Emily Perkin – Managing Director
Emily has around 12 years of experience in the social sector as a consultant, staff member, trustee and volunteer. She has been based in Singapore since February 2013 and since then has worked with many charities, social enterprises and donors across the region to provide philanthropy advice and impact assessments. Her wide-ranging practical experience includes conducting large-scale value for money assessments for central government; managing a knowledge network for charities in Japan and Afghanistan; and co-founding an award-winning social enterprise in London. She was Trustee of a recycling charity in the UK for three years prior to moving to Singapore and regularly provides advice and training on impact assessment for non-profit ventures. Emily has a MA in Japanese Studies from Cambridge University and a Master’s in International Public Policy from Osaka University.
Faye Lim – Director
Faye is an experienced manager, practitioner and volunteer within the arts and culture sector. Through her work with a local statutory board, she developed evaluation frameworks for community arts programmes and facilitated multiple cross-sector platforms for artists and community organisers to connect. She founded Strangeweather Movement Group, a collective that creates and performs improvisational and cross-disciplinary dance work. Most often working within the not-for-profit environment, Faye is familiar with both the strengths and challenges of this complex and dynamic sector. She believes in Just Cause’s role as an advocate and intermediary for the social sector and is glad for the opportunity to support its work.
Wen Yi Tan – Director
Wen Yi Tan, CFA is an experienced finance professional who began as an analyst at one of the largest asset management firms worldwide. She was deeply involved with the firm’s charitable foundation while in Boston, and co-led the effort in extend the reach of the foundation’s annual grant program to Singapore. Wen Yi is a founding member of Just Cause and brings specific expertise on financial analysis and governance, as well as strategy development and impact assessment.
Patsian Low – Senior Advisor
Patsian has over 20 years of experience in the private and civic sectors in the US and Asia, crossing the fields of social finance, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, non-profit leadership and commercial finance. She recently ended her tenure as head of DBS Foundation and prior to that was Director of Philanthropy at Singapore’s National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), She has conducted training across Asia in Social Entrepreneurship, Assessing Social Impact, New Social Trends, Microfinance, and Human Capital Development. Patsian currently serves on the boards of Artswok Collaborative Ltd, which brings community art and social development closer together; and Forum for the Future SE Asia, a sustainable futures think tank. Before her journey into the civic sector, Patsian held senior roles in financial institutions in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Nelly Muller – Senior Associate
Nelly has eight years of professional experience, first in banking as a credit analyst and relationship manager specialising in energy finance and more recently as a consultant in the non-profit sector. Nelly has been based in Singapore since 2009 and has a deep working knowledge of Southeast Asia. She has significant practical experience assessing a wide range of organisations from social enterprise start-ups to listed companies. Nelly graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Master of Arts in Economics and International Relations in 2006.
Jane Binks – Senior Associate
Jane Binks, Senior Adviser has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, project management and capacity building in the arts, culture, education, environment and heritage sectors. Her most recent position was as the Director of Philanthropy at the National Heritage Board, Singapore, where she worked for 8 years. With a deep knowledge of the charity sector and donor landscape in Singapore, Jane is a regular trainer and panellist on the subject of fundraising and philanthropy trends.
Luenne Choa – Outreach Partner
Luenne Choa has the academic foundation and the applied experience in the areas of Public Diplomacy. She obtained her Masters in Contemporary Asian Analysis from the University of Melbourne and has worked in the corporate communications/ public affairs division at various Ministries in Singapore. She was also the press officer at a foreign mission based in Singapore. During her time as a press officer, she worked closely with the Ambassador to adapt, design and carry out the mission’s communication goals to the Singapore audiences. Luenne’s expertise is in strategic communications, assisting policy makers and thought leaders in planning and operationalising their communication strategies to achieve the desired results using various means and channels (mainstream media and social media). She is able to conceptualise (design, language and roll-out) communication campaigns locally and regionally successfully. She is also co-founder of Hornbills – Concepts and Communications.
Sofiah Jamil – Outreach Partner
Sofiah Jamil is trained in policy research and analysis, with experience in advocacy networks. She is also in her final year as a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In RSIS, she has been working in the area of non-traditional security since the middle of 2006 – namely Climate Change, Environmental Security and Natural Disasters; and Energy Security. Sofiah also serves on the Board of Management of the Young Association of Muslim Professionals (Young AMP) in Singapore. In December 2010, Sofiah was featured in Singapore’s Berita Harian newspaper as 1 of 50 Singapore Malay/Muslims to look out for in terms of her work on environmental challenges. She is also co-founder of Hornbills – Concepts and Communications.
Our core volunteers
Katy Beechey – Pro Bono Consultant & ‘Health Check’ Screening Volunteer
Katy gained 11 years’ experience in the corporate world (political risk and credit insurance) and education sector, before moving to Singapore to set up the Texel Foundation in early 2015, where she currently works on a part-time basis. As Programme Director she is responsible for identifying and researching worthy causes for the foundation to support. She regularly meets with charities to better understand their goals and to find strategic ways in which the Texel Foundation can help, as well as critically appraising programmes, finances, impact assessment and reporting. Katy graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2002 with a BA in English and Anthropology and speaks fluent Spanish and French. She is delighted to support Just Cause by carrying out ‘Health Check’ screenings and offering pro bono consultation.
Urvi Doshi – Excellence Framework and giving circles
Urvi has over eight years of experience – six years as management consultant with Accenture, working with both corporate and non-profit clients, more recently followed by social sector experience in Singapore and globally. Urvi’s key area of focus has been to work with clients in supporting them to develop new processes and programmes, or conducting reviews to improve existing processes and programmes. Core to the methodology for these development and improvement programmes has been a collaborative approach through consultation with key stakeholders, for example engagement of beneficiaries through surveys and focus groups as well as facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
Leah Holzworth – Social media and research
Leah has more than six years of experience in research and communications with an overall focus on health and development. She has worked throughout Southeast Asia including: Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, for private companies, non-profits, and universities such as Concord Consulting, Kroll, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Angkor Hospital for Children. Leah is currently pursuing a MSc in Public Health with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has a BA in Social and Health Sciences with a focus on anthropology from The Evergreen State College.
Who else is involved?
Just Cause is supported by a group of talented and dedicated individuals who bring a wide range of expertise to inform our work.If you would like to get involved, then please contact us here