Jonathan Chang

About Jonathan Chang
  • Executive Director, Lien Centre for Social Innovation

Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Acting Executive Director of Institute for Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University. He pioneered Ashoka Changemaker Campus accreditation for SMU, the first university in Asia to receive the honour. Jonathan is the Harvard Kennedy School Ambassador to Singapore, and an elected member of HKS Alumni Board of Directors. A strong supporter of social entrepreneurship, Jonathan has mentored and invested in social enterprises in Southeast Asia.

Previously, Jonathan founded and co-founded four startups across multiple industries in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. His most recent venture was OhMyGreen, a Y-Combinator incubated social enterprise, providing wellness solutions to corporations. His passion for social entrepreneurship and impact investing has brought him to Rwanda, England, New Zealand, India, and Indonesia, writing papers and case studies for Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and SMU. He also worked on a research project, looking at the role of government and private sector on innovation with Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland. Jonathan also gave a TEDx talk at Harvard about the importance of a mission-driven life, which was featured on Voice of America.

Jonathan is a graduate of UC Berkeley, the Stanford Graduate School of Business (with certificates in Public and Global Management), and Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Edward S. Mason Program on Public Policy and Management. Jonathan received Stanford’s Miller Social Change Leadership Award, was a Digital Problem Solving Initiative Fellow at Harvard Law School, was a Fellow at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and was Harvard Kennedy School’s Commencement Marshal.

Jonathan is a passionate mountaineer. He spent 14 days trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp (5350m), and has climbed four mountains – Kilimanjaro (5895m), Kala Patthar (5644.5m), Nagarjuna (5100m), and Kinabalu (4095m).


Universities – Shaping the Next Generation

06 Jun 2018

Read session notes here.  Session Description Social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, impact investing, corporate social responsibility, social innovation, and related public policy topics are emerging as important focus areas for universities. New institutions and training programs have also been set up…Read More

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