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Our People

Meet our Board of Management and the team that runs the organisation.

Board Members – Alternate Section Option

Theresa Goh

Vice President

Daryl Yang

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

Board Members

Theresa Goh

Vice President

Daryl Yang

Honorary Secretary

Yap Qian Yin

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Husnah Jamaludin

Committee Member

Patience Lim

Committee Member

Shalom Lim

Committee Member

Somya Sugandha

Committee Member

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Alvan Yap

Committee Member

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Navin Nair

Committee Member

Management Team

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Choy Weng Leong

Executive Director

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Anusiah a/p Tharmalingam

Administration Manager

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Max Soh

Research and Policy Manager

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Shafiqah Sahar

Communications & Outreach Executive

Organisation Chart

DPA Organisation Hierachy: Board of Management. Executive Director, Reports to Board of Management. Admin Manager, Reports to Executive Director. Admin and Finance Executive, Reports to Admin Manager. Research and Policy Manager, Reports to Executive Director. Digital Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Reports to Executive Director. Outreach and Communications Executive, Reports to Digital Marketing and Fundraising Manager. Head of Department- Training and Inclusion Ambassadors, Reports to Executive Director. Inclusion Ambassadors, Reports to Head of Department- Training and Inclusion Ambassadors. Volunteers, Reports to Head of Department-Training and Inclusion Ambassadors.
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Cassandra Chiu

Committee Member

I’m a strong advocate for people with disabilities and feel very strongly about equal opportunities for the disabled and Guide Dogs. I dream that one day my beloved Singapore has a place for each and every one of us.

Cassandra Chiu provides therapy to clients struggling with mental health difficulties. When she is not counselling, she is found hanging out on the floor with her guide dog or putting together a beautiful meal for her family and friends. Cassandra wears her advocacy on her sleeve and is on a mission to create a kinder place for future generations of people with disabilities in Singapore.

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Alvan Yap

Committee Member

We are different in many ways, but ultimately, we’re more alike than we are different. Because we’re all human beings.

Alvan was a former staff of DPA handling the advocacy portfolio. He has since moved on and is currently serving as Deputy Director with Singapore Association for the Deaf. Alvan believes in having a larger disability community coming together with similar experiences and purpose; strength in numbers. In his downtime, Alvan enjoys drawing and taking long walks in places old and new.

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Navin Nair

Honorary Treasurer

Being a person with disability, I am passionate about advocacy works and my ultimate goal is to keep making a better version of myself and always live life to the fullest.

Dr Navin Nair holds a DBA (Doctorate) Degree in Managerial Science from USA, Masters in Human Resource Management from USA & UK. Learning is his passion and he enjoys life to the fullest and upholds the motto “equal rights and opportunities” for all. Playing the piano and keyboard relaxes him and he rarely says no to briyani and awesome desserts.

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Arsalan Ali

Advisor

I see the stigma surrounding persons with disabilities and the challenges organisations that represent persons with disabilities face. I believe having a cohesive brand strategy can help address this stigma, and enable the DPA to achieve our vision.

Arsalan is a brand strategist with over twenty years of experience working in Singapore and the US. He has a genuine love for brands and how consumers connect with and form opinions about the brands they use. Arsalan has been serving as an Advisor of the board since 2010. In his spare time, he loves cycling and watching New York Yankees games.

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Anusiah a/p Tharmalingam

Administration Manager

Armed with a Diploma in IT & Accounting, Anusiah has been serving DPA for over twenty-three years! She is the go-to person for anything and everything related to numbers, IT and admin. She is highly independent and takes pride in her work and has razor-sharp attention to detail. Anusiah likes taking the initiative in getting the work done and enjoys organising events. She loves spending her free time watching documentary series on Animal Planet. Sipping tea on her front porch while listening to the birds chirping in the early morning is her definition of a perfect me-time. She is also a full-time referee to her two children’s endless fights and banters.

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Max Soh

Research and Policy Manager

Max joined DPA in 2021 and manages the organisation’s various research and policy related initiatives. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and studied human rights for two years in his graduate programme. In addition to being disabled himself (visually impaired since birth), Max brings experience with disability and disability advocacy through his prior involvements with disability organisations especially internationally. In his spare time, Max enjoys music (particularly playing the guitar) and scrolling through Twitter.

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Shafiqah Sahar

Communications & Outreach Executive

Shafiqah joined DPA in mid-2022 in pursuit of her long-standing interest in education and social services. Prior to joining DPA, she worked as a Marketing Officer for a shipyard company and has over five years work experience running events as a hotelier and as a contact centre agent with the ministry. Shafiqah is looking forward to seeing the difference she can bring to the lives of the disability community through awareness, advocacy and outreach. Reading a book whilst living vicariously through the characters, watching some good old TV shows, being in the company of family and friends is typically what you’ll find her doing in her free time.