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Our Team

Equipped with experience and understanding of Asian societies and processes of development, our team is able to bring people, knowledge and resources together, and make change happen.

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Mr C.D. Liang

Director, Development

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Mr Vignesh Naidu

Director, Operations

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Ms Caroline Rayney

Administration

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Ms Melody Español

Communications

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Ms Hillary Loh

Programmes

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Mr C.D. Liang

Director, Development

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Mr Vignesh Naidu

Director, Operations

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Ms Caroline Rayney

Administration

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Ms Melody Español

Communications

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Ms Hillary Loh

Programmes

Mr C.D. Liang

Director, Development

CD Liang is responsible for the development function at the Foundation. 

CD was trained as an engineer and started his engineering career in the late 80s in Kuala Lumpur. He subsequently became a software developer who designed and implemented multimedia solutions for leading hotel chains and major banks in Southeast Asia and Greater China.

After completing his MBA degree in 1998, he worked for seven years in the Greater China region as a management consultant (for Monitor Company, Arthur Andersen and KPMG Consulting) and a sourcing consultant (as Director of Program Management, APAC for FreeMarkets, Inc. and Ariba, Inc.). He subsequently relocated to Singapore to work for eBay, Inc. as Marketplace Development Director for Southeast Asia. Before joining The HEAD Foundation, CD worked for the non-profit division of the IMC Group to manage social investments in education and media projects.

CD had served many family businesses and MNCs throughout his career. Born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, CD had also worked and lived in Bangkok, Boston and Hong Kong before he settled down in Singapore in 2005.

CD has a bachelor’s degree (architecture & engineering) from Princeton University and an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Mr Vignesh Naidu

Director, Operations

Vignesh Naidu is the Director, Operations at The HEAD Foundation. 

Before joining The HEAD Foundation, Vignesh worked with a large Singaporean conglomerate to strategize and develop a comprehensive learning and development framework. That project sparked his interest in the field of skills and employability; a vexing problem for many economies in the region and beyond. 

Through The HEAD Foundation, Vignesh hopes to contribute to the literature and research in the field of skills and employability. Vignesh has also worked at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as a case writer, focusing on social policies and behavioural economics. He also obtained his Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Ms Michelle Leong

Programmes

Michelle Leong is the Senior Manager, Capacity Building Programmes, at The HEAD Foundation.

Before joining the Foundation, Michelle worked in the public and private sector. She has experience in both pedagogy and andragogy as a former Education Officer and as a Trainer for adult learning. She has also guided clients towards making effective decisions with focused, productive, and engaging discussions as a facilitator / consultant.

Michelle is motivated by developing self-sufficiency in self and others. Through Capacity Building at The HEAD Foundation, she collaborates with Institutional Partners to analyse needs and design, develop and deliver programmes with skills transferable to workplace. By collaborating with subject matter experts and researchers, she facilitates knowledge brokering, through ongoing dialogue and exchange, between knowledge producers and those who use the knowledge.

She obtained her Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Ms Caroline Rayney

Events

Caroline Rayney has over 30 years of publishing experience. 23 years of which was with The Economist Newspaper Ltd as one of the pioneers when The Economist started their operations in Singapore in 1984.  She helmed the newspaper’s customer service and fulfilment operations for the Asia Pacific region. 

Caroline’s experience in publishing also encompass the production and distribution as well as event management of niche lifestyle regional publications. Caroline obtained a Diploma in Administrative Management from the U.K.

Ms Maryann Ong

Finance

Maryann has spent the past 15 years helping businesses set-up and manage their finance and human resources department.

At The HEAD Foundation, she oversees the finance function. Her previous role was Senior Finance & HR Manager for a Singapore-based FinTech start-up where she built the finance team and set up entities across Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia.

She is a member of CPA Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of South Australia Originally from Malaysia, Maryann has been working in Singapore for the past 12 years.

Ms Melody Español

Media & Communications

Melody Español is the Communications Manager at The HEAD Foundation. 

She previously worked for a multinational ICT company as part of its corporate communications team. She also gained experience in public relations working in a Singapore-based agency, serving clients in the enterprise and consumer tech space, start-ups and non-profits. 

Melody obtained her bachelor’s degree with honours at the National University of Singapore.

Ms Hillary Loh

Projects

Hillary’s interest in education began as the recipient of a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum emphasising inquiry and experiential learning, where she gained an embodied appreciation of the power of education to transform lives. She spent a semester in the Indian Himalayas with rural communities, understanding the intersectionality of education disparity with climate, geography, and gender and social politics.

Previously, Hillary has worked in a design agency as a writer and copyeditor, and in a private art gallery as an operations executive. She obtained her BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities, with a minor in Anthropology, from Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

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