Guest Speakers

Combined Keynote for Friday Night at SAS


Magician, hypnotist, juggler prodigy, and escape artist—Scott Hammell is the extremely talented holder of three Guinness World Records. One of them, World's Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape, was achieved despite his fear of heights. His ability to combine social activism and the art of magic paved the way for him to become a media personality and motivational speaker – “Find your passion, and make it happen.” When he became the first person to skydive while blindfolded and handcuffed, a group of students was inspired to raise $8,500 to build a school in Ecuador. Ideal for student leadership and teenagers, Hammell will be our first and combined keynote speaker.

UWCSEA Keynotes


Rob Dyer is a founder of Skate4Cancer (S4C), where a team skates to spread the awareness of cancer. At the age of 17, Dyer lost his paternal grandmother to stomach cancer, both his maternal grandmother and his mother to brain cancer, and his best friend to stomach cancer. Losing many of his loved ones over a short period of time sparked Rob Dyer to skate over 8,000 km from his hometown Newmarket, ON to Los Angeles, CA in 2004. The main idea behind Skate4Cancer is that knowledge is the cure. By spreading awareness and ways to prevent cancer, it is Dyer’s hope that more victims of cancer are diagnosed early and can become cancer-free as soon as possible. S4C has since toured around many countries including Australia and New Zealand. The foundation has also set up the Dream.Love.Cure center where anybody dealing with the complications of cancer can dwell or read up in an environment that is designed to be supportive and safe, a place for healing and a place to start afresh.


Louis Ng is a Director of the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES). Winner of multiple awards. A man who gave his heart to the animals. Beginning at a very young age, Louis Ng volunteered for the SPCA and took on a vegetarian diet. A film about gorillas inspired him to pursue studies in Biology and Primate Conservation. When he was 21, he met a photography chimp named Ramba, whom he worked hard to set free. “When our campaign to see her reunited with her mother succeeded I felt as though I had won a million dollars, and decided to dedicate the rest of my life to making a difference for suffering animals like Ramba, and I founded ACRES with a group of friends,” wrote Ng. His passion and love for animals have won many victories for our fellow inhabitants of Earth. For example, after ACRES began a campaign to save dolphin trafficking (garnering 680,000 signatures in the process) laws banning their hunting and trafficking were passed in such countries as the Solomon Islands, Mexico, Chile, and Costa Rica.

JOEL SIMONETTI - Fintegrity Website

Author and international school teacher Joel Simonetti is the co-founder of Fintegrity a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators and students understand the connection between the sea and human well-being. With his wife, Fintegrity co-founder Lisa Cook, Joel has written two books for young adults, Why I Care About Sharks and the upcoming Eating Coral Reefs. Helping young people discover that their voices and choices matter and showing them how they can take action to ensure the survival of our precious ocean is the mission of Fintegrity.



Justin Bedard is a Global Nomad that was born in Malawi, but grew up in Canada, China and Indonesia. Justin has developed a reputation as an innovative social entrepreneur that focuses on building effective teams and communities that can create change around the world. Justin is passionate about leadership and organizational development and is recognized for his commitment to youth and community programs around the world. Justin was co-founder of the Miao Liang Outdoor Education Center in Beijing and is also a co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation. Most notably, he has been awarded the Canadian St.John’s Ambulance Award of Merit; and the Dragon Award for Courage and Service to Humanity. Justin is currently the Executive Director of the JUMP! Foundation and holds positions on the Boards of Directors of Sports Beijing and Educo Adventure School Canada. But most importantly, Justin is an international school student, just like all of you! He graduated from the International School of Beijing in 2001.

UWCSEA NGO Special Guests


River of Words - Rockin’ 4 the Environment - Project WET - Adopt-a-Stream - GREEN Riders



cently,he left the classroom and discovered a new path as the Founding Director of the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA). With a mission to empower communities and inspire action for a sustainable future EEASEA offers programs for t

eachers and students as a 

Host Institution for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), River of Words (art & poetry for watershed aw

areness) and Adopt-a-Stream (physical, biological and chemical monitoring of stream and lakes). 

