MindChamps’ World Advisory Board
The MindChamps philosophy, our dedication to sourcing the best research and our passion for turning the latest discoveries into effective educational initiatives has drawn some of the world’s best and brightest to help us achieve our vision.
MindChamps’ World Advisory Board includes:
Professor Emeritus Allan Snyder FRS (USA and Australia)
Professor Snyder, formerly of Harvard and the University College London, is a celebrated neuroscientist, holder of the 150th Anniversary Chair at the University of Sydney and the founder of Centre for the Mind (a collaborative venture of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University), whose research into the lives and processes of world champions provided him with an all-encompassing understanding of the Champion Mindset, a term which he coined.
Brian Caswell (Australia)
Author and Educator
Brian is the multi-award-winning author of over 300 books for all ages, with over 40 years’ experience in public and private education, educational research and creativity-training.
Carmee Lim (Singapore)
Educator and Administrator
One of Singapore’s most respected and beloved educators, Carmee Lim was Principal of the prestigious Raffles Girls’ School; first Executive director of the Singapore Academy of Principals and a Senior Inspector of Schools for the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (USA)
Researcher, Author and Lecturer
Author of numerous acclaimed book, papers and articles – including Einstein Never Used Flashcards, Professor Kathy is an expert in early-childhood language acquisition and curriculum-design and lecture world-wide on the benefits of ‘playful learning’. She is currently a Director of the Infant Language Laboratory in Temple University, USA.
Professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (USA)
Researcher, Author and Lecturer
Author of numerous acclaimed book, papers and articles – including Einstein Never Used Flashcards, Professor Roberta is an expert in early-childhood language acquisition and curriculum-design and lecture world-wide on the benefits of ‘playful learning’. She is Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychology, and Linguistics in the University of Delaware.
Dr Larry Scripp (USA)
Music Researcher and Educator
Larry Scripp worked with Howard Gardner on ‘Project Zero’ the famous Multiple Intelligences project at Harvard. He is also the Head of Research for Music in Education at the New England Conservatory and an expert in Music and Music Integration.
Mr Steven Andrews (UK)
The former Senior Education Advisor to the UK Government (Tony Blair Administration), Steven is an acknowledged expert in education processes. He was also the former Group CEO of Cognita International Schools and former CEO of Tanglin Trust School in Singapore.
Mrs Louise Mulligan-Andrews (UK)
Acknowledged expert in education processes, Louise Mulligan-Andrews brings decades of invaluable experience in creative curriculum-design to the mix. As the former Director of Schools in Nottingham City, she was responsible for improving student exam performance in Nottingham City at double the national rate.
Mr David Elfick (Australia)
David is a renowned producer and director of feature films, television drama and documentaries. He has won numerous awards – including the Australian Film Institute (Best Picture) & the Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear (Jury Prize).
Professor Quak Seng Hock (Singapore)
Professor Quak is a practicing paediatrician for more than 35 years and is currently the Emeritus Consultant at the Department of Paediatric in National University Hospital, Singapore. He is also the Fellow of the prestigious Royal College of Physician (Glasgow), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK), and Academy of Medicine (Singapore).
Assoc. Prof. Tan Thiam Chye (Singapore)
Medical Researcher and Obstetrician
The winner of numerous Education Awards, Research Grants and the prestigious British Medical Association Book Award, Professor Tan is Deputy Education Director, Clinical Director for Office of Patient Experience and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Inpatient Services) in KK Women’s Hospital. He is also Founding Clerkship Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Duke-NUS Medical School and a member of the selection, curriculum and promotion committees for the medical school.
Mr Aubrey Mellor, OAM (Order of Australia Medal) (Australia)
Producer, Director and Drama Educator
Renowned acting teacher and mentor to a generation of acclaimed Australian actors (including ‘A-List’ stars and Academy Award-Winners) Aubrey Mellor was Director of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most creative and influential theatre educators.
Yip Pin Xiu
Pin Xiu first made headlines by winning the gold medal at the women’s 50m backstroke in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. After her splendid performance in Rio, she made headlines everywhere in Singapore, making it to ‘breaking news’ for dailies, radio stations, television channels and more. Pin Xiu clinched not one but two Gold medals at the Rio Paralympics. Needless to say, she set new world records.
While she is Singapore’s first and only Paralympics gold medallist, now, with three golds and four medals, she is in the league of one of Asia’s most accomplished Paralympic swimmers. Pin Xiu’s sporting feat earned her The Straits TimesAthlete of the Year for 2015, a prestigious award among her various others, that recognises Singapore athletes who achieved exceptional success and, more importantly, who go on to become inspirational role models in the manner that they achieve success.
