Faculty & Staff – Lean Launchpad Singapore
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Faculty & Staff

Led by Prof Wong Poh Kam, the LLP faculty team consists of individuals with strong business and entrepreneurial backgrounds. The programme invites seasoned practitioners, business individuals who have the passion to help to move innovative technologies from research to the market place. LLP Singapore has benefitted from the generous spirit of founders, company directors, C-level senior business managers, VCs, incubators and accelerators who have journeyed with the teams as business mentors, technical advisors or subject-matter-experts, bringing specific expertise or industry domain knowledge.

ADVISORS

  • PROF JEROME ENGEL

    Faculty Director, NSF I-Corps Programme

    Jerry is a veteran entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. After a successful career advising and founding entrepreneurial ventures, he joined UC Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. Jerry is an Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the MBA and Executive education programmes. At the close of each run, Jerry joins the LLPS faculty in Singapore for the Team Presentations Day.

  • STEVE BLANK

    Founder, Architect of LLP

    Steve Blank is the creator and founder of the Lean LaunchPad programme which was developed for the NSF I-Corps programme. A serial entrepreneur and founder of eight Silicon Valley start-ups, he is also the author of “The Start-Up Owners Manual” and the “Four Steps to the Epiphany”. He is currently Entrepreneurship Faculty Member teaching at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Columbia University

TEACHING FACULTY

  • PROF WONG POH KAM

    Lead Faculty

    Prof Wong teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy at the NUS School of Business. As Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, he spearheads the university’s entrepreneurship education and outreach programmes, as well as oversees the NUS Enterprise Incubator (NEI) which provides incubation, seed funding and mentorship to NUS spin-offs and start-ups. An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he is an active angel investor with investments in more than a dozen high tech start-ups in Singapore, Silicon Valley, China and India. Prof Wong obtained his PhD from MIT.

  • ADJUNCT A/PROF NEO KOK BENG

    Engineering Track

    A/Prof Neo is a technology entrepreneur specializing in the commercialisation of technologies from universities and research institutes. He is co-founder and CEO of AWAK Technologies, a medtech spin-off from UCLA. His ventures include investments in info-security, mobile computing and 3D printing. He is also on the Faculty of Innovation for Economic Development at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as Faculty and Academic Committee Member of the Singapore-Stanford BioDesign Programme. Kok Beng is the current Vice-President and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES).

  • ADJUNCT PROF VIRGINIA CHA

    ICT Track

    Virginia is an active researcher, educator, mentor and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem. In her 32 years in executive management in technology companies, she was chief technology geek at a US multinational tech company, as well as co-founder and CEO of multiple venture-funded high-tech companies in Singapore and China, with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE.

  • DR TING DOR NGI

    Lifes Sciences & Biomedical Track

    Dr Ting was involved in the inception of two biotechnology startups, covering the functions of CTO and CEO, as well as, in incubation management of several spin-offs from research institutes. Her wide industry experience spans across the innovation ecosystem value chain, including corporate R&D of MNCs, startups, educational and research institutes and Technology Transfer Offices. Her current role leverages on her extensive network of partners and deep knowledge of the ecosystem to support technology commercialisation activities. She holds an EMBA from NUS.

PROGRAMME STAFF

  • SUSAN KHENG

    Programme Manager

    Susan was part of the pioneer management of a successful start-up, Cordlife, and was Group GM of the ASX-listed CordLife Group, prior to joining NUS. Her depth of experience in the healthcare industry which includes lab diagnostics and medical devices, draws from over 20 years in strategic and operational management in multinational companies – Boehringer Mannheim and BD, covering the Asia Pacific region. Susan holds a BSc (Biochemistry, Microbiology) from NUS and completed the Advanced Management Executive Programme from UC Berkeley and NTU.