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Why we are here

XCL Education aspires to be a trusted and respected future-focused family of schools, fostering curiosity, excellence, and creating life-shaping impact on our students, staff, and communities we serve.


across Southeast Asia


In K-12 Schools


in K-12 Schools


School Campuses


Average Group
IB scores

About Us

Our Purpose

We believe K-12 schools need to prepare children

  • For more rapid economic and social change than ever before
  • For jobs that have not yet been created
  • To use technologies which have not yet been invented
  • To solve social, economic and environmental problems that we do not yet know will arise

To prepare students for this future, we believe in taking an approach that develops academic abilities alongside critical ‘human’ skills (critical thinking, creativity, leadership, empathy, teamwork, grit, adaptivity, self-motivation, digital proficiency)

At XCL Education, we equip students with the academic and lifelong learning skills to be agents of their own success – helping them find their path and shape their future whether in further education, careers or navigating the opportunities and challenges they will encounter in their lives.

Our Promise to Families

Top academic outcomes

with high quality teachers, stringent group-wide standards, nurturing school culture, and access to world-class academic opportunities.

Future-proof preparation

with continuous innovation and updates to teaching methods and technology, ensuring students are equipped with the drive and tools to succeed.

Holistic character development

by embedding key elements of growth mindset, resilience, interpersonal skills, leadership, self-motivation, and stewardship across all student activities.

Safety and safeguarding
through audited standards, policies, processes, training and an ingrained culture of student safety.
Continuous improvement

using the Kaizen philosophy of methodically measuring outcomes, collecting parent/ student feedback, and being accountable for action and improvements.


What we offer to our schools


Our management team, board of directors, and network of advisors include educators, education management professionals, members of government, and corporate executives. They have many years of helping schools across Southeast Asia turnaround, grow, and deliver excellent student outcomes


Through our network, we stay updated on the latest trends in education, access top quality teaching and administration talent, as well as develop unique exclusive partnerships with universities and the private sector to enhance our students’ learning experience.


As a group, we capture and share the best learnings across all our schools, and provide close operational support for curriculum and pedagogy, educator training, quality assurance, recruitment, innovation, capital investment, project management, and other corporate functions.


Our stakeholders are committed for the long term to help our schools improve and grow. We have a strong willingness and track record in investing in our schools and providing support for various greenfield and brownfield projects.

Our Locations


Bangkok is the home to the newest additions to the XCL family of schools – The American School of Bangkok – Sukhumvit Campus and D-Prep International School.


Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) is the largest premium bilingual school in Vietnam serving students across 6 campuses.​


XCL Education is one of the largest premier education groups in Malaysia serving ~10,000 students across preschools, international schools, and private schools across multiple locations in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Penang.


​​Home to XCL Education headquarters as well as XCL World Academy and XCL American Academy – forward thinking international schools serving a diverse community of global learners.

Our People

Our Investors

XCL Education is a school operating company backed by long term institutional shareholders which include TPG and Temasek. TPG is a leading global private investment firm with deep experience in the global education sector including K-12 schools, early education, as well as education technology and services. Headquartered in Singapore and with offices around the world, Temasek is an investment company that actively seeks sustainable solutions to address present and future challenges, as it captures investment and other opportunities that help to bring about a better, smarter and more sustainable world.


Our Offices

XCL Education
83 Clemenceau Ave
#02-105 UE Square


XCL Education Malaysia
Suite 17-01 & 02​
Level 17, Vertical Corporate Tower B​
Avenue 10, The Vertical, Bangsar South City​
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Join Us

If you are interested in joining the XCL team and would like more information on available roles, please complete the form below.

David McGeown
Group CTO, XCL Education
David has worked for 20 years in technology. Having moved into a career in technology via change management, David is particularly interested in how to drive user engagement with tech, in order to maximise the value of applications. At XCL Education, David aims to create a group technology function with a focus on service rather than control, driving quality project delivery, looking at how technology can help to improve education outcomes for our students, as well as delivering an improved student and parent experience.


Since its establishment in 1985, REAL Schools – with three campuses located in Cheras, Shah Alam, and Johor Bahru – has been preparing students to thrive and succeed in the real world by delivering academic excellence and Real World Skills. Each campus houses an international school and private school that provide innovative and engaging curriculums from primary to secondary levels in both international (British curriculum including the Cambridge IGCSE) and Malaysian national syllabi.

REAL Schools is also one of the few schools in Malaysia to offer a 1-to-1 Apple iPad learning programme and incorporates education technology into daily teaching and learning.

Key Highlights

Preparing students to thrive in the real world with ‘Real World Skills‘.

IVLX or Integrated Virtual Learning X-perience – providing students an engaging and comprehensive online learning experience.

1-to-1 Apple iPad Learning Programme with an established infrastructure and well-trained teachers.

Encik Wan Hafiz Hamzah Bin Wan Hussien
Senior Advisor to TPG Capital
(Board member, XCL Education Malaysia)

Hafiz is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital. He started his career with CIMB Investment Bank in 2004 where he experienced roles in the Group CEO’s Office, Investment Banking and a stint in Indonesia with CIMB Niaga. Hafiz subsequently joined Khazanah Nasional’s strategy team in 2016 where he worked on projects involving Khazanah’s investment portfolio and overall corporate strategy. Hafiz holds a degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Jeffrey Chew
Group CEO, Paramount
(Board member, XCL Education Malaysia)

Mr Jeffrey Chew joined Paramount on 1 July 2014 as its Group CEO and was appointed to the Board on 8 June 2015.

He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1987 and thereafter, joined Citibank Berhad in 1991, leaving as General Manager of Commercial Banking.

In 2003, he joined OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (OCBC) as Head of SME Businesses, and was subsequently promoted to Head of Business Banking. He was then appointed Director and CEO of OCBC in August 2008, a position that he helmed for six years. During his tenure at OCBC, he also served as a Director of Credit Bureau (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad and OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad.

As the Group CEO of Paramount, Mr Chew is responsible for the management of the Group’s businesses and ensures that the Group’s businesses deliver consistent shareholder value.

Under his management, Paramount has experienced consistent revenue growth over the past five years. It has also garnered numerous awards, including the “Highest Returns to Shareholders Over 3 Years” for the Property Sector at The Edge Malaysia Centurion Club Corporate Awards 2019. Paramount also rose to 13th place in 2019 for The Edge Property Excellence Awards rankings, up from 25th place in 2014.

Mr Chew was on the Advisory Committee of ACCA Malaysia up to 2017. He is currently an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Asian Banking School and a member of the Small Debt Resolution Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Dominic Picone

Managing Director & Partner, TPG Capital;
Chairman of the Board, XCL Education

Dominic is a Partner and Managing Director at TPG. He has lived and worked in Asia since joining the firm in 2005 and, in that time, has been engaged with investments throughout the Asia Pacific region. He and his family live in Singapore, where he has been resident since 2010.

His involvement with current and past TPG portfolio companies includes, Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) – where he is Chairman, Aviva Singlife, PropertyGuru, 8990 (Deca Homes), BFI Finance, Masan Group, Fairmont Raffles Hotels, and Bank BTPN.

Prior to TPG, Dominic worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston in Melbourne, primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand.

A native of Australia, he received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours – Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Ganen Sarvananthan

Managing Partner, TPG Capital Asia;
Board member, XCL Education

Ganen Sarvananthan is a Managing Partner at TPG Capital Asia. A distinguished scholar, he was an ASEAN Scholar; a Sultan Azlan Shah Scholar; and a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship. A law graduate of University College London (UCL), he was the Head of Investments at Khazanah Nasional for almost a decade before he joined TPG in 2014. Ganen serves on various Boards on behalf of TPG.

Datin Teh Geok Lian
Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Education
(Board member, XCL Education Malaysia)

Datin Teh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Education in June 2011.