Most recently, EEASEA initiat

ed two exciting programs to raise awareness and funds for local NGO’s and conservation issues. Rockin’ 4 the Environment is a arts and cult

ural festiva

l for conservation and GREEN Riders focuses on highlighting local environmental projects using bamboo bikes as a mode of sustainable transportation. 

See our sites to get involved and learn more! Kenny is originally from Georgia, USA. He has spent the last 12 years teaching science and ecology at international schools in South East Asia.

After years in filmmaking, I pedaled through one summer as an enviro educator on 
bike treks for teens, then decided not to return to work. I moved to Taiwan with a hunch I’d like teaching and a six-month plan. Those six turned to thirty-six. With an education degree in tow, I found myself in Istanbul and then in Japan, at Yokohama International School.

As with so many great ideas the GREEN RIDERS one was conceived at a pub. It was there that the whole bike-filmakingly-across-spectacular-and-ridiculous-places idea was floated. It was one of those proposals that seem preposterous at first, but the longer you look at it, the more you think… well… yeah… why not? 

A chance to explore theories and technologies related to sustainability, while connecting with individuals and communities involved in environmental projects, making films and enjoying a summer cycling through the gorgeousness that is Southeast Asia...? Um... Where do I sign?

For more, check out my personal and classroom blogs!



Vocational Training Programme
The programme gives talented young Cambodians with disabilities the opportunity to harness their creative potential, 

develop their skills as professional performers and act as advocates for integration.  
Workshops in the Community
An integrated team of disabled, and non-disabled workshop leaders provides creative workshops within the Epic Arts Centre, schools, orphanages or partner organisations. These workshops aim to provide strong disabled role models and create positive dialogue between those that do and do not live with disability.

Advocacy Performance
The students of the Vocational Training Programme develop theatre and dance performances each year with visiting artists.  These performances are taken on tour to local villages, schools, festivals and events throughout the country, challenging people's negative perceptions of those living with disability.  Performances also take place at the Epic Arts' Centre for the local community at least every 3 months.



The Green Gecko Project supports 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Green Gecko provides security, education, love and opportunities to these children through their formative years and into their adult lives, empowering them to achieve their full potential.

The project also supports the children's families and the broader community through long term health, education and training initiatives.

"What started as a small token gesture to get the children off the streets for an hour or two turned out to be more successful that imagined. The children enthusiastically participated in learning English and enjoyed the hot meal they received after class. It was so amazing to watch it unfold", Tania said. However, the more successful it became, the more evident the limitations became. "There was no running water, there was nowhere to for them to bathe, feed them properly, brush their teeth or receive medical treatment... or even a place to just hang out and play" she said.


 To create employment for disabled family members in their local community
Viccha: To provide vocational skills for school drop-out students

Dhamma: To provide educational opportunities and empower vulnerable women and children

Sila: To preserve social morality and encourage climate change for a greener future

Chumkriel Language Center

Chumkriel Language School (CLS) highly values unity, mutual respect, awareness, quality, pride and integrity. We strive to operate to these values within our organisation and the services we offer. Local Cambodians who highly value the importance of educating their immediate community and setting a positive example staff CLS.

CLS offers three programs:
Chumkriel Language School (CLS) educates over 300 students in English Language.

Chumkriel Language School has a Scholarship Program, which offers 40 students free English classes at CLS and support to help them to attend State School.

Chumkriel Learning Centre (CLC) provides the local community free access to health information, educational opportunities and creative learning.



ISF Country Manager
Kate Griffin came to ISF as a volunteer for 3 months back in April 2008 and hasn’t left since!! After making a significant difference as a volunteer, Kate was asked to undertake the role of Country Manager to assist the Trustees in their vision to make a tangible difference to the children served by ISF.

Kate has a wealth of charity experience having worked in the administrative and fundraising side of a variety of charities in Ireland for over 10 years. Kate’s role is not only to oversee the work of ISF on the ground in Cambodia but also to generate support from abroad to ensure we can continue our work. In addition to this, she is currently building the capacity of all the local staff to ensure that they are in a position to run the organization in the future.

