• 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



    8500 +

    Students Trained

    > 250,000

    Hours of lessons delivered

    > 140,000

    people engaged

  • 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


    "SDI Academy empowers migrant workers through education"

    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"


    "Dr English wants to train more than 10,000 Migrant Workers to build bridges between locals and Migrants"

    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"

    Channel News Asia

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

  • Obama Leader

    Our Founder & CEO Sazzad Hossain is a Obama Leader of the Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific.

    A leadership development and community engagement program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect 200 young emerging leaders from 33 nations and territories across the Asia-Pacific region to help create the change we all want to see in our communities.

  • About Us

    We're on a mission.

    Sazzad Hossain

    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.

    Towfiq A Chowdhury

    Manager, Business Development

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

    Ashiq Sadee

    Head, International Marketing

    Ashiq goes around the globe to increase the impact of our work beyond the borders. He helps to establish new branches in new territories.

    Shreya Mehra

    Specialist, Digital Marketing & Communication

    Shreya manages the Digital Marketing & Communication of our company and all things creative. She is our go-to for everything Digital and Creative.

    Valerie Pang


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

    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.

    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.

    Manas Punhani


    Manas played an pivotal role in helping SDI Academy reach this stage before heading to pursue a profession in consultancy.

    Syahir Najwan

    External Relations & Human Resource

    Syahir deepens the impact of our relational efforts by ensuring seamless events management and strengthening the camaraderie of the team.

    Raisa Islam

    Executive, Fundraising & Strategic Partnerships

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

  • 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

    Enactus National Champion 2018

    SDI Academy won the national championship to qualify Enactus WorldCup 2018 hosted in San Jose, California

  • You + Us = Awesome

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    Sat-Sun 5:00 P.M. - 10 P.M.
    +65 8256 6337