The Foundation Leadership Council is a global, non-statutory council made up of ‘Foundation Leadership Council Trustees’ - senior volunteers who are prominent leaders from within the UWC community. The Trustees are a globally representative group who have a deep affiliation and connection with the College, many are alumni or parents of current students. They willingly donate their time, energy and expertise to the UWCSEA Foundation and advocate on its behalf.
The FLC takes an active role in helping the UWCSEA Foundation maximise advancement initiatives, through a three-pronged approach:
Offers independent, expert advice to guide the Foundation’s strategic focus.
Helps the Foundation access and leverage local and global insights and contacts to solicit philanthropic support for the College.
Drives action through the establishment of local and global fundraising programmes.
A committed lifelong environmentalist and philanthropist, Kirtida served as the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Environment Council (1993-1997), and the Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement at SMU, where she provided strategic direction and technical guidance, helping the office to build capacity, develop capital campaigns and create endowment funds. Currently Kirtida sits on the Board of the Garden City Fund, and the Advisory Board for the NUS School of Design & Environment Master’s programme (MSc) in Environmental Management. Kirtida is also a founding member of the Biomimicry Network Singapore.
Kirtida dedicates her time to environmental issues as well those related to art and youth education and has contributed significantly towards fundraising efforts in these fields. In 2015, Kirtida received the President’s Award for the Environment for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of greenery and conservation in Singapore.
As a dedicated educationist, she believes that education is the single most important agent for harnessing and developing human potential, serving as a catalyst for change and the betterment of life on this planet. She believes that “doing is the mother of all learning” and puts this belief into action by championing opportunities and platforms for youth to get involved in action-based learning.
Kirtida played a pivotal role in the growth of the UWCSEA Sustainable Development Programme. She has served as a UWCSEA Governor, Foundation Trustee and now Foundation Leadership Council Chair. She also champions the College’s ongoing evolution as an outstanding learning centre and hub for ideas.
Kirtida is an accomplished businesswoman, sitting on the Board of Directors of CISTECH International Pte Ltd and providing strategic direction to the Singapore-based organisation.