Profiles of Advisory Committee Members

Mr Leong Keng Thai
Senior Advisor and Director-General, International Affairs, Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Mr Leong is the Executive Chairman of the Data Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC). The DPAC will advise the Personal Data Protection Commission on matters relating to the personal data protection framework provided for in the Personal Data Protection Act. Concurrently, Mr Leong is the Senior Advisor and Director-General, International Affairs (International & Corporate) at the IMDA. In addition, Mr Leong is appointed as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and Senior Advisor (International Strategy Unit) at the Ministry of Communications & Information. Mr Leong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. 

Professor Simon Chesterman
Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Professor Chesterman is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. His teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006-2011, he was Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme. Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Professor Chesterman is a recognised authority on international law and author or editor of nineteen books including Law and Practice of the United Nations (with Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone, OUP, 2016); One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP, 2011); You, The People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001).

Mr Hui Choon Kuen
Deputy Chief Counsel, Civil Division, and Dean, AGC Academy, Attorney General’s Chamber

Mr Hui is presently the Deputy Chief Counsel (Advisory) of the Civil Division, Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) and the Dean of the AGC Academy. Prior to his current appointments, he has served in a wide range of government legal positions, including Director Legal of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Deputy Chief Prosecutor, AGC, District Judge of the then Subordinate Courts and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Mr Mohamed Nasser Ismail
Senior Vice President, Global Head Equity Capital Markets, Singapore Exchange

Mr Mohamed Nasser is Senior Vice President, Head of Equity Capital Market (SMEs) and Head of Capital Market Development at SGX. Prior to assuming his present responsibilities in 2014, Mr Nasser headed the Issuer Regulation Unit in SGX. In that role, Mr Nasser was responsible for overseeing the review of listing applications by issuers and the monitoring of listed companies’ compliance with the listing rules. His duties include regular liaison with regulators and representing SGX’s interests in the development and implementation of regulatory initiatives. Mr Nasser also led in various regulatory roles within SGX including Enforcement, Regulatory Policy as well as Legal and Compliance. Prior to joining SGX in 2005, Mr Nasser was a State Counsel with the Attorney General’s Chambers. In his current role, Mr Nasser is responsible for marketing and developing SGX’s Catalist for fast growing companies. His responsibilities include the development of initiatives to provide greater fund-raising services for companies, including the development of Capbridge, a capital raising platform for high-growth start-ups. Furthermore, Mr Nasser is spearheading various initiatives to encourage the listing of technologyl companies on SGX. He is also responsible for driving policy and platform initiatives related to capital markets.

Mr Lam Chee Kin
Managing Director & Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS Bank

Mr Lam is the Managing Director and Head Legal, Compliance and Secretariat for DBS, and is a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in financial services regulation. Prior to joining DBS, he held various roles in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill. Mr Lam also serves on the Disciplinary Committee of SGX, and on the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law.

Ms Charmaine Leung
Managing Director, Community Chest and Group Director, Fund-Raising & Engagement Group, National Council of Social Service

Ms Leung has over two decades of experience in strategic marketing, business intelligence, consumer insights, and brand management in multi-national and regional organisations across Asia Pacific. In 2014, she made a career switch and became an independent consultant providing marketing and branding solutions, and has since spent more time volunteering and working with the seniors, low income families, and youths. As the Group Director of Fund-Raising & Engagement Group (FREG) and Managing Director of Community Chest, Ms Leung will be key in steering and growing Community Chest’s efforts in engaging the community to bring collaborative and sustained positive impact to the social service sector.

Mr Lim Biow Chuan
President, Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) 

Mr Lim is the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Mountbatten SMC. He was first elected as MP for Marine Parade GRC in April 2006. He was re-elected as MP for Mountbatten SMC in May 2011 and again in Sept 2015. In addition to his Parliamentary duties, he also serves as Chairman of Marine Parade Town Council and President of the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE). He sits as a Director for the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Pte Ltd (FIDREC) which was set up to adjudicate on financial disputes between consumers and financial institutions. He is also a director for Marine Parade Leadership Foundation – a foundation set up to identify future community leaders. He is a lawyer and has been in legal practice since 1989. He is the Managing Partner of Derrick Wong & Lim BC LLP and is a Notary Public and a Commissioner for Oaths. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2001 for community services.