As CEO of Paramount Education, Datin Teh had overall responsibility of the education division of the Paramount Group; from pre-school, primary and secondary schools through to tertiary institutions and enrichment centres. Under her stewardship, KDU expanded its wings to their iconic campuses at Utropolis Glenmarie and at Utropolis Batu Kawan. Subsequent to the completion of the sale of Paramount’s controlling equity interest in the tertiary business to University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) in September 2019, and its pre-tertiary business to Prestigion Education Sdn Bhd in February 2020, Datin Teh continues to contribute her expertise and experience as a Board member of UOWM-KDU University College group and Prestigion Education Sdn Bhd.

Prior to being appointed CEO of Paramount Education, Datin Teh was appointed the CEO of Sri KDU Sdn Bhd in January 2005, a position she concurrently held till June 30, 2018. In addition to helping lay the foundation for Sri KDU Schools, Datin Teh was instrumental in expanding Sri KDU into the international school segment, building its brand as a premier private and international school operator, offering both national and international curriculum options conveniently on one campus.

Datin Teh has had a diverse education experience abroad, both at tertiary and school levels. She graduated from Yale University under a Yale scholarship and also spent a year as a high school foreign exchange student in the U.S. under the American Field Service (AFS) programme.

Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz

Chairman of the Board of Directors, XCL Education Malaysia

Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz, a graduate of both the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, is Chairman of Marlborough College, Malaysia; founding trustee and Chairman of Teach for Malaysia; and Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. In 2013, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Previously, he worked at both McKinsey & Company and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and he currently holds other board and advisory roles at several corporations and non-profit entities including TPG Capital Asia.

Privacy Policy

Last updated: February 16, 2021 This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your information when You use the Service and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You. We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy has been created with the help of the Privacy Policy Generator.

Interpretation and Definitions


The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.


For the purposes of this Privacy Policy:
  • Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.
  • Company (referred to as either “the Company”, “We”, “Us” or “Our” in this Agreement) refers to XCL Education pte ltd, 1 Nanson Rd, Level 3, Singapore 238909.
  • Cookies are small files that are placed on Your computer, mobile device or any other device by a website, containing the details of Your browsing history on that website among its many uses.
  • Country refers to: Singapore
  • Device means any device that can access the Service such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.
  • Personal Data is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.
  • Service refers to the Website.
  • Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Company. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by the Company to facilitate the Service, to provide the Service on behalf of the Company, to perform services related to the Service or to assist the Company in analyzing how the Service is used.
  • Third-party Social Media Service refers to any website or any social network website through which a User can log in or create an account to use the Service.
  • Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
  • Website refers to XCL Education, accessible from
  • You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.

Collecting and Using Your Personal Data

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Phone number
  • Usage Data

Usage Data

Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service. Usage Data may include information such as Your Device’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that You visit, the time and date of Your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. When You access the Service by or through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, Your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of Your mobile device, Your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. We may also collect information that Your browser sends whenever You visit our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.

Information from Third-Party Social Media Services

The Company allows You to create an account and log in to use the Service through the following Third-party Social Media Services:
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
If You decide to register through or otherwise grant us access to a Third-Party Social Media Service, We may collect Personal data that is already associated with Your Third-Party Social Media Service’s account, such as Your name, Your email address, Your activities or Your contact list associated with that account. You may also have the option of sharing additional information with the Company through Your Third-Party Social Media Service’s account. If You choose to provide such information and Personal Data, during registration or otherwise, You are giving the Company permission to use, share, and store it in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on Our Service and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Our Service. The technologies We use may include:
  • Cookies or Browser Cookies. A cookie is a small file placed on Your Device. You can instruct Your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. However, if You do not accept Cookies, You may not be able to use some parts of our Service. Unless you have adjusted Your browser setting so that it will refuse Cookies, our Service may use Cookies.
  • Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Service may use local stored objects (or Flash Cookies) to collect and store information about Your preferences or Your activity on our Service. Flash Cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as those used for Browser Cookies. For more information on how You can delete Flash Cookies, please read “Where can I change the settings for disabling, or deleting local shared objects?” available at
  • Web Beacons. Certain sections of our Service and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a certain section and verifying system and server integrity).
Cookies can be “Persistent” or “Session” Cookies. Persistent Cookies remain on Your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as You close Your web browser. Learn more about cookies: Cookies: What Do They Do?. We use both Session and Persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:
  • Necessary / Essential CookiesType: Session CookiesAdministered by: UsPurpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these Cookies, the services that You have asked for cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide You with those services.
  • Cookies Policy / Notice Acceptance CookiesType: Persistent CookiesAdministered by: UsPurpose: These Cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the Website.
  • Functionality CookiesType: Persistent CookiesAdministered by: UsPurpose: These Cookies allow us to remember choices You make when You use the Website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these Cookies is to provide You with a more personal experience and to avoid You having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.
For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit our Cookies Policy or the Cookies section of our Privacy Policy.

Use of Your Personal Data

The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:
  • To provide and maintain our Service, including to monitor the usage of our Service.
  • To manage Your Account: to manage Your registration as a user of the Service. The Personal Data You provide can give You access to different functionalities of the Service that are available to You as a registered user.
  • For the performance of a contract: the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.
  • To contact You: To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application’s push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
  • To provide You with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.
  • To manage Your requests: To attend and manage Your requests to Us.
  • For business transfers: We may use Your information to evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Data held by Us about our Service users is among the assets transferred.
  • For other purposes: We may use Your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Service, products, services, marketing and your experience.
We may share Your personal information in the following situations:
  • With Service Providers: We may share Your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, to contact You.
  • For business transfers: We may share or transfer Your personal information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of Company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of Our business to another company.
  • With Affiliates: We may share Your information with Our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
  • With business partners: We may share Your information with Our business partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
  • With other users: when You share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside. If You interact with other users or register through a Third-Party Social Media Service, Your contacts on the Third-Party Social Media Service may see Your name, profile, pictures and description of Your activity. Similarly, other users will be able to view descriptions of Your activity, communicate with You and view Your profile.
  • With Your consent: We may disclose Your personal information for any other purpose with Your consent.

Retention of Your Personal Data

The Company will retain Your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use Your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies. The Company will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Your Personal Data

Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by Your submission of such information represents Your agreement to that transfer. The Company will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of Your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of Your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

Business Transactions

If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Law enforcement

Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Other legal requirements

The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
  • Comply with a legal obligation
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
  • Protect against legal liability

Security of Your Personal Data

The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers. If We need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing Your information and Your country requires consent from a parent, We may require Your parent’s consent before We collect and use that information.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let You know via email and/or a prominent notice on Our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “Last updated” date at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, You can contact us:
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Cambridge English For Life (CEFL) has been an established and trusted brand all across Malaysia for 20 years. We deliver high quality and internationally-recognised English language programmes and offer the largest network of English language centres in Malaysia.

Renowned for our modern teaching methods that produce optimum results, we offer practical learning in a friendly environment.

We continually build on a legacy of excellence by employing innovative teaching and learning techniques that are designed to build confidence and to achieve success.

Key Highlights

The #1 Award-winning English Learning Centre in Malaysia

Best English Language Centre as Voted by Parents

More than 100,000 graduates over 20 years


Since opening its first kindergarten in Subang Jaya (REAL Kids, SS19 Subang) in 1986, REAL Kids has built over 30 years of history in providing excellent, award-winning preschool education. REAL Kids was voted by parents as back-to-back winners of the ‘Best Preschool Programme’ and ‘Best Trilingual Curriculum’ categories in the Parents’ Choice Awards 2019 and 2020 respectively (organized by Parenthood Magazine Malaysia), as well as the ‘Best Kindergarten Centre’ award in 2020.

REAL Kids was also the pioneer in incorporating the Multiple Intelligences approach into preschool education in Malaysia; with its programmes having been thoughtfully and purposefully designed to provide children with a full day’s worth of wholesome, fun learning and enriching experiences. REAL Kids is also the largest owner-operated preschool chain in the country with 45 centres nationwide that cater to more than 5,000 students.

Key Highlights

Award-winning preschool with over 30 years of history in providing excellent preschool education.

Largest owner-operated kindergarten chain in Malaysia with 45 centres nationwide, catering to over 5,000 students.

Pioneers in incorporating the Multiple Intelligences approach into preschool education in Malaysia.


