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About the Kaplan Industry Advisory Boards

In a first for Private Educational Institutions (PEIs), Kaplan Singapore sets up six Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) from various sectors to help align its programmes with the needs of industries that are at the top of the Government’s SkillsFuture agenda.

The intention, being primed on industry requirements, is to produce industry-ready graduates, equipped with 21st century skills, who can walk into various industries and add value immediately without having to be retrained.

The six Boards comprise:

  • More than 40 external senior executives
  • Over 460 years of career experience
  • A collective representation of companies employing over 13,000 employees in Singapore alone

The IABs advise Kaplan on the latest trends in various industry sectors and provide valuable input towards the curriculum. This makes it current and based on practical experience. The input is then used to modify its programmes to make them of industry standard to meet Singapore’s labour needs and prepare their graduates to be career-ready.

The IABs also reflect on industry viewpoints, and provide valuable input on employment demands and the qualities that employers look for in graduates. This ensures that the programmes remain relevant to the real world.

Additionally, the IABs suggest ways of engaging the industry to ensure the relevance of programmes and recommend novel ways that industry intelligence can be inculcated into the curriculum. Uniquely, every one of the boards has a technology leader in its membership, capable of injecting the industry’s requirements towards the vision of a Smart Nation.

Note: The Members serve and give advice to Kaplan through the Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) as individuals. Therefore, the IAB Members’ opinions are their own and do not represent the views of their employer.


Kaplan Industry Advisory Board Members


Accounting, Banking & Finance

Mr Thomas Meacham (Chair) Head – FX Options, Malayan Banking Berhad
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Mr Tan Choon Ngee Group CEO, aZaas Pte Ltd
Mr Jason Hughes Head of Retail Sales, ADS Securities
Mr Linus Lim Co-Chief Investment Officer, Phillip Capital Management
Mr Mervyn Song Senior Financial Services Consultant, Professional Investment Advisory Services Pte Ltd
Ms Sandra Phua CFO/COO – Asia Pacific, Interbrand
Mr Matthew Campbell Executive Director – Indirect Tax, JP Morgan
Mr Reuter Chua Head, ACCA Singapore
Ms Sheena Fu (Secretariat) Lecturer & Academic Projects Lead, Kaplan


Marketing, Communications & PR

Mr Iain Twine (Chair) Vice-Chairman – APAC, Middle East & Africa, Edelman PR
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Mr Alan Soon Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom
Mr Ben Heyhoe-Flint CEO, Asia Sponsorship News (ASN)
Mr Fong Kwok Shiung General Manager, PTL Group
Mr Lionel Chok Founder & CEO, iMMERSiVELY VR
Ms Wendy Walker Head of Marketing (Rest of World), Intuit
Ms Gemma Manning Founder & CEO, Gemstar Technologies
Ms Sherly Setianingsih (Secretariat) Assistant Director, Programme Management, Kaplan


Hotels, Food & Beverage, Tourism & Events

Ms Elim Chew (Chair) Founder, 77th Street
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Mr Barathan Pasupathi CEO, Jetstar Asia
Mr Emmanuel Benardos Marketing Director – Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
Ms Janise Tan General Manager, Level 3
Mr Marcus Hanna General Manager, Novotel Clarke Quay
Ms Masako Minagawa Director, Maco and Accompany Travel
Ms Liz Zhao (Secretariat) Manager, Academic Governance & Executive Team Support, Kaplan


Retail, Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Mr Desmond Boo (Chair) Implementation Director – Asia, XPO Logistics Worldwide Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Ms Elim Chew Co-Founder, Elim Chew TV & FastFast Delivery
Ms Hien Lane Regional Marketing Director – SE Asia, Luxottica
Ms Anne Lepissier Retail General Manager – APAC, Microsoft
Mr Yap Cheng Hua Independent Consultant, formerly Portec
Mr Paul Gerken Founder, Winefamily
Ms Rachel Lim Co-Founder, LoveBonito Singapore Pte Ltd
Ms Elyn Ng (Secretariat) Manager, Programme Management, Kaplan



Engineering, IT & Project Management

Mr Shreeniwas V Iyer (Chair) Senior Engineering Manager, Quantcast
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Mr Amolakh S. Calais Regional Director, TripAdvisor
Ms Anna C Mallon Founder, ACM Works
Mr David Siah Chairman, Cloud Security Alliance
Mr Duncan Tan Project Manager/Technical Controller, United Singapore Builders Pte Ltd
Mr Garth Trathen Senior Project Manager, Faithful+Gould
Mr Lionel Chok Founder & CEO, iMMERSiVELY VR
Mr Ng Chong-Yang CEO, ACE FinTech Holdings
Mr Ng Say Eng Managing Director, Gracezone Marketing
Mr Saw Jun Hung Project Manager, Noble Resources Pte Ltd
Ms Susanti Wangsa Wiguna (Secretariat) Senior Manager, Programme Management, Kaplan


Healthcare, Nursing, Psychology & Counselling

Ms Tan Li Li (Chair) Executive Director, Singapore Association of Mental Health
Mr Christopher Harris (Deputy Chair) Executive Dean, Schools & Senior Director, Industry Engagement, Kaplan
Mr Lawrence W. Patrick CEO, Johns Hopkins Singapore
Ms Karina Tay Educational Psychologist, Pines Educational Psychology Services
Ms Shirley Tay Director of Nursing, Mt Alvernia Hospital
Dr Dianne Sainsbury General Dentist, Smilefocus
Dr Maha Sawahly Senior Editor, Ward6
Ms Jane Chua Training Manager, Spa Menu
Ms Elaine Suah (Secretariat) Assistant Manager, Learning Management System, Kaplan



Kaplan Alliance Networking Dinner 2017

Our team of experts from our Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) had a get-together at Meat Smith to celebrate 2 years of partnership in bettering our students’ learning outcomes. These industry leaders worked with our academic team and provided insights on the latest trends and developments in their respective sectors, with the common goal of shaping an industry-relevant curriculum. We thank our IAB members for giving their time generously to help us nurture the next generation of industry professionals. We deeply appreciated hearing from Iain Twine (Vice-Chairman – APAC, Middle East & Africa, Edelman PR), when he spoke on behalf of the IAB members that being part of the board “has been a wonderful experience and a nice opportunity to give back.”

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Kaplan Alliance Networking Dinner 2016

The members of our Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) gathered for a fun evening at Cocotte Restaurant for the inaugural Kaplan Alliance Networking Dinner, to round up the year of collaboration and exchange of ideas that will enhance our students’ learning outcomes.

Drawing on more than 460 years of senior management experience, the 42 industry expert members are driven with the common purpose of enabling our students to succeed in academics and employability. Working hand in hand with our academic team, they share their experience, expertise and advice on industry employment needs to ensure our programmes help our students build industry-relevant skillsets.

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