Co-Founder, The Hub Singapore, 30
A believer in using business to solve social problems — and not just to maximise self-profits — Grace Sai set up The Hub Singapore in 2012 to provide a space for discussion, networking and incubation programmes relating to social enterprises. Its original 25 members has since ballooned beyond 500, revenue streams are healthy and there are plans for expansion with a Hub 2.0 in the works. The former Nanyang Business School graduate, who also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Oxford University, was previously a strategy consultant who went off the beaten path by plunging into rural Indonesia in 2008 to set up her first social enterprise — Books for Hope — at the age of 24. “I was unsure of what to do with my life then and the idea of setting up libraries for children came to me in a dream one night. Somehow it just felt right, so I went with it and was very happy that everything worked out well,” she shares. Within the year, she had partnered various villages to set up 12 libraries for children. Today, there are more than 30 libraries stretching from Bali to Komodo.