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.
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.
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
Diversity and inclusion
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.