UON Singapore Board of Directors
UON Singapore's Board of Directors is a team of appointed members who jointly oversee the activities put in place for the organisation. Each member plays an important role in the strategic direction and operational decisions of UON Singapore.
Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Global Engagement and Partnerships
Chair, UON Singapore
Professor Tony Travaglione is currently the interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Partnerships) at the University of Newcastle. Previous to this, Tony was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law. Since commencing in this role in March 2017, Tony has driven key initiatives to further position the Faculty of Business and Law as a quality, industry-engaged Faculty, and to sustainably deliver innovative learning and teaching opportunities.
Tony’s leadership has been instrumental to a number of key projects, including development of the EMBA and the Greater Bank Finance Lab. Tony was recently appointed on the International Advisory Board at the Institute of Management Technology in Dubai and is the past President of the Australian Business Deans Council, providing leadership to 39 Business Schools, nationwide.
Prior to his current role, Tony was the Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Curtin Business School. In this role, Professor Travaglione led a number of major projects including the establishment of Curtin’s Law School. He was also vital to the creation of the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre, an initiative recognised by the Business/Higher Education Round Table awards as the joint winner of the Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education.
Previously Professor Travaglione held several senior academic positions, including Dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Adelaide, and Head of Research at the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney. He has also held the position of Visiting Professor at Stanford University where he taught MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Professor Caroline Chan
Pro Vice-chancellor and CEO
Professor Caroline Chan is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of UON Singapore, a wholly owned entity of the University of Newcastle Australia.
Professor Chan has extensive experience in international education and global education partnerships, with deep knowledge of Singapore, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. She has worked with universities worldwide to develop joint programs, and with global companies and employers to develop education partnership initiatives and industry-oriented programs including global work-integrated learning and internships.
Prior to joining the University of Newcastle, Professor Chan was the Dean and Head of the School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University from 2010 to 2019. In this role she led the restructure of the School, undertook program transformation, increasing online delivery and expanding the School’s global footprint to deliver award-winning programs and innovative learning. Prior to her position at RMIT, Professor Chan also held several roles at Deakin University with responsibility for new programs development, industry engagement and international mobility. She was instrumental in the early development of online learning and was awarded the Carrick Australian Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in recognition of her innovative online learning approaches.
With a research focus on information systems and technologies and its use in eBusiness and supply chain management, Professor Chan has worked with various government and industry bodies leading national significant projects including low value parcel processing, national food composition database, and the DFAT e-commerce aid for trade fund on cyber-security for micro, small and medium businesses.
Among many honours, Professor Chan is a Fellow of Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Chair of Accreditation Committee of ACS, Skills Futures Fellow for the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC), and the past President of the Australia Council of Head and Professors of Information Systems.
Professor Chan has a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering, a Master degree in Systems Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Ms Sandra Davie
Ms Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent of The Straits Times joined the newspaper after teaching English Literature and General Paper at a junior college for a few years. As a young reporter, she covered a range of topics from health to religious cults and education, given her background. She honed her investigative journalism skills further at The Philadelphia Inquirer on a Knight Ridder fellowship. Upon her return she joined a special report team and went on to write many award winning stories on a range of issues. She was made education correspondent in 1998 and has since written extensively on education issues from pre-school to higher education. She has won several in-house awards including Feature of the Year and Story of the Year for her education stories.
Sandra shares her expertise with educators and parents through university boards, school talks and informal meet-up sessions. She fields parents' queries through the regular Ask Sandra columns, produces video clips to explain schemes and help parents make informed decisions in addition to her regular opinion pieces on education.
Sandra has a BA from the National University of Singapore and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mr Bill Chua
Bill Chua has served on local and foreign boards for the past twenty years. He is currently an Independent Director on the boards of IES-INCA Pte Ltd, United Hampshire US REIT Management Pte Ltd, Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, Citibank Singapore Limited, and BoardRoom Executive Services Pte Ltd, and a Managing Partner and Director of Green Sands Equity Inc. Previously he had served on the boards of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited, Jurong International, Clearing and Payments Services Pte Ltd, DSO National Laboratories, Defence Science & Technology Agency and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, and CLS AG.
Bill retired from United Overseas Bank (UOB) as the Managing Director and Head Global Financial Institution Group in November 2014 after thirty-four years of a successful and distinguished career in the financial services sector. He was also on the boards of several affiliates and subsidiaries of UOB. Given his extensive banking experience, and engineering background, he is often called upon to provide the oversight for the Governance, Risk & Compliance functions on the boards he is on, and to advise on business and financial strategies, and issues relating to technology, operations and processes.
Bill is active in the financial, education and social communities. He chaired the sub committees on operations at the Association of Banks in Singapore, and the Singapore Foreign Exchange Markets Committee. He was a member of the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business Advisory Board, a resource member of the Parliamentary Committees for the Ministries of Finance and Trade & Industry, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence. He is currently on the Board of Governors at SAFRA National Service Association, and the honorary advisor to the Investment Committee at the Association. He is also currently a member of the Investment Committee at the Singapore University of Technology & Design. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2004, and the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2016 by the Government of Singapore.
Bill was a Colombo Plan Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Engineering Hons Class 1 from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Directors, and at the Institution of Engineers, Singapore.
Mr Jaspal Singh
Jaspal Singh started his career with the Singapore Government Administrative Service (1978-2004), serving in the Ministries of Transport, Finance and Trade & Industry and on the Boards of various statutory bodies and Government-linked corporates.
Key appointments held include Director of Budget and Deputy Secretary in the Ministries of Finance and Transport. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1998 and the Long Service medal in 2003 for 25 years of service.
This was followed by a 14-year stint in the private sector based in London as CEO, ComfortDelGro (UK & Ireland), where he led the growth of ComfortDelGro’s network of bus, coach, taxi, private hire and engineering businesses in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. For his corporate accomplishments abroad, he was voted “Outstanding Overseas Executive of the Year, 2017” at the Annual Singapore Business Awards in April 2018.
Jaspal was born into a Sikh family in 1953 in New Delhi, the 5th child of Gurbachan Singh and Amrit Kaur (refugees from Pakistan in 1947). He grew up in Kuala Lumpur prior to under-graduate studies on a Colombo Plan scholarship at the University of Newcastle, Australia (1973-77) and post-graduate studies (sponsored by the Singapore Government) at Harvard University (MPA, Kennedy School of Government, 1984-85, and AMP, Harvard Business School, Fall 2003).
Jaspal is currently Senior Advisor to SMRT Corporation Ltd and SPH Group. He sits on the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors and is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies at the LKY School of Public Policy.
Ms Chia Lee Meng
Lee Meng started her legal career in private practice after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and after being admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She was handling real estate legal work in a leading law firm in Singapore before she moved to in-house legal counsel work.
She has extensive experience in corporate matters and legal compliance across different industries. She was Vice President of the Legal & Corporate Secretarial department of the Ascott Group Limited which was then a hospitality company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. She was Counsel (Projects)/ Director, Legal & Corporate Secretariat of Singapore Power Limited and had also served as Vice President of the Administration & Governance division of SATS Ltd.
She had worked with the Pre-Professional Education Office of a Singapore restructured hospital, which office coordinates education programmes relating to the clinical training of medical, nursing, allied health and pharmacy students and she holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.