Patron, Executive Committee & Sub Committees


Mr K Kesavapany

Committee Member

(Appointed in September 2020) 

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 Jordan. Ambassdor Kesavapany is a Distinguished (Affiliated) Fellow in the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Mr Paul Lim Boon Tong

Committee Member

(Appointed in September 2020 and Member since 21 November 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.

Dr Cynthia Tan

Committee Member

(Appointed in September 2018)
Dr 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.
Dr 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. Dr Cynthia has over 29 years of experience and has held senior level positions with DFS Ventures, Mentor Graphics, Apple Computer and National Semiconductor.
Dr 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 Addis William Dickon


(Audit and Risk Management Committee)

Mr Dickon Addis joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) as an Audit and Risk Committee Member in September 2020. He has spent the last 14 years as the Group Finance Director of an Asian focused shipping agency and previously had Finance & Accounting roles in both industry and consulting.


Mr Addis holds Bachelor of Social Science from the London School of Economics, University of London and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.


Ms Alicia Tan


(Fundraising Committee and Programme and Services Committee)

Ms Alicia Tan is a member of the DAS Fundraising and Programme & Services sub- committees. She was driven to volunteer as her daughter benefited from DAS programmes and has since graduated. She contributed a chapter to and shared her experience in the book Narratives From Mothers of Children with Dyslexia by Dr Shawn Anthony Robinson.


Alicia is a company director in the oil and gas industry. She has over 20 years of experience in business development, public relations, events, publishing, advertising and sponsorship marketing, working in and with organisations like Keppel, Prima Group, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Airlines and United Overseas Bank.


She believes in giving back and serves in church, school, sports and grassroots.


Ms Lie Ay Wen


(Fundraising Committee and Programme and Services Committee)


Ay Wen is a member of DAS' Fundraising committee as well as DAS' Programme and Services Committee.


Having a child with dyslexia herself she is keen to help other parents and children coping with Dyslexia (or other learning difficulties) get access to the support DAS offers.


As M&A Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services, she advises clients on strategic solutions and turnaround and has led complex integrations, divestments and restructuring programs. Her clients vary from startups to global multinational companies, Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Funds. Before moving to Singapore, Ay Wen lived in the Netherlands and worked at PwC Netherlands as a Strategy and Operations consultant.


Ay Wen holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and followed the Advanced Program in International Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.


Mr Anurag Pandey


(Finance & Investment Committee and Fundraising Committee)

Anurag works in management consulting where he advises CXOs and boards of financial services organisations on growth and efficiency. His experience includes working with large organisations in the region on digital transformation including Singapore Government-linked entities. Anurag specialises in using data and analytics to solve key business challenges of organisations.


As an investment banker, Anurag has experience raising funds through public and private issuances of securities for clients across the Asia Pacific and Europe. Anurag set up a debt issuance and trading business in Singapore for a bank and founded two startups in his career. Anurag is passionate about education and providing equal opportunities irrespective of differences.


Anurag is a computer science engineer by education and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode, India.


Dr Richard Yap


(Finance Committee)

Richard is a social impact advocate. He is passionate about community work in pursuance of achieving financial inclusiveness, youth empowerment, and quality education. He currently advises impact businesses with their business strategy, revenue model, and financial planning. He also helps corporations in defining their Sustainability policy as well as helping them identify ways to implement this policy. At the same time, he also serves with non-profits, NGOs, and charities advising on operational efficiency, donor engagement, fundraising, and stewardship.


Richard is a seasoned banking and investment professional with over 25 years of international experience. He held senior managerial responsibilities at various institutions. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of an alternative asset manager where he oversaw risk, operations, regulatory, and technology matters to ensure the fund management company ran smoothly, efficiently, and in compliance. He was also the face of the firm to regulators, investors, and service providers.


He served as a core member of the firm Philanthropy Committee; and, currently gives his time to mentor university students and young entrepreneurs. He also participates as a business coach and mentors in the venture circle to assist businesses that are financially minded and socially conscious.


Richard is a Doctor of Business Administration from the City University of Hong Kong where his thesis was grounded theory on the social impact landscape in Hong Kong. The thesis was later featured and published in a Science Citation Index (SCI) journal. He was a Beta Gamma Sigma from New York University, Stern School of Business where he studied finance in his MBA program.




Mr Andy Lim


(Audit and Risk Management Committee and Co-Chair of the Special IHL Project Committee)

Mr Andy Lim is Group CEO of JLFO. Under his leadership, JLFO currently has investments in multiple sectors across the globe, including real estate, private equity, credit and venture capital. Mr Lim is also the founder of The Land Managers, an institutionally managed boutique real estate investment firm under JLFO. With an initial capital commitment of S$250m, The Land Managers invests in value-added and development real estate in gateway cities globally, with a focus in Singapore, Greater China and Europe, across all asset classes.

He also leads the philanthropic efforts of JLFO through the Lim Hoon Foundation Limited (LHF). He has led LHF to provide bursaries and scholarships to underprivileged students from primary to tertiary levels.

Mr Lim began his career as a lawyer in Allen & Gledhill LLP (A&G) and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Liverpool. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2011.