Prior to Empact, Shahrin spent nine years in the public and private sector in various capacities. He was formerly, the Head of Programme Development at the National Youth Council (a government agency that oversees youth affairs) where he was responsible for the capacity building efforts for the sector. Two key initiatives which he oversaw were the review of the Streetwise Programme (for youths caught for association with being in gangs) as well as the conceptualisation and development of the National Youth Mentoring Framework which was adopted by seven ground agencies and 10 secondary schools.
He was also formerly a Marketing Manager in the MICE industry where he performed the full spectrum of international marketing and sales leading to the organisation of six energy-related regional conferences in China, Abu Dhabi, Vietnam and Singapore. He also had the opportunity to work at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), a not-for-profit think tank dedicated to research and analysis of regional and international issues. He was responsible for organising of major events that included dialogues with leaders in the likes of Thailand's Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva, then Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan, Air Asia's Mr Tony Fernandes, Surbana's Mr Ngiam Tong Dow and multi-billionaire Mr George Soros. He was also the project lead in organising the launch ceremony of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) office in Singapore which had His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh gracing the event.
Shahrin oversees the strategy development, advisory works and design of new programmes/initiatives rolled out by Empact. He possess the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) under the Workforce Skills Qualifications Framework and is keen to deliver curriculum development service for the sector.