Dr Jeanine Lim

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Jeanine Lim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia, a Master’s Degree in Film from Boston University, U.S.A, and a PhD in Film from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

As an educator/filmmaker, Jeanine has 17 years of experience in video/film production and 13 years of tertiary level teaching in Singapore, U.S.A. and New Zealand. Some of the institutions she has taught at include the University of Auckland, Boston University, Singapore Polytechnic and PSB Academy. She has also held academic support roles at the Singapore Management University.

In her educational pursuits, Jeanine has presented papers at various academic conferences in Spain and Canada, and published journal articles for IAFOR Research Archive and The International Journal of Diverse Identities.

As a filmmaker, Jeanine has produced over 40 corporate and educational videos and 10 short films, which have been screened at several international film festivals. In addition to her own projects, she has also served as production crew on over 25 independent films and television series, and mentored on countless student video projects and films. Her latest film is a feature documentary on Singapore identity and cinema which was produced in 2018.

On the side, Jeanine runs her own charity initiative, Project Give Pray Love, which helps the poor in Vietnam. She is also an avid tennis player and runner, having represented the various organisations she has worked at.


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.