Pre-Conference Workshops Speakers

Dr Joanne Yoong
Senior Economist
University of Southern California

Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics, health and financial decision making, and socioeconomic development. Dr. Yoong’s primary appointment is as Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the offices of the Center for Economic and Social Research in Singapore and Washington DC, and is a principal member of the USC Behavioral Economics Studio. Dr Yoong is also a visiting associate professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. She has previously held positions as Associate Professor of Health Systems and Behavioral Sciences at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Health System.  Dr Yoong serves on various national and international policy advisory committees, including the OECD/International Network for Financial Education Research Committee.  She has also served as Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, an APEC-funded multi-country collaboration to promote health technology assessment among member economies, Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012,  founding co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association as well as the founding organizing committee for the first Asian Workshop for Health Economics and Econometrics. Dr. Yoong’s academic research has been published in leading economics, medical and public health journals has been funded by the WHO, OECD, NIH, DFID, World Bank and USAID.  In addition to her research work, Dr Yoong is the founder of Research for Impact, a Singapore-based social enterprise dedicated to making rigorous and objective research and evaluation accessible, inclusive and transformative for populations in Asia. Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.

Asst Prof Xueling Sim
Molecular Epidemiologist
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Assisstantt Professor Sim Xueling is a molecular epidemiologist with interest in integration of omics biomarkers to improve health.

Asst Prof Rick Ong
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Rick is a bioinformatician who combines computer science, statistics, population genetics and genomics to develop and apply novel algorithms and software in the research and analysis for molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, tracking and control of outbreaks in infectious diseases, including monitoring of antimicrobial resistance for public health surveillance. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.

Assoc Prof Helena Legido-Quigley
Associate Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Helena Legido-Quigley is an associate professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and has a joint position with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has conducted research on health policy and health systems in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and currently with a focus on Southeast Asia. Specific areas of expertise include quality of health care, chronic conditions, and migrant and refugee populations. Her latest research focuses on the impact of the financial crisis and austerity measures on health and the future of the global health architecture.

Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the LancetBritish Medical Journaland PLOS Medicine. It has also been widely covered in International media including The TimesThe Economist, the Financial Timesand the Huffington Post.


Conference Speakers

Mr Barry Chan

Senior Director
Strategy & Business Development, Health
Prudential Corporation Asia

Barry Chan joined PCA in 2018 in the capacity of Senior Director, Strategy & Business Development, Health. Previously he was Business Development Director, Asia at Bupa, responsible for identifying and executing development initiatives across the healthcare value chain from health insurance to healthcare services including the recent acquisition and partnership transactions in Hong Kong. Mr. Chan has over 15 years of senior management and consulting experience in the fields of financial services and healthcare, including leadership roles in strategy, marketing, and development at ING, New York Life, and MetLife, covering international markets and Greater China in particular. Mr. Chan was previously a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and he holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and an MS and BS from Arizona State University. Mr. Chan is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Dr Gregory Chan

Senior Specialist Physician
The Occupational and Diving Medicine Centre

Dr Gregory Chan is a Senior Specialist Physician at The Occupational and Diving Medicine Centre. He is an advisor to organisations in Occupational Health matters. He is also visiting consultant to Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore Armed Forces and Singapore Sport Institute.

Professor Chia Kee Seng

Professor and Founding Dean
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Professor Chia Kee Seng is the Professor and Founding Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. He received his medical degree in 1981, Masters of Science in Occupational Medicine in 1985 and Doctor of Medicine in 1995.

He is a medical epidemiologist with special interest in diabetes, cancer and health and safety of the working population.

He also serves as a Council Member of the Workplace Safety and Health Council and Board Member of the Health Promotion Board.

Assoc Prof Chia Sin Eng

Associate Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Associate Prof Chia Sin Eng is an occupational physician and was Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) (2011-2017) with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS) where he teaches both undergraduate medical students, post graduates and doctorsin the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine and Master of Public Health (Occupational Medicine) Courses.

Prof Chia and has beenan occupational health consultant to many workplaces in Singapore. Internationally, he has served as WHO temporary and expert adviser and consultant on occupational health to many countries.

His present main research interest is in integration of workplace safety and health.

He has been seconded to Workplace Safety and Health Council as a senior consultant with the Total WSH and Return to Work branch since February 2018. He still has his appointment with the National University of Singapore and continue to be engaged in teaching and other duties at NUS.

Ms Karen Cheong

Senior Deputy Director
Research & Development
Health Promotion Board

Karen leads a team in Health Promotion Board to set up technology-enabled research platforms, health behavioural research, trialling innovative solutions and translating these solutions at scale.

She has vast experience in health promotion research, programme design and implementation. She has led in the development of several seminal studies including surveillance in students’ health and research on tobacco control. As a public health practitioner, Karen has also piloted and scaled several community and workplace interventions and strategies. For instance, targeted interventions for mature workers, workplace health ecosystem with augmented behavioural nudges, programmes and targeted interventions, with supportive workplace health environment. These interventions/ programmes have led to the paradigm shift in health promotion efforts for employees.

In addition to being a public health practitioner, she is also a lecturer on Workplace Health Promotion and Evidence-based Health Promotion for post-graduate courses.

Dr Randy Cheong

Crew Safety and Flight Environment Branch
Aeromedical Centre, Air Force Medical Services

Dr Randy Cheong joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as a Medical Officer in 2016, starting his Aviation Medicine training since 2017. As part of his training, Dr Cheong completed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine course at King's College London in 2018, and was awarded the prestigious Diploma by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, UK. Dr Cheong has been involved in several aspects of aeromedical care in the RSAF, including the review of aircrew aeromedical selection standards, fatigue management in aircrew, and also improving aviation physiology training in the RSAF. Currently, Dr Cheong works full-time in the Crew Safety and Flight Environment Branch of Aeromedical Centre, Air Force Medical Service.

