The Young Business Ambassadors (YBA) Programme is a flagship SIF programme where outstanding young professionals immerse themselves in the all-round experience of working and living in partner countries such as China and Australia.

Besides the opportunity to work in a related industry, YBAs also visit relevant organisations and government agencies, and network with business leaders, community leaders and government officials. This overseas exposure offers a valuable opportunity to develop global perspectives, share work experience, build international business links, and gain an understanding of foreign business environments.

Since 2000, a total of 120 YBAs from more than 60 companies have participated in the YBA Programme in Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney. They form a diverse global network of business professionals who represent a multiplicity of industries and fields.


The first YBA programme between Singapore and Australia took place from 2000-2003. It started out from an idea mooted at the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee to generate a bilateral initiative that would foster greater co-operation and understanding between the two countries, specifically to promote business and professional ties.  In March 2000, the SIF and our Australian partner, Asialink, launched the Singapore-Australia YBA Programme. During its four-year run, 16 Singaporeans and 14 Australians had the opportunity to spend eight to 10 weeks in the host country on a work attachment. 10 Singapore companies participated in the programme as host organisations. 

In 2004, the SIF forged a new partnership with Shanghai to start the Singapore-China YBA Programme. The SIF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC) and the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) in 2004. The MOU was extended in 2008 and 2010 and most recently renewed for the third time in May 2013 for another three years.


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