Director and Principal Consultant
Between 1994 and 2007, Dawn was an officer of the Administrative Service, the apex scheme of the Singapore Civil Service. She held policy jobs in public housing and healthcare, then moved to the Scenario Planning Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, where she researched and developed national and sectoral scenarios to help public agencies better understand and prepare for future uncertainties. She also consulted in scenario planning and its applications to strategy, designing and facilitating numerous workshops for the management teams of most Ministries, and various government agencies.
Dawn later served as Adjunct Fellow at the Civil Service College, where she developed content for management development. She authored and facilitated public policy case studies for various leadership programmes, and trained facilitators for these programmes.
Her last government jobs were at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She supported Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement strategy through trade facilitation work. She was then appointed Lead Strategist of the Futures Group, where she led a team to carry out future-oriented trend analysis and idea generation.
Dawn has designed for and facilitated groups as small as 8 people and as large as a thousand. The majority involve high-level persons such as political office-holders, C-suite executives and board leadership.
She holds several adjunct/associate positions:
- 2014 to 2018: Adjunct faculty for the Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration, Singapore Management University
- 2008 to date: Associate Senior Consultant, Capelle Consulting
- 2015 to date: Associate, Civil Service College
- 2014 to date: Associate, Healthcare Leadership College, Ministry of Health Holdings
Dawn’s professional certifications include:
- Organisation Development Certification Programme, NTL (UK)
- Prosci Change Management Practitioner
- Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore)
- Developing Leaders for Learning one-year programme (the Civil Service College, Singapore)
Dawn believes in giving back to the community. She was on the National Youth Council Academy Advisory Panel from 2011 to 2014. She served as a judge for the Singapore Tourism Board Experience awards in 2013 and 2014. She has been on the Harvard Alumni Interview Committee in Singapore since 1995. She has also served on the governing council of her church parish since 2015.
Dawn graduated from Harvard University with a BA (magna cum laude) in Language and Literature. She was a Singapore President’s Scholar and an Overseas Merit Scholar.
Daisie has 40 years of experience in the Singapore education service. She joined the education service in 1967, and retired in 2011, having served in various leadership positions for two decades as vice principal, principal and school superintendent. In those roles, Daisie has led and inspired generations of education officers, and continues to do so as a teacher and practitioner in organisation development, focusing on leadership; team building; performance enhancement; coaching and facilitation; curriculum design, instruction and supervision.
She has designed and facilitated visioning and strategic planning retreats involving superintendents, principals, senior management teams, lead and master teachers. She has been a consultant to newly appointed school principals as part of the Good School Movement. She has also conducted organization development, culture building, change management and capacity building workshops for key personnel of MOE division, branches and schools.
She presently holds the following positions:
- Lecturer (part-time): Management and Leadership in Schools (MLS) / MOE,NTU, NIE
- Adviser, Character & Citizenship Education / MOE
- Lecturer, NTU/NIE(Management and Leadership in School)
- Panel Member for Interview and Selection of Teachers / MOE
- Assessor – Lee Kuan Yew Award for All Round Excellence for secondary schools / MOE
Daisie has also taught and consulted for international education initiatives, including Vietnam, the Philippines and China.
Daisie is an active community volunteer. She has served as a grassroots leader in Serangoon Ward for 35 years and is currently the Honorary Chairman of the Citizens Consultative Committee, Serangoon Ward. She previously held key positions such as Chairman of the Citizens Consultative Committee and Adviser to Grassroots Organisations. She is Chairman of the Student Education and Development Programme Committee for the Chinese Development Assistance Council, a member of the Trefoil Guild, Girl Guides Singapore, and is also a volunteer docent with Urban Redevelopment Authority.
In recognition of her contributions, Daisie was awarded the Public Administration Medal (2001), the Public Service Medal (2003) and the Public Service Star (2008) by the President of Singapore.
Daisie holds the following academic qualifications: Certificate-in-Education, Diploma In Education Administration, BA (English Language and Literature), MA (Education & Human Resource Development)
- Senge, Peter. Schools That Learn , A Fifth Discipline Resource. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, UK (2000). (Chapter XIV – 4 – Sharing a Vision, Nationwide)
- Organisational Learning For All Seasons, ed. Prem Kumar. National Community Leadership Institute (2003). (Chapter 17 – Merger of Three Cultures – A Case Study of Leading Organisational Change)
- Pak Tee Ng. GROW ME Coaching for Schools. Person Prentice Hall, Singapore (2004). (Chapter 6- GROW ME for Students)
- Catching Dreams, ed Daisie Yip. North Zone, Ministry of Education, Singapore (2011).