Cheryl Rita Kaur Dalbir Singh received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University Malaysia Terengganu and completed her Master of Science in Marine Science, Policy and Law at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton in the University of Southampton, UK. She joined the Maritime Institute of Malaysia in 2005 and has since then been in multiple positions within the institute. She has worked on numerous research areas from environment and resources conservation to marine protected areas management, to land and sea-based pollution and to marine tourism.
Her contributions in regional and international settings have been shown through various awards and recognitions. She received the Asian Conservation Training Fellowship by the Earthwatch Institute of Australia from 2006-2009, and she received a full sponsorship from the Japan International Cooperation Agency for the Training Programme for Young Leaders in Hyogo, Japan in 2008.
The research interests that she caters to are marine biodiversity, resource protection, coastal zone management, and endangered species protection. She boasts many research works to back up her expertise on environmental issues, and in 2016 she is undertaking more research projects, including one on the marine spatial planning for the framework for implementation in the Straits of Malacca.