About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Vision: To create a world beyond poverty.

Mission: Advocate, Build, Empower

Vision+Mission: Through advocacy, ecosystem-building and empowerment, Singapore+Acumen helps to catalyse a world beyond poverty.

Meet the team

Moses Mohan

Moses Mohan

Co-Chair, Singapore+Acumen

Consultant, Awaken Group

Moses has over 4 years of experience leading and collaborating with teams to effect social change. Spending 4 years co-building South-East Asia’s first social change consultancy, he led and deployed over 50 student consultants to provide $50,000 in pro-bono consulting services and co-led a 5-year strategic planning exercise to scale up social impact to $2.5m. He also has South-Asian field experience, having conducted a field impact assessment of rural branch operations for the Nobel Peace-prize winning Grameen Bank and co-developed a monitoring and evaluation framework for an Indian NGOs’s interventions impacting 3,500 households.

He currently works at Awaken Group, a Transformation Design firm that integrates strategy, leadership, and innovation to design human-centered experiences.  Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company, where helped leading financial services to drive performance improvement.

As Co-Chair at Singapore+Acumen, Moses marries his passion for people and social change to nurture a community of people passionate about changing how the world tackles poverty.

Sunil Rajan

Sunil Rajan

Co-Chair, Singapore+Acumen / Co-Head, Impact Circle

Business Development Manager – PIOF (Hedge Fund)

Sunil works for PIOF (a Hedge Fund based in Singapore), responsible for marketing/sales and investor relations.

He began his career as a Sales Analyst for Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division in Singapore, servicing S.E. Asian UHNWIs and Family Offices. Sunil then moved to the buy-side to help manage a multi-asset class portfolio for a Family Office in Singapore. He was also a part of the Executive Board of a South African Non-Profit Organization (A Spring of Hope) as a Finance Director – overseeing grant applications and writing fundraising proposals. Prior to joining PIOF, Sunil pursued his entrepreneurial aspirations by establishing Singapore’s first Equity-Crowdfunding platform.

He moonlights as a stand-up comedian, performing frequently at local bars/pubs.

Sunil graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Hons) from The National University of Singapore and also holds a Minor in “Entrepreneurship Studies” from The University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charter holder.

Harriet Beavis

Harriet Beavis

Impact Circle Co-Lead, Singapore+Acumen

Programme Officer, COMO Group

Harriet Beavis holds joint appointments within the luxury lifestyle consortium, the COMO Group. She concurrently manages a grant portfolio for COMO Foundation, the Group’s philanthropic arm, and the sustainability efforts for the Group’s retail businesses, including fashion retailer Club 21, SuperNature and Culina. At COMO Foundation, she works closely with organisations across Asia, Africa and South America that increase enrolment and retention of girls in school, provide 21st century skills to underserved girls, and ensure livelihood sustainability for underserved women. Harriet’s experience in community investment and sustainability spans the hospitality, retail and the financial industries. She previously held community investment and project management positions at Barclays and Morgan Stanley. She has also been involved with a wide range of development, impact investment and microfinance organisations, including the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.

When she’s not in the office she’s either walking her dog or teaching yoga. Her favourite students are the ladies at local non-profit Aidha, which provides financial literacy programmes to foreign domestic workers.

Before arriving in Singapore in 2012, Harriet graduated from Bath University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics.

Michelle Ong 

Michelle Ong 

Communications & Community Engagement, Singapore+Acumen

Public Affairs Consultant, APCO Worldwide

Co-Organiser, WomenLEAP

Michelle is a consultant at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs and strategic relations consultancy. In her day job, Michelle helps clients enter and increase their presence in Southeast Asian markets, anticipate and manage regulations, manage change through internal communications and build external corporate reputations. Prior to this, Michelle was based in Australia, and worked as a researcher at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in Melbourne. She was also a founding and executive member of a registered non-profit, Crossing Borders Melbourne.

In addition to her role in Singapore+Acumen, Michelle co-organises the womenLEAP initiative, and actively champions partnerships and engagement in Singapore’s sustainability space as the sustainability practice lead in her job.

As Communications & Community Engagement Lead for Singapore+Acumen, Michelle is motivated by her desire to empower change-makers through empathy and education.

Saira Syed

Saira Syed

Partnership Lead, Singapore+Acumen

Broadcast journalist, BBC News
Co-curator, TEDxSingapore

Saira Syed is a broadcast journalist at the BBC in Singapore. She writes for the news website as well as producing for BBC World with a focus on Asia. She has a special interest in the rapidly evolving entrepreneurship scene in Singapore and South East Asia. In 2014, she covered some notable events such as the MH370 plane, the recent political crisis in Thailand and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She has been deeply involved with the non-profit DIL (Developments in Literacy) which educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, across Pakistan. Saira also curated and hosted TEDxSingapore events

Before heading to Asia, she was in Toronto, Canada working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Saira has a bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Tanya Shariff

Tanya Shariff

Community Co-Lead, Singapore+Acumen

Business Designer at Cadaques Consulting Services

Tanya Shariff is an independent consultant based in Singapore, focusing on design thinking and corporate social responsibility. Previously, she served as Director at KPMG LLP in Chicago & New York City, where she helped structure accounting around specialised transactions for the firm’s clients. She also co-founded Chanterelle Gourmet, a gourmet delivery service company in Madrid, Spain, and was a Field Officer at Pulse Active Savings, a microsavings startup in Pune, India. She has also lived in Tabora, Tanzania, where she helped identify business opportunities for foreign direct investment with an aim to improve economic conditions by stimulating entrepreneurship and employment.

Tanya holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain with a focus in CSR and Entrepreneurship. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington in the United States.

Timothy Low

Timothy Low

Community Co-Lead, Singapore+Acumen

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, AKLTG

Ambassador (Singapore), Thousand Network

Timothy is a learning designer and certified leadership trainer, specialising in high-performance and value-creation workshops. As EIR, Tim’s current foray is bringing lifeskills education to the next level through custom MOOCs. Before his current position in AKLTG, Tim co-founded Quartz Initiative, an edu-tech startup using apps to develop teambuilding skills and leadership behaviours.

A keen believer in the power of social impact and business acumen, Tim has delivered social entrepreneurship workshops to more than 500 youths and enablers with the hope of being a catalyst for energetic changemakers to spark real transformation. He is also the ambassador of the Singapore hub of Thousand Network, a global community of young achievers who treat altruism as currency, and a member of Kairos ASEAN, the Southeast Asian arm of the global society of entrepreneurs.

When he’s not working, Tim serves at his church as a youth leader, does part-time studies at night, builds side projects, and wonders how he still has time for ‘kopi c’ and a good book.