ACSEP 22 August 2019

Shining a light on Singapore’s philanthropic history

Temasek Shophouse and the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) launched For Love Shines: An Ode to 200 Years of Philanthropy in Singapore, a Singapore Bicentennial exhibition on August 21 2019.

The event was conceptualised from ACSEP’s landmark research “Philanthropy in Asia Series” that delves into 200 years of philanthropy, and highlights the significant eras that demonstrate the evolution of Singapore’s philanthropy-scape.

The seven-week exhibition is free for the public to attend and learn more about the significant role philanthropy has played, and still plays, in addressing Singapore’s social needs.


Ms Yvonne Tay, Director of Temasek Shophouse, giving her welcome remarks during the event.


Ms Yu-Lin Ooi, ASCEP Senior Research Associate, presenting her findings during the media preview event.


Human Library speakers (from left): Sazzad Hossain, CEO, SDI Academy | Linger Inc; Julian Koo, CEO and Co-founder, Jaga-Me; Sulakshana Swaminathan, Partnerships Manager, Billion Bricks; Logapreyan Renganathan, Founder, Lighting Hearts Lighting Homes; Fion Phua, Founder, Keeping Hope Alive; Aseem Kumar Thakur, Co-founder of


Ms Yvonne Tay (right), Director of Temasek Shophouse, sharing more about the philanthropists profiled in the exhibition, For Love Shines, An Ode to 200 years of Philanthropy in Singapore, with Mr S Dhanabalan (centre), Temasek Trust Chairman, and Ms Woon Saet Nyoon, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation Cares (left).


Invited guests viewing the exhibition.


Human Library Speakers together with Temasek Trust Chairman, Mr S Dhanabalan