She has a deep interest in building human capacity and social capital; international development; participatory decision-making; and the empowerment of young people for social change.
In her university days, she was actively involved in campaigns to advance the welfare and protection of fellow students, particularly those from minority/marginalised backgrounds. This inspired her determination to take greater action on social issues when she graduated.
Bernise then founded Syinc, which works to equip young people as community problem-solvers by developing their skills and building their networks.
She has since served as an Advisor to Youth Action for Change, which works to empower youth through ICT for positive social change.
In recognition of her efforts, Bernise was the first Singaporean to receive the YouthActionNet Award & Fellowship from the International Youth Foundation.
She now serves on the Board of the International Youth Foundation. She has also been named a Fellow of the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship, under the Paragon Fellowship.
Bernise is available for speaking engagements targeted at various audience demographic groups, and on a range of themes:
* Design Thinking
* Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
* Design for social impact
* Youth engagement in the Millennium Development Goals
* Youth action & global issues in climate change, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, gender equality
* Youth engagement with UN and other international bodies
* Youth action: Global to Local
* Youth participation in civil society; volunteerism
* Fair Trade and ethical consumption
* Student representation / student leadership
Previous addressees include world environment ministers, Asean-related and regional conferences, schools, regional inter-university forums, international youth conferences.
Find out more, or book her: speaker [at] syinc.org
When she's not at her private equity day job, she is also passionate about bossa nova, trumpet music, and a tall, ancient, Irish monumental figure located in Chicago.
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