James 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, and in particular across the Asia-Pacific region. This includes Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, based in the Singapore office, which serves as the hub for Common Purpose Asia-Pacific operations, he assists in the planning, operations and execution of Common Purpose Asia-Pacific programmes.
Prior to joining Common Purpose, James worked as Chief Course Programmer in an educational training company, overseeing skills development programmes for schools in Singapore. He led a team of instructors, in both supervisory and training capacities, ensuring consistent delivery of programmes to multiple clients. James has an MSc (Hons) in Organizational Psychology from Singapore Management University, and is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School. He is regularly invited to major conferences on organizational behavior across the world to present his research.
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 sits 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 alumnus 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 Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) by the President of Singapore in 2015. At the time of the award, he was the youngest recipient in the history of the award.