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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 Singapore. She has overall responsibility for managing and leading WMI in the provision of wealth management education, research and consulting services. She brings over 27 years of senior management experience in managing a diverse portfolio of international businesses.

Ms Foo is also a Member of the Singapore 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.

Ms Foo started her career as a Management Consultant in 1990, and subsequently held various senior positions across business lines and geographies with leading international firms. She was with Standard Chartered Bank for close to 20 years, during which she held a number of senior positions across the Group. From 2008 to 2012, she was the Global Head for Priority & International Banking, with overall responsibility for banking, financing and wealth management of affluent and international banking client segments, a business that spanned across 30 markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

From 2005 to 2008, Ms Foo was the President & 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. She was appointed Country Head of Consumer Banking in China in 2003, 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.


Benedict Leh
Director, Accreditation & Standards

Prior to WMI, Ben spent 14 years as an investment banker at Citigroup and Credit Suisse. His last role was Director, Head of Citi’s syndicate desk responsible for all local currency fixed income issuance for all Asia Pacific countries. Prior to that, Ben was with Citi’s Debt Capital Markets (DCM) origination team and the Corporate Finance team in Singapore. From 2000 to 2001, Ben was with Credit Suisse in Hong Kong as part of its Asian G3 DCM origination team.

Ben left Citi in September 2008 to pursue a career in public services. From 2009 to 2010, he was Director for Development at the National University Health System (NUHS) where he headed two IPC charities and philanthropic development projects within NUHS covering needy patients and students, medical training and research, as well as related infrastructure development. Ben also volunteers as a board member with the Children's Cancer Foundation.

Ben graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BBA (Hons.) First Class and is also a CFA Charterholder.

Associate Professor Lee Boon Keng

Academic Director, Master of Science in Asset and Wealth Management

Dr Lee Boon Keng is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Financial Education (CAFE) at the Nanyang Business School in Nanyang Technological University. He is also the Academic Director for the MSc in Asset and Wealth Management (MAWM) under the Wealth Management Institute (WMI) at NTU. He returned to the University after a 15 year stint in the financial industry to drive efforts in raising the skill level of banking and finance graduates. This is done by systematically introducing platform-based learning into the curriculum, where students are required to learn how to analyze the financial market and manage portfolios with platforms commonly used in the industry such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. Students graduating from the program are expected to be more desk-ready.

Before returning to the University in 2014, Dr Lee was Managing Director and the Head of Investment Solutions Group at Bank Julius Baer in Singapore. There, he managed a team of about 50 specialists in research, investment advisory, fund solutions, portfolio management and wealth and tax planning. He also led a team in managing a portfolio of around USD1bn. Prior to Bank Julius Baer, he was the Chief Investment Strategist in Wealth Management at UBS, Singapore. Before UBS, he was the market strategist in Global Financial Markets and Private Banking at DBS Bank in Singapore.

In 2016, Dr Lee was appointed Director of the Centre of Excellence in International Trading (CEIT) tasked with developing the talent pool for commodity trading through the International Trading Program (ITP) and conduct research in areas related to international trading.

In the same year, he was also appointed Director of the Centre for RMB Internationalization Studies (CRIS) that will focus on widening and deepening the understanding of RMB as an international exchange and reserve currency. CRIS is also tasked to structure executive workshops on issues related to China and its trade and financial linkages with the rest of the world, such as the One-Belt-One-Road initiative.

Dr Lee did his Ph.D in Economics at the New York University and his B.A. in Mathematics at Northwestern University. He joined Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor in Economics between 1993 and 2000.

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.


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