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Ann Yom Steel, COO


The Winstedt School is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Ann Yom Steel as Chief Operating Officer, effective 24 February 2020. In this role, she will oversee the continued growth of the School as a leader in the field of inclusive education.  

Ann brings to Winstedt a solid track record of success as a global strategic leader. She has worked in private, public and non-profit sectors spanning Washington D.C., Sydney, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore.  

Prior to her appointment at Winstedt, Ann served as the Chief Executive at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore where she grew the chamber to be the largest international business chamber in Southeast Asia.  

She has also held several senior roles at the National University of Singapore including as Chief of Staff to the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.  

During her time in Sydney, she worked at Ogilvy, a PR agency, advising corporate clients on issue management and crisis communications. In the Philippines, Ann was the head of strategic planning at an international development organisation where she developed its 10-year global strategic plan. 

A lawyer by training, Ann began her career in Washington D.C., where she worked for a U.S. Senator as lobbyist and spokesperson for various trade associations, and later as a senior official on intergovernmental affairs in the Obama Administration. 

“We are thrilled to have Ann join us at this pivotal point in Winstedt’s history. We are confident that she will help steer the School towards new opportunities for delivering high quality education to children who learn differently,” said Sharon Solomon, Founder and CEO of The Winstedt School. “Her success as a strategic leader will help further establish Winstedt as the international school of choice for children who learn differently.”  

Steel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctor from the Washburn University School of Law.