Community Conversation Circles

Spend your Saturday morning having meaningful conversations with several inspirational individuals, including Team Singapore athletes who have triumphed at international competitions, madrasah students who have succeeded in various fields, and committed community volunteers who hope to shape a better world through their contributions.

Adopting a format similar to a “human library”, you may join a conversation circle led by any of the “human books” to hear their personal stories, ask questions and get inspired. There will be multiple conversation circles happening at any one time, and over the course of the morning, you will get the chance to join at least two. Scroll down for a preview of the “human books” and their stories.

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Programme Details
8 September 2018
10.30am – 12.30pm

10.30am – Registration

11.00am – Introduction and opening speech

11.20am – Conversation Circles commence  (Participants to rotate to another conversation circle after 20-25 minutes)

12.25pm – Closing

12.30pm – End



Please register your interest here. We will send a confirmation email upon successful registration.

Human Books

Below is a preview of the “human books” and their stories.

Team Singapore Athletes

Muhammad Shakir Juanda

TeamSG Silat Exponent

From someone who endured bullying during his school days to becoming a Sports Excellence (SPEX) scholar now, Team Singapore silat exponent Shakir who has won two World Championship titles for silat and a recipient of Singapore Youth Award and the ASEAN Youth Award, proves that one can grow stronger despite adversities.

Yap Qian Yin

TeamSG Sailor

Team Singapore sailor Qian Yin battled with leukemia at the young age of 4 and faced a relapse more than a decade later. In the process of undergoing intensive therapy, she lost all sensation in her legs, leaving her bound to a wheelchair. Qian Yin eventually found sailing, which gave her a sense of exhilaration and freedom. She excelled in the sport and came in first for the RYA Multiclass Regatta, and also clinched a gold medal for the 2nd Asian Para Games.

Mohamad Ismail Bin Hussain

TeamSG Bowler

Team Singapore bowler Ismail was born with poor vision, unable to see anything that stands more than 10 metres away. Despite bowling being considered a visual sport, Ismail had clinched a double win at the 2011 ASEAN Para Games and a silver medal at the 2013 Prague IBSA Ten-pin Bowling Open European Championships. He also clinched a gold, silver and bronze at the 8th ASEAN Para Games and a gold and bronze in the 9th ASEAN Para Games.

Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin

TeamSG Silat Exponent

Under the tutelage of his father and former world champion Sheik Alau’ddin, Team Singapore silat exponent Farhan won his first World Championship title at 17 years of age. Now at only 21 years old, he already has two World Championship titles under his belt, and was a SEA Games gold medallist in the 2017 SEA Games. A Sports Excellence (SPEX) Scholar, he was also awarded the Anugerah Jauhari Harapan (Young Achiever Award) for being a role model below 30 years old.

Youth Corps Leaders

Lim Jun Cheng

Youth Corps Leaders

As a Youth Corps Leader, Jun Cheng has been on multiple committees, serving diverse groups of beneficiaries from seniors to youth. He also engages and hosts new Youth Corps members during Welcome Tea sessions as a Youth Corps Ambassador. He assists, supports and mentors other Youth Corps members as well despite his other heavy commitments. Hear from him as he shares his personal life story on his route to volunteering!


Youth Corps Leaders

Raihana is a Youth Corps Leader and Ambassador. She reaches out to youths to inspire her peers to be part of the national youth volunteer movement she is passionate about. She executed various initiatives to reach out and recognise volunteers for their efforts and contributions. Raihana believes that “No one can judge you for the future that you yourself will uphold”. Interested to hear more about Raihana’s personal story? Join her in the Community Conversation Circle!

Eddie Leow

Youth Corps Leaders

Despite being a busy working adult, Eddie is dedicated to contribute back to the community as a Youth Corps Leader. He has committed much time and effort planning, executing and implementing meaningful community projects that serve to support the community partners in reaching out and serving beneficiaries. Hear from Eddie on the value he places on paying it forward for a better community for all.

Yeo Jie Qi

Youth Corps Leaders

Jie Qi is a Youth Corps Leader who loves interacting with children. She just graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and discovered her passion in helping the vulnerable. She is currently pursuing a Degree in Social Work at SUSS. She was the team leader during a six-month journey to organise activities for residents from Metta Home for the Disabled. Hear more on Jie Qi’s volunteering journey and experience serving persons with Special Needs.

Tok Kheng Leng

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion Track, Supervisor)

Kheng Leng is a social worker at SHINE Children & Youth Services, serving children and youths living in low-income communities. She believes in building strong communities to support these at-risk children and youths. Previously reading Biomedical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and graduating as the top student of the entire cohort, she followed her passion to study social work at the National University of Singapore. Join Kheng Leng as she shares more about the decisions and sacrifices she has to make in her desire to follow her heart.

Inspirational Community Volunteers

Dr Syed Harun

Muis Council Member

Dr Syed Harun is the youngest member of Muis Council, and is currently undergoing psychiatry residency at a government hospital. He is active in community work and is part of Mendaki Club, Muslim Healthcare Professionals Association and Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board (LBKM).

Mary-Rose See Guat Kwee

Interfaith Collaborator & Bridge- Builder

Mary-Rose completed an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary CT USA. She has collaborated with Harmony Centre, spoken at interfaith seminars in Singapore, Makassar, Damascus, and Kuala Lumpur, and published an article in European Judaism, and a chapter in the book “Religious Diversity in Singapore”. She also facilitated a 2-day workshop at the National Interfaith Conference in Australia.

Izhar Roslan

Advocate of Youth Development and Humanitarian Causes

Izhar Roslan has been an advocate of youth development and humanitarian causes. As part of his work with Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation, he rallies aid for victims of conflicts and natural disasters such as the recent Rohingya and Syrian refugee crisis.

Successful Madrasah Graduates

Muhammad Khairani Basiran

Head of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement at En-Naeem Mosque and Volunteer

Khairani studied for 12 years at Madrasah Wak Tanjong al-Islamiah. Starting his career as a Youth Development Officer at al-Istiqamah Mosque for two years, he went to Darul Arqam for a while, before working at En-Naeem Mosque as a Mosque Religious Officer in 2012. He then became Head of Dakwah in 2016 at En-Naeem Mosque before his current designation there as the Head of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement. Khairani volunteered as an IRCC member of Paya Lebar Kovan since 2012 and is currently serving as a Grassroots Leader of Yishun Floral RC since 2016. He is also the recipient of Muis Academy’s Study Grant Award (2017), to pursue a Master of Science in Asian Studies and Civilization at RajaratnamSchool of International Studies (RSIS).

Abdul Halim Bin Ali Akbar

Associate Manager and Data Scientist at Procter & Gamble

Halim studied at Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah. He has an Engineering Masters degree from Imperial College London, UK, and has experience working on cool things such as the development of space propulsion systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) drones. Currently, he is an Associate Manager and Data Scientist at Procter & Gamble, with the mission of using his AI expertise to good use in the supply chain industry.

Amalina Ridzuan

Final year student at NUS Medicine

Amalina spent 10 years in Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah. Having the passion to take up medicine in her career, she did her A levels at Serangoon Junior College before enrolling in a Biomedical Science course in Tampines Polytechnic. Not giving up on her dreams, she worked tirelessly throughout her polytechnic years and successfully enrolled in National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Type: Programmes
8 September 2018
10.30am - 12.30pm
Central Plaza