Sri KDU is a leading private and international school that provides a holistic programme using the Malaysian and UK National Curricula. Students learn through exploration and discovery and led to move towards global citizenship through a range of local and international experiential learning opportunities. At Sri KDU Schools, students are empowered so that they may continue to grow beyond the classroom.

Since its inception in 2003, Sri KDU has continuously been at the forefront of private education in Malaysia. This is proven through its exceptional track record in producing excellent examination results (37 average IB score) and accolades in the national and international co-curricular arena.

Sri KDU expanded to include a new campus at Berkeley Uptown, Klang in 2020. It is the first Microsoft Flagship School in South East Asia and will focus on creating Digital Leaders for the future.

Key Highlights

Sekolah Sri KDU, Kota Damansara – 21st-century Education at an Award-winning Private School.

Sri KDU International School, Kota Damansara – A vibrant learning environment with world-class British education.

Sri KDU International School (Klang) – Embracing technology and innovation to develop digital leaders that will be equipped for success in the 21st century.


At XCL World Academy, our students will enjoy unparalleled opportunities to grasp their dreams, whatever their nationality and wherever in the world they choose to live and work or go on to further education. The school offers a rigourous curriculum delivered through the enquiry framework of the full IB program (Primary Years to the Diploma or Career-related programmes), delivered by highly experienced teachers in a highly diverse, yet inclusive and familial environment.

Key Highlights

Rigorous academic curriculum with average IB Diploma Program scores of 35, with a perfect top score of 45

Personalised learning with low student to teacher ratios

Modern, world-class facilities with a new state-of-the-art Secondary School Innovation Hub under construction

Shamsiah Anverdeen

Principal, Sri KDU Primary School (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Pn. Shamsiah’s teaching experience spans over 28 years, in Hong Kong and Malaysia. In her career as an educator, she has taught the international and national curricula. She joined Sri KDU Primary School in 2004 as a Science and Mathematics teacher before she was promoted to the post of Head of Academic & Assessment for Lower Primary in 2009. She was appointed as the Deputy Principal in 2013 and currently serves as the Principal of the National Primary School. She holds a degree in English Language (Hons) with majors in English Literature and a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

In her role as the Principal of the school, she leads and supports the teachers closely in Teaching and Learning and is responsible in encouraging their growth and development through the schools Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme throughout the year. Fortunately, her team of dedicated senior leadership team and the teachers share the same value of enriching the lives of children for a better world.

Pn Shamsiah’s vast experience in education has afforded her opportunities to foster classroom community, design curriculum and mentor the team of teachers. With her genial personality, she establishes meaningful relationships with the teachers, children and parents of the school. She is committed to ensuring that all children have equal opportunities to develop their skills, shine in their areas of interest and reach their true potential in a safe and caring environment. She is proud to be part of the Sri KDU Primary School community, and hopes to lead the school to further achievements.

Weirong Chang
Head of Strategy, Chief of Staff, XCL Education

Prior to joining XCL Education, Weirong focused on strategy and innovation at A-Star Education, where he led value creation initiatives in close collaboration with the management teams at portfolio brands, which include summer pre-college programs, college counselling/ academic services, and international student recruitment. His projects covered growth and turnaround strategy, marketing performance, data analytics, technology, partnerships, and business development.

Weirong worked at Bain & Co., a management consulting firm for about 6 years prior to A-Star, serving companies spanning a full spectrum of industries across Southeast Asia. He has specific experience with strategy, transformation, performance improvement, and sustainability (ESG) projects, and has contributed to ASEAN digital integration initiatives.

Passionate about coaching and experiential learning, Weirong has a track record of teaching and instructor roles throughout his educational and professional journeys. He received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin.

Billy Wong

Head of Corporate Development, XCL Education

Raised in Sydney, Billy has over 11 years of consulting and investment experience in Australia and Asia. Prior to joining XCL Education, Billy was at A-Star-Education, a global education group that served more than 25,000 students across the K-12, enrichment, and university prep sectors. He was responsible for the Group’s corporate development activities and played an important role in the value creation at the European International School HCMC and Nobel International School Algarve, through the execution of brownfield and greenfield projects.

Prior to A-Star-Education, Billy worked at Arowana International, a specialist mid-market investment group, where he was responsible for both new investments and accelerating sustainable growth through interim management secondments to portfolio companies.

Billy also previously worked for over 7 years in Deloitte’s Restructuring and Advisory practice; successfully advising and executing on profit improvement and turnaround strategies as well as M&A transactions for clients across a range of industries.

Billy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales.

Brian Rogove

Vice Chairman of the Board, XCL Education

Brian has lived and worked in Asia for over 20 years and spent the past 15 years working with Private Equity, exclusively within the Education sector. During this time, he has focused on driving quality improvement in schools and preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow through innovative curriculum offerings and progressive pedagogical approaches.

Prior to partnering with TPG to form XCL, Brian founded A-Star-Education in 2016 in partnership with Verlinvest, to build a diverse global portfolio of quality education companies. Prior to founding A-Star-Education Brian, served as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific for Cognita for over 8 years and founded the Stamford American International School in Singapore.

Brian serves on the Board of Reach Higher, a non-profit focused on equity and access to tertiary education for first generation students, chaired by Michelle Obama. He also serves on the Board of =DREAMS, a Singapore based non-profit. Since 2017 he has served on the Board Facilities Committee for the Singapore American School.
Brian has a B.S. in Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Elsie Chin
CEO, Cambridge English For Life (Malaysia)

Dr. Chin is a moving force in education in the region. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cambridge English For Life (CEFL), she is currently helping to chart the course of this significant education provider, as it moves from its Malaysian base to strike out regionally.

Her experience in the education sector spans over 35 years. Most of her career has been spent in the field of education; as a teacher, an examiner, and an administrator. In each of these fields she has brought her enthusiasm, drive, and love of teaching to bear with telling effect. As a government school teacher, she helped to break the mould of the traditional classroom practitioner with the introduction of creative and needful classroom activities; as an examiner she has employed her qualifications and experience to bring educational rigour both to the development and the administration of examinations; and as an administrator, she brought her creativity to the field of curriculum design and teacher training.

Dr. Chin’s 25 years’ experience with Cambridge started off with University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), to English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), to Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA), and now Cambridge Assessment English. She first held the role of Oral Examiner, followed by Local Secretary, to Team Leader, to Speaking Examiner, and now Team Leader again. She is also accredited by Cambridge International Examinations to set and assess IGCSE ESL coursework. As CEFL’s Master Trainer for Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning (CIDTL), Dr. Chin has personally taught, trained, and developed more than 30 cohorts of practising and aspiring teachers with 100% passes and many of whom have been awarded diplomas with Distinction.

After three years in the corporate sector where she made her mark as a Publicity Manager, she has now brought all her skills to bear on the task of developing and marketing a widening variety of educational programmes with CEFL.

Dr. Chin enjoys reading, cooking for her family, travelling, and doing purposeful shopping in her free time. She treasures the precious time spent with her family and enjoys keeping in touch with her former students who are still living in Malaysia or have moved abroad.

Eugene Yeoh
CEO, Sri KDU Schools (Malaysia)

Eugene Yeoh has been with the Paramount Group for over 20 years, culminating in his last position of overseeing Group IT for both education and property divisions before transferring to Sri KDU in 2016.

His association with Sri KDU itself started with the establishment of the first school in 2003, and he has continued to be involved in every expansion plan of Sri KDU, leading to the setting up of systems to supporting the administrative, academic, and functional needs of the schools.

Since 2016, Eugene has developed and led Sri KDU Schools’ operations, working with the academic heads to provide excellence in education. Eugene has been the key driver in setting up Sri KDU International School (Klang).

As an alumnus of KDU College and the proud parent of Sri KDU alumni and current KDU University students, Eugene brings a 360 view and commitment to the leadership of Sri KDU.

Eugene obtained his Master’s Degree in Computer Science/Information Technology from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, United Kingdom.

April Peters

Campus Principal, Sri KDU International School (Klang, Malaysia)

April Peters has vast teaching experience spanning close to three decades in the United Kingdom (UK) and Malaysia. She holds a B.Ed. in Physical Education with Computer Studies at the Chelsea School of Human Movement, Brighton, UK.

