Alina Amir, Business Development
Alina is one of the four co-founders at Arus. She strategises to ensure the long term sustainability of Arus. Before Arus, Alina graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and was an analyst at Accenture before teaching History as a Teach For Malaysia fellow for four years in a public school. Alina loves hiking and is currently trying to be fitter than her dad in cycling.
Felicia Yoon, Financial Controller
Felicia, a co-founder of Arus, stops us from overspending and ensures that we have sufficient funds to run Arus. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Actuarial Science. She was a TFM Fellow in Penang and taught for two years. Felicia was a volunteer during the 2012 Olympics in London. She truly believes that Manchester United rocks.
David Chak, Curriculum Director
David is responsible for ideating and designing the academy curriculum. He completed his degree in Psychology, minoring in Computer Science from McGill University. Prior to co-founding Arus, David was a Teach For Malaysia fellow where he initiated Project Afterschool Coding Enterprise (ACE), a precursor to Arus. David loves Sid Meier’s Civilization so much that he vows to visit all the wonders featured in the game within his lifetime.
Daniel Russel, Academy Director
Daniel co-designs the Arus curriculum and ensures academy classes are run smoothly. He makes sure the space is well-equipped for making and learning. Before co-founding Arus, Daniel studied Mechanical Engineering at Multimedia University and was a Teach For Malaysia fellow who taught for 2 years. Daniel loves History. He sees historical information as little jigsaw pieces that make a big puzzle.
Azrina Azmi, Lead Teacher
Azrina is a Lead Teacher and she has created content, managed programs, designed and strategised the delivery and execution many of the programs in Arus. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was a TFM Fellow prior to joining Arus. In 2016, Azrina fulfilled a lifelong fascination with outer space when she got to meet a real astronaut and played mission control Commander during her space camp week under the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy scholarship. Azrina considers herself an “art explorer” and enjoys trying new arts and craft hobbies.
Yi Thing, Academy Associate
Yi Thing creates content and manages projects in Arus to ensure our children are always in love with learning. She is a part of the Change Makers – Youth Activists for Gender Equality. She dreams to have a crafter’s studio where she can spend her whole day drawing, cutting, pasting, colouring and of course, dreaming.
Nabihah Hashim, Academy Teacher
Nabihah is championing Girls in Tech programmes and develops module to ensure digital learning is accessible to all children and youth. She is one of US-ASEAN for YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy alumna and Teach For All Global Girls’ Education fellow. Nabihah prefers a laid-back beach holiday and she wishes to go skiing again 🙂
Yi Hoong, Maker Space Coordinator
Yi Hoong is the maker space coordinator of Arus, he manages the physical space in Arus and provide technical support in creating lessons in Arus. He completed his bachelor degree in polymer engineering at Universiti Malaysia Perlis and nano-materials engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He loves to make stuff, indulges in origami, woodworking and electronic projects.
Faizah Farhana, Program Associate
Faizah assists the team with research on Sustainable Development Goals and finds current global issues from news and reports. With a Diploma in Mass Communication UITM and currently doing a part-time Degree in Public Relation, She is yet the youngest in the team. Previously involved with events and logistics, she knows where to find things with a cheaper price. Love to make videos and enjoys funny clips of guinea pigs.
Khaw Wei Young, Academy Teacher
Wei Young is an Academy Teacher leading the students programs Junior Maker Club (JMC) & Young Maker Club (YMC) in Alma, Bukit Mertajam. He is a Teach For Malaysia (TFM) alumni. He used to work in a private hospital lab as a medical lab scientist. He says he does not like to talk. To know him better, invite him over a hiking trip and you might know a little more about him.
Era Natasha, Program Coordinator
Era Natasha is a Program Coordinator and she executes overall strategy, research, content development, coordination and implementation of some programs at Arus. She started her professional career in Public Relations consultancy firms before joining the space of education-focused social enterprises, with an interest of working with the Orang Asli communities. Natasha loves adventures like bungee jumping as much as she enjoys staying home doing nothing.
Nalissa Suria , Program Associate
Nalissa is a programme associate of Arus Academy, where she helps bring projects to life by churning out new ideas and works passionately on curating online learning content for both teachers and students. She graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia but unfortunately did not get to attend her graduation due to COVID19. Nalissa keeps herself in a good mood by curating her personal playlist on Spotify with funky RnB music.
Yam Phui Yee , Program Coordinator
Phui Yee coordinates programmes and enjoys bringing Arus’ good work to more people through social media. She is a Teach For Malaysia alumna with experience working in the media, education and for a very short while, in a zoo. She can’t wait to publish her own children’s book.