ItChangedMyLife

It Changed My Life: From corporate jungle to charity work in Africa

Tax specialist had it all planned out but a visit to Kenya redirected his efforts to volunteer work

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Gabriel Teo had a successful career as a tax consultant in Singapore but he gave everything up to set up the Tana River Life Foundation in Africa, a non-profit organisation which focuses on educating and empowering poor communities in Kenya.
From left: Mr Gabriel Teo, with friends Solomon Makwola and Kingston Bisiko. He left the corporate world after five years and headed to Kenya, where he founded the Tana River Life Foundation (TRLF). The non-profit organisation builds schools, offers
From left: Mr Gabriel Teo, with friends Solomon Makwola and Kingston Bisiko. He left the corporate world after five years and headed to Kenya, where he founded the Tana River Life Foundation (TRLF). The non-profit organisation builds schools, offers scholarships and works to improve the lives of people in remote areas in the country. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES
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Smart and ambitious, Gabriel Teo Kian Chong had it all planned out after he completed his A levels in the mid 1980s.

He was going to read accountancy at the National University of Singapore (NUS), join a big accounting firm and specialise in tax.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline It Changed My Life: From corporate jungle to charity work in Africa. Subscribe