- Dr Mark Ahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of RXi Pharmaceutical Corporation
- Lucy Anderson, Director, Asia, WINEHERO
- Allen Bolaffi (deceased), President of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce Inc
- Alexandrea Cannon, Chair, Credit Union SA
- Dr Kia Ngee Chew, PhD Business and Management
- Elizabeth Clare, Executive Director of the Mary Potter Foundation
- Dr Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka
- Theressa Hines, Global Director for Environment, Health & Safety, Electrolux Home Products Australia
- Alfonzo ‘Alf’ Ianniello, CEO, The Detmold Group
- Jane Kittel, General Manager of Customer Experience and Customer Contact Centres
- Steven Marshall, South Australian State Opposition Leader
- Dr Charles Ong, Founder and Director, Organizational Intervention at Caryl Lynch Pte Ltd, Singapore
- Dr Ken Pereira, Founder and Director, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, Malaysia
- Dr Chitra Rajaram, Senior Vice President Vasantham Channel, Mediacorp Pty Ltd
- Philip Sims, Chief Executive Officer of South Australian based Robert Menz Manufacturing Pty Ltd
- Dr Mary K C Tan, International Alliances & Development, Land Transport Authority, Singapore
Dr Mark Ahn
President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director,
PhD Business Administration
Mark J Ahn, PhD. is President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of
Galena Biopharma in Oregon, USA, and Professor (adjunct), Biosciences, Creighton University.
Prior to Galena, Dr Ahn was Principal at Pukana Partners Ltd. that provides strategic consulting to life science companies and served as Chair, Science and Technology Management at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Ahn was also founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Hana Biosciences. He also served as Vice President, Hematology and corporate officer at Genentech Inc., as well as holding positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He served in the US Army.
Dr Ahn also serves on public and venture capital-backed Board of Directors for Access Pharmaceuticals, Immusoft, Mesynthes, and Scribes STAT. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and books including Making the Case for Biotechnology.
Dr Ahn received a BA and MBA from Chaminade University and an MA from Victoria University. He was a graduate fellow in Economics at Essex University and obtained a PhD from the University of South Australia. Dr Ahn is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Director, Asia, WINEHERO
Graduate Diploma in Marketing, University of South Australia, 2005
Bachelor of Industrial Design, University of South Australia, 1999
Lucy Anderson has employed her skills and experience in industrial design and wine marketing to start her Hong Kong-based business, WINEHERO Asia, advising wineries on strategic planning and brand development.
WINEHERO is a strategy and brand consultancy founded in January 2011 with offices in Adelaide and Hong Kong. Lucy established the Hong Kong-based arm WINEHERO Asia in July 2012. Her primary responsibilities are working with
wineries on strategic planning and brand development, aiming to improve their distribution, performance and recognition in the market place.
Lucy originally studied architecture and then went on to complete two degrees at University of South Australia — an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design followed by a postgraduate diploma in Marketing.
In her early career as an industrial designer Lucy became closely involved in marketing while working on new product design and development projects.
In 2005 Lucy joined Wine Australia as a Marketing Officer, advancing to Director, Marketing and Communications. In July 2010 she was promoted to the role of Director Asia and relocated to Hong Kong.
During her time at Wine Australia she developed the wine sector's websites, established Wine Australia's social media networks, developed a global wine education program in seven languages and launched the A+ Australian Wine School across Asia. She established and launched the Wine Australia and A+ Australian Wine brands internationally and developed and implemented plans in China that saw the value of Australian wine exports almost double over a two year period.
Lucy was invited to join the South Australian Wine Industry Council in September 2010 and has regularly delivered presentations about Australian wine in Asia.
