James Goh joined Common Purpose in 2017 as Development Director for the Common Purpose Student Experiences team. In his role, he oversees the development and introduction of programmes to pre-career and universities globally, in particular across Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, he assists in the planning, operations and execution of programmes at Common Purpose Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Common Purpose, James worked as Chief Course Programmer in an educational training company, overseeing skills development programmes for schools in Singapore. James has an MSc (Hons) in Organizational Psychology from the University at Buffalo, and is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. He is regularly invited to major conferences on organizational behaviorial science across the world to present his research findings on the subject.
In addition, James is highly active in the field of civic engagement, serving as the Chairman of the PAYM Central Youth Council, one of the largest youth networks in Singapore. James is also an appointed member of the National Youth Council, the official government youth body of Singapore. He is regularly selected to lead Singapore delegations for international diplomatic visits, and is actively involved in the planning of various major events, including the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, the Chingay Parade, and the Singapore National Day Parade. He currently seats as an advisory board member for the Land Transport Authority Active Mobility Advisory Panel, the National Library Board, and the Beatbox Association of Singapore. He is also an alumni of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) by the US Department of State. Furthermore, James was awarded the PAYM Youth Excellence Award in 2014, and the prestigious Public Sevice Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) by the President of Singapore in 2015. At the time of award, he was the youngest recipient in the history of the award.