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 an 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 extending 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.
Jonathan Tostevin – Outreach Manager
Jonathan has recently relocated from the UK to Singapore where he continues to pursue his interests in sustainability, enterprise and social impact. His recent experience includes helping social enterprises and non-profits to scope and develop new product opportunities, develop impact-led long-term growth strategies, and build internal structures and resilience. Previously, he spent nine years working for the UK Government, managing programmes within the UK’s overseas aid budget in Africa. Alongside JustCause, he also runs a social business supporting the food & beverage industry to reduce plastic waste. Jonathan holds an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and is a Fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme.
Phuong Anh Nguyen – Senior Associate
Phuong Anh Nguyen has over ten years working in the development sector with focuses on resource mobilization, impact assessment, organizational capacity building and strategic philanthropy for NGOs and social enterprises across Southeast Asia. Phuong Anh is interested in combining complementary resources across sectors to maximize impact and ensure sustainability in addressing community challenges. Phuong Anh got her Masters of Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Charu Agarwal – Senior Associate
Charu is the co-founder of MAD, a social enterprise working on connecting small local nonprofits in need of funding with those who want to get involved. She has worked on projects in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and her collective work experience with Teach For Malaysia, UNHCR and Muskaan, a non-profit based in India working with marginalised communities, have given her a unique insight into understanding and creating long-term systemic change. She worked with JustCause on their philanthropy and ageing report for Malaysia in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Queensland.
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.
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.
Ethan Yeo – Volunteer
Ethan is a digital strategist who has previously managed Google, Unilever and UEFA as his clients in APAC. He is currently TripAdvisor’s APAC lead for strategic insights. Outside of his profession, he has frequently engaged with the social sector in various capacities. As a volunteer leader with YMCA, he participated in and organised a number of voluntary activities for beneficiaries. As an associate consultant with Conjunct Consulting, he helped to develop a social impact measurement framework for a non-profit organisation in Singapore. He believes in Just Cause’s strategic capacity for elevating the non-profit sector to achieve greater impact.
Sara La Rocca – Volunteer
Sara has recently moved to Singapore from the Philippines, where she worked with civil society organizations to raise awareness and campaign against human rights violation in South East Asia. She firmly believes in the importance of the work done by Just Cause in supporting non-profits, from providing training to impact measurement. Alongside Just Cause she volunteers with non-profits working on migrant and women rights issues in Singapore. Sara holds a Master of Laws from the University of Trento (Italy) and an LL.M in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy (Switzerland).
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.