Managing Director & Head, Commercial Banking
United Overseas Bank
Mr. Eric Tham oversees Commercial Banking in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei. Commercial Banking which handles the mid-cap companies, is a significant business segment in UOB.
Eric is always looking out for innovative and collaborative ways to do business. He has built many firsts – from the establishment of a dedicated GIobal Business Development Unit in 2004 to help Singapore companies identify and take advantage of regional opportunities, to the setup of the first Foreign Direct Investment Advisory (FDI) in 2011, to help overseas companies to use Singapore as a springboard to their regional ambitions. On the back of the multiple synergies of these units, similar setups were replicated in other UOB locations. Another first was the setup of Innoven Capital, a joint venture with Temasek, to conduct venture debt lending to hi tech startups in the region.
Eric was instrumental in the set-up of UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute in 2012 - Asia’s first institute to help local SMEs grow and expand their business in Asia. Through this initiative, UOB donated S$3 million to the Institute, with an additional S$2m raised from UOB customers. A matching grant from MOE brought total donation to S$10m. To-date, 640 projects have been undertaken by SMU students which has benefited over 500 companies. Most recently, Eric is spearheading a new initiative by the Bank, together with SMU and ESG, to introduce the Enterprise Leadership for Transformation (ELT) program in Sept 2020. This business transformation initiative is to help the next generation of SME business leaders develop business growth capabilities required to take their business to the next level.
With an illustrious banking career and contributions to the banking arena, Eric has been conferred the title “Distinguished Financial Industry Certified Practitioner” (FICP) by The Institute of Banking & Finance since 2010. He is also a Fellow member of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
Managing Director & Head of Group Commercial Credit
United Overseas Bank
Mr. Koh Cheng Chua is Managing Director & Head of Group Commercial Credit in United Overseas Bank Limited. He has more than 30 years of extensive regional banking experience, principally in corporate & commercial banking, investment banking, private equity and as a senior banker responsible for client coverage, business development and risk management.
Cheng Chua holds a business administration degree from the National University of Singapore and has a Certificate in International Management from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Senior Vice President, Wholesale Banking Group - Corporate Banking Singapore
United Overseas Bank
Ms. Quek Lee Keng is Senior Vice President in UOB Wholesale Banking Group - Corporate Banking Singapore as Industry Banker for the Oil & Gas sector. Prior to this, she covers the Government Linked Companies in addition to her specialist role as the Senior Vice President in Specialised Asset Banked Financing involved in advisory and business origination for UOB Group's oil & gas project financing; vessel and marine-related financing; aviation-related financing and other specialised asset based financing (e.g. storage terminal projects).
Lee Keng joined UOB in 2007 after a four-year stint in the banking sector in China (Beijing and Shanghai) where she headed the team covering the Transportation and Logistic Sector in East China. She has over 20 years of banking experience as a corporate banker and is well-versed in cross-border financing and tax lease structures. Lee Keng is responsible for client coverage and business origination, including origination and structuring or bilateral and syndicated loans; debt and equity capital market issues; cross-border financing; merger and acquisition transactions; and cross-selling of banking products and services like hedging instruments and cash management.
Lee Keng graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours).
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Tiong Seng Contractors
Mr Pek Lian Guan started his career at Tiong Seng Contractors upon his graduation from Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (First Class Hons) in 1989. In 1993, he was appointed as the Director of Tiong Seng Contractors and soon became the Deputy Managing Director in 1997. Mr Pek has over 22 years of experience in project management for civil engineering and building works in Singapore and entrepreneurial activities in the region. Under his guidance, Tiong Seng has come to champion the use of advanced construction technology and green practices across its businesses for better productivity and efficiency. Mr Pek currently advises as a member of various productivity and green councils in Singapore and is actively involved in related initiatives towards the improvement of these standards. Mr Pek was appointed to our Board of Directors on 15th April 2008 and was last re-elected on 27th April 2012.
Group CEO, Storbest Holdings Pte Ltd
Mr. Collin Phua is the Group CEO of Storbest Holdings Pte Ltd, a leading third-party logistics provider specialising in end-to-end cold chain supply chain management solutions.
Chairman, Dymon Asia Private Equity Investment Committee and founding partner, Dymon Asia Capital.
Mr. Keith Tan is Chairman of the Dymon Asia Private Equity Investment Committee and a founding partner of Dymon Asia Capital.
Keith’s focus in Dymon is predominantly in Private Equity, where he has led a number of high-performing investments.
Prior to Dymon, he was a Director at Abax Global Capital, a hedge fund based in Hong Kong, where he originated, structured and executed investment transactions across Asia for Abax’s special situations funds. During his career, Keith was also a member of the Executive Committee of Standard Chartered Bank (China) and Branch Manager of Standard Chartered Bank’s Shanghai Branch.
Keith is presently a serving Council Member in the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Keith graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Banking and Finance) with Honors from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
CEO & Executive Director, TA Corporation Ltd
Mr. Neo Tiam Boon was appointed to the Board on March 7, 2011 and was last elected as a director on April 26, 2017. Mr. Neo, PBM is the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of TA Corporation Ltd, an established property and construction group with a growing suite of businesses in distribution and real estate development and investment, listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange.
A management veteran, Mr. Neo has over 20 years of management experience. He helms overall business development, financial and strategic planning, sales and marketing as well as human resources at TA Corporation.
