EPeeps Dustyn Smith | SE Asia & Middle East Community Leader
Meet our latest EPeep, Dustyn Smith, EP’s SE Asia and Middle East Community Leader, based in Singapore. A recent addition to the EP family and a huge ambassador of the EP platform, he spends his days talking to international schools sharing the transformational learning possibilities of the EP platform. We are lucky to have him on board.
55 international schools in 16 countries already use EP to supercharge their teaching and learning experience and we’re looking to build on this fantastic engagement in the region.
My professional background is working for US startup marketing technology companies. My last two roles have been establishing a presence in a new region (first person on the ground) and helping to build a team and territory. EdTech is new to me but after only 3 months at EP it feels like I have been here for a lifetime.
My path to EP has been exciting and feels like the stars aligned at the right time. I actually met Burkey (Alex Burke, our CEO) at a charity golf day back in 2018. We exchanged numbers that day and several games of golf, a few beers, some lunch and a golf buggy in a bunker (story to tell over a beer) later and I am now part of this exciting company.
I cover all business internationally (outside of ANZ) however our initial focus will be to penetrate and establish a stronger presence in Asia and the Middle East. Once we are established here then we will focus on other regions.
The feedback from our trialling and paying schools is amazing. The teachers and students love the value the platform brings and we are already making a ton of noise and are being introduced to many other international schools.
Personally – I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. When I turned 17 I decided to check out the UK and 18 years later I now live in Singapore (My mum still asks me regularly when I will be coming home). I am happily married and recently welcomed my daughter (Sophia Ren Smith) into the world.
Why become an EPeep
I loved the product and can feel that I am now very lucky to be part of an organisation that is having a positive impact on our future generations.
Favourite features to date
I am a data driven person, so for me the best thing about the platform is the reporting and analytics that can be provided.
Most excited about the future of EP
The size of the opportunity ahead and the team that I have around me to take over the world. Literally!
Three things you share about EP
The fact that we have over 1,800 Schools in 27 Countries with over 50,000 teachers using our platform to teach in the classroom. I think these three things really demonstrate that we have done something right.
A day in the life of EP Singapore
Well 3 months in I am still learning a lot. I am focusing on observing and digesting as much as I can. I am lucky to have Burkey in the office so it’s just us two at the moment. My days have been very busy. If I am not out visiting schools then I am on the phone with schools. I also have the world’s best team mate – Dia Jalil, based in Shanghai who I work super closely with. Right now I am on a plane to Dubai to meet Dia and we have a jam-packed week of school visits in Dubai and Abu Dhabi!
Dustyn and the international team have been busy the last few months:
Dustyn Smith, Alex Burke and Ben Hilliam attended this conference in Singapore as a fact finding exercise.
Dustyn and Dia travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Nick Bell (our Western Australia Community Leader) recently represented EP at the FOBISIA Leadership conference in Macau (China)
Ben Hilliam (Global Head of Maths) presented at the REAL Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The presentation was based on Digital Innovation in Schools
Philippa Kruger (Global Head of Languages) attended this event dedicated to French Language teachers.
We have welcomed Dustyn, his drive and extensive experience, with open arms and look forward to collaborating on learnings to help improve learning globally.