Professor Dr Cham Tao Soon was born in Singapore in June 1939. He received his secondary education at Raffles Institution and entered the University of Malaya in 1960 on a Singapore State Scholarship, graduating with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1964. Prof Cham went to England on a UK Commonwealth Scholarship for postgraduate research work at the University of Cambridge, and obtained a Doctorate (Fluid Mechanics), in 1968. He also acquired a degree in Mathematics from the University of London in 1967.
In 1981, when Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) was formed to provide the major engineering manpower output for Singapore, Prof Cham was appointed President while remaining as Dean of Engineering at the National University of Singapore (formerly University of Singapore) until 1983. He directed the building up of NTI as a technological university, with a practice-oriented curriculum. It was named as the best engineering institution in the world by the Commonwealth Engineering Council in 1985. He held the post of President of NTU from 1981 to 2002. From 2005 to 2014, he held the position of Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the SIM University.
Prof Cham has served on many government bodies, including the Singapore Science Council, the National University of Singapore Council, the Jurong Town Corporation and the Land Transport Authority. Prof Cham also served as a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers from 2004 to 2010.
He has also been active in Singapore business, serving on the boards of major listed companies like Keppel Corporation, Wearnes, United Overseas Bank and Singapore Press Holdings.
Prof Cham was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) at the National Day Awards in Singapore in 1986 and the Distinguished Service Order in 2003. He also holds the title of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, France, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. and a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore.
He has made his contributions to NGOs like the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as its Chairman from 1999 to 2010, Chairman of its Council from 2010 to 2018. He also serves on the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation Council since 2003.
Professor Henri-Claude de Bettignies is the Aviva Chair Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Responsibility and Emeritus Professor of Asian Business and Comparative Management at INSEAD.
He is also the Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Globally Responsible Leadership at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and former Director of the Euro-China Centre for Leadership and Responsibility (ECCLAR) that he created in Shanghai, at CEIBS, in 2006. Between 1988 and 2005, with a joint appointment at Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), he shared his time equally between Europe, California and the Asia Pacific region.
He was educated at the Sorbonne (Licence ès Lettres), at the Catholic University of Paris (EPP), then at the Harvard Business School (ITP). He worked in Africa (MIFERMA, Mauritania), at the University of California (IIR, Berkeley), in New York (for IBM), and then in Tokyo for 5 years.
Emeritus Professor Robert Pho is the founding Chief of the Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is the Father of Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery in Singapore, and continues to push the frontiers for these disciplines. Prof Pho is actively involved in training at all levels: from medical students to post-graduates, and has inspired and influenced generations of doctors and surgeons. He even serves as a mentor to many consultant surgeons, sharing his vast experience and know-how.
His current clinical practice still includes complex surgeries like musculoskeletal oncology congenital hand surgery and orthopaedic reconstructive surgery. World-renowned for his surgery and research, Prof Pho is a sought-after speaker at international meetings. For his immense contributions to teaching, research and clinical medicine, Professor Pho was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the National University of Singapore, the first surgeon in Singapore to receive this honour. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Healthcare Group in 2004 for his clinical work.
Professor Dr Wolfgang Schuster studied law, obtained a doctorate in civil law and pursued post-graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. Important stages of his career took him to Schwäbisch Gmünd in 1986, where he was Mayor for seven years, and subsequently to Stuttgart, where he was Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education and Sport for four years up to the beginning of 1997 and thereafter Mayor for 16 years.
Wolfgang Schuster has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since 2013. Among other offices he holds, he is Chairman of the European Foundation for Education, Honorary President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in Brussels and Honorary Vice President of the global network United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Barcelona.
Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.
He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.
Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.
He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.