At the core of Two Glasses LLP, there are two people. We form additional teams based on the project we're undertaking.
Former Penn Social Impact House Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a nominee to and scholarship recipient of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, Thammika is a National Geographic Explorer (2022-2023), using her grant to produce Changing Room, a short film that will be used to kick off communities that commit to lessening textile waste. In March 2023, the advent of this community—partially funded by the SG Eco Fund—was acknowledged in a Singapore Parliamentary Sitting.
As a writer, she has a forthcoming novel (Penguin Random House SEA) and contributes to Singapore National Library Board's BiblioAsia and as "Soo Do Nim" for Sawasdee, Thai Airways' magazine, focusing on responsible travels.
She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed. Higher Education; scholarship)–where her original research studied why sustainable development was taught in silos—the University of Texas at Austin (M.A. Comparative Literature; fellowship), Vermont College of Fine Arts (M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction), and Williams College (B.A. French Literature, Highest Honors). Interested in group sense-making, she has also participated in Group Relations Conferences.
Thammika has received fellowships and grants from institutions including the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries, and previously worked in grant administration, education research, and translation for a Doctors Without Borders mission. Her research has been cited globally, by entities such as Brookings and The Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights.
She works in English, French, Thai, and Japanese.
Xin You Tan
Co-Producer of Changing Room, Xin You brings to Two Glasses their experience taking an interdisciplinary approach in unpacking the intersections between society, the urban environment, and natural landscapes as Experience Designer for the National Library Board of Singapore.
There, they led the design and project management of new and revamped libraries. This included the conduct of user research, data analysis, and spatial conceptualization, as well as the project management of overall timelines, proposals, and funding applications.
An extensive part of their work and education experience has been translating field work, community engagement and on-the-ground research to the planning and development of places and environments.
They were also a two-time Yale-NUS Summer Scholarship recipient to study at Yonsei University, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.