Satinah was the Secretary II for the ‘National Committee for the Education Act 1996’ (Act 550) and committee member for Act 555. Her areas of specialization are in policy analysis & planning, teacher education & training, education management, and private education. She was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department as the Special Officer to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2004. Satinah was the Director for Malaysian Students Department in New Zealand (2006/2007). Prior to her retirement, she was the Director for Private Education Division MOE, and prior to that was the Deputy Director at the Institute for Teacher Education (International Languages), or known as IPBA. She was the Deputy Lab Leader for Education during the conceiving and formulation of the Economic Transformation Program (ETP). Satinah was appointed as the Head of Project Management Office (Phase 1) reviewing the Malaysian Education System which culminated with the ‘Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025’, a policy document currently being used by the Ministry of Education.
She is currently the Managing Director of Alpha Alsagoff Edu Resources Sdn. Bhd, a consulting & advisory services provider for education, a company she set up in 2011. She is the Director for Melewar Learning Resources promoting ‘Direct English’; member of Board of Governors for St. John International School Kuala Lumpur, and just joined the British International School Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) as member of the Board of Governors.
Since May 2012 she has been the Advisor & Consultant (Education) to Khazanah Nasional Berhad, which allows her to contribute via several foundations created by Khazanah such as Yayasan HASANAH and PINTAR Foundation which work closely with the MOE and corporate partners in improving public school deliveries for the underserved schools via programs such as capacity building for teachers and school leaders, and school adoption programs. Over the last six years, Satinah had been providing consultancy and advisory services in the education space including to international clients who seek to invest or collaborate in the private education space in Malaysia such as the Parthenon Group, the International School Provider etc, as well as some local investors.
In the Non Government Organization (NGO) space, she is the Deputy President for ‘Malaysian Children’s Aid Society’ (MACAS) headed by Y.T.M Raja Dato’ Seri Eleena binti Sultan Azlan Shah, and the Deputy President 1 for the ‘Malaysian Association for Education’ (MAE) headed by Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid which is affiliated to the Education International, and World Education Research Council. Satinah is also a Project Committee member for ASEAN Women Network (AWN); and a member of Harvard Alumni. She contributes ideas and views actively via conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions and forum internationally and locally, such as those organized by Education International (EI) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), IPSEF (International & Private Education Forum), MOE, Yayasan HASANAH, PINTAR Foundation, PCORE (Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason), IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs); and Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative (MCII).