Pre-Conference Workshops Speakers

Dr Joanne Yoong
Senior Economist
University of Southern California

Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics, health and financial decision making, and socioeconomic development. Dr. Yoong’s primary appointment is as Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the offices of the Center for Economic and Social Research in Singapore and Washington DC, and is a principal member of the USC Behavioral Economics Studio. Dr Yoong is also a visiting associate professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. She has previously held positions as Associate Professor of Health Systems and Behavioral Sciences at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Health System.  Dr Yoong serves on various national and international policy advisory committees, including the OECD/International Network for Financial Education Research Committee.  She has also served as Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, an APEC-funded multi-country collaboration to promote health technology assessment among member economies, Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012,  founding co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association as well as the founding organizing committee for the first Asian Workshop for Health Economics and Econometrics. Dr. Yoong’s academic research has been published in leading economics, medical and public health journals has been funded by the WHO, OECD, NIH, DFID, World Bank and USAID.  In addition to her research work, Dr Yoong is the founder of Research for Impact, a Singapore-based social enterprise dedicated to making rigorous and objective research and evaluation accessible, inclusive and transformative for populations in Asia. Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.


Asst Prof Xueling Sim
Molecular Epidemiologist
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Assisstantt Professor Sim Xueling is a molecular epidemiologist with interest in integration of omics biomarkers to improve health.


Asst Prof Rick Ong
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore

Rick is a bioinformatician who combines computer science, statistics, population genetics and genomics to develop and apply novel algorithms and software in the research and analysis for molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, tracking and control of outbreaks in infectious diseases, including monitoring of antimicrobial resistance for public health surveillance. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.


Assoc Prof Helena Legido-Quigley
Associate Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore

Helena Legido-Quigley is an associate professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and has a joint position with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has conducted research on health policy and health systems in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and currently with a focus on Southeast Asia. Specific areas of expertise include quality of health care, chronic conditions, and migrant and refugee populations. Her latest research focuses on the impact of the financial crisis and austerity measures on health and the future of the global health architecture.

Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the LancetBritish Medical Journaland PLOS Medicine. It has also been widely covered in International media including The TimesThe Economist, the Financial Timesand the Huffington Post.


Conference Speakers

Assoc Prof Chia Sin Eng

Associate Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore

Associate Prof Chia Sin Eng is an occupational physician and was Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs) (2011-2017) with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS) where he teaches both undergraduate medical students, post graduates and doctorsin the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine and Master of Public Health (Occupational Medicine) Courses.

Prof Chia and has beenan occupational health consultant to many workplaces in Singapore. Internationally, he has served as WHO temporary and expert adviser and consultant on occupational health to many countries.

His present main research interest is in integration of workplace safety and health.

He has been seconded to Workplace Safety and Health Council as a senior consultant with the Total WSH and Return to Work branch since February 2018. He still has his appointment with the National University of Singapore and continue to be engaged in teaching and other duties at NUS.

Dr Martin Chio

Senior Consultant
National Skin Centre Singapore

Dr Martin Chio received his undergraduate training in medicine from the University of Bristol, UK and his basic speciality training in Internal Medicine in Singapore. He subsequently completed his advanced speciality training in Dermato-venereology at the National Skin Centre. He was awarded a National Medical Research Council medical research fellowship as part of his HMDP to pursue a Masters at University College London & the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) & the Academy of Medicine Singapore & was most recently the Chair, Chapter of Dermatologists. He is currently a Senior Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre & Head of the DSC clinic. He is an avid medical education & has been appointed Adj Assoc Professor with both the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health & Duke-NUS Medical School, Adj Assistant Professor with the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine & a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine - he has been awarded the YLLSOM Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence twice. For his active volunteer work as a visiting dermatologist at both the Dover Park Hospice & the Villa Francis home for the aged, he was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2012.

Mr Andrew John da Roza

Addictions Psychotherapist
Promises Healthcare Pte. Ltd. 

Andrew da Roza is a qualified addictions psychotherapist at a private psychiatric clinic, Promises Healthcare Pte. Ltd. 

He holds a Master degree in counseling from Monash University in Australia, and a Master of Science degree in Addictions Science from King's College, London; Virginia Commonwealth University, and Adelaide University.     

He is also certified as a: substance abuse and alcohol therapist; sex addiction therapist; and solution focused brief therapist, master practitioner.

Andrew is: Chairman of We Care Community Services Pte. Ltd., a non-denominational charity devoted to addictions after care; a member of the National Council of Social Service, Services Committee, and NCSS Mental Health Advisor; a Board member of the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association; and a member of the Singapore Community Chest Executive Committee.   

Andrew practised as an English and Hong Kong qualified lawyer, both as in-house and as outside council, for 25 years; with a BA in law from Kent University, and a Master in law from King's College, London. He also has an Executive MBA, jointly from Kellogg, Northwestern University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. 