More amazingly, Pin Xiu has achieved sporting success despite her deteriorating physical condition. She has been afflicted with muscular dystrophy, a syndrome that slowly breaks down her muscles as she grows older. It was for this reason, along with her sheer determination and tenacity to do well despite her physical condition and the inspiring nature of her accomplishment, that distinguished her from other able-bodied athletes who were also nominated for the award.
Importantly, Pin Xiu believes in overcoming her physical challenges and achieving success by adopting a Champion Mindset, which is a personal attribute that is about being the best one can be, discovering one’s strengths, recognising one’s weaknesses and turning them into strengths.
“I identify strongly with the MindChamps philosophy of nurturing the Champion Mindset in every individual. It is the Champion Mindset that has helped me overcome my physical challenges to achieve my dream of an Olympic Gold Medal,”she says.
Jane was the captain of the first all-women team to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2009 as well as the first Southeast Asian woman to scale the 7 summits of the world between 2010-2011.
To Jane, success in climbing is 10% physical and 90% mindset. She believes that every child has the potential to achieve great things. The key is to get each child to embrace that self-confidence that will nourish a conviction to dream big and see their goals through to the end.
As a MindChamps brand ambassador, Jane would like to set a positive example to children, to show that with the correct mindset, they are capable of overcoming even the most extreme of challenges to reach their goals.
Jeremy is a graduate of the MindChamps Success 4 Life Programme in 2003 and was appointed as a Youth Fellow of MindChamps in 2006. Despite being diagnosed with brittle bone disease – a condition where bones break easily and are prone to fracture as the body lacks the collagen required for a sturdy bone structure – his disability does not deter him from learning or growing and contributing to society. Moreover, Jeremy believes that the many challenges he faced as a result of his condition has made him a better person, and not a bitter one.
Jeremy describes his experience at MindChamps as enriching, rewarding and life-changing; he credits the educational institute for teaching him not only effective learning methods but also useful life skills. He believes that it is only natural for one to develop a Champion Mindset after being taught at MindChamps.
Jeremy is also a recipient of the Singapore National Youth Achievement Gold Award in 2009 and had written an autobiography entitled Beyond Bone Breakingthat was published by MindChamps Publishing in 2011. The autobiography shares his life journey, challenges and lessons with everyone.
Rainer is a Youth Fellow of MindChamps since 2011, a 50-metre backstroke silver medallist at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games and a graduate of the MindChamps Youth Athlete 3-Mind Academic Programme, a joint initiative that was specially formed by MindChamps and the Singapore Sports Council for the training of youth athletes for the 2010 Games.
Rainer directly attributes his ability, courage and determination to break through negative barriers and beliefs to MindChamps. The study techniques that he learnt during the MindChamps Youth Athlete 3-Mind Academic Programme has taught him how to itemise and summarise information, making it easier to digest. It has also taught him how to analyse and train smart during his training sessions.
Our Trainers & Teachers - The Dream Team
At MindChamps, we believe that every child deserves our time and attention. Having a great curriculum is only as good as the trainers and teachers who deliver it. We believe that “when we stop learning, we stop teaching.”
Our trainers and teachers undergo extensive training to embody and impart our revolutionary concept of the 3 Minds (the Champion Mind, Learning Mind and Creative Mind) and the ‘S.M.I.L.E.S.’™ Curriculum. Thereafter, they go through accreditation to ensure that they are fully equipped to nurture our young Champs. Our dedicated Champion trainers and teachers are passionate about teaching, and care deeply about nurturing children, and preparing them to be champion learners of the future. This is why MindChamps trainers and teachers are outstanding professionals.
Preschool Teachers & Early Childhood Professionals
Our PreSchool teachers receive up to 200 hours of extensive training and accreditation at MindChamps, regardless of their early childhood qualifications qualifications, to ensure that your child’s mind is nurtured by the most qualified and dedicated teachers.
To lift the industry standards and share our experience, MindChamps also set up a PreSchool Teachers’ training institute, Champion Mindset Academy, to teach the craft and nurture exemplary early childhood professionals.
MindChamps Enrichment Trainers
Only the top 10% of applicants with extensive educational qualifications and expertise make it as a MindChamps trainer. For any educational and training organisation, there are two areas within which there can be no compromise:
- The quality of the enrichment programmes they develop
- The quality of the enrichment trainers they select to deliver those programmes
All MindChamps accredited trainers are seasoned education professionals with the drive and the talent to have made it through our intensive and exhaustive selection and training process.
“I was so impressed with MindChamps’ education philosophy, scientific background and unique training methodology that I decided to be a part of the dream team.”
Mrs Carmee Lim, World Advisory Board Member & MindChamps Mentor Principal. Carmee is also former Principal of Raffles Girls’ School, former Senior Inspector of Schools in the Ministry of Education, Singapore and First Executive Director of the Academy of Principals, Singapore