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Leadership Team

​​Foo Mee Har
Chief Executive Officer

Ms Foo Mee Har is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wealth Management Institute (WMI) at the Nanyang Technological University in Sing​apore.

WMI is Asia's centre of excellence for asset and wealth management education and research. Established in 2003 by GIC and Temasek to support Singapore's development as a leading international wealth management centre, WMI is now an autonomous institute of the Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU). NTU has been ranked 1st in Asia and 11th in the world by QS Rankings, and been placed 1st amongst the world’s top young universities for the past five consecutive years.

Appointed by Monetary Authority of Singapore and Institute of Banking & Finance as the lead training provider for Private Banking, WMI delivers a diverse suite of programmes from Master’s degree to executive programmes for over 6,700 finance professionals across the Asia.

Ms Foo is also a Member of Parliament for the West Coast Group Constituency (GRC) since 2011. She is the Chairman of the Estimates Committee of Singapore Parliament, as well as a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees of Education, Finance and Trade and Industry. She is a Council Member of the Singapore Business Federation, apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment and industrial relations.

Ms Foo started her career as a Management Consultant in 1990, and subsequently held various senior positions across business lines and geographies with MNCs. She joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1994, during which she held a number of senior positions across the Group spanning close to 20 years. This includes appointment as Global Head for Priority & International Banking, with overall responsibility for wealth management of affluent and international banking client segments in over 30 markets across Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to that, Ms Foo was respectively the President and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) pcl with overall responsibility for the bank’s business and operations in Thailand, including Capital Markets, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Consumer Banking; and Standard Chartered’s Country Head of Consumer Banking in China, spearheading the franchise growth across 10 cities pan China.

Ms Foo graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a major in Occupational Psychology. She has attended executive management programmes at the London Business School, Templeton College (Oxford University) and INSEAD.

She is married with 2 sons, and has lived and worked in several countries including Malaysia, Australia, China, Thailand and Singapore.

 

Lee Hock Boon
Director, Business Development

Hock Boon joined WMI in 2012 to develop a new series of IBF accredited open programmes for priority banking and to build a new consumer banking client segment for WMI. He went on to develop a licensing partnership with Siam Commercial Bank to create their Wealth Academy as well as a multi-year partnership with Bank of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the Advanced Diploma in Private Banking. In 2016, he launched WMI’s first online learning for consumer banks, insurance firms and IFAs as well as a custom High Net Worth programme for insurance and consumer banking client advisers. ​In 2017, he forged a successful partnership with UBS to develop WMI’s inaugural Risk Management AML programme for the industry and rolled out WMI’s first leadership programme for team managers at HSBC. His most recent initiative is the launch of a new Applied Wealth Management track, the first of its kind at the undergraduate level, to create job-ready wealth management talent in partnership with DBS Bank and NTU’s Nanyang Business School.

Beyond his business development role, Hock Boon oversees a number of the open and custom programmes under WMI’s Executive Education and Academic Programmes. He manages the relationships of WMI’s key clients in private banking, consumer banking and insurance.

Before joining WMI, Hock Boon spent over 16 years with various leading banks. His last role was Head of Wealth Management Singapore with ABN AMRO. That role saw him driving the bank’s transformation from a mass retail bank to a successful wealth management platform through the Van Gogh Preferred Banking value proposition. He led a team of more than 150 persons and his responsibilities included the development and implementation of strategy and policies, the management of branches and sales distribution, as well as overseeing branch operations, marketing, client acquisition and client servicing.

Hock Boon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has a Master of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Phan Ching Chong
Director, Operations and Development

Phan Ching Chong is the Director, Operations and Development at WMI. Before joining WMI, Ching Chong’s career experience covered the areas of financial services, business consulting, education and innovation management.

Most recently, Ching Chong was the Executive Director for the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), the lead organisation responsible for driving entrepreneurship and startup growth in Singapore. Prior to joining ACE, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), a regional think-tank to develop global leaders with a strong understanding of leading in Asia, as well as to build Asian leaders with the ability to lead on the global stage. Preceding HCLI, Ching Chong was with a local institute of higher learning where he led the teaching teams for Entrepreneurship Development, International Business and Marketing. He was a member of the academic senate and led the school’s research, innovation and enterprise initiatives. He also championed the use of new digital learning technologies.

In his earlier career, Ching Chong was with various financial institutions and was involved in driving new product development, strategic marketing, channel management, customer experience planning and CRM initiatives. He was also Regional Product Director (Financial Services Group) for a global technology and consulting MNC and led its pre-sales, business consulting, product management and innovation functions.

Throughout his corporate career, Ching Chong has worked on postings and projects in the United States, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Japan.

Since 2016, Ching Chong has also contributed on the Engagement and Outreach Committee of the Institute of Human Resource Professionals.

Ching Chong received a Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences degree from National University of Singapore (Economics and Psychology) and a MBA in Marketing from Leicester University. He also completed the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program at University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


Janice Poon
Director, Programme and Curriculum Development

Janice Poon joined the Wealth Management Institute as Director of Programme and Curriculum Development in June 2018, with responsibilities for developing and running programmes that also include the institute’s flagship Master of Science in Asset and Wealth Management programme. Prior to joining WMI, Janice has enjoyed a career in banking for almost 18 years during which she has worked with global organisations like Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank. She was last at Standard Chartered Bank where she had held various leadership roles including Head of Segment Proposition and Investment Advisory for Priority and International Banking in Singapore and South East Asia and Head of Wealth Management for Singapore. A passionate supporter of continuous skills and knowledge upgrading, Janice has given much of her time throughout her career to either being personally involved in training, spearheading refresher sessions as needed to being actively involved in industry level working groups and committees for matters relevant to retail banks. She sees her role at the Wealth Management Institute as a way to “give back” and contribute to life-long learning in the asset and wealth management industry.

Janice graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with double majors in Marketing (School of Commerce) and Communication Studies (School of Humanities) from Murdoch University, Western Australia.


Associate Professor Yougesh Khatri
Academic Director, Master of Science in Asset and Wealth Management

Dr Yougesh Khatri is an Associate Professor at Nanyang Business School and is the Academic Director for the MSc in Asset and Wealth Management (MAWM) offered through the Wealth Management Institute (WMI) at NTU. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Programme and the Global Economy and Finance Department of Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London.

Dr Khatri returned to full-time academia in late 2018 after 20 years in the public and private sectors, including more than a decade at the IMF and much of the past decade in financial markets.

From 2015 to early 2018, he was based in London and travelling regularly to Asia for macroeconomic and financial sector advisory work - including as a Senior International Advisor to the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Development (PROSPERA) in Jakarta and as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on various projects in Asia. He also developed and taught the International Elective (Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners) at Imperial College Business School during 2015-17, and was a guest lecturer at Cambridge’s Judge Business School in 2018.

During his time at GIC (2011-2015), Dr Khatri’s positions included Co-Head of the Economics and Capital Markets, Head of Economics, Head of New Horizons and advisor at the GIC London office. He also led macroeconomic research on Southeast Asia at Nomura Singapore Ltd during 2010-11.

Between 1998 and 2009, he was an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He spent two years at the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo (working on Japan and regional issues), and three years as an IMF Resident Representative in Jakarta.

After completing his PhD at the University of Reading (and a BSc at the London School of Economics) he held various academic positions, including at the London School of Economics, Birkbeck College and Cambridge University. He has published journal articles, book chapters and working papers in a wide range of areas.​​​​​​​​

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