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We’re a series of podcasts that gives voice to stories, life experiences, and news for listeners to learn from the best in their space and the best in the industry.

SkyGems Podcast will take you inside the minds and behind the scenes of successful leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, professionals, change agents in their professions and businesses from all over the world.

SkyGems Podcast is a platform for sharing of ideas and experiences to create awareness, spark interests to support SkyGems Podcast listeners.

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We are very pleased to introduce you to Ana Maria Marian – our very charming, elegant and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 2 -Discovering 21st Century Skills. Here’s some key highlights of Ana Maria’s amazing track records, experiences and achievements. Ana Maria is an international kindergarten and primary school leader who has inspired and developed staff, students, and parents in the US, Hong Kong, and Beijing. While currently based in New York, she also works as a consultant to principals and schools around the world and is co-author of the book “The Focused Principal”. Ana Maria firmly believes that every child should be inspired and guided to love learning and achieve their personal best. She is not afraid to push educators to think outside of the box in order to develop innovative and exciting strategies to promote learning. At the same time, Ana Maria is known for the genuine care and attention that she brings to each child, parent, and educator that she works with. In her spare time, Ana Maria enjoys traveling around the world to meet new people and experience different cultures. She is also an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of dreaming big and then working hard to see those dreams become a reality. Find out more about Ana Maria’s passions and creation at her 2 websites : www.wemadethistogether.com www.thefocusedprincipal.com Let’s tune into SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 2 for Ana Maria’s Podcast. Find out more about our life skills courses: https://skygemsacademy.com/ Register as a SkyGems Academy student and try out now for free! https://skygems-academy.thinkific.com/ 
Ana Maria Marian is an international kindergarten and primary school leader who has inspired and developed staff, students, and parents in the US, Hong Kong, and Beijing. While currently based in New York, she also works as a consultant to principals and schools around the world and is co-author of the book “The Focused Principal”. Ana Maria firmly believes that every child should be inspired and guided to love learning and achieve their personal best. She is not afraid to push educators to think outside of the box in order to develop innovative and exciting strategies to promote learning. At the same time, Ana Maria is known for the genuine care and attention that she brings to each child, parent, and educator that she works with. In her spare time, Ana Maria enjoys traveling the world to meet new people and experience different cultures. She is also an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of dreaming big and then working hard to see those dreams become a reality. Find out more about Ana Maria’s passion : www.wemadethistogether.com www.thefocusedprincipal.com
We are pleased to introduce you to Morris Yow – our charismatic and distinguished guest speaker for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 1 -Discovering 21st Century Skills Here’s some key highlights of Morris Yow’s sterling track records. Morris Yow, founder and managing director of Infinity Legal LLC has more than 25 years of experience at the Bar. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Lincolns’ Inn, England where he read law as the Sultan Azlan Shah (the 9th King and former Chief Justice of Malaysia) Bar Scholar. Thereafter he was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He was a Foreign Registered Lawyer in Hong Kong and has held various roles of a director, compliance officer, trust officer and senior legal counsel at one of the largest independent wealth management companies in Asia. Tune in to Morris’s Podcast exclusively streamed on SkyGems Academy Podcast. In this podcast episode, you will hear Morris speaking passionately about his passions in life, how his humble upbringing has kept him grounded and has given him strength and perseverance to keep moving forward and carry on. Morris will be sharing with us what he wished he knew when he was younger that could have helped him to navigate through his life journey. Morris is very kind and generous with his word of wisdom and advice for the younger generations. Morris also mentioned BTS and shared how BTS has inspired him to take up new challenges. Let’s tune in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 Episode 1 for Morris Yow’s Podcast. Find out more about Morris Yow at: http://infinitylegal.com.sg/ Find out more about our life skills courses: https://skygemsacademy.com/ Register as a SkyGems Academy student and try out now for free! https://skygems-academy.thinkific.com/
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 on the topic of Discovering 21st Century Skills first speaker is Morris Yow. Morris Yow, founder and managing director of Infinity Legal LLC (https://infinitylegal.com.sg/) has more than 25 years of experience at the Bar. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Lincolns’ Inn, England where he read law as the Sultan Azlan Shah (the 9th King and former Chief Justice of Malaysia) Bar Scholar. Thereafter he was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He was a Foreign Registered Lawyer in Hong Kong and has held various roles of a director, compliance officer, trust officer and senior legal counsel at one of the largest independent wealth management companies in Asia. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Morris Yow.
