Hi, I'm Jah Ying.

    I'm figuring out how to design organizations and ecosystems to do the most good.


    In past lives, I've built and sold a sponsorship marketplace, launched climate change campaigns, incubated social enterprises, helped raise a venture philanthropy fund, and conducted basic research in policy and philosophy.


    Currently, I'm focussed on helping social purpose organizations develop evidence-based strategy.

    You'll typically find me conducting user interviews, market research or facilitating conversations around strategy design.

  • Here are some of my latest projects

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    User Research

    How might we improve mutual understanding between Effective Altruism communities in Asia and the West?
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    Business Transformation

    How might we create a geospatial business that leverages our existing technology, experience and customer relationships?
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    Service Design

    How might we help jobhunters take a more efficient approach to finding exciting and impactful work?

  • Previously, I've worked in three main areas:

    Helping Founders Grow

    From storytelling to research to strategy facilitation, I work with impact-driven founders to test ideas, understand stakeholders and develop business strategy.

    Bridging Talent Gaps

    How might we connect people with opportunities to do their most impactful work? I build prototypes and work with HR entrepreneurs to find out.

    Designing Life Systems

    Helping people (like me!) stay sane by designing sustainable systems for everyday life. I like to iterate on routines, review processes and resource stacks.

  • Helping Founders Grow

    I support impact-driven founders in scaling their businesses through research, coaching and facilitation.

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    Kevin Chan

    Preventing forest fires and natural disasters by helping land owners collect and visualize data across their properties.

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    Sonali Abdalli

    The first multi-purpose creative space in Albania, combining spaces for living, co-working, exhibits and live performances.

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    Hubert Thieriot

    Mitigating risks of natural and climate disasters by making timely scientific data accessible to all.

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    Keith Rumjahn

    Leveraging AI, human behaviour and game mechanics to make people healthier.

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    Growth Team

    Building a community of founders committed to donating a percentage of personal proceeds upon exit to charity.

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    Cohort 3

    The first venture-backed accelerator in Hong Kong. Supporting startups as lead mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence.

  • Bridging Talent Gaps

    I've always been fascinated about the best ways to nurture talent and connect them with the right opportunities. I prototype concepts and work with companies to build solutions across the talent lifecycle: education, recruitment, career planning to training.

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    Social impact expert network

    Helping social purpose organizations scale their impact by matching them with experts who can solve their organizational bottlenecks.

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    Millennial recruitment

    Vanna connects millennial talent and top companies by providing expert career advice and unique insights into the culture, values and environment of companies.
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    Technical recruitment

    Terminal 1 is a full-service recruitment firm bringing machine learning to recruitment. With a team of programmers, data scientists, and product developers, Terminal 1 connects technical talents with the fast growing startups and strongest engineering cultures in Hong Kong.

  • Designing Life Systems

    Figuring out how to live an impactful, sane and sustainable life. I write about my experiments, ideas and operating systems for the many facets of everyday life.

    Impactful Work & Career

    Daily Life Operations


    • The Annual Life Review
      A framework for reviewing the ups and downs of a year, and how to plan for the next. Content included.


  • Sharing My Ideas

    I shared my thoughts to a wide range of audiences, from students, investors and corporate executives to NGO leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials.

    Business Magazine Albania

    Thoughts on the Albanian Startup Ecosystem

    Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin​

    Exits for Good: Rare Stories of Social Enterprise M&As

    in Asia

    BetaPitch Mostar / EIR Wisdom

    What Founders Need to Grow

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    Entrepreneurship in China


    Entrepreneurial Spirit in Social Innovation (panel)

    Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin​

    Female Entrepreneurship in Action​ (panel)

    TedxYouth Hong Kong

    The Power of Inexperience

    OurTV.hk (Cantonese)


    Beijing TV (Mandarin)

    Climate Change Campaign in China

  • Get in touch

    Found something interesting? Let's talk: