Our Panel Members
Kalpana Balan-Seitz is a seasoned educator with an impressive 24-year teaching career that spans across diverse curricula, including the IB Diploma Programme, IGCSE, and AP. Her extensive 20-year association with the IBDP has seen her contribute in various capacities, from teaching in schools across Europe, Latin America, and Asia to serving as a DP Coordinator and principal examiner for subjects like Theory of Knowledge, Economics, and Global Politics in several international institutions like Dhirubhai Ambani International School, British International School Shanghai, UWC Hong Kong, and the International School of Panama and The Ecole Active Bilingue International Section, Paris. Kalpana's passion also lies in teaching TOK and Global Politics, finding it personally and professionally enriching. Beyond the classroom, she has excelled as a further education advisor, heading large teams of university guidance counsellors in international schools. Her active involvement in professional organisations like IACAC and NACAC underscores her commitment to guiding students through the intricacies of college admissions. Kalpana's expertise extends to advising on universities worldwide, including the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. Her participation in events like the IB Symposium on University recognition and college counselling at the University of Hong Kong and the Global University Counselling Conference reflects her dedication to staying updated on relevant information for students' college admissions. With a wealth of experience, Kalpana continues to share her knowledge.
Yogesh Dhingra, CourseLeap's founder, academic advisor, and chief instructor, has over 30 years of experience in the international, national curricula as well as educational services. She is the Founding Member, Former Head of the Mathematics Department and Academic Director of Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS), Mumbai. She led the department for more than a decade, consistently known for world averages and toppers for IGCSE and IB Math. Yogesh actively conducts student and teacher sessions on Extended Essays, Math Exploration, and personally spearheads intellectual initiatives for research work in Math. She is also a workshop Leader for IB Diploma Math AA (Analysis and Approaches) and Math Al (Applications and Interpretation) in Asia Pacific Region and as a consultant to schools, she specialises in mentoring schools a designing curriculum, strengthening their standards for IB and CIS evaluation and accreditation. She has two Masters degrees, one in Education from the University of Bath, UK, with specialisation in Educational Leadership and Management and the other in Mathematics from Delhi University. In addition, she holds Bachelor's degrees in Physics(Hons.) and Education from Delhi University.