Edwin Ng, Ph.D.

consultant | educator | trainer | facilitator

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About

I was born and raised in Singapore but lived in Australia from 2002 - 2017, where I spent 10 years researching and teaching at a university in Melbourne.

I have a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and I have authored a book, scholarly articles, and media commentaries on ethics and cross-cultural understanding, as well as the social and pedagogical impacts of mindfulness practice.

I am an ACTA-certified (Singapore) trainer and the founder of SKFL: Skillful Means, a consultancy for life learning within and beyond the classroom. I guide teenagers and adults in mindfulness, communication skills, and self-care to help them cultivate personal development, social responsibility, and cultural intelligence.

I am also an activist for the welfare of community cats in Singapore. You can follow my catspotting adventures as Dr Meowfulness on Instagram and Facebook.

Portfolio

Making Refuge retreat-workshop for Mind & Life Institute, Berkeley, California

Making Refuge retreat-workshop for Mind & Life Institute, Berkeley, California

The Promise of Deep Diversity, workshop at Yale-NUS, Singapore

The Promise of Deep Diversity, workshop at Yale-NUS, Singapore

Contemplative Commons symposium, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Postdam, Germany

Contemplative Commons symposium, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Postdam, Germany

Perspectives on Corporate Mindfulness and Workplace Spirituality session, EGOS conference, Naples, Italy

Perspectives on Corporate Mindfulness and Workplace Spirituality session, EGOS conference, Naples, Italy

My training and facilitating skills are honed through international engagements and cross-cultural exchanges. Some of the projects I have done are:

  • A three day retreat-workshop for the Mind & Life Institute on mindfulness and social and ecological justice. The workshop explored ways in which mindfulness meditation can be used in education and social movements. I facilitated sessions with world renowned mindfulness teachers and researchers, community educators and activists.

  • A two day symposium for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam, Germany) on systemic transformation for sustainability. The symposium explored the links between “inner” and “outer” transformations for impactful responses to ecological challenges at local and global levels. I facilitated sessions with scholars, scientists, and graduate students working on sustainability policy, advocacy, and research.

  • A seminar on diversity and social justice for Yale-NUS’s Diversity Week (2018). The seminar explored deep listening and the sharing of vulnerability to help participants cultivate the soft skills and sensitivities for fostering a welcoming environment for diversity and inclusion. I facilitated the session with staff, students, and faculty.

  • A daylong seminar for students in the Master of Community Leadership and Social Development at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). The seminar explored best practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. I facilitated class activities with mature aged students from civil service and the private sector.

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD.), Cultural Studies
Deakin University, Australia


Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)
University of Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor of Arts
University of Queensland, Australia

Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment (ACTA)
Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore

Diploma in Mass Communication
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

 

Expertise & Services

Mindful learning

Cultural intelligence

Ethical literacy

Media literacy

Community building

Diversity and inclusion

Social responsibility

Communication skills

Critical thinking

Self-care

I am available for consultation to tailor these skillsets and learnings to your purpose. If your school or organisation or business wishes to incorporate these into enrichment programs, team building workshops, or employee training, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Testimonials

Having met and worked with Ed Ng through the Making Refuge retreat-workshop for Mind and Life Institute in Berkeley, California, I was pleased to later co-facilitate the Promise of Deep Diversity workshop at Yale-NUS, Singapore with Ed. Ed’s professional style as a facilitator, diversity, equity and inclusion trainer, and mindful thought leader is clear, warm, and always directed to helping workshop or class participants engage with the content in ways that are both safe and boldly compassionate.
— Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher, author, and community activist (Oakland, California USA)
Edwin spearheaded a seminar focusing on the intersection of radical self-care and social justice for our Diversity Week Programme at Yale-NUS College. He was an intentional and knowledgeable facilitator, bringing in a different and important lens with regard to the conversation on diversity and inclusion in relation to wellness and well-being. Edwin was great at role modelling inclusive practices in establishing the space, and was able to engage our students in a range of activities and modes of sharing. Edwin is a thoughtful, organized and connected facilitator, it was a great experience collaborating with him.
— Sahar Kazemini, Programme Manager, Dean of Students Office, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
I have particularly appreciated his persistent aspiration to practice and radiate the ethical orientation and mindset of commoning in his personal and professional practice. His authenticity, sensitivity and enthusiasm have deeply shaped all of his work and had a precious lasting impact on the AMA project of the IASS and all of its members.
— Dr Thomas Bruhn, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Postdam, Germany)

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