Dr Martin Chio

Senior Consultant
National Skin Centre Singapore

Dr Martin Chio received his undergraduate training in medicine from the University of Bristol, UK and his basic speciality training in Internal Medicine in Singapore. He subsequently completed his advanced speciality training in Dermato-venereology at the National Skin Centre. He was awarded a National Medical Research Council medical research fellowship as part of his HMDP to pursue a Masters at University College London & the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & was awarded the best dissertation prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) & the Academy of Medicine Singapore & was most recently the Chair, Chapter of Dermatologists. He is currently a Senior Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre & Head of the DSC clinic. He is an avid medical educator & has been appointed Adj Associate Professor with both the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health & Duke-NUS Medical School, Adj Assistant Professor with the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine & a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine - he was awarded the YLLSOM Dean's award for Teaching Excellence twice. He is also a visiting consultant with the SAF Medical Corps & an associate mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. For his active volunteer work as a visiting dermatologist at both the Dover Park Hospice & the Villa Francis home for the aged, he was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2012.

Mr Chua Wei Bin

Director of Community Care Services
The National Kidney Foundation

Chua Wei Bin is currently the Director of Community Care in NKF. He is passionate about how medical and social care can be further integrated for patients in the community.

At the same time NKF has been developing numerous rehabilitation programmes to help support patients on dialysis to live more meaningful lives. One example is the patient employment rehabilitation programme, which is funded by Guan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

Mr Chua is also currently doing his PHD studies in Social Work. His research is about families coping with End Stage Renal Disease and how families can be supported to cope better.

Mr Andrew John da Roza

Addictions Psychotherapist
Promises Healthcare Pte. Ltd.

Andrew da Roza is a qualified addictions psychotherapist at a private psychiatric clinic, Promises Healthcare Pte. Ltd. 

He holds a Master degree in counseling from Monash University in Australia, and a Master of Science degree in Addictions Science from King's College, London; Virginia Commonwealth University, and Adelaide University.     

He is also certified as a: substance abuse and alcohol therapist; sex addiction therapist; and solution focused brief therapist, master practitioner.

Andrew is: Chairman of We Care Community Services Pte. Ltd., a non-denominational charity devoted to addictions after care; a member of the National Council of Social Service, Services Committee, and NCSS Mental Health Advisor; a Board member of the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association; and a member of the Singapore Community Chest Executive Committee.   

Andrew practised as an English and Hong Kong qualified lawyer, both as in-house and as outside council, for 25 years; with a BA in law from Kent University, and a Master in law from King's College, London. He also has an Executive MBA, jointly from Kellogg, Northwestern University and Hong Kong

Dr Yvette van der Eijk

Senior Research Fellow
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Dr. van der Eijk is a Senior Research Fellow in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. She has a PhD from the National University of Singapore, and completed postdoctoral training specializing in tobacco industry documents research at the University of California, San Francisco. She also worked as a Consultant for the WHO Regional Office for Europe's Tobacco Control Programme.

Her research specializes in tobacco policy and the relationship between industries and public health. She has published numerous works on tobacco industry tactics, the tobacco 'endgame', tobacco harm reduction, and tobacco policy.

Dr Gan Wee Hoe
Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Deputy Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Singapore General Hospital

Dr Gan Wee Hoe is dually accredited in Occupational Medicine and Aviation Medicine.

He is Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Unit at the Singapore General Hospital, SGH’s Deputy Chief Medical Informatics Officer, and Consultant in Aviation Medicine at CGH’s Changi Aviation Medicine Centre. He serves as a Member of the Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee and is a Core Faculty for specialist training in Occupational Medicine in Singapore.

Dr Gan sits on several Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) Workgroups which are formed to address various areas of occupational health in Singapore, and is a Member of the national Tripartite Committee on Workplace Safety and Health jointly appointed by MOH MOM. He is part of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Core Group responsible for the formulation of ILO Technical Guidelines on Occupational Exposures to Biological Hazards.

Dr Gan holds an adjunct appointment of Assistant Professor with the NUS School of Public Health, and is the current Vice President of the College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore.

Mr John Gillman
Director Health Solutions
Fitbit APAC

John Gillman is Director of Health Solutions for Fitbit APAC, with responsibility for driving Fitbit’s focus on health and wellness in 14 countries across Asia. Prior to this role, he was Director, PR & Partnerships and Health Solutions Marketing for APAC. He is based in Singapore.

Working with Fitbit’s global Health Solutions team, John leads the work to position and build Fitbit’s emerging focus on healthcare across Asia Pacific. He has extensive experience in leading and sustaining people change programs, communications and marketing in organisations in Australia, the US and Asia.

John has a passion for helping organisations drive change and transformation to achieve strategic objectives. At Fitbit, he has worked to build brand awareness, brand partnerships and has consulted with organisations across Asia to help them understand the benefits of integrating Fitbit products and features into customer and employee programs to improve health outcomes. He is a committed and enthusiastic Fitbit user.

Dr Satya Gollamudi
Senior Consultant
Division of Advanced Internal Medicine, University Medicine Cluster
National University Hospital

Dr. Satya Gollamudi is a Senior Consultant, Division of Advanced Internal Medicine, University Medicine Cluster, National University Hospital. He is also Head of the FAST Programme at Alexandra Hospital, which caters to patients who are acutely unwell with urgent care needs. He is a part of the team which is implementing the Integrated General Hospital (IGH) model of care at Alexandra Hospital to address care fragmentation.

He is a graduate of the Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, India. After his graduation, he moved to USA where he completed Master's in Public Health at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Subsequently, he did his Residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital Internal Medicine Samaritan Program in Philadelphia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr Derrick Heng
Group Director of Public Health
Ministry of Health, Singapore

Dr Derrick Heng is Group Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Singapore, with responsibility for oversight of Communicable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases and International Cooperation / Global Health issues. His areas of work include public health policy and surveillance for communicable and non-communicable diseases; public health aspects of pandemic preparedness and response; population health analytics; and international co-operation. Derrick has been involved in policy initiatives in the areas of HIV, TB, tobacco control, obesity, chronic disease screening and mental health in Singapore.

Derrick is an adjunct Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and works with the School to facilitate the policy-relevance and translation of the work done at the School.

Derrick was recently appointed as an external expert Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organisation on the topic of regulating e-cigarettes and new tobacco products. He also represents Singapore on the Global Tobacco Regulators’ Forum, convened by the World Health Organisation.

Coming from a background in clinical internal medicine, Derrick began working in the field of epidemiology in 1997, after obtaining a Masters at Cambridge University. Before taking on a policy role, he was involved in epidemiological research in the areas of clinical epidemiology, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, in addition to interests in research design and methodology, critical appraisal, and the ethical review of clinical trials.