Mr. Neo joined TA Corporation in 1996 and spearheaded the Group’s strategy and tactical diversification of its business model beyond construction, to expand its income streams for long term sustainable growth. Under his leadership, TA Corporation diversified into the real estate development, distribution and real estate investment businesses. Mr. Neo played an instrumental role in leading the Group’s successful regionalization into fast-growing markets such as Thailand, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, China, and Myanmar.
In recent years, Mr. Neo was pivotal in leading the Group through its transformation from a traditional construction company to one that is based on technological advances and upstream production of precast components and PPVC.
Mr. Neo believes in giving back to society and championing causes for education. He currently sits on the Board of Governors for the UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute, a partnership between United Overseas Bank, Singapore Management University and local enterprises. He plays a critical advisory role in providing strategic guidance and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and resources to support the growth and development of local enterprises and students. Mr. Neo is also involved in giving public seminar and talks at the Business Families Institute @ Singapore Management University on managing family business. He is also an active grassroots leader, having served in various capacities for more than 25 years.
Mr. Neo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1986. He was conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2005 in recognition for his public service and community work.
Group Managing Director, Ademco Security Group
Mr. Toby Koh is the Group Managing Director of Ademco Security Group, a leading provider of security, smart city, IOT and operations management solutions to more than 8,000 institutional, commercial and government organisations across Asia.
A respected thought leader, his business commentary has been featured in major leading local and international media. He is a firm advocate of embracing technology and transformation. Toby’s contributions to developments in Singapore’s security landscape and personal achievements in business won him recognition as the Overall winner of the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (Established Entrepreneur) and the 2013 Honouree of the Spirit of Enterprise Award. He also led Ademco in winning the 2015 Singapore Prestige Brand Award (Heritage Brand) and the 2015, 2018 & 2019 Enterprise 50 Award. Toby also received the inaugural E50 Enterprise Transformation Award from DPM Heng Swee Keat in 2019.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Love, Bonito Group
Ms. Viola Tan is the co-founder and executive director of the Love, Bonito Group, Singapore’s largest fast fashion retail brand.
Together with her co-founder, Viola turned just S$500 into the multi-million dollar company Love, Bonito is today, with outposts in Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia by expertly leveraging online platforms and social media channels and pioneering new strategies to reach the modern customer.
She currently heads the Group’s business development efforts as Love, Bonito seeks to further expand its footprint across Asia. Viola successfully spearheaded the Group’s seed round of funding. She heads investor relations for the Love, Bonito Group. Viola is a regular speaker at trade and industry conferences and is also a media ambassador for select luxury brands.
True to her brand manifesto of “For the woman you are, and the woman you want to be”, Love, Bonito offers women a wide array of designs to dress impeccably yet comfortably, bringing out their best. The brand is highly reputed for expertly striking a balance between style and affordability. The brand brings accessible high street fashion to women from all walks of life.
Founder Chairman, Zicom Group Ltd
Fellow Life Member of Australian CPA and Singapore Chartered Accountants. Founder Chairman of Zicom Group Ltd engaged in manufacturing of equipment and turn-key plant for marine offshore, oil and gas, LNG propulsion systems, construction equipment, precision engineering and automation. Founder Chairman of ZIG Ventures Ltd a corporate investor and incubator of medical technology start-ups in Singapore.
Ex-Board member of SPRING Singapore (2014-2018), Ex-Member of Scientific Advisory Panel of Diagnostic Development Hub at A*Star (2015-2020).
Member of Singapore National Eye Center’s Incubation Board and Member of Board of Governors of UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute.
Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business; Professor of Operations Management
Professor Bert De Reyck earned his BSc in Applied Economics, MSc in Information Systems Engineering and PhD in Operations Management from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the Founding Director of the UCL School of Management at University College London. Before joining UCL, Professor Bert held positions at London Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Rotterdam School of Management. He has also taught at Columbia University, Hong Kong University, and CEIBS. He has been the recipient of several teaching and applied research awards. Professor Bert enjoys the reputation of being a dedicated educator, an inspiring leader and an able administrator who is highly respected by his colleagues.
Professor Bert is an accomplished scholar whose research activities focus on decision analytics, artificial intelligence, and project management. His award-winning research is published in numerous academic and professional journals and it has seen applications in a wide variety of companies in the life sciences, aerospace, and transportation industries. He has also secured several research grants, industry sponsorships and projects with organisations such as Eurocontrol, the UK Department for Transport, Network Rail, Heathrow Airport, The Noble Group, Dunlop Aerospace, Eaton Aerospace, the New York Transit Authority, Pfizer, Merck, Roche, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, and Shire.
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Principal Lecturer of Finance
Vice Chairman of Executive Committee & Director, UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute
Academic Director, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Academic Director, Executive Masters of Business (EMBA) Programme
Dr. ANG Ser-Keng has been actively teaching, undergraduate, executive and post graduate programs since 2003. At SMU, he teaches a broad range of finance related courses, including M&A, Investment Banking, Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Finance and Fixed Income. Ser-Keng has won several teaching excellence awards at SMU, including Most Promising Teacher award for undergraduate teaching in 2008; excellent teacher award for Executive Development in 2013 and 2017; and excellent teacher award for Postgraduate Professional Programs in 2014 & 2015. In 2016, he was conferred the Commendation Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore for his contribution to education. In 2018, he was recognized as a Specialist Adult Educator (Curriculum) by Singapore Skills Future SG.
In addition to teaching, Ser-Keng also holds several administrative appointments at SMU, including Vice Chairman of Exco and Director of the UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute as well as the academic director of the SMU MBA and IE-SMU MBA programs. Through his directorship at the UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute, he has also been actively involved in advising small businesses since 2006.
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