Christy Davis is Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University, and Editor in Chief of its flagship publication, Social Space. She brings more than 25 years of experience across the private, public and social sectors. Prior to joining the Centre, Christy founded Asia P3 Hub, a multi-sector partnership hub hosted by World Vision International, whose aim is to tackle effects of poverty and collectively create solutions to benefit families and communities.
Immediately following the 2004 Asian tsunami, Christy made the jump from the corporate to humanitarian sector, working with UNDP as a private-sector partnership advisor. She has come to be an enthusiastic proponent of traditional and unconventional collaborations and “combinatorial innovation”, where each stakeholder brings to the table their unique assets. She believes that when combined in new ways, this co-creation approach can yield innovations to solve existing problems.
Christy was part of the first cohort to graduate from the Singapore Management University’s Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration in 2015, and also holds an Executive MBA from Sasin Graduate School of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Originally from the US, she has made her home across four countries in the Asia Pacific for 30 years. She can be reached at christydavis [at] smu.edu.sg
Alan is an American leadership development educator, researcher and consultant. As Programme Manager at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, he supports the team in the areas of programme development and delivery, workshop facilitation and research on social innovation. His areas of interest lie in rural and international development, leadership and creativity in social innovation, arts-based pedagogies in leadership education, and the use of developmental evaluation in change management.
Prior to joining the Centre, Alan co-founded Five Pillar Foundation (an Indonesian social service organisation) and Five Pillar International (a United States 501c3 public benefit corporation) with the aim of preparing youth and rural communities in Asia to protect and preserve their cultures and environments.
Alan has a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, where he conducted dissertation research on how Balinese leaders from various walks of life use their traditional values in their leadership practice. He also has BA and MA degrees in Asian Studies from the University of Iowa.
Dalvin comes from a research background, with particular focus on qualitative research methods. Her interest lies in exploring social needs in the community. Before joining LCSI, she was completing her doctorate, which focused on strengthening the family unit of adults with intellectual disabilities in Singapore, at Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU). She obtained her Masters in Social Sciences (Political Science) from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Possessing training in political science has advanced her analytical thinking skills, more specifically, the ability to understand components of complex problems and synthesise themes from these complex issues. These skills have been beneficial in her work as a researcher where she has been involved in analysing a diversity of data sets.
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.
Head of Content & Communications
Eunice Rachel Low is Head of Content & Communications for the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Deputy Editor of its flagship online platform, Social Space. She previously held the dual appointments of Editorial Consultant for the Lien Centre and Adjunct Editor at the Centre for Liveable Cities. Prior to that, Eunice worked at the National University of Singapore for seven years: as Editor at the Energy Studies Institute; and before that, as Editor and Head of the Journals Division at NUS Press. She has also worked at publishing firms, including John Wiley & Sons, where she was Team Leader (Journals Content Management); and at Marshall Cavendish, where she served as Assistant Senior Editor. Eunice obtained her B.A. (with merit) from NUS’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Sociology and European Studies (French).
Under the pen-name “Rachel Tey”, she is the author of the middle-grade action fantasy adventure books, Tea in Pajamas and Tea in Pajamas: Beyond Belzerac, published by Marshall Cavendish. She sometimes visits schools on book tours or to conduct creative writing workshops.
Connect with her at eunicelow [at] smu.edu.sg
Han is interested in a spectrum of sociocultural issues in contemporary and historical societies, particularly in relation to social organisation and change, empowerment, and identity formation. The research he has undertaken includes the relevance of museums in addressing community-interest issues; the transmission and transformation of meaning in historical objects through non-textual communication; and non-financial factors in the transfer of wealth through the construct of “ritual economy”. His experience in managing academic, commercial, and other projects has brought him to many locations, not least to windowless storage rooms and frigid libraries, the open fields of rural China, and other situations where the mundane, curious, and fascinating come together in unexpected ways.
Han read Sociology, History, and Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Nanyang Technological University prior to teaching for several years in Singapore and New York. He also holds advanced degrees in Asian Studies and Heritage Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Cambridge, and Columbia University.
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 holds a Master’s (Research) and Bachelor’s Degree in Geography at the National University of Singapore. She also has varied experiences in the social and non-profit sector. She has worked in a range of sectors from healthcare, international development and environment, and been involved in strategic management, communications, consulting and research. Her interests hence lie in harnessing research and education to address social and environmental issues.
Shirley is a professional office administrator with years of experience in multinational corporation, private and non-profit organisations. She comes with a rich background of providing management and administration support across various industries including financial, training, mortgage, research and higher education. Prior to joining Lien Centre, she supported programme and research development works at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), South East and East Asia Regional Office, Singapore.
Shirley has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Business from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She also holds a Private and Executive Secretarial Diploma, and a Diploma in Management Studies from SIM University. She is passionate about social issues and hopes to facilitate a positive social change in Singapore and Asia through effective and efficient administration.
Tania oversees research at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. She has rich experience in qualitative and quantitative research through projects spanning several socially relevant issues. These include recreational gambling perceptions of Singaporean youth, attitudes towards homosexuality in Singapore and penetration of materialistic values in Singapore. A psychologist by training, Tania believes strongly in applying psychological principles to understand social and community-level phenomena. She has published articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals and has received the best speaker award for her presentations on mindfulness, gratitude, and materialism consecutively for two years at the Humanities and Social Sciences colloquium held at NTU. Further, she has over 5 years’ experience in lecturing and tutoring at various universities in Singapore.
Tania is extremely passionate about conducting action research that has social impact. While pursuing her masters’ degree in applied psychology from the University of Delhi, India, Tania had a unique opportunity to work in a rural community awareness program aimed at sensitizing rural inhabitants to the special needs of individuals grappling with physical and mental disabilities.
Tania received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2017.
Assistant Manager (Admin and Finance)
Yvonne Ang has a Diploma in Hotel Management from The International Hotel & Tourism School Singapore (SHATEC). She has many years of working experience in providing management and administration support across various industries including international hotel, public transportation, tertiary and higher education. Prior to joining the Lien Centre, Yvonne supported needy students from low-income and unemployed families on Bursary, Financial Assistance Schemes and under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund via the School of the Arts (SOTA). Passionate about social issues, she pursues meaningful social innovation in Singapore, Asia and beyond through efficient administration.
She can be reached at yvonneang [at] smu.edu.sg