Ms Yvette van der Eijk

Senior Research Fellow
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore

Yvette van der Eijk is a Senior Research Fellow in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, specializing in tobacco control research.

Ms Dian Karnina
Psychologist/ Manager
Apex Harmony Lodge

Dian is a Psychologist/ Manager at Apex Harmony Lodge (, the first-purpose built home for people with dementia in Singapore. In her role, she empowers individuals across the spectrum of the condition to live well, and advocates for the active involvement of various members of the community to create a dementia-friendly, respectful, and inclusive society. Currently, she drives the Therapy Through Work Program for People with Young Onset and Early Stage Dementia (TTW YES), creating opportunities for people with dementia to lead purposeful and meaningful lives through therapeutic employment and social interaction.

Mr Goh Theng Kiat
Chief Customer Officer
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Limited

Goh Theng Kiat is the Chief Customer Officer of Prudential Singapore. In his role, Theng Kiat champions customer-centricity across the organisation and is responsible for the delivery of a differentiated proposition and experience to our customers in both the retail and enterprise segments. He oversees Prudential Singapore’s customer strategy and initiatives, marketing, events and data analytics.

Theng Kiat brings with him more than 20 years of marketing and business management experience across different industries, from FMCG to financial services.

Prior to joining Prudential Singapore in August 2018, he was Chief Marketing Officer at the consumer arm of OCBC Bank Singapore, where he helped build its brand, product, customer segments and digital marketing practice. He has also held a number of regional and global responsibilities in marketing and innovation.

Theng Kiat holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Dr Daphne Khoo

Deputy Director of Medical Services, Healthcare Performance Group
Executive Director, Agency of Care Effectiveness
Ministry of Health, Singapore

Dr. Daphne Khoo is the Deputy Director of Medical Services (Healthcare Performance Group) and concurrently, Executive Director of the Agency of Care Effectiveness (ACE), Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH). The mission of ACE is to drive appropriate care in Singapore through the application of Health Technology Assessment. 

Dr. Khoo is an endocrinologist by training and was previously Head of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). From 2004 to 2011, she was the Director of Clinical Governance and Quality Management of the SingHealth cluster and also served as their Director of Enterprise Risk. She is a past-President of the Association of Women Doctors, Singapore as well as the Association of South East Asian Nations Federation of Endocrine Societies.

From 2011 to 2014, she worked in the private sector as a Chief Medical Officer managing healthcare facilities in 11 countries.

Prof Gerald Koh

Co-lead (Future Primary Care)
Clinical Director (Future Primary Care)
MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation

Gerald joined the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in July 2018. His area of focus in MOHT is the transformation of primary care using tele-health, novel diagnostic tools and new models of care as enablers. He works with stakeholders from public polyclinics and private general practitioners to ensure that potential solutions that empower patients and providers to improve quality of care can be rapidly prototyped and tested.

He is also currently a Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and holds a concurrent appointment as Joint Associate Professor, Dean's Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). A family physician by training, he obtained his Masters in Medicine (Family Medicine) (NUS) in 2000, Fellowship in Family Medicine (College of Family Physicians Singapore) in 2003 and PhD in Family Medicine from Western University (Canada) in 2012. Prior to joining MOHT, he was Leader of the Health Systems and Behavioural Sciences Domain in SSHSPH and received the NUS Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. He is currently Principal Investigator of the NUHS Diabetes, Tuberculosis and Neuroscience Research Centre’s Telehealth Research Core and NUHS Singapore Population Health Research Centre’s (SPHERIC) Implementation Science Core.

His research interests include tele-health in primary care, post-stroke rehabilitation and community geriatrics, health services research and medical education through community service.

Prof Ecosse Lamoureux

Health Services Systems Research Department
Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux is a fulltime tenured Professor with the Health Services Systems Research Department at Duke-NUS Medical School;  Senior Principal Clinician Scientist with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI);  Professor with the Ophthalmology Dept. NUS; and a Professorial Fellow (Adjunct) with the University of Melbourne. His research programme is focused on the epidemiology; prevention; treatment; adherence to disease management; & clinical outcomes for people with ocular conditions, in particular diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and glaucoma.

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux is also Director of the Population Research Platform with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI). His clinical research program is focused on the epidemiology of eye diseases; prevention, treatment, compliance to disease management, and patient-centered outcomes for people with diabetes, diabetes complications; and ocular conditions.

Dr Ecosse Lamoureux’s research achievements include the development and implementation of several randomised control trials; large population-based epidemiology studies; prevention and treatment of ocular conditions and vision impairment; adherence to management of eye diseases; and patient-centred outcomes in Australia, Singapore, and elsewhere. To date, his research activities have attracted over SG$20 million in competitive grant funding. He has over 360+ publications in the top 5% of the international journals in various disciplines (i.e. ophthalmology, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases).

