MEET OUR TEAM
Since the beginning, in 2008, the TGF team has been working in line with local people to reach one ultimate goal – Sustainable Rural Communities across Cambodia.
Sam is originally from London, UK. After reading Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool he went to work for a top Finnish manufacturing firm based in Bristol. After a successful 5 years he took voluntary redundancy and decided to take the opportunity to travel. He spent a year travelling extensively in South America and Southeast Asia, lending his skills to various NGO’s along the way and discovering a passion for social projects. In 2006 he was recruited to expand a wildlife NGOs existing operations from Thailand into the rest of Southeast Asia, and based himself in Siem Reap. From here he went on to manage a centre working with street children and their families before joining TGF in 2014. He was particularly drawn to TGFs work by the integrated approach the organization employs and the opportunity to work in rural Cambodia, with some of the countries most disadvantaged communities.
Savy proudly comes from Battambang Province. He has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance, and Master’s degree in General Management from Siem Reap. Savy worked as an accounting lecturer for 3 years, before deciding to work in the non-profit world. Where he worked for a number of organisations, including the Cambodian Red Cross, Friends International and Plan International. Since February 2017, Savy has been Business Manager for Temple Garden Foundation. He deals with finance, project support and donor relations. In his free time, Savy likes playing football and spending quality time with his family.
Business Development Manager
Rob is originally from Australia, but has lived in Singapore since 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of New South Wales. Rob worked in the oil and finance sectors for 25 years before joining TGF. Starting his career as an engineer with Shell Australia, he then spent 10 years working in various roles related to business analytics, marketing and trading, before eventually moving to Singapore with Shell. Rob joined Goldman Sachs as an oil trader in 2001, and eventually managed their Asian oil trading business. In 2010 Rob joined Citi Group to rebuild and manage their Global oil trading business. In 2014, Rob left the corporate world so he could use his experience in the non-profit sector. He was eager to join Temple Garden Foundation after seeing the impact of the work they were doing, and their deep connection with the communities that they provide support to. He works on strategy, fundraising, networking and exploring partnership opportunities.
IN THE FIELD
Programme Manager - Children's Education
Tara joined TGF in 2010. He works four days out of five from TGF’s field office, visiting villages and building relationships with the communities. As well as supporting teachers and parents, he trains teachers and you will even find him helping out in classrooms where needed. It’s important to Tara that communities are empowered through training to become sustainable and less reliant on the help of TGF. In his spare time, Tara enjoys jogging, cycling, listing to music and visiting the surrounding countryside.
Programme Manager - Water & Sanitation
Saren is originally from Battambang Province, south-west of Siem Reap. Sponsored by an NGO, he studied Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh and continues to study now alongside his work, travelling to Phnom Penh at weekends to complete his masters degree in Development Studies. Prior to TGF, Saren worked with two children’s charities based in Siem Reap, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant and Baby Tree Projects. At TGF, he spends up to four days a week with rural villagers, building trust and confidence. He always wanted to give back to poor communities based on personal experience as a child and is keen to connect the 59 villages that TGF supports with all four of its programmes. When Saren isn’t studying he enjoys playing football, basketball and listening to music.
Programme Manager - Health
Chea comes from the Krochap Village in the Kampong Thom Province. He studied Junior Medical Assistance and Human Resource Management. He then went on to work for World Vision Cambodia for 15 years, as Health Coordinator and technical Health officer. He also worked for Path Cambodia for an additional year. He joined TGF in early 2015, and now oversees all of TGF’s health projects. When he is not striving to improve health outcomes for rural Cambodians, he likes to listen to music and feed the chickens at his farm.
Programme Manager - Income Generation
Ton always wanted to be able to make a difference through his work, having seen the impact an NGO had on his own village as a child. After studying Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Phnom Penh University, Ton worked with the agriculture team at Cambodia’s APSARA Authority which protects the archaeological park of Angkor. He then worked with French social entity Caritas and Danish charity ADDA, teaching sustainable agriculture to local communities. At TGF, Ton teaches business skills and personally supports 34 savings groups. He is particularly interested in villages which have seen high levels of migration and places high importance on TGF’s ability to provide villagers with support through all four of its programmes. Outside of work, Ton is planning his own sustainable agricultural project to grow coconuts and bananas.
MEET OUR TRUSTEES
Charlotte is the co-founder of Temple Garden Foundation (TGF) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees as Co-Chair alongside Brad Levitt. Prior to 2008 Charlotte spent 18 years in the Commodity industry working for BP International, Ferrell International and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in a variety of roles from ship chartering, oil operations to marketing. Charlotte holds a BSc from Cardiff University and a postgraduate diploma in Food Security from Edinburgh University. Charlotte currently lives in Edinburgh and has one son.
