Judging panel

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The award recipients of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) awards Singapore are selected by a prestigious independent panel of judges, comprising leading figures from the Singapore business community, academia and past EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners.

The judging panel is crucial to the awards program. It provides the independence needed to select the award recipients. The judges, drawing from their wealth of individual experiences and successes, will pick award recipients that epitomize the spirit of entrepreneurship. For this year's awards, our judges for the awards are:

Wong Ngit Liong - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Wong Ngit Liong
Chairman and CEO
Venture Corporation Limited

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2002 Singapore

Paul Loo - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Paul Loo Lip Giam
Group CEO
Focus Network Agencies (S) Pte Ltd

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Singapore

Henn Tan - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Henn Tan
Chairman and CEO
Trek 2000 International Ltd

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2002 Singapore - Emerging

Steven Fang - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Dr. Steven Fang
Deputy Chairman, Action Community for Entrepreneurship 
Partner, Clearbridge Accelerator Pte Ltd

Andy Tse - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Andy Tse
Managing Director
AIF Capital 

Teo Eng Cheong - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Teo Eng Cheong
CEO
International Enterprise Singapore

Bernard Yeung - Entrepreneur Of The Year judge

 

Prof. Bernard Yeung
Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor
National University of Singapore, NUS Business School

Biography

Wong Ngit Liong, Chairman and CEO, Venture Corporation Limited

Mr. Wong Ngit Liong is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Venture Corporation Limited, a leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions, comprising 40 companies with global clusters of excellence in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Mr. Wong is the Chairman of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees and a Member of the Singapore Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council under the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr. Wong holds a 1st Class (Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya, and a Master degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in the USA where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds an MBA degree with distinction from McGill University under the Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship.
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Biography

Henn Tan, Chairman and CEO, Trek 2000 International Ltd

Mr. Henn Tan has more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry and is a founder and major owner of the businesses of the Trek Group of companies. He was responsible for leading the management in setting the Group’s mission and objectives, and building and expanding the business. He also developed operations and management strategies and created the formation of companies and business networks in the region.

In May 2000, Trek 2000 International Ltd was listed on the Singapore Exchange and as Chairman and CEO, he was responsible for leading the management to continue to build and develop the Group’s operations and strengthen the structure for future growth and expansion.

Mr. Tan was also responsible for the transformation of the Trek Group of companies from a customized engineering solutions and products provider into a technology company that holds a library of Intellectual Property rights. 

Mr. Tan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ireland.
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Biography

Paul Loo Lip Giam, Group CEO, Focus Network Agencies (S) Pte Ltd

Mr. Paul Loo Lip Giam is the Group CEO of Focus Network Agencies (S) Pte Ltd (FNA), a distributor and retailer of premier chocolates and confectionery products and the owner of The Cocoa Trees chain of chocolate boutiques.

From humble beginnings in 1991 as a distributor of just two brands in the Singapore domestic market, Mr. Loo led the transformation of FNA into Asia’s leading distributor representing 80% of the world’s most renowned confectionery brands and exporting to 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. With offices in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Jakarta and Hong Kong, the companyemploys 650 staff globally.

Mr. Loo’s guiding principles are to have integrity and commitment, ensure equitable sharing of benefits with all stakeholders and strive to be number one in the chosen area of activity.

A firm believer in giving back to society, Mr. Loo has given to various school and church-building projects and established university bursaries to help needy students. FNA has also hired ex-convicts and bankrupts to help them to re-integrate into society.

Mr. Loo sits on the executive committee of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Hokkien Huay Kuan.
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Biography

Dr. Steven Fang, Deputy Chairman, Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Partner, Clearbridge Accelerator Pte Ltd

Dr. Steven Fang is currently a Partner at Clearbridge Accelerator, a specialty incubator and accelerator fund focused in the area of biotechnology and healthcare. The company invested in and holds a portfolio of nine companies in the field.

