Mr. Andrew Yap
Managing Director

Mr. Andrew Yap is the Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Singapore-based YTC Group, a conglomerate with several business groups which include hotels and properties, agriculture and industrial chemicals, wholesale and retail coffee, film and media. Andrew is also the Managing Director of European Trade Centre based in the European Union.

Andrew has a double degree in Engineering Physics (summa cum laude) and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (cum laude) from the University of the Pacific, USA. He is a member of prestigious engineering societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Phi. Andrew also read International Business Law and Finance at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He serves as a Board member of the Singapore Hotel Association. He also served as a Board member of the Media Development Authority (MDA) (2004-2005).


Dr. Jeff Obbard, PhD
Technical Director

Dr Jeff Obbard has a PhD in Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology. Originally from the UK, Dr. Obbard has spent a total of 21 years in South-East Asia (in Singapore & Hong Kong), and has been a professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 1997. Whilst at NUS he has been a Director at two university research institutes, and has held a joint appointment with the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Jeff also served as the Vice President for Science & Technology at a Shell Petroleum joint venture company in the USA. He was recently recognized as a ‘Top 100′ Global Sustainability Leader, and has previously been awarded by the United Nations (UN) for his efforts to develop environmentally sustainable solutions toward the UN Millenium Development Goals.



Mr. Tan Keng Jin

Mr. Tan Keng Jin joined ISEAS in 2004 as Head, Public Affairs, managing several lectures, such as the Singapore Lecture, and the ISEAS Public Lecture series. He was also co-coordinator of the ISEAS Environment and Climate Change Programme from 2007-2011. Over the years, he has also coordinated the ISEAS’ Country Seminar Series – on New Zealand, Brunei, Penang & Johor (Malaysia) and Cambodia.

In 2004, Mr Tan returned from Wellington as Singapore’s High Commissioner in New Zealand. His experience in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended over 33 years during which he also served at the Singapore High Commission in London, and the Singapore Permanent Mission in Geneva (which he established in 1973). He was appointed as Ambassador to Egypt in Cairo in 1986; with concurrent accreditation to Yugoslavia, Pakistan and the Kingdom of Jordon. He was then appointed as High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam in 1990 before his posting to New Zealand in 2000. In between his overseas postings, Mr Tan had been the Foreign Ministry’s Director of Protocol for a total of 10 years, including his appointment as Singapore’s Chief of Protocol for 5 years.