In Series 2 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, we will be focusing our discussions and sharing of experiences from change makers and inspiring individuals from all around the world. SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 speakers are all unique individuals who are highly passionate about making a difference and to help make the world and environment to be a better place for our future generations. Our exclusive speakers are from diverse backgrounds, industries and they will be sharing their personal stories, their career experiences, their future outlook that will inspire listeners at all ages and from all walks of life. Speakers will be sharing their personal journey and stories on self-discovery, life experiences, viewpoints, how and when they discovered the importance of mastering the 21st Century Skills in their life journey. They will share what they wish they knew and what they hope to have learned when they were younger that could have helped them to seamlessly navigate through their life journey. Their stories will inspire us all and especially the younger generations to understand the importance of mastering 21st century skills. These essential 21st century skills need to be mastered at a younger age, practiced continuously and perfected over time. Driven by clear vision and solid purpose these inspiring individuals will help to shape and re-imagine the world we live in. We hope that their stories will inspire SkyGems Academy Podcast listeners to make a difference, pursue your passion, your dreams and things that give you purpose no matter at what stage you are in. We will be featuring about 30 exclusive speakers from all around the world starting from end December 2020 and all throughout 2021.
Thank you for tuning in to SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 final episode. What a year! WOW! What a year! In 2020, SkyGems Academy Podcast had the honor and privilege to have 40 exclusive leaders and educators around the world joining us as guest speakers to share their viewpoints, unique experiences, challenges faced, how they pivot and adapt their strategies throughout Covid-19 pandemic. We are very grateful and appreciative of everybody who has supported us throughout this period and beyond. Thank you so much! Coming soon in 2021, we will be launching SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 entitled discovering 21st Century Skills. In Series 2 of SkyGems Academy Podcast, we will be focusing our discussions and sharing of experiences from change makers and inspiring individuals from all around the world. Here’s a sneak preview of SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 – Discovering 21st Century Skills. Our distinguished speakers will be sharing their personal journey and stories on self-discovery, life experiences, how and when they discovered the importance of mastering the 21st Century Skills in their life journey. They will share candidly what they wish they knew when they were younger and what they wish they have learned when they were younger that could have helped them to seamlessly navigate through their life journey. The 1st episode for SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 2 will be streamed sometime in January 2021. So do stay tuned. My hope for 2021 is that everyone to be kind and generous to one another, seize the golden opportunities around you and never ever give up! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy 2021! Stay safe and take good care everyone. See you all in the brand new year 2021! Enjoy the messages of hope for 2021 from our distinguished speakers from all around the world!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 on the topic of How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry final 40th speaker is Margarita Lukavenko. Margarita is a passionate educator and founder of EduMatters and EduHarbor, where she develops a global community of educators via an online platform (www.eduharbor.com), and works on providing global quality education solutions through an online Global Competence Project where students design games that are sent for free to communities in need all over the world. Margarita is a UN Teach SDGs Ambassador (Sustainable Development Goals) and a National Geographic Certified Educator. “We need to have mental agility. No matter how good you are at it, you have to keep on improving it and keep on adjusting yourself. You need to keep your balance and keep finding your balance,” said Margarita. Now I am pleased to present to you … Margarita Lukaveko!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 on the topic of How Covid-19 Transformed the Education Industry final 40th speaker is Margarita Lukavenko. Margarita is originally from Sakhalin Island, Russia and has been traveling around the world based in Shanghai, China and now based in Berlin, Germany. She a passionate educator and founder of EduMatters and EduHarbor, where she develops a global community of educators via an online platform www.eduharbor.com “It's ok not to be ok. Stay mentally agile. Stay flexible in everything that you do. Be empathetic towards one another. Keep questioning and challenging whatever comes your way,” said Margarita. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Margarita Lukavenko.