Jonathan Chang

Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. He educates and nurtures change-leaders across the region on social impact projects and pioneered SMU’s accreditation as Asia’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus. 

As a global public speaker, Jonathan has given lectures and talks to thousands of people. His TEDx talk at Harvard about the importance of a mission-driven life was featured on Voice of America. Prior to his career in academia, Jonathan founded and co-founded four tech startups across sectors in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. He continues to advise, mentor, and invest in social ventures. 

Jonathan is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received Stanford’s Miller Social Change Leadership Award, Harvard Law School’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative Fellowship, and Columbia’s The Earth Institute Fellowship. He received the prestigious EFMD Case Writing Award for his research on a Balinese social enterprise. Currently, Jonathan serves as an elected member of HKS Alumni Board of Directors and as Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Ambassador to Singapore.

Jonathan is a passionate mountaineer, having trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp (5350m), and has climbed four peaks – Kilimanjaro (5895m), Kala Patthar (5644.5m), Nagarjuna (5100m), and Kinabalu (4095m).

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