Ms Dian Karnina
Psychologist/ Manager
Apex Harmony Lodge

Dian is a Psychologist/ Manager at Apex Harmony Lodge (, the first-purpose built home for people with dementia in Singapore. In her role, she empowers individuals across the spectrum of the condition to live well, and advocates for the active involvement of various members of the community to create a dementia-friendly, respectful, and inclusive society. Currently, she drives the Therapy Through Work Program for People with Young Onset and Early Stage Dementia (TTW YES), creating opportunities for people with dementia to lead purposeful and meaningful lives through therapeutic employment and social interaction.

Prof Gerald Koh

Co-lead (Future Primary Care)
Clinical Director (Future Primary Care)
MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation

Gerald joined the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in July 2018. His area of focus in MOHT is the transformation of primary care using tele-health, novel diagnostic tools and new models of care as enablers. He works with stakeholders from public polyclinics and private general practitioners to ensure that potential solutions that empower patients and providers to improve quality of care can be rapidly prototyped and tested.

He is also currently a Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and holds a concurrent appointment as Joint Associate Professor, Dean's Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). A family physician by training, he obtained his Masters in Medicine (Family Medicine) (NUS) in 2000, Fellowship in Family Medicine (College of Family Physicians Singapore) in 2003 and PhD in Family Medicine from Western University (Canada) in 2012. Prior to joining MOHT, he was Leader of the Health Systems and Behavioural Sciences Domain in SSHSPH and received the NUS Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. He is currently Principal Investigator of the NUHS Diabetes, Tuberculosis and Neuroscience Research Centre’s Telehealth Research Core and NUHS Singapore Population Health Research Centre’s (SPHERIC) Implementation Science Core.

His research interests include tele-health in primary care, post-stroke rehabilitation and community geriatrics, health services research and medical education through community service.

Prof Ecosse Lamoureux

Health Services Systems Research Department
Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux is a fulltime tenured Professor with the Health Services Systems Research Department at Duke-NUS Medical School;  Senior Principal Clinician Scientist with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI);  Professor with the Ophthalmology Dept. NUS; and a Professorial Fellow (Adjunct) with the University of Melbourne. His research programme is focused on the epidemiology; prevention; treatment; adherence to disease management; & clinical outcomes for people with ocular conditions, in particular diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and glaucoma.

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux is also Director of the Population Research Platform with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI). His clinical research program is focused on the epidemiology of eye diseases; prevention, treatment, compliance to disease management, and patient-centered outcomes for people with diabetes, diabetes complications; and ocular conditions.

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux’s research achievements include the development and implementation of several randomised control trials; large population-based epidemiology studies; prevention and treatment of ocular conditions and vision impairment; adherence to management of eye diseases; and patient-centred outcomes in Australia, Singapore, and elsewhere. To date, his research activities have attracted over SG$20 million in competitive grant funding. He has over 360+ publications in the top 5% of the international journals in various disciplines (i.e. ophthalmology, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases).

Adj. Prof Lee Chien Earn

Chief Executive Officer, Changi General Hospital and
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Regional Health System)

Adjunct Professor Lee is currently the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Regional Health System, SingHealth. He is concurrently the Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital. Prior appointments included senior leadership positions in the Ministry of Health Singaporewhere he was involved in the strategic development, healthcare financing and improvement of healthcare services.

Prof Lee holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

He was/is a member of international committees such as International Steering Committee, WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety; Steering Committee, Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Joint Commission International Standards Advisory Panel and the Global Health Policy Forum Working Group on Innovative Healthcare Delivery Models. He has also been a Temporary Advisor with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Quality Improvement.

Locally Prof Lee currently Chairs the Singapore Healthcare Improvement Network (SHINe) He was a member of the Medishield Life (the national health insurance scheme) Review Committee and chaired the subcommittee on Universal Coverage.

Prof Lee co-edited Singapore's Health Care System: What 50 Years Have Achieved (published 2015). He has contributed book chapters on Strategies for Health Services in the 6th edition of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health (2015) and Casemix in Singapore in The Globalization of Managerial Innovation in Health Care He has also published in international peer reviewed journals and presented extensively in international conferences on topics such healthcare management, healthcare financing, clinical quality improvement and integration of care.

A/Prof Lee was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2011 and the Commendation Medal in 2003. He was also awarded theMinister of Health Award for Public Health – management of Fusarium Keratitis Outbreak in 2006.

Dr Lee Hock Siang

Senior Consultant
OSH Specialist Department, Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower

Dr Lee Hock Siang is a Senior Consultant with the Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower, where he has practiced occupational medicine for more than 35 years. He also contributes his expertise as a Visiting Consultant to the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic, Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital and as an Adjunct Associate Professor to the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.

A/Prof Vernon Lee

Communicable Diseases Division
Ministry of Health

A/Prof Vernon Lee is a preventive medicine physician and Director of the Communicable Diseases Division at the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He is also adjunct Associate Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore; and President of the College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

He was previously the Advisor to the Assistant Director General for Health, Security and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, has worked in the WHO Office in Indonesia, and continues to contribute to WHO working groups on infectious diseases.

A/Prof Lee graduated from medical school at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a PhD in epidemiology from the Australian National University, and the Master in Public Health and Master of Business Administration degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Dr Hsien-Hsien Lei

Interim Executive Director
The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Dr Hsien-Hsien Lei is Interim Executive Director of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 5,200 members representing nearly 700 companies. Prior to AmCham, Hsien was Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medtronic Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for the Medtronic Innovation Centers in Japan and Korea, training and education, and the company’s health systems transformation strategy in the region. Hsien also has extensive experience in corporate communications, advertising and promotion, and government affairs.

Hsien has lived and worked in the US, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, UK, and is now based in Singapore. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was the recipient of a US National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Grant. Her doctoral thesis explored the genetic epidemiology of end-stage renal disease and type 2 diabetes. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at National Taiwan University Hospital in the Department of Endocrinology. Hsien also holds a BA (with honors) in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Dr Jeremy Lim

Oliver Wyman, Singapore

Dr Jeremy Lim has a number of different roles including in management consulting, academia and not-for-profit organizations. He trained in surgery and public health and held senior roles in both the Singapore public sector and private sector regionally before becoming the founding partner in global consultancy Oliver Wyman's healthcare practice. His academic and commercial work focuses on healthcare financing and system design to improve health system performance and scaling up of innovations in healthcare. 