Dr Lee Hock Siang

Senior Consultant
OSH Specialist Department, Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower

Dr Lee Hock Siang is a Senior Consultant with the Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower, where he has practiced occupational medicine for more than 35 years. He also contributes his expertise as a Visiting Consultant to the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic, Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital and as an Adjunct Associate Professor to the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.

Dr Jeremy Lim

Oliver Wyman, Singapore

Dr Jeremy Lim has a number of different roles including in management consulting, academia and not-for-profit organizations. He trained in surgery and public health and held senior roles in both the Singapore public sector and private sector regionally before becoming the founding partner in global consultancy Oliver Wyman's healthcare practice. His academic and commercial work focuses on healthcare financing and system design to improve health system performance and scaling up of innovations in healthcare. 

He has advised multiple insurers, healthcare groups as well as governments and international organizations. 

Dr Lim is also an Assoc Professor in the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and also chair of the medical committees for Dover Park Hospice and HealthServe (largest migrant worker health charity in Singapore). He is on the advisory boards of the Center for Health Informatics (NUS) and the Institute of Service Excellence (SMU). 

Finally, Dr Lim is a senior fellow of the Atlantic Institute based in Oxford, UK and authored a well-received book "Myth or Magic- The Singapore Healthcare System" on the Singapore model and the lessons, both positive and negative, other countries can draw from it.

Assoc Prof Lim Poh Lian

Senior Consultant
National Centre for Infectious Diseases
Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic

Associate Professor Lim Poh Lian is a Senior Consultant at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, and Head of the Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic (THVC) since 2006.  She is currently Director of the High Level Isolation at NCID, Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Health (MOH), and served as Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at TTSH from 2012 to 2016. 

Prof Lim has been active in WHO, UN and MOH high level committees for outbreaks, and currently chairs WHO’s Health Security Interface advisory group for biothreat preparedness. She is involved in MOH and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Expert Committees on Immunization, and the International Council on Adult Immunizations organized by Johns Hopkins.

Prof Lim received her undergraduate, medical, and public health degrees at Harvard, Columbia, and Tulane.  She holds academic appointments at LKC and NUS Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and also chairs national committees on ID specialist training, and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr Robin Low Chin Howe

Medical Director (Clinical Services)
Singapore Aeromedical Centre

Dr Robin Low Chin Howe is a specialist in both Aviation Medicine and Occupational Medicine.  After graduating from NUS Medical School, he joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force as an Aviation Medical Officer.  During his 20 year career in the RSAF, he held various operational, staff and leadership appointments, including Commander of the SAF Medical Training Institute and Head of the RSAF Aeromedical Centre, before attaining the rank of Colonel and the pinnacle appointment of Chief Air Force Medical Officer (CAMO) from 2008-2013.  He joined ST Healthcare Pte Ltd in 2014, where he is currently the Medical Director of the Singapore Aeromedical Centre.  Dr Low is an Associate Lecturer in the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as well as an Inspector of Accidents for the Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.  He has special interest in the study of human factors and human error reduction.

Mrs Anita Low-Lim

Senior Director, Children & Youth Group
Impact & Research
TOUCH Community Services

Anita is a Senior Director with TOUCH Community Services, an award-winning multi-service charitable organisation in Singapore. She oversees the Children & Youth Group, and the Impact & Research team.

As a youth worker and mother of 3 teenagers, Anita believes that we can harness technology for social good and also to build strong and positive relationships in this digital age. Her focus and interest lie in the development of cutting-edge youth and family programmes through the platforms of service learning, mental health and cyber wellness. Anita is also credited with the setup of TOUCH’s Impact & Research Department in 2017, which has enabled the organisation to articulate and measure the outcome and impact of its programmes, to lend greater credence to its work and accountability to its stakeholders.

Anita is a member of the Media Literacy Council (MLC), Singapore. The MLC spearheads public education on media literacy and cyber wellness, and advises the government on appropriate policy responses to the evolving world of media, technology, and consumer participation. She also co-chairs the Youth Alliance for Mental Health, under the National Council of Social Service, Singapore.

Anita holds a Master in Social Sciences (Applied Sociology) and Bachelor of Arts Degree, both from the National University of Singapore.

Mr Terence Ng

Senior Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy Division
Health Promotion Board Singapore

Terence is the Senior Deputy Director in the Policy and Strategy Division in the Health Promotion Board Singapore. He is responsible for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of priority public health policy in the board, including food, nutrition and physical activity.

In addition, he also works on the National Healthy Population program that uses technology to help the population live healthily. 

Terence is a trained sociologist and lawyer who previously was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco doing research on home and community-based care for the elderly and disabled.


