Business School

Singapore Chapter


Stephen Choo
Chair, Singapore Chapter, Director and Regional Head of Insight (ASEAN), Hay Group, PhD (UWA)

Dr Stephen Choo is currently Director and Regional Head of Insight (employee survey research division) of Hay Group within ASEAN. Stephen works closely with senior executives of leading multinationals throughout the region in developing human capital strategies to achieving high organizational performance He has had more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant within Australia, Middle East and East Asia. Stephen had worked for another global management consulting firm Towers Watson for several years before joining Hay Group.

In 2006 Stephen was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurial, Management and Innovation (CEMI) within UWA Business School. Stephen has written more than 20 papers on leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management in several leading academic and professional publications such as Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Affairs, Asia-Pacific Journal of Marketing & Logistics and Singapore Management Review. Stephen has also written a book entitled “Entrepreneurial Management” that is being used by several universities in Australia.

In 2004, Stephen was a winner of the Business News 40under40 Award for his contributions made to the business community in Western Australia. From 2004 to 2005 Stephen was Chair of Small Business Centre Belmont (SBC) Management Committee. Between 2009 and 2011 he was the Founding Board of Director of Hapitalist, which was a non-profit organization that aimed to educate the youth in making socially responsible investment.

Between 2006 and 2011 Stephen was a Honorary Research Fellow at UWA. He holds a Master of Commerce (Management) from Curtin University of Technology and completed his PhD (Management) at UWA in 2005. Back to top

David Goh
Vice President, Head of Compliance, Jefferies Singapore Limited, BEc (UWA)

David is a compliance advisory specialist with extensive experience spanning the banking & finance, telecommunications and energy industries. He currently oversees the Global Banking and Markets compliance division in Jefferies Singapore, part of Jefferies Group, Inc., a global investment bank headquartered in New York, USA. Prior to Jefferies, David has over 11 years of corporate compliance, anti-competition and regulatory experience under his belt working with leading multinationals and civil service including HSBC Singapore, Macquarie Capital Securities (Singapore), Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX), Singapore Telecommunications, and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). Beginning his career with the MTI, David played an integral role in the success of natural gas procurement from Indonesia, as well as co-authored the LNG sustainability concept paper for Singapore. He subsequently joined the SGX to spearhead its Competition Act compliance initiative, and thereafter was headhunted to Macquarie Capital Securities (Singapore) and HSBC Singapore for a compliance role. David also serves as a Mentor under the UWA Career Mentor Link program for returning graduates. Back to top

Andrew Loh
Head of Client Coverage, Investment Banking SEA, Barclays Capital, BCom (Hons)(UWA)

Andrew Loh is currently the Director of Investment Banking at Barclays Bank, a position he has held since 2007. Andrew has client coverage in Singapore and Vietnam markets. Prior to this appointment, Andrew was the Associate Director, Debt Capital Markets for Deutsche Bank. Andrew sits on the council for Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) and is a council member for Singapore investment Banking Association (SIBA). Back to top

Li Lian Ong
Senior Vice President, Economics and Investment Strategy Department (EIS)

Li Lian works in the Economics and Capital Markets Division in EIS. She is responsible for the analysis of Euro Area economies as well as for developing an analytical framework and tools for monitoring global systemic risks.

Li Lian holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) and a PhD in international finance from The University of Western Australia. She is also a qualified CPA with the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

Before joining GIC in 2014, Li Lian was a Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). During her time at the IMF, Li Lian worked in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where she contributed to the bilateral and multilateral financial surveillance work, technical assistance, as well as crisis programs, in the Asia‐Pacific, European and Latin American regions.

Prior to the IMF, Li Lian was an Associate Director and the Asia Regional Economist at Macquarie Bank Group (Sydney and Hong Kong). She had previously worked in audit and corporate recovery at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Kuala Lumpur, and then as an academic at The University of Western Australia.

Li Lian has published in academic journals in the areas of purchasing power parity, asset allocation and financial risk management. She is also the author of the Palgrave Macmillan book, The Big Mac Index: Applications of Purchasing Power Parity, and editor of the recent IMF volume, A Guide to IMF Stress Testing: Methods and Models.Back to top

PJ Roberts
Senior Vice President, Asia, Repucom, BSc (UNLV), BEd (UC), MBA (UWA)

PJ is the Senior Vice President, Asia for Repucom, a global leader in market research and consulting for sport and entertainment and a football analyst on FOX Sports football television coverage throughout Asia. In addition, he is also the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association. Prior to PJ's current roles, he had a diverse and successful career as an advisor with one of the region’s major private banks, and as a professional footballer in Australia, the U.S.A., Malaysia and Singapore.  PJ also continued with his studies while playing football, obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (U.S.A.) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra (Australia). While playing for Perth Glory, he started a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia, Graduate School of Management, which he completed when his playing career brought him to Singapore. He has since received an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services.  PJ is also a published author. Co-authored with his brother Marc, his juvenile fiction novel, “Mister Lee’s Fantastic Football Dream” was published by Monsoon Books in December 2012.PJ has lived in Singapore since 2002, is a Singapore Permanent Resident and now calls Singapore home. Back to top

