September 2012 Impact Chat








Welcome in the Fall with a new Impact Chat!  Join us Thursday, Sept 6, 2012 for “Training for Success”, an examination of adult-vocational training programs and its effectiveness in mission realization.  Join three diverse social entrepreneurs creating impact as they discuss what this growing sector will look like and the implications of being a social enterprise in an competitive adult-education market.

This Impact Chat will have an esteemed panel of practitioners at different stages in their organization maturity:  aidha Executive Director, Veronica Gamez,  Bagosphere CEO Zhihan Lee, and Dignity Kitchen Executive Director Koh Seng Choon.   Join us for an honest discussion about the different structures, strategies and stories these SEs continue to experience as they find a perfect equation for impact and sustainable business.


Chat Details:

Date:  Thursday, Sept 6, 2012

Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm

Location:  The HUB, 113 Somerset Street, Level 1  

RSVP:  Register at the form below.  First come, first serve basis. 

          Details:  This is a free event.  Drinks and food can be purchased at The HUB. 


Any questions about this chat?  Feel free to email Lina Tang at   Otherwise, register for the event below and see you there!

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Veronica Gamaz, Executive Director, aidha: 

A native of Mexico, Veronica is dedicated to promoting women’s economic empowerment through education. She left the corporate world in 2008 to become aidha’s executive director. Previously, she worked with Credit Suisse (CS) and The Boston Consulting Group in Singapore, London & Mexico. She earned her BA with Honours (Finance) from Cass Business School and her MBA at the University of Chicago.


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Koh Seng Choon, Executive Director, Dignity Kitchen

Mr. Koh Seng Choon is Executive Director of Dignity Kitchen, a training school in Singapore dedicated to training the disabled and the disadvantaged to be food stall operators or hawkers.

Mr. Koh was appointed as Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Singapore in 2005, responsible for restructuring of the food and beverage industry in Singapore and assisting with setting up a Chinese culinary training school.

Prior to this work, he was an ISO 9000 assessor in the UK before returning to Singapore as a senior manager with the then Coopers & Lybrand International.

Mr. Koh graduated with a dual honors degree in Engineering and Business Administration with first class honors from Sheffield University. He also holds an MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK.

In his free time, he lectures on the subject of entrepreneurship to MBA students at S P Jain Centre of Management and also assist ex inmates of Selarang Drug Rehabilitation Centre and the pre release prisoners Changi Prison Housing Unit A5 and B4 to realize their entrepreneurial ambition. Mr. Koh is the author of three books, one of which was on a best seller in Delhi, India.

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Zhihan Lee, CEO, Bagosphere

An engineer by training, Zhihan’s interest in the social sector led him to lead community service projects to rural Laos and Thailand. After spending a year in a medical devices company in Sweden, he ventured into rural India to work with a social enterprise involved in rural IT outsourcing. He started BagoSphere shortly after. He is also the Singapore Co-Ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of young leaders. He graduated from the Engineering Science Program, National University of Singapore.


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