Mr. Marcelino


Business Advisory Board

Marcelino was with the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) division of Sport Singapore (SportSG, formerly Singapore Sports Council (SSC)). The division plays the central role in implementing the national framework for the sustained sporting success of our national athletes in the world podium. Through the Athlete Life Management (ALM) initiative, SSI identifies and integrates key aspects of the athlete’s life to maximize opportunities and minimize constraints that may affect sporting performance.

Specifically, Marcelino managed the education and career portfolio of the ALM. He provided administrative support, advice, and counseling to roughly 700 (66%) of the entire elite-athlete pool of Singapore. He worked closely with all the institutions of higher learning (IHLs) and industry employers on how best to provide a more holistic and integrated support system to elite-athletes. Moreover, he oversaw client servicing for the National Sports Associations (NSAs), schools, industry partners, statutory boards and Ministries who are seen as stakeholders of athlete holistic development.

Marcelino was also fully involved with the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) 2015 as Team Lead for Business Services of the National Olympic Committees (NOC) Relations and Services Team and co-manage the Athletes’ Interactive Zone, later dubbed “the Nila Suite.” In addition, he was also member to the Tennis Task Force overseeing the Women’s Tennis Association Championships (WTAC) agenda.

Marcelino concluded his two-year contract in 2011 as Senior Manager at the Institute for Adult Learning Singapore (IAL) under the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (SWDA). He was in charge of Learning Support, the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP), the Career Referral Service, over-all training operations, client servicing, and administration of the Institute for programmes that included the Advanced Certificate for Training and Assessment (ACTA), the Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE), and the two flagship Master programmes in Lifelong learning (MALL) by the University of London IOE and in Training and Development (MTD) by Griffith University. His last portfolio was with the Research Division with completed projects on developing reflective practice, employability skills case studies, promoting lifelong employability for older workers, and adult learners’ reflections on continuing education. In his multiple roles he effectively led his team in serving thousands of professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) upgrade their careers in the midst of the global recession. He established solid partnerships with major players from both government and private sectors under the Continuing Education and Training (CET) landscape. He was deeply involved in policy creation to establish the IAL’s footing as a new Division of SWDA. He also played a vital role in managing and marketing programmes offered by the institute while ensuring compliance to policies, upholding quality, and efficient customer service.

In 2008 Marcelino was in charge of the Academic and Operational functions of the Informatics Global Campus. IGC, formerly known as PurpleTrain, is the Cyber School of Informatics Education Ltd which took the lead in e-Learning from its inception in 1999. Reach covered 23 countries with more than 100 centers. We collaborated with top global universities like the University of Wales and the University of Portsmouth.

Marcelino came to Singapore with 15 years of education leadership and teaching experience from some of the best institutions of higher learning in Manila, Philippines such as the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman. He was the Director, then promoted to Dean of the General Education Curriculum at the Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila. He also set-up and was appointed as Associate Dean of the Associate in Health Science Education program in the same university under the Institute of Nursing. In these portfolios, he was charged with overall management of student affairs and faculty & staff development. His major accomplishments at FEU include programme development where he co-authored the Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management and Bachelor of Hotel and Tourism Management programmes.

In the management aspect, he set up systems that ensured a well-balanced university life for his students that he grew from about 4,000 when he came onboard to about 12,000 at the peak of student recruitment and admission. His office was also consistently awarded “Best Department” in the University, vetted by WD Scott Consultancy, Australia, for its efficiency and quality management leading to resource maximization and customer satisfaction. Marcelino’s passion for education inspired him to publish several textbooks and researches in his area of specialization as contributing writer and editor, a testament to his mastery of the English and Filipino languages.

A teacher by profession, Marcelino has taught courses in Social Studies: History, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, and Education.