Member of the Rotary Club of Bali, Lovina and originally from the UK, who fights passionately against Inequalities on education in Indonesia.
A parent of a Dyslexic child, a professional Teacher practitioner and an expert in crafting specialized learning programs for inclusive learning with a specific focus on Dyslexia.
Moving towards a UK accredited Ph.D in Inclusive Learning Andie has broad experience, notable achievements who’s successfully delivered impactful results in developing specialized curriculum for students with learning disabilities. She’s focused on teacher training, coaching the key principles on Dyslexia to local school teachers in North Bali.
Andie has a huge appetite for challenging work and a strong desire to shine the light on Dyslexia in some of the most disadvantaged locations in Bali.
Working in the education sector for many years she feels compelled to create a foundation which upholds key principles, which are to support students with Dyslexia and allow children with learning difficulties to seek opportunities without being marginalized. Removing social and educational barriers to
language acquisition is her ultimate goal and outcome of creating the Bali Dyslexia foundation.
Born in Boston, USA spent most of her career as a professor in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at ChapelHill. Here she did research on the blood components that support the formation of clots.
She trained university students who found new ways to examine blood clotting and discovered new patterns for interactions among the blood components. She retired at the end of 2011 and now dedicates some of her free time to reading in school classes in Kayu Putih and financially supporting students to continue their studies in further & Higher education.
Dr Leith, established the first privately owned and funded body in Indonesia to specialize in the education of children with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD and Dyslexia.
Dr. P. Leith Krakouer has some thirty years experience as a Researcher and Educator of children with Cognitive Dysfunctions, particularly in the domains of Autism, Speech and Language Delay, Behavior Management and Dyslexia. Furthermore, he has extensive clinical expertise in the diagnosis and implementation of effective intervention strategies that empower these individuals to manage their condition.
Dr. Krakouer is frequently invited to lecture in Europe and America to discuss how Autism impacts families, especially parents. He conducts intensive training sessions to equip family members with vital knowledge and skills that are specifically designed to assist their Autistic child or relative.
For the past eight years, he has have resided in Bali Indonesia, developing teacher training techniques that utilize local classrooms and community buildings. This focus has been among remote and regional folk in Kalimantan, Java and Bali, particularly individuals who have not had the opportunity to graduate in a formal degree setting or University. Thereby facilitating the means where isolated individuals, who are passionate to teach can acquire vital skills, return to their own community or village and implement them.
Originally from Jakarta living and working in Bali for over 20 years. An entrepreneur who has accomplished her dreams in achieving and developing residential property both in South Bali, Kerobokan and Lovina, North Bali.
A truly passionate person who believes in ‘equal education for all abilities’. Soraya has dedicated her time and efforts to the Bali Dyslexia Foundation in hopes to make a small difference to disadvantaged children who find it difficult to cope with Dyslexia in Bali.
Professional Photographer and Image Storyteller since 2012. Aji started his early career in the world of fashion and portrait photography by collaborating with friends and networking with like-minded successful individuals. The strength of this collaboration drove Aji to become more crafted in his trade taking him down a professional career path thats lead him to be very successful in his field of work.
Aji is passionate about education and feels strongly about inequality on education specifically in North Bali and other parts of Indonesia. His contribution to the organization is highly valued, his creativity and storytelling skills through the lens of his camera will be an added value to the foundation.
“It is an honor for me to support and make a difference in children’s lives across Bali and Indonesia. To to be part of an amazing team that truly dedicates their time selflessly to the cause of helping students cope with dyslexia and remove barriers to help them achieve their dream is a team that I’m proud to be part of”
Dyslexia Influencer / Director Global Dyslexia Group / Director KD Global Consultancy / SWA Entrepreneur of the year 2019 / International Speaker
Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
A Director of the ‘Global Dyslexia Group’, based in the south-west of England and an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association and recently appointed ambassador of Bali Dyslexia Foundation.
Darren who later on in life discovered his challenges with dyslexia recalls:
“I really struggled at school, no matter how hard I tried I just didn’t seem to be learning at the same pace as my peers. Each day at school I would hope that things would somehow be better, and my understanding of the lessons would suddenly improve. Sadly, this never happened”.
Looking back on his early childhood memories gives Darren a sense of purpose and drive in supporting children who are dyslexic.
We welcome Darren expertise in understanding dyslexia and
The special help never materialized, and I came to understand that kids were sent to ‘The Unit’ to get them out of the way. No person should ever go to school or work feeling like that, and I want to assist in that change.”
Originating from the UK, Cath is a career diplomat. She studied German and Business at Hull University before joining the Foreign Office. She has lived and worked, all over the world – most recently in India, Brussels and Argentina. She is currently taking a sabbatical in Jakarta where she is accompanying her husband, Owen (British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste) and supporting her family. She is also keen to support the local community in projects where she can make a difference.
Education and in particularly, literacy, is an issue close to her heart. Her last role in London was in the Diplomatic Academy developing regional learning and development programmes. A key issue was ensuring that the programmes were accessible and inclusive. In addition her children have experienced schooling in a variety of environments and she has seen first hand the difference good, inclusive learning can make. She is keen to promote greater understanding of dyslexia as she has family members who are dyslexic and has supported dyslexic colleagues to get the reasonable adjustments they need. Cath is delighted to have been asked to be an Ambassador for the Bali Dyslexia Foundation and looks forward to working closely with them.
Originating from Perth in Australia, with a 28+ year career in the Financial Services industry and as a business owner, Amanda took some time from her busy professional life and invested that time in finding where she could contribute and make a difference.
All of these experiences have led Amanda into projects that make a difference for many, including; disabled children and their families, for families in need of refuge due to domestic violence, in childhood education programs, environmental education programs, environmental sustainability projects and more, in both Australia and in Indonesia under the Indo Thrive Project which Amanda and her co-founder Adrian Reed established in 2017.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, where she taught arts and crafts to school children of varying abilities, she is now residing in North Bali where she has spent her time doing voluntary work and research for Bali Dyslexia Foundation. Michelle completed courses on specific learning difficulties and has gained teacher qualified certifications and continues gaining experience in this field. She is also engaged in humanitarian work, where she has worked alongside Bali Dyslexia Foundation collecting donations and distributing food parcels for families in need in rural North Bali. Now contributing to a program developed by BDF, she is a source of support and a valuable team member.
Originating from Izmir in Turkey, Bahar has been working and studying in Beijing for 13 years, currently a Ph.D. candidate at Beijing University. She has worked with children Autism and ADHD, she personally witnessed how hard their life is, without proper education and support. Having this experience and consciousness she always took part in charity foundations.
Having a big heart with a deep love for all the children in the world and strongly against the poor living conditions of the disadvantaged children, Bahar actively conducts charity works in China and Turkey to bring smiles to the faces of the children. Bahar aims to give as much as she can. After falling in love with Bali, now she puts her heart into Bali Dyslexia Foundation to make a difference for the children who are in need. She does not believe in impossible, she believes one more brick will make a huge difference in children’s lives.
“I’m blessed to be part of Bali Dyslexia Foundation, a loving, selfless and passionate team, appreciate the opportunity given to me to help our children. Our children, our future! Let’s do it together, let’s do it today!”