About

 

Dragonfly Education Group is a family owned operational investor in education with over 24 years of experience. We believe that the education sector is going through exciting changes and we want to play a key role in defining those changes, particularly within the following areas:

  • Preschool education
  • English language training
  • Out of school education (eg. enrichment classes) 

Our core activity is to find and grow educational organisations. We have a track record in helping organisations grow, not just through funding but also through our operational know-how and strong Asian presence.

The dragonfly has existed for millions of years and is a symbol of happiness for children throughout the world. It is traditionally used in folktales to represent the passing on of knowledge through the generations.

Globally, it thrives and adapts, as we do as a company. We proudly carry this motif as the key to our brand DNA.

 
 

Education Portfolio

Our education portfolio currently includes:

 
 
 

Apollo English 360
Providing career-focused English language training to young adults and working professionals

Apollo English Juniors
Providing English language training for children aged 3 to 16 with the goal of providing them the foundation to become future global citizens.

British Education Partnership
Partnering with and supporting English language training programs within Vietnamese K12 schools.

British University of Vietnam
Providing a British higher education experience in Vietnam, focusing on employability in Vietnam and in a global market place.

EDUNE Learning Network
A complete learning platform specifically developed to deliver high quality early learning English language education into local communities

 
 
 

Our Leadership Team

Khalid Muhmood MBE

Education Investor & Co-Founder

Khalid is from the UK and has been active in the business of education in Vietnam since 1994 where he and his wife, Arabella Peters, co-founded Apollo English, British University Vietnam and British Education Partnership.

He lived in Vietnam for 18 years before moving to Singapore which is now their regional office. He holds a degree in Business and Law (Hertfordshire University) as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Exeter University).

Khalid was, for many years, the Chairman of the British Business Group in Vietnam and also chaired the Education Working Group at the IFC sponsored Vietnam Business Forum. In recognition of his contributions to Vietnam, he has received the Medal for the Cause of Education from the Ministry of Education in Vietnam and was awarded an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Today, Khalid and his family live in Singapore and he frequently travels to Vietnam. He is a member of the Young President's Association in Vietnam and Singapore.

Arabella Peters

Education Investor & Co-Founder

Educated in the United Kingdom, Arabella holds a BSc. (Hons) in Economics and Law from the University of Herefordshire. Arabella began her career in marketing, where she worked for the European headquarters of Cigna Insurance, in London. In 1995 she relocated to Vietnam and co-founded Apollo English and British University Vietnam. She is involved in general and marketing strategy for both organisations.

Arabella has been formally recognised, by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ministry of Education, for her work in Vietnam. She is the first foreign woman in the private sector to receive the Medal for the Cause of Education from the Ministry of Education. She has also been recognised by Vietnam Television for her role in launching the successful, Road to Olympia programmes.

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Sir Graeme Davies

Director

Sir Graeme completed his term of office as Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of London in September 2010, a post he took up in October 2003. He is now Emeritus Vice-Chancellor of the University, the first to be awarded this honour. Previously he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 1995 to 2003. He was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 1991 until 1995. As such he played a key role in the development of policies concerned with the contribution which higher education institutions make to economic development through teaching, research, and related activities, with particular emphasis on international developments in higher education including the utilisation of online resources.

He moved to the Funding Council from being Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1986 to 1991. He was Professor of Metallurgy in the University of Sheffield from 1977 to 1986 having taken up that post after 16 years in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science in the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow of St. Catharine's College. He was knighted in January 1996 for services to higher education.

Dugie Cameron

Director

Dugie Cameron has worked in the education industry for 30 years, including 25 years at Pearson, where he was most recently, President of Pearson Asia Pacific. In his seven years as President, Dugie led the transformation of the company’s position in China, as well as the refocusing of Pearson’s business across 17 countries. Prior to that, he was a driving force behind several highly successful product launches. Dugie has served as a Director on the board of more than 10 international joint ventures. He has experience in education publishing from his time working at Harper Collins, as well as experience in the classroom when he got his start in the field, as an English teacher in Italy.

Harjit Gill

Director

Harjit Gill was Executive Vice President & CEO Philips ASEAN & Pacific Jan 2012 to Oct 2015. In this role, she managed a staff of 10,000 people across 10 countries and was responsible for accelerating growth in the three businesses sectors of Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle. After her 25-year tenure at Philips, Harjit has held a variety of international General Management roles, focusing on the development of business in Emerging Markets. She has worked in England, Holland, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Harjit is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Singapore chapter and the regional chair of YPO’s Women’s International Network. She is also a board member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SIIC), the oldest Chamber of Commerce in Asia.

At Dragonfly Education Group, Harjit is passionate about people development and committed to its’ diversity and inclusion programme.

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Richard Eu

Director

Richard oversees corporate development and management of the Eu Yan Sang Group since 1996. He started with the company as its General Manager in 1989. Eu Yan Sang is a company founded by his great-grandfather in 1879. Today, it is a leading integrative health and wellness company with a unique heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prior to joining Eu Yan Sang, Richard, who holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the London University, UK, worked in merchant banking, investment management, stock broking, computer distribution, and venture capital.

Richard was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 (Singapore) and represented Singapore at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of The Year 2012 award in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was also recognised as the CEO of the year by the Singapore Corporate Awards 2010, for SGX-listed companies with a market capitalisation of under S$300 million.

Richard actively participates in community projects and non-profit organisations. Apart from serving as Chairman of the Board at the National Museum of Singapore and UniSIM’s Board of Trustees, he is also a member of the National Heritage Board. Richard serves as a director of Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Limited.

 
 

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391B Orchard Rd, Level 22, Ngee Ann City Tower B, Singapore 238874