At the start of her career in 1990, Peters taught in Kent, advancing from a classroom teacher to a head of department for several subjects, followed by academic management to pastoral management then moving into senior leadership as an Assistant Head teacher in Medway, UK.

In 2005, Peters attained the National Professional Qualification of Headship – NPQH. Following this, she was appointed Deputy Head teacher in a large secondary school in Yorkshire with a wide portfolio including Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Reporting, Staff Training and Development, Pastoral guidance and Discipline.

April Peters is no stranger to Sri KDU. She was the Founding Vice Principal of Sri KDU International School, Kota Damansara from 2011 – 2014. She supported the Principal in ensuring the school was fully set up, working with both local and expatriate staff to design and implement a British curriculum that offered personalized learning for every child to achieve their potential in and outside of the classroom.

She returned to the UK and started a position with Teach First in 2015, training both primary and secondary teachers towards attaining their UK qualified teacher status (QTS). In 2017, she was promoted into the role of Initial Teacher Training Programme Manager which involved working across the North of England with Manchester University, Newcastle University and Sheffield Hallam ensuring that the Teacher Training Programme was delivered to the government contract criteria. Ms. Peters moved back into a school environment in 2019 as a regional manager for a large Multi Academy Trust.

Margaret Rafee

Campus Principal, Sri KDU International School (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Margaret Rafee has vast teaching experience spanning over four decades in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. She holds a B.Ed. (in English and French) and completed her MA in Applied Linguistics (Language in Education) at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK. At the start of her career and possessing a passion for languages, she taught French in the UK and English in Sri Lanka in the early 1980s. She later lectured English at the University of West London (formerly known as Thames Valley University) and was the Language and Learning Co-ordinator at Sir Wilfrid Martineau School in Birmingham. Between 1993 and 1997, she was Head of English at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted. Thereafter, she assumed the position of Deputy Headteacher at Bicester Community College in Oxfordshire, where she was responsible for the development of its global curriculum content and staff training as well as assuming pastoral duties.

In 2003, Rafee was appointed Headteacher at Alperton Community School, Wembley, UK. During her tenure there, Alperton became a Cooperative Academy, achieved the International School Award, Inclusion Quality mark and Investor in People status. She moved the school from “satisfactory” to “outstanding” in Ofsted grades (UK national inspection regime) over the ten years of her tenure.

Rafee joined Sri KDU International School (SKIS) in August 2013 as Principal, supervising 105 teachers and overseeing the achievements of more than 1,000 students. She is the current Vice-Chairperson of AIMS (Association of International Malaysian Schools). In November 2018, Rafee was also appointed to the Board of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia).

Lam Chee Fong

Campus Principal, Sri KDU Secondary School (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Lam Chee Fong graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with a Bachelor of Mechanical & Production Engineering (Hons). Following that, he joined the Ministry of Education (Singapore) and obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 1998. He worked in a government school for five years and he was the Head of Physics (cum Acting Head of Science) before he returned to Malaysia to be with his family.

Lam has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry. He joined Sri KDU Secondary School in 2003 as a Physics Teacher and was promoted to Head of Science in less than a year. Subsequently, Lam was promoted to Head of Assessment, Head of Academic & Assessment (Lower Secondary), Deputy Principal of Sri KDU Primary School and Vice Principal of Sri KDU International School, before he became the Principal of Sri KDU Secondary School in end 2015.

Djohann Iskandar Kwan Abdullah
Principal, Sri KDU Primary School (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Djohannn has over 28 years’ experience working in education, both in teaching and administrative capacities. He applies academic and professional knowledge in his career which has taken him from mission schools to the provision of integrated educational services across Malaysia and Singapore.

His varied roles in education have enriched his knowledge, adding greater value and significance to his responsibilities as an educator and administrator. He is conscious of what is involved in the complex art of teaching and learning.

As principal of Sri KDU Primary School, he provides strategic direction in the school system, develops curricula, assesses teaching methods and monitors student achievement. He encourages parent involvement and oversees policies and procedures.

He believes that education is a continuous and lifelong process, and that the primary school years – middle childhood – is a period of transformation during which the child undergoes various physical, intellectual and social changes, and that these precious years should be exploited to the best advantage of the child. Djohann’s personal mission is to create an academically effectual primary school that gives children’s growth a significant boost. He is fortunate to be supported by a team of dedicated Senior Leadership staff who share his philosophy of education.

Focused on details, analytical and resourceful, Djohann accepts the challenge of demanding work situations and is committed to the maxim that education is an integral part of human life, the basic condition for the development of the whole person. He thus ensures a well-balanced programme for students of Sri KDU Primary School.

Pearly Ng

Campus Principal, REAL Schools (Johor Bahru, Malaysia)

Pearly Ng is the Campus Principal of REAL Schools, Johor Bahru Campus and is someone who has been devoted to education, mainly in Singapore and Malaysia, for over 14 years. She served as the Head of Cambridge Programme at Lang Education and A-Level Coordinator cum Senior Lecturer at Sunway College, Johor Bahru, prior to joining REAL.

Pearly is an advocate for 21st century learning and teaching as well as problem-based learning approaches. This is in line with REAL’s ‘Transformative Learning Journey’. She holds a Master’s degree of Science in Biotechnology from University Technology Malaysia and Bachelor of Science from University of Malaya. She is also a certified Cambridge Science Examiner.

With a deep passion for teaching, Pearly strives to instill a love of learning in her students. She believes that acquiring time and work management skills are paramount to becoming a great leader.

Dr. Jeffery J. Louis

Campus Principal, REAL Schools (Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Dr. Jeffery J. Louis, Campus Principal of REAL Schools, Shah Alam Campus is a people-oriented leader. His impeccable credentials in education, broad experience, and caring personality have made him the best candidate for his position and REAL is proud to have him on board.

Over the past 35 years of his service in education, Dr. Jeffery has taken on multiple roles and positions which include being a key strategic advisor within PEMANDU’s goals in achieving the overall national education framework.

Dr. Jeffery’s academic qualifications include a PhD in Education/ Teaching/ Training from WAC University and a Master’s Degree in Business from Southern Cross University, Australia. Throughout his years in education, he found the experience of teaching and managing the various educational institutions to be enriching and formative, and it has immensely influenced his career as well as character.

Dr. Goh Chee Leong
CEO of XCL Education Malaysia

Dr. Goh Chee Leong, previously served in HELP Education Group for 20 years and was the founding CEO for HELP Education Services, which established two international schools in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. Dr. Goh was also the founder and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, which houses one of the largest Psychology programmes in South East Asia with over 1,400 full-time students.

He was the past President for the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) and past President of the Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA), and has also been appointed Consultant Psychologist for MENSA Malaysia. He has served as project leader for eight UNICEF projects in Malaysia, including a capacity-building project in tsunami-affected communities in Kedah, the development of a national child trauma response team, a bully prevention intervention in Malaysian schools, and a positive discipline initiative in schools.

Message from the CEO, XCL Education Malaysia

Preparing Your Child to Succeed in the Real World

XCL Education Malaysia has begun an exciting new chapter in its history. Our goal is to make XCL a world-class education provider that prepares our students to face the challenges of a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). In 2019, we began introducing cutting edge innovations in our schools and kindergartens that will ensure our students are intellectually, emotionally, and physically ready to thrive in an age characterized by the 4th and 5th Industrial Revolutions.

Campus Improvement and Infrastructure Development – to enable these exciting new additions to your child’s school experience, we have embarked on campus development plans whereby improvements to school facilities have been made to ensure that our students have a school environment that enables 21st century learning.

There have been many other new initiatives that will ensure that XCL Education Malaysia’s schools, kindergartens, and enrichment centres will lead the way and set new benchmarks for education in Malaysia.

In conclusion, these are exciting times for XCL Education.

All about XCL Education in Malaysia

​XCL Education Malaysia Group is a premier education group in Malaysia. Founded in 2020 (then known as Prestigion K12 Education Group), the Group brings together 3 major brands in Malaysian education, REAL, KDU and CEFL, to form the most diverse and experienced K12 education group in the country with preschools, international schools, private schools, and enrichment centres that provide exceptional educational experiences to over 20,000 students in more than 100 locations in Malaysia.


Integrating Technology in Education

Outgoing students will be conversant with the application of technology in the form of programming, AI, data science, through having access to facilities, integration into normal curriculum, access to network of technopreneurs mentors.

  • Digital leadership programme.
  • Strategic tech partnerships.
  • MIE for teachers.
  • Tech-enabled learning (1-to-1 Apple iPad Programme)
Empowering Parents

Parents will be equipped with tools, frameworks, and workshops to guide their children.

  • REAL Parenting resources.
  • Partnerships with Parenthood Malaysia Magazine, Focus On The Family, etc.
  • Parents’ Choice Awards.
Globally Competitive Workforce

Outgoing students will complete a spectrum of activities, challenges, and experiences that have been individually curated to develop future-ready skills.

  • ’10 Real World Skills’ curriculum.
  • Design Thinking workshops.
English for All

Outgoing students will pass an English proficiency test and be ready for higher education or have better job prospects.

  • Cambridge English For Life (CEFL) – largest English language providers, in partnership with National Geographic to enhance the learning experience.
  • Collaboration with ‘Teach For Malaysia’ to bring English through online learning to remote areas / rural communities.
Cheli Tamilselvam
Campus Principal, REAL Schools (Cheras, Malaysia)

Mr Cheli completed his Bachelor of Education (Hons) in English Literature from University of Otago, New Zealand and is certified in teaching English as a Second Language from Massey University, New Zealand. He also holds the National Professional Qualification of Educational Leaders (NPQEL) from MOE and has served as Vice Principal since 2007 for several schools including SMK Bandar Kuching (1) in Sarawak, SMK Sinar Bintang KL, and SMK Menjalara KL.

Mr Cheli is the founder of the ‘Reading Bus Club’, an NGO that provides books to marginalised children in rural and urban poor communities. The HELP or ‘Helpful English Language Programmes’ won him the Innovative Teacher of The Year Award in 1994. He also founded ‘Positive Attitude Builds Character’ (, an Attitude Management System that empowers students to take ownership of their education. In his last year of service in public schools, Mr Cheli initiated and coordinated the ‘Cutting Edge Zones’ (CEZ) which involves the digitalization of classrooms to transform the way teachers teach and the way students learn.

As a reflection of his extraordinary 36-year career in education, Mr Cheli has won the ‘Excellent Service Award’ from the Ministry of Education on five occasions (1994, 2003, 2009, 2013 & 2019); an achievement very few public servants in Malaysian history have attained.

Gilles Mahe

Group CEO, XCL Education

Gilles has worked in leadership roles across a multitude of sectors in Asia since 2000 and has spent ~20 years leading organizations and managing operations in Asia Pacific. He brings with him deep experience managing large service-oriented organizations, where he had the privilege of building diverse teams, working with passionate people, and nurturing a culture of collaboration and excellence.

Gilles has ~7 years of extensive experience working in the education sector. Gilles was the Thailand & Myanmar CEO of Laureate International Universities, the world’s leading higher education provider, where he built and expanded Laureate’s activities in Southeast Asia. As the CEO, Gilles was instrumental in expanding Laureate’s presence in new geographies, launching innovative offline and online programs, turning around universities, scaling existing universities, and expanding the reputation and credibility of the overall group in Southeast Asia. As a father of three, he is a firm believer in the transformative power of education and the significant roles that schools play in shaping the lives of students and preparing them for what comes next.

Prior to XCL Education, Gilles was the Asia Pacific CEO for OCS Group, the world’s largest family-owned facilities management services company. At OCS, he played a pivotal role in building out the leadership team, executing the commercial transformation of the business, and acquiring & integrating other facilities management businesses. He has also served as the Managing Director for Asia and Vice President for APAC of Sodexo Group, a Fortune Global 500 company that is the leading provider of Food and Facilities Management services.

Gilles holds dual Post-graduate degrees in Business & Finance and Philosophy from the University of Paris-La Sorbonne in France.


Founded in 1983, The American School of Bangkok – Sukhumvit Campus (ASB) is a pioneer among international schools in Thailand. Nestled in the heart of Bangkok, ASB offers an outstanding American curriculum offering in a truly multicultural and international environment. It has strong Advanced Placement and University and Careers preparation programs that deliver excellent university matriculation and scholarship outcomes for its students. ASB serves students from pre-kindergarten to high school levels.

Key Highlights

Over USD 7M worth of scholarships awarded to ASB students each year

Wide selection of Advanced Placement courses

Emphasis on leadership and character development

Brand new athletic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, track, and multipurpose sports hall

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Trevor Spence
Executive Principal, Sri KDU Schools (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Trevor has over 20 years of experience in international education with a highly successful track record of leadership of British international schools and a breadth of experience working alongside local educators. Having previously spent 5 years in Malaysia guiding the Alice Smith Secondary School to achieve an outstanding accreditation in a British Overseas School inspection alongside exam results in the top 5% of the world, he has since gone on to lead an IB World School in the UK, an international secondary school in Qatar and a 3-18 international school in China.

Additional professional achievements include membership of a Global Executive Committee looking at strategic school development, leading on teaching and learning audits as part of school inspections, leading on cross-schools policy development and membership of the International and Comparative Education Research Centre Cluster at the University of Durham. Trevor has also presented on a range of education topics, including at the FOBISEA Heads and Senior Managers Conference, the British Council and to over 300 school leaders in Malaysia at the invitation of the MoE. He has written articles for CEM Insight on the use of diagnostic and assessment data to drive up performance.

Committed to the value of an international education and the importance of a progressive education for children growing up in the 21st Century, he is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute both to the further development of education within Malaysia and the XCL family as part of his role as Executive Principal at Sri KDU Kota Damansara where he feels privileged to be working alongside passionate local and international educators in helping the schools deliver amongst the very best future-focused education for our students.

Andress Goh

Managing Director, Alliance Private Equity;
Board Member XCL Education

Andress Goh is Managing Director and Head of the Singapore office for Allianz Private Equity Partners (APEP). At APEP, Andress focuses primarily on investment activities across Asia and is a member of the APEP Global Investment Committee.

Before working for APEP, Andress worked in the Special Investments team of GIC where she was active in leading European private equity fund and co-investments from 1999. She started her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore (Singapore, Germany & US).

Andress received her MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Cassie Fleming

Campus Principal, Sri KDU International School (Subang Jaya, Malaysia)

Cassie Fleming is an experienced leader, having held senior roles in some of London’s most prestigious day schools, before moving to Malaysia over 4 years ago. She has worked in both the state and public sectors in the UK, including Secondary Schools (11-18 years old) and preparatory schools (2.5-13 years old) such as the school that King Charles II attended in his youth and a GEMS Day school in the prestigious Chelsea, London area.

Cassie was Head of Secondary at Sri KDU Subang Jaya before becoming the Principal and has proven to be a passionate leader who strives in providing the best opportunities for students under her care. She is a believer in the concept of the one percent rule (aggregation of marginal gains) and encourages both students and staff to have this mentality. She has driven improvements in all curriculum areas at Sri KDU SJ, and she works tirelessly to ensure students have more than just academic opportunities; students need to be given a space to develop as people as well as gain important, outstanding, academic results. She works closely with management, staff, teachers, and parents to ensure focus on a personalized learning journey for each student and to ensure every student is known in their own right. Her focus on developing future leaders through pathways such as developing life skills or providing additional opportunities are at the core of her philosophy and ensures students leave school with more than just results, but the ability to thrive in life.

Cassie competed at the national level in swimming and netball and at a high level in table tennis, badminton, and tennis. She holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Durham.

Chris Whiteside

Group CFO, XCL Education

Chris has lived and worked in the Middle East, Australia, Europe and Asia over the past 30 years having worked in a variety of roles across the education, logistics, shipping, and software sectors. He has worked in listed companies, private equity and sovereign wealth fund backed businesses, and his focus is to help drive growth, raise funds for new investments and manage risk for the organisation.

