Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of The HEAD Foundation was established to provide guidance and expert advice to the Board of Directors to help the Foundation achieve its objectives.

Emeritus President Dr Cham Tao Soon


Emeritus President Dr Cham Tao Soon has served on many government bodies, including the Singapore Science Council, National University of Singapore Council, Jurong Town Corporation and Land Transport Authority. He was a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers from 2004 to 2010.

Professor Cham was the founding President of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) until 2002. From 2005 to 2014, he was Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SIM University. Prior to this, he was Dean of Engineering at the National University of Singapore from 1978 to 1983.

Professor Cham has also served on many boards of organisations, including Keppel Corporation, Wearnes, United Overseas Bank and Singapore Press Holdings. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1986 and the Distinguished Service Order in 2003, is a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, France, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Engineering, Singapore.

He served as Chairman of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2010, and chaired its Advisory Council from 2010 to 2018. He has also served on the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation Council since 2003.

Professor Henri-Claude de Bettignies


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. 

Professor de Bettignes 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 2020, with a joint appointment at Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), he shared his time almost 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 five years. Many of Professor de Bettignies’ contributions have been published in his nine books, as well as in more than 50 articles in leading business and professional journals. 

Emeritus Professor Robert Pho

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. Professor 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 also serves as a mentor to many consultant surgeons.

Professor Pho’s current clinical practice still includes complex surgeries such as musculoskeletal oncology congenital hand surgery and orthopaedic reconstructive surgery. World-renowned for his surgery and research, Professor 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

Prof Dr Wolfgang Schuster was Mayor of Stuttgart, Germany from 1997 to 2013. Prior to this, he was a member of the Reflection Group on Europe 2030, Vice-President of the World Association of United Cities and Local Government, and member of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities. For 8 years, he was a member of the National Council of Sustainable Development in Germany.

As President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Prof Schuster founded the European Foundation for Education, which aims to strengthen the links between education and employment to improve youth employability, increase companies’ competitiveness and bolster regional economic development.

Today, Prof Schuster is the Chairman of the Council for Local Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG and Managing Director of the Institute of Sustainable City Development.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

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.