work at the intersection of the public, private and social sectors to catalyse social innovation.

Our People

The Lien Centre’s 9 board members comprise a cross-section of thought leadership in Singapore, with 4 board members from Singapore Management University, 1 from the Lien Foundation, and 4 independent board members.

Member (SMU)

Professor Ong Siow Heng is Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Corporate Communication (Education) at Singapore Management University,...

Board Member (SMU)

Professor De Meyer is President of Singapore Management University. Prior to his appointment at SMU, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University...

Board Member (Independent)

Tan Bien Kiat is the founder of Titan Capital, a private equity investment firm.  Mr. Tan was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Pacific Internet, a...

Chairman

Dr. Tan Chi Chiu is a gastroenterologist and Managing Director of Gastroenterology & Medicine International in Singapore. He has been deeply involved in...

Member (Lien Foundation)

Laurence Lien is the Chairman of the Lien Foundation, Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore, and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle. He is also...

Member (Independent)

Watanan Petersik has been in the finance industry for over 26 years. She started out in commercial banking with Bankers Trust in New York before moving back to...

Member (SMU)

Professor Gerard George is Dean and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. He is also the Editor of the Academy...

Member (SMU)

Professor James T.H. Tang is Dean and Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is a specialist in...

Member (Independent)

Mr Tim Oei is the Chief Executive Officer of The National Kidney Foundation. Tim was the CEO of AWWA until August 2017. He saw the growth of AWWA after...

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Assistant Manager (Media & Tech)

Mike is an Assistant Manager (Media & Tech) at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Contributing Editor of Social Space magazine. He was...

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Senior Research Fellow

Don Ferrin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. His research focuses entirely on...

Senior Research Fellow

John is an Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, at Singapore Management University. He is the author of Small Works:...

Executive Director

Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. He pioneered Ashoka Changemaker Campus...

Manager

Shirley is a professional secretary and office administrator with many years of work experience in multinational corporations and non-profit organisations. She...

Programme Manager

Han is interested in a spectrum of sociocultural issues in contemporary and historical societies, particularly in relation to social organisation and change,...

Editorial Consultant

Eunice Rachel Low is Editorial Consultant for the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Deputy Editor of its flagship publication, Social Space. She is also...

PG

Programme Manager

Priscilla oversees education programmes and student engagement at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. She is a member of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus...

TN

Programme Manager

Tania oversees research at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. She has rich experience in qualitative and quantitative research through projects spanning...

DS

Programme Manager

Having come from a research background, Dalvin’s interest lies in exploring social needs in the community.  Before joining LCSI at SMU, she was completing...

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Assistant Manager (Programmes & Research)

Jinwen is an Assistant Manager of Programmes and Research at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. Trained in human geography and qualitative research, Jinwen...

Affiliated Scholar

Nicholas Harrigan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the SMU School of Social Sciences. His research interests include Social Workers, Migrant...

Affiliated Scholar

Bussarawan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University's School of Social Sciences. Her research has examined a range of social...

Sriven Naidu - LCSI Affiliated Scholar

Affiliated Scholar

Sriven Naidu is Director of Programme Development & Partnerships and Co-Director of the path-breaking Master of Tri-Sector Collabroation at...

Affiliated Scholar

Thomas Menkhoff is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Development (Education) at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore...

Nafis Hanif

Affiliated Scholar

Nafis Hanif is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the SMU School of Social Sciences.  Her research interests are Political Science, Sociology and...

Ann Florini

Affiliated Scholar

Ann is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, where she is Academic Director of the...

CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS
 

Want to join a fun, mission-driven team from all over the world? We're always looking for talent. Send your resume to liencentre@smu.edu.sg and say hi!

Our internship programme, called the Summer Associates Programme, invites motivated young people from all over the world to work with us on impactful projects. Our associates are mentored by expert researchers and centre staff, provide editorial support for our magazine (Social Space), our programmes, and enjoy Singapore’s unique cultural landscape and food.

If you are a go-getter who can spearhead your own projects and assist our experts in research, get in touch with us at liencentre@smu.edu.sg with your ideas and proposals. 

Click here to see some of our former associates talk about their LCSI experience!

CONTACT US 

To receive news about our research projects, or for more information about the centre, please contact us at liencentre@smu.edu.sg or +65 68280821