Before joining XCL, Chris was a CFO for another education group based in Singapore, and before that had a number of senior roles with ISS and Inchcape plc. He is passionate about providing education for the future and exploring the use of technology.

Chris is married, has three children, and is a qualified coach and referee for youth rugby. He is a chartered accountant having trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and has a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

Marcel Van Miert
Senior Advisor, TPG;
Board Member, XCL Education

Marcel Van Miert is a Senior Advisor to TPG in Southeast Asia. Marcel has almost 3 decades of extensive experience working exclusively in the education sector.

Prior to TPG, Marcel served as the Executive Chairman of Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) for ~8 years. Prior to VAS, Marcel spent 4 years as the Group CEO of WCL Group, a PE-backed school chain now part of Nord Anglia, and 3 years as the Managing Director of the Schools Division at Nord Anglia.

Marcel has also served several other education companies in multiple capacities including Sommet Education (a network of hospitality schools), VUS (English Language Training Centers), EBS London (UK’s first private accredited Business School), INK Education, Sri KDU Schools, and Europreneur Consultants.

Marcel received a Bachelor’s in Arts from Regent’s University London and MBA from Henley Business School in the UK.

Tammy Murphy

CEO, XCL Singapore Schools

Tammy Murphy is a renowned educational leader with a proven reputation for inspiring a culture of improvement and collaboration among the entire school community. Over the last 20 years, Tammy served as a superintendent of four highly-acclaimed schools: Dubai American Academy in the UAE, Montecito Union School District in Santa Barbara, California, the Ross School District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as Assistant Superintendent of the Cherry Hill School District in Cherry Hill, New Jersey across the river from her hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Tammy was an elementary school principal and teacher.

Tammy was lauded with numerous state and national awards for her impact on education as a teacher and leader and has always been recognized for her wisdom, excellence and compassion by the communities she has served. In 2016, Montecito Union School received two distinguished designations; one an International Habits of Mind School of Excellence, and the other a Gold Level of Achievement for the California Department of Education Green Ribbon School. On the tenets of Harvard’s Project Zero, Tammy built a culture of thinking, which made time for valuing and making visible the thinking of students and faculty in order to foster a respectful collaborative culture of improvement. In 2021, the Council of International Schools confirmed the outstanding quality of teaching and learning at Dubai American Academy by selecting the school as one of six schools world-wide to work in the “Future Aspirations” band.

Whether as a teacher in a small underprivileged elementary school in the US or as the Chief Education Officer of the largest private education provider in the MENA region, Tammy has proven to be a collaborative, hands-on leader dedicated to continual improvement toward the goal of student success.

Tammy is a wife and proud mother to one son, an IB grad in university. She enjoys long walks and yoga with her husband to relax and recharge.

Callie Lim
Campus Principal, REAL Schools (Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Callie and her team at R.E.A.L Schools Shah Alam believe in providing a conducive and inclusive environment to maximise students’ potential and for each student to fully enjoy their learning and growing years here with their friends and teachers. All of this is to inspire brighter futures for our students, who will have a positive impact on us and our community as a whole.

Callie has over 20 years of experience in education in both private and international schools. She has a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Education, and she has a deep passion and commitment to providing quality education for the future generation. She looks forward to warmly welcoming, serving, and nurturing her students to be the best they can be.

Sean O’Maonaigh
Head of Schools, Thailand, XCL Education

Sean P. O’Maonaigh has over 35 years of experience in international education.

Prior to his leadership role in Thailand, he was the Head of School at XCL World Academy in Singapore. He was also previously Head of the European International School, Ho Chi Minh City and has held leadership positions at St. Andrew’s College Dublin, International School of Amsterdam, International School of Tanganyika, Overseas School of Colombo, International School Ho Chi Minh City and St. Andrew’s International Schools, Bangkok.

Additionally, he has consulted as the Director of Quality Assurance for a large schools’ group, working with British, US and Australian curricula schools in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. He also served as the Director of Bilingual Programs for Vinschool Vietnam, establishing Cambridge International Education schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

During his career Sean has been actively involved in various capacities with the International Baccalaureate Organization, the Council of International Schools, the Academy of International School Heads and is a past Vice-President of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools.

Sean engages with management, staff, teachers, and parents to ensure focus on personalized learning for each individual student and he brings his leadership to bear to grow individual abilities and organizational capacity for planned sustainable institutional improvement.

Tarek Razik

CEO, Vietnam Australia International School (VAS)

As CEO of the Vietnam Australia International School, Tarek Razik has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and head of schools around the world.

Going on 20 years in Asia, he has taken on school management and leadership roles throughout Asia, including with XCL Education in Malaysia. He was previously the Head of School at Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), Indonesia. Prior to JIS, he had served in leadership roles at Shanghai American School, NIST International School, and The International School of Beijing.

During his career Tarek has also served on the Council of International Schools (CIS) board, the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) board as well as the American Chamber of Commerce board in Jakarta.

Tarek holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education from St. Michaels College, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.

As an educator who has experienced and observed the changing needs of society and education for more than 30 years, Tarek firmly believes that education is not just the amount of information that is put into a child’s brain, but it must address the individual needs of students and the expectations of the world we live in today and tomorrow. He is committed to ensuring a learning environment where every student can thrive, achieve their full potential, take initiative and navigate their own future.

Lady Didyasarin Tavedikul
School Director, The American School of Bangkok – Sukhumvit Campus and D-PREP International School

Lady is a School Director at both The American School of Bangkok Sukhumvit campus and D-PREP International School.  She founded D-PREP International School in 2018 with a strong and clear school vision that children should be encouraged to dream of limitless possibilities, discover their potential, and deliver positive change to themselves and the world.

Upon her teaching experience in private and public schools in New York City after completing her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, she formed her vision that education should be a balanced combination of tradition and innovation, academics and creativity, and external and internal growth. She believes that every child can thrive and succeed academically, personally, and professionally if they also develop essential life skills that include self and social management, self-discovery, problem-solving capabilities, and being active citizens in society. She provides professional development to teachers and works directly with students, teachers, and staff on topics such as practicing mindfulness, overcoming our fears, resilience, adaptability, and developing self-understanding to create a culture where compassionate and self-reflective individuals work together to create a positive and dynamic community.

Additionally, she serves on the Committee of International Schools Association Thailand (ISAT) in collaborating and supporting 200+ international schools in Thailand.


D-Prep is a highly innovative, student-centric school that seeks to maximize every child’s potential through a personalized, well rounded, and balanced approach to learning. The school was inspired by the best educational approaches and pedagogies around the world, including that of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Inquiry-Based Learning, Experiential Learning, Reggio Emilia, and the Finnish education system. Students are encouraged to Dream the impossible, Discover their potential, and Deliver change to themselves and the world.

Key Highlights

Innovative International Baccalaureate and Expeditionary Learning curriculum

Transdisciplinary learning that takes students out of the classrooms with real life, impact creating projects

Close-knit community of like-minded families

New Middle/ High School campus opening Q3 2024

Warm and conducive purpose-built school facilities

Lili Mariah

Principal, Sri KDU Secondary School (Kota Damansara, Malaysia)

Lili Mariah has been in education for more than 20 years, joining Sri KDU Secondary School since 2019. As an educator, Lili has a wealth of experience, having held various roles in teaching, researching, content writing, teacher training, curriculum development, establishing clear operational structures, and more.

As Deputy Principal, she was instrumental in leading the Sri KDU Secondary School to seamlessly transition to online learning during the pandemic. Despite the many challenges presented, Lili’s dedication and commitment to the growth of her students led her to introduce local and international co-curricular initiatives that enhanced learning experiences for students.

During her tenure as Head of School in a previous school, Lili was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for academic excellence – a high percentage of students had scored As in the national examinations. She has always been actively involved in extra-curricular activities that greatly contribute to the holistic development of students.

Lili believes that a strong and well-rounded education comprising of both academic excellence and meaningful experiences in co-curricular activities positively shape students to help them thrive in life.