He has advised multiple insurers, healthcare groups as well as governments and international organizations. 

Dr Lim is also an Assoc Professor in the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and also chair of the medical committees for Dover Park Hospice and HealthServe (largest migrant worker health charity in Singapore). He is on the advisory boards of the Center for Health Informatics (NUS) and the Institute of Service Excellence (SMU). 

Finally, Dr Lim is a senior fellow of the Atlantic Institute based in Oxford, UK and authored a well-received book "Myth or Magic- The Singapore Healthcare System" on the Singapore model and the lessons, both positive and negative, other countries can draw from it.

Assoc Prof Lim Poh Lian

Senior Consultant
National Centre for Infectious Diseases
Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic

Associate Professor Lim Poh Lian is a Senior Consultant at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, and Head of the Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic (THVC) since 2006.  She is currently Director of the High Level Isolation at NCID, Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Health (MOH), and served as Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at TTSH from 2012 to 2016. 

Prof Lim has been active in WHO, UN and MOH high level committees for outbreaks, and currently chairs WHO’s Health Security Interface advisory group for biothreat preparedness. She is involved in MOH and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Expert Committees on Immunization, and the International Council on Adult Immunizations organized by Johns Hopkins.

Prof Lim received her undergraduate, medical, and public health degrees at Harvard, Columbia, and Tulane.  She holds academic appointments at LKC and NUS Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and also chairs national committees on ID specialist training, and antimicrobial resistance.

Prof Vivian Lin

Executive Dean, Professor of Practice (Public Health)
The University of Hong Kong
Former Director of Health Systems, Western Pacific Region Office
World Health Organisation (2013 -2018)

Professor Vivian Lin Kwang-wen(林光汶教授), has joined the Faculty of Medicine as Executive Associate Dean as of March 2019. She is concurrently Professor of Public Health Practice. She has more than 30 years of experience in public health, with a variety of leading roles in policy and programme development, health services planning, research and teaching, and senior administration in complex organizations.

Professor Lin was Chair of Public Health from 2000-2013 at La Trobe University in Melbourne before serving the WHO as Director of Health Systems in the Western Pacific Regional Office for 2013-2018.

Professor Lin has also worked at senior executive level in health policy in several Australian jurisdictions, including as Executive Officer of the National Public Health Partnership.

Professor Lin earned her BA from Yale University and MPH and DrPH from UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Drotman Award by the American Public Health Association in 1982 which recognizes promising young public health professional.

Dr Robin Low Chin Howe

Medical Director (Clinical Services)
Singapore Aeromedical Centre

Dr Robin Low Chin Howe is a specialist in both Aviation Medicine and Occupational Medicine.  After graduating from NUS Medical School, he joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force as an Aviation Medical Officer.  During his 20 year career in the RSAF, he held various operational, staff and leadership appointments, including Commander of the SAF Medical Training Institute and Head of the RSAF Aeromedical Centre, before attaining the rank of Colonel and the pinnacle appointment of Chief Air Force Medical Officer (CAMO) from 2008-2013.  He joined ST Healthcare Pte Ltd in 2014, where he is currently the Medical Director of the Singapore Aeromedical Centre.  Dr Low is an Associate Lecturer in the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as well as an Inspector of Accidents for the Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.  He has special interest in the study of human factors and human error reduction.

Mrs Anita Low-Lim

Senior Director
Children & Youth Group
Impact & Research
TOUCH Community Services

Anita is a Senior Director with TOUCH Community Services, an award-winning multi-service charitable organisation in Singapore. She oversees the Children & Youth Group, and the Impact & Research team.

As a youth worker and mother of 3 teenagers, Anita believes that we can harness technology for social good and also to build strong and positive relationships in this digital age. Her focus and interest lie in the development of cutting-edge youth and family programmes through the platforms of service learning, mental health and cyber wellness. Anita is also credited with the setup of TOUCH’s Impact & Research Department in 2017, which has enabled the organisation to articulate and measure the outcome and impact of its programmes, to lend greater credence to its work and accountability to its stakeholders.

Anita is a member of the Media Literacy Council (MLC), Singapore. The MLC spearheads public education on media literacy and cyber wellness, and advises the government on appropriate policy responses to the evolving world of media, technology, and consumer participation. She also co-chairs the Youth Alliance for Mental Health, under the National Council of Social Service, Singapore.

Anita holds a Master in Social Sciences (Applied Sociology) and Bachelor of Arts Degree, both from the National University of Singapore.

Dr Lim Huai Yang

Chief Resident, National Preventive Medicine Residency Programme
Medical Officer, Singapore Armed Forces

Dr Lim Huai Yang left surgical traineeship in 2012 to focus on health care management and administration in the Singapore Armed Forces. He joined the National Preventive Medicine Residency in 2017 and has a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health.

The highlight of his career was being part of the team that oversaw the medical operations for the SG50 National Day Parade in 2015.

Dr Lim has a wide ranging interest that includes health care management, leadership and organizational development, systems thinking, and behavioural economics. He is passionate about health care education, having previously helmed several key positions in the Singapore Armed Forces Medical Training Institute. He served on the NUHS Residency Curriculum Subcommittee in 2018, and is currently on the Residency Well-being and Resilience Subcommittee.

In his free time, he mentors medical undergraduates and teaches a public health module for Year 2 medical students at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

Prof May O. Lwin

Wee Kim Wee School of Communications & Information
Nanyang Technological University

May O. Lwin is a Professor at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and a Professor (Joint) with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. May is Associate Dean (Special Projects) for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Director of NTU’s University Scholars Programme. She is also the Asia Scholar Professor, an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Lwin specializes in strategic health communication. Her research projects involve the development and assessment of health communications based on psycho-social theoretical frameworks to improve health outcomes of target audiences. She has conducted extensive research on Singaporean children and adolescents’ health behaviours, investigating parental mediation, school environments and media messaging influences on children’s health attitudes, intention and behaviours. May has also developed and validated a number of digital platforms to measure health related outcomes amongst targeted populations. Aside from publications in numerous leading journals, May has also authored several books, book chapters and won international awards, including the International Communication Association Outstanding Research Award 2019, the Ogilvy Foundation Award and the Fulbright ASEAN Scholar Award.

