Hello! I’m Firqin (fiːrkiːn).

I am currently an MA (Research) candidate at the National University of Singapore. I am a Tan Mei Ming scholar and a Goh Sin Tub creative writing award winner (3rd place!).

Before going back to school, I was a Project Manager where I worked with linguists and engineers to refine bilingual speech recognition systems. I make sure projects are completed within reasonable timelines, and see projects from conception to implementation. The skills I acquired has helped me immensely as I write my thesis.

Outside of the classroom, I am the program director (and unofficial book keeper) for Penawar, co-founder of a book club and a book reviewer. It is in these spaces where I channel my energy and determination in constructing a better society. My roles require me to moderate difficult discussions, source new partners, cultivate a community, and liaise with grassroots organisations making progressive changes to Singapore’s society.

Program Director at Penawar

Book Reviewer at REWRITE London

Co-founder of No Readgrets Bookclub

Reviewer of books @nonfirqtion

When I have the time, I try to learn new skills. Currently, I’m learning to sew, boulder, play basketball and read tarot cards.

*I state my pronouns to help normalise discussions about gender, especially for the trans and non-binary communities. I believe it is an important and simple move towards real inclusivity in the workplace and wider society.

Firqin Sumartono