Brad is the co-founder and CEO of Sentosa Capital Pte Ltd., a Singapore-based fund management company. Brad has an extensive background in finance, including over 25 years in banking and capital markets. Brad was the Global Head of Capital Markets for Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), based in Singapore and served on SCB’s Wholesale Bank Management Group. Prior to that, Brad was the founder and Managing Director of SCB’s Fixed Income business, responsible for managing and running all aspects of the business in North Asia, South east Asia, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In addition to TGF, Brad also serves on the Board and is Honorary Treasurer for the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership (CNPL, Singapore), on the Board of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC, Singapore) and as the Head of the Investment Committee for Club Rainbow (Singapore). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master in Business Administration, Finance from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Brad is married and has 2 children.
Cecile Sturm has an extensive background in Finance, with 15 years of experience. Cecile started her career with Deloitte Accountants as auditor of both national (Dutch) and international companies. After that she has worked as Business Controller with various companies in The Netherlands. Before relocating to Singapore she worked with RWE Supply & Trading Switzerland in Geneva for almost 5 years in various financial functions. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maastricht and has successfully completed the Postgraduate Accountancy examination at Tilburg University. Cecile is a Certified Public Accountant (RA) in The Netherlands. She lives in Singapore with her partner and 2 children.
Karen Lampe is currently the Senior Accounts Manager at The Missing Chapter Foundation, which promotes children’s inclusivity in the Netherlands. Karen started working in the development aid industry in 2005. Before that she worked for four years at Royal Dutch Airlines KLM in general management, where she was involved in a variety of assignments. Karen worked in Asia for seven years for several development aid organizations. For four years she worked at Kampung Kids in Jakarta, Indonesia, which focuses on the poorest families in Jakarta. Here she was Financial Manager, English teacher and set up craft businesses. Following this she worked for four years as project manager at the German Technical Cooperation (GiZ) in charge of EU funded Health and Education programs. Just last year, she worked in the Oxfam Innovation Department, with a focus on impact measurement. Karen has been involved in Temple Garden Foundation since 2009, and serves as member of the Board of Trustees. She holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Karen is married and has two children.
Winifred is Director for the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership, where she works with Singapore-based boards and senior management on deepening their leadership bench strength, and facilitating organisational transformations for greater social impact. Winifred has spent over 25 years in public-listed companies, holding key executive roles in Human Resources, Learning and Organization Development, and Talent Management. Her corporate experiences cut across sectors such as retail, professional services, high tech, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. Winifred is currently serving on the Board of Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), after two consecutive terms (2012 – 2016) as President of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), a leading women’s advocacy group in Singapore. On the global community development front, Winifred led the leadership and planning process in the Carood Watershed Project for VSO Bahaginan, Philippines. In Hong Kong, she led the enhancement of a learning, monitoring and evaluation system for HER Fund – a grant-maker for marginalised women’s groups. Since 2011, in partnership with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), she has served as a Mentor and Facilitator on the Afghanistan Fellowship Program. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Sociology and Philosophy from National University of Singapore.
Supriya Sen is a Senior Advisor at Mckinsey & Co, specializing in project and infrastructure finance. Prior to this she was a banker for 25 years, working at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Citibank and GE Capital; and visiting faculty at business schools in the region where she taught courses in infrastructure finance, climate finance and sustainability. Besides TGF, she serves on a few other boards in the region that are focused on infrastructure, education and healthcare sectors. Supriya has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an Bachelors in Engineering from Bangalore University. She also completed executive leadership programs at at Florida University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Peter Wild is from Switzerland and moved to Singapore in 2015. He is a Swiss Certified Lawyer with a focus on intellectual property law and over 30 years of experience. After graduating from university of St. Gallen and USD (San Diego), he started his career with a major Swiss IP law firm before he founded his own law firm in Zurich in 2001. He advises clients from start ups to MNCs in all trademark, domain name and copyright related issues, from strategy to litigation. In 2015 Peter moved to Singapore and started his new firm with a focus on alternative dispute resolution, especially Arbitration. He regularly sits as panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Domain Name resolution system UDRP. He lives in Singapore with his wife where he has supported local and international charities through funding and volunteer work.
Andrew Ferguson is originally from Ireland but has lived in Singapore since 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant with an extensive background in Finance & Sales and over 30 years of experience having also worked and lived in Italy, Belgium, the Uk and Spain. Andrew started his career with PwC Accountants in 1986 as Auditor in Italy before moving to work with ICI Plc Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals in Belgium, working his way to CFO for the Italian operations in Milan followed by a move to the Technology Sector as Finance Director for BMC Software Inc.’s Southern Europe business based in Madrid. In 2009 Andrew joined software company Micro Focus International Plc in the UK setting up their WW Field Operations, then moving back to Finance as their VP Finance for EMEA and APJ, before heading to Singapore as VP Sales Operations for the region where he is currently Chief of Staff. He lives in Singapore with his partner where he has supported local charities through funding and volunteer work.