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Patron, Advisor, Executive Committee

 

Patron - Mrs Goh Chok Tong



Executive Committee 2016-2017 

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President
Mr Lee Siew Pin Eric 
Vice President
Mr Rajaram
Honorary Treasurer
Mr Kaka Singh s/o Dalip Singh
Honorary Secretary
Mr Kevin Kwek
Assistant Honorary Treasurer
Mr Chen Wei Ching Vincent

 

 

       
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Assistant Honorary Secretary
Mr Paul Lim Boon Tong
Executive Committee Member
Mr K Kesavapany
Executive Committee Member
Mrs Cynthia Tan
 Executive Committee  Member
Ms Connie Yang Kong-Nee
 
Executive Committee Member
Dr Zubin Daruwalla
         
 

       

 

       
         
         
         
 
 
Mr Lee Siew Pin Eric
(Appointed on 5 Oct 1996)
 
Mr Eric Lee is the President, DAS Executive Committee.  He is also on the Board of DAS Academy and DAS International.  Mr Lee is the Executive Coach of Career Transitions. He has more than 25 years of experience in the corporate world, mainly holding Human Resource leadership roles in major multinational corporations and established public companies. Exxon (previously Esso), Union Carbide, Cummins Engine Company, Cold Storage Group (now the Dairy Farm Group), the OCBC Bank Group, and Compaq Computer (before the integration with Hewlett-Packard) are among the companies Mr Lee has worked in.
 
Mr Eric Lee has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Singapore, a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Nutritional Studies from Clayton College in the US, and is a Certified Columbia Coach from Columbia University, New York.
 
Outside of coaching and besides his work for the DAS, Eric continues to be involved with community and voluntary organisations.  Mr Eric enjoys seeing and helping people fulfil their full potential in life. 
 
Mr Chen Wei Ching Vincent
(Appointed from 1992 - 1998 and reappointed on 22 Jan 2008)
 
Mr Vincent Chen was one of the first DAS Executive Committee Members and played a leading role in the drafting of the original DAS Constitution.  He is currently our Assistant Honorary Treasurer.  Mr Chen is also active in several other voluntary welfare organizations including Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital and Rainbow Centre.
 
Mr Chen spent 17 years in the banking industry with First National Bank of Chicago, Bank of America and Banque Francaise du Commerce Exterieur.  Subsequently in 1988 he co-founded a financial consulting firm, Sidi, Chen & Associates.  Since 1993, he has been managing his personal and family investments. In recent years Mr Chen has served as an indepedent director for a number of Singapore public listed companies.  Today he is still an independent director of the manager of Suntec Reit.
 
Mr Chen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
 
Mr Kaka Singh s/o Dalip Singh
(Appointed on 21 Nov 1992)

Mr Kaka Singh is the Honorary Treasurer of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore for FY2013-2014 and was part of the Executive Committee when the DAS was first launched in 1991.

He is the Senior Partner and Chairman of RSM Chio Lim LLP. Having been in international accounting, Mr Singh has a wealth of experience and his work includes consultancy relating to accounting and auditing matters including those for the charity sector. He has extensive experience in IPO assignments, company secretarial matters, corporate governance issues, training and staff development. Prior to joining RSM Chi Lim LLP in 2000, Mr Singh was a senior partner at a Big 4 firm. 

He is a regular speaker at conferences & seminars, and has held many key positions in various accounting bodies. In 2010, Kaka was awarded the inaugural ACCA Award in recognition of his tireless dedication and contribution to the accounting profession; he was awarded the Silver Medal of the ISCA.
 
Mr Lim Boon Tong Paul
(Appointed on 21 Nov 1992)

Mr Paul Lim has been a member of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore since 1992. His child is a dyslexic. Mr Lim became Honorary Secretary of the DAS Exco in 2002. He also played a key role in initiating the Parent-Teachers Group which has now evolved to become the Parent Support Group. Mr Lim continues to be an ardent supporter of DAS.
He is an engineer by profession.
 
Mr K Kesavapany
(Appointed on 18 Feb 2005) 

Mr K Kesavapany was one of the founding Executive Committee members of Dyslexia Association of Singapore when the DAS was founded over 20 years ago. 
 
He graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and obtained a Master of Arts (Area Studies) degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, specializing in South-East Asia and the Cambodian conflict, University of London. 
 
When he was first offered a job by Singapore's Public Service Commission, he wanted to join the Foreign Service but started initially with the Labour Ministry. After five years his dream came true and he was posted to Singapore's embassy in Jakarta. In later years, Mr Kesavapany served as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva and was concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Italy (1991 - 1997) and Turkey. He organized the first ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Singapore in 1996. Following his return from Geneva the same year, where he was an Ambassador to the UN and the WTO, he was made Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia from 1997 to 2002. From 2002 until 2012 he was the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 
 
Mr Kesavapany served on a number of NGO boards including the Energy Studies Institute and the Hindu Endowments Board. Presently, Mr Kesavapany is a Governor on the Board of the Singapore International Foundation and President of the Singapore Indian Association (SIA). Mr Kesavapany is Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon. Ambassdor Kesavapany is a Distinguished (Affiliated) Fellow in the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore. 
 
