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In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, we shine the spotlight on the heart and soul of our nation– our Citizen Ambassadors. Through their sharing of knowledge, skills and experiences, these people connect for change to enrich lives,whether in arts and culture, health care, education, business and livelihood, or the environment.



On The Cover

On The Cover JUL-SEP 2015

To mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence, the Singapore International Foundation invited 50 members of the international community who have lived, visited,studied or worked in Singapore to share their perspectives on the country.


10 QUESTIONS

Making A Splash

Hyflux’s Olivia Lum shares insights from her international experience and her thoughts on Singapore.


FLIPSIDE

Station to Station

Transit architect Andrew Mead shares his experience of integrating art into Singapore’s underground stations.

Social Good INC.

Entrepreneur Vishnu Swaminathan on growing social entrepreneurship in Singapore.

The Way Forward

American Jami Burgess on what she learnt from her first trip to Singapore.

Beauty in Diversity

Museum director Dr Alan Chong on Singapore’s cross-cultural influences.

The Different Faces of Singapore

Freelance writer and consultant Richard Hartung on how he got to know Singapore better.

Means To A Good End

Rachel House founder Lynna Chandra on how Singapore supported her quest to improve palliative care in Indonesia.


SPECIAL FEATURE

Different Strokes

Singaporean columnist Sylvia Toh Paik Choo and British journalist Neil Humphreys decodes life in Singapore.

Culture Pioneers

Talented individuals who grew roots in Singapore and added diversity to our cultural scene.


INSIDE SCOOP

Chasing Twilight

Singaporean artist and photographer Sean Cham marks the country’s 50th birthday in a unique way.


BIG IDEAS

Our Neighbours, Our Friends

SIF reconnects with Indonesian friends through a dialogue in Bandung to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary.


PASS IT ON

Stories From The Heart

Our Better World showcases people and groups from Singapore that contribute positively to the world.


GLOBAL CITIZENS

Walking the Talk

Tour guide Geraldene Lowe-Ismail on the friendships she gained from sharing her knowledge of Singapore.

Ben The Builder

Ben Cheong, founder of Magical Light Foundation, builds schools for underprivileged kids in Myanmar and Northern Thailand.

Giving A Voice To The Voiceless

Dr Subadhra Devi Rai is a humanitarian who advocates for vulnerable communities worldwide.

Against All Odds

Dr William Tan overcomes both physical and personal challenges to raise funds for needy causes globally.


GOOD BUSINESS

Homes For The Homeless

Singapore-based social enterprise Billion Bricks designs homes and shelters for the down-and-out.

Diamond in the Rough

Singapore-based charity Lotus Culture empowers disadvantaged women and kids in Cambodia to rebuild their lives.


COMMUNITY

Reel Exchanges

The Singapore Film Society strengthens cross-cultural understanding through films.

Trading Places

Xu Bo Art and Culture Exchange offers intercultural experiences to Singapore and the rest of the world.


HELPING HANDS

Fixing Broken Smiles

Singapore-based medical charity The Smile Mission offers free surgery to individuals with facial deformities.

Giving Eldercare A Facelift

Singapore partners China to improve health care standards for the elderly in Yunnan province.


OUT OF THE BOX

Farming In The Sky

Home-grown farm Sky Greens makes urban farming a reality.



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