Ideas for a Better World Forum: Thorkil Sonne

Singapore International Foundation’s fourth Ideas for a Better World Forum.

The signing of the MoU by Mr Chris Cusano, the Executive Director of Ashoka Singapore, and Ms Jean Tan, the SIF Executive Director
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ashoka and SIF allows for the fostering of a global community of changemakers for social innovation through regular visit programmes, study trips and future forums
Ms Tracey Ho, Workforce Diversity Leader for Asia Pacific at IBM spoke on the "business imperative" of employing people with disabilities
Among the audience of about 80: international NGOs, the social service and social enterprise sectors, as well as the business community
Ms Denise Phua, president of the Autism Resource Centre Singapore and the supervisor of Pathlight School and Eden School Boards, says Singapore needed a better structured job placement system
Mr Alvin Ng, a managing director for Global Enterprises at Cisco Systems, gives perspectives from the business and employer’s side
Joining Mr Sonne for the panel discussion: (from right) Mr Alvin Ng, Ms Denise Phua and Ms Tracey Ho, with SIF Governor Anita Fam moderating
The audience, which include Danish Ambassador to Singapore Ole Lisborg (in grey), hears that those with autism often possess traits such as having great attention to detail, that make them specially suitable for jobs such as software testing
SIF Chairman, Ms Euleen Goh, says that through hosting inspirational thought leaders such as Thorkil Sonne, we aim to be a bridge between Singapore and world communities, and act as a catalyst for social change
Social entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne speaking on the competitive advantage of those he calls specialists
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