Yong Ning Foo, Founder and Educator
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.
Brian Love, Director, Education (Japan)
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.
Li Jia, Curriculum Advisor
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.
Julius Ang, Curriculum Advisor
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.
Candice Wang, Community Director
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.
Lisa Loke, Education Advisor
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.
Mona Tan, Lead Educator
B.Sc. Statistics, NUS
Minor in Computing
NUS High School
Two-time Winner, Singapore VEX Robotics Championships (SILVER)
Mona’s love for all things tech began when her parents brought home a Macintosh when she was 3. She started playing computer games and fell in love with technology. Her interests in technology extend beyond software, and you can often find her taking apart hardware to take a look at what’s inside.
A self-confessed tech geek, Mona started her teaching career right after graduating from the prestigious NUS High School. She was also part of the team of the NUS High Robotics Club which won twice at the Singapore VEX Robotics Championships (Silver).
Mona holds a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) with a minor in Computing from the National University of Singapore. She delights in translating her passion and talent for coding into the bright young minds of children. She firmly believes that computer literacy is the language of the future and that everyone should at least give it a try.
Man Wai Yee, Operations Manager
B.Eng. Industrial & Systems Engineering (Hons), NUS
NUS Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Wai Yee graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
She has been actively involved in school activities and has held a leadership role in her school’s community service club programme as an internal chairperson. She also volunteers with non-profit organisations during her free time to bring learning opportunities through weekly reading sessions to children.
Coupled with her cheerful personality, Wai Yee aims to bring joy to others. She loves to face new challenges and discover solutions to solve problems.
Lynn Kiew, Lead Educator (Manager, Adjunct Team)
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.
Cheryl Tang, Marketing Manager
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. Alongside social media handling and the occasional designing and editing, she also creates content for the blog and covers outstanding members of the Coding Lab family – both staff and students. You can also find her going around classes, snapping class-in-progress photos and attempting to pick up more coding in between.
Hovan Tan, Educator
B.Eng. Computer Engineering (Hons), NUS
ECE Student Council
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.
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.
Ryan Wong, Educator
B.Eng. Computer Science (Hons), NTU
Data Analytics System Senior Engineer
Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA)
Ryan graduated from NTU with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and was a Senior Engineer in DSTA for 5 years. He was involved with the Enterprise Data Advanced Analytics System used by leading data scientists for MINDEF.
He enjoys teaching and has taught children both locally and overseas (Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam).
He hopes to use his experience and passion to inculcate an exploratory and forward-thinking attitude in the students at Coding Lab so that each child will be prepared for the digital world ahead.
Sin Zhen, Enrolment Concierge
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.
Reiko Chew, Coding Evangelist
B.A. Sociology (Hons), NTU
Volunteer, Touch Community Centre
Hwa Chong Institution (IP)
Reiko enjoys exploring new ideas and questing for knowledge. Fuelled by a desire to make the world a better place, Reiko believes that education and digital literacy is key to empowering the next generation. Her passion for working with kids was cultivated through her many experiences in mentoring, tutoring, and facilitation of workshops.
A firm believer in holistic, all-rounded education, Reiko seeks to impart not just the technicalities of coding, but also the courage to explore, the eye for good design, and the heart for meaningful creations to each and every child she meets through her work.
Iris Jin, Operations Executive
B.A. Business Management (Hons), Kingston University London
Hwa Chong Institution (IP)
Growing up in STEM-focused Singapore with a research scientist father, Iris learnt to love math and science from an early age. She learnt Python, R and SQL in order to improve her data analysis skills. Learning languages—both human and computer—has opened up new worlds for her. She enjoys the problem solving process of expressing the solution to a problem in a programming language of her choice.
She does social work outside of work, and has volunteered with non-profit organizations that serve children and animals. She enjoys bringing joy to others and is devoted to supporting children to become the future leaders in technology.
Evan Lim, Educator
B.B.A. Information Systems, UOW
NEC Asia Pacific
Ministry of Home Affairs
Evan started his coding journey at the age of 15, first taking Computing as a GCE O Level subject, while also being actively involved in his CCA, InfoComm Club as a committee member, imparting his skills about animation and game design to his juniors and participating in various national competitions.
This fuelled his interest in teaching coding, where he enjoys sharing knowledge and imparting new programming skills to students.
He strongly believes that coding is not just learning about technical skills, but rather learning and applying one’s knowledge and creativity to solve problems.
Zhang Guangxuan, Educator
International Olympiad in Informatics Coach & Team Leader (2020)
Singapore National Coach for NOI (2015 – 2018)
International Olympiad in Informatics (Silver)
National Olympiad in Informatics (Gold, 2nd Position)
Guangxuan is a competitive programmer. His burning passion for competitive programming led him to represent Raffles Institution and Singapore in numerous prestigious olympiads in Computing, Physics, and Mathematics. He was also part of the team that was awarded the 1st Place at Shopee’s I’m the Best Coder Competition (2019).
Beyond achievements, Guangxuan has trained countless medalists in Olympiad in Informatics Courses (NUS). He is devoted to nurturing the next generation of competitive programmers, to keep the culture of teaching alive for many years to come.
Rachel Chong, Educator
Diploma in Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering, NYP
NYP Director’s List, Outstanding Academic Performance (2014/2015)
ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems)
Having an interest in teaching since young and a diploma in electrical and computer engineering at NYP, Rachel is excited to be able to pursue her passion by teaching coding to the younger generation.
She finds it fulfilling when a child accomplishes their goal, be it solving a simple bug or creating a program. Every child has their own learning style and she always tries her best to find a suitable teaching approach. There is a heartwarming feeling when a child expresses their affection or appreciation, be it through a comforting hug or a photo.
Brandon Lim, Educator
B.Bus. Economics & Finance (Distinction), RMIT
Brandon started off his career in the banking and finance industry with DBS Asset Management (now known as Nikko Asset Management Asia) where he held various roles ranging from equity to fixed income research. He has worked in sales and trading roles extensively over the past 13 years, managing central banks, commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions throughout the Southeast Asia region.
Brandon understands the importance of coding and regularly applies his knowledge at work, where he codes in Excel with VBA, Python and also the Bloomberg-Excel application programming interface.
Apart from his passion for financial markets, he also strongly believes in empowering the next generation of coders, being a father himself.
Thinzar Htet, Educator
B.A. Sociology (Hons), NUS
Methodist Girls’ School (International Baccalaureate)
President, Tiny Thinkers
Thinzar is currently an undergraduate student at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She likes working with children and discovered her passion for teaching through her volunteer experience as a tutor to children during her school years.
As an educator at Coding Lab, Thinzar has discovered the importance of computational thinking in different areas of life, not just in coding. She believes it should be a skill learnt since young and wishes to impart computational thinking skills to children. Her passion for teaching and empowering the next generation led her to volunteer to lead Tiny Thinkers, a social cause to impact underprivileged children.
She hopes to be able to continue imparting knowledge to students as a teacher throughout her career.
Shravya Murali, Educator
B.Sc. Life Sciences, NUS & University of Dundee (Joint Degree Programme)
Head of Talent Acquisition, Tiny Thinkers
As a clinical researcher under the Duke-NUS Pre-Medical Course and Joint Degree Programme for Drug Design, Shravya’s grounding in Bioinformatics has helped her to realise the importance of coding and computational thinking in various career pathways, such as Life Sciences and Medicine.
Especially in a globalising world anticipating new technological innovations, she believes in the necessity to develop computational thinking amongst the young so that they are better prepared for the future. She is passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of his/her financial background has access to developing computing skills, hence her involvement in Tiny Thinkers as the Head of Talent Acquisition.
She enjoys working with children and gains satisfaction when her students are able to understand and apply the concepts taught in class.
Yeap Si Rui, Educator
B.Comp. Computer Science (Hons), NUS
Winner, Best Game Award (2016)
Gifted Education Program, Singapore
Si Rui’s love for technology sparked as she watched her siblings play computer games back in the 90s. She knew then that she wanted to make games to bring joy to and inspire others. Fast forward 15 years, Si Rui graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science from the National University of Singapore, and one of her games, Gravity, had won Best Game Award in the 2016 computing faculty showcase.
Enjoying working with children of all ages and backgrounds, Si Rui has acted as a mentor to less privileged children, facilitated children’s events, provided tuition, and taught baking classes. She believes that computer literacy is of utmost importance no matter what one is eventually involved in in life. Her own background in technology has positively influenced the way she handles daily situations and business problems. She hopes that her students will have fun, learn responsible coding skills, and develop good character in her classes.
Lakshmi Suresh, Educator
B.B.A. Business Analytics (Hons), NUS
NUS Business School Leadership Development Programme
National Junior College Student Council
Lakshmi is currently an undergraduate pursuing a Business degree at the National University of Singapore. She loves to read, write and draw, while dabbling in entrepreneurship, technology and community service. Serving as a publicity officer in several events throughout her school years, she found her strengths in marketing and communications.
Through her internship at Coding Lab in education and marketing, she realised she could integrate her strengths while working towards a social cause she cares about, and she hopes to be able to reach out to more students through Tiny Thinkers as she believes every student should learn computational thinking.
Joshua Foo, Educator
B.Eng. Computer Engineering, NUS
Software Engineer, PALO IT
Web Developer, Tocco Studios
Currently working as a Senior Software Engineer doing IT consulting, Joshua enjoys translating business ideas and incorporating high-end web technologies into core products for the company. His job involves coaching the junior developers, a role which he enjoys very much, given his passion for teaching – he previously worked as a teacher before entering college.
Joshua strongly believes that each child should be given the chance to learn to code and frequently experiences priceless moments of joy when young children understand the coding principles he has taught in class.