A civic entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience working with educational and community development initiatives, Melissa’s passion is to serve marginalised members of society and create win-win opportunities to empower them as valued and contributing members of our community.
Her calling to service started as a social entrepreneur fresh from a fellowship in the Himalayas. After she returned to Singapore, she started Project Access; an initiative to inspire and equip young women to be catalysts for positive change. Melissa pioneered service learning programmes in schools; spearheaded anti-trafficking campaigns as President of UN Women Singapore and founded Beautiful People, a mentoring programme that helps teenaged girls reintegrate into society.
Melissa serves on the boards of the Institute of Technical Education, Crest: a Specialised School for Technical Education, and Prison Fellowship Singapore and Prison Fellowship International. She is Director of Pontiac Land and covers the Human Capital and Capella Singapore portfolios.
Melissa was recognised with the Singapore Youth Award 2007, ASEAN Youth Award 2008, amongst others, for her leadership and service. She holds a degree in anthropology from Harvard College and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal.