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 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, NUS
Minor in Scientific Computation, Multimedia and Communications
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.
Having first discovered her passion for teaching children when she taught IT classes to lower secondary students at her Alma mater, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, she is excited to do her part in shaping the education of kids in the 21st Century.
A mother of 2, she has already started her children on tinkering with the latest tech (preschooler-friendly) gadgets.
Lisa Loke, Education Advisor
Principal, Agape Centre for Excellence (Perth)
Consultant, Internet Training (STA)
Minor, Law & Finance
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 who has done and taught robotics for almost a decade, Mona started her teaching career right after she graduated from the prestigious NUS High School, teaching robotics and various other math and science subjects. 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, hoping that many, like her, will discover the joys of STEM learning and go on to build and create their favourite things. 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.
Martina Fouad, Educator
B.Comp. Computer Science (Hons), Fayoum University, Egypt
Ranked 3rd in Cohort
Programming Instructor (Egypt)
Martina enjoys working with kids, since everyone of them is brilliant in something and is happiest when she help them realise their own potential.
She has experienced and knows that a child’s love is always pure and unconditional. They always tell her how they feel no matter what. She looks forward to those moments when she can hear her students screaming happily when their code works.
She is of the firm opinion that teaching kids to code is not just to write lines of code on computer but they learn the ability to create anything out of nothing, to think better and improve their problem solving skills.
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.
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.
Brandon Chew, Educator
B.Comp. Computer Science (Hons), NUS
Professional Dota 2 Gamer, Singapore
e27, NUS Overseas Colleges (Singapore)
Currently pursuing professional gaming after a long hiatus, Brandon not only intends to play games for a living but also train the next generation of eSports athletes in Singapore. He isn’t just good at the game; He actually makes money out of it. That never fails to spark the interest of kids aspiring to be the next David Beckham or Michael Jordan of the virtual world.
Apart from laying his online opponents to waste, Brandon also takes great pleasure in solving complex real-world problems with the power of programming. Having graduated from NUS with a Bachelor of Computer Science, Brandon firmly believes that technology and education is a necessary marriage for the future of Singaporeans to be bright. He is passionate about changing the world one child at a time.
Zhu Yilun, Educator
B.Comp. Computer Science (Hons), NUS
Finalist, IOT Datathon 2017
NUS Overseas Colleges (Singapore)
Yilun loves programming and its endless possibility to create. He firmly believes in making lives better with technology. With his skills in programming, he created widgets and applications that can help his friends and college with their daily tasks. He was also part of the team of finalists in the IOT Datathon 2017, held annually by the NUS Science faculty.
Yilun enjoys working with children, and has experience in teaching children since Junior College, where he mentored multiple primary school children weekly. He believes that with the right teaching, every child can learn to code.
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.
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.