OUR STORY
Our People

DARSHANA BALAKUMARAN

Managing Partner
Strategy and Communications

Darshana has over 12 years of experience working in communications and PR across industries and disciplines in Malaysia and the region. Her strength lies in strategic communications and writing, and this specialisation has enabled her to lead successful communication campaigns at national and regional levels throughout her career.

One of her most memorable achievements is mentoring new communicators in their early career, helping them navigate and learn the ropes of working on the job.

Darshana is committed to helping our clients find their ‘why’ through communications strategy development. She has a knack for connecting the dots, seeing patterns and information, and creating processes where chaos exists. As a certified coach, Darshana works with our clients in navigating and embracing life challenges that impact their professional growth.

She has a particular interest in youth development, and volunteers with an international NGO as a facilitator for young adults in her free time.

Fun facts about Darshana: She’s currently writing a book, and is a closet artist who paints intuitively. Darshana considers herself deeply spiritual. She is also trained as a practitioner in mindfulness, tarot reading and energy medicine.

MICHELLE BOON

Managing Partner
Programmes and Business Development

With over 11 years of experience in performing arts, publications, media, journalism and education, Michelle leads Illuminairre’s programmes and business development initiatives. She’s a certified professional coach who’s worked with our clients to discover their breakthrough learnings through her coaching services.

A defining moment in her career was leading and transforming a young team of writers for a successful weekly newspaper pullout focused on leadership development.

Michelle is an energetic, highly-creative individual who truly believes that getting clear with your ‘why’ can change everything for you. She lives and breathes Ikigai, the Japanese philosophy of purpose-driven living.

Michelle has always believed that education is the key to changing an entire nation, and this is why she spends her time outside of Illuminairre educating the young minds of our future.

When she’s not working, Michelle spends her time exploring dance and performing arts. Fun facts about Michelle: She LOVES food, and has a pretty sweet tooth. She’s also a certified dance instructor and piano teacher.

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