In her free time, Lili enjoys reading and doing volunteer work. Some of her previous volunteer endeavours include charity drives, 30% Club and talent development for adolescents.

Emily Pham

CFO, XCL Education

Prior to joining XCL Education, Emily has fourteen years of Investment Banking experience at J.P. Morgan in Singapore and Vietnam, originating and leading many capital markets, private placements and mergers & acquisitions transactions across the East Asia region.

At J.P. Morgan she was most recently the Head of Investment Banking for Vietnam, where she set out business strategies and developed growth initiatives for the franchise while advising clients and leading cross-border transactions across a full spectrum of industries and products. She previously managed the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, East Asia team driving a number of sizeable regional deals. Emily was a representative of the Investment Banking division for the J.P. Morgan APAC Inclusive Leadership Program in 2019/2020. 

Emily received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from University College London.


Sri KDU is a leading private and international school that provides a holistic programme using the Malaysian and UK National Curricula. Students learn through exploration and discovery and led to move towards global citizenship through a range of local and international experiential learning opportunities. At Sri KDU Schools, students are empowered so that they may continue to grow beyond the classroom.

Since its inception in 2003, Sri KDU has continuously been at the forefront of private education in Malaysia. This is proven through its exceptional track record in producing excellent examination results (37 average IB score) and accolades in the national and international co-curricular arena.

Sri KDU expanded to include a new campus at Berkeley Uptown, Klang in 2020. It is the first Microsoft Flagship School in South East Asia and will focus on creating Digital Leaders for the future.

Key Highlights

Sekolah Sri KDU, Kota Damansara
21st-century Education at an Award-winning Private School.

Sri KDU International School, Kota Damansara – A vibrant learning environment with world-class British education.

Sri KDU International School, Klang – Embracing technology and innovation to develop digital leaders that will be equipped for success in the 21st century.

Sri KDU International School, Subang Jaya – empowering an inclusive community of safe, happy, and successful learners who aspire to positively empower others (Formerly known as GEMS International School, Tropicana Metropark).


Sri KDU is a leading private and international school that provides a holistic programme using the Malaysian and UK National Curricula. Students learn through exploration and discovery and led to move towards global citizenship through a range of local and international experiential learning opportunities. At Sri KDU Schools, students are empowered so that they may continue to grow beyond the classroom.

Since its inception in 2003, Sri KDU has continuously been at the forefront of private education in Malaysia. This is proven through its exceptional track record in producing excellent examination results (37 average IB score) and accolades in the national and international co-curricular arena.

Sri KDU expanded to include a new campus at Berkeley Uptown, Klang in 2020. It is the first Microsoft Flagship School in South East Asia and will focus on creating Digital Leaders for the future.

Key Highlights

Sekolah Sri KDU, Kota Damansara
21st-century Education at an Award-winning Private School.

Sri KDU International School, Kota Damansara – A vibrant learning environment with world-class British education.

Sri KDU International School, Klang – Embracing technology and innovation to develop digital leaders that will be equipped for success in the 21st century.

Sri KDU International School, Subang Jaya – empowering an inclusive community of safe, happy, and successful learners who aspire to positively empower others (Formerly known as GEMS International School, Tropicana Metropark).


XCL International School Penang (BXCL), formerly known as GEMS International School, Pearl City offers a friendly, personal, caring, and student-centred learning environment location on the mainland in Penang. Interwoven with the commitment to the very best of British education is the focus on student’s intellectual, personal, and social development, and their ability to work collectively and independently. It is their vision to develop a sense of inner decency, honesty and integrity in students to prepare them to become future world citizens.

The school serves Foundation to Year 12 (Sixth Form/ A-Levels) students, and is accredited by the Council of British International Schools.

Key Highlights

Strong academic achievement (100% Pass Rate, 72% Achieved 5 x A*-C)

High number of expat teachers

Top class excellent facilities


VAS was founded in 2004 with the vision of being a school group of excellence, preparing students to be successful in life and higher education whilst preserving Vietnamese values through a combination of National and International education programmes.

The school offers International Bilingual Education Programmes with a harmonious combination of the Vietnamese National and the Cambridge International education programmes to prepare students for the IGCSE and AS/A-Level qualifications.

Key Highlights

18 years of experience in high quality education with well-qualified and dedicated educators that have nurtured thousands of students to become successful and compassionate global citizens.

4 academic pathways with flexible learning outcomes and qualifications that are globally and permanently recognized to meet the different demands and orientations of families for higher education both in Vietnam and abroad.​

Diverse extra-curricular activities and 7 core values programme to promote comprehensive development in students.​

Herman Verhoeven
Head of IT​, XCL Education

Herman has lived and worked in Asia for over 16 years and spent the past 8 years working in start-up companies ranging from financial services, employee benefits, education and non-profit.​

Before moving to Singapore, Herman worked in a trading company in China focused on the VOIP market. When joining Hewlett-Packard as a Global Service Manager, Herman made the move to Singapore.​

In the Netherlands, Herman ran a successful IT consultancy company with clients like the Free University of Amsterdam, Dutch Regional Police Force, Hewlett-Packard, Canon Europe and Epson Europe.​

Herman has a Bachelor in Software Engineering from the Haagse Hogeschool Netherlands​.

Duncan Grice

Executive Principal, XCL International School (Penang, Malaysia)

Duncan joined GEMS Education in April 2018. Prior to joining GEMS, he was the founding Headmaster of Malvern College Egypt, establishing a school with a clear emphasis on learning and putting students at the center of every decision. Duncan oversaw all College functions and events, marketing, sport and music as well as overall operations of the College. He Led the College Leadership Team in the build year and initial start-up year with responsibility for all areas of the development timeline. The College achieved an A* report from Malvern College UK in its first Quality Assurance inspection.

Before moving to Egypt, Duncan was Deputy Head of College and Head of Junior School at Dulwich College Suzhou (DCSZ), China – a renowned school within the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) region. He helped develop DSCZ from its beginning and was chair of the steering committee which guided DSCZ through the Council of International Schools accreditation, making the school one of the youngest schools ever to be awarded this prestigious international stamp of approval. 

Duncan first taught overseas in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2000. There he was the Mathematics coordinator and then Key Stage Two Coordinator with responsibility for sixteen classes and member of the Primary SMT of the British International School, Jakarta. Duncan was a member of the steering committee which saw the school accredited as a full member of the Council of International Schools. He also ran the school boarding house for two years. Duncan was awarded a Heart of Gold Award by the students, governors and SMT for his services to the school community in 2007.

Prior to moving to Jakarta, Duncan was Head of Year 6, teacher governor and science coordinator at New Bradwell Combined School in Milton Keynes.

Duncan holds a B.A. (Hons) from St John’s College York with a Major in History and American Studies. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wales. He is currently completing his dissertation for a Masters in Education through the University of Bath. Additionally, Duncan has been a registered ISI school inspector.

Anthony Partington

CEO Malaysia, XCL Education

Anthony Partington has 20 years’ experience as a teacher and school leader, joining GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark, soon to be Sri KDU International School Subang Jaya, in February 2019 as Principal.  Anthony was appointed as Executive Principal to lead all Sri KDU Schools in January 2022. He became CEO Malaysia in September 2022.

Anthony originally worked in the City of London in public, media and analyst relations, after studying English Language and Literature at Christ Church, University of Oxford, but a passion for Literature and an interest life-long learning led him to Trinity College, University of Cambridge to train as an English teacher in 2002. He has worked at a number of schools in Cambridgeshire, England, including pastoral leadership and leading the internationally renowned English and media faculty across the Parkside Federation of academies in Cambridge.

Anthony joined Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) in 2010 as an Assistant Principal to support the improvement of one school and left after eight years, ultimately working as CMAT’s Executive Director of Education and an Executive Principal responsible for the quality assurance of all the academies and teacher professional development from initial teacher training to leadership succession planning and development.  Along the way, he was a principal of an academy in Lincolnshire, England, securing its best ever examination results and inspection judgement.