Associate Professor Low Cheng Ooi
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Ministry of Health

A/Prof Low is currently the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer (CCIO) of the Integrated Health Information Systems and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore. As the CMIO of MOH, he is involved in Health IT policy development, as well as the operation of standards of healthcare informatics within the healthcare sector. A/Prof Low is Singapore's representative at the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). He is an Honorary member of The Association for Medical and Bio-Informatics, Singapore (AMBIS) and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has been appointed as a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Asia Pacific Governing Council since 2014. Prior to his current appointment, A/Prof Low was the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Singhealth from 2008 to 2012. He was responsible for rolling out the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in the cluster. He was appointed as Chairman, Medical Board, Changi General Hospital from October 2007 to September 2012. A/Prof Low is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1980 and obtained his FRCS (Glas) in 1985 & FAMS (Ortho) in 1989. He was awarded Health Manpower Development Programme in 1998 for Advanced Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery. A/Prof Low is the recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in the 2016 Singapore National Day Award.

Mr Lu Cheng Yang
Secretary-General, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mr Lu Cheng Yang joined Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) in April 2018. Mr Lu's role as Secretary-General is to manage the SCCCI's secretariat and its subsidiaries to support the chamber's efforts in assisting the business community. Prior to this appointment, Mr Lu held key appointments at the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Environment and Education. He is familiar with all matters of personnel/human resource and the business of government from strategic policy options to project execution. Mr Lu graduated with an Engineering Science and Economics degree from Oxford in 1984 and attended the Stanford University Sloan Masters Program in 1994.

Professor Steven Miller
Vice Provost (Research) & Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University 

Professor Steven Miller is the Vice Provost (Research) of Singapore Management University since 2012 with the responsibilities for the University’s Office of Research & Tech Transfer, Institutional Review Board for Human Research Protection, Office of Post-Graduate Research Programmes, and oversight of SMU Institutes, Centres, and Labs, and Areas of Excellence. He was the Founding Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS), a position he has held from December 2002 to June 2016. As Founding Dean of SIS, he concentrated on developing all aspects of the School of information Systems, including undergraduate and post-graduate educational programmes, research strategies and capabilities, interactions with external stakeholders, and the SIS relationship with Carnegie Mellon. Prior to joining SMU, Professor Miller held senior positions in technology, management and consulting with Fujitsu Ltd in both Japan and the US; RWD Technologies in the US; and IBM Global Services where he was Chief Architect Executive for Business Innovation Services, Asia Pacific. He serves on various advisory panels and committees under Singapore’s Ministry of Communication and Information, Ministry of National Development, and National Research Foundation, providing inputs on Infocomm R&D, Infocomm Manpower Development, and University – Industry collaborations.

Ms Quek Su Lynn
郭 诗 琳
Director, Government Data Office, Smart Nation and Digital Government Office

Ms Quek is currently Director, Government Data Office of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office. Prior to taking up this role in Oct 2018, she served as Assistant Commissioner (Compliance Strategy & Insights) in the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, where she was Chief Data Officer and drove the use of business analytics and behavioural insights throughout the organisation. Ms Quek has over ten years of experience in tax policy formulation and administration, having had stints at IRAS’ Corporate Tax Division and the Ministry of Finance. She read Economics as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics, and has a Master degree in Economics from Yale University, as well as an MBA from INSEAD.

Mr Patrick Tay
Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC

Mr Tay is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC and Member of Parliament of West Coast GRC. He currently chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower and Co-Chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. In the labour movement, he oversees issues concerning Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and is currently the Director of NTUC’s Legal Services Department and Future Jobs, Skills and Training Department. He represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation and has been pivotal in lobbying for the many changes to manpower related laws and policies in Singapore. As the legal adviser to NTUC-affiliated unions in Singapore, Mr Tay has advised/represented numerous unions/members in complex and contentious issues including on data protection, dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court.