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(Allen Bolaffi passed away in Adelaide on 1 June 2014)
Managing Partner, UHY Haines Norton, Chartered Accountants
Bachelor of Arts (Accountancy)
Allen Bolaffi was the founding President of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce Inc. in South Australia, known for its influential policy debates and business networking events. This organisation has been responsible for the substantial increase in trade between Australia and Israel over the last 40 years. Apart from the trade activity, it runs the very best business networking events across Australia, featuring the highest business leaders as keynote speakers. The organisation has been involved in policy debates on major
reforms within Australia and often takes a leadership role in education,
agriculture and industry development.
Allen was Managing Partner of UHY Haines Norton, Chartered Accountants. His two areas of professional activity were his public and private company directorships and his role in advising local and state governments in the area of risk management, governance, audit, economy and efficiency and effective decision-making. His numerous appointments in audit committees in the public sector bear testimony to his knowledge and skills in this area.
He was an author in the area of governance and audit matters and has prepared a number of papers and delivered lectures in this area around Australia.
Allen served on the boards of directors of Drake Supermarkets Pty Ltd, John Shearer Holdings Limited (ASX code SHR), Arrowcrest Group Pty Ltd and Southern Adelaide Fleurieu Kangaroo Island Medicare Local Limited. He was the founding Chairman and benefactor of the Adelaide Jewish Museum.
All of these achievements would not have been possible without the great grounding that was offered at the University of South Australia and its predecessor institutions. Education and availability of opportunity for young people were passions of Allen's and he was a foundation mentor of the UniSA Business Career Mentor program
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Chair, Credit Union SA
MBA, Bachelor of Business
Alexandrea Cannon is Chair of Credit Union SA, a member-owned financial institution worth over $800m. It was the product of a merger between two smaller credit unions which she led in 2009.
She is an MBA and Bachelor of Business graduate of the University of South Australia, and her business career stretches over 25 years; including previous senior executive positions at Simpson (now Electrolux), Lion Nathan and
Coca-Cola Amatil. Currently she has a focus on non-executive director roles.
Since 2000 she has also been Managing Director of Bizbuild, her own boutique business consultancy. Alexandrea's time in the Simpson cooking products division has given her a unique management style – when joining a new business at executive level, she learns about its operations by spending several weeks with staff (sometimes even on the factory floor), before setting foot in her office.
Her career is also notable for her role in negotiating the first ever enterprise agreement in an Australian arts organisation, at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 1991.
On top of her main roles, Alexandrea is a Director and the state Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, State Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of the Leaders Institute of SA, and a governing member of the 2013 BreastScreen SA Review Steering Committee organised by the State Government.
Previously, Alexandrea was a Trustee of the South Australian Country Arts Trust, a member of the DECS Voices of Women Board and State President of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). She continues as a Fellow of the AHRI and remains the only South Australian to be awarded its National Business Medal.
She has also stayed actively involved in academia, working as a tutor and visiting lecturer at UniSA and Griffith University, and formerly serving as a TAFE College Council Vice President.
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Dr Kia Ngee Chew
Chairman of AusGroup Ltd
PhD Business and Management
Dr Chew is the Patron of the University of South Australia's Singapore Alumni Chapter and one of our first offshore PhD graduates. He has had a distinguished in accounting and business.
He was a partner of Coopers and Lybrand Singapore from 1978 and was appointed Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of the firm in 1996. Following the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers and Lybrand on 1 July 1999, Dr Chew was appointed Deputy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore
and stepped down in 2004. He retired from the firm in 2005.
Dr Chew is Chairman of AusGroup Ltd, a company listed on the main board in Singapore. He is also a director of Dimension Data Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Haw Paw Corporation Ltd. and sits on the board of the Singapore
He has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Malaya, a Master of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Business and Management from the University of South Australia.
Dr Chew is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore and was chairman of its auditing and assurance committee and a member of the professional development committee for many years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Director, Clare Communication
Graduate Certificate in Management
Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations)
Elizabeth Clare is currently a Director at Clare Communication and consults
widely in the not for profit sector. She is passionate about helping businesses improve their bottom line. She draws on her extensive business experience to advise on leadership, strategic development and relationship building.
