Desmond is an international development professional who worked at World Vision International and various nonprofits in the United States that spanned the sectors of humanitarian assistance, education, and refugee resettlement. Driven by a strong principle in understanding development realities and nuances, Desmond's work has brought him to numerous communities across Asia Pacific, Greece, and Sierra Leone. Back in Singapore, he has also worked with various social service organizations in the areas of organizational management and youth leadership. Prior to joining Lien Centre, Desmond worked at a youth vocational school in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Desmond holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University's School of International Service and a Masters of Arts in Education and Development from the University of East Anglia's School of International Development.