In 2001, Dr. Fang founded CordLife Ltd, which was successfully listed on 18 June 2004 on the Australian Stock Exchange. The company focuses on  the field of human umbilical cord blood banking. In March 2012, Cordlife Ltd spun out its matured business into Cordlife Group Ltd, which was subsequently listed on Singapore Exchange. Dr. Fang was the Group CEO of Cordlife Ltd from 2001 till 2012.

Dr. Fang has over 25 years of market and corporate development experience in the healthcare, medical device and biotechnology industry. Past management track record includes global MNCs such as Sterling Winthrop, Baxter Inc and Becton. During his tenure, he helmed various functional and managerial positions in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Dr. Fang was the General Manager for Southeast Asia at Becton Dickinson before starting Cordlife.

Dr. Fang currently serves on the Singapore British Business Council, Advisory Board for Nanyang Polytechnic School of Life-Science Advisory Committee, Pro-Enterprise Panel with the Singapore Ministry of Trade, Deputy Chairman with SPRING’s Action Community for Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Education – ASPIRE R3 Committee. He was previously the Chairman of Bio Singapore and served as Chairman President of Spirit of Enterprise. Dr. Fang incubated six other technology startups as founder, angel investor and coach. He is also a Member of the Singapore Institute of Director.
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Biography

Andy Tse, Managing Director, AIF Capital 

Mr. Andy Tse joined AIF Capital in 1994 and has over 20 years of private equity investment experience in manufacturing, logistics, agri-business and infrastructure. He is experienced in deal sourcing, structuring and managing investments in these sectors and has been actively involved in transactions in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Mr. Tse represents AIF Capital on the boards of various portfolio companies.

Prior to joining AIF Capital, Mr. Tse was with Hopewell Holdings Limited and Consolidated Electric Power Asia Limited in Hong Kong where he was a core team member developing, financing, operating and managing the company’s investments across Asia. Mr. Tse holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a CFA charter holder and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
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Teo Eng Cheong, CEO, International Enterprise Singapore

Mr. Teo Eng Cheong was appointed Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore from 1 January 2011. As the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, IE Singapore spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. The agency also has a global network in 39 locations, with presence in many emerging and developed markets.

Prior to joining IE Singapore, Mr. Teo was the Chief Executive of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure, Mr. Teo oversaw several landmark decisions and strengthened CCS’s enforcement capabilities and track record. As the Director-General of Singapore Customs from 2004 to 2007, Mr. Teo launched several initiatives to maintain Singapore’s position as a trusted trade hub. These included strengthening and safeguarding the security of supply chain operations as well as facilitating companies’ legitimate trade in dual-use strategic goods and technology.

During the course of his career, Mr. Teo also served at the Economic Development Board, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the then-Ministry of Community Development and Sports. Mr. Teo is Deputy Chairman of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and he sits on the boards of IE Singapore, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited, ASEAN Infrastructure Fund and Council for Private Education. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

Mr Teo graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honors degree in Economics and holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2006, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver).
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Prof. Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore, NUS Business School

Professor Bernard Yeung is Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor in Finance and Strategic Management at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Before joining NUS in June 2008, he was the Abraham Krasnoff Professor in Global Business, Economics, and Management at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Yeung was also the Director of the NYU China House, the honorary co-chair of the Strategy Department of the Peking University Guanghua School of Management, and Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University. He had taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Alberta. 

Professor Yeung’s research covers topics in finance, strategy, foreign direct investment, international trade, international macroeconomics, institutional economics, sustainability, and economic history. Over a hundred of his research articles have appeared in top rated journals in economics, finance, strategic management, international business, and accounting.

Professor Yeung has won several scholarly honors and awards for academic excellence, including the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award 2013 from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management, the Excellence in Teaching Award (Executive Education) by Stern School of Business at NYU, Teacher Excellence Award (Doctoral Program) by University of Michigan Business School, and the Moskowitz Prize for outstanding research in socially responsible investing.

Professor Yeung is also a member of several other committees and advisory boards, including the Management Advisory Committee of SPRING Singapore and the Financial Research Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Professor Yeung received his Bachelors in economics and mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago with an MBA and PhD.
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