Elizabeth Clare's career burgeoned in 1993 when she undertook the vital role of marketing new homes in Darwin's first retirement village for Masonic Homes.
Her outstanding success and ongoing involvement in the design and construction of retirement housing, serviced apartments and aged care facilities across Adelaide and the Northern Territory ensured her rapid promotion within the company. As General Manager Property she was responsible for the management of a $90m property portfolio.
In 2005 Elizabeth accepted the role of Executive Director of the Mary Potter Foundation which she led through an exciting period of expansion which saw her raising over $1m annually to support the Mary Potter Hospice. During her four year tenure Elizabeth created new partnerships between the Foundation and corporate and private philanthropists and increased educational opportunities for doctors and nursing staff in the field of
Elizabeth holds postgraduate qualifications in communications, public relations and management from the University of South Australia. She has been a guest lecturer in public relations to undergraduate students at the University of South Australia.
Elizabeth is currently an active board member of the Bedford Group where she chairs the Property Sub Committee. She was formerly a board member at Uniting Care Wesley Bowden and has recently joined the board of RSL Care. She is also currently Vice President of the Rotary Club of Adelaide.
In 2003 Elizabeth was a South Australian winner in the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards which recognized her achievements and success as a businesswoman and in 2004 she was named a Woman of Achievement by Zonta International.
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Dr Nalaka Godahewa
Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission
of Sri Lanka
PhD in Business and Management (Marketing)
Dr Nalaka Godahewa is a capital market regulator from Sri Lanka, who became Chairman of its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2012.
He completed a PhD in Business and Management (Marketing) at the University of South Australia in 2007. He is also a qualified engineer and holds an MBA.
In Dr Godahewa's first few months in charge, the SEC launched its four-year 'Capital Market Development Road Map', a package of initiatives to boost Sri Lanka's capital market. Dr Godahewa joined the SEC after two years' service as Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism, where he oversaw development of its Tourism Development Strategy 2011-2016 and marketing campaign. Before that, he was CEO of the market-leading Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation. Dr Godahewa says his PhD has had "a significant influence" on his high-profile career.
"The research-oriented analytical mind one develops through a PhD research program becomes quite handy at work, differentiating yourself and delivering results," he says.
"In addition to my own personal skill development, it brought a lot of respect and recognition, which was particularly helpful once I shifted to public administration."
"I also make use of my PhD experience with UniSA to contribute more effectively at several Sri Lankan Universities where I deliver visiting lectures."
Dr Godahewa discovered the specialised PhD course, designed for working professionals, while in Singapore – and he is glad he decided to enrol.
"I found the program so inspiring with a very committed faculty from UniSA... it was indeed one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life," he says.
"It was a very high-quality program where there was no room for mediocrity."
Alongside his main executive roles, Dr Godahewa has served on the boards of Sri Lanka's Urban Development Authority, Lanka Hospitals, Seylan Bank, Colombo Land & Development, Sri Lanka Handicrafts, and Divasa Finance. He is also a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing and the UK Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, and has current engagements as a visiting lecturer and PhD supervisor.
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Managing Director Employer Global Solutions, Australia
Bachelor of Management (Labour Relations)
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management
Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations)
A lecturer in the final year of her management course at the University of South Australia advised Theressa Hines to continue studying towards a career in occupational health and safety (OHS) and she hasn't looked back since.
She is managing director of EGSGlobal, an occupational health and safety and human resources consultancy firm focusing on supporting organisations achieve best practice performance and business excellence.
Theressa was awarded the Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year Award 2011 for her work in Human Resources and Work Health and Safety.
She began her career working for consumer goods company, Goodman and Fielder, in far north Queensland with responsibilities including training, occupational health and safety and rehabilitation. In 2000 she worked at the Olympic Dam Mine at Roxby Downs in South Australia, then owned by Western Mining Corporation. She was responsible for industrial relations and in her four years with the company she helped to significantly reduce labour turnover.
Theressa worked at Electrolux from 2005 to 2011, first as Asia Pacific Manager Human Resources. In 2010 she took on the role of Global Director for Environment, Health and Safety, giving her responsibility for the safety of 45,000 employees at 32 manufacturing plants around the world. In that time she has driven a 30 per cent reduction in injuries across the organisation.
Theressa's other interests include membership of the SA Occupational Health and Safety Board for the Australian Industry Group and she also sits on the State Government's Industrial Advisory Committee.
Alfonzo 'Alf' Ianniello
CEO, The Detmold Group
Graduate Certificate in Management
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering)
Alf Ianniello leads one of Australia's most well-established global manufacturing businesses, the Detmold Group. He graduated from UniSA in 1994 with a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering and again in 2001 with a Graduate
Certificate in Business Administration.
The Detmold Group manufactures paper packaging products in Australia, Asia
and South Africa, and sells them through a network based in 22 cities around
Alf was appointed CEO in 2007, taking responsibility for Detmold's 2,500 employees and $400m revenue target. His career began as a defence systems engineer in 1995, first with Phoenix Bio-Systems and then with British Aerospace, where he stayed until 1999.
In 1999 Alf travelled to the USA and began an eight-year association with automotive components manufacturer Schefenacker. He worked his way up from Customer Engineer and Branch Manager roles to become Engineering Director in 2001, Vice President of Global Engineering in 2004, and eventually Managing Director of the company's Australian division in 2006.
As Managing Director, Alf oversaw Schefenacker's factories in SA and NSW, producing parts for Australian, American and Japanese vehicle manufacturers and sister companies in Europe and the USA. He was then recruited straight into the role of CEO at Detmold in 2007.
Alf also has a commendable history of community service; he has organised volunteer charity bike rides for Canteen and MIND, raising over $200,000 across both events, alongside more regular contributions to the Service Youth Council and Adelaide's Hutt Street homeless support facility.
General Manager of Customer Experience
and Customer Contact Centres
Bachelor of Management
Her role covers Westpac's operations across Australia, including the Bank of Melbourne, St George Bank, and BankSA.
Jane commenced the role in 2014 after four years' service as CEO and Managing Director of BankSA.
She began her career in the financial services industry in 1986 with AMP before joining Westpac in 1995, and cycling through a range of leadership positions.
In 1998 she completed a Bachelor of Management in Employee Relations at the University of South Australia.
Over several years at Westpac, Jane worked her way through the ranks to become General Manager of Pacific Banking, with responsibility for its operations in seven countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Samoa – before moving to BankSA.
Jane currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Catherine House and BusinessSA, and as Chair of the MBA Advisory Board at the University of South Australia. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Business Development Advisory Panel at St Vincent DePaul Society.
She has previously served as a Director on the Boards of Cash Services Australia, Westpac Bank-PNG-Limited, Westpac Bank of Tonga and Westpac Bank Samoa Limited.
Jane was born and raised in Port Augusta, South Australia and completed her schooling at Caritas College. She enjoys all sports and likes to keep fit through running and regular gym sessions. Jane also likes to travel, loves spending time with her family, and relaxing by watching movies or reading books.
South Australian State Opposition Leader
Bachelor of Business
Steven Marshall is the leader of the SA State Liberal Party, currently in opposition.
He has served as the Member for Norwood since the 2010 election and became Opposition Leader in February 2013, after a short spell as deputy leader. He is also Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, the Arts, State Development and Veterans' Affairs.
Mr Marshall graduated from University of South Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor
of Business and began to forge an executive career.
In 1997 he became Managing Director of Marshall Furniture, the family manufacturing firm started by his father in the 1970s. The company won a prize in the 2001 national Employer of the Year awards for its policy of hiring disabled staff, while Mr Marshall himself was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to the Disability Sector. He sold the business in 2001 to German company Steinhoff International which kept him on as a member of its Asia-Pacific Board.
