Media Release | Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard welcomes Laurence Lien to the Project Inspire team

Media Release | Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard welcomes Laurence Lien to the Project Inspire team

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Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard welcomes Laurence Lien to the Project Inspire team

Monday, 23rd June, 2014: Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard are pleased to announce the addition of a new judge to the Project Inspire judging panel; Laurence Lien, Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), and Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore.

“Laurence brings a wealth of experience to Project Inspire, his work in social innovation and the youth community make him a valuable addition to our judging panel,” says Trina Liang-Lin, President, Singapore Committee for UN Women.

Georgette Tan, Group Head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard, adds, “Laurence joins a group of individuals who are passionate about motivating the next generation of change-makers. We are grateful for their continued support.”

“Entrepreneurship is hard, and social entrepreneurship is doubly hard,” says Laurence. “I was keen to be involved with Project Inspire because it provides finalists with valuable funding and training, giving young change-makers the best chance to succeed at making a real impact in the world.”

Laurence joins Project Inspire’s existing, esteemed panel of judges, which includes:

Vicky Bindra, President, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard.
Patricia Devereux, Group Head and Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy and Citizenship, MasterCard.
Laurence Lien, Chief Executive Officer, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC); Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore.
Edmund Lin, Partner and Director, Global Head of Financial Services, Bain & Company.
Claire Ngo, CEO, CMN Consultancy; Executive Committee, Singapore Committee for UN Women; 2012 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.
Jasjit Singh, Associate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD.

Launched in 2011, Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World presents 18-35-year-olds worldwide with the chance to win a US$25,000 grant to help change the lives of women and girls in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa.

Applicants must pitch their inspired idea via the Project Inspire website (http://projinspire.com/) by close of submissions, Monday, 30th June. Ten finalists will be announced at the end of July. Winners are decided by a judging panel and will be announced at an event in Singapore on Saturday, 30th August, 2014.

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