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.
Refugees and migrants live on the margins of society.
They lack access to quality education, livelihood and are vulnerable to social exclusion.
SDI Academy blends digital media, in-person training and rigorous data collection to design and deliver high-quality courses which up-skill immigrants and help them assimilate into the mainstream. By partnering with corporations, employers and international agencies we are working towards creating safer and more productive workplaces by providing communication, IT, Financial literacy & Entrepreneurship training.
SDI Academy Snapshot
Hours of lessons delivered
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"
"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."
"Making the world suck less"
Channel News Asia
"Championing the cause of the under-represented migrant worker community through English language training"
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.
We're on a mission.
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.
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
Manager, Business Development
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.
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.
Executive, Fundraising & Strategic Partnerships
Raisa manages our efforts to drive stakeholder engagement and raises awareness about problems faced by migrant workers and refugees
Manas played an pivotal role in helping SDI Academy reach this stage before heading to pursue a profession in consultancy.
Valerie played an instrumental role in helping SDI Academy reach this stage before departing to pursue other passions.
External Relations & Human Resource
Syahir deepens the impact of our relational efforts by ensuring seamless events management and strengthening the camaraderie of the team.
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.
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
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