Richard Kuppusamy has been serving as the President of DPA since September 2017. When he is not heading the Lendlease Digital office or supporting DPA’s board of directors, Richard spends his time on Netflix, gaming and building mechanical keyboards. One of his goals is to champion the needs of people with disability in Singapore. Inclusion to him means no one gets left behind, where everyone has the equal right to live, work, play and do so safely and without judgement or discrimination.
Peggy Sarah Yee has been practising law for 34 years and is particularly interested in Family Law matters. She is deeply passionate about advancing the cause of those with disabilities, especially invisible disabilities. A foodie at heart, Peggy is always on a hunt for good food and is also an avid cook who loves experimenting with new recipes in her home kitchen.
Chang-Tang Siew Ngoh has served on DPA’s Board since 1993 in various capacities. Currently retired, Siew Ngoh had years of working experience in personnel management, research and planning on three statutory boards. She has also taught at several tertiary institutions as a tutor and adjunct lecturer while serving on the Executive Council of the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf). She enjoys taking walks in the park and listening to evergreens.
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.
Mike Chin is always on the go. He is a positive thinker who would love to learn to play the piano someday. Inclusion to him means having the freedom to go about your day, not worrying about being judged by the way you look, talk and walk. Mike has always been interested in history. Stories of how people lived across different eras are of particular interest to him. Despite having a sweet tooth, Mike is trying to give up sugary desserts to pursue a healthier life.
Dr Dawn-Joy Leong is an Autism researcher and multi-disciplinary artist. She loves spending her time with the love of her life, Lucy Like-a-Charm and knitting sweaters for skinny dogs. Lucy Like-a-Charm, a rescued former racing Greyhound is Dawn-Joy’s retired assistance dog, creative muse and closest companion. She has had fabulous adventures and is already looking forward to the next one.
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.
Darren is a serial entrepreneur who now runs his data, consultancy and investment firm specialising in the web 3.0 space. He was diagnosed in his mid-thirties with ADHD, Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome and uses his life lessons to advocate inclusive hiring and learning agility in organisations. Darren loves tennis and is a coffee enthusiast.
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.
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.
Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is a disability advocate and the Executive Director of DPA since 2012. Marissa has a PhD in ethics, politics and public policy and is particularly interested in how policies can and should be informed by the social model of disability. At the DPA, she focuses on two major initiatives. Marissa is currently producing access guides for public places in Singapore and is working with a multi-agency committee committed to improving accessibility in the Central Business District. She is also partnering with a team of Inclusion Ambassadors, DPA members with disabilities, who have been trained to deliver professional workshops on engaging better with persons with disabilities, providing more inclusive customer service training and promoting awareness about more inclusive workforces, to grow the programme into a sustainable business. She is a third culture kid & her family is Peranakan Singaporean + Argentinian, by way of Croatia and Germany. After hours, she loves spending quality time with her family and 12-year-old Dachshund.
Asha Karen has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature and has been with DPA since 2014. Asha is responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of DPA’s training and development initiatives, Inclusion Ambassador Programme and various projects led by Inclusion Ambassadors. She also manages DPA’s membership wing and oversees member development, outreach and activities. An exponent of design thinking and continuous learning. Asha uses her free time to volunteer and contributes to society. Travel is in her veins, addicted to poetry and loves wildlife photography. She believes in giving the best to get the best!
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.
With a deep drive to promote empowerment, Ain believes that education is the single most powerful tool to overcome socio-economic barriers and transform communities. She joined the organisation in 2021 and brings with her more than 15 years of unique experience in the social service sector specialising in marketing and fundraising management. With a natural flair for communication and a passion to serve, Ain is committed to continue delivering creative content and out of the box digital campaigns. She is also a homebody who enjoys travelling to temperate countries and dreams of seeing the northern lights on top of snowy mountain tops someday.
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.
Max joined DPA in 2021 and manages the organisation’s various advocacy and research 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. Max loves good food and his go-to guilty pleasure – French fries.