Board & Management

Michael Sim


Mr. Sim has been a Partner in Ernst and Young, Singapore for the last 17 years. He has over 30 years of experience in auditing and risk advisory services and has served clients in a wide range of industries worldwide. He was the Risk Advisory Business Leader for the Far East Area, which covered 11 countries and employed more than 1,300 professionals providing solutions for business and technology risks, anti-fraud, fraud investigation, actuarial and risks specific to the financial services industry.

While balancing a high profile position in the financial industry, he is also actively involved in the community as a Board and Audit Committee member of the Catholic Welfare Services, Singapore, as well as a member of the Catholic Archdiocesan Commission for Missionary Activity.

Lee Poh Wah


Mr. Lee is the CEO of the Lien Foundation. He leads the development of entrepreneurial practices in philanthropy and has been instrumental in steering the Foundation to advocate better care for the dying and to tackle water woes in Asia. Prior to joining Lien Foundation, Mr. Lee was in the civil service, championing the social entrepreneurship movement to enhance vibrancy and financial sustainability in the non-profit sector. He previously held several investment and business development positions in the private sector.

Steve Puckett OBE


Mr. Puckett has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry over more than 30 years, with 20 of those in Asia. A Chartered Engineer (CEng), he is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and is also a certified leadership coach. Having previously operated at senior corporate levels with regional responsibilities with a major oil company, he is now an advisor to leading energy businesses and is a frequent speaker/chair of international conferences. In 2000, he established Tri-Zen International, an advisory business, which has a primary focus on energy industries in Asia. He also provides strategic advice and services to the private equity, venture capital and corporate communities across Asia.

In Singapore, he is the President of the British Chamber of Commerce and is also Chairman of Singapore Polytechnic’s academic advisory board for the Chemical & Life Sciences faculty. He is also an active board member for the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and has a number of other community and business interests. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2014 for his services to British business in Singapore.

Alex Koo


Mr. Koo is the Executive Director at Phillip Private Equity Pte Ltd, which manages a portfolio of investments in the offshore oil and gas, marine, renewable energy, water and environmental engineering, manufacturing, mining, and pharmaceutical industries. It is the private equity unit of the Phillip Capital Group, a financial service group headquartered in Singapore with businesses in 16 different countries, more than 3,500 employees globally, and shareholders’ funds in excess of USD1 billion.

Mr Koo enjoys starting and managing startup companies. He was the CEO and founder of iPropertyNet Pte Ltd and Mikrotools Pte Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Koo was a former officer at the Economic Development Board of Singapore. His other professional experiences also include property development and construction projects in Indonesia and Malaysia. He received a 2nd Class Upper Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and completed his Master of Business Administration from the Imperial College Business School London.

Puah Aik Num


Mr Puah is currently the Deputy Director for Technology and Chief Specialist for Water Treatment at PUB, Singapore National Water Agency. Appointed in 2004, he was involved in the establishment of the new Technology Office in PUB, providing leadership to drive PUB’s R&D initiative, identifying and commissioning novel and other test-bedding projects with universities, research institutions and water industrial partners. He also supports the Environment and Water Industry Development (EWI) initiatives and programmes for technology development and the promotion of water industries in Singapore.

A trained engineer, he has over 30 years of experience in the water sector, and had played an active role in the planning and design of water distribution networks for Singapore’s new town development, as well as enhancing the operation and performance of water treatment plants.

Ong Lay Khiam


Before his retirement on September 2013, Mr Ong was an Executive Director at UBS Wealth Management. He has been working in local financial institutions since 1971, holding various leadership positions. For the period 2007-2008, he was the inaugural Executive Director of the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship at the Nanyang Technological University while concurrently appointed by the university as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Mr Ong is currently an Honourary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Investment Committee of the Chinese Development Assistance Council. He also serves on the boards of two companies listed at the Singapore Exchange as Independent Director. Mr Ong holds a First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from the Nanyang University and a Master Degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

Elaine Lim


Elaine is one of Singapore‘s pioneering corps of local communication professionals. She has the rare distinction of having started two PR/IR consultancies from scratch, both of which rank amongst the top 5 consultancies in Singapore. She also spearheaded the thrust into capital market transactions and investor relations, with more than 280 IPOs under her belt, representing more than 30% of all companies listed on The Singapore Exchange.

Over the past four decades, she had served on a number of government and non-profit boards, including the Singapore Land Authority, National Youth Council, Singapore Dance Theatre, National Council of Social Service, Community Chest of Singapore, SATA and Ronald McDonalds Children’s Charity.

She currently serves as an independent director on M1 Limited and Chemical Industries Far East Limited as well as a member of the Diversity Action Committee. A graduate of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Elaine was named the PR Professional of the Year in 1995 and awarded the Lifetime PR Achievement Award in 2012 by the Institute of Public Relations Singapore.

Tan Soon Keat


After graduating from Chung Ling High School (1973) and Han Chiang High School (1975) in Penang, Dr Tan pursued his study at the University of Auckland, graduating with BE(Civil) in 1978, ME(Civil) in 1980 and PhD (Engineering) in 1983 . He is a member of the Institute of Engineers, Singapore and Professional Engineer, Singapore. Dr Tan joined Nanyang Technological Institute in 1984 as a Lecturer, and became Associate Professor in 1999. Dr Tan holds senior position in NTU. He is Director, NTU‐MPA Maritime Research Centre, an inter‐school research centre since its inception in 2001, Deputy Executive Director of NEWRI since 2010, Director‐NEWRItech in 2013.

Over the years, Dr Tan has established close academic and research links with universities in Vietnam, China, Australia, United States of America and United Kingdom. Dr Tan has also provided consultancy services to more than 60 companies in Singapore, in such areas as surge analysis, drainage and hydraulic design, physical and numerical modelling of hydraulic and coastal processes.

Koh Lian Hock


Mr Koh is the Chief Executive Officer of Lien AID. Providing strategic leadership and ensuring corporate governance, he leads the Lien AID team and is responsible for operations in Singapore and overseas offices. He holds a Masters in Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and is armed with extensive commercial experience in business development. Fuelled with a strong passion for development work, he has a unique perspective and a holistic vision to elevate the standards of development work in the non-profit sector.