Masami is the epitome of what we refer to as ‘the power of small’; she simply isn’t very tall. Despite being small, she is the guiding light behind almost every project in B1G1, from IT design to project management to guiding the culture (and even to coffee making)! She is also one of the most humble and inspiring people you’ll ever meet. Masami’s travels around the world to more than 30 countries across 5 continents, and her experiences have given her a unique perspective on life and giving. She has the uncanny ability to get you to look at things through a different lens; it’s a wonderful, inspiring lens every time too.
Paul is the cheerleader at B1G1 and a hugely respected and admired business leader too. He’s a 4-times TEDx speaker and he frequently travels around the world inspiring businesses with B1G1 and his amazing business insights. So many people today cannot say enough about how Paul is a stunning mentor to them and how he has influenced the way they run their businesses. Paul really makes everyone around him feel great about themselves by always encouraging and celebrating the small achievements that we sometimes forget to give ourselves credit for. And talking of ‘credits’, Paul is a member of one of the world’s leading ‘think-tanks’ and he was recently honoured with a Lifetime Service Award to the Accounting Profession in the UK (even though he’s very definitely NOT an Accountant!). And more recently, he’s been honoured as a Social Innovation Fellow in his new home of Singapore.
Cool, calm, and collected. Hashima came on board B1G1 as the Client Delight team member. But she soon started displaying other talents as well such as learning new skills quickly and Photoshop design. So now, she is involved in most of the creative work at B1G1 too – to enhance your joyful giving experience. She is also in charge of the Worthy Cause Partnership area, working with the B1G1 Giving Board to make sure of the effectiveness and efficacy of the B1G1 Worthy Cause projects.
Elvin is one of the longest serving members in the B1G1 team. She (Yes, Elvin is a she!) takes care of all financial matters making sure that 100% of the funds are distributed to the projects. Being the “numbers geek”, you would never expect that she is also a super talented video editor contributing to many of the past video projects (and other creative work) as well.
Jeffrey is one of the newest Team Members at B1G1. But newest never means least responsible in B1G1 team. In fact, Jeffrey is the GM Designate which essentially means he has his very talented fingers in lots of pies. He’s a guru with spreadsheets and planning and a recent Business Management graduate from SMU, Singapore’s premium management university.
Mickey (Tamaki) Tanaka
President, B1G1 Giving (and more!)
Tamaki — much more widely known as ‘Mickey’ — Tanaka is a corporate marketing professional who spent years in the US, got her MBA there and then now teaches marketing at the top university in Singapore. Despite that, she is no ordinary marketing specialist or academic. Mickey is a truly focused implementer who builds systematic processes that come from the real world. When she was looking for an NGO to serve using her skills, she fell in love with B1G1 and its unique model. Mickey was nominated to be President of B1G1 Giving by all other Board Members in March 2013 and now contributes to the strategic development of B1G1 – all because she had proven her amazing dedication, contribution and leadership by transforming many areas of B1G1 operations.
Vice President, B1G1 Giving
Paul (Paul Petruccelli) is the ‘legal guy’ at B1G1 and he serves as the Vice President of B1G1 Giving Board. He writes B1G1 policies, checks our behavior and interrogates us. Paul worked as the Legal Council at Kraft Foods – the world’s biggest food company. He really knows what makes an organisation scalable or what future challenges we may face.
Treasurer, B1G1 Giving
EK (his real name is Eng Khew Pang) worked at big companies like GE and Thomson as the accounting and operational advisor/manager for years. He always says “Others at B1G1 are the ones that care about people in need and do all the work. I only care about numbers and demand practical things,” with a warm smile. He will never let you get away with ANY discrepancy in your accounts. With EK as the Treasure at B1G1 Giving Board we know someone is always watching, never allowing us to compromise on our integrity.
Board Member, B1G1 Giving
Feida is a professor at Singapore Management University (SMU) and leading world authority on data-mining. He has known B1G1 for a long time even before he joined the Board group because he supervised many of B1G1’s IT projects with groups of bright students from SMU in the early days. He also runs amazing Social Media related systems that utilise real data to understand world trends and modify social behaviours.
And many more people…
Volunteers, Interns and Project Team Members
Many, many students, volunteers and interns have worked with B1G1 since 2009. In fact, many of the initial B1G1 systems were created by various university student teams. It wasn’t only because we had a tight budget, but also because we wanted try things that we weren’t sure would work. Innovation often comes with great risks. We found a way forward with students who were willing to take a risk, to be creative and daring. We also received amazing support from all the professors who guided these students. Apart from IT projects, we worked with Business School students on marketing and research projects and also worked with Art College students on design and communication projects. We want to write about all the individual students, interns and volunteers here because they all made a great difference to the development of B1G1 and their contributions are priceless. But we will leave it to the next chapter. ;-)
Finally… YOU (not about us)
B1G1 is a real symbol of the power of small like these individual contributors who are just normal human-beings with so much to offer. What makes B1G1 so special is that we are all here to share the joy of giving, every second, every day and in every way. And all of us are here to do that with YOU. So, thank YOU for being a part of creating a happier world; a world that’s full of giving.
Interested in working with us?
If you are keen to work with us as a team member, volunteer or partner, or want to invite us to speak at your event, simply contact us and we will get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!