Dixon Soh, President
Dixon is the Head of Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets Practice, CHP Law LLC and has practised law as a private practitioner, in-house legal counsel and as a lawyer/IP Strategist in the public sector.
Over the years, Dixon has advised numerous entities including MNCs and SMEs across many different industries, such as IT, e-commerce, FinTech and media and am familiar with the challenges (particularly IP issues) experienced by businesses throughout South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Dixon is a proud graduate of the University of Tasmania and holds qualifications to practise law in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
IAM300 2020 & 2021 (Recommended Individual)
Norman Ng, Vice-President
Norman is currently Meta Platform's Regional Lead for Government, Politics and Nonprofits in APAC.
He was formerly in SGInnvoate, a venture capital group helping nascent pre Series-A deep technology startups in AI, future-mobility and healthcare to secure go-to-market access and grow their advisory / mentoring boards. Norman previously served as an IP Management consultant in IP ValueLab, supporting enterprises to protect and commercialise their intangible assets and served in IPOS' Communications and Engagement Department. He was also a startup founder where he built a digital communications agency, serving institutional and SMB clients in media, entertainment, government, automotive and retail.
Esther Loh, Secretary
Esther is an Assistant Director at Singapore Institute of Technology where she conducts intellectual property management, technology transfer and technology scouting.
With more than 10 years of experience in IP, Esther has handled clients across a diverse industries from healthcare, fintech, robotics, biotechnology, oil & gas, retail, edutech, consumer, travel etc. Esther is also plugged into the Singapore’s innovation ecosystem where she brings together businesses, investors, research institutes and regional partners for opportunities to grow regionally. Prior to providing IP advisory to businesses, she was with the national technology transfer office, managing more than 500 IPs from national research institutes.
Esther has a Graduate Certificate in IP and is a Registered Management Consultant under IMC. She obtained her Masters and her BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from NUS.
Esther is also recognised as one of the leading intellectual property (IP) strategists in IAM 300 for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Winston Chan, Treasurer
Winston is the Group Managing Partner of FT Consulting Pte Ltd.
Winston is passionate about helping organisations maximise the value of intangibles. Listed in IAM Strategy 300 since 2018, he was the first in Singapore’s IP sector to receive the SkillsFuture Fellowships award in 2019. He currently serves as a board member of IPOS International.
Dr. Seah Kwang Hwee, Exco Member
Dr Seah joined the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore as the pioneering batch of Patent Examiners 2012.
After the stint with the Patent Search & Examination Unit, he went on to assume other roles within IPOS, including as the Deputy Director business development, marketing IPOS’ products and services to the US market, and IP management consultancy for local startups and SMEs as part of IP ValueLab.
Dr Seah currently serves as an Acting Deputy Director at A*STAR Enterprise.
Dr. Terence Goh, Exco Member
Dr Goh works as an Innovation & Partnership Manager at Klass Engineering & Solutions. He currently manages a technology-scouting and partnership program, as well as research & development of AI machine learning solutions.
He has more than 10 years of experience in cutting-edge research, innovation and intellectual property. Dr Goh served as an IP Strategist and a Patent Examiner in IPOS, where he advised Singapore organisations on intangible asset management and commercialisation.
Dr. Eugene Ho, Exco Member
Dr Ho is the IP & Research Director at MengNiu Dairy, China and was formally at IPOS’ S&E unit as a Patent Examiner who specialised in the examination of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical patents. After IPOS, he joined an international Venture Capital firm, Reapra Pte Ltd, as the Market Analytics and IP Management Lead, where he scouted for potential startups and promising industries for early-stage venture capital investments using a combination of Market analytics and Patent analytics. Part of his work at the VC firm includes helping startups and their founders with industry research and IP strategy post-investments.
As the IP and Research Director at MengNiu Dairy, China, Dr Ho leads the IP, research and investment strategies of MengNiu, particularly in its expansion into the Healthcare and Biomedical space with IP intelligence. In addition, Dr Ho is also an adjunct lecturer at NUS, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, where he teaches graduate students on basic concepts and current trends of IP and Venture Capital.
Reuben Lim, Exco Member
Reuben is the Chief Operating Officer at Singapore FinTech Association (SFA), and currently leads the secretariat at SFA and works with the executive committee to spearhead initiatives that strengthen the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore.
Previously, he was the Head of Engagement at IPOS International, and was responsible to engage enterprises to formulate their intangible assets strategies, throughout the intangible assets life cycle (creation | ownership | protection | commercialisation), taking a "From Local, Go Global" approach.
Ye Thu Aung, Exco Member
Ye Thu is a Patent Strategist at Grab. He oversees and drives the entire spectrum of development and implementation of Grab’s patent strategy. Leveraging his past experiences as a patent analyst and an IP consultant, Ye Thu formulates patent protection and commercialization strategies for Grab and works together with many internal stakeholders to build the culture of innovation within Grab. Ye Thu communicates complex IP matters to the C-suite in a simple and business-friendly terms.
Ye Thu is also recognized as one of the leading IP Strategists in the world and featured in the list of "IAM Strategy 300" for two consecutive years (2021-2022 and 2022-2023).