Patron, Executive Committee & Sub Committees

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DAS Executive Committee 2021-2022

EXCO2021 2022

 

 Members and Terms of Reference of DAS Subcommittees:

 

Our Executive Committee (ExCo) is made up of volunteers who give their time and expertise for the benefit of helping dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences. All committee members are not paid any remuneration or director’s fees. The ExCo and the subcommittees oversee the Dyslexia Association of Singapore and its subsidiaries, DAS Academy Ltd and DAS International Services Ltd.

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Mrs Goh Chok Tong

Patron

Mrs. Goh Chok Tong has been the DAS Patron since 1995.

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Mr Lee Siew Pin Eric

President

(Appointed in September 2021, President since July 2016 and Member since October 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 the community and voluntary organisations.  Mr Eric enjoys seeing and helping people fulfil their full potential in life.
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Mr. Rajaram

Vice President

(Appointed in September 2021, Vice President since July 2016 and Member since October 1996) 
 
Mr Rajaram joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as an Executive Committee Member in 1999. He presently chairs the Exco Building Committee as well as a member of the Audit Committee. Fundraising Committee and the Nomination 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 Chairman 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 Consul 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 the 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. 
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Mr Vincent Chen

Honorary Treasurer

(Appointed in September 2021, Member from 1992-1998 and then from January 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 Honorary Treasurer. He is also a member of the Building Committee and the Finance Committee.  Mr Chen is also active in several other voluntary welfare organisations 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 independent 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.
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Mr Kaka Singh s/o Dalip Singh

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

(Appointed in September 2021 and Member since 21 Nov 1992)
 
Mr Kaka Singh 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 Kaka Singh chairs the Finance Sub Committee and the Human Resources Sub Committee.
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Ms Wong May-Lyn

Honorary Secretary

(Appointed in September 2021 and Member since 5 December 2018)

 
Ms Wong May-Lyn joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as an Executive Committee Member in September 2018. She is a member of the programmes and services, human resources and fundraising sub-committees.

Ms May-Lyn is a language and literacy, curriculum specialist. In her work at the Ministry of Education, she has led project teams in developing both the primary school English and kindergarten language and literacy curricula. Her experience includes designing instructional materials and developing content for teachers’ professional development. Her current work as a Principal Education Development Specialist at NTUC First Campus focuses on the language and literacy curriculum for the preschool years.

Ms May-Lyn holds a Master of Education (English Language) from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the Wheelock College Centre for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation, Boston, USA.
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Mr Kevin Kwek

Assistant Honorary Secretary

(Appointed in September 2021 and Member since January 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.
 
Mr Kwek chairs the Programmes and Services Committee is the Joint Chair of the Special Projects Committee.  He is also a member of the Fundraising, Finance and Nominations Sub Committees.
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Mr Paul Lim Boon Tong

Committee Member

(Appointed in September 2021 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.
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Dr Zubin Daruwalla

Committee Member

(Appointed in September 2021 and Member since 6 August 2016)

 

Dr Zubin Jimmy Daruwalla is currently the Health Industries Leader, in PricewaterhouseCooper's, Singapore. After graduating with honours 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. As 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.

Dr Daruwalla also serves on the DAS Finance, Fundraising and Programmes and Service Sub Committees.