PEOPLE

DARSHANA SIVANANTHAM
Co-founder / Managing Director
Strategy and Communications

Darshana has dedicated over 12 years working in communications and PR across industries and disciplines in Malaysia. Her forte has always been strategic communications and writing, and this specialisation has helped her 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.

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 calls herself a closet artist (who paints intuitively). As someone who considers herself deeply spiritual, she’s very recently studied the art of tarot reading and energy healing. 

MICHELLE BOON
Co-founder / Managing Director
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.

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 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.

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.

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 personal coach, and dance instructor.