XCL Education

People Behind Sri KDU

XCL Education is one of Malaysia’s largest and most successful premier education groups. We are the most diverse and experienced XCL Education in the country having operated preschools, international schools, private schools, and enrichment centres that provide exceptional educational experiences to over 20,000 students in Malaysia.
 
OUR CORE FOUNDERS

Board of Governors

Founded in 2020, the core founders of XCL Education are no strangers to the national education industry:

 
 

Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz, a graduate of both the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, is Chairman of Marlborough College, Malaysia; founding trustee and Chairman of Teach for Malaysia; and Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

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In 2013, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Previously, he worked at both McKinsey & Company and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and he currently holds other board and advisory roles at several corporations and non-profit entities including TPG Capital Asia.

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Datuk Ganen Sarvananthan, is a Managing Partner at TPG Capital Asia and its Head of South East Asia. A distinguished scholar, he was an ASEAN Scholar, a Sultan Azlan Shah Scholar; and a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship.

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A law graduate of University College London (UCL), he was the Head of Investments at Khazanah Nasional for a decade before he joined TPG in 2014. More importantly, Datuk Ganen has played a key role in TPG Capital Asia’s investment in Vietnam Australian International School (VAS) which is one of the fastest growing school groups in Vietnam.

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Dr. Goh Chee Leong, who is the current Group CEO of XCL Education, previously served in HELP Education Group for 20 years and was the founding CEO for HELP Education Services, which established two international schools in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

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Dr Goh was also the founder and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, which houses one of the largest Psychology programmes in South East Asia with over 1,400 full-time students. He was the past President for the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) and past President of the Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA), and has also been appointed Consultant Psychologist for MENSA Malaysia. He has served as project leader for eight UNICEF projects in Malaysia, including a capacity-building project in tsunami-affected communities in Kedah, the development of a national child trauma response team, a bully prevention intervention in Malaysian schools, and a positive discipline initiative in schools.

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Datin Teh Geok Lian, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Education in June 2011.

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As CEO of Paramount Education, Datin Teh had overall responsibility of the education division of the Paramount Group; from pre-school, primary and secondary schools through to tertiary institutions and enrichment centres. Under her stewardship, KDU University College expanded its wings to their iconic campuses at Utropolis Glenmarie and at Utropolis Batu Kawan.

Prior to being appointed CEO of Paramount Education, Datin Teh was appointed the CEO of Sri KDU Sdn Bhd in January 2005, a position she concurrently held till June 30, 2018. In addition to helping lay the foundation for Sri KDU Schools, Datin Teh was instrumental in expanding Sri KDU into the international school segment, building its brand as a premier private and international school operator, offering both national and international curriculum options conveniently on one campus.

Datin Teh has had a diverse education experience abroad, both at tertiary and school levels. She graduated from Yale University under a Yale scholarship and also spent a year as a high school foreign exchange student in the U.S. under the American Field Service (AFS) programme.

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Mr Dominic Picone is a Partner and Managing Director at TPG, based in Singapore. He has lived and worked in Asia since joining the firm in 2005 and, in that time, has been engaged with investments throughout the Asia Pacific region that represent more than $1.5b of committed equity capital.

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His involvement with current and past TPG portfolio companies includes Apollo Towers, Vietnam Australia International School (VAS), Myanmar Distillery Company / Grand Royal Group, PropertyGuru, 8990 (Deca Homes), BFI Finance, Masan Group, Fairmont Raffles Hotels, Bank BTPN, United Test & Assembly Center (UTAC), and CIMB.

Prior to TPG, Mr Picone worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston in Melbourne, primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand.

A native of Australia, he received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours – Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

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Mr Jeffrey Chew is the Group CEO of Paramount Corporation Berhad.

He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1987 and thereafter, joined Citibank Berhad in 1991, leaving as General Manager of Commercial Banking.

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In 2003, he joined OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (OCBC) as Head of SME Businesses, and was subsequently promoted to Head of Business Banking. He was then appointed Director and CEO of OCBC in August 2008, a position that he helmed for six years. During his tenure at OCBC, he also served as a Director of Credit Bureau (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad and OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad.

As the Group CEO of Paramount, Mr Chew is responsible for the management of the Group’s businesses and ensures that the Group’s businesses deliver consistent shareholder value.