Dr James Mah

Assistant Medical Director
Kent Ridge Healthcare Singapore Pte Ltd

Dr James Mah is a fully licensed Medical Practitioner with MBBS Medical Degree & BSc Honours Degree from London, UK. His past roles included Principal Investigator & Project Director doing Epigenetics and Bioinformatics research, Principal Researcher using AI, Machine Learning to improve stroke rehabilitation care by predicting functional recoveries. He has mentored startups and entrepreneurs to bridge gaps between Innovative Ideas & Industry. Academically, he has supervised students from BSc to PhD and published papers in top Tier 1 journals and conferences such as Drug Discovery Today and International Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB) respectively and even has patent in Epigenetics to his name. He also undertook Operations and Client Services Directors roles & Clinical Research Physician & Co-Investigator roles in Clinical Trials. Currently, in Kent Ridge Health Singapore, Dr Mah is Assistant Medical Director leading the Medical Team in Telemedicine, Health Management, Workplace Safety and Risk Assessment and Preventative Medicine initiatives. Concurrently, he is also Medical Director SEMA which deals with International and Local Medical Assistance Services. Dr Mah has special interests in using modern and novel digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence(AI) to empower individuals & companies to achieve excellence in health and outcome measures respectively.

Dr Adeline Ng

Consultant Neurologist
Department of Neurology
National Neuroscience Institute (TTSH campus)

Dr Adeline Ng is a Consultant Neurologist at the department of Neurology, National Neuroscience Institute. She has a special interest in cognitive neurology, having undertaken a fellowship in Young-Onset Dementia at the Memory and Aging Centre, University of California, San Francisco in 2014. She has been awarded National Medical Research Council (NMRC) funding as Principal Investigator for clinical and translational research into early-onset Alzheimers’ Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia, particularly in clinical genetics and fluid biomarkers. She is actively conducting blood-based biomarker discovery in Parkinson’s disease, and is PI of an NMRC grant investigating the genetic underpinnings of cognition in PD.

Mr Terence Ng

Senior Deputy Director
Policy and Strategy Division
Health Promotion Board Singapore

Terence is the Senior Deputy Director in the Policy and Strategy Division in the Health Promotion Board Singapore. He is responsible for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of priority public health policy in the board, including food, nutrition and physical activity.

In addition, he also works on the National Healthy Population program that uses technology to help the population live healthily. 

Terence is a trained sociologist and lawyer who previously was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco doing research on home and community-based care for the elderly and disabled.

Dr Ng Yeuk Fan
Corporate Development
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Dr Ng Yeuk Fan is a Senior Consultant Public Health Physician with interests in health systems and services design. He completed an MBBS in the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and specialist accreditation in Public Health Medicine by the Specialist Accreditation Board, Singapore. He obtained his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. Yeuk Fan has more than a decade of health policy experience covering hospital and primary care services, medical education, patient safety and quality improvement while he was with the Ministry of Health Singapore. He is currently the Director of Corporate Development for Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Health – which is the northern regional health system of the National Healthcare Group. His responsibilities include Corporate Planning, Insights and Analytics, Organization Development, as well as Value Driven Care. He is also a Physician Faculty member for the National Preventive Medicine Residency Programme, National University Hospital System.

Ms Ngiam Siew Ying
Deputy Secretary (Policy)
Ministry of Health

Ms Ngiam Siew Ying joined the Public Service in 1999. She is currently the Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Health. In this role, she oversees areas in the Ministry concerning systems planning, financing and corporate policies.

Ms Ngiam was previously Senior Director of the National Population and Talent Division (part of the Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office) where she oversaw policy issues related to population and demography. Prior to that, she was with the Ministry of Transport, where she was Deputy Director of Sea Transport and later 2nd Director of Land Transport. She has also held past appointments at the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

Dr Ng Wee Tong
Occupational and Aviation Medicine and
Medical Director
ST Healthcare

Dr Ng Wee Tong is a specialist in Occupational and Aviation Medicine. Since 2009, he has been a Medical Director with ST Healthcare, leading the unit that specialises in the provision of services for worker health and workplace health promotion. Working closely with MOM, HPB and MOH, the unit has been involved in supporting several national programmes.

Dr Ng is also an adjunct Associate Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and an adjunct lecturer with the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) and a member of the Workplace Safety & Health Committee under the Workplace Safety & Health Council.

Dr. Nick Petrunoff
Postdoctoral Fellow
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Dr. Nick Petrunoff is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.

Nick’s current research interests include understanding how communities and populations interact with their environment and how this impacts their physical activity levels, health and wellbeing. This research focusses on elements of the environment important for recreation, transport and walkability. The ultimate aim of this work is to inform policy and interventions to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases.

Nick has expertise in conducting inter-disciplinary research using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dr Priyanka Rajendram
Senior Resident
National Preventive Medicine Residency

Priyanka is currently an R4 senior resident with the national preventive medicine residency programme. With a special interest in health promotion, she is currently rotating through the Health Promotion Board. She is also the co-founder of Girlsplained, a community organisation based in London UK that uses entertainment-education to positively influence pro-social and pro-health behaviours among young girls.

Dr Salome Rebello
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Dr Salome Rebello’s research interest is on understanding the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease prevention. More recently, she is focussing on characterizing food environments and understanding how people interact with their environment to make healthier food choices. The goal of this work is to contribute to the development of surveillance systems for monitoring the health of our food environments, and to the design of environmental interventions that facilitate wise dietary behaviours. Dr. Rebello obtained her PhD in Nutrition from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is currently a lecturer at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health where she supports undergraduate and graduate education for public health nutrition, epidemiology and nutritional epidemiology.

Ms Rani Sarmugam
Assistant Director, Research & Development
Health Promotion Board

Rani is the Assistant Director in the Research and Surveillance Division, Health Promotion Board. She oversees food-related research projects aimed at monitoring dietary intake and nutritional status of the population.

