Jonathan oversees initiatives such as Lean LaunchPad Singapore, Social Venture Lab, Philip Yeo Fellowship, and Alipay-NUS Social Innovation Challenge. Previously, he spent over four years as the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. He educates and nurtures change-leaders across the region on impactful projects and pioneered SMU’s accreditation as Asia’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus.
As a global public speaker, Jonathan has given lectures and talks to thousands of people. His TEDx talk at Harvard about the importance of a mission-driven life was featured on Voice of America. Prior to his career in academia, Jonathan founded and co-founded four tech startups across sectors in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. He continues to advise, mentor, and support startups all over the world.
Jonathan is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received Stanford’s Miller Social Change Leadership Award, Harvard Law School’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative Fellowship, and Columbia’s The Earth Institute Fellowship. He also received the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Case Writing Award for his research on a Balinese social enterprise. Currently, Jonathan serves as an elected member of HKS Alumni Board of Directors and as the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Ambassador to Singapore. Jonathan is a passionate mountaineer, having trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp and climbed four peaks – Kilimanjaro, Kala Patthar, Nagarjuna, and Kinabalu.