After a few years with Steinhoff, Mr Marshall left to take a string of executive positions with South Australian companies, including Jeffries, Michell, and Strategic Data Management. Alongside these roles Mr Marshall served as Chairman of Family Business Australia (SA Division) for a year, and spent five years on the Board of scosa (Spastic Centres of South Australia Inc), for which he is now an ambassador. He was also the Founding Chairman of Compost for Soils – an organisation which promotes markets for recycled products, and has since grown into a national program.
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Dr Charles Ong
Founder and Director, Organizational Intervention at
Caryl Lynch Pte Ltd, Singapore
PhD Business and Management
Graduate Diploma in Management Research
Singapore-based management consultant, Dr Charles Ong, has realised many goals, including establishing his own management consultancy, Caryl Lynch, and making the 5,364-metre climb on an exclusive expedition to the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas.
Armed with a tertiary qualification, Charles began his working career in the
mid 1990s, unsure which professional direction to follow.
Charles realised his dream of establishing his own business and in 2003 he founded Caryl Lynch, a consulting firm that specialises in deploying management systems, training and support.
Between 2005 and 2011 Charles pursued two postgraduate degrees via distance learning: a Masters in Organisational Leadership at Monash University and a PhD in Business and Management at UniSA, at the same time juggling family and work commitments.
"The past thirteen years of consulting and training experience has been enriching for me, as my profession allows me to be exposed to a wide array of industry sectors covering government agencies, trading, manufacturing, construction, engineering, marine-related services, automation, distribution and service industries."
"Having completed my PhD in 2011, which I considered to be a challenge, both mentally and intellectually, I told myself that I should make an attempt to challenge the physical aspect and in the process of it become more of a well-rounded person."
From a very young age Charles was attracted to the grandeur of high mountains, especially the mystical qualities of the Himalaya region, so the decision to attempt the climb to Everest Base Camp was a natural choice.
In July 2012 two of his longstanding consultancy clients stepped forward as trekking buddies to help him train locally for the expedition twice a week.
Charles made the ascent to the South Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal in eight days, arriving on 23rd October 2012, undeterred by a bout of high altitude sickness the day before.
Charles' other motive for his climb to Everest Base Camp was to identify suitable intervention programs for young children of the Himalaya region. And he hopes to organise future group expeditions, possibly with fellow UniSA alumni, to deliver such programs.
Dr Ken Pereira
Founder and Director, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, Malaysia
Doctorate in Business Administration
For as long as he can remember Ken Pereira wanted to be an engineer. His interest in the oil industry was sparked by listening to the adventures of his
flatmate while studying for his engineering degree at the University of Bath
Ken began his career as a Field Service Engineer at Schlumberger and spent the next eight years working for the company in several countries in North Africa
and Europe, learning about the industry from the ground up.
He understood the technical side of the industry but wanted to know how to put together enough capital to set-up an oil company and this question was to become the seed of his doctoral thesis many years later.
In the meantime Ken completed an MBA researching the oil service environment in Malaysia and that thesis catalysed the founding and growth of a company called Sapura Energy which later became SapuraCrest Petroleum. He spent ten years there as the Chief Operating Officer, watching the company grow to become one of Malaysia's largest oil service companies. He was Managing Director at Interlink Petroleum Ltd from 2009 until 2011.
Ken's goal was always to answer the big question of financing and establishing an oil company, so he decided to research it in a structured way by pursuing a doctorate at the University of South Australia's International Graduate School of Business.
Ken's doctoral thesis focused on start-up, survival and growth strategies for small oil and gas exploration and production companies, and this motivated him to start Hibiscus Petroleum in 2011, the first independent oil company listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
Ken is keen to reward the backers of his new venture by working hard on building Hibiscus Petroleum.
Dr Chitra Rajaram
Senior Vice President Vasantham Channel
Mediacorp Pty Ltd
PhD Business and Management, University of South Australia, 2000
Dr Chitra Rajaram is currently the head of Vasantham Channel, MediaCorp, where she oversees all the network programming and promotions of the predominantly Tamil language channel dedicated to Singapore's
She joined MediaCorp as Deputy Editorial Director in March 2008 and was responsible for all editorial content across all three platforms – radio, television
and print. She was also responsible for the convergence of all three platforms.
