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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.

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.

Jacques Then
Director, Programme Development

Jacques is the Director of Programme Development at WMI. He oversees the development of Certified Private Banker (CPB) Programmes, working in close partnership with faculty members and senior practitioners from the private banking industry. In addition to programme development, Jacques is also responsible for developing corporate relationships, and supporting the CEO in faculty affairs. He concurrently holds the appointment as WMI Lead Assessor Coach for IBF accredited programmes. Jacques joined WMI in December 2017 and led the successful accreditation and roll out of the CPB Programmes.

Jacques has more than 20 years’ experience in various banks, holding leadership roles in sales & distribution and Learning & Development functions. Most recently, Jacques was the Retail and Wealth Academy Head at ANZ Singapore. His achievements include the successful IBF accreditation of in-house courses, vast improvements in returns on learning investment, and winning the Human Resource Excellence Awards for Learning and Development in 2015 & 2016.

As a practitioner of lifelong learning, Jacques believes that everyone deserves a learning roadmap. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Merit) from National University of Singapore, a Diploma in Investment from Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore and an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment from Institute for Adult Learning Singapore.​

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