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Kal Joffres

CEO and Founder, Tandemic
Malaysia and Canada

Kal is the CEO and co-founder of Tandemic, an innovation firm based in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Tandemic focuses on applying new approaches to addressing business and social challenges ranging from preventing diabetes to improving the quality of education. Through his work, Kal has served clients and partners such as UNICEF, UNDP, Standard Chartered, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, and Sime Darby.

He also teaches design thinking for international teams at Stanford’s school. Kal is the key architect and facilitator behind Makeweekend, the Southeast Asian region’s largest series of makeathons. He has nearly a decade of experience running collaborative, open innovation programmes with both technical and non-technical communities.

He is the author of the Design Thinking Toolkit, the Social Business Model Canvas, a tool used in 80 countries and taught at universities including Oxford and UC San Diego, and the Policy Canvas, a tool and an approach for “reverse engineering” government policies in government-to-government knowledge exchanges. For his social impact work, he has been recognized as part of the Purpose Economy Asia 100, 100’s Asia leading social innovators.

Kal formerly worked in management consulting, investment, and guided clients in innovation and business strategy. He has experience working across Asia, North America, and the Middle East.

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