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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.


Chan Ee Lin
Director, Wealth Planning & Risk Management

Ms Chan commenced her career at the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1988, where she was charged with foreign bank supervision and participated in drafting the first Code of Conduct for the Association of Banks in Singapore. An advocate and solicitor admitted to the Singapore Bar, she is an internationally recognised trust planner and family business governance specialist advisor to high net worth families in Asia Pacific & Middle East.

Ms Chan has held C-suite and regional roles in major international banks for almost 3 decades. Besides her expertise in trust structuring and family business succession planning, she is also well versed in strategic philanthropy, insurance solutions, business development, business management, restructuring, audit, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering and risk management.

For many years, Ee Lin has developed programmes accredited by the Institute of Banking & Finance and received top rankings as a faculty member for WMI and other educational institutes. In particular, she designs and provides Next Generation, Family Business Succession and Family Office training at international private banks, as well as Wealth Planning training at the WMI's Master of Science in Wealth Management programme and at WMI’s basic and advanced trust programmes, and at its private banking certificate and advanced diploma programmes for client advisors.

Prior to joining WMI, Ee Lin’s career has included roles such as Co-Founder of RHT Family Office, Regional Head of Wealth Planning at Coutts, CEO of Clariden Trust Company (Singapore), and Global Chief of Staff and Asia Pacific Head of International Estate Planning at ABN AMRO Private Banking.

Ee Lin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University (Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s degree in Business Administration in International Wealth Management from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business (Magna Cum Laude), and a Doctor in Jurisprudence from Singapore Management University (Magna Cum Laude). She has won various academic and business excellence awards and is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She has been internationally featured in the CityWealth PowerWomen International Financial Centre Top 200 global list for the past 4 consecutive years. Married with one son, she has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Geneva, Jersey, Luxembourg and Singapore.


Christopher Lim
Director, Operations & Development

Chris brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in investment management and education sectors. From 1990 to 2004, Chris was a Director (Strategic Development, Global) with Temasek Holdings. He covered a wide range of industries and markets, including investments, restructuring and divestment of various investment portfolio in sectors including infrastructure projects, transport and logistics, banking and finance, manufacturing, internet and services, as well as Private Equity funds. He joined Nanyang Polytechnic in 2006 and was responsible for the Academic Programmes, Strategic Developments and new programmes of the Business School. He was instrumental in setting up the first Specialist Diploma in Fund Management and Administration for the Fund Management sector with MAS and IBF with close partnership with the global financial institutions and major asset management players.

Prior to joining WMI, Chris was the Managing Director (MD) of Singapore Institute of Power and Gas (“SIPG”), the training academy of Singapore Power Group (“SP Group”) for the Power and Gas sector for Singapore and was part of the senior management team of the SP Group. As MD of SIPG, Chris provided leadership to the training institute in addressing the engineering and technical training needs of the Power, Gas and Energy industry in Singapore. He set up the SIPG Advisory Council, consisting of CEOs of all key power companies and CEs of Energy Market Authority and Workforce Development Agency, to provide strategic policy direction for manpower resource needs for the sector. Chris also set up the SIPG Industry Technical Committee comprising industry’s Chief Engineers to develop engineering and technical training standards.

Chris graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (“IMAS”).


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.

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