INTRODUCING OUR JUDGES 

Mix Media – Open Category

Takanao Todo

Takanao Todo a well-known architect from Japan was diagnosed with dyslexia during his school years. He is currently a studio professor at Chulalongkorn University for INDA (International Program in Design and Architecture) from 2019. He graduated from Architectural Association School of Architecture (England) in 2008, worked for various architectural farms in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo and Singapore. His main focus in architectural design is material research and innovative design concept, which drive him win numerous architectural awards including, London Design Award “Silver Winner” + DP Inspiration award “Design of the year” with “Cada cuba huele al vino que tiene” (2017), Honorable mention for “Paphos Beach Parasol” (2017), DP Inspiration award honorable mention for “Through the looking prism” (2017), Winner and commissioned for the competition for “the pavilion @ ECO WORLD” (2016), finalist for Dubai Expo Singapore Pavilion (2016).

Mike Juggins

Artist Mike Juggins is a community artist, filmmaker and educator based in Devon, UK. He studied Fine art at UWE in Bristol, graduating with a BA Honours – Art in a Social Context, in 1999. Being a dyslexic himself, Mike has a greater understanding and appreciation for the dyslexics, their strengths and weaknesses. He chose to focus on the ability rather than the disability of this disadvantaged group through his creative works.

Mike has lectured internationally on the issue of dyslexia and has a positive outlook on the subject. His written and illustration work about dyslexia has been published widely and his inclusive film work shown across the globe, including the London DisABILITY film festival and Chan 4.

However, Mike’s first love is painting. Recently, he exhibited his paintings at the Tate Modern London and Buckfast Abbey Devon. He also held his first Solo Art Exhibition in Singapore, at The Arts House, in November 2013.

Being a dyslexic himself, Mike has a greater understanding and appreciation for the dyslexics, their strengths and weaknesses. He chose to focus on the ability of this disadvantaged group to help them excel in their artistic inclination and be a contributor to our society.

Karin Ong

Karin is a graduate who pursued her BA (Hons) Fine Arts accredited by Goldsmiths, the University of London in LASALLE College of the Arts. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who majors in the field of painting and has also further explored other mediums such as photography and installation in developing her process. Karin is also a co-founder and director for Artisan Han’s, an art company. She is an enthusiastic, cheerful and passionate person who has a great interest in art who also does art teaching to all ages. Apart from art teaching, she is also a Muralist and has also appeared in the newspaper, The Business Times and Home Decor Singapore website

Karin spent her 10 – week internship at Dyslexia Association of Singapore, teaching children the various form of art. She received excellent reviews from parents and supervisors for her professionalism and passion for teaching students.

 

Colouring Contest – Junior/ Youth/ UOB Staff

Mr. Mervyn Koh

Managing Director and Country Head of Business Banking

Mr. Mervyn Koh joined UOB in May 2002 and has more than 16 years’ experience in the banking industry covering a variety of functions, including Human Resource and Business Banking. 

He currently holds the position of Managing Director and Country Head of Business Banking Singapore with focus on SME (Small Businesses) as well as overseeing Product Management, Middle Office, Sales Management, Portfolio & Risk Management. 

Nadia Oh

Lecturer LaSalle College for the Arts

Nadia is a visual artist, graduated from Goldsmiths' College, the University of London with a Master of Art in Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts in the year 2014. Her artwork is whimsically poetic and intricate. Inspired by fleeting moments of light and shadow in nature as seen from the confines of an apartment block, Nadia's work provokes the audience to slow down and look beyond prosaic earthly representation to catch a glimpse of precious eternal treasures residing in empyrean dimensions. She uses photographic prints on fabric with stitching techniques that take an impressionistic approach through the processes of cyanotype and photography. Nadia's works also include drawings, paintings and installation. Nadia had taken part in group exhibitions showcased in Singapore and overseas.

Mrs Cynthia Tan

Board Member, Dyslexia Association of Singapore

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 on 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 a former lecturer in Business Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hull, UK.