Mr Rajaram
(Appointed on 30 Oct 1999) 
 
Mr Rajaram joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as an Executive Committee Member in 1999. He presently chairs the Exco Audit Committee as well as the Building Committee.
 
Mr Rajaram graduated from the University of Singapore in 1978. He holds an MBA from Maastricht. He was a former Police Officer who was admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1980. A Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths, Mr Rajaram is also a Solicitor in England and Wales. He started his professional career as a litigator in criminal and civil proceedings and for the last 15 years, has been actively practising in the areas of Banking and Transactional Work, Merger and Acquisitions, Cross Border Work, Real Estate, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and Arbitration. He heads the India Practice Group and the non- contentious work in Straits Law Practice LLC. Raja is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
 
He is a Past Chariman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and was the Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation, and Council Member of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the Honorary Counsul of the Republic of Mali in Singapore. Mr Rajaram is actively involved in social work at the grassroots level and is a Patron of the Taman Jurong Citizenship Consultative Committee, having served as a Member of the Taman Jurong CCC for many years. He also assists in running the legal clinic at Jurong MPS on a weekly basis. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr Rajaram sits as an Independent Director in some Companies listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange. He is also a Term Trustee in Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). 
 
For his contributions to Society and to the business community, during his tenure as Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Rajaram was bestowed the PBM (Pingkat Bakti Masyarakat - The Public Service Medal) by the President of the Republic of Singapore. 
 
Mrs Cynthia Tan
(Appointed on 30 Sep 1995)
 
Mrs Cynthia Tan Guan Hiang, is a key Executive Committee Member of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. She is the chairperson of the Exco's Fund Raising Committee and took the lead in organizing the very successful Charity Gala Dinner at the Singapore Island Country Club in September 2012 which raised $1.3 million for the DAS.
 
Mrs Cynthia is a member of the OCBC Group Management Team. She was appointed as Executive Vice President in April 2005.Being the Head of Group for Human Resources, she is responsible for the management as well as training and development of OCBC's human capital. Mrs Cynthia has over 29 years of experience and has held senior level positions with DFS Ventures, Mentor Graphics, Apple Computer and National Semiconductor.
 
Mrs Cynthia was also former lecturer in Business Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hull, UK.
 
Mr Kevin Kwek
(Appointed on 12 Jan 2013)
 
Mr Kevin Kwek joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) as an Executive Committee Member in January 2013. He is the founding director of Legal Solutions LLC, a local law firm. He graduated from the University of Keele, England, in 1993 with a Second Class (Upper) Honours Degree in Law and Economics. 
 
Mr Kevin was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995. He was previously working with Drew & Napier, Shook Lin & Bok and Kenneth Tan Partnership (where he was made partner in 1999) prior to setting up Legal Solutions LLC in 2005 where he is currently a Director.
 
Ms Connie Yang 
(Appointed on 31 May 2014)
 
Ms Connie Yang is a qualified lawyer from United States who has lived in Singapore for sixteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the law. She has been a member of the New York Bar since 2002. 
 
Ms Connie Yang has worked in the law firms Shearman & Sterling and White & Case in Singapore. She currently is the founder and director of Babyzoo, a children's furniture boutique. 
 
Ms Connie Yang frequently volunteers at her children's school, ACS (Junior) and DAS. She devotes her spare time to learning more about dyslexia and helping all special needs children. 
 
Dr Zubin Daruwalla
(Appointed on 6 August 2016)

Dr. Zubin Jimmy Daruwalla is currently a Director (Healthcare) in PricewaterhouseCooper's South East Asia Consulting line of service. After graduating with honors from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2005, Zubin commenced and continued his practice of medicine in Dublin. He subsequently pursued a career in orthopaedic surgery and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MRCSI) in 2008 followed by a Masters in Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh, Orth) in 2010. After working at the UK's John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Zubin moved back to Singapore in 2012 and joined the National University Hospital as an orthopaedic resident. He has since successfully completed the National University Singapore (NUS) degree, Masters of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed, Orth) and was a senior resident and orthopaedic registrar before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Having published extensively over the last decade with more than thirty publications to his name, including being an invited author for Economic Times, Zubin continues to write actively with his current passion for medical education and digital health evident by his engagement as a consultant and advisor to start-ups both locally as well as internationally. As a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's mentor network, Zubin also continues to be sought by medical students both locally as well as internationally for advice. A healthcare thought leader and strong believer in collaboration, Zubin hopes to help bridge the gap between the technical and clinical sides within the realm of digital health. And in order to not neglect his love of providing good and affordable healthcare which he holds closest to his heart, Zubin continues to practice medicine on a part time basis in addition to providing his services fortnightly at a clinic dedicated to the less fortunate.