During her time with the Health Promotion Board, she has been instrumental in conceptualising and implementing various health promotion programmes targeted at promoting healthy eating among the children and adults. She also has several years of experience in leading demand generation strategies and promotion activities for the Healthier Choice Symbol products and engaging multiple stakeholders at both, national and regional levels.

Dr Eugene Shum
Chief Community Development Officer
Changi General Hospital

Dr Eugene Shum is the Chief Community Development Officer at Changi General Hospital and Director, Community Partnership at SingHealth Office of Regional Health. He oversees health, social and community engagement and integration of healthcare services in the community. Dr Shum led the development of the Neighbours for Active Living Programme, a health and social integration programme that supports residents with high care needs in the community. He also oversees CareLine, a nationwide 24/7 urgent assistant telecare service for seniors.

Dr Shum is a public health physician. He obtained his Master of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. He is a District Counsellor at Southeast Community Development Council and a Grassroots Leader.

Mr Silas Sng
Co-Chairman, WSH Council (Workplace Health)
Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health
Divisional Director
Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower

Mr Silas Sng is Singapore’s Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health. He also holds the concurrent position of Divisional Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD), Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Mr Silas Sng is a Public Service Commission scholar and graduated in 1996 as a mechanical engineer from the National University of Singapore. He started his career in MOM as a factory inspector. In 2004, he obtained his Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, United States of America.

Over the course of his career, Mr Sng had assumed various leadership roles such as Director of OSH Inspectorate; Director of Work Injury Compensation and Deputy Executive Director of the Workplace Safety and Health Council. Mr Sng was also instrumental in the development of the current Workplace Safety and Health Act that was enacted in the aftermath of the 2004 Nicoll Highway Collapse. On 1 Apr 2019, Mr Sng was appointed as the Divisional Director for the Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower. He is entrusted with the honour and responsibility to lead OSHD to achieve the next level of WSH improvements for Singapore guided by the new WSH2028 strategies.

Mr. Alvin Tan
Technology Catalyst
SG Enable

Mr. Alvin Tan is a Technology Catalyst at SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. He brings his strength in technology foresight to the assistive technology (AT) domain, and seeks to infuse a fresh perspective on the acceptance and use of AT in Singapore.

He strongly believes in the potential of technology for social good, and aims to realise the potential through his role as a Technology Catalyst. Through technology, he seeks to empower persons with disabilities, enhance their capabilities, and help them be more engaged with the society.

Ms Karen Tan
Senior Director (Transformation)
and Deputy Chief of Government Communications (Development)
Ministry of Communications and Information

Karen is the Deputy Chief of Government Communications (Development) and concurrently Senior Director (Transformation). As Deputy Chief of Government Communications (Development), she spearheads the building of new capabilities among all Government Communications officers. In her concurrent role as SD(Transformation), she is also responsible for overseeing the development of the Government Communications Transformation Roadmap effort and the strategies of the Information Planning Office.

Prior to her current appointment, Karen headed the Public Communications Division which planned and executed theWhole-of-Government public communications initiatives, including data driven communications, content production and national marketing.

Karen also has vast experience as in Ministry of Health for ten years as Director of Corporate Communications and Press Secretary to the Minister of Health. She has also been previously involved in managing mass communications during the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in 2009.

Mr Rayner Tan Kay Jin
Ph.D. candidate of Public Health
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Rayner Kay Jin Tan is a Ph.D. candidate of Public Health at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. Rayner has a background in Sociology and is a sociobehavioral researcher by training. He is a recipient of the Courage Fund PhD scholarship, the Singapore Population Health Improvement Centre (SPHERiC) fellowship, and is currently the pro-tem treasurer of the Society of Behavioural Health, Singapore. His research interests revolve about the social determinants of health, stigma and discrimination, HIV/STI, and substance use.

Ms Melisa Mei Jin Tan
Research Associate and PhD Student
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Melisa Mei Jin Tan is a Research Associate and PhD student supervised by A/Prof Helena Legido-Quigley at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.

Melisa’s PhD thesis focuses on understanding the policy networks of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Specifically, she utilises Social Network Analysis and qualitative research methods to explore networks, power structures, and perspectives of actors in the agenda-setting processes of NCDs globally and in Asia. Through this research, she seeks to contribute to the knowledge base on the Governance of NCDs. She has co-authored a chapter on NCDs in a book on health systems in Asia. Melisa’s research interests include global health, health systems, health policy, governance, the political economy of health, social network analysis, and NCDs.

Melisa holds an MSc in International Political Economy from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining the PhD programme, she worked in the public healthcare and higher education sectors in Singapore.

Dr Richard Tan
Senior Consultant
Singapore Aeromedical Centre

Dr Tan started his aviation medicine career in the Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) in 1986 and went on to be the Chief Airforce Medical Officer in 1999. He retired from the RSAF in 2004 and was CEO of the Singapore Aeromedical Centre till 2016 and now serves as the Centre’s senior consultant.

Dr Andrew Epaphroditus Tay
Regional Benefits Consultant
Life@, Asia Pacific

Dr Andrew Epaphroditus Tay is currently the Regional Benefits Consultant for Facebook, where he oversees the Facebook’sphysical and mental health benefit designin Asia Pacific.

Prior to this, Dr Tay was theDirector for Health & Wellbeing in GSK, where he led the company’s occupational health services and strategies to enhance the health and wellbeing of the employees in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Tay graduated with from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and, also, holds the Master of Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Health Specialisation). He received his post-graduate public health and occupational medicine training at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (NUS), Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Health and the restructured hospitals.

In his free time, Dr Tay enjoys playing bass and acoustic guitar for a live band, and mixing his own cocktails at home.

Dr Joanne Tay
Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer
NOVI Health

Dr Joanne Tay is the COO and Co-Founder of NOVI Health, a technology-enhanced health solutions provider to prevent, manage and reverse chronic lifestyle diseases. She is a public health physician with more than 20 years of experience in the public healthcare sector. She obtained her medical degree from the National University of Singapore and her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in New York. She was most recently the Founding Director of the Health Services Integration and Development Division in the Singapore Ministry of Health, where she led the Secretariat for the National Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce and coordinated public-private-people partnerships for the War on Diabetes. She also oversaw national community mental health strategies and led the strengthening and integration of the community-based care system.

