Our Driving Force
Dr. Yu Lai Boon
Dr. Yu Lai Boon was appointed to our Board on 19 May 2021. He has over 25 years of experience in sovereign wealth fund management, private equity investment, fund management, real estate development and real estate-related consultancy work. Dr. Yu Lai Boon has also been involved in the food and beverage industry since 2018.
Dr. Yu Lai Boon joined the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment at National University of Singapore as a Post-Graduate Researcher, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant between March 1988 and September 1997. He subsequently joined Jones Lang Wootton as an Associate Director for the period from October 1997 to March 1999. He was appointed as the National and Regional Director and Asia Pacific Head of Consultancy and Research in Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) and was subsequently appointed as the Managing Director and Country Head during the period from March 1999 to March 2006. Between August 2000 and December 2000, he was appointed as a focus group member for the Ministry of National Development and was involved in the provision of expert advice on urban land economics in the formulation of the Concept Plan of the Urban Redevelopment Authority for the development of Singapore.
From June 2003 to December 2005, he was appointed as the Honorary Real Estate Consultancy Advisor of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore. He was employed as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Nakheel PJSC in Dubai, the developers of the Palm Islands and the World Islands, from April 2006 to July 2006, and was subsequently employed as the Group Chief Investment Officer of Dubai World from July 2006 to April 2010.
He acted as a Member of the Advisory Panel within the Singapore Land Authority from July 2014 to July 2016. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore between March 2014 and December 2015.
Dr. Yu Lai Boon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) (Honours) in 1988 and a Master of Science (Estate Management) in 1991. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom in 1997.
Dr. Yu Lai Boon has also been a member of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers since April 2001.
Mr. Ong Bee Chip
Mr. Ong Bee Chip was appointed to our Board on 3 March 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the overall Group’s business and strategic planning, including the Group’s overseas operations, expansion plans and sourcing for investment opportunities to promote the growth and development of the Group’s business. Mr. Ong Bee Chip is also responsible for the overall management of the Group’s facilities and maintenance.
Mr. Ong Bee Chip joined our Group as managing director of Golden Bridge in May 2006, and has more than 16 years of experience in the ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meat manufacturing business. Mr. Ong Bee Chip has also been the managing director of Ellaziq Singapore since August 2018.
Prior to joining our Group, Mr. Ong Bee Chip was a sales manager at Chen Hock Heng Textile Printing Pte Ltd from January 1983 to April 2006, where he was responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing department and facilities management.
Mr. Ong Bee Chip obtained his Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level in December 1980. He has since completed the Nanyang International Chinese Advanced Management Program certified by Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2010; Advanced Management Program certified by Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, USA in 2010 and Scale-up SG Stanford Executive Programme certified by Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA in 2021.
He was appointed by the Ministry of Education to serve on the Qihua Primary School Advisory Committee for a period of two (2) years from May 2020 to May 2022.
Mdm. Ong Chew Yong
Mdm. Ong Chew Yong was appointed to our Board on 3 March 2015. She is responsible for overseeing our Group’s general operations including human resources, procurement, general management and administration. She also plays a vital role in the overall implementation of information technology initiatives within our Group to improve our production and efficiency.
Mdm. Ong Chew Yong joined our Group as the operations director of Golden Bridge in May 2005, and has more than 17 years of experience in the ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meat manufacturing business. Mdm. Ong Chew Yong has also been the operations director of Ellaziq Singapore since August 2018.
Prior to joining our Group, Mdm. Ong Chew Yong was an operations senior manager at Chen Hock Heng Textile Printing Pte Ltd from January 1976 to April 2005, where she was responsible for overseeing the operations of the company. Mdm. Ong Chew Yong received formal education up to Secondary 2 level in 1975 and has obtained the Advanced Professional Qualification in Global Business Leadership and International Relations certified by McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, United States in 2015.
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak was appointed to our Board on 19 May 2021. He started his career in DBS Bank Ltd as an assistant treasurer for the period from May 1984 to December 1988, where he was responsible for, among other things, planning and conducting information technology audits on the bank’s computer systems. Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak joined Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited as a senior inspector from January 1989 to December 1989. He subsequently joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in January 1990 and was admitted to partnership with the title of director in July 1998 and was re-designated as a partner in January 2009. Whilst in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, he was responsible for providing information technology audit, internal audit, consulting and control assurance services. Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak left PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in June 2020.
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak has been engaged as a senior advisor to provide quality management review services to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on a part-time basis. He is currently an executive director and owner of Philia Means Love Pte. Ltd., a company which develops and markets skincare products, and is responsible for the entire business and operations of the company.
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science in 1984. He went on to obtain a Master of Business (Information Technology) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 1991, and a Master of Business Administration (Accountancy) from the Nanyang Technological University in 1997.
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak was co-opted to the 2020/2021 Executive Committee of the Singapore Children’s Society in August 2020, and was appointed as a director of The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore in September 2020. He has also been appointed to the A*STAR Research Entities Audit Committee from 1 October 2021.
Mr. Chan Hiang Tiak has completed the Executive Certificate in Directorship programme, which is a joint programme by the Singapore Management University and the Singapore Institute of Directors, in 2017.
Ms. Tan Poh Hong
Ms. Tan Poh Hong was appointed to our Board on 19 May 2021. She was the chief executive officer of the then Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (“AVA”) from March 2009 to September 2017 and was responsible for ensuring that AVA achieves its mission and vision, which includes, among others, ensuring food safety and security for Singapore. Prior to her appointment with AVA, Ms. Tan Poh Hong was the deputy chief executive officer of the Housing and Development Board (“HDB”) from September 2004 to March 2009 where she was responsible for overseeing the operations, sales, policy research and development and corporate development of HDB.
Ms. Tan Poh Hong holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from New York University.