Mr Silas Sng
Co-Chairman, WSH Council (Workplace Health)
Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health
Divisional Director, Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower

Mr Silas Sng is Singapore’s Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health. He also holds the concurrent position of Divisional Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD), Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Mr Silas Sng is a Public Service Commission scholar and graduated in 1996 as a mechanical engineer from the National University of Singapore. He started his career in MOM as a factory inspector. In 2004, he obtained his Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, United States of America.

Over the course of his career, Mr Sng had assumed various leadership roles such as Director of OSH Inspectorate; Director of Work Injury Compensation and Deputy Executive Director of the Workplace Safety and Health Council. Mr Sng was also instrumental in the development of the current Workplace Safety and Health Act that was enacted in the aftermath of the 2004 Nicoll Highway Collapse. On 1 Apr 2019, Mr Sng was appointed as the Divisional Director for the Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower. He is entrusted with the honour and responsibility to lead OSHD to achieve the next level of WSH improvements for Singapore guided by the new WSH2028 strategies.


Mr. Alvin Tan
Technology Catalyst
SG Enable

Mr. Alvin Tan is a Technology Catalyst at SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. He brings his strength in technology foresight to the assistive technology (AT) domain, and seeks to infuse a fresh perspective on the acceptance and use of AT in Singapore.

He strongly believes in the potential of technology for social good, and aims to realise the potential through his role as a Technology Catalyst. Through technology, he seeks to empower persons with disabilities, enhance their capabilities, and help them be more engaged with the society.

Mr Rayner Tan Kay Jin
Ph.D. candidate of Public Health
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore

Rayner Kay Jin Tan is a Ph.D. candidate of Public Health at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. Rayner has a background in Sociology and is a sociobehavioral researcher by training. He is a recipient of the Courage Fund PhD scholarship, the Singapore Population Health Improvement Centre (SPHERiC) fellowship, and is currently the pro-tem treasurer of the Society of Behavioural Health, Singapore. His research interests revolve about the social determinants of health, stigma and discrimination, HIV/STI, and substance use.

Dr Jeannie Tey
Director Planning & Development, at the
Division for Central Health,
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

She graduated from the Medical School of the National University of Singapore, and obtained her master's degree in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Jeannie has experience in communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control policy development, as well as public health risk surveillance and assessment. Her recent activities pertain to hospital strategic planning, performance management, and population health management in central Singapore.

Dr K Vijaya

Director, Youth Preventive Services Division
Health Promotion Board

As Director of Youth Preventive Services Division of the Health Promotion Board, Singapore, Dr K Vijaya leads a team to establish public policies, chart strategic directions, develop and strengthen initiatives to advance children and youth health promotion and youth preventive health services nationally through health screening, immunisation, oral care programmes and health promotion for school children in Singapore.

She has several publicationsin peer review journals to her name.In addition, Dr Vijaya was the past Director of the Health Promotion Board’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and a member of WHO’s Alliance for Healthy Cities.  She has been invited to be Temporary Facilitator, Speaker or Chair several WHO-WPRO meetings. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)’s Official Publication, Global Health Promotion.

She was conferred The Public Admininistration Medal (Silver) Award on Singapore National Day 2016.

Mr S.B Viknesan

Senior Counsellor
National Addictions Management Service

Mr S.B Viknesan is a Senior Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service for over 16 years specialising in all the major addictions and working with addiction patients on an individual and group setting. He is a team leader for a small group of counsellors and supervises some of his colleagues in NAMS as well as masters of counselling students from various academic institutions. He has been an Associate faculty member for over 12 years with the Singapore University of Social Science in the SR NATHAN School of Human Development lecturing in addictions and group counselling in the undergraduate counselling faculty and a Guest lecturer in the Masters of Social work degree programme lecturing in both the substance and behavioural addictions module. He is also involved in teaching and supervising masters students in ECTA Swinburne University'S Counselling programme in Addictions work. He is a Board member and honorary Secretary for the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association and sits as a chairman of their subcommittee in rehabilitation and reintegration as well as clinical adviser to their clinical team. He is a council member of the National Council Against Drug Abuse . He was an ex president & current treasurer of the Association of Professional specialising in addictions counselling an american IC & RC board, certifying substance and gambling addiction counsellors in Singapore. He is an established trainer in Singapore doing training in Motivational Interviewing, group counselling, addictions and clinical supervision courses. He is a member and registered clinical supervisor for the Singapore association for counselling  &  IC&RC.

Mr Andrew Wu

Co-Founder and CEO
Mesh Bio Pte Ltd

Andrew Wu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mesh Bio, a digital health startup focused on providing analytics solutions based on computational biology and AI, for chronic disease diagnosis and management. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Clearbridge Biomedics (now known as Biolidics) where he developed innovative cancer diagnostics technology in the field of liquid biopsy. He was also Chief Product Officer of Clearbridge Health. Both companies are now listed on SGX Catalist.

Andrew holds a Bachelors and PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University College London.