Panel of Advisors


Our Board of International Advisors extends their expert advice and updates us on the latest trends and innovations in early childhood education. We tap on their expertise and extensive experience to incorporate best practices in early childhood education in our curriculum, thus allowing us to continually refine and enhance our programmes.

Professor Saravanan Gopinathan
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Professor S Gopinathan is currently an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He served as Dean of the School of Education (1994-2000) and then, Dean of Initial Teacher Education Programmes (2000-2003), National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He has served on various MOE review committees and was a resource specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a board member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, McKinsey and Company, and MENA Ministers of Education, and School of Education, Qatar University.

His research interests span teacher education, higher education, values and citizenship education, and education development. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. His recent book, Education and the Nation State published by Routledge in 2012, offers a comprehensive overview of Singapore's education policies and practices.

From 2003 to 2010, he helped NIE establish the Emirates College of Advanced Education for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, and the Bahrain Teachers College for the EDB in Bahrain. In his personal capacity, he helped establish the Sampoerna School of Education in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr Lily Wong
Executive Director of Advent Links-SAUC and Education Centre for Children and Family Studies

Dr Wong is an educational psychologist by training and has been a professor of psychology/education by appointment, for the last 30 years. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counselling from Andrew’s University in Michigan, and Bachelor and Master in Education degrees from the Adventist University of Philippines.

Her post doctorate studies and research in Complex Instruction was from Stanford University, USA, and in Quality Infant and Toddler Care Giving from Syracuse University, USA. She has a Teacher’s Credential for the Supervision of Child Development Centres and Instruction from the State of California – for life. In Singapore, she is accredited as a supervisor and trainer for all preschool education courses. 

Dr Wong is a member and resource person on a number of policy, ethics and programme committees, including Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), the World Forum International Advisory Board/ National Representative Scholastic Advisory Board, AECES, OMEP, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Educational Research Association, Singapore.

She has researched, written and published on various issues concerning family, children and education. She was awarded the Woman of the Year (Family Life) award 2002, USA and a Long Service Award by MCYS, Singapore, in 2003.