Our Team

Meet the talented and passionate team behind our programmes.

Our Team

Meet the talented and passionate team behind our programmes.
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David Chiem

Founder CEO & Executive Chairman of MindChamps PreSchool Limited

David is the Founder CEO & Executive Chairman of MindChamps PreSchool Limited. Arriving in Australia at the age of nine without being able to speak a single word of English, David has since gone on to become the first Asian cast in a lead role on mainstream Australian television, in the internationally acclaimed drama series Butterfly Island. He has also published two critically acclaimed novels, Only the Heart and The Full Story, which were nominated for three prestigious Australian literary awards.

David is also co-author of The 3-Mind Revolution, the ground-breaking volume that lays out a new world-view for leaders and educators, alongside internationally acclaimed author and literacy expert Brian Caswell. His research and work in developing the ‘3-Mind’ philosophy underpins the MindChamps movement, providing children with the mindset and learning tools to be the best they can be – that is, MindChampions.

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Brian Caswell

Dean of Research & Programme Development

Brian is an internationally-acclaimed, multi-award-winning author, researcher and educator who has dedicated his time to research into the psychology and neuroscience of the learning brain.

Over the past 20 years, he has developed ‘brain-friendly’ learning strategies and enrichment programmes for young learners. With a particular interest in early childhood, Brian developed the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ approach to early learning, which is hailed as a breakthrough in preschool curriculum design and used in all MindChamps PreSchool and Early Learning centres worldwide.

To-date, Brian has written over 100 reading books, 110 phonics books for young children, and more than 50 novels, including The Art of Communicating with Your Child and The 3-Mind Revolution.

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Dean Carey

Dean of Theatre

Dean is the founder and CEO of Actors Centre Australia (ACA) in Sydney, one of Australia’s top theatre schools. An established acting teacher, he brings with him with more than 30 years of experience and have coached celebrities such as Hugh Jackman.

Dean was also the Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Some of the TV and film projects that he has worked on as a performance consultant include the Australian productions of The Boy from Oz and Saturday Night Fever.

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Professor Larry Scripp

Senior Fellow/Dean of Music in Education

Professor Lawrence Scripp is a distinguished musician, composer and educator whose research has had major impact in schools across the United States. As Founding Chair of the Music Education Department at New England Conservatory, he spearheaded the design of a new Music-in-Education programme for students of all backgrounds.

For over three decades, Lawrence has been researching, writing and publishing on artistic development in children, including with Harvard University’s Project Zero from 1982 to 1994. He remains heavily involved in various research centres and consortiums devoted to enriching young minds with the gift of music.

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Michelle Peh

Chief Brand Officer and Global Group General Manager

Michelle is our Chief Brand Officer and Global Group General Manager. As one of the pioneers of MindChamps, Michelle has been instrumental to spearheading MindChamps’ brand positioning, culture and business growth over the last 16 years.

She is responsible for driving the visibility, values and strength of the brand across all touchpoints in Singapore and across the world. Michelle is also a highly experienced and diversified strategic leader in branding, sales, marketing, business growth and operations. She embodies MindChamps’ commitment to the creation of educational opportunities where they would not otherwise exist. This stems from her strong belief in the vision of making the world a better place to live in by nurturing generations of MindChampions who possess the 3 Minds and face the world with 100% Respect, Zero Fear.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Sociology and a minor in Statistics from the National University of Singapore.

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Teo Wee Jone

Chief Financial Officer

Wee Jone is our Chief Financial Officer. He joined MindChamps in 2008 and assumed his current role in 2010. He is responsible for the MindChamps Group’s finance-related functions, including financial management, treasury, taxation and investor relations.

Wee Jone has over 19 years of experience in finance, corporate planning and mergers and acquisitions in the education and information and communications technology industries. Before joining MindChamps, he was most recently Finance Director, China Operations at Singapore Computer Systems Limited from 2006 to 2007.

Wee Jone holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Accounting from Macquarie University, Australia. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Our World Research, Advisory and Education Team

The MindChamps philosophy, our commitment to research excellence and our passion for turning the latest discoveries into effective educational initiatives have drawn some of the world’s best and brightest to help us achieve our vision.

Our research-backed curriculum is uniquely synthesised by award-winning and world-leading experts from the four domains of: Education, Psychology, Neuroscience and Theatre.
  • Neuroscience
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Theatre
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Chair of ResearchEmeritus Professor Allan Snyder FRS

Australia and USA
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (the prestigious scientific fellowship that counts Newton and Einstein as its former fellows)
  • Founder, Centre for the Mind (University of Sydney)
  • Holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science at the University of Sydney
  • Winner of the 2001 Marconi International Prize, the world’s foremost prize in communications and information technology
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Senior Fellow/Dean of Music in EducationProfessor Larry Scripp

U.S.A
  • Founding Chair, Music Education Department, New England Conservatory, Boston University
  • Participated in Harvard University’s Project Zero, investigating artistic development in children and assessment of arts and general education programmes
  • Accomplished musician, composer and music director
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Senior FellowEmeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, FASSA

Australia
  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013
  • Former Chairman of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • International award-winning researcher
  • Named as one of the 100 highest cited researchers in his field
  • Former professor with Harvard and Stanford
  • Won the Brain Research Award, British Red Cross Society
  • Australian Academy of Science – Royal Society (London) Exchange Fellowship
  • Former Vice-Chancellor of:
    • Macquarie University
    • Brunel University
    • Murdoch University
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Chief Academic OfficerMr Steven Andrews

