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Chai Soo Chiao
Soo Chiao is the Chief Financial Officer at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.
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 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.
Quek Gek San
Quek Gek San is the Director of Corporate Services and Human Resources.
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.
Geetha Shantha Ram
Geetha Shantha Ram is the Director of the English Language and Literacy (ELL) Programmes, 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.
Nor Ashraf Bin Samsudin
Nor Ashraf Samsudin is the Director of Specialised Educational Needs.
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.
June Siew is the Head of DAS Academy.
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.
Anaberta is the Head of DAS International. 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.