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 and the rest, as they say, is History.
Moving on to Secondary school where he had loads of fun writing programs to solve various math problems, 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 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.
B.Sc. Mathematical Sciences (Hons, Distinction), NTU
Associate, NTU Student Union
The Learning Lab
Lynn graduated from NTU with a Bachelor in Science in Mathematical Sciences with Distinction. She loves dealing with numbers and solving challenging problems.
With her previous experience working with primary school students, she discovered her passion for teaching and found joy working with children. Their innocence and unending energy always motivate her to do her best and inspire them positively.
As our society moves into the digital age, she recognises the importance of every child having basic knowledge of programming. Lynn seeks to excite students in programming and empower them to excel through technology.
B.A. Media and Communications, University of Melbourne
Singapore Press Holdings
Indigo Education Group
As a media graduate, Cheryl has a love for the written word and believes in using this passion for the greater good. Throughout her education, she has had encounters with coding and recognises the importance of imparting such foundational skills to children.
Her internship at Coding Lab allowed her to witness educators igniting the passion for technology among children, motivating her to want to be a part of something meaningful. She shines a spotlight on outstanding members of the Coding Lab family – both staff and students – to inspire more people to code. You can also find her going around classes, snapping class-in-progress photos and attempting to pick up more coding in between.
B.A. Hospitality and Tourism, Murdoch University
Resorts World Sentosa
The Learning Lab
Trained in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Sin Zhen finds joy in helping people and their enquiries, as well as working with kids. Her prior experience at the Resorts world Sentosa Kids Club and Mercure Singapore Bugis has instilled in her the exacting standards required in providing high quality service to her clients.
She enjoys building relationships with people and speaking to parents on how to value add to their child’s future. She is a firm believer in the value of education. Always armed with a cheerful smile, Sin Zhen is a familiar sight to parents and students who walk through the doors daily at Coding Lab.