JUDGES

Anthea is a life coach and social entrepreneur. Formerly a Board Member of UNIFEM Singapore and currently elected President/Chair of Board of WINGS (Singapore’s only VWO singularly focused on empowering women to age with confidence, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged) and Founding Board Member of Daughters of Tomorrow

(a young charity focused on creating livelihoods for underprivileged women in Singapore and Asia).

 

She is also actively involved in various roles with Northlight School and Institute of Technical Education, Very Special Arts and aLife. Previously, she sat on the steering committee of Bankers with Vision, a volunteer-run outfit that brings together bankers in the region to contribute experience/ expertise to NGO-run microfinance institutions.

 

She is also a very small-time impact investor and an alumnus of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme under the US State Department on Social Changemakers & Entrepreneurship. Anthea finds wisdom through her incessant and intrepid travels which have taken her to the base camp of Mount Everest, the depths of the Amazon, the faraway lands of Siberia through Trans- Siberia and the ancient trails of Machu Picchu in the Andes. 

Cleo likes to be knee-deep in the mud, analysing scenarios and exploring new ways of working. From product to digital to user research, she has spent years in design and it never ceases to amaze her.

 

So far, she has worked with NGOs and architects in Chile to rebuild a community centre, collaborated with the City of Chicago to address the needs of Chicago’s creatives and spread the good word of design through workshops and lectures. She is currently a UX & UI designer for a kickass design agency called Melewi and a Lead Designer for be movement. 

 

 

Sze J joined Pico Art International in year 2000. From a Junior Designer to Creative Director today with over 17 years of experience in the M.I.C.E industry specializingin Events, Exhibition and Gallery design. He has provided strategic creative solutions for an extensive range of global clients, undertaking an impressive list of projects of different scales and nature. Playing a key role in developing brand activation strategy and implementing creative vision.

 

Concurrently as Studio Director of Pico Creative Lab, Sze J is responsible for building and leading one of the largest creative design studio in Singapore. He has extensive experience managing large teams of diverse personalities in deadline-driven environments, establishing employee career development programmes, leading cross-functional team collaboration, and developing strategic partnership opportunities to grow core business and creative offering.

 

With the aim to create impact by being the catalyst for changing perception and driving employment change within the MICE industry; Leverage Design was set up in March 2014 as a subsidiary of Pico Art International. This is the brainchild of Sze J to provide training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Singaporeans as designers. 

 

 

An accidental entrepreneur, Michelle pinned high hopes on becoming a successful banker but deviated into corporate education as a consultant. In 2003, she made a bold move starting Chatsworth Medi@rt Academy (CMA) on a shoestring budget based on a simple mission - bridging creativity and reality. She fervently believes that everyone can be creative and is bent on helping people achieve their creative pursuits whatever their background may be.

 

She believes that winning awards and winning social projects are equally important to enrich a student’s life- learning experience; hence, in 2012, she started Awards Lab, a 7-month scholarship programme and a social enterprise, Make The Change.

 

 

Her Awards Lab programme has achieved outstanding results in winning the internationally acclaimed D&AD Awards and Singapore-based Crowbar Awards and Make The Change has helped 37 organisations in creative execution for campaigns and fundraising in 2 short years. She was recently appointed as a director in an international charity organisation, Solutions To End Poverty to oversee fundraising and marketing campaigns.

 

She is a firm believer and passionately advocates that everyone can be creative and everyone can make a difference in making a better community. She has been invited to be a judge and speaker in many social projects and entrepreneurial events. 

 

 

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