Whilst completing a Masters with UCL Institute of Education, Anthony conducted research into and published on the teaching of literacy.  He is a frequent conference speaker, presenting on school leadership and English teaching and editor of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ in the Cambridge University Press Cambridge School Shakespeare series.  He has been a governor and a director of a number of schools and colleges and chaired the school-improvement board in the largest county authority in England.  He is a qualified leadership coach.

Anthony believes in a whole education striving for academic excellence and great examination results, whist providing the experiences and building the character skills that student need to thrive and succeed.


GEMS International School, Pearl City offers a friendly, personal, caring, and student-centred learning environment location on the mainland in Penang. Interwoven with the commitment to the very best education is the focus on student’s intellectual, personal, and social development, and their ability to work collectively and independently. It is their vision to develop a sense of inner decency, honesty and integrity in students to prepare them to become future world citizens.

The school serves Foundation to Year 12 (Sixth Form/ A-Levels) students, and is accredited by the Council of British International Schools.

Key Highlights

Strong academic achievement (100% Pass Rate, 72% Achieved 5 x A*-C)

High number of expat teachers

Top class excellent facilities


GEMS International School, Tropicana Metropark is a diverse and international community in Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that follows a British-style curriculum and values-driven educational philosophy experience. It is known for its high academic results and the expert guidance of highly-qualified teachers and informed support for families.

The school serves Foundation Stage to Year 12 (Sixth Form/ A-Levels) students, and is accredited by both the Council of British International Schools, and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia.

Key Highlights

High academic achievement (94% of Year 11 students achieved 5 A*-C IGCSE grades including English and Maths; 56% students achieved 5 A*/A grades; 64% of all grades were A*/A)

Small classes – 10:1 student-teacher ratio

High number of expat teachers

Truly international community of >30 nationalities represented

Top class excellent facilities


XCL American Academy is the newest international school in Singapore, offering high-quality, rigorous and accessible American education by focusing on what really matters to our students and parents. It is a school that strives to inspire the next generation of global pioneers by instilling in children the confidence to be authentic, have the courage to dream, push boundaries, and challenge themselves within a proven American education framework that is embedded with American values and character development.

The first cohort of XCL American Academy students will start in August 2022 across Nursery (2 years old) to Grade 8 (14 years old) levels. For the first year, founding students will enjoy classes and activities in dedicated sections of the existing XCL World Academy premises until the permanent campus is completed in August 2023.

Key Highlights

Rigorous academic curriculum that closely follows the AERO/ Common Core curriculum guidelines while also adopting internationally recognized programs such as Everyday Math by the University of Chicago, Discovery Works for science, and Scratch for coding by MIT

Accessible high quality, world-class education which offers both flexibility and good value, where parents and students have a voice in selecting what really matters to them

Brand new facilities, purpose built for XCL American Academy students, with easy access to a variety of world-class arts, sports, and technology facilities at the co-located XCL World Academy

Holistic education that consists of a character development program embedded within the core curriculum using the SecondStep program

Darin Carney
Superintendent, XCL American Academy

Darin Carney has over 30 years of educational experience both in the United States and Southeast Asia, including 25 years in educational leadership with experience in roles including Superintendent, Executive Director, Head of Schools, Principal, and Chief Operations Officer.

Prior to joining XCL American Academy, Darin was the Chief Operations Officer at Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) where he oversaw broad improvements in educational offerings and administration across the group of schools. Prior to VAS, he was the Superintendent of Cambridge Christian School in Minnesota, as well as the Head of School at Buena Vista Concordia International School (one of the top 5 international schools in China) in Shenzhen, China.

Darin has deep experience in starting and building successful American schools, including a new school in Xiandu, China, as well as in Colorado, USA during his time as Principal of the Cherry Creek School District.

Darin is known for his consistent, confident and calm leadership style which fosters dedication and commitment from his staff, inspiring both educators and students to strive for the highest levels of achievement. He values new opportunities to meet people, observe how schools and organisations operate, and lead teams of diverse groups of people in education.

He is completing a Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Design from the Walden University in Minneapolis, and holds a MA in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BA in Elementary Education from the Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO. He is a husband and proud father of three successful young men, a world traveler, a college professor, and also a basketball coach.

George Piacentini

Campus Principal, Sri KDU International School
(Kota Damansara, Malaysia)


George Piacentini has spent over 30 years leading schools around the world. He holds a B.Ed in Primary Education, a Diploma in Religious Education and is a graduate from Glasgow University. He spent two years teaching in Scotland before joining Qatar International School, Doha as classroom teacher, whole school science coordinator and general science teacher for Key Stage 3. He then moved to Sandford International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as Head of Years 5 and 6 and Director of the Summer School. Seeking new adventures he went to work in The British School of Caracas, Venezuela as Head of Junior School. He was then promoted to Head of Primary School at The International School of Moshi then went on to become Elementary Principal at The International School of Singapore. After six years in Southeast Asia, he wanted a further challenge so he joined The International School of Helsinki as Head of Lower School.

After several years he was invited to be Principal of Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College in Iraq, a foundation school, offering an IB Programme up to Key Stage 5 then moved to Nigeria to be Principal of The International School of IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), a school that offered IB, using English National Curriculum standards, in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.

He is founder and executive director of George Piacentini Consultancy (GPC) focused on supporting School Improvement. GPC has most recently advised a variety of international and national educational organizations in Nigeria, helping them develop a better understanding of how to effectively implement child protection procedures and practices in their organizations. George has also been very involved in the Council of International Schools (CIS) School evaluation and accreditation process, supporting school improvement, by leading teams that have visiting schools all over the world. He has also led joint accreditation and synchronized visits with CIS/New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) / Middle Schools Association (MSA)/ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). He is currently leading a new CIS online accreditation protocol.

He is certified in International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center, Miami and London. In addition, he has gained further professional credentials through the International Leadership and Management Programme at Bath University. He is currently a member of the Graduate School at the University of Exeter where he is further developing his passion for Educational Leadership with a focus on teaching and learning in a global context. He has supported the candidacy, authorization and re-authorization of IB programmes in various international schools around the world.

He is passionate about school improvement with a particular focus on a school’s Guiding Statements, Learning, Well-Being and being a Global Citizen.

Richard Henry

Head of School, XCL World Academy

Richard has worked in the education sector for nearly 30 years, in 3 continents and across a network of thousands of schools. Born in Scotland, he was raised in Australia and began his teaching career in the state and private education systems of Queensland, Australia.

His education includes a Degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences as well as a Master in Education. In the year 2000, Richard moved to Jakarta, Indonesia at a prominent school and was shortly promoted to Principal of Secondary School. During this time the school implemented the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (DP, MYP and PYP). In 2005, Richard was again promoted to Head of school for K-12 and worked in this capacity until 2011.

Richard led this school through a sustained period of growth and advancement, as well as serving on many Boards and Committees strengthening the school community whilst creating a positive impact on the children’s lives through education.

He served as a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Council for the IB as well as representing Asia Pacific on the IB DP Committee. He was and remains an evaluator of the IB Educator Certificate (offered by universities around the world) as well as a Session Observer of the IB Professional Development workshops with the responsibility of monitoring high quality education delivery.

Richard is also a qualified Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-USA) accreditation team member, and he facilitated the establishment of educational groups such as the Indonesian Network of IB schools.

In 2011, he began work for the International Baccalaureate based in The Hague, The Netherlands. As Head of School Services for Africa, Europe and the Middle East he was responsible for overseeing the authorisation and evaluation of all IB schools in those regions. He then became Head of Development and Recognition working with all schools implementing IB programmes as well as engaging with government ministries and higher education institutions.

In 2015, Richard moved to the USA and took up a new role within the IB as Director of Global School Services. These responsibilities included the oversight of authorisation and evaluation of all IB schools across the world, developing key relations with accreditation bodies such as the Council of International Schools (CIS) and NEASC, as well as the design and implementation of new school enhancement services.

Throughout his career Richard has focused his energy and knowledge on school transformation to deliver the best education possible for students to enrich their lives. He fundamentally believes that the stronger the triangle of partnership (student, parent, teacher) within a school community, the more effective every child’s educational experience will be.

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