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 39th speaker is Yanni Galanis. Yanni has been in the education industry for over 26 years in both public and private school environments. This includes 21 years with Haileybury where he has taught Physics and Chemistry to senior school students and held a range of leadership positions, such as Head of Department, Head of Student Leadership, Head of House, Head of Physics, Head of Pre-Senior and Deputy Head of Senior School. Yanni has also been part of Haileybury’s wider China programs in Chengdu, Beijing, Sanshui and Wuhan that have enabled them to be the biggest provider of Australian secondary education in China and the rest of Asia. He is currently the International Principal of Australia’s first Sino-Australian school – the Haileybury International School, Tianjin, and has contributed to overseeing their academic programs and systems over the last 4 years. Yanni has a fundamental belief that all his students should not only be provided with key pathways to overseas universities but with opportunities to experience creativity, passion and curiosity during their time at school. “Blended learning of face-to-face live teaching and online learning will complement really well. Online learning enable us to connect seamlessly with students at home, over the weekends and globally. Anytime. Anywhere,” said Yanni. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Yanni Galanis!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 39th speaker is Yanni Galanis. Yanni is the International Principal of Australia’s first Sino-Australian school – the Haileybury International School, Tianjin, China. “The younger generations know computers and they are IT & Tech savvy. I urge them to have a think about the impact of the decisions they make at school and throughout their life span which will impact the  society and the people around them,” said Yanni. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Yanni Galanis.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 38th speaker is Jenny O’Fee. Jenny has been teaching and leading in International Schools for the past 20 years. She is currently the Primary School Principal in Berlin Metropolitan School, Germany, an IB school. Originally from Northern Ireland, where she began her teaching career, curiosity and a desire to learn and explore other languages and cultures prompted her to move to Italy where she began a career in International education. Jenny is passionate about learning through inquiry and promoting agency for all learners; making connections and fostering an active learning community is what she strives to inspire and nurture. She has experience in, and a desire to continue exploring, how best to integrate technology meaningfully into learning for all students. Learning and leading in a multilingual, multi-cultural environment is a place she loves to be. “Balance in general has been one of the biggest challenges for everyone. Balancing parents, students, teachers, and just being able to keep some equilibrium in all of our lives. We will continue to keep the balance,” said Jenny. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jenny O’Fee!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 38th speaker is Jenny O’Fee. Jenny is the Primary School Principal at Berlin Metropolitan School. Jenny has been teaching and leading in International Schools for the past 20 years. “Calm is a Superpower. Calmness is really important in a leader. We need to remain calm and be able to take considered and collaborative decisions and support your team,” said Jenny. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Jenny O’Fee.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 37th speaker is Erick Mukiira. Erick is a Theatre educator for 11 years. He has skills in teaching IGCSE, IB, BTEC, and Edexcel Theatre curriculum. He is a passionate scriptwriter and an impeccable stage play director. He is always eager to play around with the set design and is very creative with lighting spaces for performances. He believes in inspiring students to do their very best in Arts and perform beyond their expectations. He is a life long learner who believes in continuous learning to gain more knowledge, wisdom, and just having ample information like our forefathers - Plato and Aristotle. “As educators we have to be determined, we have to be hardworking. We have to be lifelong learners. We need to inspire people to achieve more than what they think they can achieve,” said Erick. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Erick Mukiira!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 37th speaker is Erick Mukiira. Erick has been a theatre educator for 11 years now. He is a passionate scriptwriter and an impeccable stage play director. He is an extrovert who loves hiking, nature walks, socializing, dancing, movies, and watching live shows. “Students need to learn the 21st century skills, life skills and ways to survive in the world. These are critical survival skills that students need to learn as early as possible,” said Erick. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Erick Mukiira.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 36th speaker is Iain Sallis. Iain is the Campus Principal at Tenby International School, Setia-Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iain has been in Education for 21 years, 17 years of them as a senior leader. He has vast experience of school improvement strategies.  He has worked in schools with a variety of contexts and intakes. He had written modules and led facilitation at both NPQH and NPQSL level. He is also experience in keynote speaking in a variety of levels from Universities of Sussex and Brighton to large professional conferences including BETT. In 2014, he started his International journey with a Headship at Tenby International School, Kuala Lumpur. In 2016 he was promoted to Campus Principal at Tenby Schools Penang and in 2019 he moved to the flagship campus in Kuala Lumpur as Campus Principal at Setia Eco-Park which has approximately 2000 students and 260 staff. He oversees 4 schools including International and Private Malaysian National School both at primary and secondary level.  