• We believe in the power of learning. We empower migrants and refugees by giving them a voice and the tools they need to make a difference.

  • SDI Academy Snapshot



    5000 +

    Students Trained

    > 100,000

    Hours of lessons delivered

  •   Meet Our Students

  • See what our alumni and students have to say about their experience at SDI Academy

  • Our Partners

    We've got a top-notch group of partners without whom we could not have made this journey!

    We are grateful for their funding and support.

  • As Featured In

    Channel News Asia

    "Championing the cause of the under-represented migrant worker community through English language training"

    My Paper

    "Aspiring young social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the community"

    The Straits Times

    "Youth on a mission to ease foreign workers' woes"

    Digital News Asia

    "Seeks to champion the welfare of migrant workers in Singapore, as well as to create a more inclusive society, by empowering them with improved communication skills."

    Asia One

    "Making the world suck less"

  • About Us

    We're on a mission.

    Sazzad Hossain

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Sazzad had a first hand experience of not being able to speak English when he arrived in Singapore. His own struggle has inspired him to launch an initiative to teach English to migrant workers.

    Manas Punhani


    Manas' interaction with migrant workers inspired him to work towards championing their cause. He manages SDI's corporate and investor relationships and is responsible for fund-raising and strategy.

    Anika Bte Kasem

    Head of Curriculum Development

    Anika is SDI's in-house grammar nazi and designs the proprietary curriculum and class plans which make SDI the preferred choice for students and employers.

    Towfiq A Chowdhury

    Head of Sales

    Towfiq is our sales guru, whether its face-to-face or digital, B2B or B2C, Towfiq successfully manages client expectations to increase SDI's reach.

    Yakoob Khan

    Head of Communications

    Yakoob's passion to bring people together led him to work at SDI. He manages our public relations effort and raises awareness of migrant workers' cause both nationally and internationally.

    Yu Ann Tan

    Manager, Strategic Partnerships

    Ann is a master matchmaker who manages our relationship with key partners besides helping us form important alliances with key stakeholders.

    Loo Zhiyuan Natalie

    Manager, Training & Development

    Nat's experience and enthusiasm for curriculum development adds a creative touch to our teaching methodology.

    Raeesah Khan

    Manager, Strategic Partnerships

    Raeesah manages our efforts to drive stakeholder engagement and raises awareness about problems faced by migrant workers and refugees

    Rosalind Koh

    Manager, Digital & Design

    Rosalind drives our creative branding and digital marketing strategies. She hopes to bridge the gap with migrant workers and inspire more people

    Valerie Pang

    Advisor & Alumni

    Valerie played an instrumental role in helping SDI Academy reach this stage before departing to pursue other passions.

  • Our Volunteers

    Our Heroes


  • Our Awards

    We let the results speak for themselves.

    Youth Entrepreneurship Award

    DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (emerged as winners against 683 entries from 30 countries)

    Most Socially Impactful Start-up, Singapore

    Nanyang Tech-Entreprenuership Center

    1st Runner-up

    Ministry of Manpower Hackathon


    Crossing the Chasm (Pan-Southeast Asia) Competition

  • Our Singapore Website

    Visit our Singapore website, to get more information

    Bangladesh, Germany and Malaysia

    Our international operations are conducted through JVs, partnerships and exclusive vendors

  • Find out more about our courses - locations, curriculum, payment options and features!

  • You + Us = Awesome

    The Hangar @ iCube
    21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
    Singapore 119613
    9644 3027