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Bernise Ang

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Bernise Ang is an influential businesswoman from Singapore who is well-respected for her stance on empowering today’s youth to be the change they want to see. She is the co-founder of Syinc, a non-profit organization that aims to cultivate a better world by working together with like-minded young people to find creative solutions for social causes. Together with Shaun T. Koh, Ang established Syinc in 2008. Since the company’s inception, they have won numerous awards, including the Youth Action Net Award from the International Youth Foundation.

Ang received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New South Wales in Australia, a period of her life which would prove to be extremely influential. While in school in Sydney, Ang got involved with student activism and was inspired to do something to make a change in the world and encourage others to do the same. Upon returning to Singapore, she began meeting with other young entrepreneurs and soon thereafter established Syinc.

In 2011, Ang was awarded the Singapore Woman Award because of the work she has done to help young people find an outlet for creating meaningful social change. She is a TEDx speaker, has been featured in Financial Times for her work, and has been a speaker and/or guest lecturer at Harvard Kennedy Business Schools, Columbia School of International & Public Affairs, Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy, South by SouthWest (SXSW), and the United Nations Development Program, to name a few. She also serves as a consultant for a range of sectors, including airline, sanitation, consumer electronics, youth, higher education, environment, and talent development.

Companies and Investments

Syinc (Co-Founder and Executive Director), Zeroth Labs (Co-Founder and Executive Director), The Straits Trading Company Ltd (Assistant Vice President), International Youth Foundation (Board Member)

Lessons Learned

I believe that young people can do extraordinary things in the world if they are given the chance to do so.

Through my company, I strive to empower young people to become the change they want to see.

Even though I have a background in psychology I have worked hard to educate myself and make important connections between different worlds, including technology, business, design, society, sustainability, and the human condition.

Adopting a lateral way of thinking is necessary in order to truly make changes in ways that are relevant, adaptive, and real.

Seeing how inspired, passionate, and dedicated other young men and women can be is what drove me to found my company, Syinc.

Young people are crucial to society as a whole because they provide an important link within the community, are relevant to grassroots movements, are increasingly tech-savvy, and possess enormous potential to shape how society will look in the future.

Inspiring Quotes

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels, The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do

Steve Jobs

Many times, failure and changing the world means not fulfilling certain responsibilities, like providing for your family and achieving economic goals. How do you rationalize this as part of your life journey?

Shaun T. Koh

Bernise Ang 's Quotes

It sounds really boring, but I believe that knowledge is power, and you can only be powerful if you understand the context in which you are operating

Bernise Ang

We need to have a certain program that can widen the worldview of the youth and allow them to see things from a different angle, so that they can tackle a problem with fresh eyes and truly add new value

Bernise Ang

Young people bring with them a fresh perspective, a desire to be heard, and a sense of possibility. Also, their sheer energy and enthusiasm is an under-utilized, low-cost resource for positive social impact

Bernise Ang

Syinc is filling a niche as a catalyst for change through young people, who are smart and leverage business thinking with Web 2.0 technology (such as social networking) for social change

Bernise Ang

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