Hilton Hotel -  Soap Project


Find out and experience the recycling process of turning used to new 
soap bars. Learn and make a difference! 

That is why Hilton Worldwide is partnering with the Global Soap Project to recycle used soap at Hilton Worldwide hotels, which will in turn benefit the people in developing countries and promote proper hygiene. 

Did you know that since 2009 seven million children have died due to disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene?  We often neglect how important soap is because it is always readily available to us. Yet in many poor countries, having soap is a luxury.



ReAct’s founder, Randolph Oudemans, has a passion for working with children and youth. This area of activity has been a consistent and important part of his life. He grew up in Indonesia, and then worked as a teacher and youth director in several countries (Indonesia, Australia, France, U.S.A.). After earning an MBA in International Business in the U.S.A., he has since spent more than 20 years working in international business mostly in Europe and Asia. Working with ReAct allows him to combine his business experience and humanitarian efforts.

The Island Foundation

Heena grew up in Tanzania, Africa and has lived in New York, Boston, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and currently in Singapore.  Heena has 15 years of experience on issues affecting developing countries ranging from wildlife conservation - human wildlife conflict and the illegal trade in endangered species, tribal land rights, advisory roles at government levels, community-based dialogue and strategies, and overseeing multi-million policy projects in Central America and Asia.  Heena has worked with NGO's, tribes in Africa and United States, Asian communities in Hong Kong and United States, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Harvard University.  Heena helped setup The Island Foundation in June 2010, an organization focused on improving the lives of struggling coastal communities in the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia.  The objectives are Education and Literacy, Village Development and Marine Conservation.  Presently, The Island Foundation runs 5 learning centers and various village projects in five villages with a total population of 8,000 villagers. Heena has a MSc. in International Relations and is a mother of 2 children.

World Toilet Organization

Click here to find out more about this great organisation!

Jane Goodall Institute Singapore - Roots & Shoots

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international medical & humanitarian charity which heals children's & adults smiles forever by providing reconstructive surgery for those who are born with facial defects , primarily, cleft palates & cleft lips. It was formed in 1982 by Dr.William Magee & his wife Katherine Magee. Then in  2003 Operation Smile Singapore (OSS) was formed.Operation Smile Bangladesh (OSB) was started in 2008.   OSS and OSB are all apart of the global network of OPERATION SMILE which has set ups in 60 countries.

 The back log of these patients is immense, but OSB has started & we hope to continue with bringing back smiles to many beautiful children & adults
OSB got it's main life line from OSS  which organizes volunteers from the 5000 strong pool of credentialised medical & technical volunteers & the funding to get the volunteers  to Bangladesh, the funds required for food ( volunteers & patients), transport & medicine are raised by OSB. We involved students, who worked as interpreters initially but now they also help raise awareness about our cause & they try to raise funds also. Our focus is primarily to get medical aid to those impoverished & are unable to afford these operations in the rural & urban areas. Our patients are bought to our attention by the largest NGO in the world called BRAC, this NGO is a global leader in creating opportunities to the poor be it rural or urban. They have the largest network of medical centers throughout Bangladesh & they keep records of births of children & people born with these facial deformities. Each year anywhere from 5000-10 000 are born with cleft palate & cleft lips in Bangladesh, worldwide a child is born every 3 minutes with a facial deformity. A big full fledged mission usually takes place over 4-5 days. On the 1st day we see about 200 patients & all get a full health screening, some of these patients have never been to a doctor! We keep record of all the patients problems & a team of doctors decides who can be operated on. We try our best not to let anyone fall into the gaps so we arrange mini missions later on to help us treat all.The issues facing people with these abnormalities is that they may not be able to eat, smile or a simple thing as look at themselves in the mirror. In Bangladesh many can't get married, can't get education ( due to the ridicule they face), some aren't able to get a job, women are forced to leave their husbands if they give birth to a child with a facial deformity! They become a financial burden & are shunned! They usually have no confidence & aren't accepted by society. We try to change this by giving them & their families to face life with a better outlook & can become financially independent & a productive part of society.