U.K.
  • Former Senior Education Advisor to the UK Government
    (Tony Blair Administration)
  • Former Director of Schools, Greenwich, UK
  • Former Group Chief Education Officer, Cognita International Schools
  • Former Group CEO, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
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Mentor PrincipalMrs Carmee Lim

Singapore
  • Former Principal of Raffles Girls’ School, one of Singapore’s top schools
  • Former Senior Inspector of Schools in the Ministry of Education, Singapore
  • First Executive Director of the Academy of Principals, Singapore
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Director General Of EducationMrs Louise Mulligan-Andrews

U.K.
  • Former Director of Schools, The Department for Education, UK
  • Responsible for improving student exam performance in Nottingham City at double the national rate
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FellowProfessor Trevor H. Cairney OAM

Australia
  • Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2012
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Department of Education
  • President of the New South Wales Business Chamber
  • Has written nine books and over 200 reports, articles and book chapters on early learning, training, language acquisition and development
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FellowMs Libby Gleeson AM

Australia
  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Department of Education and Social Work
  • Award-winning writer for picture books and fiction titles, including Hannah and the Tomorrow RoomAn Ordinary Day, and Amy and Louis
  • Chair of WestWords, Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organization for Young People
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Senior FellowProfessor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

U.S.A
  • Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, USA
  • Director, Infant Language Laboratory, Temple University, USA
  • Recipient of numerous awards
  • Author of 12 books including Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool
  • Has published over 200 articles and research papers
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Senior FellowProfessor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

U.S.A
  • Director, Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Laboratory, University of Delaware, USA
  • Recipient of numerous awards
  • Author of 14 books including Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool
  • Has published over 150 articles and research papers
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Senior FellowDr Scott Hicks

Australia
  • Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning director and screenwriter
  • Director of the Academy Award-winning films Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars and box-office hits including No Reservations and The Lucky One
  • Member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • SA Australian of the Year recipient in 2008
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Senior FellowMr Aubrey Mellor OAM

Australia
  • Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1992
  • Former Director of the world-renowned National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia
  • Renowned theatre teacher to a generation of acclaimed Australian Academy Award winners

Our Teachers and Trainers

At MindChamps, we believe that every child deserves our time and attention. Even the best curriculum is only as good as the teachers and trainers who deliver it.

Our teachers and trainers are personally coached by members of the World Research, Advisory and Education team, who are recognised as leading experts in the domains of education, psychology, neuroscience and theatre. They go through extensive training to embody and impart the MindChamps curriculum, and also undergo an accreditation to ensure that they are fully equipped to nurture our young Champs. We believe that “when we stop learning, we stop teaching.”
We believe that “when we stop learning, we stop teaching.”
We believe that “when we stop learning, we stop teaching.”

Our Teachers and Trainers

At MindChamps, we believe that every child deserves our time and attention. Even the best curriculum is only as good as the teachers and trainers who deliver it.

Our teachers and trainers are personally coached by members of the World Research, Advisory and Education team, who are recognised as leading experts in the domains of education, psychology, neuroscience and theatre. They go through extensive training to embody and impart the MindChamps curriculum, and also undergo an accreditation to ensure that they are fully equipped to nurture our young Champs. We believe that “when we stop learning, we stop teaching.”
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Preschool Teachers and Early Childhood Professionals

Our preschool teachers receive up to 200 hours of extensive training and accreditation at MindChamps, regardless of their early childhood qualifications, to ensure that your child’s mind is nurtured by only the most qualified and dedicated educators.

Enrichment Trainers

Only the top 10% of applicants with extensive educational qualifications and expertise are selected to become MindChamps trainers. For any educational and training organisation, there are two areas for 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 talent to make it through our intensive and exhaustive selection and training process.

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Enrichment Trainers

Only the top 10% of applicants with extensive educational qualifications and expertise are selected to become MindChamps trainers. For any educational and training organisation, there are two areas for 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 talent to make it through our intensive and exhaustive selection and training process.

Champion Ambassadors

At MindChamps, our ambassadors embody the essence of what a Champion should be. By harnessing the Champion Mindset within themselves, these extraordinary people have used this personal attribute to be the best they can be, turn adversities into strengths and emerge triumphantly.

Yip Pin Xiu

Yip Pin Xiu made headlines by winning the gold medal at the women’s 50m backstroke in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Despite her deteriorating physical condition, Pin Xiu continues to swim competitively and won 2 golds in the 50m and 100m backstroke S2 at the world meet in London. Her sheer determination, tenacity to excel despite her physical condition and the inspiring nature of her accomplishments distinguish her from other able-bodied athletes.

“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 a Paralympic gold medal.”

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Jane Lee

Jane was the captain of the first all-woman team to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2009, as well as the first Southeast Asian woman to scale all the 7 summits of the world, doing so 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 the self-confidence that will nourish a conviction to dream big and see his/her goals through to the end.

As a MindChamps brand ambassador, Jane would like to set a positive example for children, by showing that with the correct mindset, they are capable of overcoming even the most extreme of challenges to reach their goals.

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Jeremy Lim

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 the 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, growing or contributing to society. Moreover, Jeremy believes that the many challenges he faced as a result of his condition have made him a better person, rather than 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 has written an autobiography entitled Beyond Bone Breaking that was published by MindChamps Publishing in 2011. The autobiography shares his life journey, challenges and lessons with everyone.

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Rainer Ng

A Youth Fellow of MindChamps since 2011, Rainer is a 50m 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 taught him how to itemise and summarise information, making it easier to digest. It also taught him how to analyse information and train smart during his training sessions.

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Find out more about our curriculum and classroom experience.

Our Awards

Browse the awards we’ve received for our achievements over the years.

Careers

Join us and be part of a team that develops Champions of tomorrow.
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