Mr Teo Chin Hock
Deputy Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency 

Mr Teo is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) since 1 January 2016, which was set up to provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cybersecurity’s functions. As the Deputy Chief Executive of CSA, he assists the Chief Executive in executing CSA’s mission, providing leadership, strategic direction, as well as seeing to the effective and efficient management of CSA. Within the first year in CSA, he is instrumental in the development of the first national cybersecurity strategy and the set up of the ecosystem development group in CSA. Prior to joining CSA, Chin Hock was the Deputy Chief Executive (Strategic Development) in the Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA) where he assists the Chief Executive in driving the strategic development of DSTA. Chin Hock’s experience spans several critical areas, including the acquisition management of key defence systems as well as the management of national security programmes in support of MHA and other national security agencies. He has been the key driving force behind the build-up of the critical command and control systems development capability for MINDEF and the SAF. His most recent endeavour is the significant build-up of cyber defence engineering competency and capability in DSTA.

Ms K Thanaletchimi
President, Healthcare Services Employees' Union

Ms Thanaletchimi is an elected member of the NTUC Central Committee, President of the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU), and the Chairman of the NTUC Women’s Committee. She was a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore – the Labour Movement’s 11th union representative since 1992, from Mar 2016 to Sep 2018. Concurrently, Ms Thanaletchimi sits in other committees of NTUC, governmental agencies, national institutions, and tripartite partners, notably in the MediShield Life Council, People’s Association Board, Industrial Arbitration Court Panel Member and the Education and Domestic Services Industry transformation Committee. She is also the member of the Land Transport Masterplan Advisory Panel. Ms Thanaletchimi graduated from the University of Sydney in Australia with a Master’s Degree in Health Science Management, and the University of Bradford in United Kingdom with a Bachelor Degree of Science (Honours). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Quality Assurance and Management, an Advanced Diploma in Strategic Marketing and a Diploma in Chemical Process Technology from the Singapore Polytechnic. She also holds a Diploma in Industrial Relations from the Ong Teng Cheong Institute of Labour Studies.

Mr Kurt Wee
President, Association of Small & Medium Enterprises

Mr Wee has spent his career spanning the last 18 years in the investment, private equity and business advisory industries. He has invested in various start-ups and private equity projects. He is consulted by a number of businesses professionally and serves on a number of boards. At the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME), Mr Wee served as its Vice President since 2002 to 2013. He was elected as the President of the ASME in November 2013. Kurt also volunteers at the Singapore Children's Society as an executive committee member and chairs the Appeals (fundraising) Standing Committee. He also serves in a number of government committees and academic institutions.

Ms Shirley Wong
Managing Partner, TNF Ventures

Ms Wong is a results-driven, determined business leader and entrepreneur that has accumulated over 28 years of experience in the IT & Technology industry. Currently she is the Managing Partner of TNF Ventures Pte Ltd, a seed and early stage venture fund that focuses on technology startups. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the management and operations of the BT Frontline group in Asia Pacific, where she led the professional services business for Cyber Security, Healthcare and Applications Development. From 2013 to 2016, Shirley was the Chairman of Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation which is now known as SGTech. Ms Wong co-founded Frontline Technologies in 1994, and was listed on the Singapore Exchange in March 2001. Under her stewardship, the company grew from a team of 8 to a 5000 strong workforce spread across 11 countries in Asia Pacific. Subsequently, the company was acquired by British Telecom Global Services in March 2008. In recent years, her focus shifted to investing in technology based startups and mentoring startups while remaining keenly passionate about entrepreneurship and innovative technology to drive efficiencies. In the startup scene, she actively helps startups to secure funding and gain market access. For the 3rd consecutive year, she has been appointed as the Chairperson of President’s Technology Award. This award gives recognition to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions to R&D resulting in the invention or a discovery of significant technology with industrial applications. She is also the Chairperson of Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, a convening platform for young innovators and investors on Smart Cities Innovation in Asia. Ms Wong serves on the board of Singapore Science Center, Assurity Trusted Solutions and National Kidney Foundation. She previously served on the board of Infocomm Development Authority, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore and Accel Systems & Technologies. She is currently a member of the TechSkills Accelerator Governing Council, member of Temasek Polytechnic IT School Advisory Council, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Singapore Management University.