Before joining MediaCorp Dr Rajaram was Regional Managing Director of Golin Harris, an international Public Relations Agency operating in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Curiosity and a love for writing led her into working as a print journalist, then taking on the role of Lecturer/Head, Mass Media and Journalism Section, Film and Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. She was part of the pioneering team that established the first mass communication diploma program during her six-year
In 1998 Dr Rajaram became the first female editor of daily Singapore newspaper Tamil Murasu. Under her seven-year stewardship the business grew from a fledgling newspaper to a profitable enterprise, with substantial increases in circulation and advertising revenue. The paper also took on greater community orientation, with the launch of the very successful Tamil Murasu's 'Indian Family of the Year' award and later the 'Most Inspiring Tamil Teacher' award.
Dr Rajaram is very active in government and community circles in Singapore. She was heavily involved in supporting abused Indian women at the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), developing her own program which has successfully helped to change lives.
In 2004 Dr Rajaram spearheaded a community project to raise more than one million Singapore dollars to set up an education trust fund for poor Indian children.
She has been recognized in several Singaporean Community Achievement Awards and was the first woman ever to be awarded the Global Indian Achiever Award by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin in 2005. In 2009 she was honoured as one of six women achievers in their field by the Singapore Women's Weekly in the Media and Arts category.
Chief Executive Officer, Robern Menz (Manufacturing)
Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Phil is the fourth generation to work in the Sims family business, Robern Menz,
an iconic South Australian snacking products brand. He has grown up with the unique dynamics of a family in business. After completing his undergraduate degree Phil worked for 3 years with multinational personal care products firm Schwarzkopf in the roles of Account Manager (SA) and Sales Manager (NSW). In 1992 he returned from Sydney to join the family business when Robern acquired the Menz Confectionery business from Arnott's Biscuits. He commenced with this
newly merged business as Sales/Marketing Director and was promoted to the
role of Chief Executive Officer in 2001.
Robern Menz manufacture and market brands including Menz Confectionery (FruChocs, Crown Mints, Choc Honeycomb) and Robern Fruit snacking products. Menz FruChocs was acknowledged in 2005 as an official icon of South Australia by the National Trust. In 2008 Robern Menz celebrated 100 years of family business ownership by the Sims family.
Phil has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree from the University of South Australia, an MBA from Adelaide University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course. Additional responsibilities include: Chair of the South Australian Government's Business Development Council, executive member (Chair 2006 – 2009) Family Business Australia (SA Chapter), Board member Food SA and past executive member of South Australian Food and Beverage Exporters Association (Food Adelaide) and South Australian Dried Fruits Association.
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Dr Mary Kim Choo Tan
Head, International Alliances & Development, Land Transport Authority Academy, Singapore
PhD Business and Management
Dr Mary Tan is a civil engineer by profession. She has been actively involved in
the Singapore government's infrastructure planning, design and development.
Currently Dr Tan is with the Land Transport Authority Academy, a one-stop focal point for governments, organisations and professionals around the world to tap into Singapore's know-how and exchange best practices in management and development. She helps to design and conduct learning programmes,
and organizes international conferences and seminars. Dr Tan also lectures at the Singapore Polytechnic Business School and serves as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Building and Construction Authority Academy.
She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a Masters in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, a PhD in Psychology from Wyoming and a PhD in Business Management from the University of South Australia.
Besides her contribution in the civil service, Dr Tan uses her expertise wisely as a volunteer trainer at voluntary welfare organisations, educational institutions and religious organisations specializing in Financial Education and Successful Ageing.
She was conferred a High Achiever Business Alumnus by the University of South Australia in 2008 and has been interviewed by the local Singapore newspaper Today as well as the radio station Capital 95.8FM.