S.M. Computational Engineering, MIT
B.Eng. Elec. Engineering (First-Class), NUS
Director (Asia-Pacific), Danaher
Six-Sigma Black Belt, Caterpillar
R2 Technologies (Hologic), Silicon Valley
Yong Ning graduated with a Masters in Computation for Design and Optimisation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under a full scholarship and spent a year working in a technology startup in Silicon Valley prior to returning to Singapore, where he was born and grew up in.
Rapidly rising through the ranks and previously a Regional (Asia-Pacific) Director with a US multinational, he realised how big a part his coding knowledge helped in advancing his career. He continues to do programming in his free time as a hobby and founded Coding Lab®.
He is a highly sought-after expert and is on the expert panel of several educational publications in Singapore. His work on coding with children has been featured in various National media, including The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. He has also been called upon as a consultant with various parenting magazines and is regularly invited to share his views at parenting talks and seminars.
M.A. Fine Arts in Creative Writing and English, University of Massachusetts
B.S. Computer Science, University of Massachusetts
Brian was a software engineer at Microsoft for 10 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a minor in Mathematics, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and English from the University of Massachusetts.
He taught for 3 years at the University of Massachusetts and has shipped numerous software projects at Microsoft ranging from operating systems, desktop applications, and mobile applications.
He now combines his passion for coding, technology, and teaching to help young kids discover the joys of coding.
M.S. Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon
B.Sc. Computer Science (First-Class), NUS
VP, Credit Suisse, New York (USA)
Developer, EllieMae (Silicon Valley)
Li Jia had his first encounter with coding on an Apple II at the age of 5. Moving on to Secondary school where he had loads of fun writing programs to solve various math problems, this Raffles Junior College alumni ended up taking a first in Computer Science at the NUS, before pursuing his masters in the USA.
He credits his early brush with coding to having led him to where he is today, as a VP with one of the world’s leading investment banks, with more than 10 years of experience in the development of stocks and options trading software.
His hobbies revolve around coding and hardware, many of which are adapted into our coding classes for kids. His latest coding hobby (on top of his intensely game-changing work projects) involves building his home surveillance system – using Raspberry Pi.
Currently based in New York, Li Jia holds a Master of Science in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
B.Comp. Computer Engineering (Hons), NUS
LinkedIn (Silicon Valley)
With his extensive experience in agile software, web and game development platforms, Julius has been developing and shipping software for Microsoft Office, Kinect and Hololens for the last 10 years.
As a native speaker of English and Mandarin and being professionally fluent in Japanese, he has worked with teams across different parts of the world, including Singapore, Redmond, Seattle and Tokyo.
Currently based in Japan as a Senior Software Engineer with Microsoft, his recent activities include the development of Docs.com and Office Lens, as well as Microsoft’s next generation presentation platform, Sway.com.
Julius’ passion lies in bringing the frontier of innovation to young children, with the aim of demystifying today’s technology to enable them to become inventors of tomorrow’s reality.
B.Sc. Life Sciences (Biomedical), NUS
Candice’s experience in Sales and Marketing spans across various Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical and FMCG companies. She enjoys translating her corporate experience into an organisation that impacts children and strongly believes that programming is a must-have skill in today’s economy.
A mother of 2, she has already started her children on tinkering with the latest tech gadgets. She is excited to be at the forefront of shaping the education of kids in the 21st Century and is also a contributing author for Sassy Mama Singapore in the area of Tech and Education.
She is also the Chairperson of Tiny Thinkers, a social initiative supported by IMDA that provides Computational Thinking Activities and Kits to empower underprivileged kids.
Principal, Agape Centre for Excellence (Perth)
Consultant, Internet Training (STA)
The Principal and Founder of Agape Centre for Excellence in Perth and the education partner for Coding Lab, Lisa has extensive experience in the education arena, running a premium enrichment centre for kids.
She found her calling in Education, especially in the area of technology back in 1995 when she founded Paideia (now defunct), a pioneer in Internet training services. As the appointed consultant to the Singapore Telecoms Academy (1995 – 1997), the company received numerous awards for best website conceptualisation and design.
Her passion is to make a difference especially with children, as they are the leaders of tomorrow. Having a child herself, she understands the needs of school going children and wants to empower them with the academic, social and emotional skills to help them reach their fullest potential.
B.Eng. Computer Engineering (Hons), NUS
Anglo-Chinese School (International Baccalaureate)
Hovan’s passion for teaching blossomed when he was 15. With the addition of two younger brothers into the family, Hovan was tasked with the guidance of his toddler brothers. He instilled in them not just knowledge but also discipline, morality and almost everything else about being human.
Ever since Hovan started his university journey and has delved into the depths of programming, he has decided to fuse his passion for teaching with his newly found love for programming. His previous work includes being part of the digitization team at Air Liquide, where he handled the digitization of paper workflows.
With the aim of not only imparting the art of programming and logical thinking, Hovan also enjoys helping new students take their first baby steps into the pool of coding.
B.Eng. Industrial Engineering, NUS
Branch Manager, Dynamic Language Centre
Procter & Gamble
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” This Jim Elliot quote echoes in Pearline’s heart as she joins Coding Lab.
A graduate from the National University of Singapore in Industrial Engineering, Pearline’s previous work in Procter & Gamble (SG) and Caterpillar (SG) spanned across demand and supply management. Her extensive work experience has allowed her to realise her full potential in organisation capability building and taught her how to find “small but meaningful ways to improve lives—now and for every generation to come.”
Previously based in Malaysia as the branch manager in Dynamic Language Centre, Pearline’s journey in education continues here with Coding Lab, where she looks forward to impacting lives meaningfully.
BA (Hons) Anthropology, Yale-NUS College
Class Representative, Yale-NUS Student Government
Operations Trainee, Impart
As an Anthropology graduate, Larissa enjoys speaking to those around her, understanding their perspectives, and brainstorming ways to make their lives easier. She is particularly passionate about the experiences of children and youth, and her final year project explored mental health education in Singapore’s education system.
She believes education plays a key role in shaping childrens’ characters and capabilities. Having grown up playing games and solving puzzles herself, she is thrilled to join Coding Lab and help give more children the chance to learn coding, have fun, and develop problem-solving skills that will give them an edge in life.
B.Comms. Professional Communication, RMIT
Channel NewsAsia (Current Affairs)
Having thrived in the fast-paced and frenetic environment of a newsroom, Zoey strives to deliver the same zeal and energy to her journey here at Coding Lab. As a new entrant to the world of coding, Zoey was struck by how the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that coding offers can be translated beyond computers and programs and into everyday life.
She hopes to share the opportunity of experiencing the same wonder and excitement she felt to many young minds, and to inspire many others along the way. She strongly believes that learning how to code is beneficial for children, especially in this today’s digitally advanced world.