He is an Executive Member of the Association of International Malaysian Schools and a registered assessor for CIS Schools and WASC. He had articles published in TES and international magazines. He had also started his own blog and do check it out at iainsallis@wordpress.com. He loves learning and want to continue to improve as a leader. “I think the young people are going to get a better learning deal. We're going to get better leaders in the future. We're going to get better 21st century learners. We will be able close the gap between schools and businesses,” said Iain. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you and present to you … Iain Sallis!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 36th speaker is Iain Sallis. Iain is the Campus Principal at Tenby International School, Setia-Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iain has been in the education industry for 21 years, 17 years of them as a senior leader. In 2014, he started his International journey with a Headship at Tenby International School, Kuala Lumpur. In 2016 he was promoted to Campus Principal at Tenby Schools Penang and in 2019 he moved to the flagship campus in Kuala Lumpur as Campus Principal at Setia Eco-Park which has approximately 2000 students and 260 staff. “We've got this Yin and Yang. We've got this paradox where we've been in isolation but we continue to work effectively as a team to achieve success in the shortest period of time,’ said Iain. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Iain Sallis.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 35th speaker is Günter Boos. Günter had started his teaching career at Grammar Schools, since 1970. Since then, he has been a teacher's trainer, a university teacher at University of Frankfurt for 19 years, principal of Albert-Einstein-Gymnasiums (Grammar School) in Maintal, Germany, until the year 2000. In the year 2000, he came to Singapore and was the Principal of German European School Singapore for 9 years. He was back in Europe and had held many positions, before settling down to his current position as the Principal at Swiss International Boarding School (SIBSS). Günter enjoys exploring new ways for learning. He has a motto that is close to his heart: Nothing is made for eternity and carved in stone! “Nothing is stable. Something can happen every time, every moment, every day. And we have to react rapidly, in a good way, in a positive way. Embrace change and new ways of doing things,” said Günter. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Günter Boos!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 35th speaker is Gunter Boos. Gunter is the Principal at Swiss International Boarding School. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in the year 1948, he has been married for forty-six years. He has a daughter and a grand daughter. His hobbies are working, reading, travelling, being curious of all things in the world and of course, spending time with his grand daughter. “Don't be depressed. Pay attention. To our future generations; take this opportunity to learn. There's no excuse to say ‘I can't learn because it's Covid-19’,” said Gunter. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Gunter Boos.
SkyGems Academy Podcast 34th speaker is Marcela Rueda. As a child and young adult, Marcela loved practicing different sports such as basketball, horseback riding and squash and participated in different competitions in all those sports. As a hobby Marcela loved cooking with her father every weekend and this instill in her a passion for cooking all sorts of different dishes and flavours. She believes that food connects people, cultures and shows how diverse and rich is our world. Since very young, Marcela became an Early childhood educator and has been passionate about how children learn, grow and build their own image of the world with our guidance and support. She has worked in education for more than 35 years and still in love with this amazing and never boring career! After following different curriculums and approaches, Marcela fell in love with PYP and for the last 18 years have worked following this programme which offers children a fantastic way to construct their learning. As an educational leader for many years, Marcela learns every day from the educators and children around her. Being a leader is more like being a facilitator, as teachers and children will do it all. “I do think that the current Covid-19 pandemic situation has made us think as human beings, our relationships with the world. It has made us rethink education, relationships, jobs, essential things in life, what's essential, what it's not. Covid-19 has proven to us that we as human beings have to stop and think about how do we relate with the world around us. As educators, how do we educate children in difficult situations, and empower them not only academic content, but different skills to be able to survive, live and learn during these challenging times,” said Marcela. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marcela Rueda!
SkyGems Academy Podcast Series 1 – 34th speaker is Marcela Rueda. Marcela was born in Bogotá, Colombia in a family of six children with two different nationalities and backgrounds. Two American siblings from the first marriage of her father and 4 Colombians. This particular characteristic made her family diverse and created a need to speak English and understand another culture since she was very young. “Focus on developing those 21st Century skills and do not be afraid of change and challenges. This pandemic has shown us that we are capable of embracing difficulties,” said Marcela. Now, we are pleased to present to you … Marcela Rueda.
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