FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Jack Sim is a leading social entrepreneur and sanitation advocate who broke the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight. Known for his unique efforts in combining humour and serious facts to advocate for improved sanitation conditions globally, Sim has mobilized a global movement involving governments, policy makers, UN agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the sanitation crisis.
A highly successful businessman with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, Sim, at the age of 40, decided to devote the rest of his life to social work. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS). This was soon followed with a global body on sanitation – the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001. Today, WTO is a growing network of 235 organizations in 58 countries. Sim pioneered the creation of a game- changing social enterprise – SaniShop in 2008, a year designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Sanitation.
In 2011, Sim created another milestone for WTO and Singapore by being the first Singapore-based non-profit organization to create and implement a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment. In 2013, Sim worked with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs to table a resolution titled ‘Sanitation for All’ at the United Nations General Assembly to designate 19 November as an official UN World Toilet Day. On July 24 2013, the resolution was adopted by consensus and was co- sponsored to more than 100 countries. Sim has received worldwide recognition for his contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship and sanitation.
Calvin Chu is a Partner at Eden Strategy Institute, with responsibilities in thought leadership, strategy design, client servicing, mission delivery, and practice management. Before founding Eden, Calvin was Vice-President of Business and Strategy Development at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and Business Group Director leading the Singapore office of a London-listed global consulting firm. He is Eden’s Practice Lead for the Financial Services sector.
Calvin specializes in the areas of growth and competitive strategy, innovation scouting and development, product launch and market entry, M&A and partnerships, scenario planning, and wargaming. He has advised over a hundred Fortune 500 clients in more than 20 countries, including prestigious organizations such as 3M, Canon, Coca-Cola, Covidien, Cummins, DBS Bank, etc.
He has been published in business titles such as Asian Banking & Finance, Asian Intellectual Property, Asia Pacific Biotech News, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, the Star, the Straits Times, the Singapore Business Review, Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Calvin has also been invited to address international conferences such as the ASEAN Social Entrepreneurship Forum, the Asia-Pacific CFO Summit, Biomedical Business Conference (NUS & the Harvard Club of Singapore), etc.
Calvin is an Associate Lecturer in Strategy and Organization with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, an iAdvisor with IE Singapore, an Executive Advisor at NUS Enterprise, and a Board Member of Conjunct Consulting, BioFourmis, and Rotary Club. Calvin was recognized as a NetImpact Change-maker in 2014 and inducted into the International Who’s Who of Professionals in 2009. Calvin graduated from the National University of Singapore majoring in Psychology and Political Science and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
William Sim is an entrepreneur with diverse business experiences. William is actively in Community and Social Services despite his busy schedule. He started in 1981, serving for 16 years in Resident’s Committee and Neighbourhood Committee. From 1997 to 2000, William was one of the first 47 appointed Council Member of the Tanjong Pagar Community Development Council for 2 Consecutive terms, involved in “Fund Raising” and taking care of “Senior Citizen”.
He currently serves as Advisor to SAFRA Entrepreneurs Club (website: www.safra.sg/sec). He is Honorary Patron of Nanyang Sim Clan Association and a Fellow member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). SIPMM is the organization that provides the monthly Purchasing Managers Index to the press for publication. He is now serving as 1st Deputy President of Singapore Numismatic Association under Peoples Association’s Hobby Club. He is the Honorary Director of Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan. He was Council Member of Singapore Heritage Society (SHS) for 10 years. SHS is an Institution of Public Character (IPC).