John Chua studies Government at Harvard College (Class of 2022). He has worked in various Singapore government and public sector organizations, and has led teams to consult for politicians in Illinois and Pennsylvania. On campus, he directed Harvard’s largest political consulting student group and led a 501(c)3 non-profit that partners with local communities in Uganda to create measurable social impact. He believes in public service, and is interested in questions about inequality, the role of religion in public life and tech ethics in Singapore.
Russell Yip is an undergraduate at Tufts University (Class of 2022) majoring in quantitative economics and mathematics. He is passionate about the aviation sector and appreciates how it connects peoples and economies together—and of course, looks forward to seeing Singapore’s thrive again. His policy interests include education, transportation, and socio-economic issues. He enjoys a good karaoke session and is always in search of delicious food as well as recipes for his newfound love of cooking.
Abhinav Seetharaman is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was based in Singapore for 1.5 years from 2019 until 2021, where he worked as the Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute. With a deep passion for Singapore, Southeast Asia, international relations, and sustainable development, he has spearheaded projects and policy reviews from inception to completion for U.S. government officials, C-Suite leaders, and other prominent executives. He is a graduate of Columbia University, from where he obtained his undergraduate degree in 2018 and a master’s degree in 2019. Outside of his career and academic pursuits, Abhinav is a professional mridangam (South-Indian classical drum) player, as well as a travel and sports enthusiast.
Elaine Yeo is an AM candidate in the Regional Studies–East Asia program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley last year where she majored in history. She has a keen interest in public service, having worked in a number of Singapore government agencies such as the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. This past year, she took a gap year to work at a hybrid venture capital firm with an accelerator that invests in alternative proteins. Her policy interests include but are not limited to: bilingualism, food security and tech, education. In her free time, she enjoys karaoke, eating good food, and exploring places in Boston and beyond with friends!
Jay Hong Chew studies Government at Harvard College (Class of 2025). He has a keen interest in Singapore’s regional foreign policy, and the historical development of its diaspora communities. He is currently an editor for the World column of the Harvard Political Review, and is an executive member of the freshman cohort of the Institute of Politics. He sings baritone with the Din and Tonics, and finds Alaskan Malamutes particularly charming.
Michael Lee reads computer science at the University of Cambridge. His primary interests are mathematics, technology, and design. As an ex-debater, he is also interested in politics, economics, and social issues. He is currently a Deputy Secretary-General of PREPMUN, a position which allows him to leverage on technology to share his knowledge of geopolitics. Apart from academic commitments, Michael spends his time swimming, listening to music, battling existential dread, and cooking.
Wong Shi Le is an AB/SM degree candidate in Applied Mathematics with Psychology at Harvard University (Class of 2022). She did a gap year before coming to college, during which she worked at the National Parks Board (NParks). It was through her work that she began to take a deeper interest in public policy, government operations and how these may synergize with public, ground-up efforts. She hopes that SPJ will broaden its article offerings to include more pieces on sustainability, the environment and on gender issues. Her ultimate goal is to return to Singapore to serve the community in a relevant way.
Sarah Anderson is a MPP-MBA degree candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Harvard College in 2018, where she concentrated in Government and wrote an honors thesis on the bureaucratization of global terrorist organizations. She has previously worked at Sister Cities International, the City of Boston, and McKinsey & Company. She is interested in topics related to urban governance and innovation, especially as they relate to her hometown of Singapore.
Al Lim is a PhD student in the combined Anthropology and Environmental Studies program at Yale, and his current research explores the intersection of smart cities and water infrastructure in Laos. He was trained in urban studies through the MSc Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the B.A. (Hons) in Urban Studies at Yale-NUS. He has also previously worked at Deloitte, the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and EF Education First, and his publications have been featured in New Mandala, City & Society, and Academia.SG.
Rohan Kothari is an undergraduate at Boston University studying Business Management, with concentrations in Business Analytics and Finance. He lived in Singapore for 11 years, attending Singapore American School for his majority of his time there. He is interested in the education sphere in Singapore, as well as Singapore’s foreign policy. Rohan is also interested in how to improve racial and class divides that Singapore faces.
Marcus Ho is an LLM student at Harvard Law School. Previously, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a First Class B.A. (Hons) Degree in Law, having been elected both a Leonard Coling Law Scholar and a recipient of the Sidney Sussex Law Tripos Prize. His main areas of interest in the legal discipline are primarily focused on the developments of law and regulation in the technological ecosystem, and its implications in the world of Corporate Law. He believes this is especially exciting given the rapid advancement of technology, which raises new issues in areas such as artificial intelligence, personal data protection, and the like.
Ng Qi Siang is an AM candidate in the Regional Studies–East Asia program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences focusing on International Relations. He majored in history at Yale-NUS College with a minor in Global Affairs. Working as a journalist with The Edge Singapore, a weekly financial newspaper, Qi Siang has also contributed articles to CNA, TODAYOnline and Rice Media. He has also written articles for the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter blog and Oxford University’s OxPol blog. He is interested in foreign policy, education issues, socio-economic inequity and macroeconomics.
Daniel Ofosu is an MC/MPA degree candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, he spent a significant portion of his career working in investment and commercial banking. He is currently an entrepreneur and a founder of a private investment company where he oversees interests in healthcare, energy and real estate. He is passionate about economic development and has a strong interest in creating solutions that promote public and private sector collaboration particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Megan Yeo is an undergraduate at Harvard College (Class of 2025) studying economics. Before college, she interned in the Ministry of Education and gained a deeper interest in public policy through this experience. On campus, she is a member of the Harvard College Debate Union. She has a strong interest in development economics and economic history.
Jovan Lim is an undergraduate at Harvard College concentrating in social studies. He is primarily interested in the intersections of business, language and culture, as well as creating social impact. Having lived in Singapore all his life, he is passionate about investigating public narratives and cultural issues, and takes special pride in showing off his favorite food haunts in the East.
Lee Jit Ping is an undergraduate at Boston University (Class of 2025) majoring in economics. Jit Ping took a keen interest in public policy during his time as a member of the Singapore National Debate Team. He has also organized his own student peer tutoring groups and camps with various organizations in seven of the past nine years and loves to be part of discussions on how to make Singapore better for the young and old.
Tang Zi Xuan is an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. He is most interested in the humanistic dimensions of policy, especially the experiental and visceral effects of various social policies. Having taught at various schools before, he has become attuned to the both the world of education and the art of haggling for chicken rice teacher discounts.