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Lee Siang

Chief Executive Officer

 
Siang joined DAS on 15 December 2001 and assumed the post of CEO on 1 September 2014. He also sits on the Board of DAS subsidiaries, DAS Academy and DAS International.  Siang is a board member of the US-based International Dyslexia Association and Chair of their Global Partners Committee.  He has played a key role in the rapid growth of DAS into a thriving social enterprise with a multi-disciplinary professional work force that provides a continuum of services.  He emphasizes that DAS "must strive to fulfil our social mission by combining entrepreneurial and business skills with the philanthropic characteristics of non-profits".
 
Siang obtained his BA from the National University of Singapore via the sponsorship of the Singapore Armed Forces. He also has a Certificate in Dyslexia Studies, a PGC in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a PGC in Specific Learning Differences from London Metropolitan University, a PGDip in Financial Management from the Singapore Institute of Management and an MBA from University of Western Australia. It is this unique balance of experiences and qualifications that has allowed Siang to oversee the diverse services and functions of the DAS family.
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Chai Soo Chiao

Chief Financial Officer

 

Soo Chiao is the Chief Financial Officer at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Soo Chiao joined DAS in 1 Septemeber 2014 and assumed the post of CFO on 1 January 2017. She oversees both Finance and Learning Centre Operations.

 

Soo Chiao has a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Accountancy (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. She is also a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) and has over 20 years of working expereience. She started her career as an external auditor with Price Waterhouse Coopers before joining the commercial sector. She has worked as a Management Consultant, Internal and Financial Controller of various organisations. Prior to joining DAS, she spent 13 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Oakwood Asia Pacific, which manages some of Asia's finest serviced apartments in China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.

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Quek Gek San

Director of Corporate Services and Human Resources

 

Quek Gek San is the Director of Corporate Services and Human Resources. Gek San joined DAS in 8 February 2010 and assumed the post of Director on 27 January 2015

 

Gek San has a Diploma in Business Studies form Ngee Ann Polytechnic and a degree in Management Studies from University of London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Reward Management from Singapore Human Resources Institute. She has passed Levels 1 and 2 of Chartered Financial Analyst examiniation (USA). She has obtained a Teaching Award for Foundation Modules from British Council Singapore Teaching Award for Young Learners.

 

Gek San has six years of working experienece in IBM Singapore in Finance and Corporate Communications. She has worked 10 years in Reuters as Team Leader for Pacific market and Company Financial Reports.

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Geetha Shantha Ram

Director of SpLD Assessment Services, Main Literacy Programme & Staff Professional Development

 

Geetha Shantha Ram joined DAS on 16 August 2004 and assumed the post of Director of the English Language and Literacy (ELL) Programmes on 1 December 2014, which includes the MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP) and has led curriculum enhancements for the DAS through the Essential Literacy Approach and the current integrated MAP curriculum. Besides ELL, Geetha oversees the SpLD Assessment Service and Staff Professional Development division. She also heads the DAS Research Committee and is an advisor in the Register of Educational therapists (Asia) (RETA).  Formerly, the Assistant Director of the DAS Academy, Geetha trained Allied educators, parents and other professionals and continues to present at conferences, most recently at the 2017 International Dyslexia Association Conference.

 

Geetha has a Masters in English (NUS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) (LMU) and is currently pursuing her doctorate. With over 13 years of experience supporting children and adults in the area of dyslexia, Geetha aims to provide a quality service to dyslexics that searches for and realises their true potential and provides them with a view to appreciate their own unique abilities.

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Nor Ashraf Bin Samsudin

Director of Specialised Educational Services

 

Nor Ashraf Samsudin joined DAS on 16 August 2004 and assumed the post Director of Specialised Educational Services on 1 December 2014. Ashraf has spent the last 10 years teaching and coaching dyslexics and students with learning differences and is now the Director of Specialised Educational Services. Prior to this, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of Education, taking the lead in various curriculum development projects across the different programmes at DAS. During this time, he also presented numerous workshops and talks to parents, educators and professionals around the island to help spread the awareness of learning differences as well as provide useful and practical strategies for them.

 

Ashraf has a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University and is currently undergoing his Masters in Education (Leadership, Policy and Change) with Monash University. With his training in dyslexia and in Neuro Linguistic Programming, he blends knowledge in these two fields to deliver programmes which emphasises importance on the acquisition of not only the hard skills but the soft skills as well.

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June Siew

Head, DAS Academy

 

June Siew is the Head of DAS Academy. June joined DAS on 16 August 2004 and assumed the post of Head of DAS Academy on 7 January 2015

 

June has more than a decade of working experience in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties. She is a Fellow with the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) and a qualified trainer with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). Previously an educational therapist involved in dyslexia intervention,her earlier experiences augment her current role as a teacher educator and enable her to adopt a grounded perspective in her ideas and approach. June is passionate about making dyslexia work for dyslexics and believes that dyslexia can become their asset if we teach them how. She is committed to empowering parents, educators and schools with knowledge and practical skills so that students with dyslexia can be given the best support to thrive. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and the University College London, Institute of Education (IoE) with a special interest in the topic of inclusion of children with mild learning difficulties in mainstream school.

 

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Anaberta Oehlers-Jaen

Head, DAS International

 

Anaberta joined DAS in 14 November 2005 and assumed the post of Head of DAS International on 9 May 2011. She started her career at the DAS in 2005 as an Educational Therapist and has since held various portfolios. For 4 years, she was the Pre-school Manager of the DAS Pre-school Service and was actively involved with children at risk of literacy delay and helped to launch the service at the DAS. She assumed the position of Head of DAS International in 2011 in order to support both the local and expatriate international community of students, who may be experiencing learning differences through Specialist tutoring and Assessments. In her role as Maths Programme Director in 2014, Anaberta has presented at International conferences delivered in Singapore, ASEAN region and the UK.

 

She is also actively involved in research and has published articles in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Needs from NTU, BA( English Language and Literature) from SIM, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the London Metropolitan University as well as a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (Dyslexia), along with Early Childhood Diplomas. She is also a qualified trainer with the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ). She has Fellow status at RETA ( Registrar of Educational Therapists (Asia) and is also a Senior Educational Therapist. Delivering a professional service to the families of students with Specific Learning Differences is high on her priority and hopes to continue to serve this community both in Singapore and the region.