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Steven Chia

Mr Steven Chia

Presenter & Senior Editor

Steven Chia is a veteran in the media industry with over two decades of experience behind him. A familiar face at CNA (Channel NewsAsia), he currently helms the show Talking Point. Prior to that, he presented the early morning show AM Live! He sits on the board of the YMCA of Singapore, is a District Councillor for the Southwest Community Development Council and is also a member of the NUS Communications and New Media Industry and Advisory Council. However, the role he feels most proud of is that of being a father to two young children. When it comes to parents spending time with their kids, he believes in the notion of ‘the more the merrier’. Steven also dreams of the day when kids in Singapore will spend more time at play than at tuition.


Other Panellists

Amanda Chong

Ms Amanda Chong

Deputy Senior State Counsel (International Affairs Division)
Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems during lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. Her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. She is interested in exploring themes of gender and power in her writing, which has appeared in Monocle, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She also co-founded ReadAble, a non-profit organisation that has run weekly English literacy classes since 2014 for children and migrant women in a low-income neighbourhood since 2014, with the aim of improving social mobility.

Kamini Ramachandran

Ms Kamini Ramachandran

MoonShadow Stories

Kamini Ramachandran grew up with a grandfather who was a storyteller. She is the creative force behind MoonShadow Stories, which spearheaded performance storytelling for adult audiences in Singapore. A pioneer in the field of storytelling in Asia, Kamini is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a BA in English Language & Literature (Hons) from the University of Reading (UK) and an MA in Arts Pedagogy & Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). A respected teaching artist, Kamini is a specialist storytelling lecturer for tertiary-level programmes. She teaches The Storytelling Intensive course at LASALLE College of the Arts. She founded the non-profit organisation The Storytelling Centre Limited to advance the art of storytelling. She also established the Young Storytellers Mentorship Programme to nurture emerging artists and sustain the art of storytelling. She is also the creative producer of StoryFest Singapore.



Mr Cedric Leong

Mr Cedric Leong

Principal Master Teacher
English Language Institute of Singapore

Cedric is a Principal Master Teacher with the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS). His teaching career began in 1988 and he was Head of the English Language and Literature departments at two secondary schools before his secondment to the National Institute of Education (NIE) in 2003. At NIE, he taught on the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary programme and was selected to coordinate it.  Before joining ELIS in 2015, Cedric was Senior Head of English Language and Literature at MOE’s Curriculum Planning & Development Division. As Principal Master Teacher, he leads in enabling the professional learning of English Language teacher leaders and teachers through building and deepening their subject content understanding and knowledge of pedagogy so that they can make better decisions in leading students and their fellow teachers.