Tingjun Zhang is the co-founder and director of The Chain Reaction Project (TCRP), a nonprofit organization based in Singapore that uses adventure as a platform to raise funds, human capital and public awareness for critical social issues.
Started in 2009 by Ting and three other women, TCRP has grown exponentially in the past four years into an international movement of team-based volunteerism, civic engagement and community development.
Having trained for over ten years as an elite athlete competing at the national level, Ting’s unique background led her to contemplate the possibility of using sports as a medium to make a greater impact on society. By tapping into a growing culture of athleticism and exploration, TCRP has created a platform that harnesses such energy in a positive way.
In addition, Ting serves as a Council Member in the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), engaging policy makers, academics and government leaders in dialogue on issues related to humanitarian work, youth engagement, and cross-sector collaboration. She is a frequent contributor and moderator at forums, roundtables and discussions with global participants for organizations such as UN Women, Philanthropy in Asia, and the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.
Ting is a former national netball player for Singapore, competing in international events such as the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games. She was trained as a broadcast journalist and news producer with Channel NewsAsia, a leading cable news network in Southeast Asia. She holds a B.A. in Psychology.
Since her participation in the Global Ambassadors Program, Ting's organization, TCRP, has received several awards. These include the President's Challenge Social Enterprise Awards Finalist from the Office of the President of Singapore in 2013. Ting, herself, has paticipated in many platforms promoting women in Singapore, including hosting the UN Women Singapore & MasterCard Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World Grand Finals.