Dr Tay Min Zhi
Preventive Medicine Resident
Population Health Department
National Healthcare Group Corporate Office

Dr Tay Min Zhi is a third year Preventive Medicine Resident who currently works in the Population Health Department within NHGHQ. She obtained her MSC Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and previous rotations include postings in MOH, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and HPB.

Dr Sylvia Teo
Senior Principal Specialist (Return To Work)
Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower

Dr Sylvia Teo is an Occupational Physician and Senior Principal Specialist at the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore. Dr Teo has a Master of Medicine (Occupational Medicine) degree from the National University of Singapore. She has been actively involved in several research projects, including development of a psychosocial health assessment tool (i-Work Health), WSH services and the cost-benefits of such services as well as to maintain the employability of older workers in Singapore via their work ability and the Work Ability Index. She is currently heading the Return to Work Unit in the Workplace Safety and Health Council, Tripartite Alliance Limited to drive the implementation of the RTW program in Singapore. She has concurrent appointments as Visiting Specialist to the Joint Occupational Dermatology Clinic, National Skin Centre, Joint Occupational Lung Disease, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Joint Environmental Occupational Toxicology Clinic, Changi General Hospital.

Dr Tsang Ho-Fai, Thomas
Hong Kong College of Community Medicine

Dr Tsang graduated with an MBBS degree from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong in 1990.  After finishing a one-year internship in Hong Kong, he acquired a Masters of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA in 1992.  He became Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine in 1999.

Dr Tsang joined the Department of Health, HKSARG in 1992 where he worked until 2012. He accumulated experience in various domains in public health such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health research and informatics, health administration, and so on.  He became Controller of the Centre for Health Protection between 2007 and 2012. 

Dr Tsang’s main field of expertise lies in epidemiology and the public health prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.  During 1998-2000, he underwent a 2-year training program (EIS, or Epidemic Intelligence Service) under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Atlanta, USA.  He was an active player during major epidemics in Hong Kong such as influenza A(H5N1) (1997), SARS (2003) and human swine influenza (2009), where he was one of Government’s chief spokespersons. Another area of expertise concerns cancer prevention and screening, where he contributed to the formulation of cancer prevention and screening policies and programs. Dr Tsang gave lectures and presentations in numerous local and international scientific conferences.

Dr Tsang is now President of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.  He serves in a number of expert and advisory committees in the Government and other organizations. He also holds honorary university posts for his teaching duties.

Dr Jeannie Tey
Planning & Development, Division for Central Health
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

She graduated from the Medical School of the National University of Singapore, and obtained her master's degree in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Jeannie has experience in communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control policy development, as well as public health risk surveillance and assessment. Her recent activities pertain to hospital strategic planning, performance management, and population health management in central Singapore.

Dr Theng Yin Leng

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI)

Dr. Theng Yin Leng is a Professor and Founding Director of the Centre of Healthy and Sustainable Cities (CHESS) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). She also serves as the Deputy Associate Provost (Faculty Affairs) and Research Director at the Research Strategy and Coordination Unit at the President’s Office. Currently, she is the Acting Executive Director of the Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), a pan-university research institute, focused on ageing research. Professor Theng’sresearch philosophy is about doing worthwhile, scientifically-based experimental Human-Computer Interaction in understanding users and their interactions, especially for Information Systems, in her earlier research on the World Wide Web and Digital Libraries, and with recent focus on interactive systems/devices for the Elderly, Healthcare and Education/Training. Her main research interest is to develop innovative tools, techniques, methods and models to assist in the design and evaluation of interactive systems/devices, making research relevant and impacting society.

Dr Sue-Anne Toh

Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director
Novi Health

Dr Sue-Anne Toh is the CEO, Medical Director and Co-Founder of NOVI Health, a medical clinic and health-tech company that combines clinical care, behavioural scienceandtechnologyfor holistic solutions that help to prevent and manage chronic metabolic conditions as well as empowerall for healthier living.

Dr Toh is the Founding Director, Singapore Population Health Improvement Center (SPHERiC), National University Health System (NUHS). She was also formerly Director of NUHS’ Regional Health System Planning Office, leading public-private-people partnerships in population health to improve care integration and health outcomes. She has a specialinterest in curating the latest technology, scientific and real-world clinical evidence, towardsdata-driven solutions for personalised health, tailored to different populations.

In her clinical practice, Dr Toh is a Senior Consultant Endocrinologist with extensive experience in internal medicine, diabetes and metabolism, across the UK, USA and Singapore. She is a Key Opinion Leader in the management of diabetes, lipid disorders, weight, cardiovascular risk optimization, integrated care and population health. She has deep research expertise translating scientific findings into real-world applications, to improve outcomes at the individual and health system level.

She has published in top tier journals, including Nature, Science, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Circulation. She has received national and international awards including American Heart Association Awards, Singapore’s National Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Award, Public Service (PS21) Gold Award, and National Healthcare Innovation and Productivity Excellence Champion Medal, for her contributions in advancing research, practice and policy.

Dr Toh’s medical degree is from the University of Cambridge, UK and she completed her post-graduate specialist training at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Dr Albert Ty

Deputy Director
(Non-Communicable Diseases/Public Health Intelligence), Epidemiology & Disease Control Division,
Ministry of Health

Dr Albert Ty is Deputy Director in the Ministry of Health where he leads the Non-Communicable Diseases and the Public Health Intelligence Branches of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. In this role, he oversees matters concerning primary and secondary prevention of NCDs, health promotion, as well as detection and risk analysis of emerging public health threats both locally and regionally. Prior to this, he has had extensive experience in public policy on healthcare manpower training, development and assessments, health promotion as well as in hospital capabilities and services. Dr Ty obtained his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila) where he also competed residency training in Neurology/Psychiatry. He completed fellowship training in Neuro-oncology at the National Neuroscience Institute, following which he embarked on a second career in Public Health. He is a registered Public Health Specialist and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the National University of Singapore and a Health Policy, Planning and Financing degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/London School of Economics.

Dr K Vijaya

Youth Preventive Services Division
Health Promotion Board

As Director of Youth Preventive Services Division of the Health Promotion Board, Singapore, Dr K Vijaya leads a team to establish public policies, chart strategic directions, develop and strengthen initiatives to advance children and youth health promotion and youth preventive health services nationally through health screening, immunisation, oral care programmes and health promotion for school children in Singapore.

