Business Advisory Board


The BSI Business Advisory Board consists of 7 members from the public sector, private sector and SMU. The role of the Board is to advise the BSI in areas of strategic directions for the Institute, public policies, developments and practices in business and industry, and prioritisation of issues in research, training and outreach.

Mr Kwek Mean Luck
Dean & CEO, Civil Service College

Deputy Secretary (Development), Public Service Division

Mr Kwek Mean Luck is the Dean & CEO of Singapore's Civil Service College (CSC), whose mission is to develop people for a first class public service. He is also concurrently Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister's Office.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Kwek was the Deputy Secretary (Industry) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Prior to joining the Singapore Administrative Service, he served in the Singapore judiciary, where he had been a District Judge of the Subordinate Courts and Senior Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court, as well as a Justice's Law Clerk of the Supreme Court.

Mr Kwek was awarded the PSC (OMS) scholarship to read Law at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a Triple First. He was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship and graduated with a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. He holds a Diploma in Singapore Law from the National University of Singapore and is called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor.

Mr Kwek is currently board member of the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Singapore Civil Service College and Caritas Singapore Community Council.


Dr Jeremy Lim
Partner, Health and Life Sciences Practice, Asia Pacific
Oliver Wyman

Dr Jeremy Lim is partner at Oliver Wyman. He has held senior level executive roles in the Singapore public and private sectors including being CEO of Fortis Colorectal Hospital, Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Health Singapore and Director of Research and Education in SingHealth.

Dr Lim is an adjunct faculty at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School where he teaches health policy and management.  He is chair of the steering committee for the NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia and serves as a member in various advisory boards.

Dr Lim is an alumnus of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He completed the Masters in Public Health programme at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health under the aegis of the Fulbright Programme. He is an active commentator on health policy and has written extensively on health policy and management in various Singapore publications.


Ms Debra Soon
Managing Director
Channel NewsAsia

Debra Soon was appointed Managing Director of Channel NewsAsia (CNA) in March 2009. With 18 years experience in the media and communications industry, she manages CNA, and oversees all the production and editorial content of news and current affairs for the channel as well as MediaCorp’s mass entertainment TV channels.

Ms Soon started her career in broadcast journalism, reporting on local and overseas 'live' events, covering 'live' talk shows, leading general elections coverage and being Editor and presenter of "In Parliament". She became Executive Editor in MediaCorp News, and directed the daily news operations of the Singapore newsgathering team for its TV news platforms. She served as President SR Nathan's Press Secretary during the Presidential Elections in 2005.

Ms Soon left in 2005 to join WBL Corporation Limited as Group General Manager for Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the brand and image of the Group, shareholder and investor issues and launched the Wearnes' Corporate Social Responsibility programme. She rejoined MediaCorp News as its Chief Editor in 2008.

Ms Soon is Council member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Treasurer of UNIFEM Singapore. Ms Soon also served as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Ms Soon obtained her Bachelor of Science (Economics) and Masters in Science (International Relations) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Mr Tan Kian Hoon
Managing Director
Suntec Real Estate Consultants Pte Ltd

Mr Tan Kian Hoon, JP has been with the real estate industry for more than 30 years and is currently the Managing Director of Suntec Real Estate Consultants Pte Ltd, an international real estate consultancy firm.

Mr Tan graduated in 1979 from the then University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Building) degree and embarked on a career as a contractor, builder and real estate developer constructing and developing various building and civil engineering projects in Singapore and the region.

In 1997, Mr Tan was elected President of the Singapore Contractors’ Association and in later years was elected the Chairman of the ASEAN Constructor’s Federation and President of the International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors’ Association.

Mr Tan has been Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Council since 2002 and is also a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. He is a Justice of the Peace, Principal Mediator, Neutral Evaluator and an Accredited Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, Academy of Law, Singapore.

For his active involvement in community work, Mr Tan was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 and the Public Service Star in 2006 by the President of the Republic of Singapore.



Professor James Tang
School of Social Sciences, SMU

Professor James Tang is Dean for the School of Social Sciences at SMU. He joined SMU in January 2011 after teaching and serving at various management and leadership positions at University of Hong Kong (HKU) between 1999 and 2006. He was founding director of HKU’s Master of International and Public Affairs programme.

A graduate of HKU where he studied history and political science, Prof Tang obtained an M. Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He held visiting appointments at a number of leading universities in China, the UK and the US and taught at the National University of Singapore.

Prof Tang’s research work focuses on China’s foreign policy and its role in the world, non-traditional security issues facing East Asia, and Hong Kong’s political transition. He has published numerous scholarly works in his areas of specialisation and has been active in policy research. Well-recognised in his field, he also serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals.

Prof Tang was named the most influential international relations scholar on Hong Kong’s external relations in the last 20 years according to a 10-country survey international relations faculty by the College of William and Mary in 2008.


Professor Phang Sock Yong 
Professor of Economics
School of Economics, SMU

Professor Phang Sock Yong is Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, SMU. She joined SMU when it was established in 2000 and as Chair of the Economics Department at the Business School, oversaw the transition of the department into the School of Economics and Social Sciences in 2002. She subsequently served as Associate Dean of the School from 2002 to 2004.

Prior to SMU, Prof Phang taught economics at the National University of Singapore for more than a decade and was Deputy Head of the Economics Department and Deputy Director of the Master in Public Policy Programme.

Prof Phang obtained her PhD degree in economics from Harvard University in 1989 and has since published widely in the areas of housing and transportation economics. She has written a book, and over forty book chapters and journal articles on housing and transport economics and regulation.

Prof Phang has been a consultant to the World Bank and various government organisations for several projects, and also served as a board member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Land Transport Authority. She is currently a Commission Member of the Competition Commission of Singapore, a Public Transport Council Member, as well as a panel member of the Energy Market Authority’s Gas Network Code Modification Panel. Prof Phang is also an advisory board member of the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Land Transport Authority Academy.


Professor Arnoud De Meyer
President, SMU

Professor De Meyer is the fourth President of Singapore Management University. Previously, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where he was Professor of Management Studies and Fellow of Jesus College. He was associated for 23 years with INSEAD where he held various senior academic and administrative positions, including founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore.

Prof De Meyer has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Ghent in Belgium.  He also pursued his studies as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).  His research interests are in manufacturing and technology strategy; the implementation of new manufacturing technologies; the management of R&D; how innovation can be managed more effectively; project management under conditions of high uncertainty; management and innovation in Asia; the globalisation of Asian firms; the management of novel projects; and e-readiness in Europe.  He publishes widely in academic journals and books. 

Prof De Meyer has been consultant to a number of companies throughout Europe and Asia.  He was a member of the Singapore Economic Review Committee (2002-2003), board member of the Infocomm Development Authority (2000-2003) and Sentosa Island Corporation (2001-2002). Currently, he is an external director of Dassault Systèmes SA (France), as well as a board member of the National Research Foundation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Temasek Management Services.



Last updated on 09 Sep 2016 .