In Jan 2015, Alan was appointed as Senior Advisor to the IP Exchange Clean Tech Asia (www.ipexcleantech.com) an initiative of the Asian Development Bank. At the same time, he is also Business Advisor of Spring Singapore to various Small-Medium size Enterprises in Singapore.
From Oct 2012 to Dec 2014, Alan joined the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as the Director of the International Engagements Department. The department supports IPOS’ vision of making Singapore a global IP hub in Asia by enhancing and enriching relationships with our key IP stakeholders outside Singapore, including government agencies, institutions, inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others.
Since Jan 2014, Alan was also concurrently appointed as the Director of IPOS International Pte Ltd (IPOS-I), a wholly owned subsidiary of IPOS, to structure multiple-parties business deals and ventures. The mandate of IPOS-I is to venture into commercial partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental entities to expand the IP ecosystem for Singapore and ASEAN.
From Nov 2007 to Jun 2012, Alan joined the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) as an Advisor to the Board of Directors and Director-General. The ADFD was set up by the Abu Dhabi government in 1971 with a paid-up capital of UAE Dhs6 billion (US$2 billion).
Over the last 5 years, he spearheaded many international cooperation projects between ADFD and other International Organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and various UN Agencies such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and World Intellectual Property Office Organization (WIPO).
At the same time, he also served as Head of the Committee for Strategy Planning and Corporate Performance reporting directly to the Director-General. As a result of the committee’s work, ADFD has won various certifications and awards. In 2008, it received the first ever ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certificate. In 2009 it was awarded the prestigious EFQM Organization Excellence Certificate from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council headed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayhan; and in 2011, it was awarded the top honors for the 2011 International Business Award under the Non-Profit or Government Organization category.
From 2006 to 2007, he was a founding Director of the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, a specialized entity set up by the Government of Singapore to spearhead collaborations and partnerships with foreign governments, organizations and entities that value Singapore’s 40 years of development experience. While being responsible for the overall business development, he also undertook project management. As a result, he had the opportunity to work closely with various ministries and statutory board of Singapore and at the same time, building relationships and trust with foreign clients in many parts of the world.
From 2004 to 2006, he pioneered the International Organizations Division within International Enterprise Singapore (a statutory board of the Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry). As a Project Director, he was responsible for strategic design, implementation and review of various projects to harness economic value for Singapore’s private sector through development projects funded by the multilateral development banks and international organizations.
In 2004, he was appointed by International Enterprise Singapore to represent Singapore as the Private-Sector Liaison Officer (PSLO) to the World Bank Group (WBG). The primary role of the PSLO is to facilitate the Singapore private sector’s access to the WBG products and services and help bring the private sector closer to the WBG and developing countries. As PSLO, he also acts as the voice of the Singapore private sector and advises the WBG on policies that promotes business cooperation.
From 2002 to 2004, he was Director’s Advisor to the Board of Directors in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). His responsibilities included research, review, analysis, advisory, and evaluation of ADB corporate strategy and management policy on banking loans, technical assistance, co-financing strategies and private sector investment undertaken by ADB with its clients and stakeholders. He also worked closely with the Singapore’s Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Trade and Industry to represent Singapore’s interest within the Bank; and advising the Singapore respective ministries on issues concerning policies, procedures and operations of the Bank.
From 2000 to 2002, he was a Senior Trade Officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board, working with over a hundred local enterprises and entrepreneurs in the Lifestyle industry to develop their competencies and grow their business internationally. Prior to 2000, Alan spent six years as a self-made entrepreneur in the technology business.
Alan holds an MBA (2004) from the Ateneo Graduate Business School (Philippines), an executive management program of the Asian Development Bank. He also graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997) with a 2nd Class Upper Bachelor of Science majoring in Economics. In 2009 he received a diploma from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in recognition of his successful qualification as EFQM Excellence Assessor 2010 Model.