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Our People

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

Theresa Goh

Vice President

Daryl Yang

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

Board Members

Theresa Goh

Vice President

Daryl Yang

Honorary Secretary

Leo Chen Ian

Honorary Treasurer

Yap Qian Yin

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

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Alvan Yap

Committee Member

Husnah Jamaludin

Committee Member

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Navin Nair

Committee Member

Patience Lim

Committee Member

Shalom Lim

Committee Member

Somya Sugandha

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

Santosh Kumar

Partnerships and Fundraising Lead

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

President

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.

Theresa Goh

Vice President

I believe that everyone deserves equitable access to society that will allow them to lead life as independently as possible.

Theresa Goh is a Queer Paralympic Swimmer from Singapore. She represented her country internationally for 20 years before retiring end of 2019. She is an advocate for LGBTQ rights especially in Singapore, but also aims to be a voice for other causes that speak to her. Theresa strongly believes in the importance of seeing the ability in a person without erasing their disability.

Daryl Yang

Honorary Secretary

We all have a part to play in realising the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in building a more equal and inclusive Singapore.

Daryl is a Singapore-qualified lawyer, Fulbright scholar, and socially engaged researcher. Committed to empowering marginalised and minority communities through law, his journey with DPA began 2018 as a research volunteer with its international human rights advocacy. Prior to joining DPA’s Board, Daryl worked with both Singaporean and international civil society organisations to advance queer, feminist and disability justice. In recognition of his contributions to youth engagement, he was featured on Tatler Asia’s Gen.T Leaders of Tomorrow List 2021 and The Straits Times’ 30 & Under List 2020.

Leo Chen Ian

Honorary Treasurer

The next time you meet a person with a disability, resist the urge to judge what they can do, who they are and how different they might be. Instead, start a conversation about what they want to do, who they aspire to be and most of all, how you can journey with them to achieve it.

Ian has a rich background in advocacy and championing disability issues. Before transitioning to the non-profit sector, he dedicated five years to academia, specializing in the life sciences with a focus on Molecular Development Biology. In addition to his professional pursuits, Ian is an accomplished kayaker, scuba diver, and sailor. Notably, he represented Singapore in sailing at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Yap Qian Yin

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Empowerment begins with inclusion. I am empowered in my best ability to dismantle barriers, embrace differences, and create a world where abilities are celebrated, not limited. Every voice matters, every talent counts. I believe, together, we pave the path to employment and social acceptance for all.

Qian Yin is a dynamic individual with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance, showcasing a keen understanding of financial intricacies. Beyond the academic realm, she has made significant strides in the world of sports, a Paralympian, representing Singapore in para sailing. Aside from being a sporty person, Qian Yin is a foodie lover. She loves doing research and hopping around Singapore during her free time to find good food. Additionally, she dedicates time to learning new skills like crochet and Nagomi art as a means of self-healing and personal growth. 

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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.

Husnah Jamaludin

Committee Member

Making mistakes is part of the learning process. Don’t be afraid to make some when interacting with members of the disabled community, or anyone else who might be different from you. As long as people continue learning while addressing their biases, we can create an inclusive society that benefits everyone.

Husnah Jamaludin has been doing technical support for the past few years, despite not coming from a technical background. She is relatively new as a disability advocate, but has always been passionate about different groups of people being fairly treated and equally represented in society. Husnah enjoys attending performances by her favourite artistes, as well as her favourite local theatre company. She also loves to read, and buying new Fenty Beauty products.

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Navin Nair

Committee Member

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.

Patience Lim

Committee Member

Making sure no one get left behind and being the voice for the people with disabilities whom needs the voice so that everyone else regardless of abilities or disabilities get equal opportunities.

Patience, whose career has expanded from teaching to administrative work, finds joy and fulfillment in being a silent advocate for People with Disabilities and taking on new challenges through volunteering and outreach. In her free time, she pursues hobbies such as playing in a band, crocheting, drawing, gaming and reading non-fiction.

Shalom Lim

Committee Member

As an aspiring DEI and social advocate, my goal is to play a role in enabling disability justice to be normalised within the minority landscape in Singapore and to operate on a level that's on par with existing civil society movements.

Shalom Lim is an award-winning disability advocate with muscular dystrophy, a rare developmental condition characterised by progressive muscle loss. He has a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security. He aims to champion and spearhead mental health initiatives and social justice causes for disabled persons in Singapore.

Somya Sugandha

Committee Member

I am a strong believer in giving equal opportunity to people from all walks of life in an inclusive environment. Corporates play as critical role in advocating and creating an environment where people with disability have a place and can grow to be self-reliant.

Somya Sugandha is an HR profession. Having lived in several countries outside India, has given her a different perspective of the world and a better appreciation for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has a passion for developing people and seeing them succeed. Somya is committed to coaching and mentoring women and children and making a difference in their lives.

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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.

Richard Kuppusamy

Advisor

I’ve never let my disability define who I am. I refuse to give people an opportunity to believe that my disability entitles me to a favor. Everything must be fought for and earned. I strive to succeed on my own terms so that I can be identified by my knowledge, achievements, and contributions to society. This is fundamental to how I think and what drives me.

Richard Kuppusamy served as the President of DPA (September 2017 – October 2023). When he is not heading the Lendlease Digital office or supporting DPA’s inclusion and accessibility initiatives, Richard spends his time 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.

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Choy Weng Leong

Executive Director

Weng Leong is a veteran in the social services sector and brings with him over two decades of managerial expertise. His experience spans diverse charities, including noteworthy tenures at the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore, the Children’s Aid Society, and most recently the Singapore Rugby Union. Weng Leong is passionate in strengthening charities – he believes by building up charities, we build a stronger society.

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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.