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Stevens Chan

After gaining substantial experience in the banking and insurance industry, Stevens started his own consultancy business in the early 90s, to help local and foreign entrepreneurs set up direct selling companies in Malaysia. From obtaining the required licences to forming business marketing plans, Steven’s firm was among the few in the country who could offer such services at that time, especially when the Direct Sales Act was implemented in 1993.

In 2002, the world that Stevens Chan knew came to an end. As an active businessman, Stevens was living a regular life, just like any normal person. However, disaster struck, as he found out that he had Glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blind-ness. Even after nine eye surgeries, he gradually lost all of his vision in 2007.

With the loss of sight, came the loss of hope. He was forced to face with daunting challenges. Hospital bills, loss of income and the effort to adapt himself to his new environment are some of the most difficult things a person can go through.

However, it was in this darkest period, that he discovered light. It came in the form of his faith in God, and his loving wife, that stood by him, unwavering in her love and support. He felt that God was sustaining him and knew that in Him he could put his trust.

Soon, despair turned into a sense of mission. Stevens found a new calling in his life – to stop what happened to him from happening to others. To achieve this, he founded Malaysia Glaucoma Society and later on, SOS Missions Bhd with a vision of stopping and preventing unnecessary blindness. He also wants to help patients with different eye disorders cope, supporting them so they’ll have the strength to continue living with sight impairment.

Knowing that more can be done, Stevens founded Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia in 2012 to continue to raise public awareness and empathy for those with visual impairments, and empower the visually impaired community (VIPs) to reach their fullest potential.Through Dialogue in the Dark, Stevens hopes that through the medium of darkness, people will learn to love and appreciate light and not to take their GOD given eyesight for granted in addition to equipping, enabling and empowering the visually impaired community whilst enlightening the sighted community in handling diversity!

Innovating on the platform of Dialogue in the Dark, Stevens soon turned DiD into an Academy with a mission to equip and empower the trained VIPs and other People with Disabilities (PWDs) to be entrepreneurs that he and his team has built jointly with other Private Corporations namely in Urban Farming, Aroma Therapy, Tele Marketing and Mobile Tuition  etc.

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Dr Andreas Heinecke

In 1985, during an assignment for a radio station, Andreas Heinecke was asked to develop a rehabilitation program for a blind colleague. Challenged by this encounter to think beyond his own stereotype prejudice about disability, he created an experience called “Dialogue in the Dark”. Experimenting with sounds and ropes, he began to present this idea as an exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany in 1989.

With an overwhelming response in the public, Dialogue in the Dark has since evolved into a social business model with numerous exhibitions across 32 countries. As early as 1992 Andreas Heinecke started to introduce social franchising as a model for the cooperation with local exhibition partners. In 1997 he developed – together with Orna Cohen as curator – a sister exhibition called “Dialogue in Silence”, which joined the already renowned Dialogue in the Dark in international hubs.

In 2008 Andreas Heinecke, by then internationally acclaimed as social entrepreneur, founded a holding for all Dialogue concepts, the Dialogue Social Enterprise. In 2011 he became honorary Professor at the European Business School in Wiesbaden for the chair of social business. In 2012 Andreas Heinecke and Orna Cohen developed another exhibition concept: Dialogue with Time. This exhibition about aging, the experience, stereotypes and the dialogue between generations was realized first in Israel in 2012, and is currently presented in Frankfurt and Berlin during 2014 and 2015.

Transferring his know-how and mission to the incubator of Dialogue Social Enterprise, Andreas Heinecke today still remains the driving innovator for new concepts and exhibitions aimed at overcoming stereotype mind-sets by breaking communication barriers.



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