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The global pandemic has pushed educators to pause and reflect on education as it stands today – to rethink how it needs to be for the future, so that this generation of learners not only survive, but are able to thrive and lead in the uncertainty and change. We believe that now is the time more than ever, to push conversations that ensure we don’t go back to where we were before, but instead take all we’ve learned forward and build back better.

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Episode R

Reach for Perfection

9 October 2021

Pursuing perfection is less about achieving it, and more about having a spirit of excellence in all we do, to be the best version of ourselves as lifelong learners and inspire others to do the same. How do we help students strive for excellence in today’s world?

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Will Van Der Hart
Will Van Der Hart

Will Van Der Hart

Founder and Director of Mind and Soul Foundation

Will Van Der Hart is one of the co-founders and a director at The Mind and Soul Foundation, UK - a platform that aims to educate and equip people with the tools to better understand mental health. He is also a mental health first aider, a GiANT Worldwide coach and the author of 'The Perfectionism Book' and other books on mental health and well-being. Will's interest in emotional health is wide ranging, also reflecting his broad experience in a variety of pastoral contexts as an Associate Vicar at St Dionis Parsons Green, London.

Will is passionate about equipping leaders to look after their own emotional health as well as empowering them to manage the emotional needs of the people they serve. Will and his wife Lucinda lead on The Parenting Course, and have written a new parent course as well as a book for expecting parents, he also speaks at parent workshops which help to support young people's emotional health.

Elisa Guerra
Elisa Guerra

Elisa Guerra

Founder and Teacher at Colegio Valle de Filadelfia

Elisa Guerra has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Teaching-Learning Process from ITESM.

Elisa received, in 2015, the Alas IDB Award as “Best Educator in Latin America”, given by the Interamerican Development Bank and “Movimiento Alas”.

Currently, Elisa is member of UNESCO’s International Commission for the “Futures of Education” (2019-2021).

She was one of the 2016 TOP 50 finalists for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize and was also a TOP 50 Finalist in 2015. This award has been called the “Nobel Prize” for Teaching.

Elisa is Founder and Teacher at Colegio Valle de Filadelfia (PreK -9th). Her school model has been replicated in 11 campuses in 5 Latin American countries.

https://elisaguerra.net/english/

Ellisha Othman
Ellisha Othman

Ellisha Othman

Clinical Psychologist & Managing Director, Thrive Well

Ellisha is the Managing Director of Thrive Well, a purpose-driven, trauma-informed community mental health organization that provides sustainable and accessible trauma-sensitive mental health research, advocacy, consulting, community development and clinical services to serve organisations and communities in need.

She has 7 years of experience working with both children and adults in the development and implementation of community mental health programmes for socioeconomically diverse populations ranging from corporate employees to underserved communities such as those from low-income, indigenous, neurodivergent, refugee and domestic violence survivors.

From 2017-2019, Ellisha served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP). She is currently the Vice-President of the National Alliance of Mental Health and is active in various advisory and advocacy roles specifically with universities on trauma-informed mental health curriculum and practices.

Darren Teoh
Darren Teoh

Darren Teoh

Founder and Head Chef of Dewakan, the "Best Restaurant in Malaysia" and the first Malaysian restaurant on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019

Dewakan is Darren's expression of cooking with purpose. This decision sets the stage for imaginative, inventive servings of modern Malaysian cuisine using indigenous ingredients such as kulim, ketumpang air, keluak and tenggek burung.

In April 2019, Dewakan had the honour of being the first Malaysian restaurant on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at 46th place with the title Best Restaurant in Malaysia. This year in 2021, Dewakan placed 66th in the 51-100 list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

Darren's philosophy is simple. Be curious, have courage, value your roots. His focus has always been about a deep, reverent connection between the indigenous of Malaysia and the freedom to express his values through food. His food contends with his heritage and history, his clarity of what came before, as well as what lies ahead. This sense of purpose is what he will continue to work towards, not just for the growth of his team but also for the people in the industry and for the coming of age for modern Malaysian cuisine.

Darren was named in the Asia Tatler list of New Asia's Most Powerful, Influential & Stylish People to Know In 2020.

Annice Lyn
Annice Lyn

Annice Lyn

Documentary and Sports Photographer, Forbes 30 Under 30

Annice Lyn is a documentary and sports photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, who visually documents stories that resonate with critical importance. As a former national figure skater, her transition into documentary sports photography led her to become the first and only Malaysian female photographer whose work was accredited for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018.

She is currently a Canon Malaysia EOS Youth Ambassador, a laureate for Southeast Asia Women of the Future Award 2020 and a co-founder of Women Photographers Malaysia with the means to develop an inclusive culture through visual storytelling. Her work has been picked up by Forbes, Getty Images, Associated Press, AFP, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, and Olympic NBC Sports to name a few. She recently photographed the cover of TIME magazine's April 2021 Issue and is listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2021 for her advocacy for gender equality in visual culture.

Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton

Dr Kate Middleton

Psychologist and Director of The Mind and Soul Foundation

Kate is a psychologist who has a particular interest in the way our emotions affect us. She's passionate about helping people keep emotionally healthy in spite of what life throws at them and helping them reach their full potential. She's a church leader, speaker and author, and is also project leader of Headstrong, an online well-being space for teenagers and young people. Kate spends a lot of time explaining that she isn't married to Prince William but enjoys reading about the duchess' good dress sense in the newspapers. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, two children and (at last count) three cats.

Julian Yee
Julian Yee

Julian Yee

Winter Olympian – Figure Skating Director of Julian Yee Skating Academy

Born and raised in Malaysia, Julian embarked on his journey in figure skating at the age of four. Slowly fighting his way through competitions and going against the odds of a tropical country having a representative at the Winter Olympics, he managed to qualify and compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Throughout his journey, he has learned many values and experienced the true meaning of being an athlete.

Now as the head coach and director for his skating academy, Julian firmly believes in bringing out the best in his skaters and helping them achieve their goals. He has conducted several camps around South East Asia and even in Mexico. Hoping to pass on all that he's learned to the next generation. Julian was a South East Asian Games Champion in 2017 and 2019, and a six-time National Champion.

Cheryl Ann Fernando
Cheryl Ann Fernando

Cheryl Ann Fernando

Director of Pemimpin GSL, Malaysia

Cheryl is currently the Director of Pemimpin GSL in Malaysia. Cheryl was previously appointed to the National Education Policy Review Committee formed by the Ministry of Education in 2018. Previously, Cheryl served as a Teach for Malaysia fellow for three years where she taught English in a rural school in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Prior to Teach for Malaysia, she worked a a PR consultant for four years. Cheryl was also part of the inaugural cohort of the Obama Young Leaders, Asia Pacific.

Cheryl graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and a Master in Management. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She was also the inspirational teacher portrayed in the Malaysian film, Adiwiraku. Her message was that each of us is a superhero and we can each be a good leader if we put our mind to it. She empowered teachers to create a brighter future for themselves, their students, and the nation as a whole.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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Episode A

Act with Integrity

31 July 2021, 10AM

Building people of character and integrity, and instilling good values should be the foundation of how education is delivered. On this note, how do we support students to navigate and leverage the benefits of today’s digital world?

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Professor Colin Diamond
Professor Colin Diamond

Professor Colin Diamond

Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Birmingham

Professor Colin Diamond is the Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses on increasing engagement between schools and the university and establishing an Education Leadership Academy.

Colin Diamond has over 40 years of educational leadership experience, starting as a humanities teacher in inner-London secondary schools and later working with students with additional needs as a trained teacher and child psychotherapist. He has held various roles since: as a local authority adviser for SEND, an associate head teacher in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, as an inspector with the UK's Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, and as Director for Children and Learners and Head of Academies and Free Schools Education Adviser team with the Department of Education in UK.

In 2014, his work in the wake of the Trojan Horse crisis led to his appointment as Deputy Education Commissioner for Birmingham. In 2015, he was appointed as Executive Director of Education in Birmingham to deliver the Education Improvement Plan signed off by the Secretary of State. In 2016 he received a CBE medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Colin Diamond is driven by the power of education to transform the lives of working class children, desiring all to have the same opportunities that he had received from schools in Liverpool.

Dr Goh Chee Leong
Dr Goh Chee Leong

Dr Goh Chee Leong

Group CEO of XCL Education Malaysia

Dr Goh Chee Leong is the Group CEO of XCL Education Malaysia which owns and manages four leading K12 education brands, Sri KDU, REAL Kids, REAL Schools and Cambridge English for Life. He was the founding CEO for HELP Education Services, which established two international schools in Malaysia, and was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, which houses one of the largest Psychology programs in South East Asia.

Dr Goh has served as the project leader for eight UNICEF projects in Malaysia and as an external consultant and trainer with many companies including Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, and BASF. His areas of specialization include the application of psychology to change management, talent management, education and leadership. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago.

Dr Yuhyun Park
Dr Yuhyun Park

Dr Yuhyun Park

Founder of DQ Institute

Dr. Yuhyun Park is a world-leading expert in digital skills and child online safety. She created the Digital Intelligence (DQ) concept and framework, which is the world’s first global standards and a common framework for digital literacy, skills, and readiness (IEEE 3527.1). It was endorsed by the IEEE Standards Association, OECD, and World Economic Forum in 2018.

Dr. Park also holds various international leadership positions relating to digital economy, skills, and safety. She is a leader in the EQUALS ITU Digital Skills Coalition, the chair of TikTok Safety Advisory Council AP, the International Lead for Digital Economy in the G20 Civil Society (2020), and she is an adjunct professor at Yonsei University and a board member at Future Consensus institute in South Korea.

She has received recognition as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, and multiple UNESCO prizes among other international awards. Dr Park completed her PhD degree and post-doctoral studies in Biostatistics at Harvard University.

Petrina Shee Satvinder
Petrina Shee Satvinder

Petrina Shee Satvinder

Co-Founder of Dignity for Children Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Principal of the School

Petrina Satvinder co-founded Dignity for Children Foundation with her husband, Rev Elisha Satvinder in 1998. They had already been providing care to marginalised communities around Sentul, Kuala Lumpur but Petrina felt there was more to be done. She embarked on formal training herself and soon developed quality educational programmes that would specifically address what these children needed to realise their full potential. Petrina is passionate about transformative education and desires to see underprivileged children becoming agents of change to their families, their communities, and society.

She holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Child Development from the Malaysian Baptist Seminary and Master of Education with majors in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She also has been awarded an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy from Montessori Centre International, UK as well as a Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North America Montessori Center, Canada.

Eric Lee
Eric Lee

Eric Lee

Public Policy Manager, Malaysia & Brunei, Facebook

Eric Lee is the Public Policy Manager for Facebook Malaysia and Brunei. He is responsible for a range of policy issues and programs that cover content regulation, online safety, privacy, digital upskilling, and connectivity. Prior to joining Facebook, Eric was a management consultant in Singapore and a financial regulatory lawyer in Malaysia.

Eric graduated with a Master of Public Policy from Oxford University, a Master of Laws (Distinction) (Chevening Scholar) from University College London, a Bar Vocational Professional Diploma from Nottingham Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) from the University of Wales. Eric is also a Barrister-at-Lae in the UK and an Advocate & Solicitor in Malaysia.

Kevin Fullbrook
Kevin Fullbrook

Kevin Fullbrook

Director of Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Kuwait

Kevin Fullbrook is the Director of Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Kuwait. Having started his career as a Math and Physical Education teacher in a remote Australian school, he then taught at a range of schools across the country before serving in leadership positions in Australia, China, and the Middle East.

Having participated in the Think Tank on Global Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016, Kevin then went on to be named one of 'The Educator' magazines Rising Stars of Education under 40 years old.

Kevin is passionate about creativity and innovation in education and speaks at conferences and workshops around the world on design-thinking, innovation, and community engagement. In addition to serving as an accreditation evaluation team member with the Council of International Schools, he is a country lead ambassador for HundrED.org out of Finland, and a Lead Learning Architect with LearnLife, Spain.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, an MBA, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered College of Teachers.

Ranjitsinh Disale
Ranjitsinh Disale

Ranjitsinh Disale

Global Teacher Prize Winner 2020

Ranjitsinh Disale is the 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner who is known for transforming the lives of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School in Maharashtra, India. He translated class textbooks' into his pupils mother tongue, and embedded them with unique QR codes to give students access to audio poems, video lectures, stories and assignments. This created a revolution in the use of QR coded textbooks throughout India. His school was the first in the state of Maharashtra to introduce them. In 2017, the State Ministry announced that they would introduce QR coded textbooks across the state for all grades 1-12.

Ranjitsinh also started Let's Cross The Borders - a project that connects young people from countries in conflict - India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran and USA and North Korea - over a six-week programme, where students are matched with a peace buddy from other countries to understand their similarities. So far, Ranjitsinh has initiated an incredible 19,000 students from eight countries into this programme. He is also the first Global Teacher Prize winner to voluntarily share half his prize money with his fellow Top 10 finalists so they can continue to work on the projects that are making a difference in education for their countries.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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Episode E

Enjoy What You Do and Who You Do It With

29 May 2021, 10AM

It’s the journey that transforms us, not the destination. What does it mean to enjoy the process of delivering education together with those who are part of it. How can we make education enjoyable and engage students in today’s world?

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Saku Tuominen
Saku Tuominen

Saku Tuominen

Founder and Creative Director of HundrED

Saku is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, author, and speaker with a background in media and television. He specialises in ‘creativity and innovation’ and has taught in more than a hundred companies around the world.

During his 20 years in television, Saku produced thousands of hours of programs, created almost 100 tv formats, and co-founded Broadcasters, one of the most successful independent tv production companies in Finland. In 2009 Saku Tuominen was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world’s 3rd largest tv production company in London. In the same year, he also founded Idealist Group, a production company of ideas with a mission to improve the world with bold ideas that are well executed. Saku is currently focused on improving K12 education globally through HundrED, a global education community that seeks and shares inspiring educational innovations.

Shaheen Mistri
Shaheen Mistri

Shaheen Mistri

CEO of Teach For India

Shaheen returned to India at 18 to start Akanksha, providing children from low-income communities the kind of education that would maximize their greatest potential. Today, Akanksha serves 9300 children.

In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with an audacious vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India. Today, Teach For India directly impacts approximately 32,000 children across seven regions. Shaheen has also created projects like the Maya Musical, the Kid's Education Revolution which explore student leadership, creating platforms for student voice and partnership, and TFIx, which is a year-long incubator programme.

Shaheen serves on the boards of Akanksha Foundation, and Simple Education Foundation. Shaheen has been an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She is the author of the book, Redrawing India and the Miss Muglee Children’s Books. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.

Marcus Veerman
Marcus Veerman

Marcus Veerman

Founder and Leader of Playground Ideas

With a background in teaching and training, Marcus is an ideas man that specialises in solving problems and designing solutions for people and things. Self motivated, resilient, adaptable, Marcus has worked on complex projects in no less than 15 countries. He thrives when challenged in any environment.

Marcus is the Founder and leader of Playground Ideas. After building 40 playgrounds in Thailand, Marcus created an open source playground model that supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools and skills. Playground Ideas has created more than 4000 stimulating playspaces, in 143 countries for more than 2.2m children. Marcus worked with Belgium designer Emma Ribbens for 18 months to create Nüdel Kart which launched in September 2019.

Von Wong
Von Wong

Von Wong

Artist, Activist, Advisor

Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 content branded masterminds.

Carmelo Presicce
Carmelo Presicce

Carmelo Presicce

Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab

Carmelo is a graduate student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab. His research is focused on the design and facilitation of creative learning experiences, in-person and online. His most recent work revolves around Learning Creative Learning: an online course and global community of educators who explore the principles and practices of learning through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. He’s constantly experimenting with new approaches to online learning, particularly in the context of hands-on, inclusive, playful, and collaborative online coding workshops with the Scratch programming language. Before joining MIT, he worked as a software developer, organizing free coding clubs for children, running professional development programs for educators, and designing other creative learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Soonufat Supramaniam
Soonufat Supramaniam

Soonufat Supramaniam

Founder of Leadspire Academy

As the Founder of Leadspire Academy, Teach For Malaysia’s alumni, Soon, believes that mapping the creative potential of all children in Malaysia through performing arts education is at the core of transforming potential. Soon's performance and teaching background in Australia taught him to value performance art education. He believes in working collaborative to promote the importance of arts education in Malaysia.

Two of his students’ theatrical productions titled “Find Your Light” and “Singing To The Lions” were featured Youth Productions for George Town Festival 2017 and 2018 respectively. “Find Your Light 2017” won the Best English Language Program 2018 in ASEAN Region.

Soon's focus on mastery based learning, creativity in teaching and learning as well as interest in innovative practices led him to win Teach For Malaysia’s YTL Transformational Teaching Award in year 2018 and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Funding in Year 2020.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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Episode H

Here to Make a Difference

3 March 2021, 3PM

Understanding that the purpose of education is to make a difference in lives, we ask ourselves: How can we better prepare students to engage and thrive in today’s ever-changing world, so they can lead in the uncertainty and make a difference?

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Andreas Schleicher
Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers, and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.

Before joining the OECD, he was the Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA) and has spent over 20 years working with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. He has been recognised as “the most important man in English education” by Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove and is a recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Theodor Heuss Prize for “exemplary democratic engagement”.

Karen Wong
Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Head of Centre at Kindity School

Karen's passion for early education began in 2005 while she was still a marketing professional. Her research on the best schooling options for her young children set her on an entirely new career path. Today her philosophy of early childhood education is very much rooted in Montessori pedagogy, where kindness in children is nurtured and their full potential is realised through meaningful learning.

As the Head of Centre at Kindity preschool, her vision is to integrate the Montessori philosophy with the design thinking framework from the highly acclaimed Riverside School of Ahmedabad, offering a fresh interpretation of early childhood education for families in Malaysia.

Kiran Bir Sethi
Kiran Bir Sethi

Kiran Bir Sethi

Founder of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, and Design For Change

Kiran is a Designer who became a Teacher, a Principal who grew into an Education Reformer, and now, a Social Entrepreneur. After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India), Kiran successfully ran her own graphic design firm over a decade before she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad in 2001. The school is now viewed as a laboratory for prototyping “design processes” which enable “transformative” student learning experiences.

In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is active in over 60 countries, impacting more than 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.

d’Arcy Lunn
d’Arcy Lunn

d’Arcy Lunn

Founder of Teaspoons of Change, and Group Head of Sustainability and Global Citizenship with the Dulwich Group of Schools

As an educator who is passionate about teaching, sharing, volunteering, travel, and learning, d’Arcy has spent the past 20 years giving over 1,400 presentations to 140,000 people across more than 90 countries and in the process, working with development, environmental, social justice, and global education organisations towards a world with access and opportunity for everyone, everywhere. His self-initiated conceptand organisation, Teaspoons of Change, focuses on the personal choices, decisions, and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

d’Arcy is also an ambassador, advocate, and enthusiast with many organisations including: World’s Largest Lesson, JUMP! Foundation, Global Citizen, End Polio Now, UNICEF, WHO, Gates Foundation, RESULTS, the Global Education and Leadership Foundation, Live Below the Line and many others. He currently lives and works out of a tiny sustainable house in Australia.

Aizat Izyani
Aizat Izyani

Aizat Izyani

Head of Product at FrogAsia

Aizat has been a part of the pioneering team at FrogAsia since 2012, working towards providing a nationwide education ecosystem, evaluating the use of technology in schools, and implementing the use of the Frog Virtual Learning Environment to all 10,000 schools in Malaysia.

Since then, Aizat has driven product development and is responsible for the design and delivery of all web and mobile applications of Frog. Aizat remains a firm believer in the power of technology to change lives for the better, and hopes to provide equal access to quality education for all students.

Claudia Anthony
Claudia Anthony

Claudia Anthony

Leadership Development Manager at Teach For Malaysia

Claudia oversees Fellow development at TFM and ensures student learning is at the forefront of Fellows' minds. She enjoys impact-related work and conversations on how impact can leave a lasting impression on their students and the people around them, no matter how small.

Prior to joining TFM as staff, Claudia was a TFM Fellow who taught Math and English. This helped her see first-hand that it takes a village to raise a child and ensure that child receives an excellent education.

Datin Kathleen Chew
Datin Kathleen Chew

Datin Kathleen Chew

Group Legal Counsel of the YTL Group. and Programme Director of the YTL Foundation

Kathleen is passionate about driving change in education particularly through the use of technology. As Programme Director of the YTL Foundation, she has introduced programmes to transform classrooms in schools into 21st century spaces that inspire learning, incubated the Global School Leaders programme that supports leadership development in schools across Malaysia, and brought the Acumen Academy Fellowship programme into the country.

She is also Group Legal Counsel for the YTL Group and sits on the boards of various Malaysian charities, the Asia Philanthropy Circle and Acumen Fund, Inc. Kathleen was the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016 and a Local Ambassador for the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards 2018.

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies

Managing Director of Frog Education UK

Gareth believes that the successful use of technology is first and foremost about people. He co-founded Frog in 1999 with a mission to enable every individual child to get the best education they possibly can through insights and experiences that technology provides.

For over 20 years, Frog has been changing the way that schools and teachers teach through technology, winning various awards such as the BETT Award for Open Educational Resources in 2018, the Education Investor Award for Exporting Excellence in 2017 and the BETT Award for ICT Provider of the Year in 2015.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

What does a yellow elephant, a furry frog and a rubber duck have in common? Read on to find the answer! Many studies have shown that when children are given the chance to explore, be creative, co-create, and have fun, they become more engaged in learning. And yet, the "joy factor" in education is...

Joy + Meaning = Good Learning

Joy + Meaning = Good Learning

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The concept of work and play are two human-invented terminologies to describe tasks that are either (i) done to achieve an outcome (or should we say ‘income’?) or (ii) tasks that may end without a tangible outcome. More often than not, society is conditioned to think of one as boring and the other..

Is learning a destination or a process, and are children enjoying it?

Is learning a destination or a process, and are children enjoying it?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Do you remember when you were a child, so keen to touch everything you see, and so eager to try and do and question? And sometimes during that process, you had a fall, you got a scratch, you didn’t get it right - but you didn’t give up did you? No, you got back up and you begin to learn that...

"Study first, then play" - but why can't it be both?

"Study first, then play" - but why can't it be both?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Have you ever made this bargain with your kids, “Study first, then you can play”?‍If you have, you are definitely not alone. This negotiation has been made by parents and teachers since time immemorial as the big, shiny carrot to get children to put in the hard work of learning before they can...

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