The first step
During his undergraduate days at UC Berkeley, Jeremy Au was involved in providing pro bono consulting services to 16 non-profit organisations in California. That experience made him understand the challenges faced by the social sector and inspired him to find a way to revolutionise volunteerism by moving away from the current hours-based paradigm, to a system that allows people to use the best of their skills.
In 2011, Au co-founded Conjunct Consulting, a charity that offers pro bono consulting services to Singapore’s social sector, with Kwok Jia Chuan, his ex-army buddy and best friend. To date, Conjunct Consulting has worked on 84 projects for more than 60 charities and social enterprises. Having handed over the reins to its current president Samantha Lee, Au is currently pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School and dreaming up his next phase of social impact.
Food for thought
“In the healthcare space, there are huge barriers to access all across Asia, especially in mental healthcare where awareness is low and the stigma is high. Deploying healthcare via mobile devices is an incredible boon not only to sufferers, but also to caregivers and employers.”