David is the Founder CEO & Executive Chairman of MindChamps International and MindChamps Australia. David first came to Australia at the age of nine without being able to speak a word of English. Within a few years, he had gone on to be the first Asian given a lead role on mainstream Australian television, in the internationally acclaimed drama series “Butterfly Island” and also wrote two critically acclaimed novels, ‘Only the Heart’ and ‘The Full Story’ which were nominated for three prestigious Australian literary awards.

David is also co-author (with internationally acclaimed author and literacy expert Brian Caswell) of ‘The 3-Mind Revolution’, a new world-view for leaders and educators. His research and work in developing the ‘3-Mind’ philosophy underpins the MindChamps early learning approach – providing children with the mindset and learning tools to be the best they can be – MindChampions.

Chair of research

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  • Fellow of the Royal Society (the prestigious scientific fellowship that counts Newton and Einstein as its former fellows)
  • Founder, Centre for the Mind (University of Sydney)
  • Holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science at the University of Sydney
  • Winner of the 2001 Marconi International Prize, the world’s foremost prize in communication and information technology

Mr Brian Caswell
Dean of Research & Programme Development

  • Internationally-acclaimed author of more than 300 books, many of which have won literary awards
  • Over 40 years of experience in public and private education
  • Established speaker and literacy consultant for over two decades

Dean Carey
Dean of Theatre

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  • CEO and Founding Director of Actors Centre Australia, one of Australia’s top theatre schools
  • Former Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)
  • Acting teacher with more than three decades of experience and have coached celebrities such as Hugh Jackman
  • Performance consultant on various film and TV projects, including the Australian productions of The Boy from Oz and Saturday Night Fever

MindChamps’ World Advisory Board

The MindChamps philosophy, our dedication to sourcing the best research and our passion for turning the latest discoveries into effective educational initiatives has drawn some of the world’s best and brightest to help us achieve our vision.

MindChamps’ World Advisory Board includes:


Dr Scott Hicks
Senior Fellow

  • Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning director and screenwriter
  • Director of the Academy Award winning films Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars and box-office hits including No Reservations and The Lucky One
  • Member of the Directors Guilds of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • SA Australian of the Year recipient

Mr Aubrey Mellor, OAM
Senior Fellow

  • Accorded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1992
  • Former Director of the world prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia
  • Renowned theatre teacher to a generation of acclaimed Australian Academy-Award Winners
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Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz, AM, FASSA
Senior Fellows

  • Former Chairman of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • International Award Winning Researcher
  • Named 100 highest cited researchers in his field
  • Former Professor with Harvard & Stanford
  • Won the Brain Research Award, British Red Cross Society
  • Australian Academy of Science – Royal Society (London) Exchange Fellowship
  • Former Vice-Chancellor of:
    • Macquarie University
    • Brunel University
    • Murdoch University
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Mr Trevor H. Cairney OAM

  • Accorded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Department of Education
  • President of the New South Wales Business Chamber
  • Written nine books and over 200 reports, articles and book chapters on early learning, training, language acquisition and development

Ms Libby Gleeson AM

  • Member of the Order of Australia (2007)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Department of Education and Social Work
  • Award-winning writer for picture books and fiction titles, including Hannah and the Tomorrow Room, An Ordinary Day, and Amy and Louis
  • Chair of WestWords, Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organization for Young People

Professor Larry Scripp
Senior Fellow/Dean of Music in Education

  • Founding Chair, Music Education Department, New England Conservatory, Boston University
  • Participated in Harvard University’s Project Zero, investigating artistic development in children and assessment of arts and general education programmes
  • Accomplished Musician, Composer and Music Director

Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Senior Fellow

  • Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, USA
  • Director, Infant Language Laboratory, Temple University, USA
  • Recipient of numerous awards
  • Author of 12 books including Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Einstien Never Used Flash Cards and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Pre-School
  • Published over 200 articles and research papers

Professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
Senior Fellow

  • Director, Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Laboratory, University of Delaware, USA
  • Recipient of numerous awards
  • Author of 14 books including Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Einstien Never Used Flash Cards and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Pre-School
  • Published over 150 Articles and research papers

Mr Steven Andrews
Chief Academic Officer

  • Former Senior Education Advisor to the UK Government
    (Tony Blair Administration)
  • Former Director of Schools, Greenwich, UK
  • Former Group Chief Education Officer, Cognita International Schools
  • Former Group CEO, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore.

Mrs Carmee Lim
Mentor Principal

  • Former Principal of Raffles Girls’ School, one of Singapore’s top school
  • Former Senior Inspector of Schools in the Ministry of Education, Singapore
  • First Executive Director of the Academy of Principals, Singapore

Mrs Louise Mulligan-Andrews
Director General Of Education

  • Former Director of Schools, The Department for Education, U.K.
  • Responsible for improving student exam performance in Nottingham City at double the national rate