Chandra Senkodu
Senior Vice President (Business Operations & Information Technology), Transit Link Pte Ltd, BSc (Eng)(Hons)(ABDN), MBIT (RMIT), MMR (UWA), DBA (UWA)

Dr Chandra Segaran has about 22 years’ experience in Public Transport Fare Collection System. He was consultant for IBM in 2007, to assist the Dubai government (RTA) to implement a fare collection system and a Central Clearing House. He oversees the Business Operations and Information Technology departments in Transit Link Pte Ltd. He is a member of TL Board, Chairman of Public Transport Operators co-ordination committee and other committees. He is responsible to review and approve management and technical papers for various projects. He is a Chairman of a Publication working committee in the Institute of Engineers, Singapore. As a Senior Vice President (Business Operations & Information Technology) in Transit Link, he works closely with the Ministry of Land Transport, Land Transport Authority, Public Transport Council, Public Transport Operators, EZ-Link Pte Ltd, NETS, Banks and other related agencies to provide an efficient Public Transport Fare Collection System in Singapore. Back to top

Alan Smith
President of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Asia Pte Ltd BA (UWA)

Alan is the President of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Asia Pte Ltd, the marketing and distribution agent for iron ore supplied to Asian markets from Rio Tinto's Pilbara operations.  Rio Tinto Iron Ore Asia is head-quartered in Singapore.  Alan joined Rio Tinto in 1985 and has spent the majority of his career with Rio internationally, in executive sales and market development roles, living and working in Asia (Hong Kong, New Delhi, Singapore) the UK (London), Canada (Montreal), and Australia.  In addition to his iron ore duties Alan is a director of a number of Rio's Singapore-based subsidiaries involved in bulk commodity marketing, shipping and procurement, and a Director of the neutral physical iron ore trading platform, globalOREtm. Alan is a graduate ( BA) of the University of Western Australi (UWA) and of exeutive management programmes from UWA, Australia (AMP), INSEAD, France (CIM) and London Business School, UK (SLP). Back to top

Brian Tan (Yong Hui B Tan)
Fund Manager, Pilgrim Partners Asia, BSc (USYD), MBA (UWA), CFP

Brian Tan is the manager of the Pilgrim Growth and Income Fund. Prior to running the fund, he was Associate Director – Private Wealth Management of Financial Alliance, and before that, he was the Vice President of ipac Singapore. Brian has extensive experience as a wealth manager to high net worth clients in wealth and asset management firms. His responsibilities included implementing and managing clients’ investment and retirement portfolios. As a voting member of the investment committee, he was actively involved in the research, asset allocation and construction of global portfolios through which clients invest. He was also a regular contributor to financial and investment publications like the Business Times, FundSupermart and SIAS e-newsletters and has made regular appearances on the Cents & Sensibilities live radio show on 938Live and Money Mind, Asia Market Report and Singapore Business Tonight on Channel News Asia. Back to top

Joseph Tan
Founder and CEO, Amphibika Pte Ltd, BEc (UWA)

Joseph is the founder and CEO of Amphibika Pte Ltd, an exciting start-up that aspires to be a global sports brand born out of Singapore. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Joseph was Credit Suisse’s Asian Chief Economist for the Private Bank and previously headed up the Asian Economics, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Research team based in Singapore. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2008, Joseph was with Fortis Bank and was responsible for global markets research on Asian foreign exchange and interest rates. Even earlier in his career, Joseph was with Standard Chartered Bank as its regional economist focussing his research on the Southeast Asian economies. A CFA charter holder, Joseph speaks frequently at regional forums and roundtables organised by government bodies and think-tanks. Joseph is also on the council of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs; the oldest think-tank in Singapore which actively leads in the discussion of socioeconomic and political issues both regionally and globally. Back to top

Professor Anu RammohanProfessor Anu Rammohan

Associate Dean International Relations
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Professor Rammohan is based in the Economics Discipline at The University of Western Australia. Anu moved to UWA from the University of Sydney in 2009. The focus of her research has been on understanding the household-level socio-economic factors that can influence child nutritional and survival outcomes, gender and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and Myanmar. Her recent research has focused on two central areas- (i) the analysis of intra-household distribution of health and education in developing countries, and its implications for the household’s children, women and the elderly, and (ii) food and nutritional security in rural areas of developing countries. This research has been published in top-tier international academic journals, and has also been funded by competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, AusAID and the Australia-India Institute.

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