Our Core Values

The Teach For Malaysia team is united by the belief that all children in Malaysia deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. We live out our commitment to the mission through 4 core values.

  • Sense of Possibility
    We set ambitious and audacious goals in order to reimagine a drastically different education system and world to meet the needs of everyone. As a movement, we empower our students and communities to lead the solutions that will make the most difference.
  • Excellence
    We believe that when people love what they do, and believe in what they do, they bring their best self to work. We set a high bar of excellence in every aspect of our work and life in order to make the impact we want and to sustain ourselves over the long run.
  • Collaboration
    We believe everyone has a role to play in ensuring every child realises their full potential to lead themselves and others. We collaborate radically with students, communities and partners from all sectors as an interdependent movement of collective leaders.
  • Integrity
    We believe in the power of authenticity, compassion, respect and trust to create transformational change. We place emphasis on what we achieve as well as how we achieve our goals.

Our Structure and Teams

Teach For Malaysia operates out of three regional offices in Kuala Lumpur (Central office), Pasir Gudang (South office) and Semporna (East office).

The Programme Team’s core goal is to develop Fellows of the Fellowship Programme to be transformational and impactful leaders who work to change the life opportunities and outcomes for Malaysian students – thereby ensuring there is a positive, comprehensible student impact over the two year Fellowship and an enduring systemic impact beyond the Fellowship. They do this by training and supporting Fellows during the Fellowship and rigorously measuring the impact Fellows are creating inside and outside of classrooms.
The Growth Team comprises of the 3 main pillars, namely the Talent Acquisition, Marketing and Partnership Development (Fundraising) teams. They are on a mission to grow a movement of champions to drive scale in the number of Fellows we place in the Fellowship program to impact students, as well as to ensure sustainability of TFM’s impact.
Education Ecosystem Engagement
The Education Ecosystem Engagement Team comprises of the Public Sector Engagement, Regional Impact, Alumni Impact teams. A large part of TFM’s impact is embedded in the work we do with the Ministry of Education, education-focused entities and the local communities. This Team focuses on driving tangible and sustainable transformation in the education system through strategic engagements with these key stakeholders.
Finance and Operations
The Finance and Operations Team in TFM oversees 3 core pillars (Talent Strategy, Finance and Operations) that are essential to ensure that the organization is run transparently and efficiently, and on top of that to provide a conducive working culture and environment that brings out the best in our people.

Meet our Senior Leadership

  • Chan Soon Seng
    Chief Executive Officer
    Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort in 2012, and like many other Fellows and Alumni, the experience had a profound impact on his worldview. He was deeply moved by the challenges faced by students growing up in low-income communities and how it was the lack of opportunities, rather than the lack of ability, that prevented students from realising their desired potential. He holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Haafiz Nordin
    Finance & Operations Director
    Haafiz was part of TFM back in 2015 as a finance consultant and the vision of the movement inspired him to return to the organisation in 2021. He has years of experience in management consulting, accounting and sustainability since 2012. He has also led several socially-driven, finance-related projects such as the establishment of a national emergency response fund and finance advisory support for social enterprises. Beyond Malaysia, Haafiz was involved in finance transformation for the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia in 2019. A true cyclist at heart, he is also a bike advocate where he would take his bike to work and also to long distance cycling trips across Malaysia. Haafiz currently oversees Finance, Fundraising and Talent and Operations at TFM.
  • Zahirah Zulkifly
    Education Ecosystem Engagement Director
    Zahirah Zulkifly, more fondly known as Zizi, is passionate about solving social issues. She joined TFM in 2011 as a Recruitment and Selection Associate; the same time TFM’s first cohort began the programme. Having progressed into her current role, Zizi now leads TFM’s public sector partnerships, oversees our Alumni movement and manages TFM’s regional strategies and operations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Sabah. She is responsible for creating collaboration opportunities with key players within the education ecosystem and to drive TFM’s impact as a movement for change.
    Zizi enjoys traveling and the journey of discovery of other people and cultures, as well as oneself. She holds a Master of Business in Sustainability and Bachelor of Business & Commerce (International Business & Management) from Monash University Australia.
  • Jessica Lim Su Yee
    Director of Program Duta Guru
    Jessica joined Teach For Malaysia in 2015 as a Leadership Development Officer. Having been in multiple roles such as being the Training and Development Manager and the Programme Design Manager for the Fellowship programme, and Head of Training and Support for Program Duta Guru, she has played a crucial role in ensuring programmatic impact while collaborating with key stakeholders. She holds a MRes in Educational Research (University of Stirling, UK) and a Bachelors in Education TESOL (University of Auckland, New Zealand). She has a strong heart for students and a desire to make a difference by empowering children and young people.


  • "The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
    Steve Jobs
If the following describe you, we want you!
  • You are deeply convicted by Teach For Malaysia’s mission and vision.
  • Challenges fuel and excite you.
  • You resonate strongly with TFM’s core values.
  • You believe in the power of working with people.

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Why work at Teach For Malaysia?

Values and achievements are two sides of the same coin.
In TFM, we place equal importance on both achievements and our core values. As a values-driven organization – the deep belief in the mission, the pursuit of excellence for a good cause, the desire to collaborate because we know we cannot achieve our goals alone, and “doing the right thing” – are the backbone of our results and impact.
Work alongside like-minded individuals.
Working with people who share similar values and passions is not easy to come by, and most often taken for granted. Each of us in TFM are inherently different and unique, but what makes the journey together a joy is knowing that we have the same vision and values to anchor on at the end of the day, when the going gets tough.
Do more than dream. Make a tangible difference.
Have you ever dreamt of a job where you could do what you love, while contributing to the betterment of society? Wait no more! We don’t just provide you with a platform to utilize your strengths and skills, we give you the chance to use them for a cause you believe in.
Grow yourself through stretched opportunities.
TFM believes in empowering our staff to take up challenging responsibilities to drive their professional growth. Steep growth does not happen on a smooth sailing journey; it is during challenging times that we discover our hidden potential. We entrust you with big goals, while providing you with the safety net and support to fail, learn, get up and go again.
We are a collective!
If there’s one thing that stands out the moment you join TFM, it would be the immediate warmth and inclusiveness you feel from everyone. We are not kidding when we say that people will most certainly form genuine friendships at work! We genuinely believe that the way for us to end education inequity is to work as a collective, within the organization, and externally as well.

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