Walter Yeo

A modern polymath, Walter is an avid educator-entrepreneur who co-manages The Global Citizen’s group of companies, alongside start-ups in the data and defence technology industries. Specializing in business development, talent management, and government as well as legal affairs, he is also responsible for the group’s operations in Southeast Asia. Outside of work, Walter continues to coach some of the top debate teams in Singapore, including his alma mater, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and is one of two coaches for the Vietnamese national debate team. This is all done while he completes a double-degree in Law and Global Affairs at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College respectively, on scholarship.

Walter started debating at the age of 14, before being introduced to Model United Nations which he actively pursued till university. Notably, he was Singapore’s national debate champion in 2010, clinching the coveted Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations (Rome) 2015. He was the Secretary-General of Southeast Asia’s largest Model United Nations conference – Yale-NUS College Asia-Pacific Model United Nations held in Singapore, and was Vietnam’s first team manager who co-led the national debate team to secure the Best New Nation title at the World Schools Debating Championship 2017 held in Bali, Indonesia. In total, Walter has coached debate for over 8 years and competed, chaired and organized more than 50 Model United Nations conferences, working with hundreds of students across Asia to hone their various soft skills.

Most recently, Walter has advised a diverse range of education partners, including schools, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government-linked entities like Vietnam’s national television station, VTV7. He was also selected to be a mentor with the Young Sustainable Impact (Southeast Asia), where he passed on his experience to budding social entrepreneurs in the region.

Debate
Debater
– Ministry of Education (Singapore) Invitational Debate Championship 2010 – National Champions and Best Speaker of the Tournament
– Ministry of Finance (Singapore) Budget Debate 2009 – 1st Runners-Up
– Ministry of Education (Singapore) Invitational Debate Championship 2009 – 3rd Runners-Up

Adjudicator
– Hanoi Open Vietnam Schools Debating Championship 2017, Chief Adjudicator
– Singapore Red-Cross International Humanitarian Law Debate Series 2013, Chief Adjudicator
– Ministry of Education (Singapore) Wits & Words Primary School Debate Championship 2012 – 2013, Chief Adjudicator
– World Scholars Cup (Singapore) 2012, Chief Adjudicator
– Ministry of Education (Singapore) Invitational Debate Championship 2011 – 2015, Adjudicator
– Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship 2009 – 2014, Adjudicator

Coach
– Vietnam’s National Debate Team, Team Manager (2017) and Coach (2017 – Present)
– Anglo Chinese School (Independent), Coach (2013 – Present)
– Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (Primary), Coach (2017 – Present)
– National University of Singapore (Tembusu College), Coach
– Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), Coach (2013 – 2014)
– CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh), Coach (2012 – 2013)

Model United Nations/ASEAN
Delegate
– Harvard World Model United Nations (Seoul) 2015 – Diplomacy Award
– Pan Asia Model United Nations (Taiwan) 2014 – Best Diplomacy Award
– Peking University Asian International Model United Nations (Bejing) 2014 – Best Diplomacy, Best Delegate and Best Position Paper Awards
– Pan Asia Model United Nations (Taiwan) 2013 – Best Diplomacy Award

Chair
– Harvard World Model United Nations (Rome) 2016 – Assistant Chair, Social and Cultural Committee
– Jogja International Model United Nations 2015 – Director, Security Council
– Yale Model United Nations (Korea) 2014 – Vice-Chair, Disarmament and Security Committee
– Nanyang Technological Universith Model United Nations (Singapore) 2014 – Chair, Security Council
– Yale-NUS Model ASEAN (Singapore) 2014 – Chair, ASEAN Regional Forum
– Brawijiya Model United Nations (Indonesia) 2014 – Director, World Health Organization
– Singapore Model Parliament (Singapore) 2013 – Co-Chairman

Secretariat
– WE Model United Nations Expo (China) 2018 – Secretary
– World Federation of the United Nations International Model United Nations (New York) 2017 – Secretary
– Yale-NUS College Asia-Pacific Model United Nations (Singapore) 2016 – Honorary Secretary General
– Yale-NUS College Asia-Pacific Model United Nations (Singapore) 2015 – Secretary General
– Singapore Model United Nations (Singapore) 2014 – Under Secretary General for Academics
– Yale-NUS Model ASEAN (Singapore) 2014 – Honorary Secretary General

Coach
– World Federation of the United Nations Association Youth Summer Camp (Korea), Lead Trainer (2018)
– ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (Philippines), Trainer (2017)
– Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association, Coach (2014 – 2016)

Special Awards
– National University of Singapore Student Achievement in Leadership 2015 (Gold), 2016 (Silver) and 2017 (Bronze)
– Ministry of Information and Communication (Singapore), Outstanding REACH Youth Ambassador 2015
– Dr Lee Suan Yew Speaker of the Year 2008 and 2009