The UWCSEA Foundation
Michelle Sassoon is the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a business that she and her husband set up in 1996 when they chanced upon the company in California, USA. The Sassoons were the first to franchise the store outside California, and it was an instant success. Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf employs about 700 people in Singapore and has a total of 78 outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. Michelle is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) – Singapore Chapter and also the Asia jury member of the Annual Cartier Women’s Initiative Annual.
Michelle believes that education must develop independent thinkers and visionary leaders. UWCSEA provides a supporting learning environment that develops in children a love for learning, an openness to new ideas, the ability to think, personal achievement and wise leadership. She values her student years at UWCSEA; three of her children have also graduated from the school and the two younger are currently school at UWCSEA.