Andrew Ong is an ex-offender. Because of his personal journey of redemption and transformation, he is an active mentor and advocate for ex-offenders. In the past, he was a school dropout and a gang member. He was incarcerated when he was 18 for a rioting offence in which he served 9 months of imprisonment.
After his release, Andrew returned to studies and graduated with a degree in Communications Management. He currently works with Empact as head of corporate partnerships and marketing, and has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, advertising and business development in the private, people and public sectors. Part of his professional career experience includes heading an advertising agency as its general manager in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where he was based for 4 years.
Today, Andrew has made it his life mission to change the negative perception that ex-offenders have of themselves, and also to change public’s stereotypical perception towards ex-offenders. He strongly believes that there is so much more ex-offenders can offer and achieve in their lives if given a chance, and having the belief that they are worthy of a chance.
Aside from serving on the board of Architects of Life to fulfil his mission, he is co-founder of Break the Cycle in which he involves our local community of cyclists to support ex-offenders in breaking the cycle of recidivism through cycling. He is also co-founder of Chance, a brand agency set up with the purpose to train and hire ex-offenders for the creative industry.