Meet YOur Keynote Speakers



SHAHEEN MISTRI, Founder of Akanksha and CEO of Teach for India

Shaheen grew up in 5 countries around the world, and returned to India when she was 18 to start a small college project, which grew into Akanksha. For 17 years, she worked with teachers and students, building Akanksha to provide 4000 children from low- income communities the kind of education that would maximize their greatest potential. Today, Akanksha serves 6500 children through their School Project and after-school centres in Mumbai and Pune.

In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with an audacious vision of providing excellent education to all children across India through building a pipeline of leaders committed to ending educational inequity in India. Today, Teach For India directly impacts 40,000 children across seven regions in India.

Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She serves on the boards of Akanksha and Design For Change, and is an ex-member of the board of India School Leaders Institute, the Thermax Foundation, and Teach For All. Shaheen is the author of the book, Re-drawing India. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.

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Datin Nawal Salleh, Former Director of Examinations, Examinations Syndicate

Teaching has always been a passion and way of life for Datin Nawal. With a teaching career spanning 22 years beginning in 1981, Datin Nawal was then promoted to Assistant Director of the Examinations Syndicate of Malaysia in 2003 and later, the Director of Examinations in 2015. During her tenure as the Director, the High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) was used in some of the evaluation items for the UPSR examinations in 2016.

Datin Nawal was also part of the Report Editing Team for the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013- 2025.

During her years in the Examinations Syndicate, the School Based Assessment (PBS) was reestablished to make teaching more significant and learning more meaningful. With technology as an important tool and sufficiently available, PBS and HOTS can be enhanced to ensure the objectives of education is achieved.

Datin Nawal Salleh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Education, Biology and Mathematics from Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. She was appointed by the Council of Rulers as a member of the Advisory Board on the Coordination of Islamic Education in Malaysia and has been awarded with the title of Johan Mahkota Wilayah by His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong in 2015.