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A Society for All

TomoWork envisions a society where equitable employment for all is a norm.

To leverage on diversity in the workplace, TomoWork has been working closely with our valuable partners to build an inclusive learning environment where Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) & Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) could explore and sharpen their talents to better prepare for the Future of Work.

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Our Mission

Achieving equitable employment & training opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

What We Do

Having a diverse workforce is now a business necessity, but unlocking the hidden potential of such a workforce has its challenges. By empowering Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) & Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) to fully demonstrate their skills, TomoWork aims to bring the differently-abled community, private & public sectors together to tackle these challenges.

We have designed & delivered several high-impact programmes to equip the community with critical professional experience & the right skills to achieve gainful employment. Not only embarking on a journey of greater self-discovery, our participants also build a strong support system to motivate each other & channel positive energy to overcome adversities. Since our commencement in late 2019, we have grown our diverse community to more than 100 graduates.

Why TomoWork

Tomo means ‘friends’ in Japanese, representing our ideals of a close-knit community consisting of people with Sensory & Physical Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & Dyslexia with a common goal to secure gainful employment. 

TomoWork is a place where respect, patience & mutual support are highly valued & seen as integral to make these ideals a reality.

Meet Our People

Board of Directors

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Joel Leong

Chair of TomoWork

With his vast experience across industries as Chief Financial Officer of several listed companies & General Manager of the North East Community Development Council under the People’s Association, Joel steers TomoWork to achieve its strategic objectives of better serving the communities. 

He was conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2019 for his contributions and service in the public sector.

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Yvonne Huang

Board Member

Yvonne is an experienced professional in the learning space in Asia. She was previously a Curriculum Director for corporate leadership and innovation & also a Senior Trainer in corporate effectiveness programmes based on mindfulness. With her passion in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) leadership & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Yvonne leads programme experience curation for the TomoWork community to successfully thrive in the Future of Work.

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Mike Momota

Board Member, Chief Executive Officer

Having 20 years experience in corporate planning, strategy, digital transformation & inclusive social innovation enabled Mike to turn his passion to build an inclusive society where everyone can achieve their fullest potential into a reality. He co-founded TomoWork in 2021 & has spearheaded several high-impact programmes. To date, TomoWork has completed 5 programme runs.

Committee Members

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Chay Yiowmin

Audit Committee Member

Yiowmin is CEO of Chay Corporate Advisory, andlead independent and non-executive director for several listed companies in Singapore and Australia. He has many years of public accounting experience in Singapore and the United Kingdom with top accounting firms. From 2012 to 2019, Yiowmin was the partner heading BDO’s Corporate Finance Practice.

Yiowmin holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and a Master of Business from Nanyang Technological University, and aMBA from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants), an Associate Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), and a Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore; IVAS). He currently sits on the IVAS Standards and Technical Working Group and lectures on financial statements analysis and valuation at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

An active volunteer, Yiowmin serves on the Citizens Consultative Committee of Sengkang Central, Fernvaleand Kebun Baru, the former of which he is the Chairman. He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore on 9 August 2016.

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Chee Yang Teh

Audit Committee Member

Chee Yang is an Associate at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, specialising in mergers & acquisitions and general corporate work.  He graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2019, where he also completed the University Scholars Programme.  Chee Yang was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 2020.

Chee Yang has also been an active volunteer in the community for more than 10 years, where he mentors and organises a wide range of youth-centric initiatives.  Chee Yang presently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Taman Jurong Youth Network and as Assistant Secretary of the Taman Jurong Citizens Consultative Committee.

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James Goh Jia Hao

Fundraising Committee Member and Programme Committee Member

James is currently the Head of Transformation at Halogen Foundation Singapore. A management consultant and organisation development practitioner by profession, he has worked alongside people from the corporate, non-profit and public spheres, across 4 different continents, assisting organizations in uplifting their work in areas of learning and development, change management, strategic planning, and talent management. 

He has been active in the civic engagement and community space, volunteering for more than 15 years, and is currently seating on the advisory panels of multiple organisations in both social and government organisations. 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.

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Kwek Pei Xuan

Fundraising Committee Member and Programme Committee Member

Pei Xuan currently spearheads the sustainability movement as a third-generation family member of Hong Leong Asia (part of Hong Leong Group), a diversified Asian multinational with core businesses in construction and transportation.

Pei Xuan spent the early part of her career in marketing communications and the hospitality sector during which she found herself intrigued by the sustainability conversations growing around the construction industry. This brought to surface the new challenges faced by her own family business in driving the change needed for a greener transition within an established organisation and hence, today supports Hong Leong Asia in its goals to work closely with its customers to deliver innovative, urban solutions with the hope to address climate change issues.

Aside to her current role, Pei Xuan also sits on the Board of BRC Asia Ltd., an associate company of HLA supplying prefabricated steel reinforcement and is driving the brand refresh of the Hong Leong Sports and Recreation Club as its new President. In her free time, she focuses on well-being pursuits and invests into personal development opportunities of which she is currently a member of Uncommon, a private network for female leaders.

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Thambyrajah T

Finance Committee Member and Programme Committee Member

Thambyrajah is the Chief Operating Officer at Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) on secondment from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). He began his career at the German Singapore Institute, before becoming a lecturer at NYP’s School of Engineering in 1993. Since then, he has held various management appointments at NYP’s Schools of Information Technology and Engineering, and as Deputy Registrar. He was appointed Registrar in 2012.

Over the years, Mr Thambyrajah has contributed towards various projects in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, including the development of technology capabilities and business process software. He also played key roles in the ASPIRE Review, including chairing the Joint Polytechnic & ITE Project Team that looked at upstream career guidance for secondary-level students. He was also involved in setting up Special Education (SEN) support in tertiary institutions.

Mr Thambyrajah holds a Master of Technology in Software Engineering and an Apex Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He also graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with First Class Honours in Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Thambyrajah has volunteered in various capacities at SINDA, including as an Executive Committee Member, to guide initiatives for the betterment of the Indian community. He is currently a District Councillor with the South West CDC, a member of the Ministry of Education’s Compulsory Education Board and a member of the REACH Advisory Panel.

Executive Team

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William Wong Woei Luen

Chief Operating Officer

William brings with him 11 years of experience working in various leadership positions, allowing him to hone his business acumen in different functions; strategy development & implementation, operations, marketing, and talent management. With a proven track record of slingshot organisations in challenging environments, William is confident to grow TomoWork in creating greater impact for Singapore & beyond.

During his free time, he volunteers in the community to champion various causes such as active youth citizenry, helping the disadvantaged move out of poverty and fostering a more disabled friendly community. He was also conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2019 for his contributions and service in the public sector.

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Masako Yanagiya

Director of Finance, HR & Governance

Being well-versed in HR, accounting, and governance with over 15 years experience, Yana was the driving force behind TomoWork’s establishment in Singapore. She was previously stationed in the London Representative Office managing HR & general affairs. With her passion in well-being & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), she constructs TomoWork’s inclusive learning environment where diverse participants could learn safely & effectively.

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Kazu Iwaguchi

Director of Marketing & Communications

With over a decade of experience in corporate communications and partnerships across numerous industries, as well as the launch of new products, Kazu leads marketing and communication with potential and existing partners, while also contributing to the A.B.L.E. inclusive ecosystem expansion.

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Pepper See

Programme & Social Innovation Manager

Bringing 8 years of expertise as a creative director and a passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Pepper builds inclusive and accessible brand and user experiences at TomoWork. She delivers programmes to support businesses in their DEI journeys, as well as students with Special Educational Needs in their professional development learning. 

Pepper volunteers as a running guide with an inclusive running club in Singapore in her spare time.

Donor

In Appreciation of:

Sumitomo Life Logo

Singapore Partner

Hide & Seek logo

An inclusive management consulting company established in 2019 to improve the quality of life for marginalised communities, Hide & Seek works closely with Sumitomo Life Insurance to co-develop TomoWork. Hide & Seek is a registered member of the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises (raiSE).

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