Krousar Thmey

Just returning from New York  where he was awarded with the 2012
humanitarian "World of Children Award" hailed in the media as the"Nobel Prize for Child Advocates", Benoît DUCHATEAU-ARMINJON willpresent Krousar Thmey, "a new family in Cambodia",

Benoît started as a financial controller of the Accor Asia company,expatriated to Bangkok in 1989 for an assignment. He takes an interestin the region he is going to work in. In august 1989, he visit therefugee camp of Site II, at the cambodian border, being the secondcity of Cambodian in the world with 215 000 refugees. Among them 50%were children under 14 years old. Touched by what he sees, he requestsa sabbatical year, which he gets, in order to set off again as avolunteer. During one year, he sets up projects with Cambodians tohelp abandoned children and opens two protection centers for thembetween March and July of 1991. In October, peace is finally signedbetween the different political factions putting an end to their21-year civil war…

An ambitious project: Krousar Thmey

Coming out of an enclosed space and arriving to a country they don’tknow is a big leap for the children. In order to prepare them to theirreturn, Benoît and his team organized an exhibition about Cambodia andstart building protection centers and schools to welcome them inCambodia and facilitate their integration into their new environment.A year goes by. Benoit must choose between going home and staying. Hesettles for good and develops Krousar Thmey which means New Family inCambodian language.

After repatriation in Cambodia, he face new problems :Street children make their appearance in Phnom Penh. Pouring in fromrural areas with no resources, these young people in family ruptureleave the countryside for city sidewalks. Today there exists between6,000 and 10,000. In just a few years, Krousar Thmey has created threetemporary accommodation centers where cambodian trained staff canlearn about each child story and find the best way for them to startanew.Family reintegration is always the best choice but if families do notexist anymore or present a threat to the child, Krousar Thmey findalternative care: three protection centers, ten family houses for themost vulnerable ones, especially the one trafficked to Thailand, avillage in Poïpet for families without shelter, and primary schoolsare developed by the Krousar Thmey.Then, convinced by a Wanna, a ten year blind boy, Benito (hisnickname) agreed in 1993 to launch the first ever school for blind inCambodia. With a team of Cambodian, he set up the Khmer Braillestandard, built 5 schools, trained staff, printed books in order forblind to have an education like any other child. Deaf for whom noeducation was available, requested Bénito to build their first school.With the development of sign language, education for them starts in1997. What a challenge in a country where handicaps are considered asfates and therefore do not appeal public attention. But encouraged byKing Sihanouk and Prime Minister Hun Sen, Benoît and his cambodianteam moved heaven and earth ....and step by step, from pre-school touniversities, blind and deaf in Cambodia can get an education and afuture. Success stories abound. Among them, one of Krousar Thmey'sfirst pupils recently graduated from the prestigious Royal School ofAdministration and works at the Council of Ministers.

Krousar Thmey is present all over Cambodia through 80 projects andfights a variety of forces: against prostitution and child trade, toprotect the most exposed, for schooling and professional training, forknowledge of culture and traditions, and for development of artisticactivities. But without the willingness of local partners, there wouldbe no long-term development. Krousar Thmey has made this its credo –all of its projects are carried out by Cambodians, for Cambodians. 400staff are taking care of 1200 kids and do help or edeucate 3500additional ones.Bénito was granted cambodian nationality by King Sihanouk and PrimeMinister Hun Sen in 2000.

As Bénito was saying recently in his speech receiving the "World ofChildren Award" : ‘In the morning when you wake up, you have twochoices: stay in bed and keep on dreaming or get up and make yourdreams come true.’ In the past 21 years I always have been happy toget up every morning to give children the life and education they deserve.

After 21 years of continuous involvement, totally free of charge (theorganization is spending less than 4% in administrative cost andBenoit has set up Borann hotel in Siem reap to support his living),Benito in the process of pulling off a rare feat: ensuring thecontinuity of his foundation, today run by Cambodians, by transmittingthe programmes under the responsibility of the government…an exampleof successful development that he will present during those GINSINGdays and will present his book "Healing Cambodia, One child at a time"that reccounts the adventure of the first Cambodian foundationassisting children.