Under his management, Paramount has experienced consistent revenue growth over the past five years. It has also garnered numerous awards, including the “Highest Returns to Shareholders Over 3 Years” for the Property Sector at The Edge Malaysia Centurion Club Corporate Awards 2019. Paramount also rose to 13th place in 2019 for The Edge Property Excellence Awards rankings, up from 25th place in 2014.

Mr Chew was on the Advisory Committee of ACCA Malaysia up to 2017. He is currently an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Asian Banking School and a member of the Small Debt Resolution Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia.

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En. Hafiz Hussien is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital. He started his career with CIMB Investment Bank in 2004 where he experienced roles in the Group CEO’s Office, Investment Banking and a stint in Indonesia with CIMB Niaga. Hafiz subsequently joined Khazanah Nasional’s strategy team in 2016 where he worked on projects involving Khazanah’s investment portfolio and overall corporate strategy.

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En. Hafiz holds a degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.

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  • Innovation centre

    Tech-rich collaboration space – for ideal 21st-century learning. Designed to facilitate a myriad of learning activities, solo learning and testing, but most importantly promote collaborative group work.

    Set up like a google office, in this space our students will learn to program, code, learn about hardware and software as well as website design. It’s much more than mastering the basics of Microsoft office!

  • Audio Visual Hub

    A room created for students to take their video creations to a different level-
    Through the magic of video effects and technology, students can superimpose their subjects onto virtual backgrounds, place them over animated digital backdrops or transport them to a desert oasis.

  • Primary Classroom

    We encourage flexibility and creativity in the classroom. The furniture is moved around to suit the learning theme and activities.

  • Climbing Wall

    Built three stories high, this climbing wall will encourage physical activity, boost memory and cognitive skills, build confidence and provide a place for our students to have fun.

  • Cafeteria

    Students are given an array of selections ranging from local and international cuisine.

  • Running Track

    A 100m sprint training and fitness activities.

  • Speaker’s Corner

    An open stage area where public speaking, debate, and performances are held. This provides the opportunity for every student to shine.

  • Design and Technology Lab

    Design and Technology (D&T) is a school subject under the National Curriculum of England, used for students to develop a range of designing skills and technical skills. This is a highly practical subject using a range of materials and graphic media.

    Students work on many interesting projects here that use state-of-the-art CAD-CAM machines such as the laser cutter and 3D printer.

  • Academic Street

    A very unique space where we showcase our student’s life and achievement. There is also a drone flying area where students can learn and improve their drone flying skills.

  • Speech and Drama Room

    This is our mini black box for structured play and drama activities to be carried out. We will also have performances in this room where parents may be invited to see their talented children in action.

  • Music (Keyboard) Room

    Equipped with keyboards, this room allows students to pick up the basic piano skills and develop themselves to grow as an accomplished pianist

  • Music Room

    Students will have the opportunity to learn to play a selection of musical instruments which include, ukulele, recorder, African drums and percussions.

  • Art Room

    This creative space provides students a platform to express themselves by sparking imagination and developing creative skills. Equipped with easels and large drawing tables, students will be able showcase their best creative skills here.

  • Vocal & Choir Room

    Music and vocal lessons are conducted here. There is a mini stage for students to have performances and previews for parents.

  • Futsal Court

    This indoor futsal court caters to futsal lessons and matches and will also be used for a PE teaching space. The design of this space gives a good flow of natural air while activities are taking place in it.

  • Secondary Classroom

    The classrooms are arranged according to the needs of the teacher. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART TV that enables more interactive lessons to be conducted.

  • Multi-Purpose Hall

    A fully air-conditioned hall where we have our assemblies, sports activities, annual school productions and in future, our IGCSE exams. The hall has a seating capacity of 700

  • Science Lab

    Designed to allow for flexible use of space and furnishings. This is where students engage in exciting practicals to deepen their understanding of the science concepts.

  • Culinary Lab

    Equipped with state of the art kitchen appliances to provide our students the best hands on experience in a real world environment just like in the MasterChef kitchen.

  • Makerspace

    A collaborative work space where our students can make, learn, explore and share ideas on how to innovate with the usage of high tech to no tech tools. This space is to promote STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)

    The lab is equipped with 3D printers, sewing machines, electronic cutters, soldering equipment etc

  • Library

    A calm space where students can come during breaks and after school to do research, read books or do some of their home learning. Our library is stocked with 15000 books and e- books, all recommended and approved by our Principal and school librarians.