She has several publications in peer review journals to her name. In addition, Dr Vijaya was the past Director of the Health Promotion Board’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and a member of WHO’s Alliance for Healthy Cities. She has been invited to be Temporary Facilitator, Speaker or Chair several WHO-WPRO meetings. She was also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)’s Official Publication, Global Health Promotion.

As part of the National Day award she was conferred The Public Administration Medal (Silver) Award in 2016.

Mr S.B Viknesan

Senior Counsellor
National Addictions Management Service

Mr S.B Viknesan is a Senior Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service for over 16 years specialising in all the major addictions and working with addiction patients on an individual and group setting. He is a team leader for a small group of counsellors and supervises some of his colleagues in NAMS as well as masters of counselling students from various academic institutions. He has been an Associate faculty member for over 12 years with the Singapore University of Social Science in the SR NATHAN School of Human Development lecturing in addictions and group counselling in the undergraduate counselling faculty and a Guest lecturer in the Masters of Social work degree programme lecturing in both the substance and behavioural addictions module. He is also involved in teaching and supervising masters students in ECTA Swinburne University's Counselling programme in Addictions work. He is a Board member and honorary Secretary for the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association and sits as a chairman of their subcommittee in rehabilitation and reintegration as well as clinical adviser to their clinical team. He is a council member of the National Council Against Drug Abuse. He was an ex president & current treasurer of the Association of Professional specialising in addictions counselling an american IC & RC board, certifying substance and gambling addiction counsellors in Singapore. He is an established trainer in Singapore doing training in Motivational Interviewing, group counselling, addictions and clinical supervision courses. He is a member and registered clinical supervisor for the Singapore association for counselling & IC&RC.

Dr Munidasa Winslow

Addiction Medicine Department, IMH

Dr Munidasa Winslow has worked in general psychiatry and addiction medicine at IMH since 1988. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the setting up and development of addiction services both in the hospital and in the community. His last appointment was as chief of the Addiction Medicine Department, IMH.

He has been a pioneer in addiction and impulse control disorders (alcohol, substance dependence, gambling, gaming, sexual compulsivity etc) in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a sought after speaker at addiction conferences around the region. Despite being a fully qualified psychiatrist, he has taken the time and effort to maintain and develop his therapy/counselling skills as seen by his being accredited as a certified master addiction counsellor and a certified clinical supervisor.

He has published and presented widely on both general psychological and addiction issues. He continues his academic and research interests through his academic appointments with NUHS and teaching in many counselling courses. His passion is to help therapists develop and hone their skills to effect real change in those they seek to help.

Dr Winslow is also the founder and executive director of Promises, a mental health & addictions clinic and training company established to help individuals in recovery and to train healthcare professionals and individuals in Singapore.

Dr Wong Chiang Yin

Special Advisor
Thomson Medical Group Limited

Dr Wong Chiang Yin has been an elected Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association since 1995 and was its President from 2006 to 2009. He is a fellow and has also been an elected Council Member/Censor of the Academy of Medicine Singapore since 2009 and is presently its Scribe.

He has been appointed Special Advisor to Thomson Medical Group since Sep 2019. He is part-time Senior Consultant to Ministry of Health, Singapore (Primary and Continuing Care). He is also a Consultant to SPH Silver Care Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.

He was the Group CEO and Executive Director of Cordlife Group Limited until April 2018, a company publicly-listed on the mainboard of SGX. From 2011 to 2015, he was the GCEO and Executive Director of TMC Life Sciences Berhad, a company public-listed in the mainboard of Bursa, Malaysia. Before that, he was the CEO of Pantai Hospitals Berhad, one of the largest private hospital groups in Malaysia.

From 1998 to April 2008, Dr. Wong held various senior positions in the public sector, including Chief Operating Officer of Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, Director of the Projects Office of Singapore Health Services. Prior to this, he held various positions in the Ministry of Health of Singapore, including Assistant Director, Policy & Planning.

He holds a Master of Medicine (Public Health) from the National University of Singapore and a Master in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Leicester.

Mr Andrew Wu

Co-Founder and CEO
Mesh Bio Pte Ltd

Andrew Wu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mesh Bio, a digital health startup focused on providing analytics solutions based on computational biology and AI, for chronic disease diagnosis and management. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Clearbridge Biomedics (now known as Biolidics) where he developed innovative cancer diagnostics technology in the field of liquid biopsy. He was also Chief Product Officer of Clearbridge Health. Both companies are now listed on SGX Catalist.

Andrew holds a Bachelors and PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University College London.

Dr Benson Yeo

Consultant Dermatologist
National Skin Centre

Dr Benson Yeo is a Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre. Dr Yeo graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2008. He subsequently underwent specialty training at the National Skin Centre, serving as Chief Resident before completing his specialty training in 2016.

Dr Yeo is the Chairman of the NSC Infection Control Committee and Deputy Head of the DSC Clinic.

Dr Yeo also serves as Visiting Consultant to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and the Institute of Mental Health. Besides clinical duties, Dr Yeo is Clinical Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Clinical Teacher with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

Dr Yeo’s clinical interest lies in psoriasis, cutaneous infections and sexually transmitted infections.

Dr Mabel Yap

Professional Training and Assessment Standards Division
Ministry of Health

A/Prof Mabel Yap is currently Director, Professional Training and Assessment Standards Division, MOH, where she oversees development and implementation of assessments for doctors/specialists and accreditation of healthcare professionals. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Office for Education, Duke–NUS Graduate Medical School. She received her PhD (Nutrition) from Wageningen University in Netherlands and her Postgraduate Diploma (Human Nutrition) from Deakin University, Australia. A/Prof Yap also has a Master’s degree in Science (Public Health) and medical degree from the National University of Singapore.She is expected to complete the MBSR teachers’ training by Oct 2019.

Ms Grace Yip

Head Aviation Psychologist
Republic of Singapore Air Force

Grace is the current Head Aviation Psychologist with the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Her career in psychology spans more than 10 years across sports and defence industries. She attained her MSc in Organisational Psychology from Manchester Business School and she enjoys working at the systems level to bring organisations to greater heights. At present, her focus is on developing new selection and assessment tools for recruitment and leader development.